It's been quite a winter..as you can see by some of my pics above:)
But we love it believe it or not..
Jacques never complains about what he does outside and he makes everything look so nice in winter with paths..and walkways..all just perfect.
He even makes a winding walking path to the She~He Shed...
I wanted to tell you something about tulips because I love them..and they can last 2 weeks if I am lucky..
When we get them home they are upright..in water like the first shot for a few days..slowly..they start their dance..which I love even more..arabesques..and curtsies..a virtual little waltz..but around the 7th day..they can all droop right over the large fishbowl type vase I keep them in..
I found a trick..take them out of the water and and snip the ends at an angle again..like you did when you brought them home..wrap in newspaper snuggly ,straight...stems and all lying on your table or counter.. and leave out for a couple of hours..put them back in your vase that you have put fresh water in..and watch them dance again..and again..I have done it twice..they are still beautiful.
I also wanted to share a new rolling pin..cookie stamp recipe..that I made up as I went along.
Works for both.I used the Brigitte cookie cutter for the Justin Paul name..and my GoodyWoody rolling pin.
1 1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
Vanilla paste or sugar..again to taste..I used 1 tsp paste
instant coffee powder..I use espresso..as much as you like I used 1/2 tsp
1/2 cup dk brown sugar
1 softened stick of butter
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy..add vanilla
Mix egg and coffee powder add to egg and sugar mixture
Sift flour and cocoa powder..add to the above.
Bake in a pre-heated 350 F oven for ap 8-10 minutes.
You must flour your surface w/ cocoa powder for choc cookies..roll dough out and again cocoa powder that.
Cut out your name plate cookies..
or roll ONCE with your engraved rolling pin....don't come back..just roll once I roll away w/ your engraved rolling pin.Cut desired shape.
Place on parchment paper on your baking sheet.
At this point I freeze mine..outside in our screened-in porch..in winter..in summer I freeze in the freezer..they freeze fast.
Bake and enjoy.
My impressions stayed clear and lovely.
Note..These are not for first timers.. at least I don't think so..
best to stay w/ a vanilla plainish sugar cookie to begin with:)
Chocolate is messy..and I don't want you getting discouraged:)
For years I have coveted a child's Beatrix Potter Tea Set..because you know me and BP and Tea..
Never something I felt I could invest in..after all I'm 65 not 5..
Well lo and behold one of my favorite sellers on Varage Sale had one for sale for $20.00 and I felt that was not the end of the world to be a little girl again..one tea cup is missing and the lid to the tea pot..but luckily I have one that fits well enough..I searched online for the replacement lid to no avail..
For my fellow BP/Peter Rabbit lovers and tea party lovers..as well as tea and tea cups..
Look how cute.
It even has the lace picnic blanket
Even the suitcase ..♥Be still my young girl's heart:)
Have a lovely weekend~