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Mon Ami.

It is hard to believe that today was the last day.
Yes.
The last day of Bells visit.
I have loved having her with me. We have stayed up late at night dreaming of sewing studios. Figuring out purse patterns.
We have had so much tea this week. At least two kinds a day. We ran out of types to try so we took a trip to the tea shop downtown. And today Fed-Ex made me so happy.
They brought tea.
Right now there is Harney & Sons Vanilla Comoro brewing.
And homemade Strawberry Poptarts are in the making.

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This is my friend, Erin.  She is cutting the apple pie that she (with the help of her wonderful family) baked out-of-doors.  Yes, they baked it with coals outside and it was simply amazing.

I was at Erin’s house for dinner on Sunday night and we had soup and bread.  The bread was baked in a dutch oven outside as well.  (It is crazy what you can do in those things!)  And for dessert we had Dutch oven apple pie a la mode with hot tea.  I think it was the best apple pie I’ve had… that I remember anyway.  Good food and fellowship are always abundant at Erin and Dean’s house.  I always leave that house feeling more and more thankful for their friendship.  Thank You Erin and Dean!

This morning… I drank an entire pot of tea.  It was good tea.  I just ordered an entire pound of it.  Boston.  By Harney & Sons.  It’s my new favourite.  I went to a new coffee shop this afternoon too!  I drove by it a few days ago and wondered if it was open or not.  I tried it today.  I felt pretty special to be a customer on their first day open too.  I loved being friendly.  I have tried to break the habit of acting shy, and I like it.  Today, I chatted and laughed with the employees for a while and it made me happy.  I almost gave the man in charge my name and number and said if he needed anybody to work this fall, call me.  But I didn’t.  I have a lot of praying to do about work.  I’m at a bit of a crossroad.  I’ve been thinking all week but I can’t figure out what I should do.  I would like to make the right decision… I just don’t know what that is.  I’ll keep praying.  Only My Lord knows.

St. Patrick’s Day is coming…. and Spring

Enjoy your weekend.

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Hello World.

I hope your February has been good.  If it hasn’t… well, it sure wouldn’t hurt to make these…

They’re amazing.  I made the desserts for our Valentine tea this year.  This was my favourite out of the three dessert choices.  Definitely turned out the best.  I used my sugar cookie recipe and just added a little almond extract to the dough, cut out my hearts and windows and baked them.  A few hours before serving, I spread raspberry jam on the bottom cookies and dusted the top “frames” with powderd sugar.  Sandwich those lovely hearts and…

fall

in

love

with them.

It will be easy, trust me.

The valentine tea was a lot of fun, as always. We had amazing food, some really great teas, fun little crafts, good friends, and a lot of laughs. 

     There has been a lot going on this month.  With my nephew, Jason’s, birthday.  My daddy’s birthday.  Valentines day… It has seemed busy, indeed.  I have been trying to keep on doing some of the things I love between working and random events.  I haven’t been reading much, or sewing, or baking.  I was so happy I could bake up the valentine treats, they were such fun.  And I’ve been trying to read more often, when I find the time.  I’ve been reading ‘Tom Sawyer’ to Hunter and Brooklynn while at my nanny job, waiting for the bus in the morning.  It has been great.  They are really enjoying it.  I love when they ask me questions about what’s going on or what a word means. 

I’ve been digging into some sewing projects too!  I made a little button-up shirt for Jason.  I still can’t believe it turned out as well as it did.  It’s a little big for him but he’ll grow into it, right?  That was fun.  The button holes were a bit of a dilemma but they got done, eventually.  Right now I’m working on a dress.  I bought three yards of this amazing deep purple knit material one day.  I finally got up the courage to cut into it on Monday.  I’m glad I did.  The dress is almost finished, it just needs a few changes and a little touching up.  Sewing with knit material isn’t as scary as everyone makes it sound.  There are a few little tricks I would recomend knowing before making your attempt though.   Anyways, the dress is almost finished and maybe someday I’ll get a picture of it on here. For now I think I’ll go work on it and hopefully wrap up this project soon, as there are always plenty of projects on the horizon to keep me busy.

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Hello friends.

     How are we this Sunday morning?  I’m doing quite lovely.  A good cup of tea makes almost anytime lovely- I think so anyways.  I’m enjoying my Harney & Sons’ White Christmas Tea.  It’s a splendidly smooth blend.  I wish I was a tea-blender  -Or maybe just some tea-blending capabilities would even be nice. 

    Anyways-  Waffles!  I made some for breakfast yesterday.  They where overnight yeast waffles.  Very interesting I thought.  Here comes the recipe…

     Overnight Yeast Waffles

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 7 Tablespoons butter, melted untill browned bits appear.
  • 3 Tablespoons pure maple syrup (if you don’t have the real stuff you can use brown sugar.)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons yeast

     Heat the milk until it is hot but not boiling.  Place it in a large bowl (you’ll need the room for expansion) and mix in the browned butter, maple syrup (or brown sugar) salt and vanilla extract.  Stir until the mixture has cooled to lukewarm.  Add the eggs, flour, salt and yeast and stir all together.  If there are a few lumps, that’s fine!

Cover mixture with plastic wrap and a clean kitchen towel and leave to rise for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.  The mixture will begin to bubble.  

You can cook the waffles at this point, or place the batter in the refrigerator to rest and develop flavor overnight.  

Remove the batter from the fridge about an hour before you’d like to eat breakfast.  Stir the batter and let it come to room temperature.  When ready to cook, preheat the waffle iron and spray with nonstick cooking spray.  Follow the instructions for your waffle iron. Enjoy!  

     They turned out good.  I even had a glass of milk with them! (If you don’t know- I never drink just a glass of milk- only on rare occasions.)  It had been a while and I greatly enjoyed that glass of milk.  I advise you to relax next weekend and make waffles.  If you don’t have a waffle iron- don’t sweat it!  You know, there’s always pancakes…..

Lovely Sunday to you.

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       I made up these lovely little Butternut Cardamom Muffins this morning.  They were inspired by the season.  I used roasted butternut squash from our garden and I decided to throw a dash of cardamom in.  That was after getting my package from Harney & Sons Tea.  I bought a few new teas this time and one has a hint of cardamom in it.  So this morning I decided to have cardamom in my muffins to go along with the tea.  It was delicious.  Muffins are one of the best baked-goods to recreate healthily (fresh ground whole wheat flour, raw honey, pure maple syrup…the options for muffins are endless).  They always turn out wonderful for me. 

     I am enjoying my day off today.  I do love other peoples children but… a day off is just so lovely.  Kind of funny though, my day off consists of having my nephew, Jason, here with me today.  He isn’t like work at all… He’s just a darling. I just rocked him to sleep and put him down for a nap.  He and his poor mama haven’t been sleeping so well the past few nights.  He’s getting his first two teeth!  He’s becoming less and less ‘baby’ and turning more and more into ‘little boy’.  It is truly amazing how fast he has grown.  I snapped this picture after I layed him down (sorry it’s dark).  I couldn’t resist.

       Other than muffins and Jason I’ve been doing laundry.  I used to crave Tide laundry detergent all the time but I’ve gotten used to our homemade laundry soap.  It really smells pretty good.  The past few times I’ve done my laundry though…. I’ve desired Tide.  I don’t know why.  I’ve been wanting to make cupcakes so bad too!  I just have to wait… I will make them. 

       Anyhow.  That’s my today so far. ♥

       Go bake something.

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