Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tea with 1 plaid or two?

Tartan, plaid, and tweed. Argyle socks and a cashmere coat.

Will you take your tea with one plaid, or two?

There is fresh baked bread studded with sultanas, and real butter and clover honey.

 Join me for a quiet hour by the fire.

There is  Agatha Christie  ...

 And David Suchet as Poirot

“For somewhere," said Poirot to himself, indulging in an absolute riot of mixed metaphors, "there is in the hay a needle, and among the sleeping dogs there is one on whom I shall put my foot, and by shooting the arrows into the air, one will come down and hit a glass house!”

So blow Winter winds! We will not mind the frozen world beyond our fire.

If winter is here can Spring be far behind?- Shelley

Are you experiencing this extreme cold? How are you managing? 

What are you reading or watching to pass the time?

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Time in a Bottle

If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I'd like to do
Is to save everyday 'til eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you

If I could make days last forever
If I could make wishes come true
I'd safe everyday like a treasure and then
Again. I would spend them with you -Jim Croce


Know the true value of time, snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it...Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.- Stanhope
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 Components of the above image found at The Graphic Fairy..
Have a Blessed week.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tea in the Library #52

 There is nothing like staying home for real comfort -  Austen.

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the 

A touch of green Depression glass  on this cold,cold, snowy day  brightens my table.

touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home. - Edith Sitwell

 Dressed in cinnamon sugar, and pie crust with a scoop of homemade vanilla bean ice cream the last humble apples are transformed like a plain girl ready for the ball...

I have Jane for tea time company.
 Join us for a walk around the lush grounds of Pemberley?

Shall we whisper together watching Jane and Bingley fall in love?

The  version of Pride and Prejudice starring Colin Firth & Jennifer Ehle is my favorite  movie version. It is well done and most closely fits my 'inner vision' of the characters. 
 Wish you could spend more time with the Darcys? Me too!

I recently watched 'Death Comes to Pemberley', a BBC production, on Netflix and enjoyed it tremendously.  Jenna Coleman's Lydia Wickham is brilliant. She brings a fleeting self awareness, and vulnerability to the character that makes this older Lydia more likeable.  


You may know Jenna as Clara, a Doctor Who companion. Although she hasn't been my favorite companion, watching her performance as Lydia Wickham has given me a great respect for her chops as an actress.

Well. I have had a lot to say today!

 Have a Blessed Week.

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You won't want to miss Bernideens'  lemon cream cheese scones!

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Spring Green Tea.

 Her beautiful setting is just my 'cup of tea'

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Gaufre Croissant Chantilly

Welcome to our 
Happy St Valentine's Day Breakfast
Gaufre Croissant Chantilly

Gaufre Croissant Chantilly

Or, my take on the Ihop
Criss Croissant 

The fruit
Rinse and slice  2 cups of fresh strawberries or other berries of choice. Set aside.

He Who Builds Things add Zest to my life - and lemon zest to the filling
The Filling 
8oz Mascarpone cheese softened
1/2 pint heavy cream whipped until soft peaks form  reserve some for top
3 tbsp Truvia  (or sugar - add to taste if you prefer very sweet)
lemon zest - 4 or 5 good scrapes
Add Truvia then lemon zest  to softened Mascarpone 
Blend gently.
Fold in whipped heavy cream a third at a time, reserving some of the whipped cream for topping.
Serves 4
The Pastry
Heat waffle iron. Slice croissant in half. Place 2 halves in waffle iron and heat for 30 - 45 seconds. Press down lightly.
The longer  you heat the croissant, the more compression you apply, the more cookie or biscuit like the croissant. 

Spread on Mascarpone / cream mixure. Add fresh fruit. Sandwich the slices.
Top with reserved whipped cream and berries.

Did you notice the croisant shape resembles a heart? How serendipitous!

The mascarpone makes the dish very filling. Not using sugar helped to keep dish more breakfast-y less desserty-y. 

Now, those of you who wander by on a semi-regular basis know I don't do a whole lot of food related posts.  On my own, I'd do very little cooking, but I find cooking with He -Who-Builds -Things  pleasant enough.  When HWBT mentioned the  IHOP Criss Croissant 
looked interesting  we thought we'd try a home version.  We may eventually do some field research to experience the IHOP original and if so I'll update. (IHOP isn't paying me anything to talk about them or their product).Below is a picture of the IHOP menu item that inspired us to waffle a croissant.

Final thoughts?  The ingredients can be somewhat pricey - The mascarpone was only available in a 16 oz tub for 6.99.  However the basic filling recipe is easily scaled up or down, the variations are practically endless, and as a dessert the waffled croissant will make a nice twist on strawberry shortcake.


I am now obsessed with the idea of cooking things with the waffle iron! Have you ever made anything besides waffles with the waffle iron? Let me know.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Pleasure of Receiving Roses

There is no denying
 The pleasure in receiving roses

My needy self esteem
Cost a lot of men a lot of roses

I thought they could make up for childhood hugs and
 I did not get

String them along

Collect them

Another stamp on the love passport.

It took a long time to
 see  you fly the trip to Self Worth solo.
It took a long time to see my own value.

 To buy my own roses

Here are some vintage Valentine cards for you.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Easy Peasy semi-homemade gift  anyone would love to  receive.

 How To Make A Hershey's Kiss Chocolate Rose
The Pin Junkie

Fun, fast, thrifty chocolate roses .Can't wait to make some!