Posted in just for fun, poetry friday, teddy bear picnic, weekend cooking, tagged boomf, candy, chocolate, confections, downton abbey, julian ovenden, michelle dockery, teddy bears, television, valentine's day on February 13, 2015 |
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Today serving Mrs. Patmore’s Pudding Tea
Mr. Cornelius, a diehard Downton Abbey fan, was beside himself the other day when four members of the
Crawley Clawley family accepted his invitation to tea.
He’d been going on and on about how much he’s enjoying Season 5 because it’s mainly about love, romance and secrets. He likes the warm and comfortable relationship between Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes, is happy Isobel is hooking up with Lord Merton (nice digs!), is relieved Tom Branson said goodbye to annoying Miss Bunting, loves that handsome Atticus is eyeing up Rose, and is tickled pink about Dowager Countess Violet’s secret past with Russian Prince Thing-a-ma-jig. :)
While Lady Mary’s hotel assignation with Lord Gillingham had Cornelius tsk-tsking for a few days (scandalous! loose woman! how risqué!), he gradually came around and revealed his own secret: he’s had a crush on Lady Mary since Season 1 (boy can she rock a pair of opera gloves).
He’s not intimidated in the least by either Tony Gillingham or Charles Blake. They can jostle all they want for Mary’s affections. Cornelius will charm her with his secret weapon.
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Posted in food art, just for fun, tagged art, ceramics, crafts, crocheting, earrings, felt, handmade gifts, handmade jewelry, needle felting, paper goods, textile arts, valentine's day, waldorf dolls, watercolors on January 26, 2015 |
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(click for free downloadables to make your own Love Letters from Cupid garland)
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, hearts are popping up everywhere. I don’t mind one bit, because I’ve always loved hearts. I usually draw one with my signature, like to collect heart tokens, pins and jewelry, and have a definite weakness for heart-shaped cookies and scones.
Thought you might like these lovely handmade, heartmade things, just in case you’re looking for a special little something for a friend — or yourself :). Just click on any image to purchase. Enjoy! ♥ ♥ ♥
Valentine Bunnies Original Watercolor by Margie Moore
Dogs in Love Valentine’s Day Necklace by hanaletters
Recycled Hand-stamped Silverware by Bella Jackson Studios
Boxed Set of Victorian-inspired Valentine Cards by LilyandVal
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Posted in pie recipes, poetry friday, tea party, tagged afternoon tea, baking, carol ann duffy, desserts, food, fruit tarts, poetry, recipes, tea, tea poems, valentine's day on February 14, 2014 |
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“You must always be awaggle with love.” ~ D.H. Lawrence
Nibble on a jam sandwich (dare to disturb the universe).
~ With advance apologies to Tea S. Eliot, Elizabeth Barrett Brewing and William Shakespour.
1. To tart or not to tart, that is the question.
Reasons for not making fruit tarts:
- Pesky little tart pans
- Stirring vanilla cream in nippy kitchen
- Finicky pastry dough
- Locate pretty fruit in the dead of winter? Oh, come on.
Reasons for making fruit tarts:
- Len loves them. Cornelius loves them. I love them. What person in their right mind doesn’t love them?
- It’s Valentine’s Day.
- Beloved blog readers might be impressed that
an adorable a self-sacrificing writer stood in an icy kitchen for hours some minutes stirring, stirring the vanilla cream and whipping finicky pastry dough into shape after walking flying to Chile to pick fresh berries.
- Good excuse to buy a new tartlet baking set.
The baking set comes with a 12-well non-stick tartlet pan, a dough cutter and a tamper.
Handsome assistant demonstrates use of tamper.
In the room the women come and go,
Talking of rolling pie dough.
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