|Nubble Light by Denise Dion-Sullivan|
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
O thou with dewy locks, who lookest down
Through the clear windows of the morning, turn
Thine angel eyes upon our western isle,
Which in full choir hails thy approach, O Spring!
The hills tell one another, and the listening
Valleys hear; all our longing eyes are turn’d
Up to thy bright pavilions: issue forth
And let thy holy feet visit our clime!
Come o’er the eastern hills, and let our winds
Kiss thy perfumèd garments; let us taste
Thy morn and evening breath; scatter thy pearls
Upon our lovesick land that mourns for thee.
O deck her forth with thy fair fingers; pour
Thy soft kisses on her bosom; and put
Thy golden crown upon her languish’d head,
Whose modest tresses are bound up for thee.
|More Springtime Forsythias by Karla Nolan|
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
Treat yourself to a new soup recipe. Check out the website soupsong.com for hundreds of ideas and lots of interesting info on soup. Here is one of my families favorite soup recipe. It is easy to make and delicious!
Leek Soup ~ Potage Parmentier
Potatoes add a wonderful thickness and body to this delicately flavored leek soup. Serve it hot and call it Patage Parmentier, or cold and call it Vichyssoise
3 cans (about 14 oz. each) regular strength chicken broth
4 cups sliced leeks (white part only)
3 cups peeled and diced potatoes
1/2 pint (1 cup) crème fraîche or whipping creme
3 tablespoons dry vermouth or sherry
chopped chives (optional)
In a 4 quart pan over high heat, combine broth, leeks, and potatoes. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer until vegetables are soft (about 20 minutes).
Puree mixture and return to pan. Stir in crème fraîche and vermouth. Season with salt to taste. Heat through; or cover, refrigerate, and serve cold. Sprinkle with chives before serving. Makes about 10 cups.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
These pillows with vintage French images from the Etsy shop Word Garden, add a cozy je ne sais quois to any room in your home. Click on the caption beneath the photo to be taken to Sally's shop.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
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Friday, February 17, 2012
Heart Shaped Dried Cherry Scones
4 cups sifted cake flour
1/2 cup sugar + more for sprinkling
1T baking powder
1 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1c dried cherries
1c heavy cream
A heart shaped cutter
Preheat oven to 375°F with rack in middle of oven.
Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Cut butter onto top and blend with your fingers until mixture resembles coarse meal. Mix in dried cherries.
Whisk together egg and cream in a small bowl, then fold into flour mixture until dough comes together.
Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. With floured hands, press into a 1-inch-thick rectangle. Cut out rounds with heart cutter and arrange 2 inches apart on a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet. Gather scraps together and cut out additional scones.
Brush tops of scones with extra cream and sprinkle lightly with sugar. Bake scones, rotating baking sheet halfway through, until tops are golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Take scones out of oven and wrap in kitchen towel on counter to cool (personal tip for keeping inside of scones moist).
Recipe via Epicurious
Photo via Relish
Thursday, February 16, 2012
|The Angels of the Eiffel|
For some great prints of Paris, visit Marco LaGrenouille, a shop on Etsy featuring Paris-inspired Photographic Prints with a vintage feel. Click on the caption below the photos to be taken to the shop.
|La Bicyclette aux Geraniums|
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
"L'amour de ma vie" is translated "love of my life". This lovely treasury is curated by Chifonie on Etsy who lives in the Grenoble, France where she creates lovely handcrafted jewelry and beads from polymer clay. My Amour Ring from my Etsy shop Dion Designs, is featured in this lovely treasury. Click on any of the photos to be taken to the shops.
Monday, February 13, 2012
|Color Personality Quiz|
"Like a placid lake, water personalities are calm, relaxing, and quick to find their own level. Steadfast, tender, and sympathetic, they are drawn to tranquil colors, like robin's-egg blues and celadon greens. People tend to chill out in the presence of water types—and in their homes. The downside to having a water nature? Their mood can easily shift from serene and shy to a bit melancholy."
Interesting. What are you? Find out your color preferences by taking Real Simple Magazines Color Personality quiz. Find the test by clicking on the caption below the color wheel above. Feel free to share your results here!
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Multi tasking is something many of us seem to do on a daily basis. Sometimes it can benefit us to do several tasks at once, but I find at other times it only creates more stress in my life. In striving to simplify life I am trying to perform one task at a time and to be more present in each moment. I encourage you to do the same. When you’re pouring water for preparing dinner, just pour water. When you’re eating, just eat. When you’re bathing, just bathe. Don’t try to knock off a few tasks while eating or bathing. Focus on what is at hand. Maybe we'll all be a bit more relaxed in doing so.
Friday, February 10, 2012
1 pkg yeast
1 Tbsp sugar
1 cup warm water
1 tsp salt
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 ¾ cup white flour
1 ¼ cup whole wheat flour
Step 1: Combine yeast, sugar and warm water and let set for 5 minutes. Mix remaining ingredients and then add yeast mixture. Let dough rise, in a warm place, for about 1-2 hours, until double in size.
Step 2: Roll out a small portion of the dough at a time, cutting two equal sized hearts. Fill middle with filling, thin layer marinara sauce, turkey pepperoni, cheese, and then crimp edges with a fork. Set on baking tray. Bake at 400 for 10-15 minutes until lightly browned. Test to make sure dough is done baking. Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.
photo and recipe via craftzine
Thursday, February 9, 2012
This fabulous photograph was taken by photographer Karissa Van Tassel and can be purchased from her shop on Etsy called The Left Bank. This photo was taken in Paris, early in the day and depicts a father walking his son to school. The Louvre is in the background and the trees form a wonderful heart image. Love it! Perfect for Valentines Day. Click on the photo to be taken to the shop.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
"On the Wings of Love", a Valentines Day treasury curated by best friends Lou and Michele of Fancy Things and Such. "My Heart is aflight" earrings from my shop Dion Designs are featured on this sweet treasury. Thank you Lou and Michele! Click on any of the photos to be taken to the Valentine Treasures.
Monday, February 6, 2012
To My Mother by Christina Rossetti
To-day’s your natal day,
Sweet flowers I bring;
Mother, accept, I pray,
And may you happy live,
And long us bless;
Receiving as you give
(This was Rossetti's first poem written when she was 11 years old).
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Friday, February 3, 2012
|Chocolate Peanut Butter Heart Cookies for Valentines Day|
1/2 c creamy Peanut Butter
1 c Sugar
1/2 c Shortening
1 t Vanilla
1 t Baking Powder
3 T Milk
1/4 t Salt
Heart shaped milk chocolate candies
Beat peanut butter, sugar and shortening until fluffy.
Mix well egg, milk and vanilla.
Combine flour, baking powder and salt.
Beat flour mixture into peanut butter mixture until blended well.
Shape dough into disc and wrap it in a plastic wrap.
Let is freeze in refrigerate for about 1 to 2 hours.
Grease cookie sheets.
Roll out dough on floured waxed paper to 1/8-inch thickness.
Cut dough using heart-shaped cookie cutter.
Place cutouts on prepared cookie sheets.
Bake it in a preheated oven at 350°f till the edges are lightly browned, it will take about 10 to 14 minutes. Immediately press chocolate candy into top of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 20 minutes, before storing in tightly covered container.
Photo via Betty Crocker
Thursday, February 2, 2012
I have decided to wrap all my gifts this year with a bit more attention to detail. I love the look of this non traditional French script ribbon. I found these gorgeous, vintage, hand stamped ribbon and trims with a French flair on Etsy. Visit this wonderful shop by clicking here -Homestead Treasures.