Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Almond Butterhorns


Almond Butterhorns

Good morning! I hope that your week is off to a great start. Did you have a good weekend? Mine was busy, I spent the entire day in my closet purging. I often clean it out and donate things but I have never taken every piece out of the closet and tried each piece on. I did not Marie Kondo it because I have never read the book(am I the only one) but I did make a criteria for myself, does it fit, does it look good, do I like it, do I wear it? Needless to say I have 9 garbage bags of stuff to give to my sister, niece and to donate. 





In between cleaning the closet I baked some tasty treats, both were made using recipes that you make the dough the night before and let it raise/proof overnight in the refrigerator. The first, these Almond Butter Horns were delicious! In fact I ate 3 just after they cooled enough not to burn my mouth. They are rich, buttery, and to me they taste like my all time favorite breakfast pastry almond bear claws.





You could make a batch for Mother's day or for yourself but whatever you do you will want to share because otherwise you will eat them all! After I ate three I packaged these up and gave them away. 


Almond Butterhorns
Recipe from The Baking Blond


Ingredients

Dough

4 cups of unbleached flour
1 cup butter or margarine
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons sugar
2-3/4 cup milk
2 cakes of compressed yeast or 2 packages of instant dry yeast
4 egg yolks well beaten
1 teaspoon almond extract

Almond Filling

1-1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
1/2 cup chopped almonds
3 tablespoons heavy cream
2 tablespoons unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Frosting

1-1/2 cups of confectioners sugar
1 Tablespoon butter, melted
Tablespoon heaving cream
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup sliced almonds for garnish

Directions

Dough

Make the dough the day before. Place the flour, salt, sugar and butter into large glass bowl and cut the butter into the mixture with a pastry blender or two knives. Do this until the mixture resembles small peas. place the lukewarm milk in a glass measuring cup, the add the yeast, stir to dissolve, the add the beaten egg yolks and the almond extract. Slowly pour this mixture into the dry ingredients and lightly mix, do not over-mix this. The mixture will be wet. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight.

In the morning or when ready to use, divide the dough into four equal parts. Roll each section on a lightly floured surface to a 12" circle. Cut each circle into 12 wedge shaped portions with a pizza cutter or a pastry wheel. Place a teaspoon of filling on the wide part of the dough and roll each wedge, starting at the wide end, and roll jelly roll style to the point. Arrange the roll with the point side down onto a baking sheet lined with a non-stick baking mat or parchment paper. Let the rolls raise in a warm room for about an hour. I use my oven for this, I turn on the oven to 175 then turn it off and place the trays inside to raise. Continue until all the rolls are made.

After the rolls raise, bake them for 10-12 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven until just light brown. While they are still warm, not hot, frost with the frosting and sprinkle with the sliced almonds.

For the filling:

Combine all filling ingredients in a food processor or a bowl and mix until a paste.

For the frosting:

Mix frosting ingredients until creamy.



Pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea, sit down and enjoy one or two or even three of the tasty treats.

Have a great day!




Sunday, April 28, 2019

Silent Sunday 4-28-2019



Have a great day! 





Saturday, April 27, 2019

Friday Favorites from The Preppy Kitchen, Yes to Yolks, Once Upon a Chef and More


Good morning! A very happy Friday to you. I hope that you had a great week, were you lucky enough to have a 4 day work week? I did take a half a day off on Monday and it was a great way to ease into a new week after a long holiday weekend. I don't know about you but I always feel as if I need a "vacation" from my vacation. 

I hope you enjoy my finds for this week. 


Interesting Food 


Image Once Upon a Chef

Doesn't this Chicken Piccata  from Once Upon a Chef look delicious? I have this on the menu this weekend. 




Easy Peanut Noodles from Yes to Yolks


Preppy Kitchen

I have yet to perfect the perfect pie crust so I think I might have to try to do it while enjoying the Banana Cream Pie from The Preppy Kitchen.




If you prefer a chocolate treat this week check out my 5 Chocolate Friday Favorites on Once Upon a Chocolate Life.


Interesting Articles





Anthony Baratta Is Living Like It’s 1750 in Colonial Williamsburg: Colonial Williamsburg Designer in Residence  

Interesting Books

I read these books this week and think you might like them too. 





Early one September not long ago, a woman with a secret traveled to New York City in pursuit of a dream, to buy the most beautiful and correct dress she’d ever seen. But sometimes a dress isn’t just a dress…

Emilia Brown has spent a frugal, useful, and wholly restrained life in Ashville, Rhode Island. She is a genteel woman who has known her share of personal sorrows and quietly carried on, who makes a modest living cleaning and running errands, who delights in evening chats with her much younger neighbor, and who counts her blessings on a daily basis.


While helping to inventory the estate of the late grand dame of Ashville and her lifelong source of inspiration, Mrs. Brown comes upon a dress that changes everything. It’s a simple yet exquisitely tailored Oscar de la Renta sheath and jacket—a suit that Mrs. Brown realizes, with startling clarity, will say everything she has ever wished to convey about herself. As a means to an end as much as a thing of beauty, she must have it. And so, like the heroine in one of her favorite books Paul Gallico’s 1958 classic Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris, her odyssey to purchase the dress in New York City begins. For not only is owning the Oscar de la Renta a must, the intimidating trip to purchase it on Madison Avenue is essential as well. If the dress is to give Mrs. Brown a voice, then she must prepare by making the daunting journey—both to the emerald city and within herself.






In 1937, young Lisette Roux and her husband, André, move from Paris to a village in Provence to care for André’s grandfather Pascal. Lisette regrets having to give up her dream of becoming a gallery apprentice and longs for the comforts and sophistication of Paris. But as she soon discovers, the hilltop town is rich with unexpected pleasures.


Pascal once worked in the nearby ochre mines and later became a pigment salesman and frame maker; while selling his pigments in Paris, he befriended Pissarro and Cézanne, some of whose paintings he received in trade for his frames. Pascal begins to tutor Lisette in both art and life, allowing her to see his small collection of paintings and the Provençal landscape itself in a new light. Inspired by Pascal’s advice to “Do the important things first,” Lisette begins a list of vows to herself (#4. Learn what makes a painting great). When war breaks out, André goes off to the front, but not before hiding Pascal’s paintings to keep them from the Nazis’ reach.


With German forces spreading across Europe, the sudden fall of Paris, and the rise of Vichy France, Lisette sets out to locate the paintings (#11. Find the paintings in my lifetime). Her search takes her through the stunning French countryside, where she befriends Marc and Bella Chagall, who are in hiding before their flight to America, and acquaints her with the land, her neighbors, and even herself in ways she never dreamed possible. Through joy and tragedy, occupation and liberation, small acts of kindness and great acts of courage, Lisette learns to forgive the past, to live robustly, and to love again.








The opulent age of empires is ending, but the great queens of the sea— the magnificent ocean liners—continue to reign supreme. Despite the tragedy of the Titanic, the race to build ever larger and more luxurious floating palaces continues, and passengers still flock to make the Atlantic crossing in style. 

In 1921,the SS Paris leaves Le Havre on her maiden voyage. Aboard, passengers dine in glittering grandeur on French cuisine, served by hundreds of unnoticed servants and chefs. Below the waterline, the modern oil-fired engines throb day and night. And for three women, this voyage will profoundly change their lives. 

Traveling first class, elderly Vera Sinclair is reluctantly moving back to Manhattan after thirty wonderful years abroad. In cozy second class, reveling in her brief freedom from family life, Constance Stone is returning after a failed mission to bring her errant sister home from France. And in the stifling servants’ quarters, young Le Havre native Julie Vernet is testing her wings in her first job as she sets out to forge her own future. For all three, in different ways, this transatlantic voyage will be a life-changing journey of the heart.


Interesting Finds







Seville dip bowls  from William Sonoma great for summer entertaining. 





This is a great dress for summer. 




As is this Otomi Shirtdress from Boden it is on sale for 25% off with the code F1N8





Ric Rack Espadrilles, cute and comfy. 25% off!



I hope that you share your find from this week, the books you read, movies you watched, podcasts that you listened too and recipes that you made. 

Have a wonderful weekend!


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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Life Lately




Good morning! How is your week going? Mine has had its ups and downs. As Sunday was Easter we decided to ease into the week and take the morning off on Monday. We went for a long walk, read in the sun with the pups and then got to work. Tuesday, we had a bit of a mishap. The yard guy hit a rock and broke the rear window on my car. Thankfully no one was hurt by the shattering glass and it was fixed this morning.

 I have been having a hard time sleeping lately, I feel as if I am waking up every hour, I think it is insomnia caused by menopause but I am not sure. Consequently, my energy is sapped and I am struggling to get any exercise. I do manage to get to yoga but aside from that my 10,000 are sliding down to about 5-6,000 a day. Any suggestions for a insomnia during menopause is greatly appreciated. 

My mom is doing fabulous for those who have asked. She got her cast off her broken wrist and is undergoing therapy for her shoulder. My mother-in-law has moved into her new condo and although she misses her house she knows this is for the best. My father-in-law is hanging in there, (he is over 6ft tall and weighs 128), but he is up out of bed everyday exercising. 

Spring is here, the azaleas are in bloom and the white, fuchsia and pink blossoms look beautiful, the crepe myrtles has leaves and the cherry blossoms are dropping.   This past week to celebrate Earth Day, I planted my containers and one tree in my yard. I added several ferns this year, and instead of my typical color scheme I decided to go with purple flowers in my blue pots to compliments the green boxwood and other plants that survived the winter.  I was lucky because a lot of my herbs, lavender, and other potted plants came back and I really did not need to buy too much. I am trying something new this year, I am planting flower seeds. I have never grown anything from seeds except lettuce and it was such a success last year that I thought I might try a few flowers. I will keep you posted. 

I read The Elephant in the Room: One Fat Man's Quest to Get Smaller in a Growing America this weekend and I am still thinking about it. When I went off to college I gained about 20 pounds more than the "freshman 15" and I felt awful, physically and mentally. The author of this book is 460 pounds and chronicles his struggles with food and loosing weight. 

I am curious, what do you think about the backlash from the 1 billion dollars pledged to rebuild Notre Dame? 

I made these spicy peanut noodles this week and they are delicious. I also made this creme brulee for Easter and it is so easy and scrumptious. 

That is what I have been up too lately, what about you? 

Have a great day!









Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Lemons & Limes From Talbots

Note: This post contains affiliate links. 

Good morning! I hope that you had a wonderful Easter and that you were you able to spend time with your family and friends? Did the Easter bunny bring you lots of candy? 


Lemon Brooch

Our Easter was nice and quiet with just my husband and I and our pups. We spent a beautiful day outside in the sun, made a scrumptious dinner enjoyed a lot of chocolate. The Easter bunny sent me a hand-made chocolate basket filled with 2 pounds of hand-made toffee, caramels and more. I also got a basket filled with my favorite Reese's peanut butter eggs. I now have enough candy to last me until next Easter. 


Gingham Shift with Lemons


I have a few trips planned this summer and I have been searching for a few things to add to my summer wardrobe. Yesterday, I received a Talbots catalog in the mail and I found a lot a cute things. Today I thought I would share just a few of the items from the Lemons & Limes collection. 


Lemon Embroidered Classic Shirt

A white cotton shirt is classic, and with the addition of some lemons could be a new classic for summer. You could wear it with jeans or shorts. If you want a t-shirt instead they have one as well. 


Yellow Gingham Tunic


This bright gingham yellow tunic would look great with a pair of white pants. 



Lemon Wrap



scarf

of this scarf are great accessories and would be perfect on a cool summer evening. 






If you prefer a pop of lemon color instead of the lemon motif, these pants are perfect! 




I ordered these lemon espadrilles so I will let you know how they look and fit when I get them. They also have lemon yellow espadrillesedges and sandals too.

In addition to these pieces, there are sweaters, jewelry and more so if  you are searching for a few new pieces to wear this summer check out Talbots. April 25th is the start of their friends and family sale and it is 30% off. I am a little confused as to the terms because the website says the sale is 30%off with Talbots credit card, the catalog doesn't note that. 

Have you purchased anything from Talbots lately? If so please share. 

Have a great day!

Here are a few more finds from the sale. 



Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter!



Happy Easter! 

I hope you have a blessed and wonderful day with family and friends. 



Saturday, April 20, 2019

Friday Favorites from My Name is Snickerdoodle, Kristine's Kitchen, and More


Good morning! Happy long Easter  weekend to you. I hope that you had a great week, are you ready for Easter? Do you have big plans? Will you be hosting and Easter celebration? We are staying home this year so our celebration will be a quiet one.



 Food 

In case you haven't quite nailed down your menu I found a few recipes you might enjoy. 


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If your celebration includes a brunch that this Bacon and Leek Deep Dish Quiche  is an easy to prepare and delicious addition to your meal. 


Image Country Living

Deviled Eggs  are the perfect appetizer for Easter, and a great way to use up your dyed eggs. 


Image Here

These Little Piggies with Bacon Jam are so cute and could be a great appetizer or on the brunch table too. 


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This Very Berry Salad from Kristine's Kitchen looks beautiful and refreshing. 


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You can never have enough candy on Easter! This Easter Candy Board from My name is Snickerdoodle is a fun dessert. 




Movies











Articles







Books



Don't forget to order your copy of fellow blooger Kristy Woodson Harveys' The Southern Side of Paradise, release date May 6th. 

With the man of her dreams back in her life and all three of her daughters happy, Ansley Murphy should be content. But she can’t help but feel like it’s all a little too good to be true.

Meanwhile, youngest daughter and actress Emerson, who is recently engaged and has just landed the role of a lifetime, seemingly has the world by the tail. Only, something she can’t quite put her finger on is worrying her—and it has nothing to do with her recent health scare.

When two new women arrive in Peachtree Bluff—one who has the potential to wreck Ansley’s happiness and one who could tear Emerson’s world apart—everything is put in perspective. And after secrets that were never meant to be told come to light, the powerful bond between the Murphy sisters and their mother comes crumbling down, testing their devotion to each other and forcing them to evaluate the meaning of family.

With Kristy Woodson Harvey’s signature charm, wit, and heart, The Southern Side of Paradise is another masterful Peachtree Bluff novel that proves she is a “Southern writer with staying power” (Booklist).






Award-winning author Jill McCorkle takes us on a splendid journey through time and memory in this, her tenth work of fiction. Life After Life is filled with a sense of wonder at our capacity for self-discovery at any age. And the residents, staff, and neighbors of the Pine Haven retirement center (from twelve-year-old Abby to eighty-five-year-old Sadie) share some of life’s most profound discoveries and are some of the most true-to-life characters that you are ever likely to meet in fiction. Delivered with her trademark wit, Jill McCorkle’s constantly surprising novel illuminates the possibilities of second chances, hope, and rediscovering life right up to the very end. She has conjured an entire community that reminds us that grace and magic can—and do—appear when we least expect it. 






The Hive recounts the astonishing tale of all the weird and wonderful things that humans believed about bees and their "society" over the ages. It ranges from the honey delta of ancient Egypt to the Tupelo forests of modern Florida, taking in a cast of characters including Alexander the Great and Napoleon, Sherlock Holmes and Muhammed Ali.
The history of humans and honeybees is also a history of ideas, taking us through the evolution of science, religion, and politics, and a social history that explores the bee's impact on food and human ritual.
In this beautifully illustrated book, Bee Wilson shows how humans will always view the hive as a miniature universe with order and purpose, and look to it to make sense of their own.






Penelope Lively takes up her key themes of time and memory, and her lifelong passions for art, literature, and gardening in this philosophical and poetic memoir. From the courtyards of her childhood home in Cairo to a family cottage in Somerset, to her own gardens in Oxford and London, Lively conducts an expert tour, taking us from Eden to Sissinghurst and into her own backyard, traversing the lives of writers like Virginia Woolf and Philip Larkin while imparting her own sly and spare wisdom. "Her body of work proves that certain themes never go out of fashion," writes the New York Times Book Review, as true of this beautiful volume as of the rest of the Lively canon.

Now in her eighty-fourth year, Lively muses, "To garden is to elide past, present, and future; it is a defiance of time."


Finds



Gingham scarf from J.Crew









Love these mules! If you do too they are and extra 50% at Anthropologie





Fun cherry earrings for less than $6.00!


That's it for this week! I hope that you found something new to you here this week and I hope that you share something new with us. Please share your recipes, books, podcasts, movies and more. 

Have a blessed and Happy Easter. 




Thursday, April 18, 2019

Pottery Barn Easter Favorites on Sale

Good afternoon! I hope you are having a great day! I have been getting emails from Pottery Barn all day about their Spring sale. I put together a list of great pieces just in case you still need something to decorate your Easter/Spring table.

Have a great evening. 



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My Easter Tablescape




Good morning! How is your week so far? Mine has been busy, but great.  I am looking forward to a short week and the Easter holidays. 




This year we are staying home for a cosy Easter dinner for 2, so I pulled out a few of my favorite finds and everyday items to decorate the table. I started with a tablecloth I had made from a piece of Colonial Williamsburg fabric. I have had this piece for a couple of years and lucky for me this gorgeous fabric matches the decoupage eggs that I made this year. 





Then I layered a white charger plate, with my standard white dinner platea white napkin and vintage flower salad plates and of course a chocolate bunny




In place of flowers I created a centerpiece of vintage silver-plate bowls filled with eggs, marshmallow eggs piled high on my bunny cake plate, small tivoli garden bowls with pastel candies, a collection of ceramic birds and a scattering of eggs  and candy. 




I love the bright fuchsia, pinks and green against the chocolate brown linen, the colors while not traditional Easter colors compliment the pastels of the candy, the eggs and the flowers on the salad plates. 




What are your plans for Easter? Will you be hosting a big family dinner, or a small brunch? Whatever you do I hope that you have a wonderful day. 




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