Saturday, February 22, 2014

Shirred Eggs & Tea

My sister shared this recipe with me a few years ago, and it's a breakfast treat we enjoy every so often. This morning I made us both an egg in some ramekin dishes, but we both agreed they cook better in a muffin tin even though it's more visually pleasing in a single dish. 

All you need is (for a single serving) the following:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp. heavy whipping cream
  • salt & pepper

Oil your muffin tin and crack the egg into it. Pour the heavy cream on top of the egg, and sprinkle your salt & pepper over it. Bake @ 350 degrees for 15-17 minutes. If you like your egg yolk completely dry (as in for deviled eggs) you may want to bake for another 2 minutes.

Have a lovely weekend, friends!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Waiting for the Forget-Me-Nots

Just the other day I noticed that the tips of my tulip and hyacinth bulbs are starting to poke through the seemingly barren stretch of garden. They give me hope that spring is on its way, and following will be the spring flora of late-blooming bulbs and the tender blue forget-me-nots.

Not long ago I discovered some vintage 35" wide yardage of a pretty calico that reminded me of the clusters of blooms that grow in one of my gardens. This week I made a couple aprons and might be able to squeeze one more out of what's left, but for now there is a Tasha Tudor style and a 1950s style with scallops.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Coming Soon!

What is black and white, with red all over?

An apron, of course! :) If you've been a blog reader for awhile, you will recognize this fabric and apron style. It seems to be a "signature" style over at Peasant Cottage, and unfortunately the fabric is very hard to come by since it's out of print.

Last week I snagged some yardage (okay, all that could be possibly sold…) of it and it came in the mail today. I will probably keep an apron for myself or use it for a gift, but the other one will go up in the shop.

Oh, and just a heads up, I'll be hosting an apron giveaway in the not to distant future. It's been awhile since I've done one of those...

Have a happy Wednesday!

Saturday, February 01, 2014

The Art of Decluttering

I'm no pro at keeping things simple.

Ask my violin teacher who often says, "You're making it way harder than what it really needs to be."

Ask one of my sisters who lives on just 10 items in her closet (okay, maybe 12?) who seems to be having a fresh new wardrobe semi annually. (Probably because she wears everything a lot rather than just a few times per season.)
Ask another sister of when we were little and I'd beg her for help in organizing my "junk drawer."

While I've done my best at not being a hoarder, there are times when I go through things and wonder, "Why am I saying this?" This last week I found enough clothes from my closet to fill two grocery bags, and enough odd and ends from other corners to fill another grocery bag. I finally got the nerve to pull out my scrap bin of mostly cotton fabrics (anything less than 1/2 yard kind of fabric bin) and fill up 5 grocery bags to give to a quilter.
I'm tired of the mindset that bespeaks "the art of collecting" and it just sitting for either "someday" or just because I really liked it 8 years ago. There are a few other corners that I should rummage through, too. If anyone out there has "the art of decluttering" down pat (or even if you're wiser in purchasing items than I am!) there is someone who would like to glean some tips and advice from you!