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Sunday, November 29, 2015

What do you think?

Is it time to get into the Christmas spirit?

And create a few masterpieces.

No talent required, just a little white glue and thin paper napkins.

After gluing paper onto glass balls I've added a few painted dots. 

Most paper napkins can be separated into thin layers, the thinner, the better. 

Tear paper napkins into small and irregular pieces and glue onto glass or plastic balls, covering every inch.  

When dry, spray with a little sealer.  

Plastic balls (available in craft stores this time of year) are more practical.  

You can also paint them.  With acrylic paints.  I'll show you how in a few days.  

Now is a good time to head to your craft store.  
Clear Balls are only available this time of year.  

Happy creating, 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you a great day with Family and Friends.

We are having Duck a l'Orange.

What are you having today?

Whatever it is, I know that it will be delicious.  


Friday, November 20, 2015

Thanksgiving and Christmas without candles?

Oh no.

Shall we make them special? 

Why not add a little gold.

You will need a few sheets of gold leaf and a bottle of 
size (glue).

All available in any craft store. 

Size (rabbit skin glue) comes in small bottles. 

  Pour a small amount of glue into a plastic container.

Brush on glue to lower part of candle. 
Wait about 30 minutes until glue is slightly tacky. 
Stays tacky for several hours.  

Lay gold leaf sheets onto candle. 
Polish with soft cloth or sheepskin.

While you wait for the glue to dry on candles why not gild a few acorns...it's the same technique. 

After gilding the candle you can scribe a scrolling pattern into the goldleaf with the handle of a paint brush.  

See how special. A few candles with gold leaf, a few pomanders,  and fresh greens and a centerpiece is born.  

Have I convinced you yet?

Thank you dear friends for stopping by.  I am always so happy to hear from you.  

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

What a difference a day makes

An ever changing vista

The happenings of the last few days have left me fearing for the human race. 

I can't stop thinking about the unbearable grief of the bereaved families. 

I take solace in my surroundings.  

But how do they find peace? 

Wild Geese gather on our pond.  They are getting ready to fly South. 

Would our Emden geese go with them if they could fly? 

This time of year we lower our pond for safety reasons.
The ducks enjoy the newly exposed soil along the banks.  
Who knows what tasty morsels they find .

It snowed all day yesterday.

This morning the sun is shining.

And I have hope.

Thank you for letting me share my thoughts with you.


Sunday, November 8, 2015

I just had to

bake some Biscotti.

We meant to stop by the  little Bakery in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa.

 We forgot and sailed right passed it.  

But I have the recipe and I will share it with you.  
(See below)


In large bowl mix all dry ingredients
8 cups of flour
4 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
3 cups of ground almond meal
3 tsp of finely grated lemon zest
1 tsp salt

In another bowl mix 4 cups of sugar with 
10 beaten eggs
2 sticks of melted and cooled unsalted butter
1 cup of skinned, roasted and crushed hazelnuts
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
mix all ingredients well and 
add into flour mixture

Mix well, should have cookie consistency.  
Can add a little milk or more lemon juice if it is too thick. 

butter 3 large cookie sheets. 

With wet hands form 5 to 6 logs,  bake at 350 for 
about 25 minutes or until logs are firm when  pressed in center.

Let cool and slice into 1/2 inch slices, stand upright on edge and 
bake again for about 20 minutes @ 350 degrees, or until lightly browned, 

Makes 4 to 5 dozen biscotti cookies. 

Do you know why this  cookie is called Biscotti? 

It is twice baked, that's why.  

Salpiglossis in my greenhouse.  

Have a great week dear friends.