My dear friend Loretta was popping over for afternoon tea. So, yesterday morning I was
throwing tossing together a few ingredients for that favorite little fast French cake, Gateau de Mamy. Two apples, two fresh eggs, the best butter, flour, sugar baking powder....and the always special two tablespoons of ground almonds. European baking uses lots of ground almonds, that's why their pastries are so yummy and, no kidding, perhaps the nuts make them healthier!
While the baking was going on, warming up
the kitchen and smelling homey and delicious, I was looking
about the room.
Do you do that? Let your eyes do a panoramic roll around and think about things such as, 'I wish I could afford new cabinets', or, 'just a couple of lower cabinet pull-out shelves would be great so I don't have to get down on my knobbly knees to find the casseroles and less used items lurking in the depths'.
How about, 'heck, I really need to get up on a chair and dust off those Ball jars sitting on the hutch'.
So I did.......it was an affordable option after all!!
While up there I happened to spy these out in the back garden.......more daffodils blowing in the cold breeze. I dashed and cut them, added the last of the almost 3-week old Trader Joe's white mums - still looking pretty good - and voila, a new
vase jar of country-looking flowers to enjoy.
I can survive without new cabinets, current ones are working just fine and 'fit' with the cottagey look of this small house...............but those pull out shelves are a definite 'maybe' in the coming months.
Do you plan to buy colorful flowers to cheer up your home for the weekend........or are you lucky enough to have a few early blooms in your garden?