Friday Favorites #418

It is hard to believe that this time last week we were up to our knees in snow! This week we are dreaming about our garden…and carrots…and carrots with a ginger beer glaze. Now you will be as well. I can’t wait to try it. 

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Some New Old Stuff…Happy Spring!

Isn’t it grand to celebrate the first day of Spring with a major snowstorm…where was all this snow in January? We did have a cozy snow day from school and work but my mind is beyond winter and well into Spring.

This week looks a little more promising. I do have a few new things to show off…I hope you find them interesting!

How lovely is this old milk box…I picture it full of geraniums…hopefully soon.

Just when you say you have enough vintage suitcases another just comes along to steal your heart.

I have always wanted an old French Wine Demijohn. I’m not sure if this is French or terribly old but it looks fabulous and still has a little wine inside…it might come in handy.

This antique French bell, what is there not to love?

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Friday Favorites #417

I can’t wait to add these galvanized eggs to my Easter decor…aren’t they lovely! I am so ready for Spring. B6EACFBD-0C38-4D70-A49C-1CDDD158BDA7On to this week’s party 🎉 

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Thank Goodness For Eggs

This week a big moving van parked in front of our house and took stuff away. Usually this activity means a series of goodbyes and the seemingly endless process of unpacking and making a new house into a home. There is adventure in that but it can grow weary as time goes on. Lucky for me, however…this is just the first step in our plan to renovate this charming old house and the things removed will be returned to a beautiful new basement guest suite and playroom. What’s the point to this story? When you store your decor and holiday items in a basement, even when you plan carefully, you will over look a few bins… and figure out a few days later that what you want to use is sitting in a storage facility who knows where. So to that point, what do you do? You make do and discover the beauty of what you have at hand. In my case, a whole bunch of colored eggs, a few silk flowers, a bunny or two, and bag of vintage chocolate molds. Enjoy Easter at our house!

Eggs on the Mantel with Antique postcards. Simple but elegant

A Spring vignette on the dining room table.

The Candy jar filled with colorful eggs.

Just line up some capiz eggs on a French baguette board

Even a Princess needs her rest after a long week. Alas, some of her favorites were packed up as well.

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Friday Favorites #416

This week I shared the recipe for a delicious chocolate oatmeal pie…that disappeared in the matter of days by the way…and I really hope to have a bit of time to make these crackers.  They won’t last long either.  D4772369-2283-4324-9AA6-A3E2AAE67D69Now it’s time to Party!

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The Best Way to Eat Oatmeal

It seemed to be a pie kind of weekend. After the business of last week, it feels great to just relax and take the time to create something wonderful. It seems a bit early for really good fruit…so oatmeal it is. I always have a stash in the pantry. I prefer steel cut for my breakfast but rolled oats just work better in baked treats. This sticky, sweet concoction gets even better when you add chocolate…doesn’t everything? Once again, I need to give full credit to the ladies at Four and Twenty Blackbirds for the inspiration!

The Usual Cast Of Characters

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/4 cup heavy cream

4 ounces bittersweet chocolate (we use 70%), chopped into 1/4-inch pieces

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1 cup corn syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 teaspoons cider vinegar

4 large eggs

The Steps to Glory

1 This recipe uses our All-Butter Crust for a 9-inch single-crust pie, partially pre-baked and cooled. Yes I made my own!

2 Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350° F.

3 Spread the oats on a rimmed baking sheet and toast in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4 Set aside to cool.

5 Reduce the oven temperature to 325° F.

6 To make the ganache layer, bring the heavy cream just to a boil over medium heat in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Remove from the heat and pour in the chocolate pieces.

7 Swirl the cream around to distribute and cover the chocolate; let sit for 5 minutes.

8 Whisk gently until smooth. Scrape the ganache into the cooled pie shell and spread evenly over the bottom.

9 Place the shell in the freezer to set the ganache while making the filling.

10 In a large bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, ginger, salt, and melted butter.

11 Add the corn syrup, vanilla, and cider vinegar and whisk to combine.

12 Add the eggs one at a time, blending well after each addition.

13 Stir in the cooled oats.

14 Place the ganache-coated pie shell on a rimmed baking sheet and pour in the filling.

15 Bake on the middle rack of the oven for about 55 minutes, rotating 180° when the edges start to set, 30 to 35 minutes through baking.

16 The pie is finished when the edges are set and puffed slightly and the center is slightly firm to the touch but still has some give (like gelatin).

17 Allow to cool completely on a wire rack, 2 to 3 hours.

18 Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.

19 The pie will keep refrigerated for 3 days or at room temperature for 2 days.

The Pie was Princess approved! She just hopes Spring is really in the air to stay.

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