Brought a little something back from vacation to lighten my mood. My fancy tea wear is still in storage, so my trusty Pantone color cup has to do the job. Paul macaroons from a French bakery in Washington DC, which I would want to stop by way too often if I lived nearby. :3
I haven’t found a single shop to buy from at my new place, so a macaroon fast of eight months is a serious deal for me. XD
Strawberry jam, that wholesome favorite that has just never seemed to be far away in my life. If you’re a breakfast or tea time person like I am, then I am sure you know what I mean. It’s a quintessential item for the table, no doubt about it.
After many years of reading jam labels for contents: sugar, fake sugar, unknown items etc, I have finally decided to just make my own.
While this may sound like a large undertaking, in reality it’s not really. After just a few minutes of searching online I discovered the ingredients were quiet simple.
- 4 lbs. of strawberries
- 3 tablespoons of agar agar flakes
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice (I used lime)
- 1 1/4 cups of sugar (I used raw sugar)
Saturday I escaped away from running errands to stop in for a late lunch at a local tea room. I literally squeaked in before the last seating I believe, whew! It has been a while since my last visit, so I was really craving the tiny sandwiches and witty conversation that always seems to pop up.
Picked an Assam tea this time around, quiet tasty.
A close up of the lovely blue rose cup.
After many mornings of trying to catch my finches inside the lens of my camera, I was finally able to capture a few! In these first couple of shots, you can see the figure box they decided was a better nesting site than the lovely wooden next box I provided them. XD
These is the male sitting on the nest and a friendly visitor. As you can see he is not very tidy at covering the eggs like the female is. Amazingly enough I was never able to catch the female really this morning. Her only shot is the very first photo and she is standing on the edge of the nest.
This week the Disney Villains collection has finally hit the stores and I couldn’t be more thrilled! Besides the wonderful dolls which are being released, all of the tie in merchandise is just fantastic! I am a big fan of Maleficent, the Evil Queen and Cruella de Ville; so having so many lovely items come out all at once is a bit overwhelming.
So for my first couple of items I decided to take the practical route and go for the journals. Now these are not just regular paste front journals, these are black faux leather cover embossed with a filigree hand-tooled design! They have a wonderful heft to them and feel great in your hand. They are a handy size of 7 3/4″ H x 5 3/4″ W and so they are fantastic to toss in your bag for jotting down on the go musings.
There are six designs, but I’m starting out with the Evil Queen and Cruella de Ville.
The insides are wonderfully detailed too with the Villains logo on one page and a small version of the character sketch on the other. There are lovely colored end papers also, plus a tiny pocket inside the back cover. One of my favorite details I think is the ribbon bookmark with the small silver toned charm at the end.
Today a new Apple product is being unveiled and while a lot of people get to see the inside of the building thanks to the press of this highly broadcast event, I thought you may want to see what the outside looks like. ^_^
This is the entrance to the building where everything has been announced since I’ve moved to the San Francisco area. For all I know it has always been this same building year after year. The design is changed for each announcement and they only put it up a couple of days before hand, so it’s always interesting to see what it will be each time.
Here is a farther back shot letting you see some of the satellite trucks which had been setup as of yesterday to broadcast the proceedings. The front of the building near the door (where the giant Apple logo is) should by now have rows of velvet ropes to hold the press into lines and help with security.