Faire May

Welcome be thou,                                                                                                                                            faire, fresshe May.                                                                                                                                               ~ Geoffrey Chaucervi

Faire May Happy May Day may blossoms spring gardening in my Tasha Tudor style herb garden elegantlyhandmade.etsy.com

The african violets are in bloom ….. again.

African violet

May is the month we plant the garden – ‘ A Time to Keep ‘ ~ By Tasha Tudor

May Day A time to plant Garden where you are Tasha Tudor inspired herb garden

Tasha Tudor inspired patio herb garden.

Has the weather allowed you to start your garden? I have indeed started my patio, Tasha Tudor inspired, patio herb garden.  My basil, rosemary and oregano that has loved a very pampered life succumbed to what – to hot then cold?? They were quite productive living about three years!

 

Happy May Day  ~ Melissa

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Sunday at the Movies – Five Little Peppers & Sandwiches

This Sundays Movie is the Five Little Peppers. We will start with the complete audio book and  continue with links for the complete viewing of each movie.

But first let’s make some sandwiches to go with our movies and a vintage coconut cake recipe at the bottom of this post.

 

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1940 Campbells soup sandwich –  sauce recipes

When I saw this set of vintage recipes for open-faced sandwiches it reminded me of my grandmother, she loved open face Rubens, and turkey with gravy sandwiches.

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My daughter’s used to find framed egg sandwiches to great fun as we would use different cookie cutters to cut out the shape!

I think the Pepper family would have found this sandwich affordable.

 

Five Little Peppers and How They Grew

A book series that was originally published in an 1880 edition of Wide Awake, a children’s magazine. The publisher of the magazine, Daniel Lothrop, loved the Pepper stories so much that he published a hard-cover edition of the story — and married the author in 1881. In 1883 the couple moved to historic Concord, Massachusetts, and resided in a house called the Wayside, which had previously been home to Nathaniel Hawthorne and also to Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women.


The Five Little Peppers book series was created by Margaret Sidney from 1881 to 1916. It covers the lives of the five children of Mamsie and the late Mister Pepper who are born into poverty in a rural “little brown house”. The Pepper books were the inspiration for a brief series of feature films produced by Columbia Pictures in 1939-40. The four films were vehicles for Columbia’s juvenile star Edith Fellows, who played Polly. The rest of the kids were Charles Peck as Ben, Tommy Bond of “Our Gang” as Davie, Bobby Larson as Joey, and Dorothy Ann Seese as Phronsie.

FIVE LITTLE PEPPERS AND HOW THEY GREW (1939)

In this, the first entry in four-part series, children’s movie, Polly Pepper takes care of her siblings while her mother toils at a factory. Polly’s newest friend is Jasper, a rich kid who likes to play with the Pepper kids. Trouble ensues when the littlest Pepper comes down with the measles and infects Jasper and his grandfather, Mr. King. They all wind up stuck together in a quarantined house. After the devoted Polly collapses from working too hard, Mr. King moves the Pepper clan into his mansion. The plucky family finally garners a fortune when it is discovered that Polly has inherited the controlling shares in a mine that the grandfather wants to purchase.

FIVE LITTLE PEPPERS AT HOME (1940)
This time around, Polly and the kids try to figure out a way to save their mother (Dorothy Peterson) from bankruptcy, with the help of crusty-but-lovable Mr. King (Clarence Kolb). After a slow-moving hour or so, the film picks up tremendously in the final reel when the kids are trapped in a copper mine cave-in, sparking a tension-filled rescue effect. A bit too syrupy sweet for modern tastes, Five Little Peppers at Home is redeemed by the cynical performance of Rex Evans as a sneering butler.

OUT WEST WITH THE PEPPERS (1940)
Once again in dire financial straits, the Pepper family is forced to pull up stakes and head westward. Upon arrival in the Wide Frontiers, the Pepper kids get into mischief in a lumber camp. As usual, the plot is resolved by Edith Fellows as eldest Pepper child Polly, who manages to stumble upon a financial windfall which proves beneficial not only to her family but practically everyone else in the film.

 

FIVE LITTLE PEPPERS IN TROUBLE (1940)
Unable to watch over her kids and go to work at the same time, Mrs. Pepper bundles the little Peppers off to boarding school. The Five Little Peppers in Trouble is just so “cute”; you take it from there. The six are packed off to an elite boarding school. The other students, all rich kids led by queen bee June (Shirley Mills), won’t associate with these common public school intruders. Although all six are in the same boat, the focus is almost completely on Polly; Fellows gets to do some singing when they hold tryouts for the school’s musical.

 

 

May you have a peaceful Sunday watching vintage movies and eating sandwiches!

~Melissa

Copyright 2017 By Melissa O’Connot

 

 

Happy St Patrick’s Day

Happy St Patrick’s Day to you!

Irish Blessing to You Happy St Patriicks Day Ireland Forever

 Many Blessings to You…

May the Leprechauns be near you

To Spread Luck along your way.

And May all the Irish Angels

Smile upon you Saint Patrick’s Day!

Irish Film for this St Patrick’s Day..

THREE CHEERS FOR THE IRISH

Peter Casey has been with the New York City police department for 25 years. He’s totally surprised when he’s asked to retire on his 25th anniversary with the force. He’s even more unprepared for the romance that develops between his favorite daughter, Maureen, and the Scottish cop who takes over his beat.

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

~ Melissa

Copyright 2017 By Melissa O’Connor

A Great Day For The Irish

A Great Day for the Irish with Little Nellie Kelly (Judy Garland)……and Irish Freckle Bread?

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It’s a Great Day For The Irish…

In Ireland, Jerry Kelly marries his sweetheart, Nellie Noonan  over the objections of her ne’er-do-well father, Michael Noonan , who swears never to speak to Jerry again, even though he reluctantly accompanies the newlyweds to America, where Jerry becomes a policeman, and all three become citizens. Michael continues to hold his grudge against Jerry, even when Nellie dies while giving birth to little Nellie.

And here is Judy Garlands only death scene …….

Years later, Jerry is now a captain on the police force, and little Nellie (also played by Judy Garland) has grown up as the spitting image of her mother. When Nellie becomes enamored of Dennis Fogarty, the son of Michael’s old friend Timothy Fogarty , the squabbling between Nellie’s father and grandfather intensifies, as Michael objects to the romance, and finally leaves home because of it.

Eventually, the three generations are reconciled, and Nellie and Dennis remain a couple.

 

Judy entertains us with her lovely voice singing ‘A GREAT DAY FOR THE IRISH’

Along with a traditional song ‘ A Girls Milking Her Cow’ sung partly in Irish – Gaelic

 

IN MY IRISH KITCHEN

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Cead Mile Failte Romhat!
( A hundred thousand welcomes to you!)

For our tay time and movies snack let’s try a wee bit of freckles bread……

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Irish Freckle Bread…..mmmmm

 

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May The Fairies Luck Go with you !

~Melissa

 

Copyright 2017 By Melissa O’Connor

 

When Irish Eyes are Smiling

WHEN IRISH EYES ARE SMILING

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Hello, I am Melissa O’Connor (Maiden name), and there is more Irish about me than just my name it is indeed running strongly through my veins. O’Connor is from my father, and we are predominantly Irish with a very interesting family history that takes us on a long journey from a doctor in the United States in the 1840’s to his adopted family in England, then on to our family roots in Ireland. Also, with the last name Yates on my mom’s side, this adds even more Irish to my heritage.

 

WHEN IRISH EYES ARE SMILING

When Irish Eyes are Smiling sure it’s like a morn in spring
In the lilt of Irish laughter you can hear the angels sing
when Irish hearts are happy all the world seems bright and gay
but when Irish eyes are smiling sure they’ll steal your heart away

Dan & Melissa

There’s a tear in your eye and I’m wondering why
that it ever should be there at all
with such power in your smile sure a stone you’d beguile
and there’s never a teardrop should fall
when your sweet lilting laughter’s like some fairy song
and your eyes sparkle bright as can be
Oh then laugh all the while and all other times smile
and then smile a smile for me

Chorus…
For your smile is a part of the love in your heart,
And it makes even sunshine more bright.
Like the linnet’s sweet song, crooning all the day long,
Comes your laughter and light for the springtime of life
Is the sweetest of all
There is ne’er a real care or regret; ad while springtime is ours
Throughout all of youth’s hours, let us smile each chance we get.

 

~ let us smile each chance we get!

 

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Rainbow over Dublin.

~Melissa & Dan

 

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Secrets Of Ireland…..

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There are many Secrets Of  Ireland she  also has many folklore stories, a strong history…… beautiful landscapes and seashore. And let’s not forget the perfect “cuppha tae” and  delicious foods such as buttermilk scones to go with todays movie.

THE SECRET OF ROAN INISH

Fiona  is a young Irish girl with an unusual family history, including a long-missing baby brother. When she goes to live with her grandparents on the west coast of Ireland, Fiona hears stories about her ancestors, tales that involve mythical creatures called selkies who can shift from seal to human form. After Fiona ends up on the small island of Roan Inish, her family’s ancestral home, she believes she may have found her little brother living by the sea.

“The east is our future, and the west is our past,” Fiona’s God-fearing grandmother (Eileen Colgan) declares. But the old island draws Fiona to it, even though her inquiries make her elders nervous. Before long, the girl is poking around on Roan Inish, accompanied by a 13-year-old cousin, Eamon (Richard Sheridan). One day she spies a naked wild child in a field, picking flowers. But when she cries out her lost brother’s name, the little boy runs off to a tiny boat-shaped cradle and paddles out to sea.

Fiona’s  grandfather  tells her of a Conneelly ancestor who fought the British to defend the Irish language. Then her dark-haired cousin Tadhg tells her about the forebear who fell in love with a “selkie” .  He fathered a brood with her before she returned to her marine-mammal form.

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Selkies are said to live as seal in the sea but shed their skin to become human on land.

 

Here is a small clip of the beginning of the movie. I own this movie and enjoy it very much through out the year and well worth the small fee some are  charging to watch the full length movie  on-line.

“The Secret of Roan Inish” freely mixes Celtic myth and everyday reality.  Its focus is not so much on the collision of modern life with traditional ways as on a private journey to discover roots – of family history, geography and ties to nature.

An Irish Sketchbook – of Ireland in photographs!

The Secret of Roan Inish was filmed on the  rugged coast of  Donegal in northwestern Ireland which boast some of the highest cliffs in Ireland and England. BEAUTIFUL

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The highest sea cliffs in Ireland. The mountain on the Atlantic coast of County Donegal, Ireland. At 601 metres (1,972 ft)   * Copyright 2017 By Melissa O’Connor

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Donegal County Northern Ireland.

 

IN MY IRISH COTTAGE KITCHEN

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Cead Mile Failte Romhat!
( A hundred thousand welcomes to you!)

Put the kettle on for a cup or two of tay  (Irish for tea)

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The Perfect Pot o tay ( AN Irish, “Cuppah Tae”)

Morning and afternoon tea in Ireland are often severed with scones, brown bread or soda bread  topped with delicious Irish butter and jam.

BUTTERMILK SCONES 

2 1/2 cups plain flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

3 Tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

1 cup currant (or raisins)

1 teaspoon caraway seeds

1 cup of buttermilk

1 egg, slighty beaten

  1. Grease a baking sheet and pre-heat the oven to 375 ~ F.
  2. Blend the flours, sugar, salt,baking powder, baking soda and cream of tartar.
  3. Rub the butter into the dry ingredients until it is well-distributed. Mix in the currants (or raisins) and caraway seeds.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and egg. Add this liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until blended. Turn onto a floured board and knead for a minute or two.
  5. Roll the dough flat to about 3/4 inch thick. Cut it into circles and place them on a greased baking sheet, spacing about 3 inches apart.
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly on a wire rack, and serve warm with a pot of jam and a cup of tea. (cuppha Tae)

 

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 Where ever you go, whatever you do, May the Luck of the Irish be there with you!

 

 

Enjoy you Tae Time Movie. ~ Melissa

You can find my handmade Irish – St Patrick’s Day items in my etsy shop

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Shades of Irish Green lariat / necklace

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Handmade home comforts of home and cottage My Irish Cottage decor Hand knit home Irish st Patricks day home decor elegantlyhandmade.etsy.com by Melissa elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com

Hand – knit Dishcloth – a Beautiful shade of green handknit of cotton yarn in Irish moss stitch  with a lovely cherry wood (eco harvested) small spatula.

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Three Wise Fools – Vintage Movie

Three Wise Fools a 1946 film about a young Irish orphan  Sheila who, with the help from leprechaun’s only she can see, softens the hearts three harden old bachelors who were once unsuccessful suitors of her grandmother many years before.

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Three Wish Men

Here we start with a Lux Radio Theater 1947 presentation of the ‘Three Wise Fools’

 

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Vintage Movie Sunday with Margaret O’Brien

And Here is a youtube  videos to this lovely vintage Irish Movie starring Margret O’Brien, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone  and Edward Arnold.

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Hope you have little help from leprechaun’s today!

Blessing

~ Melissa

Copyright 2017 By Melissa O’Connor

If you would like to add a bit of the stylish green to your Home Decor   I think you would enjoy my hand – knit dish cloths and cherry wood spatula in my shop.

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Hand – knit Dishcloth in a beautiful shade of green. Handknit in Irish moss stitch with addition of a  lovely cherry wood (eco harvested) small spatula.

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May You Be Blessed

May You Be Blessed This first Day of March…..

 

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AN IRISH SKETCHBOOK ;

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Erin
The Island of Ireland is about the size of the state of Indiana. This is  interesting to me as I am from Indiana!

 

Donegal Town Ireland.

HOW DID THEY COME UP WITH THESE NAMES?!?

Over the millennia, Gaelic and Viking names have become anglicized; later, when the tables turned, English names became Gaelicized. Spelling isn’t as important as pronunciation…….which is almost impossible anyway.

Dun: fortified area, castle, or fortress.

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~ O For A Breath Of Irish Air And A Sight Of The Irish Green…..

AROUND IRELAND

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Castle in Northern Ireland…

IN MY IRISH KITCHEN

Cead Mile Failte Romhat!
( A hundred thousand welcomes to you!)

In my Irish Kitchen Traditional Irish recipes of Ireland Irish cooking comforts of home St Patriicks day foods Parsnips scones

A Taste Of The Irish Bill Of Fare From The Hands Of My Irish Coleen – or in this Kitchen   ~ The Hands of Irish Melissa  😉

Do you like Parsnips ?? I love them!

Parsnip Mash

1 Pound of Potatoes, peeled or unpeeled if you like and chopped

1 Pound Parsnips, peeled and chopped. ( I buy organic so I do not peel)

2/3 cup mixture of cream milk and cream

2-3 Tablespoons butter

2 Tablespoons chopped scallions

Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Place the potatoes and parsnips in a large pot cover with cold water. Boil until fork tender.
  2. Drain the potatoes and parsnips well, then mash with milk, cream and butter.
  3. Mix in the scallions and add salt and pepper to taste

 

Enjoy – Melissa

All Pictures and content are copyright 2017 By Melissa O’Connor

Photographs of Ireland belong to me! DO NOT PIN OR REMOVE!!

Some Information and sketches are from the book ‘ Ireland A Celebration’

 

February Oh, February

February – Oh, February you have been a very busy month!

I was sitting in my rocker last night realizing  that it was indeed the end of the month. So I started contemplating exactly where this month and this is what went to…….

First part of the Month my Dan came down with a cold….oh dear, his sister came for a visit. It was a very nice visit even though we did not really do anything special – due to sad cold.

Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady Tuesday with Tasha Tudor

February from the Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady, displayed with a few of my favorite things

The first part of the month of February brings several birthdays. The first one to arrive is my oldest  gran – daughters, who turned eleven this year, oh my! She decided last year she was going to start collecting and wearing fashion scarves, so naturally, I knit her one. This year I knit her a neck kerchief. She likes to make list and schedules so I thought she might enjoy a felt note pad case along with a hair bow – she loves to wear hair adornments!!

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Amellia’s Neck Kerchief.Hand knit in Sea Song yarn made of cotton and Kelp fiber. I like to try to use a unique yarn, last years scarf was knit of a yarn made of corn fiber!

February is also Amellia’s Daddy’s birthday…. and several more in the family.

Comforts of home handmade home felt note book pencil case hair bow necklace

Happy Eleventh Amellia! Felt note pad case along with the hand-made hair bows and necklace.

In the mean time ….

I was finishing up an order for one of my Hand-knit Tasha Tudor style Cottage Elegance cotton shawl. I enjoy including free gifts in my orders and have wanted to design a brooch / shawl pin to go with my shawls. Here are two I tried out.

 

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Tasha Tudor style shawl safety-pin brooch / shawl pin. I hand wired this brooch with beautiful cranberry and gold  czech glass beads.

We do see Tasha using a safety-pin to hold her shawl on……It always makes my kind of cinch when I see that the pin is just attached to just one stitch on each side, but I’m sure Tasha knew how to mend it if a stitch was to break. If you look close at the picture you can see that I catch two-rows of stitches on each side. Here is another style of brooch / shawl pin.

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My Yo – yo brooch is made with a hand-dyed fabric (I purchased from another artesian) Encircled with czech glass beads accented with a shell button.

Happy Custmer = Make me happy!!
Received the  beautifully made shoulder Shawl,  I am late in saying thank you, Also thank you for the 2 pins And the two sachets.
I will email you Again as I would like one in grey And a little bigger I have wide shoulders and I am 5 feet 9.
I am happy to take custom orders.

Then came Valentines day and Dan shared his cold with me!!!

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Tasha Tudor “Be Mine” Valentine Advent calendar in the lovely glow of bee wax candle. A beautiful relaxing scene I take in from my rocking chair.

Dan did make up for sharing his cold with some lovely Valentines Day gifts.

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Gifts from my Valentine

A beautiful wooden tea try from Germany with water colored wild flowers. I think I’m going to hang this on my wall. Some yummy Chocolate Velvet and peppermint chocolate republic tea.  Several years ago while visiting P.E.I  – Robert Montgomery ( Lucy Maud Montgomery’s second cousin once removed) gave Dan a lesson in how to identify fine china and Dan was a very good student  indeed, Here is yet another lovely tea-cup – Theodore Haviland Limoges fine china Tea up from France with a lovely violet print. I know you would like a closer look….

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My violets in my new violet tea-cup.

Tea cup Tuesday fine china

A closer look

Then another exciting visit…….My oldest daughter, son-in-law and two of my gran- daughter’s. I was over my cold enough to meet them at the park. It was a lovely day.

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A Visit….. a little conversation on gran’s  shell phone 😉

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A little help knitting my Tasha Tudor Style shawl!!

She has always tried to help me with my knitting so this year I gave her a basket with her own yarn and knitting needles.

Nature Notes:

Feast of Fish Pelicans Florida in the Winter

The Pelicans, Sea gulls, cormorant love feasting on the fish in the canal this time of year.

Pelcan birds of Florida in the winter

Pelicans are interesting birds to watch. They are so big but glide so gracefully through the air and just above the water!

February Fest of the Pelicans on the banana River

Gliding in search of the perfect fish.

February Country Diary of and Edwardian Lady Birds of a Feather Bethany Tasha Tudor

Is it time yet? No we have until April this year!!

I hope you had a lovely February !

Take Joy ~ Melissa

You can find my shawls and PDF Pattern to knit your own shawl in My etsy shop. I also take custom orders for the brooches.

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You can find the lovely Valentines Day Advent Calendar – ‘Be Mine” at

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Just Another ‘Perfect Day’

It was another chilly, blustery day, rain clouds were brewing in the distance –  indeed it was /  is a   “Perfect Day” to steep a pot of tea and indulge in The World of Peter Rabbit. This is one of my favorite version of  Beatrix Potter’s stories!  I was at first enjoying these whimsical little tales playing in the background on my computer while I went about some daily task – washing up some dishes, cleaning ceiling fan, dusting –  this then called for some therapeutic – meditative style knitting ( you know the kind you get while knitting my Tasha Tudor style Cottage shawl  – the pattern is  available in my etsy shop 😉  ) and a nice cup of tea. While going about my task  slowly, calmly taking in the words of these lovely little stories realizing once again that there is indeed some deeper meaning in these little tales of Beatrix Potter’s, I also took notice of the music – very mystic, celtic sounding, that was played at the beginning and end of each episode lending to that serene, calm atmosphere of my day. I just had to find out the name of that song  – that voice! I  did a little google search – as one does!   I found the song to be  “Perfect Day” by Miriam Stockley!

I thought you might enjoy listening to the song while you start some soup!

 

Perfect Day – With Beatrix Potter and Miriam Stockley.

Perfect Day

The rain has moved on
And left a new day
Nothing seems to move everything is still
It’s just a perfect day

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A perfect moody day!

 

The shadows and light
That move with the wind
Hidden violets grow splashed with summer spray
Just another perfect day

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On the wild and misty hillside
Fear is nature’s warning
Hunger here is never far away

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On the wild and misty hillside
Fear is nature’s warning
Hunger here is never far away

And all of this world
Is for children who play
Days that never end always should remain
Another perfect day

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Another Perfect Day!

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A  “Perfect Day”  to enjoy watching / listening to The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends.  It will keep playing all episodes – Enjoy another perfect day!

Here you can enjoy my post about Squirrel Nutkin and his friend scamper who stopped by to visit us while on one of our camping adventures. I also share some fun information about Beatrix Potter:

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A Perfect Day in my world would also include a nice bowl of my vegetable soup….. so today I think we will call it Peter Rabbit’s Vegetable soup! 😉

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First thing is to go to Mr McGregor’s garden and gather your ingredients – fresh is best.

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Peter Rabbit’s Vegetable soup.

“Soup is to the meal, what the hostess smile of welcome is to the party…”                                                         ~’The Soup Book’ 1949 Louis P De Gouy 

Do you start your meal with soup? I usually have it as a  meal  accompaniment with a sandwich or crackers and cheese.

 

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Pretty Carrots!!

Perfect hygge Kitchen Peter Rabbit Vegetable soup The world of Peter Rabbit and Friends

mmmm….carrots, cabbage, celery, leeks, potatoes, squash…..

Yes Peter, these are just a few of the vegetable we all love.

Vegetable soup recipes Kitchen Hygge Another perfect Day

Veggie,herbs and spices of choice. It’s your soup

I start by dicing:

1 leek or onion

4-6 ribs celery

4 – med carrot

1 red, yellow and /or orange bell peppers

4  med to large tomatoes

– diced potatoes

1/2 – Med head of cabbage cut into desired size chunks

1 Each of Yellow squash and zucchini squash, diced

Saute in olive oil. I then stir in

6 -10 fresh chopped tomatoes

I then put the lid on and let this simmer.

Veggie soup kitchen hygge a perfect day

Another perfect day soup!

After you have simmered this briefly – 10 – 15 minutes.                                                                       Add more of the same and more vegetables but chopped this time.

 

2- Potatoes 2- ribs – celery (optional, I like celery) 1 – Each yellow and zucchini squash, chopped cabbage if you like, and….. other vegetables that you enjoy……

 

Comforts of home cozy kitchen hygge The soup book 1949 vintage recipes Vegetarian vegetable soup Peter Rabbit and friends

Maybe you like turnips, parsnips. I do I enjoy that little surprise bite of tangy tartness.

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I love Green Beans in my soup.

After you have added all the vegetables you like, fill the pot with water to cover the vegetables and boil adding more water as needed.

Seasoning:

1- 4 Tbsp Dried dill –   chives and Tarragon  are also a tasty addition but optional                                           2 – Tbsp  onion flakes (yes, in addition to what you have already added)                                                    salt and Pepper  ( I use celtic / grey salt)

I do not like to over season so as not to lose or over power the wonderful flavors that the vegetable seep into the broth, that is why we start with small diced vegetables most of these will cook down into the broth.

Perfect hygge day Peter Rabbits vegetarian vegetable soup Beaatrix Potter Spring vintage Hygge

Mmm… something smells good in there.

“There is nothing like a plate or a bowl of hot soup,                                                                                Its wisp of aromatic steam making the nostrils quiver with anticipation…..”                                                ~ ‘The Soup Book’ 1949 ~ Louis P De Gouy 

 

The soup book Louis P De Gouy quotes Hygge hearth and home the Perfect day for soup

“Soup is the song of the (my) hearth……. and (my) home”.

The World of Beatrix Potter and Friends Vegetarian Vegetable soup The Perfect Hygge Soup Day

Is the soup done yet!!!

When is it done ? Well how to you like your vegetables – real soft or a little more texture to them – it’s up to you!

When I turn the heat off I like to stir in:

2 – cups of spinach or mixed greens – just to wilt.

1/3 – cup Nutritional yeast optional

There are a few  options / additions :

I enjoy zoodles (AKA zucchini noodles)

1 can of beans – garbonzos are good in here, drain or add with liquid

pre-cooked noodles or rice

 

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As many of us are aware, Tasha also admired Beatrix Potter you can find recipes at her families site, to enjoy with todays soup. Tasha Tudor’s Corgi Cottage Soup  can be found in her Cookbook not only does it contain delicious family recipes but is accompanied by family stories related to each recipe and Tasha’s excellent water colors. There is now available a new – up-dated version of the cook book by Tasha’s grandson Winslow.

https://www.tashatudorandfamily.com/inspiration/recipes

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The Up-dated version of the cook book

 

~ Take Joy, Melissa 

 

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Here we come to “The End Of A Perfect Day” with Barbara Stanwick from the movie “Remember the Night”

 

The end of a perfect day song hygge

The end of a Perfect Day

I hope you do indeed have another “Perfect Day”

~ Take Joy, Melissa

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