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:

https://elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1509&action=edit

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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!!

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

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

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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.

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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……

 

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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.

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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 

 

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

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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

 

Enjoy

 

You can my Tasha Tudor style “Kindred Spirit” shawl pattern here:

 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/236659762/pdf-hand-knit-pdf-patterns-cottage?ref=shop_home_active_1

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A happy customer wearing her custom order Tasha Tudor style , colonial style shawl

 

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

 

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The end of a Perfect Day

I hope you do indeed have another “Perfect Day”

~Melissa

All content of this blog Copyright @ 2017 By Melissa O’Connor

 

Beatrix Potter’s Birthday – A Visit from Squirrel Nutkin

Happy Birthday to Beatrix Potter – A Visit from Squirrel Nutkin!!

Squirrel Nutkin

Squirrel Nutkin stopped by our camp to celebrate Beatrix Potter’s birthday ~ with a treat of some raw peanuts!!

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Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter.

Scamper the Squirrel

Here is Nutkin’s friend Scamper, they were squirreling about begging us to share our peanuts!

 

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Yes, yes give me some peanuts……with no respect!!

Scamper the Squirrel

I know you have more peanuts in there!!

Scamper the Squirrel & Friends

Please ~ more peanuts!!

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For your enjoyment a youtube of Beatrix Potter’s story Squirrel Nutkin.

Squirrel Nutkin & ScamperHow could you How                                         could you resist that look?!

Love the fluffy tails....

Love the fluffy tails….

Here you find a free E-Book

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/14872/14872-h/14872-h.htm

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BEATRIX POTTER

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Beatrix Potter (28 July 1866 ~ 22 December 1943) was an English author, illustratornatural scientist and conservationist best known for her imaginative children’s books featuring animals such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit which celebrated the British landscape and country life.

Here you find one of my favorite adaptations of Beatrix Potter’s Peter rabbit series. Please do indulge yourself with this viewing while enjoying your Tea Time:

 

 

There is more to Beatrix Potter than her beloved  Peter Rabbit series…..

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She does seems like such a happy, peaceful, calm soul….

With the proceeds from the books and a legacy from an aunt, Potter bought Hill Top Farm in Near Sawrey, a tiny village in the English Lake District near Ambleside in 1905. Over the next several decades, she purchased additional farms to preserve the unique hill country landscape.

In 1913, at the age of 47, she married William Heelis, a respected local solicitor from Hawkshead.

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Potter was also a prize-winning breeder of Herdwick sheep and a prosperous farmer keenly interested in land preservation.

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She continued to write, illustrate and design spin-off merchandise based on her children’s books for Warne until the duties of land management and diminishing eyesight made it difficult to continue. Potter published over twenty-three books; the best known are those written between 1902 and 1922. She died on 22 December 1943 at her home in Near Sawrey at age 77, leaving almost all her property to the National Trust. She is credited with preserving much of the land that now comprises the Lake District National Park.

http://lakesworldheritage.co.uk/blog/2016/november/launch-of-new-national-trust-beatrix-potter-awards/

 

I wish you a beautiful day !

~Melissa

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