Friday, April 26, 2013

French Bread on Friday... framboises et d'hortensias dans un petit mode...

first... a cute little story about my daughter and my granddaughter.

Miss Holland is putting together sentences and sharing her thoughts...

the day before yesterday, Chrislyn was making Holland
chocolate chip pancakes.  she gave her three chocolate
chips to sample while the cakes were cooking.
Holland looked up at Chrislyn, smiled, and said...


i love the notion of a twenty-two month old that is able to perceive 

what is  b e a u t i f u l  to "herself".

 it warms my heart.

if i were to pick a favorite fruit, it would raspberries.

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a favorite flower?

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hydrangeas are at the top of my list.
(we used them as instant bridal bouquets when playing dress up and
make-believe when we were little.)



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anything with raspberries.

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...or better yet?  anything with raspberries and chocolate!

yesterday, i began birthday shopping for my favorite two-year-old-to-be!

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she will be a vision in hydrangeas, trimmed with French Raspberry Dessert!

happy weekend, my friends!

:: i will be mailing Monday's images from the tulip farm here ::

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

April's pink post! laundry day recipes and a give a way!

do you know what is sweet to me?

i discovered that my most viewed post every month is my PINK POST!

at one time, i had thought..."this could be getting boring for my friends."

after more thought... 

..."if this simple pink reminder saves one precious life, it's sooooo worth it!"   

"keep it going, Lynne!"

the source for this PINK PRINT is here!

 i LOVE this recipe for

lavender scented spray starch !

dissolve 1 tablespoon cornstarch in 1 pint of cold water
add 6 drops of lavender essential oil.
place in a pretty spray bottle.
always give it a little shake before using!


i almost forgot!

i am giving away a laundry day 

pink print to one of my readers! 

just leave a little comment!

i will announce the winner on May Day!

...and don't YOU forget to check on the girls!

Monday, April 22, 2013

random cafe'... hello sunshine! ...holding onto some PacNWest garden history...goodbye Van Lierop Bulb Farm.

hello everyone!

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i am not one to wish away time, but it will be good to place the events of the

past week,  into the past!  i pray for a slow news week...although i know that

the terror in Boston will take some time to unravel.

may God bless the families of those lost and injured in Boston,

and West, Texas... and set the warm sunshine on HIGH,  to dry the Midwest!

... i know that He is listening because i just woke up to the most glorious


... spring-shiny day!

"un - touched plugged" ... the view from our bedroom window this morning!

this kind of weather can mean an hour in the garden before and after work!

 i'll plan a dinner for the oven to buy me some time in the

garden before dark...i'm thinking...simple meatloaf, baked potatoes and salad.

just look what i crammed into my little commuter Corolla!

( had i been driving the Expedition...i may have very well overindulged!)

as i was loading the pieces of gardening history, i was thinking...

" i have officially arrived in blogville!"  

"i'm transporting pallets and old crates 

to 34th street!"

i nested and neatly stacked the whole shebang, as i did not want to draw

negative attention or comment (from Mr D) for my newly acquired junk!  

it was a bitter-sweet experience.  the Van Lierop Bulb Farm is closing.

the farm is up for sale.

while i was visiting and packing up my memories...a van filled with

"seniors" from a nearby retirement home came to visit the beauty.

(they hold tours for our elder citizens this time of year.)

the Puyallup Valley is known for it's yearly festival of Daffodils.

it was quite appropriate that Mr. Van Lierop was selected as this year's

grand marshal of the four parades and the scheduled events.

i have two images ( blank cards) that i would love to mail to one of you.

if you are interested,  just "say so" in your comment!  i'll announce the winner on Friday!

i'm ready to head out to work...with this Monday song in my head!

"i can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
i can see all  no obstacles in my way.
gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
it’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
sun-shiny day."

(i always change the word!)

...and Mr D was totally on board with my keepsakes, bless his heart!