"We are what we believe we are."
C.S. Lewis

Monday, November 25, 2013

Mop Philosophy Monday

 My good friend Dannie gave me these beeswax candles and they've become fast friends with the green twine.  I'm definitely using that twine to wrap up the Christmas presents, and the candles, well I don't want to light them yet as I love the colour.  Very matchy-matchy with the kitchen tile, don't you think?
 I've been baking bread for The Rascals and MrBP even though I'm on a gluten-free diet.  Is this not selfless?
Delicious forbidden treats.
 We have a friend who is a Gentleman Farmer, a talented litigator who somehow manages to run an organic vegetable farm.  How does he do it... and make the time to present us with the Treasures Of The Field:
The Treasures Of The Field

More Treasures
 We've been eating squash and then some squash, so healthy, one of my favourite recipes is a simple soup, served here with potato latkes:
Butternut squash soup with potato latkes.
 Are you thrilled beyond belief that Bar Keeper's Friend can be sourced at Target for $1.99?
 Me too.

I wore this dress to Church On Sunday.
Liberty wool dress by Brora.
Brora tights.
La Canadienne boots.
 The light of the low sun all this month has been completely amazing.
I've been staring and appreciating.  At this time of year the houses on our street illuminate with that November light, beyond the shadow.
A room with a view.
Our neighbours across the street.
 Who doesn't love a black paint trim against old brick?  I took this photo around the corner, doesn't the light reflected in the glass look like a painting?
You can see the evidence on the sill... yup we've got snow.
 I know you're worried about Rebecca, it's her first winter after all.
Well don't fret for a minute, she's more beautiful than ever.  The snow just highlights her features.
Rebecca
 And I promised you a picture in the Mad Bomber hat...
I went for the Mad Plaid.  I figure when you're wearing a Mad Bomber hat you can get away with anything.
Hope your week starts off beautifully,
xoxDani

53 comments:

  1. Gorgeous winter light, Dani, and the mad hat and plaid jacket looks amazing!
    Very selfless of you to bake bread when you can't eat it... Have you tried spelt sourdough? Although it contains a bit of gluten I find I can tolerate it very well. According to the dietician I see it's quite common for people with irritable guts to find spelt easier to digest, couple with a sourdough.

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    1. Ruth I've not tried it yet though I will, the gluten-free breads aren't fit for the birds. Thanks I'm happy you like the mad plaid look!

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  2. you are selfless.

    but baking is so soothing and calming x

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    1. FF that's a true story it is soothing, very calming to nurture those rascals too.

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  3. Yes you are selfless. I'm practically drooling at the sight of the rolls you've made. I'd have homemade bread over any dessert, truly. You look gorgeous in the mad bomber hat, seriously. And I'm seriously envious of the treasures of the field and November light.

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    1. TR if you ever visit you should come in November then!

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  4. I will be over for lunch! I haven't made bread for awhile - it may be time!

    I am glad you got the plaid and that is has come - it is freezing there!!!! It's not so much the cold but the wind is beyond belief! I love your pictures - I was thinking the same thing about November light the other day on my walk - there is something so soothing about it!

    I actually made Butter Chicken since our favourite place in Saint John wasn't open Saturday - we do love our Indian food here Chez Wendy! I am like you - it is time to turn to cozy foods!

    As always - you look beeyootiful!

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    1. Thanks Wenders, wish I could pop by for some of that Indian food. I'm freezing and hungry! It was -15 or so today with the wind, so cold. Going to be a long winter for us I'm thinking.

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  5. you have amazing self restraint!

    You look beautiful in plaid!

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    1. Thanks Naomi! I hope you're well, I'm hoping for a reno update soon, is no news good news?

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  6. No Dani....you can get away with anything! You look gorgeous in your winter woollies! Beautiful winter pics...I love the light this time of year...ethereal. And Rebecca looks beautiful too.

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    1. WildRose: Isn't Rebecca doing well? If I had known a statue in the garden would be so entertaining I would have bought one years ago. Thanks very much.

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  7. loving the light, you have a real talent for capturing magic glimpses.

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    1. Thanks Fred. Well you have a talent for writing about them, #1 fan right here.

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  8. Oh you seem to have the November glow also. Love the hat! We bought one for Hunter years ago and I remember when the wind would kick up and the ears would flap. Just a a fun, warm hat.

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    1. BB yes the hat is made of Wabbit Fur too, definitely the Elmer Fudd look. Okay I can imagine Hunter in one of these with a plaid shirt, would he model this for us?

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  9. Hi Dani,
    You are so pretty in the mad bomber hat and plaid jacket!
    How great to have your gentleman farmer friend at the door with his bounty! The squash soup and latkes look delish!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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    1. Thanks Karena, I hope you have a great week and a happy holiday!

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  10. What a gorgeous dress! I love the whole mad bomber look too. It is nice that you are embracing the winter weather, I need to get myself to that mindset quickly because it is here!

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    1. cate if I don't embrace it the winter will be very long indeed, I have to get outside and walk in the cold for health, these get-ups are so essential!

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  11. I really think you are the only person who can look beautiful in that hat! It showcases your gorgeous face.

    We watched the Grey Cup yesterday, I hope you're not as cold in Ontario as it was in Regina. The crazy fans didn't seem to care!

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    1. DF it was colder here last night than in Sask, oooh it's freezing, the Mad Bomber arrived just in time. Thanks very much.

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  12. Thumbs up on both the hat and the rolls Dani. Funny I can bake all kinds of sweets and not eat them, but bread would do me in. That warm, yeasty scent is at least satisfying. Hope you have another good class today...Hadn't noticed BKF is at Target as a pro kitchen supply near me sells it. But that is best price!

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  13. Maybe your friend's two passions feed each other in a way? Time while working with hands to fuel mind and all that. Lovely to be able to satisfy both the tangible fruits of labour and the mental. And lovely of him to share from that second calling!

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    1. GF I was searching Target for the BK every week and finally it arrived, the last time I bought it I had to order it from Williams Sonoma US for $7. How crazy is that.
      Yes they are intertwined, his specialty is environmental law and he knows his soil that's for sure.

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    1. Thanks KDot, hope you and the baby are doing great.

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  15. How utterly gorgeous are you in the mad bomber hat? I never thought this heats could look so glamorous, I could do with it today, it's so cold, my ears are zinging with pain.

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    1. I really need to read my comments over, and yet heats could be a very British way of saying hats - let's run with that then.

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    2. Tabs we'll run with it. Maybe I need to send you one if this keeps up. -15 here today, really cold and though this weather is good for my headaches I'm looking at the long months of it...

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  16. Oh my, you look stunning! LL Bean should have you as their model!!

    The bread looks delicious. You have incredible restraint - I would be so tempted to have a nibble. The light at this time of year is beautiful. I'm still not mentally ready for the snow and cold weather. We had flurries all day yesterday and I had to get out the kids' snow suits and boots.

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    1. Louise get ready our winter is looking long right now. I have great restraint with the bread considering I loved it! Wish I had that willpower with everything.
      Snowsuits! I remember, and I wish I could get The Rascals to wear them now. They won't even wear hats.

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  17. I've discovered squash recently and just had it roasted, it was lovely. I will certainly try to make soup with it. I do love pumpkin soup with roasted chestnuts in it... I really want to try to make bread, but I first need to solve my baking issues that I have had for the past two months: I am not able to bake a cake anymore!!!
    I love, love this Brora dress. I have missed it when it was on the catalog... It seemed so easy to wear and it is the kind of clothes I am looking to wear... We have had about 4 inches of snow last week, but it only lasted half a day.
    You look great with your plaid outfit...
    Have a lovely week and take care
    Steph

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    1. Steph roasted chestnuts are a favourite garnish around here, my Austrain father-in-law goes crazy for them. What's going on with the cake baking? Maybe your stove is not working properly? I bought this Brora dress a year ago I think during the sale and it is one of those great ones, Liberty wool and lined in silk, I love it. Our snow is not budging it is FREEZING here!

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  18. Seriously you could sell that hat, you look amazing in it.

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  19. Dani ,love the hat on you you look so happy ! It sure must keep your ears warm! Would love the recipe for the soup and latkes.Just the perfect meal for these cold days. One question ,do you wear the hat while cooking ? HaHa

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    1. Anon if I did I'd pass out from the heat of stove+mad bomber hat. I should post my latke recipe, it's a good one, I feel like I've done that but maybe not... ooops I'll have to search my own blog again!

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    2. Thanks Dani it sure looks delicious! Its freezing tonite, If I had a hat like that I might be tempted to wear it to bed! Oh well I'll have to pull the down comforter over my head. Stay warmand the soup will be on the menu tomorrow.Thanks again for always inspiring us!

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  20. Oh - I've just decided to cut down my bread consumption drastically, wish I hadn't seen those rolls!

    I've never come across Bar Keeper's Friend before but have heard a lot about it. I'll look out for it next time we go to a Target.

    And you look so lovely in that hat!

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    1. Patricia bread was pretty hard to give up and still is, there are NO good substitutes! Thanks Darling.

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  21. All it takes is a few Treasures of the Field to get an "ambulance chaser" promoted to GFTL (Gentleman Farmer/Talented Litigator). Quite agree re November sun & black window panes. You look like an uber Glam college kid ready to tailgate in Ann Arbor

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    1. GSL now now he's not that kind of litigator, if he was he'd have a billboard. Tailgate in Ann Arbor? I always wanted to do that.

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  22. We discovered mad bomber hats a number of years ago up here in the great white north. They are a lifesaver for those freezing nights when the dog *insists* on going out for a walk. You look utterly fantastic in yours, Dani.

    Bonnie

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    1. Thanks Bonnie, they really are the warmest hats ever.

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  23. You look cute in your hat and jacket! And would love me some of those latkes and soup...

    Good friend to have (farmer).

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    1. Rose I agree farmers are heroes. Thanks Dollface!

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  24. Am I the only one tempted to adk for bread recipe? And you look lovely.

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    1. Hi spockcookbook, oh I dare not! I gave a bread recipe once and it didn't work out for a reader, it was not a happy time. I'm a bit slapdash with baking even though it is supposed to need precision, it's all eyeballing for me.

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  25. Lovely post Dani. The photos are beautiful as always. The bread looks delicious! You wear the fun and practical furry hat very well and the lighting and simple make up are flattering. You actually look a bit like a young Jackie Kennedy in this photo even though I imagine that she never wore a hat like yours- at least not in public.

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    1. Thanks AmW! You are kind, and my little rascal took that picture I'll pass on the compliment.

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  26. Wonderful post Dani. Have you ever tried making the bread from Sullivan's bakery in N.Y.. I think I found the recipe in the Times. I think you should put the photo of you on the sidebar as you look stunning with a bit of
    mischief happening.

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    1. Marsha maybe I will, mischief is always good. I haven't tried that but I will look it up!

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