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

Monday, June 22, 2015

Mop Philosophy Monday

 Have you ever noticed that groupings of three or five are somehow so cohesive and pleasing to the eye?
There is a design lesson in there somewhere that I am not qualified to give.  In the meantime, this is the way I like to group together three Emma Bridgewater vessels for the simple roses from our garden.

I like the way the three together look from a distance: the blue, the white and the vivid pinks.
The beautiful binding on this book eerily echoes the design on the EB vessels.
Have you read The Folded Clock by Heidi Julavits?  I loved it.
 As far as recent trickery goes, you'll be very pleased to know that I hid MrBP's Father's Day gift from him in plain sight.
A wrapped book hidden in plain sight, hehehe.
 All this past week the wrapped book lay quite peacefully on the fireplace mantel, undetected.
The book inside?  Well, have you read anything about The Shepherd's Life by James Rebanks?  It sounds excellent, fingers crossed our MrBP likes it.
 Just to cover all the bases I did procure a bottle of MrBP's favourite scotch whiskey:
Bowmore
 Oil pastels are notoriously difficult to work with but look at the magic created by Middle Rascal Daughter:
 Though she's knee-deep into her Classics degree I really admire the way she's kept up with her artistic hobbies.  Art as a practice is such a lovely outlet for creativity and emotion, don't you think?

As far as news from the Mop Philosophy Kitchen, I'm happy to report that I successfully wrestled with 18 pounds of asparagus these last weeks.  Have I mentioned that we have a friend who is a litigator by day and a gentleman farmer on the weekends?  He does grow the best asparagus you ever could taste:

Mostly I roasted it.
 We ate a LOT of roasted asparagus and then I lost my mind and decided to bake up some asparagus breadsticks:
Sounds weird but they turned out quite well.
It was simple pizza dough with asparagus pressed in, salted and baked.
 I served them with a red lentil dahl:
 In sartorial news I've been wearing denim, chambray and blue, blue, blue.  You can check it all out on the Frock Philosophy blog.
Eileen Fisher denim chambray dress.
Running out the door to get into some mischief.
Thank you for sticking with me here on the blog you Darling Tooties.
Hope your Monday is happy and your whole week too,
xoxDani

40 comments:

  1. I'm glad you haven't stopped blogging because I always enjoy your musings.

    There are always critics, which is a shame, but lots of people love the comfort of your words.

    Those asparagus thingies look wonderful x

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    1. Thank you FF and you're so right there will always be the critics in life, hopefully I'm slowly developing a thicker skin.
      I'm so happy you read my blog because I adore yours, you always cheer me up and bring all the issues into focus! x

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  2. Yay you're back! Love the blue and pink combo - the odd numbers thing is (I believe) a design principle because there are always odd numbers in nature - if you count petals etc, it's almost always an odd number (three leaf clovers etc).
    Very sneaky re the book, and love the artwork!! Those are great elephants. Love the chambray outfit too! xx

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    1. Heidi I knew that you would have an answer to that, makes sense! Hehe yes I love to be sneaky. That chambray dress is so easy to wear and looks great with zeb peg! x

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  3. I've never seen asparagus breadsticks. That's creative. We work with threes a lot in acting. Works well in scripts, breaking down scenes and other things. Your flowers are beautiful.

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    1. Gigi that's interesting! Thanks I was going crazy dealing with all of that asparagus, perhaps madness brings on the creative ;) x

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  4. I made a ricotta asparagus pizza the other day...quite tasty. Enjoy your week.

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    1. BB oooh that sounds very good actually, did Hunter like it? x

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  5. I am stealing that asparagus breadstick creation! We are past our 6 glorious weeks of asparagus, picked and cooked immediately. Denim here, too, today with a navy striped Patagonia T.

    What a sweet card! I love handmade cards; you will save this one, I think.

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    1. Lane I have saved all the cards I could never get rid of them. They are too precious, I have a trunkful! Steal away they were fun to bake. x

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  6. I saw James Rebanks on Canada AM recently and the book sounded delightful - Mr. BP will definitely love it, especially since you have been to the Lake District.

    I'm so glad you mentioned Frock Philosophy again - I entered it into Bloglovin, then forgot to actually follow! Duh! Off now to read the latest posts.

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    1. Patricia exactly what I was thinking, MrBP just loves that part of the world and is always interested in the processes behind farming too, he often represents farmers in his work. I just published a new post today! x

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  7. Yum - I love asparagus! Beautiful flowers, nice dress, thoughtful gifts. Glad you're continuing this blog, Dani!

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    1. Thanks Vava your encouragement has meant a lot to me x

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  8. The EF Denim Chambray is a winner Dani; Middle Rascal knows how to work colour too I see. I plan on dipping into Mr. BP's Bowmore from that window seat my next trip through...just so you know.

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    1. G the windowseat is the perfect place for a cocktail I have to say! x

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  9. Dear Dani I was so thrilled to see your post and love your asparagus breadsticks, a very cool idea!! The Bowmore gift was inspired

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  10. Oh and adore the artwork from Middle Daughter as well Brava!!

    xoxo

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    1. Thank you Karena I will pass that on to her x

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  11. Middle daughter holds up her end of the blue theme very well. And I love your mantelpiece. Quite, quite, lovely. Sally forth! So much more encouraging than Carry On, don't you think:)?

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    1. Lisa I agree Carry On sounds exhausted and defeated, Sally Forth is much better! Thank you x

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  12. Asparagus is one of my favorite foods! I adore it. DH will grill it with a bit of olive oil and sea salt and the two of us eat an embarrassing amount of it. I think I might need the asparagus breadsticks in my rotation.

    The elephant oil is gorgeous.

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    1. DF I wish you lived near I'd bring some over for you! x

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  13. Love the elephant card! So talented. You make such a beautiful home. I'm so happy your Monday posts are back. We've been eating lots of farmers' market asparagus. It's one of the few veggies my picky 9 year old will eat. I will have to steal that breadstick idea from you. Yum!

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    1. Jen try the breadsticks they were kind of fun. Also what kid doesn't like fresh bread? Your 9yo sounds very sophisticated, sometimes picky kids are just dealing with interesting palettes, growing up to be wine experts and the like! x

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  14. Oh the elephants are wonderful, how very talented middle racal is!
    Asparagus is the only veggie I don't like it, for years I've been eating it and keeping quiet about it but no, no more, get thee behind me asparagus. I do love what you did with it though and know that I'd probably love it warped in dough.

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    1. Tabs I have to tell you I don't love it either. 18 lbs of it, what a wrestle that was. I know it's very healthy but I don't find it as delicious as some people do and I can really only stand it if it is roasted with loads of oil and salt, negating any health benefits likely! x

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  15. Dear Dani.
    I'm sooo glad that after your musings of wrapping things up, you have "re-considered" to pursue something that has truly become a "significant" part of you.
    I can understand how "life's matters" can get in the way and am also guilty of having a similar problem during the past 12 months or so. You get so caught up with so much, and guilt hits hard if you don't give everything 200% attention. In the end though, we sacrifice so much of what gives us joy. So typical of the female make-up. To sacrifice ourselves and let go of our wishes so we can continuously give. And it's a hard blow, when one receives snarky remarks after all the giving we do!
    Well my dear, this post, for me, was inspiring (not mundane). Your beautiful flowers in blue and white vases cheered me up. Rascal's sweet drawing to her daddy brought a smile to my face. Your wonderfully simple culinary skills motivated me to get some wholesome food on the table, and the familiar site of your pearls against a very simple and classical outfit brought back fond memories. All reminiscent of the old Dani we all love to read about.
    Just a small snippet here and there on this little creation of yours is all you need to keep yourself content and keep us (your followers) happy. You make us realise that we are not alone in our routine lives. You make us realise that we can throw a bit of glamour in our housekeeping by throwing on a pretty apron and a string of pearls. I love to see your pony dog, I love to see snippets of your beautiful country. Ashamedly, I kind of disappeared due to circumstances beyond my control, but always kept thinking of what you were up to. I was sad to read that you were thinking of "shutting shop"; but for all the reasons listed above, I reckon you need to keep going girl. Consider this your journal that you share with friends who do care about your everyday "housewifely" duties. And for those who don't care, maybe they need to find something to productively occupy their time with.
    So here's to you and your mop philosophy!! I hope to continue to read and admire your daily activities from across the Pacific. Fantastic job on creating a beautiful home and life.
    Wishing you and your precious family the best of health and happiness so you can continue to enjoy the lovely home you are creating every day. Helen xxxxx

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  16. Dear Dani.
    I'm sooo glad that after your musings of wrapping things up, you have "re-considered" to pursue something that has truly become a "significant" part of you.
    I can understand how "life's matters" can get in the way and am also guilty of having a similar problem during the past 12 months or so. You get so caught up with so much, and guilt hits hard if you don't give everything 200% attention. In the end though, we sacrifice so much of what gives us joy. So typical of the female make-up. To sacrifice ourselves and let go of our wishes so we can continuously give. And it's a hard blow, when one receives snarky remarks after all the giving we do!
    Well my dear, this post, for me, was inspiring (not mundane). Your beautiful flowers in blue and white vases cheered me up. Rascal's sweet drawing to her daddy brought a smile to my face. Your wonderfully simple culinary skills motivated me to get some wholesome food on the table, and the familiar site of your pearls against a very simple and classical outfit brought back fond memories. All reminiscent of the old Dani we all love to read about.
    Just a small snippet here and there on this little creation of yours is all you need to keep yourself content and keep us (your followers) happy. You make us realise that we are not alone in our routine lives. You make us realise that we can throw a bit of glamour in our housekeeping by throwing on a pretty apron and a string of pearls. I love to see your pony dog, I love to see snippets of your beautiful country. Ashamedly, I kind of disappeared due to circumstances beyond my control, but always kept thinking of what you were up to. I was sad to read that you were thinking of "shutting shop"; but for all the reasons listed above, I reckon you need to keep going girl. Consider this your journal that you share with friends who do care about your everyday "housewifely" duties. And for those who don't care, maybe they need to find something to productively occupy their time with.
    So here's to you and your mop philosophy!! I hope to continue to read and admire your daily activities from across the Pacific. Fantastic job on creating a beautiful home and life.
    Wishing you and your precious family the best of health and happiness so you can continue to enjoy the lovely home you are creating every day. Helen xxxxx

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    1. Helen thank you so much for that lovely comment! Such encouragement how could I shut up shop, it would be a real shame wouldn't it.
      I hope your own circumstances have calmed down somewhat because I certainly love to hear from you here on the blog. Thanks for being such a loyal reader and friend. x

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  17. the copper pot is back! love it, only next time show us what is inside - btw the NYT chicken dish has become a staple. Quick tip: if you don't have pizza dough, roll the asparagus in puff pastry! xo

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    1. anon thank you and very happy you are using that NYT chicken dish, everyone loves it! It's perfect for dinner parties to. The puff pastry would be even better, all that butter. x

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  18. Hi Dani, I was out of town and without internet and just saw your last few blog posts. I'm glad that you are back! You have a very loyal following. We enjoy your take on family, design fashion, home etc. that is thoughtful, creative and kind. I'm happy that you are not letting the occasional negative reader stop you from blogging. Many of us would surely miss you if you did.
    Your vases look lovely. I have a hard time creating a nice display of vases and I love how you combined the book to give balance to your pretty grouping. Your daughter's oil pastel of the elephants is beautiful. Her creativity is such a gift. I've never seen asparagus bread sticks before. They look very tasty!

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    1. AmW thank you so much. You are kind! I find the trick with vases is to avoid using clear glass, a ceramic vessel of some kind is much easier to arrange and it gives a cohesive look, avoids all of those distracting stems. x

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  19. I'm so pleased you are posting again, Dani! I've just come back from a few days away, so will have a proper read through...Hurrah! Xsue

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    1. Thanks Sue and thanks for supporting me all these years too you are a Doll x

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    1. La Contessa I hope you like it, I'm still delighted with those Gucci wedding shoes! x

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  21. Love your blue white arrangement. This summer, I cannot get enough blue and white, and ginger jars, tto. Good thing I find plenty in the thrift stores.
    I too have heard of the group by 3 concept and follow it. Mostly I just arrange things to my own satisfaction. There must be something in it that is innately human to prefer a group of 3.
    I am glad you have returned to your blog. I have not been a follower for long, but I do really like it.
    Take care. Amie.

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  22. The blue and white with the vivid pink is so striking! That is such a pleasing combination. I don't know what it is about the odd numbers either. A decorator friend of mine often invokes the rule of 3. It seems our human eye likes that very much, even when we have no decorating sense whatsoever.

    I am crazy for asparagus. We grill it, or put it in the oven with a bit of olive oil and sea salt. I must try the pizza dough trick. I think my DH would think that was a perfect pairing.

    So glad this blog continues. It's a peaceful place and I really enjoy my time here. I've stepped out of most other social media and stopped following other blogs for some of the same reasons you almost considered abandoning yours. It's nice to have this oasis of calm and civility to visit.

    Off to check out the Frock blog!

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