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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Ooo LaLa.....ORANGES, FRENCY TOAST and SUNSHINE...

Although we had RAIN in the forecast for all this week,
this particular day was
BRIGHT, SUNSHINY and not many clouds in sight...

This adorable sign was given to me as a gift from my good friend,
THERESA from SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY
a couple of years ago.
She quit blogging for awhile...I will go over to see if she is alright.
She's such a wonderful lady....
Note...as of Wed. 26th, she is fine...just very busy with.....LIFE..
Please drop over and leave a word or two....she'd love that !


What an awesome job on these roses...
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sometimes, when I go to bed, I say,
"LORD, you forgot to give me a really neat talent so
please, when I wake up in the morning, let me be
able to paint a picture or sing a song..."
I still can't paint a lick and couldn't carry a tune in a paper bag !!


I hung some of my tablecloths outside today...
not sure why I have these little brass vintage ladles out...
Well....maybe...just MAYBE they are FRENCH ! ?



The flowered cloth IS from FRANCE..
I've shown it to you before..
The bottom one is the underskirt I use with the French cloth..
made it out of a sheet and trim...
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Moving right along to....
FOOD...
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I have loved FRENCH TOAST
my whole looong life...
My favorite way to eat it is with
TONS of POWDERED SUGAR on top...
"French toast is a breakfast food served in North America and some countries in Europe. In the UK it is sometimes known as Eggy Bread. It is a Christmas time dessert in Portugal and Brazil (rabanada) and an Easter dessert in Spain (torrijas). Typical French toast is made with bread and eggs. Milk or sugar is commonly added. According to what is popular in local cuisine, many of the spices that are added to bread or egg dishes are included in cooking. This versatile dish is often topped with sugar, butter, fruit, syrup, or other items."

*THIS info taken from the web..

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According to the International House of Pancakes, French toast is not necessarily French in origin; it is likely that the recipe dates back to medieval times, as "torrijas" in Spain already existed in century XV. It is likely the origin was in Spain during Middle Age as the recipe was integrated by new Arabs ingredients.

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I really don't care WHAT they say....
when I eat FRENCH TOAST, I love the idea that it's a FRENCH food....
.......I'M JUST SAYIN'...........
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ORANGES from FRANCE....
(with a wedge of TEXAS RUBY RED grapefruit thrown in for GOOD measure..!)

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In the south of France, oranges are crystallized and the blossoms are distilled to make an aromatic orange flower water. The aromatic oils from the peel are used to flavour liqueurs.
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I put all my citrus fruit peelings, with a few spices, into a tiny sauce pan,
to boil gently on top of the stove....
You can smell the wonderful scents coming from my cottage when you turn the corner onto my street....
OK...MAYBE it's not quite THAT potent....
but it does smell heavenly...
and it's FREE, so to speak.

Isn't the strong color of ORANGE just beautiful !!
Mounds of luscious POWDERED SUGAR...ummmmm
Powdered Sugar and Whipped Cream....what dreams are made of......sighhh
It's a THOUSAND wonders that I don't have some sort of
"TOO MUCH SUGAR"
disease.
I thought I might get Diabetes but was told that's not what causes it..
THANK GOODNESS !!
These are so pretty, they just LOOK of pure health, don't they ?

ORANGES and FRENCH TOAST...
and a pretty SUN SHINY DAY...
Ooo LA LA.....

16 comments:

Melissa Miller said...

Yummy! You are an amazing chef Bj! Everything looks delish. :)

Julie Harward said...

Your talent bj is love...loving others and I just love you for that! I haven't had french toast in ages, really! I am fixing it for dinner tomorrow night...YUM! Love oranges too...you make everything look so good..another talent I'd say! Come say hi :D

Bonnie said...

BJ...do you do this everyday or set aside a day and do all your baking/cooking and photos? It's amazing either way!

Grandma said...

The oranges make my month water. If I had one in the house, I would be eating it right now.

Robin said...

Your post is making me hungry! I have a funny story about French Toast. When I was in hs I was an exchange student in France. As a gift, I brought maple syrup to my host family, who were utterly baffled by the idea of purposely eating tree sap. I was equally perplexed when the daughter explained one morning that her mother was soaking stale bread in water (she got that bit wrong) and serving it for breakfast! Imagine my surprise when I walked in to find a delicious batch of fresh french toast on the table. Needless to say it also made it a lot easier to explain the maple syrup LOL.

We you able to vote for my portfolio in the end BJ? All you need to do is click on the appropriate star on the bottom of the page.

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I've entered a major international photo competition (details are on my blog) and would be most grateful if you'd click through and rate my portfolio (just click on the stars at the bottom (preferably the 5th star - "fantastic" - LOL), easy peasy, no registration or personal details needed). Thanks so much!

Theresa said...

YUM to the oranges, french toast and the gorgeous blues in the tablecloth:) Love all of the colors! Have a blessed day my friend! HUGS!

Kathleen Grace said...

What on earth do you mean that you don't have a really neat talent!?
Look at the adorable underskirt you made for your tablecloth, look at the gorgeous tables you set and the lovely meals you prepare and your wonderful eye for color and decorating! I think your best talent is your kind and loving nature and the way you are a friend to so manyand a much loved and adored grandmother and mother! No talent indeed. Why BJ, you are one of the most talent blessed women I know:>)

XO
Kathy

Tennis Girl said...

BJ,
You very talented in so many ways. You food prep is second to none and presentation is wonderful! And, I am sure you kids and grandkids would say you have a great talent for being a great Mom and Granny :)
xo
Robin

Diane Duda said...

I'd like to be blessed with the talent to take a halfway decent photo! Yours are lovely as always. :)

xo
Di

Lisa ~ A Cottage to Me said...

Wow, those oranges look fabulous! I can just taste the sweetness of the juice....yum for sure!

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Oh My Dear, you have a Talent! Of being the sweetest lady on the planet! Now why would you want to bother your God, with asking for any other talent?

It was soooooooo hot up here in Yankee Land yesterday, that we had "your idea" for dinner. :-) And I linked to "your idea", of course. Your pics show a much prettier presentation!

Gentle hugs...

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Oooooooops! I goofed!

Didn't link to YOUR entry of your presentation of "my dinner." But here it is!!!
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Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

BJ, I think you have the most amazing talent of all! You are the BEST at loving - you love your family, your friends, your blog friends...even strangers.

French toast and oranges sound wonderful. Mr. Comforts of Home made me french toast on Sunday. He uses vanilla mixed in the egg mixture and sprinkle cinnamon on top while he is cooking it. Then I drizzle REAL maple syrup on top. Yummy!

Pam said...

This is my first time here and you have a great blog! Ooo lala is right! that French toast looks amazing. I will be following you to see what's next!

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Oh my BJ...you've got my mouth watering. You know I've got to make some of these babies on Saturday morning! Lovely photo's as always. Enjoy your evening...Maura;)

Pinky said...

I haven't had french toast in literally years, but I am going to make some tomorrow morning! The powdered sugar sounds GOOOD, I always use maple syrup. You are SOOO talented! I can't sew anything and am SO envious of people who can! Have a great weekend. XO, Pinky