Monday, August 29, 2011

This and that

My kitchen smells lovely... and it isn’t exactly the smell of food!
 

This is by far the loveliest of flower arrangement I have had sitting on my table this year... well, maybe... but I do love this one!


...The pretties of pink and the loveliest of scent... from my roses, Chicago Peace.
 
Oh but let me tell you, the scent of roses is also mingling with the yummy aroma of food around here! Ah yes! Have you ever tried the “Cuppa Cuppa Cuppa” recipe from Steel Magnolias? I'm curious to see if anyone has actually tried that recipe from Steel Magnolias. You remember Dolly Parton's character said: “A cup of flour, a cup of sugar, a cup of fruit cocktail with the juice. And you mix and bake at 350 'til gold and bubbly.”

Is this an actual dish or is it something the director just threw together for the movie? I dunno, but I actually tried it this weekend! ;)

And Ms. Parton also said “you serve it over ice cream to cut the sweetness”. I didn’t want ice cream on mine, so I whipped up some holly and pure home made whip cream to go with it, with half the sugar required, of course...

My Peter Pan and Ms. Wendy tried it and loved it! Truth be told, I didn’t find it quite as appealing... too much on the dried side me thinks, but I must have overcooked it, that’s it… plus I waited far too long to taste it... this dessert must be eaten right off the oven for ultimate goodness.

We’re drowning in a bumper crop of tomatoes again this year. If you have never cultivated tomatoes it’s something I recommend doing. Organic grown tomatoes, picked fresh from the garden to your plate would surprise your taste buds! They taste so much different from dull store bought tomatoes... The ultimate experience for all your hard work in the garden, I tell you!

Although I must say I had nothing to do with this goodness... all the hard work and goodness thereof after, I owe to my dear husband!

Do you love photographing food? I do! ;) And I love photographing all my ‘tomato’ salads ;) Don’t know why... food just looks so pretty in photos... ;)


Now can you come with me to the garden? I have something to show you!
 
My gigantic sunflowers! What a height they’ve stretched to! First time ever planting them from seeds—planting them from anything as a matter of fact! I had never had sunflowers in my garden before, and was totally surprised to see them grow this high—way above my neighbor’s roof...

These beautiful bright, cheery flowers have the most amazing power in them... they always but always put a smile on my face whenever I pass by them! Hope they’d do the same for you! ;) But really, there must be a dwarf or intermediate cultivars available that would better suit my garden... any body know?

May you find peace and joy while you're here.

10 comments:

  1. Gorgeous food ! Too yummy to eat!

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  2. Hello there lovely fairy...I loved Steel Magnolias, and that recipe sounds very interesting. Maybe you're right, it's best eaten straight from the oven, but it sure looks delicious! Your tomatoes look so tasty, and those sunflowers - oh my! I love photographing food too, and yesterday was my daughter's birthday, so I cooked up a storm in the kitchen - pity I was way too busy to stop and take photos, hee hee...but I sure did enjoy eating it...

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  3. Hi Cielo!
    Your cuppa cuppa cuppa looks good to me! I totally forgot about that line in the movie.
    There is nothing better than a homegrown tomato.... love to eat them like an apple. Yummy!

    I did not know you are published!
    How exciting!
    I do not have an ebook or a reading device unfortunately.I am old school that way and love the look, feel and smell of a good paper book. Drives my younger sister crazy who is always wishing to send me her latest Kindle read. Congrats Cielo!

    xx
    Alison

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  4. I don't know which image I like best, they are all gorgeous. I think Dolly can keep her pudding, it sound too sweet for me but like you love to see photographs of food x

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  5. I love everything about this post. The flowers, the food, the photo arrangements. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Yes, I have tried the cup of sugar, cup of flour and cup of milk over different fruits! Love the sunflowers, they are really tall, maybe I'll try some. Your roses are beautiful!!
    -Kim :)

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  7. HOLA HERMANITA CUANDO VI LAS FLORES AMARILLAS (JIRASOLES) PENSE EN EL SENOR SOL QUE TE ENVIABA UN SALUDO.CIELITO YO SE LO QUE SE SIENTE AL COSECHAR LOS TOMATES Y EJETALES ASE ANOS EXPERIMENTE CON SEMILLAS Y QUE SORPRESA ME LLEE QUE COSECHA!!!!! TIENES RAZON LAS FLORES QUE ,ARREGLEAST PARA TU HERMOZA MEZA SON DIVINAS LAS ULTIMAS FLORES DE LA ESTACION SON LAS MAS LAS MAS BELLAS.GRACIAS POR TODO TU AMOR ERES UN ANGEL FAIRIE.. TU APOYO DE HERMANA SAVES LA PLATA NO VALE NADA LO QUE VALE ES EL AMOR DE HERMANA Y AMIGA VERDADERA...BENDICIONES !!!!!

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  8. Now you've gone and made me hungry. :-) Your photos are delicious.

    Paula

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  9. Oh your sunflowers are pure joy dipped in sunshine. Makes me want to try to grow them next year. What an amazing artist and photographer you are!

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  10. This post has made my day! I love Steel Magnolias, and the fact that you actually made that cake makes me smile! Your roses are so pretty. I wish I could smell them, too. The container you have them in is neat.

    Thanks for a lovely post! :D

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