which I hope is not going to become a pattern,
plus I have been busy shopping and baking.
I was so grateful that my walking partner was free to walk our 10K route this morning.
I needed to get outdoors and really "wake up" and jump start my day.
The weather was chilly but we bundled up in our Lands" End down puffer coats, gloves and scarves and struck up our usual conversation and time passed quickly. We stopped at The Breakwater Cafe for a jolt of java...before walking back home. I was hungry by the time I got home and so I heated up the dinner leftovers and brewed a pot of tea before sitting down to check my email and read up on the blogs that I follow.
It seems that everyone is busy these days,
many are writing that they are too busy to write new posts and others are too busy to keep up with their blog reading...and so it goes...
I totally understand...
there are only so many hours in a day and one must be careful not to overdo it.
Let's give ourselves a gift shall we?
IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN A SENSE OF CALM AND COMPOSURE.
We have the right to say no to things that demand or zap too much of our energy, things that we do not enjoy, and things which put us teetering precariously on the verge or the thin edge of the wedge...
sounds like good advice,
perhaps I'll take it,
Time to sit quietly at the computer and type what comes...
I like wearing a light spritz of perfume...
my winter scent is Mitsouko by Guerlain.
It is a heavier fragrance that feels like it is made for colder weather.
I am very fond of scented candles in the chilly weather...
I like the glow that they cast inside our Humble Bungalow and the scent is so sensual.
I wore a vintage beaded sweater to my French class this week.
I like to wear it with jeans and a simple tank top...
because it has so much going on I keep accessories to a minimum.
Classes are over until the New Year.
I gave Madame a jar of my homemade marmalade and some chocolate bark.
She oohed and said "Merci beaucoup j'adore confiture et chocolat!"
I found a modernist designed silver ladle at the consignment shop Good Things on Oak Bay Avenue.
It will look beautiful in our vintage punch bowl.
There is a stamp with three crowns on the back...it is an American maker.
Three Crowns Silversmiths from Pennsylvania.
I like the simple lines of this piece...
The Amaryllis has started blooming and more flowers are on the way.
One of the cats has nibbled the flower...
I welcomed the opportunity to sit for a bit and type up a post this afternoon.
It's a luxury not having to push myself when my energy wanes...which it does on occasion.
Recognizing when I am fatigued and accepting it without fighting the urge to press on has taken some time to come to terms with...
It surprises me that I can still discover something new about myself.
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Clara, a reader, asked for the recipe for the fruit loaves that I made so she that she could make some for Christmas.
This is a super simple loaf to make.
It is lovely to have on hand as it keeps well if you wrap it in cling film and then a tight layer of foil.
I like to cut a few slices to serve with a cup of tea...
you might even like to spread a wee bit of salted butter on it!
~ Humble Bungalow Hostess Tea Loaf ~
All ingredients need to be at room temperature.
Sift into a large bowl:
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Melt and cool 2 tablespoons butter
Beat until light 1 egg then add in 1 cup milk and beat again.
Add the melted butter to the mixture.
Beat liquid ingredients into the dry mixture.
Add in 1 cup dried fruit.
(raisins, currants or crystallized ginger)
I used a combination of dried cranberries, dried cherries and dried blueberries.
Place in a greased loaf pan and bake at 350 for 45 minutes.
Test with toothpick to make sure it is cooked before removing from oven.
Cool on a rack before removing from pan.
I doubled the recipe and made two loaves.
Hope you like it Clara.
Mr. HB and I recently watched a delightful film.
"The 100 Foot Journey" starring Helen Mirren and it was filmed in France.
I highly recommend it.
I'm feeling sleepy so I am going to close for now...
I am going to read my book and climb under the duvet.
Be Happy and Stay Cozy!