Saturday, May 22, 2010

Cottage Notes

*~*Inspired to dress Victorian*~*
The wild roses are in full bloom!
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We discovered ornamental plum trees that are surrounded by the climbing roses.
The fruit is small (about 1") and tart if not completely ripe.
But hey, since it's edible I harvest as many as I can!
It really is quite beautiful, although the many thorns and briers keep it interesting...lol
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The thing about these roses is that they bloom ALL at once, then perish all together in a week or two. I usually bring some inside to dry, & my sister has been pressing them for keepsakes. However, I'm always on the lookout for more recipes/crafts that use roses!
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Red potato blossom...

~Fresh eggs

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Our dear friends came to visit us at the Cottage today!
It was a blessing to spend time with them, and much laughter and many stories were shared together as we ate on the front porch! It was a full day, we had a delightful time :)
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"The sun shall be no more thy light by day, neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee; but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory."
Isaiah 60:19
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Adding a boost of flavor to Sweet Tea...
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My Mother started saving the fruit juice (from canned fruit) and freezing it into ice cubes!
We use these fruity cubes in our Sweet Tea, and it adds so much flavor!
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ps) I've been using White or Green Tea (instead of regular black tea)
and we all really enjoy it!

31 comments:

Ashley said...

These pictures are so incredibly lovely, especially the first few! Amazing :) And I LOVE the idea of using the leftover fruit juice to make ice cubes! I've done that before, but not using the juice leftover from the can. Definitely going to give it a try! Thanks for sharing :)

Laura Lee said...

Mia!
Did you make your victorian-inspired dress? If so, you are so talented! And if not, you are still SO talented! Lol. I *love* white tea, I've used that for a looonggg time, and am really pleased with the result. :)

Love,

Laura

Brittany said...

Beautiful pictures Mia! I love your Victorian dress! That is a good idea about using the fruit juice ice cubes in your iced tea. I think I'll try it! :-) Have a blessed Lord's Day!

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

The "fruit cubes" are a really good idea. Your dresses are beautiful!

Stephanie Ann said...

My friend has a recipe on her blog for rose beads. I have seen some of the jewelry she has made with it and it smells wonderful. Here is a link:
http://curiousacorn.blogspot.com/2009/09/gather-ye-rosebuds-while-ye-may.html . There are a lot of mid 1800s recipes for them but I think the photos help.

Angela said...

beautiful images as usual. A delight to visit your blog. Is it a privacy concern that you often do not include the faces of your friends and yourself on the pictures? Just curious as the few pictures I have actually seen your face and that of your family show how incredibly beautiful you all are. Have a blessed day.

Erika said...

Wow, you look beautiful in your victorian dress. :) Looks like so much fun picking flowers and fruit. I'd love to do the same!
Thanks for sharing the ice cube idea. That sounds very yummy! :)

Lisa Deal said...

The dress looks Beautiful on you Mia! What a blessing to see it being worn and enjoyed again!

Beautiful Post!

happy momma said...

Mia,hope you post about what all you learn you can do with roses. I love your apron in the photo's, it's very pretty. God Bless

Shani said...

Seeing pictures of your life and reading about your family leaves me oh so inspired! Thank you for sharing what you do! Blessings!

sweet locus lane farm said...

Beautiful pictures as always. I really love your apron. I love all aprons but the floral print in yours is lovely. Have a beautiful week.

marion said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

Lucy

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AJ said...

Hello Mia ~ Your Victorian dress is very pretty. What a beautiful choice of colors for a spring day by the roses. :) Your (or your mom's) apron is pretty too...love the roses! I'll have to try the fruit juice ice cube idea...it sounds good. We drink quite a bit of iced tea too. Sometimes I like to have green tea with a few sprigs of mint leaves.

Julian said...

lovely pics, and plums? Yum! Youll have to learn to make jam!
christina

Anonymous said...

Dear Mia,
It was wonderful to be at the cottage with you and your family. You all were/are such a gift and blessing to us. Thank you for your kindness and love. Thank you for your hard work and delicious meals. with love~
Also Happy Birthday to you, very soon :-)!

4littleladybugs said...

That first photo looks just like a painting to me! Very sweet. Thanks for sharing. :)

cindy said...

Lucky you....Ii think plums are one of my favorite fruit.
I think clelentines win though

Emy said...

Love, love, LOVE your victorian dresses. Your blog is so interesting! Thanks for adding to my day!

Emy

Lydia said...

Another lovely post! You always inspire me. Where do you find your gorgeous dresses? Or do you make them? They are so feminine and pretty!
God Bless you. Keep posting! Great job!:)

Kimberose said...

Beautiful pictures! That sweet tea looks delicious...

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY MIA!!!!!

WesternWoodburner said...

Your pictures are so very lovely! The Victorian inspired dress is pretty. Do you find the tight lower sleeves to be hot to wear?

Colleen said...

Hello, I just discovered your blog. It is very nice. You are a good photogopher. I've never heard the term 'stay-at-home daughter before but I think maybe that's what I am too! I will be sure to visit your blog more often.

Lizet said...

Hi, I'm a long time admirer of your blog. It is a great blessing to see your family and I always look forward to a new post! This is my first time leaving a comment although my daughter (Bethany at happy life at home and by the way -- thank you for being a great example for my girls!) has left several. There is too much that I could say so I'll limit it to two things. 1. I'm hoping that we could come to the picnic in Oct. we live about 3 hours away in SC and 2. Could you share the instructions for your sontag -- it is simply lovely and I would love to start one now in order to finish it by the fall. I've been wanting to comment ever since that "sontag post" long ago! May the Lord continue to bless you and use you.

Hilke said...

Mia i love your blog,it inspires me so much!

Melissa M. said...

Mia, I gave you an award here:
http://clothedwithscarlet.blogspot.com/2010/06/thank-you-blueroses-heart-for-giving-me.html

Vivre Le Jour said...

I am so happy to find your blog. I am a Christian woman who aspires to make her home beautiful and peaceful. We do not have a television either and I wear long skirts, too. :) I love my long skirts! I I can't wait to read more of your blog.

P.S. Such lovely pictures!

Sage Kaplan said...

Hi Mia, Love your blog, I just started by own blog today and already have posted a few posts i hope that you can have a look and tell me what you think, i also love your farm

jean@pilgrimscottage said...

How very lovely it all is.

Jacqueline@ Deeprootsathome.com said...

Dear Mia,
I forgot to share that I added 3 photos from this post to my blog post on feminine dress a bit ago. I thank you for being such an sweet inspiration in the Lord, dear one :) http://www.deeprootsathome.com/a-portrait-of-feminine-dress-part-5-around-the-house/
May the Lord Himself bless you and your family!

Anonymous said...

me gustaron mucho las fotos, así debe vestirse una señorita seria, no como ahora parecen mujerzuelas con las minifaldas o hombres con los jeans. Una mujer debe tener estilo y dignidad. El problema es - porque en todas las fotos están sin cabeza o dando la espalda? Es medio feo...