Friday, February 9, 2018









He's wearing his neck warmer on his head;) I love Littles..they never worry about what looks perfect.I loved it..and that child is NEVER cold..like his dad..NEVER.


 Snowshoeing in all this the last 3 days..Heaven..that's what heaven must be like..but warm:)



Time for tea after snowshoeing.. I love my 2.30-3 .30 winter ritual.I do have more Laura Secord hot choc for our Keurig on order though;)


A couple of Valentine..desserts~
Or any day desserts really..

I follow the Topless Blaker on Instagram..such a talented smart baker!
When he showed this tart I knew I had to try.It's a sablé breton base..jam in the centre on top..then these stabilized whipped cream..littles wings all around and fresh barries on top..I should have used my heart mold..a few sprigs of mint would be pretty..or real strawberry leaves..

Next one!
You can find the recipe and tutorial here..
It's a keeper.

The other one I tried..  was also through an Instagrammer..Cupcake Jemma..I have just found her..she made the cutest rose/pistachio Battenberg Cake..so cute I had to try..I don't have a Battenberg loaf pan..so I modified an 8x8..and ..well it didn't work..the halfway partition stayed..but the cross ones ..to make them x 6..collapsed midway..I rescued it..and the taste is good although I made modifications to use what I had on hand..but I think having the correct pan would make a HUGE difference..it's just too expensive.I'm 64 ..how many more mini Battenbergs am I going to make?;)Not many..  cute cute but not OMGEE so good I have to keep making them!

I love the whole look of Battenbergs..one caveat here was that my icing is bright..pink..and when you bake a cake w/ pink..I find it is often..peachy..so the colors are not gorge together.
Oh well..
This was the cake I brought for our dinner w/ Noah♥He's up there..outside his school when we picked him up  to have dinner with him..he LOVED the cake and was so appreciative:)

Here is her BEAUTIFUL cake and recipe~

Nothing short of magnificent is our borrowed landscape.The last 3 days have seen us snowshoeing in all that beauty.

It's as wonderful as being on a pristine beach..on your own.
The beauty of nature.


If any of you feel like trying out an interesting..relaxing art tutorial..go to Anna Mason..and do the free pear tutorial..you don't need much..paper..4 colors of paint.. few round pointy tip brushes..takes a couple of hours,but I am going to watch it again..it's not my way of painting..but I love it and want to learn to be more realistic..all styles are fun to learn.
This is a hobby for me..one I love.
You can find the link here..


Have fun..I can see a few of you LOVING this!
It was suggested  to me by an artist I admire very much!

Winter can be very rough here with a lot of ice..snow..cold..and this one has been..
This guy..clears the cars..mine..some snowbanks are higher..no kidding..and we have lovely paths all around..to the front out back..to the potting shed..so pretty and neat .The snow is halfway up my arbours..the front fence the top is peeking out..the larege white obelisks are just peeking ou too..I won't even talk about our front..you would not believe the snow:)
He never complains about the snow at all.I would be so complaining..I would be whining about my chores..no kidding.Not him.




If you want to get teary eyed..

Not sure if you have seen it..

She's something♥


Have a lovely weekend~And Happy Vday on Wednesday~

41 comments:

  1. Have a Nice and happy weekend...love from me Ria 💋

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  2. Wow the scenery looks beautiful and Jacque is a saint for doing all that work. We just had a little combined with ice, the worst. Your treats are great, I can see why Noah enjoyed it. Bon Weekend!

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    1. And to you..oh he's a trooper..always has been..Saint Snowupkeep:)I hate ice..it put a standstill on all outdoor activities.we're back:)

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  3. beautiful!! so much snow! Have a great weekend!

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  4. Oh, my goodness, she's amazing!! Bringing tears over coffee this morning! Thank you!

    Your food is beautiful art just as your paintings are, Monique! Everything you do is so gorgeous!! Your snow is so serene looking... picturesque... Love how the Littles never get cold. They are so full of energy I think it warms them like an internal furnace! Ha! There's nothing like the enjoyment and appreciation of a Little. ;) Have a wonderful week. blessings ~ tanna

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    1. You're always so encouraging in everything and that is a gift! Yes the Littles.. ♥I mean we just stare at all their features don't we? And marvel at what they do and say:) ♥Thank you:)

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  5. That landscape is magnificent! I went snowshoeing for the first time last week in Colorado. I never realized what hard work it is! Of course doing it in really thin mountain air probably didn't help. Even my young daughters were tired :) That made me feel a bit better. That Noah is too cute, love the "hat"!

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    1. I lent my xcountry skis to Lucas 2 seasons ago..and have not really missed them yet.Snowshoeing is hard in depths of snow..in this area..our borrowed landscape..a trail is made part way..tapping it down for skiers..so we tend to go off the beaten track a bit..it is exhilarating..and I love it.On a day like in the photos..it is very spiritual:)♥I bet you had fun w/ your girls!

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  6. Our 8-year-old just arrived a little while ago ;) Love Noah's gator. That's they way they were them in the ski areas too, both neck and head. We learned that form our Jackson Hole experts ♥. Love, love, love both cakes! I looked at Topless Baker's video but couldn't find the recipe for the sable breton. Maybe I didn't watch carefully enough. Gorgeous Battenburg cake also with the macarons decor! You find the prettiest ideas, Mme. M!! We've had a VERY snowy February so far. Hope to take Mack snow tubing or for a ski lesson tomorrow AM. Glad that the ski hills are able to remain open. Oh, look at the snow on your little car!! I spy another cozy ;) We need cozy right now ♥

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    1. I meant 'wear'. Should spell check before I click Publish :)

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    2. Have FUN:) OMGee Noah is honest..hetold me I had a pillow under my left eye..hmm..called bags sweetie pie..he's so honest I asked him a bunch of questions,,:"What color is nana's hair darling"? :"Blonde and brown"..good answer!!..he didn't say grey lol..I am tempted..not this week;) Do my ears stick out? Hmm..like this a bit..oh lol..he cracks me up:) Tells us everything;)
      So with these youtube thingies..I have discovered..you have to look for the recipes lol.. here it is..
      Strawberry Shortcake Tart! I thought this week we could make something a little fancy, so this week we've got this really simple strawberry shortcake tart recipe, that is so tasty but looks really elegant too. You can switch it up and add any kind of summer fruits you fancy too :)


      To make this strawberry shortcake tart you will need:

      Sable Breton:
      70g Golden Caster Sugar (or regular Caster Sugar)
      80g Soft Unsalted Butter
      1/2 Tsp Salt
      1 Egg
      170g Plain All-Purpose Flour
      1 Tsp Baking Powder

      Filling:
      2 Tbsp Jam

      Cream:
      250ml Double Cream
      2 Tsp Caster Sugar
      1 Tsp Vanilla
      1 Tsp Unflavoured Gelating with 2 Tbsp Water
      580 Piping Tip

      It's under SHOWMORE..

      He tells you how..:) But here are the ings:)
      We need a ton of cozy..I didn't snowshoe today..painted..pizza a la Jacques tonight so I don't cook.I love pizza..bread and cheese and all the etcs..what more can I ask for?

      Have FUN xoxo

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    3. Merci, Monique ♥ Didn't know about Show More :) You are so lucky to have a Pizza Man . But 'Pillows' OY. I have pillow too. Oh, that cracked me up...LOL!

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  7. Oh Noah... Love your chocolate time and cozy. Love the pear painting. I did one once and it was harder than I thought. I ruined the shadow underneath it so it is stuck in a pad somewhere. I can't imagine all that snow. I've never even been skiing. Snowshoeing must be exercise. I'd need snow planks. Keep warm.

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    1. How are YOU?

      I hope you will post soon and let us know how you are:)Take care! I have snowpants..not the cutest snowshoe bunny by far am I:);)

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  8. Hi dear Monique! I love all yours pictures and especially the pictures of the boys are so cute! I love this fancy cake looks awesome!
    Still I dont made any for Valentine I dont know maybe Im not in mood (My mom is sick and Im caring her)some days she is better other not. She has 88 . You know...
    hugs!!

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    1. You are a wonderful daughter Gloria..she is fortunate that you care for her.I know how much you love her..some poeple need strangers to care for them.Because they have no one..we see so much of that.It must be very hard at times w/ twins..a huusband...A good daughter♥

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  9. Beautiful Monique everything you touch!💓

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    1. I think you have such a touch on food presentations!You do:)
      And flower arranging and oh..etc and etc:)

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  10. Your strawberry tart is gorgeous!! Love the method (via video) for making the little wings. Also your pear painting is just gorgeous - you are so very talented. Good for you to be skiing - such a beautiful site for sure. We have rain - tons of rain and dreary dark skies - days and days of rain. Perhaps we'll have a gorgeous spring! Have a wonderful week Monique!

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    1. I hope you do have a wonderful Spring..apparently ours will be early..I don't know how MN will do that with all this SNOW..oh those wing tips:) I agree..could not get the tips here..so I had to order them under $2 each..so worth it!

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  11. Your cakes are gorgeous and the little bird mug is adorable:-)

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  12. This tart is so beautiful! Such a neat job ;) Plus now I know I'm not the only one following the art of Anna Manson ^^

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  13. Hi Monique!
    That little is a doll! That smile, and those freckles💕
    Lots of snow! Jacques is a good worker! ❄️❄️❄️
    Enjoy your week...
    Cheers!
    Linda😎

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    1. I have NO DOUBT you will enjoy yours..:) I like seeing it on IG..so INSTANT:)He is a cutie;)9 yr old ball of energy..;)

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  14. Those edible treats are so pretty!!!! I'm glad you all got some heavenly snow on which you could snowshoe...Ours got washed away again by the rain, now, a lot of ice...not heavenly.
    The video was so sweet. She's a lucky woman, that one!!

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    1. I found the video endearing too Rita☺️Winter will be over before we know it:)Wish it wasn't as cold or labor intensive for Jacques though..

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  15. First of all that elderly Irish woman, what a sweetheart. Tugged on my heart strings for sure. Everything you share is so beautiful Monique. Your tart, such patience on your part. I bought some blueberries and raspberries the other day and they were so sour, I could not eat them. I will have to use them for cooking. Your wee grandson is so handsome and looks very confident. LOVE LOVE LOVE that bluebird mug. Wherever did you find that. I adore bluebirds. Your pear is so well done. I have been working on the tutorial myself and my pear thus far is quite laughable, lol. I will persevere, as you say a completely different way of painting watercolours! Your snow, so much of it! Brrr... I don't think I could handle Canadian Winter's anymore! I am a winter wimp now! And I know Todd could not cope at all. Love and hugs. xoxo

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    1. I am a cold wimp..Oh it's true that it will be over soon..and I don't want to be south for the winter..but the cold is bad and maintenance of course..Spring and Fall..more maintenance..I was in my 40's when we built here..invincible..lol..sadly that is not true..and now 60's and 70's....but he still says he loves it here..in this place..in this house..almost daily..well on sunny days.That's what matters.He told me it's exercise for him..he's always loved that.

      That mug... drumroll..Varage Sale.♥
      I find it special too..it is made for Pier One Imports..or was..second hand but brand new.
      I guess people get gifts and sell them?

      I bet your pear is so pretty!!It is a different way isns't it..contrary to your new book I mentioned that we love..no bleeds..but still interesting..have tried a few more..not pears..apples etc..not as well on my own..Have a great day!

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  16. Still no snow here! We have had spring all winter - maybe we will get dumped on in March!
    That dessert looks so amazing. I wondered what the "wings" were when I saw it on Instagram.

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    1. It's s great tip to add to your tools Jacqueline!

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  17. Beautiful snow and cakes as always! XO And a really tender video... xo

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  18. Wow -- you had serious snow! Thanks for the tutorial link -- I'm going to check her out. Good practice! I'm way behind and catching up. Your strawberry dish looks wonderful! So elegant and pretty. How did you ever find strawberries in the winter that don't taste like styrofoam?!

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    1. At a grocer but Costco's are usually spot on ..I mean for winter..Costco and tomatoes.. avos....so much produce is good quality there:)

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