Now that winter is here, we have time to slow down and for me that means pulling out old books and magazines to glean some inspiration.
I have gone through all the old January Victoria Magazines. I am looking 24/7 for garden tips and ideas and new recipes. I found a book in my own library on English Gardens produced in l990 by Victoria's Secret (yes, who can believe it???) The pictures are incredible - like a dream really.
The pictures in this book are dreamy!
I also have a recipe to share for "FIRESIDE COFFEE" from the 1987 addition of Southern Living Recipes:
2 Cups of non dairy coffee creamer, 1 1/2 cups of hot cocoa mix, 1 1/2 cups instant coffee granules, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg. Combine all and mix well. Store in airtight container - makes 6 1/2 cups Spoon 2 Tbs and 1 Tsp in a mug - add 1 cup boiling water
Much inspiration can be gleaned from the books about the late gardener, Tasha Tudor
and yes I want foxgloves like this but I have
no goat to make the manure tea she is pouring
My favorite photo of Tasha is in the book above from 1994. Tovah Martin wrote the text and said: "The secret garden will one day be dominated by the roses, no doubt. But for now the foxgloves reign supreme, with a little help from frequent and generous applications of manure tea."