I usually do my "Tea In The Garden" post
on Thursday but yesterday with
temperatures in the 90's and doing
other projects - it just didn't happen.
So this morning I thought we'd just
stay inside where we can be cool and comfortable. I apologize
for arriving a little late.
I promised my husband I would keep the teapot displays out of the "living room".
I am happy to have this spot in my
Victorian parlor near the kitchen for
my armoire and what
I think I am a little slow about finding out
how you can get great books on Amazon
and used ones work great for me too.
Several of the books I ordered have come
and I have been enjoying them. (very inexpensively) I already had a copy of
Edith Holden's "Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady". This week two
other books that I ordered arrived:
"The Nature Notes of An Edwardian
Lady" and "The Edward Lady" -
The story of Edith
Holden compiled by Ina Taylor.
With my tea chest nearby you can pick
from the many types inside:
Edith Holden grew up in the Edwardian
era and was an artist who loved birds, flowers and nature. She kept a diary
where she drew the birds and flowers she
had seen each day on her walks in the nearby woods.
I am just getting a chance to look at these
new to me books and since this is August
let's see what she
And please help yourself to tea and one
of these Buttermilk Brownies I baked
last night. Really, they are more like a cake than a brownie. I had baked a Quiche last night and since the oven was already hot it seemed like a good idea
to just keep it going!
Here is the recipe for the
Ingredients: 1 stick butter, 4 Tb cocoa,
1/2 cup vegetable oil, 1 cup water,
2 cups flour, 2 cups sugar, 1/2 cup
buttermilk, 2 eggs, 1 Tsp vanilla, 1 Tsp
baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt
Melt the butter, add the cocoa, oil and water. Boil for several minutes. Pour this mix over the flour and sugar, mix well, add buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, soda and salt and mix again.
Bake in greased and floured 13 x 9" pan 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
I also added 1 cup chopped walnuts to this batter.
1 stick butter, 4 Tb cocoa, 6 Tb buttermilk, 3 3/4 cups confectioner's sugar, 1 cup chopped walnuts, 1 tsp vanilla
Melt the butter and mix in the cocoa and buttermilk in mixing bowl. Add this mix to the sugar and vanilla - mix well pour over the brownies while they are slightly warm.
Sprinkle the nuts evenly on top.
I feel like we have had a wonderful summer. Yes, it has been hot as expected. We are supposed to enjoy some temps in the 80's
here soon so if that happens - I won't complain.
We have spent our summer working on the long list of projects and repairs here on our house. My husband is currently staining the deck.