I am willing to support just about any kind of decadence at breakfast time. Doughnuts, whipped cream on hot cocoa, pancakes with jam AND syrup, scrambled eggs with shaved truffle, 3 egg omelets . . . you get the idea.
So I'm sure you're not surprised to hear that I love these Dutch sprinkles for toast. I didn't grow up with them, but I did have a grandmother who would shave chocolate over bread and butter for an afternoon snack. So good with a cup of milky tea. This just eliminates the need to chop up a perfectly good candy bar. They come in dark and milk chocolate, with a third flavor I can only describe has "fruity pebbles." The neon color and artificial flavor aren't my favorite, but they do look pretty on cupcakes.
You can order them online or find them as stores with other German and Dutch foods. This sampler box happened to come from a co-worker traveling abroad. I think she was a little overwhelmed by my excited squeals when I saw the box. But she did acknowledge that it's hard to argue with chocolate for breakfast.
It's been years (and years!) since I was last at one of those paint-your-own pottery places. After taking many ceramics classes and priding myself on doing things "from scratch," I have to admit I thought these places were kinda soulless.
So, when a friend had her birthday party at one, I was all set to scoff. "Sponge painting, really? REALLY?!" But these places are amazing. They're like crafty mood stabilizers. I found the whole process so satisfying and soothing. Ooh pretty colors, mmm . . . snacks, ironic Christmas music, girltalk and slightly delayed gratification. I had a fabulous time and ended up with this ridiculous mug.
I could easily be roped into doing this again. I wonder what that means for my immortal soul?
I love lemons. Especially homegrown Meyer Lemons. Did you know they're actually not really a purebred lemon? They're actually crossed with a tangerine; that certainly explains their sweet perfume and juice. They still have a lemony sourness, but their flesh is a bit orange and there's a sweet floral scent that you just don't get with other lemons.
I used this particular lemon (and the accompanying rosemary) in Mark Bittman's fabulous Rosemary-Lemon White Bean Dip. A can of beans, a slug of olive oil, a sprig of rosemary, a squeezed lemon, salt and pepper and you've got a seriously yummy dip.
If you're not in a dipping mood, you can try one of the LA Times' 100 things to do with a Meyer lemon. And if you've got a good lemon connection (the trees can be quite prolific), you can always make lemon curd. Oh Mama!
Little Robot has just posted photos of her amazing automaton. He is just brilliant (and so handsome!), but the clouds, waves and hand-crank are lovely too. I'm in awe of him. I'm going to remember how much I love the emerald greens and gold of the waves. It's giving me ideas for my upcoming linoleum print project.
I'm trying to decide what to buy something from her Etsy shop. I can't afford her magical "paper theatre" entitled The Sleeper Dreams, but it's definitely my favorite piece. In my price range, Tiny Winter gives me that cozy quiet snowstorm feeling.
Which one is your favorite?
You know what you want right now? Hot and fresh scones. Maybe you didn't know it, but you want 'em now, don't you?