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Friday, 12 November 2010

A short list of things

... from my week
  • Very often when I walk from work to pick the Lattes up from school, I meet a couple of neighbours coming in the opposite direction to pick up children from schools on the other side of town. We used to say hello as we passed - just recently we have started high-fiving one another, wordlessly. I cannot tell you quite why, but this makes me ridiculously happy.

  • I have finally managed to con the Lattes into liking porridge. This has involved very large amounts of demerara sugar, but at least now I don't have to make umpteen different breakfasts. I am dropping very large birthday hints to Mr Coffee about this bowl - I already have two cups and a milk jug from this range but I am sure that the porridge bowl would be a life-changer.

  • This Pumpkin and Ginger Teabread is one of the best cakes ever - and I remember it every Autumn when I'm left with the scrapings from the inside of the pumpkin lanterns. Luckily for me, Rowse sent me some free jars of honey which made it into an even easier project since I didn't have to worry about how much honey would be left for breakfast.  I've been buying Rowse honey anyway ever since it was the only thing on the shelves back in 2002 when there was some kind of honey crisis. In addition to the Light and Mild honey, which can be used for baking, they also sent me some Supahoney which has a bit of Manuka honey thrown in for good luck. I don't claim to be an expert on the benefits of Manuka honey, but it does taste very nice in a glass of hot water with a slice of lemon in it, first thing in the morning. Or stirred into a Lemsip, depending on how well today is going for you.

21 comments:

  1. that bowl must be given for the birthday. MUST.

    It's beautiful.

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  2. I think the high fiving would make me happy too. How funny.

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  3. Wish I'd seen that cake recipe last week; it will be a long time before I feel like pumpkin soup again!

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  4. Oh Mary, I ended up throwing away a batch of pumpkin soup that turned a VERY funny colour. Alarming.

    AThriftyMrs it IS funny. High fives between middle-aged women in raincoats.

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  5. Love the idea of silent agreement to high five on the school run! I like a bit of school run camaraderie, and wish I could crack those stalwart few who do everything in their power to avoid meeting my eye when I cross paths with them each day.

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  6. Loving the bowl, actually like the whole set! Hopefully Mr C takes the hint, high five! x

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  7. I'm having the opposite porridge experience. One of my children after almost 15 years of eating the stuff has decided that he does not like it.
    But my younger son likes his porridge with a dollop of nut butter, sliced banana, raisins and golden syrup. 'I'm pimping my porridge' he says.

    Love the high-fiving.

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  8. You're right, that bowl would be perfect. Very cute dishes, love the egg cups as well. My kids really like oatmeal with coconut, sliced almonds and honey too.

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  9. mmmm I have a pumpkin that was going to be for soup, but we could have cake for lunch tommorow instead I'm sure!
    great bowl, but it was the little jug I was drooling over. xxx

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  10. I assume you have this? http://www.makeinternational.com/product/?pid=12268

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  11. It would appear to be the perfect bowl.

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  12. You have to explain the high fiving further.

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  13. I read this post and then spent most of my shower trying to figure out how to convey how happy item #1 made me. And will be making me for YEARS. But I have no words.

    Thank you for the joy.

    Good luck with the ongoing porridge battle.

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  14. I love the Word range of ceramics! Thanks (I think) for showing me them.

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  15. And I can't tell you quite why but the visual of y'all high five-ing in passing makes me ridiculously happy on your behalf. ; ) Very cool.

    After two decades of ladeling porridge myself some of my clan is balking at same. Why?? Thinkin' I need some very good porridge bowls. I could even sit and look at those empty and be happy. Am a sucker for anything with print on it.

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  16. Hooray for honey samples. Sweet--in the literal as well as the high five sense! And I am so in love with that bowl.

    K x

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  17. The Word ceramic sets are awesome. If I were not in a de-acquisition mode I would be severely tempted.

    Back when I used to drive my younger son to high school (we could all sleep an extra hour that way) we used to pass the same guy every morning, out for his daily constitutional on our country road. After seeing him every single day for a few weeks, I decided we should start to wave at him. So we did, and after a few days he started waving back. Now I know his name is Jerry and he is married to Sandy and lives in the house with the big butterfly on the porch.

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  18. Grin. Love the high fives!
    I don't know if I have the courage, but there *is* this lady who walks her children to the opposite side of the park from where we are, and who I am on 'goodmorning' terms with.. (With the occasional understanding half-smiles at each other's predicaments. Three children fighting over our wholly inadequate number of hands to hold. The domino effect of one bookbag falling (the rest invariably follows). The problems of walking in the rain without any available hands to wipe water of brow. Etc.)

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  19. Janette you have to at least ask... but if you don't have enough hands as it is it could be tricky!

    Kim - my only answer to porridge aversion is sugar, in one of its many forms.

    kmkat - what a great story! How does he keep a big butterfly on his porch, though?!

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  20. Hi 5?
    I love it!
    No wonder it gives you a little lift.

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  21. I just want to know how the high fiving began? was it the full five first time or a tentative smaller number of digits?
    It made me smile too.

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