Just some little things today…
Flowers and Jelly Jars
We go through a lot of strawberry jelly in our house. The jars make the sweetest give-away vases for flowers from our yard. This little bunch went to the teacher at open house last night. The chocolate mint tucked between the roses is the happiest “mistake” in our yard. It smells soooo good.
On Saturday, I went to Ranch 99 to get a new sun hat for our beach day with the boy. I had no cash in my wallet and the hat didn’t cost enough to meet the minimum charge amount, so I came home with three stalks of bamboo too.
The bamboo focused my Monday thrift store visits to a search for the perfect jar. This is the one I chose. It’s huge. HUGE.
Batik Stamp Bonanza
A few years ago, I discovered this beautiful batik stamp in a box of my husband’s collectibles. At the time, I had no idea what it was. I only knew that I loved it.
Husband isn’t completely sure just where it came from – maybe something from his departed grandmother – but it started an obsession for me.
I look for reasonably priced ($8 to $12) batik stamps wherever I go. I’ve been lucky enough to find a couple at the Rose Bowl Flea Market and to receive a few others from a friend. I also have two from Anthropologie.
There are plenty of very high-priced batik stamps in the world, but half the fun for me is stumbling onto a bargain. Maybe that’s why it filled me with such joy to find an entire lot of them priced together in a clearance sale on etsy. Woohoooooo! Now I just have to figure out how best to display them. For the moment, they occupy a big wooden bowl on my table. I think my favorite is that curvy floral on the top right.
Ooo la la buttercream…
I am so excited by the arrival of my latest purchase from The Good Cook book club. Meg Ray is my new hero. Cake for breakfast – I love this woman! Can’t wait to visit one of her shops in person someday. I’m aiming for the Ferry Building location in San Francisco. Wanna go with me?
Speaking of sweets…
I finally caught up with the Corner Cupcakes truck. Yippee!
I ordered a chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting and another called a “full house,” which was the most divine combination of lemon cake, lemon curd, and lemon buttercream laced with toasted coconut. There was coconut somewhere else in there too. I’m sure of it! Deeeeeelicious. And kind of melty. It was hot yesterday.
The chocolate cake was very good, but I am not a huge fan of the extra strong vanilla flavor in the buttercream I chose. I prefer a mere hint of vanilla or none at all, so next time I will just order a different frosting! There will be a next time because there is much taste bud joy in that truck. I am excited to try other flavor combos.
All of this reminds me to ask if you are as happy-dancing-footed as I am over the pending arrival of Nothing Bundt Cakes in Mission Valley. Yes? Yes! It will be nice to have one closer than Del Mar or Poway. Maybe we can all go together on opening day.
What little things are cheering your life this week?
I hope you’re having a Happy Wednesday!