Monday, June 18, 2018

A Little Something On Monday

**A little something from the garden**

I had a little lesson about finding treasure in the muddy and broken. A couple of these tiny sprigs were salvaged from their mother plants when they broke off and got muddied during a heavy rainstorm a couple days ago. I plucked them up and rinsed them off. The purple salvia (which looks so much like lavender, doesn't it?) took a hit during transport from the garden centre, so I had to regretfully clip off one of the spiky blossoms.

The tiny green bottle a friend once gave me creates a very nice home for these reclaimed beauties. They now sit on top of a stack of books on my desk, with my copy of Oxford Sketchbook as their backdrop.

**A little something for dessert**

The other day I found six of these tiny glass dessert cups at the thrift store. Just what I didn't know I needed until I saw them. We currently have suitcase size ice cream bowls which really are too big for those of us trying to be a little more careful with the sugars and sweets. They take three scoops to fill. A single scoop looks lost in the bottom, which often means 'we'll just top that up, shall we'?

No, we really don't want to top it up, thank you, so these smaller bowls will do nicely. Although you can't really gauge from the photo, there's just enough room for a single scoop of ice cream or a small fruit salad. The bowl's even too small for an ordinary teaspoon to properly sit on the side--it just tips out. Which means I might need to search out some of those shorter spoons too.

What's in the bowl, you ask? Frozen vanilla yogurt topped with the last-in-the-house tiny morsel of delicious Celebration Lemon Creme cookie on a dark chocolate biscuit base. Breaking it into bits, I sprinkled it over top. A spoonful of frozen yogurt, a lemon zest bit, and a bite of chocolate -- let's just say we were content!

**A little side dish for dinner**

This is a simple summer salad using radishes fresh from the garden, or the grocery store if you don't have a garden. The twist is the delightful mix of radish, caraway, and oregano in a white wine vinaigrette. Not sure where I found this recipe, but I'm glad I did. Yum. 

Radish Salad

10 - 15 radishes, thinly sliced

2 tsp. white wine vinegar
2 tsp. canola or olive oil
1 tsp. caraway seed
2 tsp. fresh Greek oregano
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 tsp. sugar
Sprinkle of salt
Dash of pepper

Serves 2

**A little something to ponder with your morning coffee**

"Great opportunities come to all, but many do not know
they have met them. The only preparations to take advantage
of them is simple fidelity to watch what each day brings."
~ Albert E. Dunning

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"Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the
part of the actor. It's a gift to the world and every being in it.
Don't cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you've got."
~ Steven Pressfield

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"For one moment quit being sad.
Hear blessings dropping their blossoms all around you."
~ Rumi

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"Do for one what you wish
you could do for everyone."
~ Andy Stanley

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On that note, I'm wishing you a pleasant week ahead. I truly hope there is something scheduled in it that makes you look forward to it with delight and confidence.



  1. love your poetry offering, perfect post for starting a new week and a new monday even if it'slmost 4 am and I can't sleep...

  2. I have some wee dessert dishes...perhaps it’s time to place them on a lower shelf. Good idea that!

  3. Yes, a lesson for all of us, taking beauty from ashes, (muddy and broken).
    Great post for a Monday morning.

  4. the flowers in their new home are breathtakingly stunning. the creation glorifying its Creator!

  5. Ahhh! Such pretty little blessing that you have shared. A visit to your blog is so refreshing.

  6. Hi Brenda ~ I loved all of your thoughts today. Such pretty flowers, no matter where they are plucked from they are always gorgeous. Smaller is better for me as well, and the dessert cups are so cute, and practical for so many things. Have a wonderful Day!

  7. Such a sweet and summery post, Brenda, full of little and delightful somethings. I hope your week is filled with many more sweet delights.

  8. love those little dessert dishes...your dessert looked delicious!

  9. Hi Brenda, Delightful summer musings. Your photos are beautiful, along with the explanations about each one. I particularly like those muddy and broken treasures being restored, just like our lives when we came to know Him.

  10. Your post made me smile and I think I will wear it all day.

  11. I love your top picture the best! And the radishes are beautiful, too! Radishes make such a beautiful salad... I made a few times a salad of radishes and peeled fresh orange segments, with orange flower water in the dressing! I wish I liked the taste of radishes so much...

    1. Gretchen, I admit it's my favourite too. Your recipe with the orange segments and flower water sounds quite exotic...I shall have to give that a try. Thanks! Brenda xox

  12. Bren, this is a lovely, lovely post. I smiled when I saw your thrift store find. I had those exact sweet cups and gave them away, because we were not using them. I kept their match, a size larger, that we use for juice and also desserts. Really, should have kept the ones like yours. Also, thanks for the recipe for the radish salad, I plan to give it a try.

    Love your quotes and such a great way to begin our days. I so love good words from wonderful minds.

    Blessings to you, Bren. You are a talented soul and I enjoy your writings so much.

  13. Such pretty flowers! Thanks for the yummy tip of topping ice cream with Lemon creme cookies. I can't believe I haven't tried that yet.


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