Friday, December 7, 2018

Christmas Time is Coming


~ Christmas Time is Coming ~
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Christmas time is approaching and our home is wrapped in the soft glow of fairy lights, flickering candles 
and the smell of a fresh pine tree lingering in the air ...
Awakening the inner joy and longing for
the Light itself...


Christmas magic is silent.
You don't hear it - you feel it ,you know it,
you believe it.


What better way is there to set the mood with the delicious smell of home baked cookies this season ?
We decided on

~Festive Woodland Cookies~
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~ 115 gr butter , at room temperature
~ 150 gr brown sugar
~ dash of salt
~ grated peel of half a lemon
~ 25ml milk
~ 250 gr white flour
~ 10 gr baking powder
~ 15 gr mixed spice


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Rub butter and sugar together and add salt and the grated lemon peel and mix.
Add milk and slowly add all the other ingredients while kneading until firm.
Wrap the dough in clingfilm and let rest in the refridgerator for about 2 days so the spices can develop.


On day 2 take the dough out and knead. Roll out on a dusted work surface until smooth and even .
Cut out in your favorite woodland shapes. Lay on covered baking sheets , leaving enough room for them to rise while baking.



Preheat oven and bake at 160℃ for about 30 min. depending on the size of your cookies.
After baking let them cool a bit on the baking sheets before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

You can also decide to glaze the cookies once they are cooled ;)



-To everyone & all a Merry Christmas!


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Rhubarb-Almond Cake

 

Rhubarb-Almond Cake

  Today we'd love the share the recipe for a delicious cake with you!

It's a sweet, tangy cake with a hint of almond, for everyone who loves marzipan...  You will enjoy this cake ! ;-) 

 

Ingredients
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • About 0.75 lbs rhubarb ( 士 350 grams)
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • Powdered sugar for serving, if desired

 

Instructions
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180℃. Line the bottom of a 10-inch springform pan with a round of parchment paper. Then generously coat the parchment paper and the sides of the springform pan with butter. Set aside.                                                           
  2.  In the bowl of your stand mixer, beat 1 cup of the sugar and the butter on medium speed until light and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs in one at a time, mixing after each addition. Then beat in the yogurt, orange zest and all the extracts.                                                                                                  
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add these dry ingredients to the cake batter, adding in about one-third at a time, mixing on low speed until no more white streaks remain. Set aside.                                      
  4. Cut the rhubarb stalks into regular pieces.                                    
  5. Spread about half of the cake batter in an even layer on the bottom of your prepared springform pan. The batter will be thick and creamy. Layer about half of the rhubarb on top. Then spread the remaining cake batter over the rhubarb. Arrange the remaining rhubarb pieces on top. Sprinkle the sliced almonds and the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar over the top of the cake.                                                                                                      
  6. Transfer the cake to your pre-heated oven and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove the cake form the oven and set it on a wire rack to cool. Once cooled, run a spatula around the outer edge of the cake and release the sides of the springform pan.                  
  7. Cut the cake into slices and serve with a generous dusting of powdered sugar ! 

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You can wrap a pretty lace ribbon around the cake and place a beautiful rose at the side for a dreamy and romantic touche! 💕



Serve with a flowery tea and cherish the memories you make ...
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Let us know if you tried this recipe! We'd love to hear from you! 



Love & Blessings,

The Three Little Women





~ A Day of Birthday Sweetness ~

~ A Day of Birthday Sweetness ~


Imagine a whole family with sleepy eyes, 
some of them still in cosy nightclothes patiently waiting on a special guest...
By the creak of the stairs the family hushes into silence and once their special guest appears around the corner of the stairs the family bursts into a chorus of 
Happy Birthday's !

Take a seat, you're in for a treat ! 
 

A dainty plate of little ''viennoiserie'' adorned the table alongside pretty dishes , perfectly reflecting the season of natures awakening!



 Little cups filled with jam with sweet berry flavours or the fresh taste of apples...


A Birthday wouldn't be complete without some sweet smelling flowers! 


Opening a cute little present from Mom & Dad at the Birthday table is a tradition since we were little ! 
Oh and this sweet present...
Wondering if we should dedicate a whole post to this adorable package ?! 

Over the moon with this Letter~Writing Stationary ! 



There were four layers of sweet and teenie tiny embelishments !



 Isn't this just too cute ?!?





After opening these adorable gifts we went en route ! 

Grabbing a delicious snack , which consisted of Fish~Burger , Hummus Snack and a Warm Waffle on to go, 
we went to one of our favorite open air museums ! 
We've visited this place since we were little toddlers ,
 pushed along in a stroller ! ;-) 
And still this place holds something peaceful and takes one back into time !






Sweet parents



 Our Little man !



Meeting this baby goat was a joy ! Petting this cutie pie was not optional ! ;-)  


One of our favorite spots is this beautiful house !  





 The Birthday Lady herself !


Time passed by so quickly and once we arrived back home
 the other family members joined in for a little 
Ice~Cream Birthday Party ! 



 A literal sweet surprise !
 The cutest 
Mini ~ Donuts !
 

 Loved the edible butterflies !

Isn't this gift so sweet ?! 
A metal box with a delicate Rose print and Tule at the sides.


Sweet gifts from England! 
What a delight to find this package in the mail after we came home!


Charming Old Bible ... 





 And this flower light chain will enchant the whole room ! 

With blessed and joyous hearts our little party went to a close!

Waving the last year goodbye and welcoming the next one !

 
Love and Blessings,

~The Three Little Women~


Friday, June 8, 2018

Part 2 ~ For the Love of Roses~

Part 2 

~For the Love of Roses~




THE ROSE
It is only a tiny rosebud,
A flower of God's design,
But I cannot unfold the petals
With these clumsy hands of mine.
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The secret of unfolding flowers
Is not known to such as I,
The flower God opens so sweetly,
In my hands would fade and die.
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I cannot unfold a rosebud,
This flower of God's design,
Then how can I have wisdom
To unfold this life of mine?
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So I'll trust Him for His leading
Each moment of every day
And I'll look to Him for His guidance
Each step of the pilgrim way.
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For the pathway that lies before me
My heavenly Father knows
I'll trust Him to unfold the moments
Just as He unfolds the rose.

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~The Rediscovery of Roses~
in the Kitchen




Each year we eagerly anticipate the budding rosebuds...
That means that the Rose~Syrup Season 
is around the corner !  
Let's bottle up the essence of Spring !
The use of this lovely homemade rose~syrup is very diverse... 

 

Pouring a trickle of rose~syrup over 
Vanilla Ice~Cream is a delightful way to enjoy Spring sweetness to satisfy your sweet tooth ! ;-)
Or make Rose~Popsicles to share with friends and family on a sunny day ! Add an amount of Rose~Syrup to yogurt, stir and freeze.
A favorite combination is strawberries with Rose~Syrup... 
Simple and sublime...


This is so easy to make but such a treat:
Rose Whipped Cream
Simply whip up some cream with a bit of powdered sugar and add a few spoons 
of rose-syrup and mix.
Sweet on pancakes, waffles or to decorate little cakes! 
Use your imagination !
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Here's how your make:
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∗ Rose~Syrup∗
 Fresh from the Garden

 

 Start by gathering about 5 cups of fresh Rose Petals . 
See last post for how to harvest roses.



Pull the petals from the rose heads and transfer into a pot on the stove.





  Add 2 cups of fresh water.


Let it simmer for about 10 - 15 minutes.



Strain the roses through a fine sieve.



 Add 2 1/2 cups of sugar while stirring.
 
Stir in 3 Tbsp of lemon juice
(or juice of 1 lemon)

And see the magic happen ! ;-)
Simmer on low for 15 - 20 minutes.


Pour the syrup into little sterilized jars and seal.


Our little furry friend Pennie 
was curious what we were up to ! ;-)

Look at that little cutie pie face ! ;-) 


There you have it ! 
  
Homemade Rose-Syrup, 
Fresh from the Garden! 




 

We have a free printable tag
 especially made for you !
Enjoy!
Click to save !


What about surprising your family with a cold glass of  Rose - Lemonade ? 
Fill a pitcher with 
1 part rose syrup to 4 parts cold water and serve.
You can use sparkling water to make it extra special and maybe let a rose petal float on top of each drink & add a wedge of lime or lemon. 
Or maybe a teaspoon of syrup in 
your steaming cup of tea ? 
A special treat ! 


 We hope you enjoyed this Rose Serie 
and hope you can store up some bottles and pleasant memories this Spring ! 


Love & Blessings,
The Three Litlle Women 

Christmas Time is Coming

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