Category Archives: Dessert

Plum Torte time is here again…

 last year around this time I shared the fun of making this delicious plum cake with you heremagpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-real-plum-quote

 there is a link for the recipe there too if you are interested…

magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-purple-plum-torte-making

I have been off my game lately when it comes to taking photos and being connected on line…magpies-nest-plum-torte

but I did take a photo of the Plum Torte that Mr Magpie and I whipped up over the weekend…magpies-nest-dogwood

letting it rest overnight after baking as recommended is not easy when the house is full of delicious cake smells…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-life-is-fragile

but like so many things we have to wait for in life it was worth it in the end and so delicious…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-morning-sun-on-ferns

joining everyone over at Elizabeth’s T Stands for Tuesday to wish you a happy day…

daily bread …

inspired by the wonderful French gentleman from a postcard I bought for myself I created a spread in my France journal for the Journeys theme over at Art Journal Journey this month…

Magpie's Nest French Postcardspart of our journey to France was about food (of course)

Magpie's Nest food samplerthe “floating island dessert” that we had in Lyon was a ball of meringue floating on a light vanilla custard within a caramelized sugar cage … it sounded innocent enough when we ordered them…

Magpie's Nest BIG floating island dessertbut when the members of our coach tour group saw the size of them we could not believe our eyes (it was delicious and would have easily served four)…PhotosWallis C. Moirenc 2004 Ste pe 13240 Septemes les Vallonsenough about food for now… here is the page I started telling you about in the beginning… “pain quotidien” means “daily bread” I believe (credit for the postcard of the French gentleman appears when you click on the photo above in the picture description)…

Magpie's Nest La Campagne the countryside we took SO many photos of the gorgeous French countryside…

Magpie's Nest PanPastel coloringthe golden canola (rape seed) fields were dazzling with the blue skies…

Magpie's Nest the countrysidethe right hand page of my spread is about “the countryside/la campagne” with a few of our photos printed out smallish to fit the page…

Magpie's Nest daily bread the countrysidemy head is still whirling from our travels and photos and life in general…

Magpie's Nest french collage

thank you for stopping by oxo

Mandala Monday: Tradescantia … Oenothera speciosa and Cherry Tarts

Virginia Spiderwort T. (Tradescantia) virginiana  can be an invasive plant but it is one I enjoy having in the garden since it is a Virginia native (at one time we had it in pink and magenta too)…

Patty Szymkowicz Spiderwort Evening Primrose MandalaI also let the pink Evening Primrose come up pretty much wherever it pleases as I like a bit of “wild” surprise in the garden and the pink blooms have a delicate fragrance…

Patty Szymkowicz Spiderwort Evening Primrose Mandala (1)I used a pretty gold scalloped piece of cardboard to build the mandala on…

Patty Szymkowicz Spiderwort Evening Primrose Mandala (2)

the cardboard originally came under a most delicious Cherry Crostata

Wegman's Cherry Crostata

I won’t tell you how many cardboards we have collected…

joining Dawn of Girl Unwinding for her Mandala Monday on this Memorial Day remembering with gratitude all those that have served helping keep America the land of the free…

Mandala Monday: Dessert First

Dessert Plate Bottom

my mandala today was done on a dessert plate…

Rose Columbine May Mandalausing a columbine blossom for the center on a bed of China Girl pink rose petals with a bit of fennel greenery…

cake plate May Mandalarobin redbreasts built a nest in our climbing rose trellis on the corner of our front porch…

China Girl Robins Nest in a fairly busy place as that is the direct path from our driveway to our front door…

Robin's Nests 4I tried discouraging the robins from laying eggs there by removing the nests that now decorate a box on the back porch (I know! I felt horrible but it was before they laid any eggs and I hoped they would pick from the many other spots available in our garden)…

Robins almost clutch of eggsfinally on a rainy day I gave up and Mrs Robin built nest #5 and laid a clutch of four eggs (I snapped the photo above before she added the fourth egg)

now mockingbirds have moved in too and built a nest four posts down on the other end of the porch right by our front door… 

Mockingbird

in all the years we’ve had mockingbirds in the garden we have never seen a nest…

Rose Columbine May Mandala (2)

“Life is short.  Eat dessert first” -Jacques Torres

joining Dawn for her Mandala Monday

T … T and “Tea”

Happy Tuesday which really feels more like Monday after our three day weekend here in the states…

T for Tillandsia which was going to be the topic of my tea post today until we added the…

T for Tarte more on that later

our actual“Tea” was a bit of bubbly and not tea at all as a reward for our hard work in finally getting our back porch scrubbed for the season…

Mr Magpie also replaced the ceiling fan and light fixture which was a feat in the heat as it felt more like the 4th of July than Memorial Day here in northern Virginia…

VERY hot and humid…

so about our Tillandsia tenufolia which is a type of Bromeliad air plant…

it seems that some species of Tillandsia bloom only once in a lifetime…

 so imagine my thrill in stumbling upon this little plant that had been all but forgotten out on our back porch as it must have blown out of the fairy garden into the garden bed going completely unnoticed…

after the bloom fades the plant will make “pups” giving us more little air plants…

what an unexpected surprise that was…

now on to that gorgeous tarte which was a really lovely treat from the freezer section of Trader Joe’s…

it says on the box that a serving size is 1/4th tarte

we decided we could handle that as it had to hold us over until dinner and we didn’t even need to turn on the oven…

Mr Magpie found a setting on our camera for photographing food…

we still need to experiment and see if it makes a real difference in the photo quality…

our weekend was full of surprises including the fact that it is Lavender picking time again a good two weeks early

won’t you join us over at Kimmie’s Art in Red Wagons for more tea tales…

all are welcome to join in with or without tea