Category Archives: September

Purple Plum Torte…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Real Plum quotemy mother was a great cook and a wonderful baker and this time of year when plums are readily available I pine for her wonderful Zwetschgen-kuchen …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz making a plum torte

so when I came upon this really easy plum torte recipe I just had to give it a whirl…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Purple Plum Torte making

the hardest part was waiting overnight to cut into the cake as recommended in the recipe …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Yummy Plum Torte

we will definitely be enjoying this again and will look forward to making it during plum season…

Magpie's Nest Potomac Vegetable Farms as we like eating what is available and locally grown as much as possible…

Magpie's Nest Plum Torte

what a delicious treat that was well worth waiting for…

Magpie's Nest Coffee Plum Pits

it tasted really yummy with a nice cup of coffee sitting out in the morning sun on our back porch…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Purple Plum Torte Yum

wishing you a Happy T Day… 

US Food Administration 1917

along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover

September days…

“We are like the spider


We weave our life

and then move along in it

We are like the dreamer

who dreams 

and then lives in the dream

This is true for the entire universe.” ~The Upanishads

OXO see you in October OXO

listen with your heART…

a few more pages in my How It Works” Encyclopedia art journal…

the image of the mechanical man on the right was the only thing on these paint scraped pages for the longest time…

the vintage lady popped up and my pages evolved from there… I stapled the gauzy piece of fabric on the left side…just because…

now for some colors that I do not often go to…

paint scraping pages way ahead of time gave me the chance to stretch out of my comfort zone a bit…

hair has played a fairly prominent role in my life off and on for many years …

on my wedding day it was my veil … long and down to my waist…

I got it all cut off for Locks of Love about eight years ago and kept it no longer than shoulder length for a good many years … ok this feels like TMI … guess I felt I wanted to explain about why all of the altered hair shots at the bottom of my journal pages LOL … enough said … it is getting long again … it can help keep me warm this winter…

wishing you a happy September Equinox however that fits into your neck of the woods

“We lose our freedoms at the altar of fear.” – Kahlil Gibran

National Honey Month

September is National Honey Month

ambrosia

nectar of the Gods

honey existed before man as evidenced by fossils from 150 million years ago …

honey collection can be traced back thousands of years as depicted in ancient cave paintings …

did you know it is used for wound healing…

  it is a natural energy booster…

 a skin moisturizer…

a natural cough suppressant and that is just the beginning of what there is to know about honey

I like adding it to herbal teas…

today I am sipping a delicious and delicate herb tea that I brought back from the beautiful Einseideln Monastery outside of Zurich Switzerland

it is called Münsterschwarzach Klostertee St. Benedikt Sieben-Zeiten-Tee (St Benedict Seven Times Tea)…

the organic ingredients are sage, ginger, lemon balm, spearmint, valerian, rose petals and primrose flowers…

“sage stimulates and will preserve your health…Ginger warms the body and increases the vital energy center… Spearmint aids digestion… Valerian brings calmness and promotes concentration… Rose opens the heart… Primrose is new beginning and light… Melissa awakens the spirit and brings hope and joy…”

I even got a second cup out of the same teabag ahhhhh

be sure and visit Kimmie over at her Art in Red Wagons for more tea stops…

I also invite you to come see the new offerings on my Magpie’s Nest Too giveaway blog 

Honey Tea

September is National Honey Month


news to me…


bees (here are some cut from wood)


honey and beeswax all fascinate me …

honey is an ancient and pure food … a perfect sweetener … also used as medicine

… hail honey and of course … BEES !!!

Happy T Tuesday … I will be a bit scarce in blogland the next couple of weeks … looking forward to catching up with you all after that

Tea and Zwetschgen-Kuchen

today was a special day spent with my sweet Mutti (she lives an hour away) … we baked … which is something we have not done together for a very long time …

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it’s Italian Plum season

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these do not seem to be available year round like so many other produce items

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no picture of the baked sheet cake … I got excited … I don’t always get a piece warm from the oven … the plum juices turned the dough a pretty pinkish purple

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a tried and true recipe

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from Dr Oetker’s German Kochbuch (cookbook)

german measuring cup

we used a measuring “cup” a lot like the one above … my Mom’s has a great patina from so much use … she is a very good cook and a terrific baker and was up at the crack of dawn this morning before I arrived …she was busy making her delicious apple strudel, always a favorite of mine (no picture of that either) yummy yum!

so it was strudel for breakfast, Zwetschgen-Kuchen (thank you for the proper spelling Sandy)  for lunch = oh my!!!    we  really slapped it on our hips (as my friend Catherine likes to say) and enjoyed each and every bite!

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also came home with some fresh picked figs from the trees in her garden … I Love it when she tells me about when I was a little girl …  how we would make up the beds together (me learning the ropes) listening to songs like this … just right for flitting around and getting the chores done … I was an only child for the first nine years of my life

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sweet sweet visit… full tummy … warm heart … precious memories … priceless!        OXO

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