Friday, July 10, 2015

Five on Friday





We sat outside as the sun sank low against the Sooke Hills. While chatting with Tim, the light played on the flowers and I was struck by the echo of petals in the white container, so much so that I retrieved my camera for a couple of shots. 
 

This pretty basket of lobelia, petunia and the smaller white flowers caught my eye in Charlottetown last month. So fresh and lovely. I'm afraid my hanging basket is looking rather the worse for wear with the extended heat.
 

I cut lavender this week. A bundle lies on the entry table and this little pouch in the china cabinet. I stitched the pouch a few years ago from a damask linen napkin from the thrift store and added a row of odd buttons to the cuff.





Cold and sweet. I like to keep some kind of frozen treat handy during the summer for friends and family. This is the second batch of fudgesicles so far. The recipe is below if you'd like to try it. Those of a certain age will recognize the Tupperware* molds - these are from my childhood. 


Fudgesicles

3 1/2 cups milk (I used 2%)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1/3 + 1 tablespoon sugar
2 eggs
pinch salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Whisk together the milk, cream, sugar and cocoa powder in a medium saucepan. Continue whisking and heat over medium heat until very hot (but not boiling). 

Beat the eggs in a medium bowl. Slowly pour about 1/2 of the milk mixture into the eggs, whisking to combine. Pour the egg/milk mixture back into the saucepan and combine well with the rest of the milk. Heat over medium heat until slightly thickened. Don't let it boil. 

Remove from the heat and add the salt, vanilla and chocolate chips. Whisk until the chocolate chips are melted. Let cool and pour into popsicle molds.

 Delicious on the hot days we've been having.







These pretty goldfinches twittered and fluttered outside the window of the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company as my friend Ann and I enjoyed our lobster croissants. I was so happy to see them for we don't have them here on the West Coast.

Today is a bit of this and that - some housework (the guest beds are well used these days) and a visit to the Butterfly Gardens with a Little Miss. 

I'm linking up with Amy at Love Made My Home.

What are you up to today?



26 comments:

Amy at love made my home said...

Such beautiful flowers!! I love the hanging basket full of lobelia, your lavender looks so pretty too, I have been cutting lavender as well, it is the time of year for it! I remember those Tupperware moulds, I don't think that we had any, but some poster than us friends did! Thank you so much as always for joining in. I hope that you have a great weekend! xx

podso said...

It's funny how we are drawn to a sight and have to get our cameras. Your fudge sickles look so delicious!

Lilly's Mom said...

Your flowers are beautiful. And I love your china, too. Thank you for sharing such a great summertime recipe.

Mrs Tiggywinkle said...

Flowers, teacups, little birdies and chocolate goodies - some of my favourite things! And do you know, Lorrie, if it were not for those strange little birdies, all these photos could have been taken in England. Lavender, petunias, lobelia, hydrangeas... we have all of those. Thank you for a lovely post. x

Lochness Lass said...

wow....all beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing. Beckie

Cranberry Morning said...

Oh, I love your images today, Lorrie! That lobelia is just stunning! What a gorgeous plant! I hope you put the fudgesicles through the calorie extractor. ;-) They look delicious. I'm keeping the recipe to add to my other popsicle recipes. The grandkids LOVE them!

Vee said...

Snagged the recipe...just bought a mold set. It is for six. Wondering how much this makes as it seems as if it might be for more.

Love the little pouch for lavender...darling!

No goldfinches? Sometimes, they are the only sunshine we have.

Cheryl mylittlepieceofengland said...

Those fudgesicles look (and sound) gorgeous. The finches are so small and cute xx

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I like it when a fellow blogging sister sees something pretty or interesting and shares, the lavender pouch is sweet. Oh yes, I do remember the Popsicle molds and your recipe looks easy enough.

Lisa from @intotheglade said...

That hydrangea looks beautiful. Your lolly ices look like just the thing that we need at the moment with a little mini heat wave! Your lavender pouch is very cute! Have a lovely weekend x

materfamilias said...

Five lovely things! I keep making up my mind to cut the lavender for pouches and then I see how much the bees are still enjoying it and I put it off again. . . Note to self: be more ruthless! I do want that fragrance indoors.

Mrs.Rabe said...

That fudgecicle recipe may be able to be modified for my eating plan. If I can make it work that would be so awesome!

Love the potted flowers and finches!

Deanna

ellen b. said...

Beautiful photos. The pretty little goldfinches made me smile. I'm so so happy that things have finally cooled off today. I love fudgecicles and I might just have to keep this recipe on hand. Have a wonderful weekend Lorrie!

Marie C said...

Such beautiful flowers and birds. And great fudgcicle recipe! Congratulations on being listed as one of Mersad's Top Ten Wildlife Blogs!

Marilyn Miller said...

Definitely eating popscicles. I remember the Tupperware, but didn't have them; so had to find new ones at the store. 4 in the set was not enough, so had to buy a second set. I am making them with half and half coconut water and fruit juice. Quite good and simple, plus mother approved. Smiling! Your flower photos are lovely.

Deborah Montgomery said...

Beautiful flowers; I love lobelia. The fudgesicles look delicious, and so much better than store bought. And yes, those goldfinches are beautiful; they visit my feeder every day, and I delight in their bright yellow color.

newenglandgardenandthread said...

Love hydrangea and lobelia - two of my favorites. Off to Penobscot Bay in Maine to do absolutely nothing for five days. :-)

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

Lavender is my favourite! My lavender bush is ready to burst into bloom so will let the bees have their share first before I cut them - must be patient! Have a wonderful weekend xx

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

Oh Lorrie, I've so enjoyed my visit to your post today. What beautiful photos of those gorgeous flowers. And what, you've got a real recipe for fudgesicles? Yah. I've had a craving all summer for them. Haven't had them in ages and ages, and this summer I can't get enough. I'll be trying out your recipe for sure.

I'm hoping to get back to my blog again soon. I posted something earlier and so I thought I'd just stop and visit a few friends too.

Hope the summer is going well for you!!

Hugs,
Brenda
xox


Stephanie said...

Such pretty flowers, sweet Lorrie! And oh my, your fudgesicles look delicious! They bring back memories of when my mom would make things like that when I was a little girl :)

Thank you for the lovely post, dear one. Hugs!

mamasmercantile said...

Such a lovely post, the fudgesicles look amazing I will certainly be giving them a try. I recognised the country roses Royal Albert cup and saucer in your china cabinet, a real delight.

Jen @ The Light Laughed said...

Fudgesicles, popsicles, frozen anything...it seems we have always got something freezing in the fridge...it's beyond hot, but today it's broken a bit. When I saw your Lobelia shot I was stunned...what they still have lobelia? Ours fried ages ago....lol.

Jen

Jen @ The Light Laughed said...

Fudgesicles, popsicles, frozen anything...it seems we have always got something freezing in the fridge...it's beyond hot, but today it's broken a bit. When I saw your Lobelia shot I was stunned...what they still have lobelia? Ours fried ages ago....lol.

Jen

handmade by amalia said...

What a lovely post, Lorrie! There is so much here that I like - the flowers, the birds, the china and, of course, the treats. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Amalia
xo

Rosie said...

Lovely photos, I love th colours of the flowers in your first two photos. Your goldfinches are so different to ours here in the UK:)

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Ooh Lorrie, I remember those Tupperware molds! Thanks for the yummy recipe. My grands would lve them.
Did you say lobster croissants??!! Oh my, one day I hope to go to New England and have lobster at every meal! My youngest son and DIL say that they want to take me there sometime.