Thursday, May 12, 2016

Five on Friday



Five blueberry bushes are in a new location. A couple were moved from overcrowding and others are brand new to us. Green berries are forming and growing - I think it's going to be another very early season. I'm hoping they will ripen before we leave for Europe. If not, I know that those looking after our home will be thrilled with them.


The fifth issue of 2016 - May's Country Living. I could look at the colours in this cover all day long. Blue, turquoise, and white against a palette of fresh greens. It's just about perfect. 



A five-minute task last Saturday turned into much longer. While placing a sweater into a drawer, I noticed that the merino wool sweater already there had a hole in it. Oh no! Earlier this year my husband lost a sweater to a moth hole as well. Investigation (courtesy of Google) suggested putting the sweaters into sealed bags and freezing them, then bring them to room temperature, then freeze them again. 

So I spent some time collecting all the wool sweaters and skirts. They've been lounging in the freezer for almost a week now. Time to thaw and re-freeze. Have any of you tried this? I also thoroughly washed out the dresser drawers. Any other tips for preventing moth holes? I've seen no sign of them other than the 2 holes.



Five months. That's how long this vintage printer's tray has been stored in the shop, out of my sight. Last Christmas I casually mentioned that I'd love to have an old printer's tray. It was a very off-the-cuff remark, but our youngest daughter and her husband were up in Duncan one day over the holidays and found the tray then. It was brought out for Mother's Day. I'm looking forward to hanging it on the wall and filling it with...something.



Five x Five inches. That's the size of the puff pastry squares I used for making an easy pain au chocolat. Ready made pastry. 1 Tablespoon of chocolate chips. A quick fold and roll. A brush of milk and sprinkle of sugar, 25 minutes at 400 degrees, et voilĂ , something yummy. I made them at home one evening and then demonstrated them today for my students. Tomorrow (Friday) they will be create their own. 

Five things for Five on Friday, hosted by Amy of Love Made My Home. 

41 comments:

mamasmercantile said...

Lorrie what a great five. I am so looking forward to seeing what you do with the printers tray what a stunning gift.

eclectichomelife said...

Oh my gosh I need to make those for my son. What a quick great treat. Can wait to see the printer tray on the wall

The History Anorak said...

Good luck with the moth problem. I've never done the freezing thing - though I've heard of it. I have 'moth herbs' that I bought from a museum. I have no idea what's in the mixture, though I think lavender is supposed to help. Maybe a little online research would yield answers?

Crimson Kettle said...

I really enjoyed your five. Good luck with the moths and the students! What a lucky find, there can't be many printers' trays around. :-)

Coastal Ripples said...

Those pain au chocolate look scrummy! I wonder what you will do with your printers tray I think it must be bursting with ideas. Enjoy the weekend. B x

Elizabethd said...

Pain au chocolat..one of my favourites! I have never thought of making them myself.
Hope you have a wonderful time in Europe, I guess you aren't coming this far West?

Rosie said...

Now I could eat a pain au chocolat with my morning coffee! Your printers tray is a lovely gift.Have a lovely weekend:)

Vee said...

Interesting five! I have a blueberry bush requiring a move and a rosebush and an astilbe.

As for freezing wool clothing...that's a new one for me. Hope that it works. I use lavender sachets and I don't know if that works either.

The chocolate pastry looks so delicious. Your students will enjoy their class and the results.

Had I already forgotten about a trip to Europe? I'm receiving it as first-time news.

A happy weekend to you...

Rettabug said...

Such a simple dessert...can't wait to try making it...thanks!

You make me want to run out & buy that issue of Country Living TODAY...beautiful.

I keep the majority of sweaters in my cedar chest but the freezing technique is good to know. I had never heard of it before.

Do you cover your blueberry bushes with netting? My sister, who inherited our parents home, puts netting (with the help of her sons) over the bushes to keep the birds from feasting on the berries.
Did you see the post that BJ did, showing how her family did netting on their grapes??? Amazing! Go here to read it: https://bj-sweetnothings.blogspot.com/2016/04/grapes-and-birds-and-nets-oh-my.html

riitta k said...

Your pastries look so delicious! I wish your moth problem goes away. Happy weekend!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

It would be disheartening to find a wool sweater with a hole in it and I can see where the freezing would kill any eggs or hidden adults.
Hubby and I like chocolate croissants so your recipe would be a nice fit for me to try.
Have a good weekend!

Cranberry Morning said...

I'm so sorry about the sweaters. All I know to recommend is cedar. As we were cleaning out the cousin's house, we came across some wool sweaters that had been in a cedar chest for probably 50 years! and they were all in perfect condition. Your pastry looks delicious. As for the printer's tray, they're so much fun. I found two (but did not buy) at a shop for a very low price, but I simply didn't know what I would put in them. I like the idea, though. :-) I hope you have a good weekend.

ann said...

A very eclectic post. I wonder if we could grow blue berris here. Speaking of blue, is it the new pink? And yes spring is here; it has just been a very wet, cold one which has helped all,LD the spring flours flourish here. I've not heard to freeze wool to rid it of moths. I hope it works for you.

Cheryl said...

A fun five today!! I love your printer's tray; I hope you'll show us a pic when you fill it. What a thoughtful gift!

That is such a pretty cover on Country Living...so restful and calming.

Pain au chocolat, where have you been all my life? :)

Sharon Koole said...

Those pastries look really yummy! I love the printer's tray. What a great gift. I didn't have a lot of luck with my blueberry bush last year. I might try again. Here in Michigan blueberries are grown locally and there a lot of them so they are quite cheap when in season. There is nothing better than those you grow in your own garden!

Have a lovely weekend

Happy@Home said...

I hope you are able to enjoy your blueberries before your trip. It would be a shame to have to miss the harvest.
That is an interesting tip on getting rid of the moths. I have no experience in the matter as I can't stand to wear anything with wool in it. Makes me start itching just thinking about it :).
Your new printer's tray is a beauty. I love the color and patina. What a thoughtful gift. I hope there will be an upcoming post once it is filled up with your treasures.
Pain au Chocolat looks and sounds scrumptious. Your method also sounds super simple. What a great recipe to share with your students (& us).

Patty said...

Helloooooo, from the exact other side of the country at Canada's easterly most point! Found you through Amy's Five on Friday link up. So nice to read a new to me Canadian blog. I'll be back regularly. Love that printers tray!

Marie C said...

Great information about freezing your woolens to keep them from the moths! And I LOVE the printer's tray! Would adore having one myself! I can't wait to see what you display in it!

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Oh I love pain au chocolat!
Those moths ate through most of my cashmere last year and I lost a very fine collection of sweaters...they are not easily deterred as I had cedar sweaters savers in the drawer with them...sadly I am limiting myself to only one or two now just in case!
Good luck with yours and the freezer trick sounds brilliant!

camp and cottage living said...

Now that looks like such a simple dessert, yet yummy!
I can't wait to see where you use your printers tray, Lorrie.
It's a wonderful colour. Never heard of freezing the sweaters,
but it makes sense.

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Your dessert looks so simple and yummy! I have never heard of the freezing/thawing deterrent fro moths. Here's hoping that works! Love your printer's tray.

Tracy said...

Great five. I have no luck with blueberries at all here and I've given up on growing them. I know the pH is important but I just can't get it right. I grow raspberries and strawberries instead.
Hope the freezing trick works.

Helena Ashworth said...

It's lovely to hear what you are getting up to. The magazine looks like it could well fill the well of creativity.

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

The chocolate pastries sure look good and seem so simple. Will be giving them a try this weekend. Enjoyed your Five on Friday post.

Dewena said...

I wish I could find the UK Country Living here. It's always a search, except for the December issue. Such a lovely cover. Why is it that moths ignore my old wool blankets but always take a bite out of my best sweaters, and always in a spot that is so noticeable?

doodles n daydreams said...

I enjoyed your five today and that last recipe is so easy I think even I could manage it. Not that I'm incapable, I'm just a bit lazy in the baking department. I think my hubby would enjoy these, perhaps even with a bit of custard for a dessert.

Diana

happywonderer.com said...

So much to enjoy here and learn. I wish I would have frozen a sport coat of hubby's that we found a hole in the 2nd time he was going to wear it. Ugh! I'm excited for you and your upcoming trip. Woohoo. I'm sure you'll find so many things to enjoy.
Have a good weekend.

Pondside said...

The moths are a scourge. I put lavender soap in all the drawers and (knock on wood!) haven't had problems since.

Maggie said...

I've heard that wives tale about freezing woollens but never tried it, hope it worked for you.
Don't forget to let me know when you'll be in Normandy.
bon weekend

Helen Philipps said...

Five interesting things today....I love the printer's tray, what a lovely one. The dessert looks delicious...and so nice and easy. I hope the freezing of the woollens works...it does sound like a great idea.
Happy weekend Lorrie.
Helen xox

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

A wonderful 5 indeed! And a great quick and easy sweet recipe. Never heard of freezing wool items. We've had pantry moths and for the life of me I can't figure out where they are coming from. Had the same problem last year but it was because of a box of raisins. It's amazing how those things can survive and then hatch.

Amy at love made my home said...

I always enjoy seeing the things you share! I hope that the moth killing works for you, freezing is a trick that the national trust use so I am sure it will work! Thank you for joining Five On Friday, I hope you are having a good weekend. Sorry to be late visiting, I have been otherwise occupied as I said in my post. xx

Anneliese said...

Interesting and inspiring five! I would not know what to do about those holes, but I think we've had one here or there. Our grandmothers used moth balls, right? Don't smell so nice.
Your students must have enjoyed that cooking demo and practice. The pastry looks so good!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

I've heard that lavender repels moths - and smells nice too. The dessert looks wonderful - I'll have to give it a try. Happy week ahead.

Linda P said...

It's lovely when you mention you would like to own something and then it's given to you as a surprise present. The pastries look delicious. I'm sure you had a good cooking session with your students.

Margie said...

This is the first time I've seen green berries. Your chocolate croissants look yummy! I used to enjoy Tim's chocolate croissants until they were removed from the menu a few years ago.

Pamela Gordon said...

Oh I love that printers tray, Lorrie! What a lovely gift. I almost bought the May issue of CL just for the cover. It is so pretty. I store wool things in plastic zip bags and don't have many of them, but had never heard of this method to kill any moth larvae. I hope it works for you. I didn't know you are going to Europe this summer. Maybe I missed that in a post earlier. That would be an exciting trip!

podso said...

Interesting tip for five … and a simple yummy dessert at the end! Hope you show us the printer tray when you have it in place.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

LOVE that printer's tray ; what a wonderful gift!! And I would love to have that pastry right now too, lol

materfamilias said...

We've been fighting moths for the last few years in the Vancouver apartment but they finally made their way over to the island in the past few months. Besides the freezer, my bag of tricks includes regularly taking garments out and spreading them in sunlight, even if just in front of an indoor window -- apparently the critters prefer the dark. . .

Patsy in Nixa, MO said...

Love the pain au chocolat. Hope I find time to make them (no puff pastry in the freezer right now). I really want to share them. I know my friends would love a quick and yummy recipe. I'll try linking to your post, but I'm at little shaky. If that doesn't work, I'll just tell them and give you credit. Would that be okay?