23 April 2015

More Tulip Photos, a Bucket, and an Oatmeal Cookie Recipe


Hello. Thank you for all your sweet visit and messages. The tulips that I picked up at the grocery store a few days ago have started to open, and they are so pretty to look at. I have not tried growing them from bulbs here, but I know that I would have to refrigerate them, because it doesn't get cold enough.












Just a couple of days ago they were completely closed.













For awhile I had them on the dining table today, because the bucket is another one of my small projects in progress, and I'm enjoying the bucket's softened sheen. I softened its sheen a bit by laying in on the ground in the yard and spraying it with vinegar and sanding it with steel wool a number of times. Undiluted vinegar. Vinegar is not that strong of an acid, and it will probably help kill any weeds it hits. If I want to distress it more, it will take a bit more work, because it is a high quality bucket made in the USA, and I don't want to use anything toxic. Oh, and since the kitchen is small, the chair covers are our everyday look in our dining room, the are handmade and they came from Ticking and Toile and the color is perfect. (It doesn't show anything.) Earlier in the week I showed them on chairs at our study table on the sleeping porch.


It was a bit shiner to begin with.











We also made gluten free oatmeal cookies today with dried cranberries, and my daughter helped me with the photos. They are simple to make and even simpler if you use oat flour by taking your oats and grinding them in the blender. But I didn't feel like cleaning the blender, so I used rice flour. My daughter liked them this way better, though I like the oat flour. Here's the recipe: just make sure to use gluten-free products if someone has celiac. Some oats are processed in plants that process gluten products.
















Thank you for visiting!
Su






81 comments:

  1. Hi Su! I was so tickled to see YOUR NAME here on your closing today! Love that--now everyone can put a name with that pretty face. Your tulips are just gorgeous and I love that bucket, too. Pretty good sounding gluten-free oatmeal cookie. I think oatmeal/raisin are some of my favorite cookies ever. Can you believe I don't like chocolate chip cookies? lol xo Diana

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  2. Oh how I love tulips!!! Love them in that huge bucket, too. Enjoy your cookies!!

    xo

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    1. Thank you, Anne. They are so pretty, I wish they grew here.

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  3. Such lovely tulips! I was unable to grow them when I lived in Phoenix but am going to try my hand at planting some bulbs here in the fall.
    I love your chair covers. Did you make them?
    Happy Earth Day!

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    1. Thank you. Yes, it doesn't get cold enough, but I heard that one could try refrigerating them in the fall. Ticking and toile made my chair covers. Su

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  4. Lovely tulips! I eat gluten free (Paleo) so these look good

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    1. Thank you for visiting, DD. Have a wonderful, creative weekend. xoxo

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  5. Oh Su...I just adore the colour of those tulips! They are such happy flowers, aren't they? And you displayed them beautifully on your table too!
    Hmmm...those cookies look so delicious and I love that they are gluten free as well! I will remember these next time I feel in the mood for creating something yummy and healthy in the kitchen:)
    Have a truly wonderful day!
    Hugs to you,
    Kelly-Anne

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    1. Thank you Kelly-Anne. I agree; they are so happy. They are good, my daughter sometimes will eat them for breakfast with milk. I put a little less butter than usual, so they are a pretty healthy. Definitely less sweet than store bought granola. Thank you for your sweet visit, and have a beautiful day. Su xoox

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  6. Hi Su,
    Happy New Week. Love your tulips. I am on my way for my first outing to the grocery store. I want to get some fresh flowers too to brighten things up. The cookies sound so yummy.
    Kris :)

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    1. Thank you, Kris. Fresh flowers will help. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  7. Adoro o roxo.

    Tudo tão lindo e cheio de vida!

    beijinhos,

    Lígia e =^.^=

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    1. O roxo é uma cor bonita e é uma cor deserto por exemplo Prinkly Pear Cactus vêm em roxos. Mas tulipas não crescem aqui, então eu encontrei estes no supermercado. Obrigado por sua visita doce e ter um fim de semana maravilhoso. Eu usei o Google Translate, porque eu só posso saber um pouco de espanhol e francês, apesar de durante a leitura Portugeese eu posso fazer algum com isso, porque algumas palavras são semelhantes para o espanhol. xoxo Su

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  8. Dear Su!
    Your tulips have a very beautiful colour. So elegant. Love the way you watering them!
    All my best
    Elisabeth

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    1. Thank you, Elisabeth. Have a beautiful day in your garden, xoxo

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  9. The tulips have an amazing colour, so deep!

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    1. Thank you, Magali. I thought so too. The color seemed so unique to me, but tulips don't naturally grow in the desert, so I've not seen a lot of them. The most I ever saw were in the Bois de Bologne at that little palace garden in the woods. Have a wonderful day. xoox

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  10. I love tulips. They are such a happy flower, so symbolic of spring far more than any other flower. Yum those cookies look good! Will have to try the recipe!

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    1. Hi, Jennifer. I agree. Have a lovely weekend. xoxo

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  11. Su,
    Oatmeal are one of my 2 top favorite cookies but since I'm OK with gluten I use the flour but the dried cranberries is a sensational idea. Thanks. Loving your purple tulips are they open their petals. Another blogger offered a tip on one of her posts that dropping a penny into the water will keep tulips from drooping although I like them drooping. I usually use my rustic French flower bucket but recently John had stopped into our corner hardware store and picked me up a bucket just like yours. I thought it was too shiny ... So from the bottom of my heart thank you Su for the tip on aging. I'm going to do it.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Vera. I so enjoy your visits. I just went and dropped a penny in the bucket, but they have just the right droop today, so maybe it will slow it down a bit. It takes a little bit of time, but when I'm done with the bucket I'll put it back outside for another round of vinegar and steel wool. I know it can be done really fast with some stronger stuff, but I'm sensitive to fumes. Only one family member eats GF. Have a wonderful day. Su xoxo

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    1. That's okay. Oh, I meant to tell you; right now, the bucket finish looks in the photos reminds me of Nambe, the pieces from New Mexico. xoxo

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  13. The tulips are wonderful. Thank you very much for the delicious recipe
    Hugs
    Alessandra

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    1. Thank you, Alessandra. Have a beautiful weekend. xoox

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  14. Your dining room is so pretty from this angle with the french doors. I look forward to trying the recipe. We love oatmeal cookies.

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    1. Thank you, Kerrie. I'm so glad we put those in. Someone in the 70s installed a slider. It was a super heavy door and super clear like real glass. We were never sure if it was tempered, so we had someone take it out. Good thing we did, it was mortared to the brick.

      I use a little bit less butter than usual, because my daughter likes to eat them for breakfast with milk. They may need more butter. They are sort of like granola, but less sweet. Have a wonderful day. Su xoxo

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  15. I love the colour of your tulips. And I will definitely be trying that delicious recipe!

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. I use less butter than usual, but she likes to have it for breakfast with milk sometimes, so they are a little bit healthier version. Not too sweet either, for example granola is much sweater than these.

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  16. I am on the road for work right now but when I get home I am going to pick up some supermarket tulips. I absolutely adore them!!

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    1. Hi, Donna. Tulips are so pretty and happy looking.

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  17. Those purple tulips look especially nice in the silver pail. Are you putting them in the fridge overnight? I've heard that is a good way to extend the life of tulips.

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    1. Thank you, Vee. I did not know that, but I did drop a penny in, because Vera said it was good for them. xoxo

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  18. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I love tulips and purple is a favorite color. Your pictures are wonderful. Have a nice upcoming weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Mildred. Tulips don't grow here, and I thought it was such a beautiful shade. It is more like a breakfast cookie, it's not as sweet as granola. My daughter likes to have them for breakfast sometimes.

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  19. Tulips are one of my favorite flowers too-I just treated myself to a small blue hydrangea plant...happy, happy.
    xo
    Jemma

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    1. Hydrangeas are so pretty, and I can't grow them here either.

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  20. The tulips are so pretty, great colour. That's interesting that you would have to refridgerate the bulbs, don't have that problem in Ireland!! I do have very heavy wet clay and so I grow them in pots so they don't rot. At least you can source them, it's so nice to have them in the house in Spring.

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    1. Yes, they are so pretty and I couldn't believe the color. They must look so pretty in pots. We don't have enough hours of chill. It is the same way when choosing some fruit trees here . We have to choose ones with a low number of chill hours. xoxo Su

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  21. Hi,
    Such a beautiful color.
    As always I love your photos.
    Carla

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    1. Thank you, Carla, have a wonderful weekend. xoxo

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  22. yummm, those cookies look delish, thanks for the recipe :) I love the look of pretty tulips in galvanized buckets...such a lovely color of the tulips! Happily following you back through GFC! Happy weekend! Hugs, Poppy

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    1. Thank you, Poppy, I followed you back as well.

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  23. Thank you, Poppy, I followed you back as well.

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  24. Oh my gosh, that top photo took my breath away, just beautiful!

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  25. I do love tulips and those purple ones are just gorgeous! So very pretty! Enjoy this fabulous weekend we are supposed to have! Blessings, Cindy

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  26. Absolutely gorgeous, and thank you so much for the recipe.

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Have a wonderful weekend. xoxo

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  27. The shade of purple with that rustic bucket look amazing together! Now I feel the need to run to the grocery store for tulips!

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    1. Thank you, Roselle. They still look pretty even today.Have a wonderful weekend.

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  28. The shade of purple with that rustic bucket look amazing together! Now I feel the need to run to the grocery store for tulips!

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  29. Your photos are always so beautiful. LOVE the tulips in the bucket!
    Thank you for sharing the recipe...looks yummy.
    Have a great Saturday.
    Debbie

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    1. Thank you, Debbie, for stopping bye and for a lovely visit. Have a wonderful weekend. xoxo Su

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  30. What a gorgeous color! I can't grow tulips here, as the deer love them and munch them right to the ground! Thankfully they don't touch my daffodils:) Your dining chairs are gorgeous!! Love!

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    1. Thank you, Donna, for your sweet visit. That's sad that you can't grow them either. Today they are even more open and they have this beautiful blue inside. xoxo Su

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  31. I love your tulips and here in South Korea it is tulip season as well. We just went through the cherry blossom season and now the Tulips and Azaleias are all in bloom and wow are they ever beautiful!!! Living in deep Texas for the last 11 years, I can't tell you how wonderful it feels to see all the pretty flowers everywhere. It was way to hot to grow most of my favs in Texas. I love love love your bucket!! Your dinning room is stunningly beautiful. Thank you for the recipe. I love almond flour! those special flours can cost a lot you know but they are delicious and so much better for you. Hugs, Beverly

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    1. That would be a big change in flora, and it sounds beautiful. My daughter loves almond flour too. Thank you for your lovely visit, and have a wonderful day. xoxo

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  32. Your tulips are lovely.
    I am never able to find them at the grocery store here (in South Texas).

    I have never cooked with almond flour. Thank you for the recipe.

    And thank you for visiting my blog.

    Laura
    White Spray Paint

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    1. Thank you, Laura. I'm not sure if they are common in Arizona either. I just happened to see this this lovely color, and since they were less than 5, I decided I could. Almond flour is great for macaroons. You are welcome, and like wise. Su xoox

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  33. I love tulips too. but I never see them in my yard because the rabbits get them just before they bud! I love rabbits but wish they would find other food. So I always buy them because it is a great way to celebrate that spring is finally here, finally. Always looking for a gluten free cookie recipe. What flour do your use, or do you make your own?

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    1. Hi, Cathy. I like Red Mills flours, and they sell them at Sprouts for a good price. Sometimes I take whole oats and ground them down myself with the mini food process or my blender. These would be better with a little bit more butter, but my daughter likes them for breakfast or for a mid morning snack with milk. xoxo Su

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  34. Great tulip pictures and great recipe. Lover everything with cranberries in it.

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    1. Thank you, Carol. Have a wonderful week. xoxo

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  35. Your pretty purple tulips are perfect in their new place of residence, and styled superbly!

    xoxo
    Poppy

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    1. Thank you, Poppy. They lasted a week! xoxo Su

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  36. Very pretty tulips, Su. Love the bucket and appreciate the tip on "aging" it. xo ~ Nancy

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    1. Thank you, Nancy. Have a wonderful day. xoxo Su

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  37. ahhh, those are beautiful tulips..and the bucket is adorable. I didn't know how to age buckets...and pots...thanks for the tip.
    Oatmeal and cranberries...PERFECT for a great cookie. Thanks for this recipe...
    hugs

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  38. Thank you, B.J. They would probably taste better with a bit more butter, but my daughter likes them more like a breakfast cookie. xoxo Su

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  39. the sleeping porch is so pretty! love those purple tulips!!

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  40. I do love tulips and yours have a positively royal color. We are in the midst of an unexpected heat wave and my flowers have all wilted. Feeling a bit wilted myself, really :-)
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thank you, Amalia. It gets warm early there too!

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  41. Tulips are such pretty flowers and I love how beautiful they look in the bucket. I liked them on the table, too because your dining room is so warm and welcoming.

    I haven't made oatmeal raisin cookies for a little while now, but I'll have to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing it and I hope you are having a delightful week... :)

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    1. Thank you, Dee. I think it would be better with a bit more butter, but my daughter likes them as a breakfast cookie. Hope your day was wonderful. xoxo Su

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  42. I love the color of your tulips and thanks for sharing this cookie recipe. Baking is fun & taking photos with your daughter! Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Thank you, Julie. I thought they were the prettiest shade. They don't grow here, so they looked so special to me. xoxo Su

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