ThePoplar Hawk-moth (Laothoe populi) ......the latest focus in the pollinators series I have been working on. I was inspired by all the layers of grey and brown stripes. I must be feeling like fall ha! hahaha fall is what we make it here in central Texas. ~I decided to put my moth friend on some very simple flowers on an even simpler pale grey hi-waist skirt.It will also layer nicely with tights and boots
and here is the pretty lady who bought my first of many moths to come...
Hey y'all ...I am having a home sale in liew of the farmers market for the next couple weeks.( All prices will be reduced since I won't have to leave the house!!)
~Multitudes of lovely frocks. ~I will have loads of $10 tanks!!!! I will be also be showing a sampling of some fall looks( Austin fall) and serving Arnold Palmers.....would love to have you stop in for a spell. This is just a peek at some of my offerings and of course I will be makin' new stuff to add all week.
That will be July 23rd and July 30th from 11-4pm. I will also be available for appointments to come look if you cannot make the Saturday drive-bys. email me at belle south girl at yahoo dot com check with me for my location or look at the FB event page *****please, if you can, laugh loudly at my super goofy photos; when it is 100ºlike e v e r y day you get a little fried
~We have had the incredible fortune of swimming in figs for about 2 or 3weeks this summer.... and how lovely they are!! Kg's mum has 2 beautiful trees just steps from her kitchen door. Part of our heat coping stradegy this summer has been late day swims at Ma Mi's and drying off a bit while picking the figs . Burger has keen eyesight(much more so than me) and took great pride in spotting the ready to pick delectables. I love them freshly plucked and can eat 'em by the pound but there are sooo many lovely things to make with them as well. Ma Mi makes fig preserves ( amazing biscuit /ice cream topper...i might could beg the recipe from her to share with you ins). I used all of our harvest making scones.....this recipe is BY FAR my favorite scone recipe right now and I will definitely be making variations with other fruit. The biscuit had the perfect tenderness. it is a drop scone which really helps with the under working of the dough.I substituted agave nectar for the maple syrup out of need...it was perfect all 3-4 times I made them. I also discovered the art of making butter when I made these. I did not have butter milk so (!!!???!!!)I cruised the inter web for a solution. I had no idea that with heavy cream you could literally whip up your own butter and butter milk. This seems silly to me now considering how often I whip up cream 'round here..but i never over whip! It is super easy and quite satisfying and the butter is quite amazing, especially on fresh baked figgy scones.
It is so easy I am gonna tell you how to do it right now...
making butter(and buttermilk)
ingredients and tools1 cup of heavy creamkosher salt(totally optional) pint jar with tight lid20-35 min a strong armpatience
1. fill your clean jar half way with heavy cream. and start to shake and then shake it a whole lot more. It will turn into whip cream first.
2.Then slowly it will begin to separate. keep shaking till there is a clump.
3. pour off the liquid from the fat . that is your fresh buttermilk.
4.clean your butter ball. In the original instructions(which I cannot locate at the moment) I read it said to need the butter in a little cold h2o to clean. IN this lovely book (I have since brought home from the library ) it says to put some h2o in the jar and shake then pour off the h2o; repeating 3 or 4 times until the h2o is clear. I have not tried that method yet but sounds way better than the kneading method.
5.mold your butter. I made a log once twisted in wax paper and then also just put it in a ramekin .Honestly we ate it so quickly it did not matter. Just make sure you cover it so it does not absorb any odors from the fridge.
~Loaded up and truckin' my goods off to the Atlanta boutique, Young Blood. It is just off Ponce de Leon in the Highlands. I love this shop and gallery and I super excited to be selling belle and burger there! These photos are just a sampling of the 18 pieces available and now a little bit of jerry for the road.....