I made oatmeal raisin cookies for today. They are a nice soft cookie, that I'm sure are much healthier for you than most other cookies I bake!.. Of course, I can't help knocking down the nutritional value just a tad, by topping them off with frosting! I like them better this way, but I also think the frosting helps keep them soft.
So, what do I mean by "Konnichiwa"?.. It means "Hello" in Japanese, because today, I'd like to show just a small but very pretty little Japanese tea set. It's my understanding that my grandfather brought these home from Japan, for my grandmother, after serving overseas during WWII. The little teapot is about 3 and 1/2" wide, and 2" tall. The saucer is 3 and 1/4" in diameter. There is no teacup. If there was one, I don't know whatever happened to it. At some point, sometime ago, these pieces were given to me, and I've always loved them for just what they are!
There are faint traces of blue, and if you can just see them, there are dragons, like the ones you see in parades, on both pieces! There is no mistaking the oriental characteristics in the design of these pieces.
Oh, now see the fun I'm having here? Plenty of blue now! I suppose this is old school for a lot of my blogging friends, but I'm enjoying it! In fact, now I'm wondering, wouldn't this effect be fun for scrapbooking?!.. Or do a lot of you probably already know this?...
Well, while wishing I could have shown better photos today, and while constantly fighting with a very temperamental camera, I am also trying to learn more about editing my photos... One place to go for the best advice on that is at the 1st Floor Flat Computery! I'm learning a lot there! One special photo-editing effect I'm most eager to try is "Colour Splash". There is a world of information that Susie has for you there; and if you have a question, she's very happy to help you the best she can! The beautiful blog makeover you see here today is all thanks to her talent, time, and generosity! My new look is more than I ever dreamed it could be, and I just cannot thank her enough! If you ask me, I do believe Susie is the Fairy Godmother of Blogland!... And to know her is to love her!
Well, did you like my cookies? Weren't they nice with tea, today? Would you like the recipe? I'm happy to share it with you! It makes approximately 4 dozen cookies. Click on the picture for full-size printing!
I wish I could tell you where I got this recipe card. I tried to google it, but couldn't find it. It's so cute, though, isn't it?! I did, however, come across a blog where you can find printable recipe cards, and all kinds of other printable goodies, right HERE! A nice template to make and design your own recipe cards can be found right HERE!
Well, yesterday, I told you about the spanish word "panqueques", so I thought today I would share a few words in Japanese! The word "ocha" means tea. "Ryoku-cha" means green tea. "Koucha" means British/black tea... If you would like to read more about the cultural ceremony of tea in Japan, you can do so HERE!
Thank you so much for stopping by today! It's always my pleasure to see and hear from you! Please be sure to stop and see Sandi, and all the other participants who will be serving tea today!
"Dewa mata!" English translation, "See you later!"