Downton Abbey, Nigel, and Tea Cups

January 30, 2014





I thought I'd show off my birthday treats!! Because they are AWESOME and made me so happy. Especially the one I got for myself, ha ha ha. I ordered Nigel Slater's latest cookbook, 'Notes From the Larder' (do you have a larder?? you probably do, it's a fancy Brit word for "pantry" but larder sounds fabulouser and more mysterious) and then I told Andrew, 'hey I bought myself that Nigel Slater book I wanted because it's 3 days before my birthday and I want to make sure I get it, so I used my Amazon gift certificate. Just lettin' you know!'

Then he says, 'um see, I called three different bookstores to see if they had it and one of them did and I was going to get it for you, but now I'm not and that's your birthday present and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, you get-your-own-present-person' (i am helpfully translating the conversation for you, he probably would like you to know he doesn't actually talk like that, only I do).

Anyway, I thought the EFFORT he was willing to through was most charming and endearing, and I didn't care how the silly cookbook got here, I was totally delighted with it! And it came, and IT IS FABULOUS, and the best Nigel book yet, except he uses a lot of gooseberries. Is that a big thing in the U.K.??? Where am I supposed to get gooseberries? Don't care though, so many amazing recipes and pictures and I love his kitchen diaries stories and I JUST LOVE IT SO MUCH! It's all I hoped it would be!

Then I got an awesome teacup from some of my bestest friends and I love that too, and those same friends also brought fun paper lanterns to our house and let me keep them, and ALSO gave me a candle (not shown) and this amazing 'Downton Abbey' planner!!! Actually it's an engagement planner, because fancy 'Downton' peeps don't have "plans", how dreadfully plebian, they have "engagements" if you must know. Anyhoo, now I can plan my life! And look at Downton Abbey pix! And endlessly quote Lady Violet!

"Don't be defeatist, dear. It's very middle class."

DON'T YOU LOVE IT??????????????

I told my lovely lovely friends, uh guys, any ONE of those things would have been a great present. They were having some kind of fit of generosity or something! But I guess they figure I'm all old now, and you have to give elderly people lots of presents to distract them from how old they are.

Totally in love with my teacup with a lid, I can play peek-a-boo with my tea! And I wrote down 4 things I have to remember in my planner for this week. This is epic fun, I tell you. Did you watch this week's 'Downton'? Did Mary really CRY while writing a congratulations letter to Lord Gillingham? What?? I don't understand her character at all. Matthew being gone has not helped me like her one jot. Whhhhyyyyyyy can't Sybil come back? Can't she come back as a forgotten identical twin?? The Sybil replacement, aka Rose, is NOT doing it for me.




11 comments:

  1. I need to watch the last two weeks' worth of Downton. So behind! Lovely engagement calendar! Love the teacup, and yay for cookbooks. The lantern photo is fabulous, too! So much fabulous, really. :o)

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    1. well.....not much has happened really. i'm looking at the lanterns right now, they are right over my head :)

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  2. You have received so many nice presents! I do love that teacup very much! A cup with a lid is always special!!! And that cookbook is so tempting! I have been cooking a lot more recently so I am looking for new cookbooks! Enjoy your wonderful presents!

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    1. I have a whole cookbook board on Pinterest, you should check it out! I have a total cookbook addiction. I've been checking them out from the library lately, which is another great way to check them out to see if you like them before buying.

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    2. Thanks for the tip Melissa!

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  3. Looks like you had a great birthday. May it be followed by a great year!

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    1. thanks Christina!!! happy year for us all!

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  4. Where did you get the Lucky Cat mug? My sister would love that! :)

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    1. it was a gift! i think it came from some Japanese emporium gift shop in Seattle :)

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