Monday, November 2, 2009

Mosaic and Merchandise Monday~

It’s November..time to start thinking about the holidays…

If you do any online shopping, I want to remind you to go to Mr.  Rebates first, and  link through to where you are going to shop.

That way you will get a % off cost..they keep track, and when you get to $25.00 they will remind you and ask you if you want a check.

I have been doing it for years, there’s no catch.  You have to sign up first, but then that’s it.  But go there first..check to see if the site you want is listed..

For example, our son told us to pick out a new TV as a gift.  QVC deal of the day was good.  So I went to Mr. Rebates first, and linked through to QVC.  Almost 50 dollars back..

I have no connection to the site, just wanted to pass it along..


Joining Mary at Little Red House ..You’ll find lots of other mosaics there!

My Mosaic…Pears on a Plate..:)

View pears


Merchandise Monday… CLICK ON PIC TO ENLARGE

I can’t show everything..some of the things are gifts, and I don’t want to spoil the surprise!

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These  dinner plates, not round not square, a mix..sqond?? $1.99

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Cotton quilted place mats , cranberry toile on cream reverses to a ticking stripe..$1.29

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Dinner plate, for my 3 little grandsons, .17 cents!

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They like John Deere!

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17 cents..picture frames, summer decals, strawberry flag, and playing cards

(all from the clearance bin)


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Pretty green pedestal cake plate…3.99 Ceramic turkey salt & peppers  1.99


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Little battery operated lanterns 1.69 batteries incl..

Red velvet pillow ornaments .50 cents

I am thinking napkin rings, add a sprig of greens, and let the guest take it home.

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I got some other goodies, but I will save them for another post..

Everything was from the Christmas Tree Shops, except the checked plate


A tribute to Julia, from her book Baking with Julia..the ruffle cake. A few of my sweet friends decided to try a recipe.

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I only used her cake recipe..and I failed at the ruffles.  I will try them again when I have more time ..


* 3 tb Hot clarified unsalted
* 1 ts Pure vanilla extract
* 1/3 c Plus
* 1 tb Sifted all-purpose flour
* 1/3 c Plus
* 1 tb Sifted unsweetened cocoa
* 4 lg Eggs
* 2/3 c Sugar
* 1 lb Bittersweet or semisweet


* 1/3 c Water
* 1/3 c Sugar
* 1/4 c Eau-de-vie de framboise or


* 3 c Creme fraiche, homemade or
* 2 ts Pure vanilla extract
* 2 tb Sugar (up to 3)
* 5 oz Semisweet or bittersweet
* 3 tb Boiling water
* 2 Containers (5-ounce) of
* 3 oz Bittersweet or semisweet

Preparation (these are Rosebud's notes, not mine)

This is from the Julia Childs new series and book, Baking with Julia, and was done by Alice Medrich and is in her own words. Its long and detailed, but it has every step and tip youll need to make the cake. Ruffle Cake Equipment :* 8-inch round cake pan, at least 2-inches high :* 8-inch round cake pan with removable bottom or 8-inch springform pan :* untreated heavy-duty jelly-roll pans :* rubber spatula, offset spatula, and flexible 8-inch metal icing spatula :* decorating turntable, lazy Susan, or inverted round cake pan :* ridged plastic shelf liner, freezer paper, or 055 Mylar :* parchment paper and waxed paper A majestic cake and one of many parts: a dark chocolate genoise moistened with an intoxicatingly aromatic framboise syrup, a filling of satiny creme fraiche and brilliantly red raspberries, a wrapper of dark chocolate, and a profusion of magnificent chocolate rufffles. The technique for making ruffles does take some practice, but fortunately, the mistakes are not only edible, theyre usually usable -- irregularly shaped pieces still produce a knock-out confection. And the chocolate wrapper or ribbon is also eminently doable -- it is made by a method that reproduces the quality of tempering without the fuss. Professionals use acetate or Mylar as the form on which to shape the wrapper, but a trip to the hardware store will turn up ridged plastic shelf liners, the perfect material for the job. Each part of the cake can be made ahead, so that you only have to assemble to finish on the day the cake is to be served. And dont pass up the opportunity to make this cake if you havent the time to tackle the ruffles. You can pile the cake high with fresh raspberries, irregularly shaped pieces of chocolate, or chocolate shards, and it will still be great. Think of this cake as a format rather than a precise, cant-vary-a-thing formula: Substitute another kind of cake for the genoise, use whipped cream instead of creme fraiche, or omit the soaking syrup - the basic idea is yours to embellish. The Cake: Position a rack in the lower third of the oven or just below the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350F. Fit the bottom of an 8-inch round cake pan, one at least 2 inches high, with parchment paper and set aside. Pour the clarified butter into a 1-quart bowl and stir in the vanilla extract, if you're using it. The butter must be hot when added to the batter, so either keep the bowl in a skillet of hot water or reheat at the last minute. Although the flour and cocoa were sifted before they were measured, they need to be triple-sifted together. Sift or sieve the flour and cocoa together. Sift or sieve the flour and cocoa together 3 times, then set sifter on a plate or piece of waxed paper and return the dry ingredients to the sifter. Keep close at hand. (CONT in part 2) Posted to EAT-L Digest 20 October 96 Date: Mon, 21 Oct 1996 10:30:07 -0400 From: Rosebud

Jayne has listed the others who did the Julia tribute..


Have a great week..thanks for visiting..


  1. You could never run out of idea's! Love the mosaic! Love the pears and the plates. Well, I really don't like pears but I love your presentation :)

    Nice haul, Kathleen! You need to get a bigger trunk!

  2. First of all the pear mosaic is a work of art! The red pear really looks great as a stacked salad - I hope they are around for the holidays. Your bargains are always the best but as a farm country girl I was surprised to see John Deere popular with the boys. I guess boy toys are boy toys whether they are battery operated or the giants I see in the fields.

    I can't wait to see the created napkin rings with those neat little pillow ornaments - what a neat favor idea! I so enjoy merchandise Monday with you :)

  3. Wonderful post, Kathleen!

    Love the mosaic and other photos!

  4. Look at those pears! Love the presentation...
    You are the master of deals. What a great stash...

  5. Love the mosaic.
    Nice finds from CTS..some I saw there...some I did not!
    That's what keeps it so fun.
    Great idea with the pillows for napkin rings... I got the Bells there, to use for the same purpose.
    Great minds!

  6. Hi Shopper Queen! I made my first trip to the Home Goods about 25 miles from home. Definitely worth the trip. I hope to be able to post some good bargains in the future. What a fun place to shop.

  7. You have a d-licious blog! Your mosiac is great - you are the queen!

  8. Your cake looks wonderful Kathleen! Everyone did a great job with their Julia recipes.

    Love the pear mosaic, and it reminds me that I have to make your stacked pear salad again soon! Love your great finds for merchandise Monday.

  9. Kathleen, I'll take Carol's pear. As well as a dainty little bite off that marvelous chocolate cake (I'll shovel the rest when the lights go out).
    Oh, and I covet that green cake stand! Where did you find that gem?

  10. Hi Kathleen! I love your new blog header and I have those same precious little rooster napkin rings!
    Now I love those pears! What a great mosaic!
    Yum, that chocolate cake is beautiful and I'm sure it tastes the same.
    Thanks for popping in to see me today.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  11. I have some lovely red pears, spinach, pecans and goat cheese in the house. You have inspired me to get those on a plate. My friends often comment that I am so creative. Little do they know that I have grabbed all my ideas from my blogging friends. Thanks for making me look good.

  12. Hi Kathleen,
    I am so loving those checked plates and all the other fabulous deals you found! You have the best stores ever by you and thanks for the rebate tip too. I am forever looking for some wonderful deals and I think you find the best! Cindy

  13. Mmmmmmmm , I want some of that cake -failed ruffles or not - looks delish !
    I love your pear photos - I have never seen a dish prepared like that - wow !
    I can't believe your buys and I am so jealous that you have that Christmas store....I would be a frequent shopper :o)
    I am going to poke around your blog somemore - cuz I am hungry !

  14. Hello, me again !
    I forgot to say that I love the stuffed little pillow idea for napkin keepers - so cute even at Valentines Day !
    I will have to check out that rebate thing...I do love QVC - they have some really good deals at times ~

  15. I need to try that stacked pear!! Now if I can find some decent pears... Great mosaic!

    I have NEVER seen anything for 17're so lucky to hav a great place to shop - I see the CTS shops are mainly on the east coast.. slowly moving to the middle but not fast enough!

    Your ruffles turned out cute for a first try..looks so good..picturing a tall glass of milk nearby.

  16. Kathleen ... what a fabulous mosaic. The stacked pears are fantastic and so it the pear plate. ... Lots of great buys ... You never disappoint when it comes to finding the best bargains. I love the boys' picture with their own John Deere. ... The cake looks amazing.

  17. Kathleen, what fabulous deals you got, and what a brilliant idea to use those ornaments for napkin rings. Your pear mosaic is so pretty,ane I like your sqond plates. Love those toile placemats, and since they are reversable, you doubled your bargain! YUM! That cake looks delicious, but I'm not even going to attempt that recipe! laurie

  18. ♥ your pears on a plate. OMG, that cake looks delicious, chocolate is one my favorites.
    Another shopping spree.....I think you must have stock in these stores! So many cute things from the John Deere plates to the lanterns, to the little pillows to the toile placemats to that gorgeous green plate!

  19. Nice post shopping queen! Love your buys. I don't think such deals exist in the Pac NW. 17c! I saw those John Deere plates at Ross I think but they most definitely were not 17c! Great mosaic. I think your cake is beautiful and ruffly. Your cakes always look so tall!

  20. To my other friend Kathleen,
    Well I took your advice and tried MM. It was fun!
    I love all your goodies. You do find the deals missy! that pear thingy you made looks delicious and very fancy!


  21. Kathleen, I have to visit the Christmas Tree shop today to see what bargains I can pick up! I'm in a funk because of the lack of estate and yard sales in the area.LOL You got some cute things, toots! And the cake looks good, too... Can you put on virtual pounds?
    :-) Sue

  22. As usual, my mouth is gaping at the bargains you find! Those little pillow ornaments are darling and I think your idea for using them is wonderful. John Deere :) One day!

    Beautiful pear mosaic and your Julia cake looks beautiful to me!

  23. Hi Kathleen,
    You are amazing. Love the mosaic and the pictures are great. You are the queen of shopping.. I cant believe the bargains you get. and did I mention that cake? Looks delicious and oh how I love chocolate

  24. What a wonderful pear mosaic. I love all your photos of all the bargains. But, best of all is the ruffle cake. Yummy!

  25. First i love the pear mosiac...I'm going for lunch tomorrow with 6 other bloggers and I heard that the place where we are eating has a great roasted pear you got me in the mood for lunch...
    your bargains are great....What is this Christmas store that i keep hearing about?.....and the cake...You made that cake??? It's a work of high is it?

  26. Thanks for the tip about the rebates, I will look into it. Love the rest of your post too!


  27. Kathleen your mosac is good enough ti and the bargains you got at the Christamd Tree shop are fantastic! The little pillow do make beautful napking rings. The pedestal plate and S&P are so nice for such a low price.

    I'll have to remember the rebates web site..sounds interesting!

    Hugs, Pat

  28. Cake looks awesome. I like the fact that you can make it ahead of time in stages. The idea of using the red pillows for napkin rings is totally clever but then again Suffolk girls are always creative:)

  29. Ooo, I'm craving pears now, which is a good thing! Thanks so much for sharing your talents at MM. :)

  30. You are quite the shopper! I never find deals as you sad for me!

    The cake looks fab! Yum.

  31. I really enjoyed this post! Thank you!!! Happy Thanksgiving [a wee bit late] Cathy


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