Monday, December 5, 2011

Monday Morning Flowers


Good Morning!

It's Monday! A chance for a new start.

Pass Go. Collect $200.o0

Which Monopoly piece would you like to be this week?


I got my baking ya-ya's out yesterday when I made sixteen mini-loaves of Cranberry Nut Bread. Fifteen of those will be making their way to our department meeting today.

(One of them has already made its way into my stomach.)


In the middle of my baking frenzy, I remembered I needed some flowers for all you lovelies today.

So, I looked out in my back yard, picked up my camera and braved the bitter mid-60's weather to capture these for you.

The recent winds we had did a number on many of our plants, but I found these beauties ready to pose.





Oh! And I found one more apple on the tree! Yay!



Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

--Khalil Gibran

50 comments:

Larri @ Seams Inspired said...

Ooh! I have a ton of cranberries, cause I've been making juice. Care to share your bread recipe? Thanks for the lovely flowers and apple. Happy Monday!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The bread looks good! Sorry, no flowers here, not even dandelions.

Madi and Mom said...

Yummy so it was BB's baking that brought that great aroma all the way to the East coast yesterday.
Your co-workers are very lucky! I hope they put on an extra pot of coffee today.
Happy Monday
Hugs Madi and Mom

Catherine said...

Mmmmm..... me thinks that bread would look better in my tummy dearest Betty! Oh you have very lucky co-workers!

Have a super week friend!
xo Catherine

Lin said...

I'm with Catherine! I think you should bake us ALL some cranberry nut bread and send it to our stomachs! ;)

Happy Monday, Betty. Hey, at least you still have flowers! Ours.....long gone to sleep for the winter. :(

Daisy said...

Bitter mid-60's? Oh dear, you're a brave soul. I hope you bundled up first! Haha-that line made me giggle.

You found some gorgeous flowers to share with us out on that frigid tundra. Thanks, Betty!

We have temps in the 30's and rain for the umpteenth day in a row here and no flowers anywhere in sight!

Happy Monday to you. Hope you have a great week! :-)

Old Kitty said...

Awww I wish one of your yummy loaved would make it into my stomach too! LOL! Yay!

Awww lovely blooms and the apple is such a fab bonus!! Thank you lovely BB! Take care
x

Leah J. Utas said...

Lovely flowers and the baking looks soooooo good.

Out on the prairie said...

The bread sounds nice.I went to a botanical garden to see some blooms,inside.

Laura said...

The cranberry bread looks deeelicious! The flowers look beeeautiful!
I baked lemon bars yesterday and the crust stuck to the pan. All of our flowers are gone here in Michigan.
So, I will enjoy your baking accomplishments and your lovely flowers!
Have a wonderful Monday, Betty!

Teresa Evangeline said...

I woke up this morning and I honestly thought, I wonder what Betty will have for Monday flowers? I needed a hit of color and beauty on an other cold Minnesota morning. Not only did I get some beauty but bread, too, and cranberry nut is one of my favorites. Thanks for starting my day with these grace notes. Have a great week, despite that "bitter '60's weather. ;)

Joyful said...

Love your flowers and your bread. How nice that you baked a loaf for each of your colleagues.

Slamdunk said...

You're killing me with the mid-60s crack, but I appreciate you braving the elements.

Cranberry bread sounds wonderful.

I would be one of the railroads like Reading or something. Tied to the tracks and trying to cut the rope with a train roaring toward me.

Flartus said...

Baking Season opened at my house yesterday, too! I realized Miss Chef was never going to have the time this year, so if I wanted snickerdoodles, it was up to me. I made her some cherry chocolate kisses, too, so she wouldn't feel left out. Might have to try the sour cream chocolate drops later on...

Someday you'll have to show us a general shot of your yard and flowers. You must have a ton of different varieties!

CiCi said...

Braved the mid-sixties temps???
It is eleven here today. A foot of snow so far but snow has stopped for now, should begin again in two days.

Who gets to eat the apple?

Eva Gallant said...

The flowers are lovely, but I'd rather have some of that bread!! Yum!

Parsley said...

That bread would be tasty with hot tea! Happy Monday!

Zuzana said...

The bread looks really delicious and it is amazing for is in the very North to see blooming plants. We have just had our first dusting of snow here.;)
xoxo

KLZ said...

cranberry nut bread is delicious. Totally my favorite.

EmptyNester said...

Wish you lived close enough for one of those to make it's way into my stomach!

Don't freeze out there. LOL

john said...

"Bitter mid 60s"... you're cruel.

Sush said...

Sounds very tropical in those there parts Ms Betty! Loved your flowers and I'm gonna have to get my baking Ya Ya's on soon!
Deliciously tempting...
Hugs~

Marg said...

Oh that bread sounds so darn good. I used to make bread like that and it is so tasty.
Those flowers are so good to put smiles on our faces. They are just so pretty.
Hope you have a super week.

Lydia Kang said...

I love that apple picture!
I would like to be the iron. I like ironing out Broadway while I'm playing.

Eve said...

Beautiful pics Betty! Where do you live that you have such gorgeous flowers in December? Thanks for the lift!

Baby Sister said...

That bread looks divine!! Beautiful pictures. I needed those this morning. :) Thanks Betty!!

Stephen Tremp said...

I can smell the warm fresh cranberry nut bread. Awesome! That's helping me to get my Ya Yas out!

KleinsteMotte said...

Your baking is making my mouth water and your pictures are making me wish I was in a warmer place. Here the only things blooming are indoors.
Hope you have a great week ahead!.

Brian said...

Gee, I don't know which smells better, the cranbery nut bread or the flowers!

Venassa said...

Wow those may be the prettiest flowers yet!

Anonymous said...

I love my monday morning greeting from you!

GigglesandGuns said...

"Braved the bitter mid-60's weather" are you kidding?
If you lived closer "To the moon, Betty. To the moon!"

Have a great week!


Mary

Ms. A said...

Sounds like you had excellent weather for baking and your flowers held up wonderfully in all the wind. The photos are terrific!

annie said...

Oh, delicious looking! The apple too ;)

Nat said...

Cranberry nut loaf? Yes please! Oh, they're not for us? Well, I'll just have to settle for the flowers instead :-) Happy Monday Betty...

Brian (not the cat) said...

Beautiful photos, as usual. I especially like the tiny bouquet (2nd photo). My favorite Monopoly piece? I've always been partial to the iron, probably because of my inherent ironic sensibility.

Gigi said...

I love that you braved the elements for us! Although, I can't be too jealous - our temperatures have been around the same - which is a bit unusual for this time of year; but we aren't complaining. Nope, not one bit!

I love that last flower - what is it?

Chip Allen said...

Why am I suddenly hungry? Please let me know when you decide to go into crazy cat lady mode. Two neighbors are currently operating herds of at least 2 dozen each and each time my wife finds little "surprises" in her flower beds she wants me to commence catch and release (somewhere far, far away) operations.

SueAnn said...

Such beautiful flowers!! And you can send me one of those loaves!! Ha!
As for the so called chilly 60's...try 9!! That is what is is here right now!!! Brrrrrr!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Ann said...

oh boy, flowers and cranberry nut bread today.
I just want to know if you sang the suzy snowflake song at your meeting today? :)

Jules said...

OOH, that bread sounds wonderful. HA, brave the 60's... :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I've heard about the winds. I need to get in the Christmas spirit. Too many things going on right now.

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Hilary said...

That look so yummy and that second flower looks like a dream flower.. too lovely to be true.

Liz said...

I feel like happy, cheery flowers may be putting a smile on your face. Even if just for a few moments.

Retired English Teacher said...

These photos are amazingly beautiful.

Lazarus said...

BB, as always, the pictures are stunning. Sorry that you had to brave weather in the 60s to go outside, but your loyal readers appreciate your sacrifice! Here's to a great week!

Ruby said...

Yummy bread and I love those brilliant flowers! I love reading your posts too. :) Have a great week!

The Chicken's Consigliere said...

Hi Betty, forgive my ignorance, but is that second flower photo a real plant or a decoration? I can't tell! Also, I read a book this weekend that I think you might like. It was "The Dirty Life" by Kristin Kimball. It is a memoir about farming and life.

Pat Tillett said...

Thanks so much! I didn't see then until today, but I still appreciate them!