Thursday, January 16, 2014

end of week garden inspiration with tea & cookies


Some lovely container groupings.....


~Taunton's Container Garden Idea Book~

~Taunton's Container Garden Idea Book~

~BHG~



I enjoy sitting down at night with a cup of tea and my collection of garden photos.  And last night I had one of these...



The most amazing Double Chocolate Chip cookies from Real Simple.  My sis turned us on to these and we haven't looked back!  We usually bake several times a week so I'm working on a baking cupboard that I am excited to share in the next couple weeks.  

CHANTILLE FLEUR
Joining Sarah for Tea Party Tuesdays



Wishing you all a lovely weekend ahead!


35 comments:

  1. Lovely, a cookie and some relaxing time! What more could you need. I look forward to seeing your baking cupboard. xx

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  2. Your cookies look fantastic! I enjoy looking at gardening books so much. I like to garden but I'm a pretty lousy gardener. I love that photo from BHG, that's exactly the kind of container gardening I dream of mastering someday.

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  3. Oh these look so so good Nicole!! Oh I want one!! :-)
    Thanks for linking up !!
    Sarah x

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  4. I do like ferns mine are all dead at the moment.
    Merle...........

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  5. I love those gardening magazines, too, Nicole...and those cookies look GREAT!!!! xo Diana

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  6. Girl, I've been trying sooo hard to be good and not eat anything sweet and you show the most delicious cookies that make my mouth water.....ohhh goodness!
    Love the garden ideas. My garden looks like a bunch of yucky brown mush!
    Can't wait until spring!
    xo Shari

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  7. Ooo i love each of those images. I was hoping you were going to say that was your garden.
    I have a big old tin chest like that, but mine isn't rusty, i think i'll go and put it outside right now!
    Thanks for the inspiration Nic x

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  8. I used to bake regularly when the kids were little. Now, if I bake, I eat it all.

    I love the garden photos.

    We are seeing some towns instituting water rationing because of the lack of rain and expect Ventura to be jumping on the bandwagon. I think I need to go to succulents which aren't my favorites. I need to do some research on pretty, but drought tolerant plants. If you have any ideas, let me know.

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  9. Oh, look at those lovely containers, love 'em. And those cookies, I'd find it hard to stop at one or two or six......lol.

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  10. Fab post loving the second picture and boy may have to give those cookies ago they look yummy.

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  11. It doesn't get much better than that. Beautiful inspirational photos, especially the top two, and chocolate cookies as well. Heaven!

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  12. On you will like having a baking cupboard - I did that in my kitchen but it is in serious need of reorganization because the kids love to dig through it. Those cookies look great!! I love the potted ferns the best - it is gorgeous! Have a great weekend!

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  13. I love the combination of short and tall ferns in that first picture!

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  14. Those cookies look absolutely scrumptious Nicole! And the idea of sitting in a gorgeous garden like one of those sounds just heavenly to me. I'll have to make do with imagining through the photos for now haha.

    Happy weekend sweet lady!
    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  15. Those containers are beautiful--I will have to look for that book at our library. Have a super weekend, Nicole--I'm up to my eyeballs memorizing, but do get to take an acting class this weekend.

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  16. This sounds like the perfect way to unwind at the end of the day ... tea, chocolate cookies and gardening delights :) Can't wait to see your baking cupboard! Have a great weekend! Wendy x

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  17. This is the best time of the year for garden planning...dreaming of spring!

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  18. What gorgeous container inspiration Nicole, I look forward to seeing your containers! I'm also looking forward to seeing your baking cupboard, I've been trying to put one together too, so I'll be interested to see what you've included and getting some ideas for my own!

    Cate, x

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  19. I bake a lot, too. I bake cookies mostly, but also make a killer apple pie. Those dbl choc chip look delish. Have a great weekend! :o)

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  20. The only thing better than double chocolate cookies would be TRIPLE chocolate cookies ;). Those look delicious!

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  21. That 1st container with ferns!!! Oh spring!

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  22. Inspiration for sure! Especially in these winter months. And those cookies don't look too shabby either! :) Love the new profile pic.

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  23. Lovely pictures, great inspiration, my poor garden needs it! All the best and enjoy those cookies.

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  24. Nicole,
    I love that old rusty container with the collection of ferns! So pretty and green. I realize that is what I long form most in winter - all the green of nature.
    Your cookies look yummy. I don't make sweets anymore, because I have a sweet tooth and since my daughter is gone for 6 months, I would have to eat it all by myself. What a pity. When I do buy sweets, they only last a day or two.
    Cindy

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  25. DOUBLE chocolate chip cookies? I already drool at the sight of single ones lol. Such lovely pictures :)

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  26. Lovely inspiration, Nicole. And those cookies...oh wow! Just the thought is making me drool.

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  27. mmm double chocolate chip cookies, my favorite kind :) Your posts with lush greenery has me longing for spring! Have a beautiful day! Hugs, Poppy

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  28. Hi Nicole, I love the first photo with the rusty containers and all the green lush foliage plants. I feel refreshed and nourished just by looking at it. Your cookies look great! I also enjoy a quiet moment every now and then, sitting down with a cup of tea and a small sweet treat and read other people's blogs, my garden magazines and garden books. It is just nice to savor the small joys of life! Wishing you a nice rest of the day!
    Christina

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  29. At our old house the deck was covered in containers much like the third photo. I like Taunton Press, they publish some good books.

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  30. I need to work on my containers this year. They are always a bit lacklustre. Love the inspiration especially that first image. The cookies look good too!

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  31. I LOVE container gardening and cookies for that matter! ;-)

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  32. ohh the garden looks amazing, and haha I'd love to have a cookie right now!

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  33. I am also a gardener and love all things gardening. Great photos and nice blog.

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