Friday, January 10, 2014

A Cup of Comfort

                                                                   Hello everyone,
                            It is a beautiful sunny day here but lots of rain is in the forecast~quite a
                            change in temperature for us but we'll take it!
                             I am excited to have a new camera to play with. It is a Canon 60D and
                             I am loving it! However, I have to practice using it so I have been taking
                             lots of indoor shots.
         When I saw this cute mug I pictured it full of hot cocoa and since I have been craving it lately,why not
         enjoy it on a crisp winter day. In case you are interested, I make my hot cocoa the old fashioned way
         that my Mom used to make for us. I use a couple of heaping tablespoons of cocoa, a few cubes of
         organic brown sugar and a little water to make a paste,stir over med. heat just until boiling and then I
         add almond milk and heat until hot. Add some whipped cream and mashed candy cane for
         garnish if you like and enjoy!
           I know Christmas is over but there is still time to enjoy a 'Cup of Comfort'.
        I love these little sheep decorations that I got in Quebec City.
               Not really on the topic but I do need to practice ~ some of my Mason (Vista) dishes.

I have been busy working on a new book(Magcloud) and if you guessed Tea Time themes you are 
very clever!!! I am hoping to have it done before spring.

                                         I hope you too enjoy a 'cup of comfort' this weekend!




ohiofarmgirl said...

I am feeling the winter blues today and your post is so beautiful that I am wishing I had added red to my decor! Dianntha

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I always enjoy a cup of hot chocolate in the afternoons, Carolyn. I love the pattern on your mug. It reminds me of a sweater.

Susan said...

Hi Carolyn....Your hot chocolate looks great and sounds delish.

Congratulations on your new camera. susan

toves sammensurium said...

I just love transferware,red especially!!!!!!!!! You´ve created the coziest pictures,makes me want to sit down and enjoy a nice cup of your hot chocolate:)))
Especially now that the snow just started do fall down...maybe we´re getting some winter finally??
Happy Weekend!
Tove :)

Linda @ Friendship Tea said...

Your homemade hot chocolate sounds yummy!

Madelief said...

Dear Carolyn,

Such a coincidence. I bought the same camera last week :-)! I haven't taken many photographs yet, but I am really pleased with the ones I made.

Your post is beautiful as ever. Love the mug. Looks like a part of a knit sweater :-)

Have a lovely weekend!

Madelief x

Curtains in My Tree said...

I am loving your Mason transferware dishes.
I collect them also or really don't look for them ,however if I run across one at an flea market it's mine then
I am wanting a new camera also and will check out the one you purchased ,I need simple

Pamela Gordon said...

I love you new mug and the pretty red and white star with the sheep stitched on it. Hot chocolate is perfect for this cold weather. Enjoy your new camera!

Mónica said...

Hi Carolyn! With these fantastic photos who would not like a cup of chocolate ... to me if! kises

June said...

These photos are stunning Carolyn!!! I love this sweet vignette you have created here. It warms me down to the bones.
I'm so glad to read that you are going to warm up soon. You have really been having a lot of weather there.
sending hugs...

White Lace and Promises said...

What pretty pops of red and yes, I love the mug. Mine would be filled with a hot cup of french vanilla coffee.

Your photos are great!


Bernideen said...

I know you will have fun with your camera and I sure enjoy your 1st two books!

Michle said...

Love the cup, may I ask where you bought it?

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I'd love to update to the 60D, I have the older Canon 40D.
I drink a fair bit of hot chocolate over winter but it comes out of a canister from the grocery store.

Karine said...

Everything is so precious and so cozy too! Great Job Mrs. Aiken!

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Super! Lovely your blog! said...

I bought the book "a cup of comfort" a couple of years ago after I saw you mention on your blog. Great photographs, love hot chocolate!! Have a great weekend, keep warm and safe. Looking forward to lots more blogs and your photographs!!

dizzyizzy said...

That "Sweater" Mug is so cute! Love it! The red and white is so bright and cheerful with all the snow.

Mel said...

I have a small business selling tea, and I have been really enjoying all of your tea time photos. I love your style!

Deborah Montgomery said...

Love homemade hot chocolate -- so warm and comforting. I've seen knitted covers for mugs, but I just picture them with tea or cocoa stains -- so your mug solves that problem!

Victorian1885 said...

I love the red & whites you are sharing! Enjoy your new camera Carolyn.


Ketty Valenti said...

E' sempre gradita a cup of comfort,trovo tutto molto bello e raffinato,complimenti!

Avril Dudley said...

Your photos are beautiful... very festive! I like the red/white colour scheme. I think the Canon D60 is the newest of that set of cameras. I have a Canon D20, although it is old it takes decent photos. I know it took a while to get used to this kind of camera. I think you got it handeled. :)

Victoria said...

A new camera is such fun, and with your eye it will mean fun for so many! I love your mug! Where did you find it? Blessings for the New Year!

Anonymous said...

Your photos are lovely!!!!!!
I love the red and white stile and your beatiful homes and your garden.

Anonymous said...

Your photos are lovely!!!!!!
I love the red and white stile and your beatiful homes and your garden.

Julie said...

Love your pictures! Is that one of the mugs from Superstore? I got the jug from there. J

Carolyn said...

The mug came from the superstore here in town ~ on clearance for only $1.44

Thank you for all your lovely comments.


Miki Wade said...

I'm so amazed by your beautiful embossed white teapots. Where on earth do you find such beauties?