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In the midst of my disarray

Coffee Anyone?


It's a little chilly and windy again today, and I thought it'd be nice to have a little cafe au lait in the midst of my chores. Actually, with everything in disarray around me, I like to make these little patches of pleasantness to create the illusion that I am still civilized.

My little 2-cup porcelain coffee pot was a gift from an old lady many many years ago. Another lady told she needed help moving some things and I gave her a hand. Of course, many people here feel you must not leave their homes (and her's was just a tiny little shack on a canal) without some gift, and she gave me this coffee pot. I think she was 80 then, and she said she had two. You shouldn't deprive people of the joy of giving, and so I accepted it (it reminded me of my Gramma's pot, so she didn't have to twist my arm too hard). I think I must get something to polish her up a little, remove some of those stains. I am too careless a man sometimes (not good).

I put out the little demitasse cups in case a lady shows up. The old French people always shared their coffee with we children (yes we had a little coffee as children) in these little cups which made us feel very special. I think about the old lady who gave me the pot, and also some of those old people we visited, some of whose names I don't even know, whenever I use my little porcelain pot.

You can have the cafe au lait as I like it sometimes (it is made with the chicory, you know?), or I have some nice evaporated milk if you prefer it that way. If you prefer black, I'll have to brew you some dark roast. No problem! If there are any children with you, I have sweetened condensed milk too. That's the way we liked it as children, although the old ladies watched us very closely, to make sure we didn't put too much. We had many sweet and tasty "accidents," much to their dismay!

So, that's my little treat for you today. I'm sorry you couldn't have stayed longer! Maybe next time I'll have something sweet to snack on too, and you'll stay longer. Stay warm!


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Feb. 4th, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful coffee pot!
Feb. 5th, 2006 02:46 am (UTC)
Thanks Jeff! But no more coffee jokes for awhile, Okay?
Feb. 5th, 2006 03:29 am (UTC)
Feb. 4th, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC)
Ummm...chicory; it's what makes the perfect cup of coffee. What a wonderful trip down memory lane with you. I could see the sticky fingers and lips from the evaporated milk. I would love to join you for a cup and some more stories. Enjoy your coffee, and keep warm. :)
Feb. 5th, 2006 02:49 am (UTC)
Just dropping in for a few minutes. I guess you meant the sweetened condensed milk when you were talking about the sticky fingers and all. We inhaled the stuff, and used to make "chocolate sandwiches" by mixing it with cocoa and spreading it on bread.
Feb. 5th, 2006 02:54 am (UTC)
That's exactly what I meant! I haven't had it, myself, but I hear, when heated it makes great carmel. :)
Feb. 5th, 2006 02:59 am (UTC)
Oh, did you notice the new pic? I cleaned my pot with baking soda, and then a razor and water. Very tedious, but I've always been afraid to scratch the finish more than it is. I may do some more detailing later. I know it's got to be 70-80 years old or more.

Some of the old French people still like their coffee with condensed milk. I sometimes use it for ice-box pies. Ever heard of that?
Feb. 6th, 2006 04:24 am (UTC)
The pot looks fabulous!! Wow. So many talents...;) No, I haven't heard of ice-box pies. Cookies, yes, but pies, no. So, now that my curiousity is peaked (and you do have a way of doing that to me) what are they?
Feb. 6th, 2006 04:42 am (UTC)
The pot looks fabulous!!

I know that old "mom" trick. "Oh, do you think you can show mama how well you can clean ..."
Nice try! *lol*

I'm just coming back from watching the game. Kind of rushed now. I enjoyed it and my niece and her husband hit on the last quarter on a pool. Yay!

Did you notice the "Love is Strange" Mrs. Godzilla (or whatever) commercial. I told my niece you were probably cracking up.

Oh, well. Hope you guys had fun! I did too!!
Feb. 6th, 2006 04:50 am (UTC)
Oh god, no!! I can't clean to save my life. :) I really impressed with the baking soda and razor. I knew about the baking soda, but I never heard of using a razor. :)

Yep. Saw the commercial and laughed my ass off! You have so got me pegged.

That's very cool that they hit the pool! Yay them!

We did have fun. In fact, we had a fellow New Orleans resident here for the first half. She doesn't like football, but wanted/needed to get out of the house. I think we entertained her quite well. So, yes, we had a grand time. I'm glad you had fun, too. You deserve to. :)
Feb. 6th, 2006 05:00 am (UTC)
I forgot about the ice box pie thing. There are tons of ways to do it. Some are non-bake. Some use eggs and you bake before refrigerating.

There are some recipes with as little as four ingredients. This one takes a few more steps. I'm sure your kids would love them. (There are different flavors, of course).

Go here or check around:

Feb. 6th, 2006 05:10 am (UTC)
Oh man, my teeth hurt just from reading this. You guessed it, though, my kids will love it, and I'll have to make it for them. Thanks for the easy recipe! I love those. :)
Feb. 4th, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC)
It's lovely and inviting!

And by the way, I love the chair;

What a lovely cofee set!

I hope you have made enough café au lait!
Feb. 5th, 2006 02:52 am (UTC)
I reshot the picture after cleaning the pot with baking soda and then a razor! Did you notice? I've always been afraid to scratch the surface. The razor works best but is very tedious.

Oh, and my chair is empty, you know? ;(
Feb. 4th, 2006 11:49 pm (UTC)
Why, I'd LOVE to sit and have coffee with you, Ed! Thank you for asking... I take mine completely black.

I must have you over for tea sometime... *smile*
Feb. 5th, 2006 02:55 am (UTC)
My mom likes it black too! Well, she can't drink it like she used to. I wouldn't think you'd like the coffee and chicory, though. I'd have to make some dark roast. Have you ever had it? There are different blends and some can almost taste like mud. *lol*
Feb. 5th, 2006 03:38 am (UTC)
I've never had chickory, but I've heard it's not for everybody. I don't think I've had the pleasure of dark roast, either...

If I may say so (and I may be totally wrong about this) I get the distinct feeling your house is haunted... Like I said, I could be wrong... and it's terribly off-subject of me... It's just something I pick up sometimes. Do tell me whether I'm right, will you?
Feb. 5th, 2006 07:31 pm (UTC)
Could be ... it's the picture you saw, right. Like there's something strange sitting in my chair at my table. Maybe it's because I have such old things here, that your imagination started running wild. Now if I start having nightmares, I'll know who to blame.

I'll tell you one thing ... I definitely plan on being a very playful ghost myself! Or die trying.
Feb. 5th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)
"Or die trying"... *giggle*

I don't know what it is about the photo... Sometimes, I just pick stuff up... I'm not sure how accurate I am, though. To sense things of such nature, I either have to be in the location or see an image of it (photo, video, etc.). For some reason, I just pick that up from your photos... *shrugs*
Feb. 4th, 2006 11:59 pm (UTC)
Oh please............ Just plenty of cream, no sugar.

I must admit, that dinning set looks like moosehead. It's completely beautiful. The pot is devine. Tiny and elegant. I also find the roses very inviting.

Thank you for the lovely vision.

Feb. 5th, 2006 03:02 am (UTC)
You're welcome Tera. I don't know what the set is. It's old but not expensive or anything. I just like old stuff. I may redo the cushions one day. Someone had replaced it with a reddish-brown vinyl or whatever. I just have so much stuff to do.
Feb. 5th, 2006 03:43 am (UTC)
Oh many things that weren't expensive in their time are priceless now. I do admire it. When you do re-cover it, please show it. I always admire fine things. Those things don't always have to be worth a mint. like the old saying. Some of the finer things in life are free.

If I haven't told you. I adore your rose pic. Sometimes black and whites are finer.

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