Saturday, December 18, 2010

a blog post about matchboxes

Here in Palmerston North it is very muggy and humid. 
We have had some much needed rain, our water tank was only half full.
I haven't blogged in a while, but thought I needed to do a blog post on matchboxes.

Here are two reasons why ...

Recently I received a delightful box of goodies in the mail from Patty (her link is under the QB5 group), and much to my delight amongst the goodies I found, carefully wrapped in a pretty piece of fabric, a wee matchbox.

I love matchboxes.
Don't you think Patty has made a lovely job of this one?

It is covered in paper, is very pretty and contains a secret.

One of Patty's gorgeous wee handmade bird's nests! 
Thanks Patty, it's totally birdilicious :))


I also love these matchboxes .....

do you remember them from years ago?

I cut a sheet of pre-rolled flakey pastry into rectangles and cooked in a hot oven
until they puffed up and were light golden in colour.

Then when they were cool I iced them with a passionfruit icing, 
and when the icing was set I split them in half and 
 filled them with whipped cream! (you can also fold summer berries into the whipped cream as an extra treat)

They are lovely with a cup of tea, or as a sweet treat after your meal. 
Believe me I know!


Hope you are all having a stress free pre Christmas week, if you aren't, 
I recommend you make and eat some of these!
Carole :)


Jenxo said...

YUMMMMM i havent had one of those in ages....i might make some for the work do....

love pattys matchbox, what a treasure...

By Hoki Quilts said...

Carole, you are a wicked, wicked woman *wink*, it's just as well we all like you.

marigold jam said...

What a beautiful little box. And the contents are delightful too. So are those pastries by the look of them though something warm and comforting would go down better this side of the world at the moment I think - must save the idea in my recipe file for later though!


Dorthe said...

dear Carole,
your matchbox gift is a wonderfull tiny piece of art-so beautifull,---
and your cake looks to be a heavenly bite, uuuhhhhhmmmmmmm--
Have to try that ....
Carole I wish you a merry christmas, dear--thank`s for becoming a dear friend for me this year.

Cynthia Schelzig,Cynnie said...

What a sweet littl box from Patty....I am lucky enough to have one of her nest charms tooooooo:) and for this mouth watering concoction on display,,,well let´s not even go there. I might as well take it and slap it on my hips and wear it as my Christmas deco.

Deb said...

Yummy, even with a slice of icecream they would be fantastic too

ShabbyChicShaz said...

What a gorgeous little matchbox, so cute and so well done. Love the iced 'puffs', just what Santa ordered :)

Doreen G said...

My Mum used to make those puff pastry delights but she called them matchsticks and she would also spread some home made raspberry jam on them and then add the cream--yummo.
Thanks for reminding me-I am still trying to loose the kilos that I gained while holidaying in and around New Zealand.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Patty's matchbox is aDORAble - and the birdies nest is totally divine, I've asked Santa for one, but he gave me a preplexed look!!! She's an amazing talent.

Mmmm... I agree with Miche'le - you're too wicked!! I've eaten my way thru this week, with every imaginable Christmas delight, if these had been on offer they could have taken their place on my hips too!!!!

Marva said...

Hey Carole! Love the tiny matchbox and the other matchboxes look wonderful!!! I may have to try those! I just finished a quilt if you'd like to pop over and have a look. What kind of sewing machine do you have? I'm looking to get a new one that will let me do free-motion sewing, but that doesn't cost over $1,000. Thanks, Marva

dosfishes said...

Yuur sweets look so good! I can almost taste them from here. The matchboxes are amazing. what a wonderful gift from a friend. xox corrine

Linda said...

Looks delicious! Will you just send me some? haha And Patty's matchbox is adorable! I hope you are also stress free! I think I'm stress free...but I never know for sure.

Sandy Ang said...

This is such a genius creation! Look at the work that went into the details like that wire nest.
Such a wonderful swap.

Margaret said...

yum and double yum, both the matchbox and the edibles! The little nest is adoreable! love the boxes dear Patty creates!
I 've just polished off a large slice of cake myself so am totally with you on the sweet appreciation theme!

~*~Patty S said...

your matchbox pastires are to drool for...;)
you ARE a temptress Ms Carole!!!

so glad you like the little matchbox...I certainly do enjoy making them and can't stop with wire birds nests either

fa la la
it is so NOT muggy and humid here in Virginia...still a bit of snow on the ground...our boy comes home from college today

Caryl said...

What a temptation... they sound delicious.

Michelle May said...

Carole those look soooooooooo incredibly yummy! I'm drooling on my keyboard!

Patty's matchbox gift is gorgeous!

xx, shell

Joan said...

Some delicious bits aand pieces on your blog, thanks for pastry ideas.

Jacky said...

So simple but look so delicious, thanks for sharing, will try some maybe for Christmas day, we have some lovely rain here in Perth, Aust but first rain in ages. I am looking for easy ideas for a hot Christmas day in the park.
Have a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for 2011.

Nathalie Thompson said...

You make the most amazing looking pasteries! And Patty makes the most amazing altered matchboxes. :)

Debrina said...

Ooooo and ohhhh and ooooo ...beautiful matchbox! Gorgeous food. We REALLY MUST catch up!

Dogwood said...

Sweet little matchbox. I really enjoy seeing what people do with those matchboxes and how they decorate them.

Yummy Oh Yummy!

Gaby Bee said...

This little box is adorable!

Sending warm wishes to you and your family for a wonderful Christmas and much health and happiness for 2011.

Hugs, Gaby

Heloise said...

Those match boxes are wonderful. Wishing you a very Happy Christmas.