Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Edible Pebbles For A Hardworking Man

Have you ever seen these cute little milk chocolate bits that look like beach pebbles? They taste a little like a popular milk chocolate crunch bar and are surprisingly soft and melty in your mouth. Anyway, I found them at a local candy store and decided to include them on top of my freshly baked spice cupcakes.

It's not that they look so much like our beach pebbles.  I checked.  For comparison, here's a pic I took on our walk after making them.  When I uploaded the picture, I noticed there was a piece of white sea glass that I missed while I was there in person.  

So when I was making these up,  I remembered something funny Henri's mother once told me about him.  

She told me that when he was about 5 years old

he used to pick up rocks from the ground

and put them in his mouth and try to eat them.  

 I'm pretty sure edible beach pebbles weren't around in 1957.  I also made a batch of lentil soup for lunch and I had to laugh when I realized how well it went with my edible beach pebble theme for the day.  I honestly didn't even give it a thought until I remembered his mother's story.  

While I was inside working on my pebble-themed lunch, Henri was down in our backyard hard at work.  I took a few pics of what caught my eye out there when I went out to check on him.

Here he is sawing up all the blowdowns, hauling them back up the hill and splitting the wood while it is freshly cut to ensure we will have a little extra wood in case winter lingers a little longer this year.  And yes that's a small plow you see on the ATV that will be put to good use for the snow we're expecting tomorrow.  You can never have too many plows here in Maine.  Or wood for that matter.

My hardworking man deserves a cupcake, don't you think?

For the record, no teeth were harmed in the telling of this story.  


Rain said...

Oh Lili-love your cupcakes! wishing I had one right now! We are excitedly waiting for the storm also! Just because it has come and gone so many times this winter already! I was raking leaves yesterday~is that ridiculous or what!! Guess we should get some lentil soup going for tomorrow!!

Low Tide High Style said...

Lili, I love your pebble themed lunch! And Henri looks like he worked up quite an appetite. I have to admit that I miss splitting wood. I used to volunteer to do it when I was a kid and we had 2 woodstoves in the house. I doubt I could even do it now! My father insisted on putting 2 woodstoves in the house, my mother was ready to kill him because of all of the mess they created with the wood and the dust.

I hope you guys stay snug and warm and that the storm isn't too hard on you.

Kat :)

Privet and Holly said...

My kids always loved
those chocolate pebbles!
I see you don't have
snow, either....Makes
it a little bit nicer for
your hard working man!

xx Suzanne

Teri said...

Looks yummy! Himself loves lentil soup too.

Sandy, Sisters of Season said...

Everything looks so tasty . . . you can bake. Such a charmed life you have Lili . . how blessed. Stay warm with that hubby of yours. Blessings, Sandy:O)

thistlewoodfarm said...

LOL! I am glad everyone kept their teeth! Those cupcakes look delicious!

seanymph said...

I love the candy rocks, cute idea. BTW, I have that same hairy lichen here. I save the wind blown pieces to dry. Im going to make a wreath with it and seashells to put on my front door. I love the sea like color of that lichen and thought it would go so well with shells.

SprinkleBakes said...

Squeee! I just squeaked with excitement! Those pebble cupcakes are so cute!
Love your photographs too.


Jo (Pieceful Afternoon) said...

I had no idea about those candies - I'm sure the grandsons would enjoy eating "rocks" - although Ben is pretty careful about what goes into his mouth - Jahn will try most anything.

Love the photos but I have a question - did Henri really take that bite out of the cupcake?

Julie said...

Humerous post!!! loved hearing the story about Henri. It's so neat to get little pieces of the man's childhood isn't it?! I am "wanting" some of your cafe's servings today! YUM! Could I have a to-go order? FED-EX perhaps? the cupcakes look delish and the "Rock toppers" are perfect.
Kam wanted what he calls "sweeties" yesterday and said there was nothing around here to meet the I made peanut butter cupcakes with cocoa frosting last night. Hope he and dad eat them fast to remove the temptation from me!!! argh... Loved all your pics, and RAH for da hard working man. I know he worked up a healthy Maine appetite doing all that. What would we do without them????? Hugs to you Lili. xoxo *definitely got snow blowing all over today...

Polly said...

those cupcakes look so yummy and the story about Henri just adds to their charm!!

hope you are having a good new year so far!!



Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Ah, yummmmm. Love lentils too! Looks like it's easy to stay fit in Maine, especially during the winter!!

suspendedsoul said...

I think Henri deserves at least two cupcakes for all that log splitting. I always loved those little candy pebbles. In the midwest they were called Lake Michigan rocks.

Luch looks very yummy, sorry I couldn't make it over.


Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

I say give him 2 or 3 cupcakes... he is working VERY hard.

hometown girl said...

hi Lili! so nice to see you back, i've missed you!! i loved your little story about Henri so sweet! i've never seen that candy before, my kids would love it! i hope you enjoyed your lunch :) thank you for coming by, i always love reading your sweet comments! have a beautiful week! xo susan

vicki said...

Hi Lili-
Love the "beach pebbles"! Especially love how you used them on the cupcakes. I hope Henri knows how lucky he is to have you-- and that you put so much love and creativity into everything you do-- like baking cupcakes. Those aren't just your run of the mill cupcakes-- they are fabulous!

Wow- the pictures of Henri are impressive. I know you both work hard at what you do and against all the elements.

I hope the winter is not too harsh for you both-- way up there. I think of you often--

Ps- your last comments made my heart sing :)

Elenka said...

That soup, my dear Lili, looks yummier than the cupcakes...if that's even possible!!!
Willing to share the recipe??

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Ahhhh, dear Lili, that Henri of yours. Eating rocks? Well, I guess that would be considered great fiber, huh?

Loved the pebbles, loved the close-up photo of the rocks. Gorgeous.

Send me those cupcakes!

Love to you,


Country Girl said...

Loved this, Lili ~ I've seen those pebble candies somewhere, too. Interesting that you put them on cupcakes. Your photos of Henri working outside are kind of dreamy looking. And hey, where is your snow?

Sandy, Sisters of Season said...

Hi Lili, Just stopping by to say hi and hope all is well. Sandy :O)

vicki said...

Hi Lili- just checking in on you-- hope you aren't snowed under way up there!! How many days till spring?

Just BE Farm said...

The beach pebble cupcakes and lentil soup look delicious! Love the way you tell your story. Being animal lovers, we went back and read some of your posts about Simon. He is both handsome and lucky to have been with you all these years.....even if it wasn't the tropics. Thank you for the warm welcome to blogging and we will definitely be following.

~Bobby and Eric~

Simply Stated said...

Been thinking of you and thought I'd pop in before heading off to bed. These really are fun candies, I have used them here at home for the kids on occasion ~ love the story too.
Hope all is going well, take care ~ Rebecca

Crown of Beauty said...

Dear Lili,
What beautiful photos you take! Your blog is always such a delightful place to visit.

Read this post some weeks back, when I was still in Manila, but for some reason, the comment box wasn't working properly. This morning I am glad to finally be able to write a comment for you.

Soon spring will be coming your way, and your greenhouse will come back to life!

Meantime, stay warm and joyful!


jennyfreckles said...

You two make a good team. I'd never have thought of making cup-cakes with 'pebbles' on top. Did Henri make the connection with his youth?