"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

Hello Friends!

Friends, Romans, countrymen...y'all. Foodies, gardeners, artists and collectors - let's gather together to share and possibly learn a thing or two in the mix.

Donna Baker

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Happy Holidays


Well, it wouldn't be the holidays without the dragees.  These hard, shiny balls just make desserts special.  They will top a red velvet cake.  With white buttercream icing, the silver dragees make the cake sparkle.  Supposedly not edible for the silver, they are really unpleasantly hard to eat anyway.  


The square jar from the 40's or 50's was probably a quarter (notice the tiny holes on the top.)  The bottle on the right, which I had to search for high and low as they aren't available at most stores now, and they still say not edible, cost a whopping $17.00 today.  Wonder what they will cost in another couple of decades or so?  

Nevertheless, hope all my friends in the blogging world have the happiest holidays.

17 comments:

  1. I had no idea of the origin of dragees. I've encountered them on the confections of friends, but never on anything of my sister's. I guess we're more the sprinkles class. A very merry Christmas time to you and all the family gathered.

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    1. Hope you and yours is a good one too Joanne.

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  2. So let me get this right - you put them on a cake but they're not edible - - so you have to pick them all off before you eat the cake!!!! The only draftees I have heard of are chocolate draftees that I used to eat as a child. Have a lovely Christmas Donna.

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    1. Thank you Elaine. I hope yours' is wonderful too. It is silly; guess silver has more dangerous levels of alloys than edible gold which is all the rage. They have a hard sugar center that is dipped in silver. At my age, I don't want to tempt the tooth fairy with a fractured tooth.

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  3. Loved this little comparison..that old jar..so cute!
    I know ..non edible yet we still buy them!
    Hohoho!!


    Meilleurs Voeux!!

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    1. Yes, thought the tiny holes funny in that only a grain of salt could pass. It is cute. Now you see why I have too much stuff. I'm getting rid of all of my old food containers. At least I enjoyed them once. Joyeux Noel, Monique.

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  4. So very pretty. The price hike isn't though.
    I hope your Christmas is full of love and laughter.

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    1. Thank you Child. Hope your holidays are good ones too. Did you recommend CIDER WITH ROSIE to me?

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    2. I didn't, but remember enjoying it.

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  5. Donna, please don't get rid of those vintage kitchen containers too quickly. I expect that there might be some folks (like me, for instance) who also find them charming mementos of times past. During which I was alive, and might have even seen them in my Mom's kitchen Would you consider a New Year's after post showing some more of these gems awaiting discarding?

    I think that Dragees have a certain mistique. Lovely to see on tops of cakes or other bakery goods, but do not eat. Wiki tells me that they just might be okay nowadays...if you swallow without testing your teeth against their cover.

    I'm still painting cards and baking cookies and planning what to make for that last Christmas gift for dear ones. Relaxed, but energetic.

    It's been a gift to connect with your post this year. Happy Christmas! xo

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    1. Frances, I feel the same. It has been a gift to connect with you too. Though it hasn't been for long, I so enjoy our interacting through our blogs. Have a happy holiday.

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  6. Wishing you, your family and friends a wonderful Christmas Donna ..... don't choke on your dragees !!!!!! XXXX

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    1. I think we'll be spitting them Jacqueline. Have a wonderful holiday too friend.

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  7. I remember them from when I was a child. My brothers and I did eat them and we didn't die....

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    1. Yes Dottie, we eat them, but at my age, I still want to keep all of my teeth.

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  8. Happy, happy holidays to you too, Donna! I wonder about things like that too. What I worry about is not finding pure cotton by the time my children have children - or way before. Thanks for coming by "my place."

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    1. So happy to hear from you Gesbi. Hope your holidays are blessed.

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