Author Archives: Marcia Ren

An Elegant Life in a Quarantined World

Here I find what now seems to be a golden opportunity for me to learn how I can get the most out of living… Continue reading

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Celebrating Spring… Together…Apart

So much of what is currently happening around the world is not in my control…fortunately a few things are… Continue reading

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Spring Forward…A Full Moon…& Pasta

Quiet the mind and the soul will speak-Buddha Hello, sweet friend… There is a physiological stirring that comes… (response to longer days and more sunlight.) I see it as a Divine nudge. One which is giving me the impulse to get outside… with a renewed energy and a spurt of new Hope. I don’t know exactly what to do and sometimes not even clear what to do next… So I might be out in my garden planning… or perhaps I do more exercise…during this time I even yearn for a bit of spring cleaning… keeping busy with all the projects I have and see around me… spending more time journaling…praying for guidance…a purpose…and direction I need to go toward. 🦋A Spring Pasta This Spring Pasta Salad is an easy pasta salad with sun dried tomatoes, peppers spinach, and olives tossed in a tangy dressing. This pasta salad is perfect for … Continue reading

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Winter’s Over (well, almost)

Spring’s greatest joy beyond a doubt is when it brings the children out. Edgar Guest Hello, sweet friend… Let’s go for a ride… Welcoming Spring… A Spring Tuscan Soup INGREDIENTS For the soup: 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 medium carrots, thickly sliced 1 large onion, coarsely chopped 1 stalk celery, coarsely chopped 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 3 sprigs fresh oregano 1/4 teaspoon salt Black pepper, to taste 2 (15 -ounce) cans cannellini beans or other small white beans, drained and rinsed 5 cups chicken or vegetable stock 4 cups baby kale or baby spinach, stems removed if tough 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano, for garnish Olive oil, to serve Extra grated Parmesan, to serve For the parmesan toasts: 1/2 baguette, thinly sliced Olive oil 1/2 cup grated Parmesan DIRECTIONS 🦋When you start this soup, sauté vegetables first to give the soup lots of flavor. Let carrots, onion, and celery cook with … Continue reading

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The Sofa That “Almost” Got Stuck in The Door

“Lead from the back and let others believe they are in front” -Nelson Mandela Hello, sweet friends… I hope you are enjoying these last few days of February. A few days ago Joe and I had a brief scare (OK it was me who had the brief scare) when our sofa and chair were delivered. The very kind young delivery man came inside our home and after looking around the doorway openings mentioned that perhaps there would be a problem getting the sofa into the family room. A reassuring Joe suggested that perhaps they go ahead and bring the sofa inside. When they got the couch all the way to the hallway doors it became apparent (to me) that the legs on the couch made it impossible to get the couch into the room. At this point I suggested that perhaps the legs needed to be removed. The young man … Continue reading

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