Summer…A Return To My Garden…🌻

My goal is to make the world more beautiful one plant at a time… Read the full blog post

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Ms. Marcia Goes To Montreal…✈️

“Life goes by fast. Enjoy it. Calm down. It’s all funny.–Joan Rivers Hello, sweet friend… I recently returned from a trip to Montreal, Canada…I have unpacked…put almost everything away and now I’d like to share a little about this fun holiday. This was my first visit to Montreal… On the plane I tracked our flight path that was fun! and finished reading ‘Mrs. Harris Goes To Paris’ have you read it? it’s a delightful story! The first day of arrival I enjoyed a leisurely stroll along Mount Royal and later Joe & I took a 3 hour afternoon bus tour … Read the full blog post

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✈️Bon Voyage!…Tips For Packing👚🧣🕶🎒

Because when you stop and look around this life is pretty amazing…-Dr. Seuss Hello, sweet friend… I hope you are doing well… Joe & I are heading out to Montreal… since we both love Paris…we thought it would be the perfect place to vacation. We are excited to visit this beautiful French-Canadian metropolis and experiencing it’s European vibe… I look forward to sharing this visit when I return… Until then let me share with you how I how I packed…

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A No-Bake Summer Dessert

“A party without a CAKE is just a meeting.” – Julia Childs Hello, sweet friend… June has arrived! warmer weather… gardens in bloom… and visions of all things summer are dancing in my head… a perfect time to feast on this delicious summer delight. 👩‍🍳 What’s Cooking… A Berry Trifle Ingredients Lemon Glaze ¼ cup sugar ¼ cup lemon juice ¼ cup water ¼ teaspoon almond extract 1 14 ounce prepared angel food cake Cream Cheese Filling 16 ounces cream cheese2 (8 ounce packages). softened ⅔ cup sugar 2 cups heavy whipping cream Fruit 4 cups blueberries 4 cups strawberries sliced Instructions To make the lemon glaze, whisk together sugar, lemon juice, and water in a saucepan over medium-high heat. … Read the full blog post

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T J Maxx Summer Haul👚👗👠

“At the end of the day, you are enough exactly as you are.” -Meghan Markle Hello, sweet friend… I hope you are doing well… It’s amazing to think that Memorial Day is this weekend and that summer is just around the corner! I’m definitely looking forward to sunny brighter days… That being said recently I went shopping for a few summer outfits and today I would like to share them with you. Enjoy!

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Downton Inspired/A Battenberg Cake

“I do think a woman’s place is eventually in the home, but I see no harm in her having some fun before she gets there.” – Dowager Countess Hello, sweet friend… I hope you are doing well… Joe and I are heading out of town for the weekend. I am looking forward to this little getaway since it will include a movie date to watch the new Downton Abbey film ‘A New Era’. In anticipation of this excursion I ordered the Downton Abbey cookbook and selected a recipe to prepare. I love the cookbook and plan on baking more recipes … Read the full blog post

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🌷In My Garden…

“Bloom where you are planted”– Mary Englebreit Hello, sweet friend… While sitting in my living room I only have to look out into the garden landscape to observe the changes that come with the season… Springtime means crocus, daffodil, roses, bluebells… each blossom… awaiting it’s time to bloom… I find inspiration in the climbing roses, birdbaths… along the grassy pathways… It is here my soul is awakened as I discover signs of life returned.

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🌷A Mother’s Day Reflection🌷

“It is the wise mother who gives her children roots and wings.” -Chinese Proverb Hello, sweet friend… This photo was taken on top of Mt. Rubidoux in Riverside, California summer of 2011…my first summer after retiring And… This photo was taken recently on the riverwalk where I now live along the Oregon coast… And… This is a photo of my mother Olga when she was 19… One of my favorite photos taken before she married my father or had any of her five children I really love this photo because it shows the beautiful grace of this amazing woman… who … Read the full blog post

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How To Host a Tea Parisian Style🌷

flaneur {fla-ner} French(n.) a person who strolls the city in order to experience it. “Deliberately aimless” Hello, sweet friends… I hope you are doing great… Recently I invited a a few friends over for an afternoon tea… I thought it would be fun to have a Parisian theme… So if you find yourself… Dreaming of Paris… set the table…invite a few friends…and voila! Sugar Cookies Ingredients 1 Cup unsalted butter 1 Cup granulated white sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 1 egg 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 cups all purpose flour Instructions  PREHEAT oven to 350° F. In the bowl of your mixer, CREAM butter and sugar until smooth, … Read the full blog post

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A Closet/Wardrobe Refresh👚👠👗

Let go of what doesn’t serve you -anonymous Hello, sweet friend… It’s nice to see you and I hope you are doing great! Cleaning out my closet can seem like a daunting task… Getting rid of clothes, even when I haven’t worn them in years and years and years isn’t easy. This past week I decided to do a good closet purge and give my style a fresh start for the month ahead. There is no better time than now to let go of those clothes that don’t make me feel great when I wear them… after all feeling confident … Read the full blog post

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