Monthly Archives: April 2021

Garden Time…A Visit To Copper Goose Nursery…& Moroccan Shrimp

The kiss of the sun for pardon, the song of the birds for mirth, one is nearer God’s Heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth.-Dorothy Frances Gurney Hello, sweet friends… If a poem can be written in flowers… then today is floral storyteller time… A recent trip to a local nursery… was all the inspiration needed… for me to create visual verses… compose a few flowering sonnets of color… and it’s captivating magic… What’s Cooking? Can you keep a secret? (wink) sometimes I don’t feel like cooking. especially as the weather gets nicer and I find myself outside in the garden preoccupied doing this…that… and before long it’s time to eat! Long story short…this is why I lOVE this recipe…it’s yummy…easy…and super quick to whip up on those days when you have lost track of time…(or just don’t feel like cooking)🥰 Moroccan Shrimp Ingredients 2 teaspoons paprika 1 teaspoon salt … Continue reading

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Earth Day 2021…Planting A Garden👩‍🌾

“Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly.” -Van Morrison Hello, sweet friends… With the warm weather… and vaccines rolling out… in-person celebrations… activities and more in our communities are slowly coming back… specifically outdoor events… I was very excited to receive notice that this year’s summer Garden Tour will go forward as planned… Something wonderful to look forward to… so this week I made a quick trip to one of my favorite nurseries ‘Dragonfly Nursery’ where I picked up a variety of garden starters…lettuce…tomatoes…bell peppers & cucumbers… Along those lines… what better way to celebrate the awareness of our earth… than enjoying fresh air in the great outdoors…

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Company Is Coming!!!

If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him…the people who give you their food give you their heart. —Cesar Chaviz Hello, sweet friends…. Recently our friends mentioned they would be driving down to the coast from Eugene… and wondered if they could stop by for a visit… Needless to say we were excited since we haven’t had company for over a year… With that being said… I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to brush up on my hosting skills… by serving lunch upon their arrival… Here is a favorite recipe that I’ve used for years whenever I hosted a tea gathering in California…it’s a sure winner for any occasion! What’s Cooking… COACH’S QUICHE (recipe from Martin Oaks Bed & BreakfastDundas, Minnesota) “9” unbaked pie shell 10-oz package frozen chopped spinach 1 medium minced onion 5 separated eggs 1 cup milk … Continue reading

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A Room Of One’s Own…

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are at– Theodore Roosevelt Hello, sweet friend… No doubt the biggest difference between an old house and the newer ones… is the change where the kitchen is the center of the house and almost all daytime space revolves around the kitchen.. I am one of those who actually enjoys working in the kitchen alone… (I see it as somewhat of my sanctuary) This time of quarantine has taught me… now more than ever the importance of having a room to escape to… the proverbial room of one’s own…(We all need physical space to stay balanced) That being said I recently defined separate living areas between two rooms (living room and dining alcove) simply by sewing curtains for the French doors… The results make a happier statement within our home and somehow enhance moments of the day by creating a space … Continue reading

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Home…All Set For Easter & Coconut cupcakes

Welcome is what reflects God’s spirit of love, joy and happiness. -Emilie Barnes Hello, sweet friends… Happy Easter!!! Home has never been so important… Ours has become a special way for me to experience contentment and express creativity. I feel fortunate that my husband supports… encourages… and most importantly… appreciates my ongoing efforts in creating a home for us. That being said this past week I had so much delight creating an Easter tablescape… sewing a small table cover and napkins which matched the dining alcove curtains… I think it all came together quite beautifully… What’s Cooking? This year instead of my usual bunny cake I thought it would be fun to bring it up a notch…and so I chose to bake Ina Garten’s delight. Oh my goodness!!! What made this dessert great was Joe loves coconut and I love cupcakes…perfect pairing! COCONUT CUPCAKES Ingredients: 3/4 pound unsalted butter at … Continue reading

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