Author Archives: Marcia Ren

Transitioning My Wardrobe Into Spring…

Live life in full bloom… Hello, sweet friend… I’ve always enjoyed wearing fashionable clothing… and with Spring just around the corner… I’m sooooo excited to start thinking about it! Today I thought I would share with you how I am transitioning… into a new season… Living on the Oregon coast dressing is all about layering. That being said I’ve put a few outfits together using white as a basic…Anastasia is doing her usual catwalk freshening things up a bit by adding pretty spring colors. 👩‍🍳What’s Cooking? I had been looking forward to using the shamrock cookie cutter I recently purchased. Originally thinking I would bake up St. Paddy’s Day cookies still might…however this week I decided to whip up these puff pastry appetizers instead. They are soooo0 easy and great by themselves…served with humus or any other favorite dip you choose. 🍀Shamrock Crisp🍀 Ingredients: 1 store-bought pie dough or puff … Continue reading

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A Stroll Around Our Garden…

Hurt not the Earth, neither the Sea, nor the Trees. -Revelations 7:3 Hello, sweet friend… March will often test a gardener’s patience… A few warmer, brighter days certainly tempted me out into my garden… However I know that it will take several weeks of warm bright days for the soil to be dried out sufficiently… So on this overcast day I thought I’d take you on a little pre-spring garden tour… sharing a peek of hope as things get ready to bloom… Before you begin the tour perhaps you should whip up a batch of these decadent rolls first… CINNAMON ROLLS CINNAMON ROLL DOUGH 4 1/2 – 5 cups all purpose flour 1/3 cup  granulated sugar 2 packets Rapid rise yeast about 4 1/2 tsp) 1 tsp salt 1 1/2 cups  water 6 tbsp unsalted butter 1 large egg FILLING 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temp 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed 1 tbsp cinnamon CREAM CHEESE ICING 4 oz cream cheese, room … Continue reading

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Happy Shenanigans!☘️

“Learn from the past, live in the now and be optimistic about the future.” -Anonymous Hello, sweet friends… This past week… I packed away all things February… and brought out the shenanigans… Years ago feels like a lifetime… I had a “seasonal” tree… I remember enjoying it so much… during the pandemic I started one again… decorating our home allows me the opportunity to approach the ordinary and create something lovely. uplifting, meaningful and valued in many ways it helps me adapt to things at different points along the way… this process teaches me there are many ways we discover our own truth in life… mine seems to blossom in the home. What’s Cooking? This dessert was recently made for Mardi Gras. It’s a favorite of Joe’s…and of course there are many versions of this epicurean delight… MILLIONAIRE PIE Ingredients 1 prepared graham cracker crust  1 cup sweetened flaked coconut 1 can 15.25oz crushed pineapple, … Continue reading

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Mardi Gras…Lent…& Jambalaya

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping youself, the other for helping others.” -Audrey Hepburn Hello, sweet friend… How are you today? In the midst of a pandemic going from Valentine’s Day to Lent with a Mardi Gras thrown in the middle…Love…Pleasure…Penance… all within a few days…has really given me a lot to think about and is quite the “catch up adventure“ That being said today I thought I would focus on love and pleasure… putting off the penance…since I’ll have plenty of time for pondering that…well…at least the next 40 days.🌟 Here’s a delightful recipe that I enjoyed preparing and Joe loved eating! JAMBALAYA INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 small onions, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 2-3 serrano peppers, chopped (optional) 2-3 jalapeno peppers, chopped (optional) 2 stalks celery, chopped 6 cloves garlic, chopped 1 boneless skinless chicken breast, … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day Prep…Keto Blueberry/Lemon Scones…& A Garden Tea Cart

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” -Martin Luther King, Jr. Hello, sweet friends… Happy almost Valentine’s Day! I’ve always loved Valentines Day… all the pinks…reds…hearts…chocolate… just an adorable day… This year I’m planning on preparing a sweet little tea just for Joe & I. Here’s the scone recipe…it’s truly delightful! Keto Blueberry/Lemon Scones INGREDIENTS For the Scones 2 cups almond flour ⅔ cup fresh blueberries ⅓ cup Swerve Confectioners ½ teaspoon Baking powder ¼ teaspoon sea salt ¼ cup unsalted butter melted 1 tablespoon lemon zest 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 large egg For the Glaze ¼ cup Swerve confectioners 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1-2 teaspoons heavy cream or as needed PREPARATION Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with Parchment paper. In a medium bowl, combine the almond flour, Swerve, baking powder, and sea salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the melted butter, lemon zest, vanilla, and egg. Stir the wet mixture … Continue reading

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