Author Archives: Marcia Ren

In The Midst Of My August…

“But if you have nothing else to create, then perhaps you create yourself.” -Carl Jung Hello, sweet friend… I hope you are enjoying your summer… When I reflect over my own… I have really enjoyed nesting in our home… whether it’s been sitting on the back deck… hanging pictures… trying out a new recipe… or taking a walk along the river in late afternoon… allowing each moment be what it is… not holding too tightly on to what I’ve thought it should be… Reflecting helps me with this process… looking ahead with a deeper understanding of what makes life valuable… 👩‍🍳 WHAT’S COOKING? I’m on a no bake kick for this week…(our oven is taking a vacation) 🥰 I decided to share a chocolate mousse recipe that needs no baking, and is as easy to whip up as it is delicious! CHOCOLATE MOUSSE (easy) Ingredients 1 cup  heavy whipping cream ¼ cup Cocoa powder … Continue reading

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Anastasia…One Year Later…

”When Rome burned, the emperor’s cats still expected to be fed on time.” – Seanan McQuire Hello, sweet friends… Anastasia came to live with us last August… a tiny… timid… bundle of nerves… Who has since grown… into a funny gal with real personality… pointing her tail in the air… gliding from room to room… She has mastered the art of her meow… for everything… One year later she is officially QUEEN home. 👩‍🍳 What’s Cooking? Shrimp Alfredo Ingredients Fettuccine pasta  Shrimp (I used frozen 31-40 count per pound size shrimp. You could use smaller or larger. If using smaller ones, take care not to overcook them) Butter (unsalted) Cream cheese (for added texture and tangy taste) Heavy cream  Chicken broth (for added flavor) Garlic  Parmesan cheese Shrimp preparation: If the shrimp are frozen, place them in a colander and thaw them under cool running water. Peel them (if they’re … Continue reading

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Summer Splendor…

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” -Henry James Hello, sweet friends… While July is coming to an end… Our garden is coming more alive… This month has brought the joy of traveling again and a few other activities which I have enjoyed… however… I have been most grateful for the many moments and opportunities spent in my garden… Sunny days… and beautiful blooms helping to refresh as we celebrate the season… 👩‍🍳 WHAT’S COOKING? This week I gathered blueberries from our garden and posted a photo on Instagram asking for any suggestions for recipes. My Facebook friend Pat suggested one…and so here it is! (Thanks Pat!) BLUEBERRY BUCKLE Ingredients  ¾ cup white sugar 1/4 cup butter 1 egg  2 teaspoons lemon zest  1 ½ cups flour  2 teaspoons baking powder  ½ teaspoon salt  ½ cup milk  1 tablespoon flour  1 ½ cups fresh blueberries Topping ▢ ¼ cup butter + 1 tablespoon ▢ ¼ cup brown sugar ▢ ¼ cup white sugar ▢ ⅓ cup all-purpose flour ▢ ½ teaspoon ground … Continue reading

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Living In The Present Moment…& Apple Pie

“Life gives you plenty of time to do whatever you want to do if you stay in the present moment.” -Deepak Chopra Hello, sweet friends… I hope you are having an amazing summer… This summer I decided to sign up for aerobics swimming…something a little different And just recently I felt like baking… two apple pies… entering one in the Coos County Fair… Somewhere in between the swimming & baking I had one of those epiphanies… which was simply wonderful… There is no better place than right now… This is where I feel most comfortable… This is where… I feel most like myself. 👩‍🍳 APPLE PIE Ingredients (recipe for a double piecrust)6-Granny Smith apples, peeled, cord and thinly sliced one and a half teaspoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 3 tablespoons all purpose flour 1/4 cup water 1 cup of granulated sugar one egg +1 tablespoon water, for egg wash … Continue reading

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Six Years Later & A Garden Tour…💕

Life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. – Leonard Nimoy Hello, sweet friends… This past weekend Joe and I shared our home in a local garden tour… and six years ago (on the same weekend) we had made the biggest move of my life… moving from California to the Oregon Coast…. Reflecting on these past years… I’ve learned that changing the direction of your life is a bit like growing things from seed… Those early ideas dreams can be compared to early seedlings… some just don’t develop at all… others grow wild… and a few seem to flourish and grow at their own pace… I thought it was quite amazing that our garden tour coincided with the anniversary date of moving out of California… Both dates will be forever embedded as precious memories. Beginning something new requires a lot of patience… … Continue reading

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