Category Archives: Coastal Living

Colors of Autumn…🍂

“And all at once Summer collapsed into Fall” – Oscar Wilde Hello, sweet friend… I hope you are doing well… Joe & I are heading out of town… for a mini getaway… this will be Anastasia’s first experience with a pet sitter… we’ll see how that works out…😂 I thought before we departed… I’d take you for a quick stroll around the garden… this is my favorite time of year… everything is so beautiful… I almost don’t want to leave… However…a change of scenery is always good… whether it’s a faraway trip… or only a small getaway… I always get excited… because it gives me a greater appreciation for home… 👩‍🍳 What’s Cooking? Here where I live we’ve already experienced the first few days of fall…which leads me to the much anticipated offerings of the season and it’s wealth of getting cozy ay home. This delicious cottage pie is the … Continue reading

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My $60.00 End of Summer Haul & A Gallery Wall…

“In order to do something well we must be first be willing to do it badly.” -Julia Cameron Hello, sweet friend… While perusing a recent estate sale… I spotted a few items that were fabulous finds… however all had sadly been sold… disappointing as it was… I’m also not one to get easily discouraged…soooo…. early the following day I headed over to a local church rummage sale… it was there I scored quite well on several items… particularly vintage pictures… I was thrilled since I’d been working on a gallery art wall in the theme of ‘Homes & Gardens’… with a plan to display a few pieces of art… along the stairway next to the banister… I must admit I was quite smitten with the final results.

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The Sound of Music…And My New Piano

“Music is a form of prayer, uniting people everywhere.” –Zen Insprations Hello, sweet friends… I hope you are doing well… This summer marked a few benchmarks…6 years since our move from California…a surprise trip celebrating my sister’s birthday…the garden tour… And… my (new to me) piano. The anticipation of this beautiful instrument took on a life of it’s own… days were spent arranging, rearranging & creating space in our living room…obsessive thoughts of how everything would look afterwards. Not to mention the excitement of getting to a time in life where I was able to choose a piano of my own. I have written several posts about the journey of pianos in my life…each have told a story…however, what I’m most grateful for is the gift which music has played. Getting acquainted with this new friend has been a joy…and touches a deeper part of my soul… which has now … Continue reading

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A Little Bit Of This and That…

“JOY…the Kind of happiness that doesn’t depend on what happens”-David Steindl-Rast Hello, sweet friend… I hope you are doing well… This… was a fabulous week… 🐝🐝🐝 🐝🐝🐝 I was thrilled that the piano found it’s way to a young child… Now we can do this… 🐝🐝🐝 What’s Cooking? BLACKBERRY COBBLER Ingredients 2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen (thawed and drained) blackberries (do not use blueberries) 1 cup sugar 1 cup All- purpose-flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup milk 1/2 cup melted butter Directions In medium bowl, stir together blackberries and sugar. Let’s stand about 20 minutes or until fruit syrup forms. Heat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt and milk. Stir in melted butter until blended. Spread in an ungreased 8 inch square pan. Spoon blackberry mixture over batter. Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until dough rises and … Continue reading

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Where Love Resides…

”The measure of achievement is not winning awards. It’s doing something that you appreciate, something you believe is worthwhile.” -Julia Childs Hello, sweet friends… .and I I’ve heard it said that the best homes have something to do with the people who live in them…. that being said…no doubt the best rooms in those homes are ones which bring a sense of comfort to those who share it… This awareness somehow brings a smile since my biggest joy has come from creating a welcoming home… Old fashion as it may sound…preparing a meal is best when I share it with others… So as summer’s last sunset swiftly approaches… Let me share a couple of favorites… 👩‍🍳 What’s Cooking? Summer Pasta INGREDIENTS   1 pound bowtie or rotini pasta 1 pint cherry tomatoes quartered or halved 8 or 12 oz fresh or marinated mozzarella balls chopped) 1 can 2.25 oz sliced black olives, drained ½ cup fresh basil thinly sliced Optional: 1/2 cup thinly … Continue reading

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