Category Archives: Coastal Living

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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Put Your Heart Into It…A Recipe For Hearts

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 Hello, sweet friends… I’ve been a crafty gal this week… playing around with 2 ongoing projects kept me joyfully occupied… the first one was a prayer journal… the second was… a Valentine tree…. Creative expression has always been important to me… I have found it helpful in releasing thoughts and emotions that sometimes don’t find expression. I’m grateful for the many ways to create…Painting…music…dance…writing… it’s taken many years to realize I don’t have to be “perfect” at creating … the most important thing I’ve discovered… is that by exploring ways of being creative… I learn more about myself and this helps me grow… my creativity allows me to just be me…and that, dear reader, is the sweetest powerfully creative experience there is. CANDY HEARTS During one of my excursions to JoAnns I came … Continue reading

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A Christmas Tea 2020…

🎄Be truly glad…there is wonderful joy ahead.🎄 -Peter 1:6 Hello, sweet friend… Merry Christmas! Recently I asked Joe what he would like for Christmas…he said he didn’t need or want anything…that all my cooking during this pandemic was the biggest most wonderful gift of all. He went on expressing gratitude for my efforts in preparing meals while also creating a beautiful cozy home for us. Honestly, I was a bit gobsmacked! I thanked him and while handing him my Christmas wish list (giggle) I knew just what to give my charming husband… I would surprise him with a Christmas Tea! 👩‍🍳 What’s Cooking… Along with a variety of simple tea sandwiches such as egg salad, smoked salmon and cucumber… I also baked semi-homemade scones using a can of mandarin oranges with a handful of chocolate chips. I baked Krusteaz lemon bars and pulled out a few sugar cookies I had … Continue reading

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