Category Archives: Coastal Living

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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California…A Week In Review

The most important things are not things… Hello, sweet friend… I hope you are enjoying your summer and staying cool… I’ve recently returned from a magical mini trip to California… It was nice to spend time with family… and friends… while enjoying the sights and sounds… of southern California… during the summer… which is always great fun… The greatest fun of all though was being able to surprise a sister for her 70th birthday.

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Up…Up…& Away…My First Summer Vacay!⛱

Be courageous and live the life that your heart is guiding you toward Bronnie Ware Hello, sweet friends… It’s time for my mini summer vacay…Yippee! By the time you read this post I will have already arrived at my destination…(I promise to share more in another post) today I thought I’d share a few of my pre-packing tips… along with what I’m taking… First off always remember… Packing is an art… I have learned that laying out all the items allows me to plan outfits for my days/nights away. When everything is laid out, I can clearly see how much I’m bringing… Dividing items into sections based on where they’ll be packed is also helpful… Lastly, I always remember to lay out my travel day outfit. I have been so excited… that I had to pack…. and unpack several times… I forgot just how much work packing can be… Actually … Continue reading

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