Category Archives: Cooking

🍂A Visit To A Pumpkin Patch…& Recipe For Pumpkin Bread🍁

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are October’s.” -L.M. Montgomery Hello, sweet friend… Happy October! This past week… we took our annual visit to a local pumpkin patch… There is nothing like spending time outdoors… surrounded by beautiful Mother Nature… walking…searching… for the perfect pumpkin… or two… the whole experience was quite relaxing… and fun… Btw…any chance you’ll be visiting a local pumpkin patch this year? 👩‍🍳 WHAT’S COOKING? What better way to begin October than with a flavorful…well spiced…super moist pumpkin bread loaf… 🍂🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁 PUMPKIN BREAD LOAF 🍁🍂 INGREDIENTS 3 1/3 cups all purpose flour … Read the full blog post

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A Fall Haul Getaway

Pumpkin spice is my favorite season… Hello, sweet friend… I hope you are doing well… I’ve just returned from a fall haul mini getaway… Joe I were able to visit with friends… explore a few fun restaurants… and…of course I was able to do some fall shopping… It’s no secret that I love all things pumpkin spice…and because Trader Joe’s my favorite all things pumpkin spice store is almost 3 hours away…this grocery trip has turned into a mini getaway tradition in which I take an autumn grocery trip to Trader Joe’s…among other favorite stops…(of course) 👩‍🍳 What’s Cooking? Shortly … Read the full blog post

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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 … Read the full blog post

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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 … Read the full blog post

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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 … Read the full blog post

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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 … Read the full blog post

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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… … Read the full blog post

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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 … Read the full blog post

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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 … Read the full blog post

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⛱My Summer Clothing Haul/Fashion Show…& A Delicious Trifle Recipe🐝

Self-care: doing the things that make you feel more like yourself. -Robyn Conley Downs Hello, sweet friends… I can hardly believe that summer is right around the corner… I’m definitely looking forward to more sunshine… That being said in today’s post… I thought I’d share a few outfits I recently purchased… Nothing too fancy… Just a few fun pieces that will help me transition… into the next season… 👩‍🍳 What’s Cooking? With the weather getting warmer I’ve been longing to whip up a berry trifle. I love the combination of white cake…fresh fruit and cream. It’s the perfect go-to summer … Read the full blog post

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