Category Archives: Cooking

⛱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 dessert… delicious…beautiful…and lots of fun to create! BERRY TRIFLE INGREDIENTS 1/4 cup plus 2/3 cup sugar 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon almond extract 1 premade angel food cake, cut into 1-inch slices 1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature 2 cups heavy cream, at room temperature 2 pints … Continue reading

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The Coos Bay Farmers Market

“Wherever life plants you, bloom with grace.” –French proverb Hello, sweet friend… One of my favorite happenings this time of year… is attending the Coos Bay Farmers Market… I always get sooooo excited on the first market day of the season… for me the market is one of life’s simple pleasures… perusing around isles… Checking out the goods… visiting local businesses downtown… picking up farm fresh items… supporting local business owners… sampling a bit of sweet savory delights along the way… yes, of course… 👩‍🍳 What’s Cooking? While perusing the market I came across a vender who was selling all things Greek…of course I picked out several items and decided to bake up a Mediterranean pita pizza. This recipe is delicious and you can obviously substitute your faves for the toppings…I did! Greek Pita Pizzas Ingredients 6 ounces lean ground beef or lamb   ¼ cup finely chopped onion  2 cloves … Continue reading

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Garden Time…A Visit To Copper Goose Nursery…& Moroccan Shrimp

The kiss of the sun for pardon, the song of the birds for mirth, one is nearer God’s Heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth.-Dorothy Frances Gurney Hello, sweet friends… If a poem can be written in flowers… then today is floral storyteller time… A recent trip to a local nursery… was all the inspiration needed… for me to create visual verses… compose a few flowering sonnets of color… and it’s captivating magic… What’s Cooking? Can you keep a secret? (wink) sometimes I don’t feel like cooking. especially as the weather gets nicer and I find myself outside in the garden preoccupied doing this…that… and before long it’s time to eat! Long story short…this is why I lOVE this recipe…it’s yummy…easy…and super quick to whip up on those days when you have lost track of time…(or just don’t feel like cooking)🥰 Moroccan Shrimp Ingredients 2 teaspoons paprika 1 teaspoon salt … Continue reading

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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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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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