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The Rhodendrons At Shore Acres & Mother’s Day

My Mother, my friend so dear, throughout my life you’re always near, a tender smile to guide my way, you’re the sunshine to light my day.🌷 -Anonymous Hello, sweet friend… with Mother’s Day just around the corner… I thought I would take you to Shore Acres State Park. I’ve taken you here before… However this time of year the Rhododendron’s (rhodies) and azaleas are the popular landscape plants… If you live close to the Oregon coast… a visit would be perfect on Mother’s Day weekend… Happy Mother’s Day… 🌷In memory of my mother Olga…who walks with me daily🌷 She lived as fully and courageously as anyone could. I suppose her spirit has somehow been behind those important decisions and choices I’ve continued making in my own life… those that involve adventure, fun, challenges, fear, excitement, and of course, faith in the unknown future. Yes, my mother is still a bit … Continue reading

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My Spring Cleaning Break…❤️

Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘let’s party.’ -Robin Williams Hello, sweet friend… This week I attempted a bit of spring cleaning… However I kept getting distracted… (Oddly only while cleaning) inevitably something would pop up… and before I knew it… I’d find myself questioning my priorities… I decided that the distractions had to be a sign from the universe… and we all know that when she speaks… you must listen… WHAT’S COOKING?👩‍🍳 Sausage Egg & Cheese Breakfast Puffs – only 4 ingredients! Super easy to make and tastes great! Puff pastry, eggs, sausage, and cheese. You can assemble ahead of time and freeze for a quick meal later…perfect for when you need a break! BREAKFAST PUFFS Ingredients: 1 (17.3-oz) package puff pastry, thawed 7 large eggs 18 uncooked breakfast sausage links (I substitute veggie sausage) 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1 egg, beaten 1 Tbsp water Preheat oven to 400ºF degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. In a skillet, scramble … Continue reading

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A Stroll Around Our Garden…

Hurt not the Earth, neither the Sea, nor the Trees. -Revelations 7:3 Hello, sweet friend… March will often test a gardener’s patience… A few warmer, brighter days certainly tempted me out into my garden… However I know that it will take several weeks of warm bright days for the soil to be dried out sufficiently… So on this overcast day I thought I’d take you on a little pre-spring garden tour… sharing a peek of hope as things get ready to bloom… Before you begin the tour perhaps you should whip up a batch of these decadent rolls first… CINNAMON ROLLS CINNAMON ROLL DOUGH 4 1/2 – 5 cups all purpose flour 1/3 cup  granulated sugar 2 packets Rapid rise yeast about 4 1/2 tsp) 1 tsp salt 1 1/2 cups  water 6 tbsp unsalted butter 1 large egg FILLING 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temp 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed 1 tbsp cinnamon CREAM CHEESE ICING 4 oz cream cheese, room … Continue reading

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Happy Shenanigans!☘️

“Learn from the past, live in the now and be optimistic about the future.” -Anonymous Hello, sweet friends… This past week… I packed away all things February… and brought out the shenanigans… Years ago feels like a lifetime… I had a “seasonal” tree… I remember enjoying it so much… during the pandemic I started one again… decorating our home allows me the opportunity to approach the ordinary and create something lovely. uplifting, meaningful and valued in many ways it helps me adapt to things at different points along the way… this process teaches me there are many ways we discover our own truth in life… mine seems to blossom in the home. What’s Cooking? This dessert was recently made for Mardi Gras. It’s a favorite of Joe’s…and of course there are many versions of this epicurean delight… MILLIONAIRE PIE Ingredients 1 prepared graham cracker crust  1 cup sweetened flaked coconut 1 can 15.25oz crushed pineapple, … Continue reading

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Mardi Gras…Lent…& Jambalaya

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping youself, the other for helping others.” -Audrey Hepburn Hello, sweet friend… How are you today? In the midst of a pandemic going from Valentine’s Day to Lent with a Mardi Gras thrown in the middle…Love…Pleasure…Penance… all within a few days…has really given me a lot to think about and is quite the “catch up adventure“ That being said today I thought I would focus on love and pleasure… putting off the penance…since I’ll have plenty of time for pondering that…well…at least the next 40 days.🌟 Here’s a delightful recipe that I enjoyed preparing and Joe loved eating! JAMBALAYA INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 small onions, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 2-3 serrano peppers, chopped (optional) 2-3 jalapeno peppers, chopped (optional) 2 stalks celery, chopped 6 cloves garlic, chopped 1 boneless skinless chicken breast, … Continue reading

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