Let’s Go To Florence…

When you love what you have, you have everything you need.

Hello, sweet friends…

Years ago Joe and I traveled to Florence, Italy. It was so beautiful. I smile as I remember those days of international travel. For now travel as we knew it is on hold.

I’m grateful there are wonderful places close to where I live that I can visit.

today I’m taking you to one of them which is just a little over an hour away.

The Florence we are visiting is one of the Oregon Coast’s leading destination towns.

With it’s scenic boardwalk…

harbor lined historic buildings…

interesting landmarks…

unique shops…

choices for coastal dining…

antique shops…

and art galleries.

it’s the perfect outing & fun get-away. I’m wondering what fun places you have close by where you live?

What’s Cooking?

Recently my niece suggested that I bake these lemon cookies. I have to admit that I’ve already baked them 3 times, and I have enjoyed the batter so much! Don’t get me wrong…the cookies are good and super easy to make…however I just love the batter!



½ cups butter softened

1 cup granulated sugar

½ teaspoons vanilla extract

1 whole egg

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

¼ teaspoons salt

¼ teaspoons baking powder

⅛ teaspoons baking soda

1 ½ cup all purpose flour

½ cups powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease light colored baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. Or cover with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Whip in vanilla, egg, lemon zest and juice. Scrape sides and mix again.

Stir in flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder slowly until just combined. Scrape sides of the bowl and mix again briefly.

Pour powdered sugar onto a large plate. Roll a heaping teaspoon of dough into a ball and roll in powdered sugar. Place on the baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough.

Bake for 9-11 minutes or until bottoms begin to barely brown and cookies look matte {not melty or shiny}. Remove from oven and cool cookies about 3 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

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6 Responses to Let’s Go To Florence…

  1. Cindy says:

    I’m going to have to make these cookies! Sound Delicious! Love the pictures! So happy you got to go there when you did

    • Marcia says:

      Hi Cindy!
      I live rather close to Florence, Oregon so it’s usually a fun day trip. They have a cute little tea room I enjoy going to. Enjoy the cookies!

  2. Joe says:

    Florence by the Sea, how charming!!
    Those cookies are 3 times a charm and delicious,too!

  3. Carol Hingle says:

    Oh my gosh…I visited Florence, Italy….the summer before Hurricane Katrina…I always hoped to go back…I no longer think that is possible. I to love antique stores…I spotted the rolling pins….I wanted a collection…I do have one…LOL …I love quaint little towns too…..I do love that you share your adventures…. so much fun…love the pics.. lifts my spirits…we haven’t done much….not getting out and about yet…and a town that I love to visit just got hit by hurricane Laura….so sad…Love where you live…I love the water…looks like a fun area…I am very lucky to live with a pond in the back of our home…all sorts of wild life visitors,,. and I do love to paint…I still consider myself a student….I lost some of my favorite pieces in Katrina…that was years ago….so I paint with watercolors and acrylic paint….I try….keep blogging….God Bless

  4. Marcia says:

    Hi Carol!
    It’s so nice to see you. I enjoyed Florence, Italy so much. We went there for our honeymoon in 2003. I think it would be lovely to return. Joe used his bartering skills at over of the market places for a beautiful linen sunflower table covering. It would be fun to return one day. We will wait and see. How fun to have a rolling pin collection! Do you use them… Or are they just for display? I’m glad you are well. Stay safe my sweet friend.

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