In The Midst Of My August…

“But if you have nothing else to create, then perhaps you create yourself.”

-Carl Jung

Hello, sweet friend…

Enjoying an afternoon with friends at a recent garden tour…

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…


👩‍🍳

WHAT’S COOKING?


I’m on a no bake kick for this week…(our oven is taking a vacation) 🥰 I decided to share a chocolate mousse recipe that needs no baking, and is as easy to whip up as it is delicious!

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE (easy)

Ingredients

  1. 1 cup  heavy whipping cream
  2. ¼ cup Cocoa powder
  3. 5 Tablespoons  powdered sugar
  4. ¼ teaspoon vanilla


Instructions

  • In a large bowl with a handheld mixer or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the heavy cream on high speed until thick and frothy. 
  • Stop the mixer and sift in the cocoa powder and powdered sugar. Add the vanilla, then beat again on low until cocoa powder and powdered sugar are mostly incorporated. You may also opt to fold the mixture with a spatula instead of whipping on low.

  • Increase the mixer speed to high again and whip until medium peaks form. Use immediately or chill until ready to use. Portion into dessert cups and add toppings if desired.

Marcia
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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 not already peeled). You can either take the tails off or leave them on depending on your preference.


Directions

  1. Add the butter, cream cheese, heavy cream, chicken broth, and garlic to a skillet over medium heat. Cook it for 5 minutes;
  2. Stir in the parmesan cheese and let it bubble for about a minute;
  3. Add the shrimp and cook for 5-6 minutes;
  4. Season to taste and toss with the pasta.

Easy peasy…❌⭕️❌💋

Marcia
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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 cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8×8 pan.
  • In a large bowl, cream sugar, butter, egg & lemon zest until fluffy.
  • In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt.

  • Add to sugar mixture, alternating with milk mixing just until combined.

  • Toss blueberries with 1 tablespoon flour. Fold into batter and spread in prepared pan.

  • Combine all topping ingredients in a small bowl until crumbly.

  • Sprinkle over batter and bake 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.


Marcia
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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

Directions

Preheat the oven t0 425°.

For sauce…Melt butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Whisk in 3 tablespoons flour then simmer for one minute, whisking constantly. Whisk in 1/4 cup water, 1 cup sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and continue simmering three minutes, whisking frequently then remove from heat.
Peel, remove course and thinly sliced 7 cups of apples and place them in a large bowl. Sprinkle the top with one and a half teaspoon cinnamon and toss to combine. Pour the sauce over the apples and stir to coat the apple slices.

Sprinkle your work surface with flour and roll out bottom pie crust to a 12 inch diameter circle. Wrap it around your rolling pin to transfer it to the 9 inch pie plate. Add apple mixture, mounding slightly in the center and being careful not to get the filling on the edges which would make it difficult to seal.

Roll second crust into an 11 inch round and wrap it around your rolling pin transferring it to the apple mixture. Beat together one egg and one tablespoon water and brush the top with egg mixture.

Bake at 425° for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350° and continue baking another 45 minutes or until apples are soft and filling is bubbling through the vents. Rest at room temperature one hour before serving.

Ingredients for Butter Pie Crust Dough Recipe:

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 lb COLD unsalted butter(2 sticks) diced into 1/4″ pieces
  • 7 Tbsp ice water (7 to 8 Tbsp)

Instructions

  1. Place flour, sugar and salt into the bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times to combine.
  2. Add cold diced butter and pulse the mixture until coarse crumbs form with some pea-sized pieces then stop mixing. Mixture should remain dry and powdery. 
  3. Add 7 Tbsp ice water and pulse just until moist clumps or small balls form. Press a piece of dough between your finger tips and if the dough sticks together, you have added enough water. If not, add more water a teaspoon full at a time. Be careful not to add too much water or the dough will be sticky and difficult to roll out.
  4. Transfer dough to a clean work surface, and gather dough together into a ball (it should not be smooth and DO NOT knead the dough). Divide dough in half and flatten to form 2 disks. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour before using in recipes that call for pie crust.
Marcia
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Six Years Later & A Garden Tour…💕

Life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.
– Leonard Nimoy

Hello, sweet friends…

This past weekend Joe and I shared our home in a local garden tour…


and six years ago (on the same weekend)

we had made the biggest move of my life…


moving from California to the Oregon Coast….

Reflecting on these past years…

I’ve learned that changing the direction of your life is a bit like growing things from seed…

Those early ideas dreams can be compared to early seedlings…

some just don’t develop at all…

others grow wild…

and a few seem to flourish and grow at their own pace…

I thought it was quite amazing that our garden tour coincided with the anniversary date of moving out of California…

Both dates will be forever embedded as precious memories.

Beginning something new requires a lot of patience…

and faith…

There’s been so many changes small and large since then…

some which have made a huge difference in our lives…

Similar to gardening the key to success is being patient with yourself and others…while continuing to nurture all those little seeds… flowers… and dreams… having faith and believing that something will grow and flourish in time.


Marcia
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