A Summer Haul & Cake Too!!!

Bad vibes do not go with my outfit…

Hello, sweet friend…

Wearing gray/pink plaid shirt (Fred Meyers) 0n sale $16.99

Whether or not this month will include zoom calls…virtual workouts…or playing ping pong in our basement…

I am looking forward to warmer weather…sunshine…opening up the windows…sitting on the deck and wearing comfortable summer-worthy outfits.

Let me share with you a few items I recently purchased paired with those I’ve had to guarantee a comfortable quarantined summer.

Wearing: white T-shirt (Fred Meyers) on sale $9.00
blue sleeveless paisley print top (Marshalls) on sale $12.99
blue denim Levi’s cropped jeans (Walmart) $19.00
white canvas tennis shoes (Target) $25.00

Peach flower print blouse (Fred Meyers) on sale $9.99
Anne Klein white cotton slacks (older purchase from Ross)
DKNY Flip Flops (Marshalls) 0n sale $25.00
Blue & white flower maxi skirt with button front opening slit (Fred Meyers) on sale $9.00
blue chambray shirt (older purchase from local boutique)
Rose striped cotton low waisted Maxi (Marshalls) on sale $16.99
Black knee length cotton stretch dress with 3/4 length capped sleeve attached top with ‘U’ shape neckline (Marshalls) on sale $12.00
Blue & white cotton floral maxi dress (Marshalls) on sale $12.00
Paisley print maxi skirt (Target) on sale $9.00
paired with white chiffon T-shirt top (older purchase from Ross)

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What’s Cooking?


Angel Food Cake with Berries

I had so much fun making this dessert. I decided to make the angel food cake from scratch since there weren’t any cakes available in my local market. However, if you can pick one up at your local market this is an easy-peasy no bake 15 minute recipe for the 4th of July weekend…and a dessert that will not only satisfy a sweet tooth it’s also beautiful!

Ingredients

1 store bought Angel Food Cake – (I baked mine)

2 containers (8 oz each) whipped topping, thawed

1 container (7 oz) marshmallow creme

2-3 teaspoons almond extract

Berries (1 container each) strawberries, blueberries, red raspberries, blackberries

Mint (optional)

Instructions

Clean and cut the fruit, place in bowl

Whip together 1 container whipped topping and marshmallow creme until smooth

Note: To easily remove the marshmallow from the jar, heat in microwave for 30 seconds

Fold in additional whipped topping

Add almond extract

Divide cake into thirds (If store bought)

Layer cake, whipped topping mixture and berries

Repeat layers

Finish with berries and mint

Refrigerate until serving or serve immediately

Store leftovers in fridge

ANGEL FOOD CAKE

Ingredients

1-1/2 cups sifted cake flour

1-3/4 cups granulated sugar, divided

12 egg whites, at room temperature

1/4 teaspoon salt

1-1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

Instructions

 

Preheat oven to 325ºF. Sift flour with 3/4 cup sugar.

In large bowl, beat egg whites and salt with electric mixer until foamy; add cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form.


Gradually beat in 1 cup sugar, sprinkling 1/4 at a time and beating well after each addition, until stiff peaks form. With a large silicone spatula, gently fold in vanilla. Gently fold in flour mixture 1/4 at a time over egg whites with an over and under motion after each addition.


Fold additional 10 strokes after last addition until flour is well blended. Gently transfer batter to ungreased pan. With spatula or knife, cut through batter gently.

Bake on lower oven rack 55-60 minutes or until top is browned and cake tester comes out clean. Invert pan on counter to cool cake thoroughly (about 2 hours) before removing from pan.


Run knife around the sides and center of cake to loosen.

Marcia
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The First Week of Summer…Artful Living…& Strawberry Pie

Summertime is always the best of what might be.

Hello, sweet friends…

Happy Summer!

My calendar is littered with cancelled events & vacation plans…and has been filled with… nothing.

But wait. There is still fun to be had…

the adventure of discovering ways to enjoy this summer…

coming up with ideas for how to entertain…

social distancing gatherings with family and friends…

while still staying safe.

Now more than ever I am so grateful to live in an area surrounded by rivers…forests…and of course the ocean.

This past week Joe & I visited Golden and Silver Falls State Park a beautiful hidden gem in the dense coastal forests of southwest Oregon.


Located a little over an hour away…and where the last 3-miles actually narrow to a one lane gravel road making it an out of the ordinary trip…

and…

perfect adventure.

I’m curious what kind of summer adventures you will be creating this year…

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What’s Cooking?

Besides the fact this pie is delicious and great for summer… it is the easiest thing in the world to make. So…let’s make fresh strawberry pie, shall we?

Easy Frеѕh Strаwbеrrу Pіе

Ingredients

9 inch ріе сruѕt

4-6 сuрѕ fresh ѕtrаwbеrrіеѕ, ԛuаrtеrеd аnd hullеd

1 cup wаtеr

1 сuр sugar

1 3oz. box оf Strаwbеrrу Jell-O

3 tаblеѕрооnѕ of cornstarch

Directions:

Bаkе pie сruѕt іn 9 іnсh deep ріе dіѕh аnd ѕеt аѕіdе tо сооl.

Put thе wаtеr, sugar and cornstarch іn a ѕаuсераn аnd brіng tо a bоіl.

Whisk соnѕtаntlу until іt bесоmе thісk. Fоr about 3 mіnutеѕ.

Thеn whіѕk іn the Jеll-O аnd cook for a minute longer.

Remove frоm the hеаt and lеt cool fоr аbоut 15 minutes.

As thе glаzе cools, place strawberries ѕtrаіght іntо thе ріе crust.

Pоur thе glaze оvеr thе ѕtrаwbеrrіеѕ.

Rеfrіgеrаtе untіl ѕеt.

You can decorate wіth whірреd сrеаm bеfоrе ѕеrvіng.

Marcia
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My Father…A Jewelry Box…& Biscuits

Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart– Winnie the Pooh

Hello, sweet friends…


With Father’s Day around the corner I wanted to share a story about my father…aka…’Captain Ed’

Before my father was married and while serving duty in the Navy he promised his mother my grandmother who was always praying for him that one day he would take her back to visit her hometown in Mexico.

Many years later and during the summer of my 4th grade he fulfilled this promise to his mother taking her back to her hometown. along with his wife & 5 children

That summer we traveled in a burgundy station wagon throughout the countryside…along the backroads…and among larger cities. The trip meant the world to my grandmother particularly her visit to the sacred shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe located in the heart of Mexico City.

Along the way there were many other stops…

one being a fabulous marketplace where I remember my father bartering with a local vender for a handmade wooden jewelry box.


Over the years this jewelry box has been a loving gift & reminder of that summer…the journey of a lifetime kept forever in my heart.

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What’s Cooking?

OLD FASHIONED BISCUITS

A few days ago before going to bed I had a craving for biscuits…so the next morning I woke up early and baked a batch. There’s something about baking biscuits…it’s good for the soul…and makes me feel like all is right with the world.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups All-Purpose Flour

1 Tbsp Baking Powder

1 Tbsp Sugar

1 tsp Sugar

1 tsp Salt

6 Tbsp Butter

1 cup Milk

Preheat oven to 425*. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Cut in butter with pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Slowly add milk and stir until dough just comes together. Dough will be wet and sticky.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and kneed 15 times. Gently roll or pat dough to 1 inch thick. Cut biscuits with a biscuit cutter. Place biscuits on untreated baking sheet.

Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Marcia
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What I’ve Been Thinking…& Lemon Scones

The more he gives to others, the more he possesses of his own. -Lao-Tzu



Hello, sweet friend…

As a child I never understood what my parents meant when they said “it’s better to give than to receive.”

I now know that when I give to others I do this out of abundance. I have already received and therefore I’m able to give.

I can’t give away something I don’t already have…and so I’ve learned to give when the spirit moves me knowing that it will be replenished.

That being said…I’ve come to also accept that I can’t change the world…

however I can nourish those near to me…knowing that when I do, it will bring out my best…

growing in awareness, sensitivity, and love…

I can help create a more humane world.

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What’s Cooking?

LEMON SCONES

I know that I just posted a recipe for lemon sugar cookies last week, but this time of year is great for baking with lemons. I must say that I also find lemon flavor cheerful & bright…and I’m thinking we could all use a bit of cheer right now.

Ingredients

2 3/4 cup flour

1/3 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 Tablespoon lemon zest

3/4 cup cold butter cut into small pieces

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

2 Tablespoons melted butter

2 Tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons lemon zest

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl combine the first 6 ingredients. Add the butter and cut it in with a pastry blender or fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the milk and lemon juice. Stir until just moistened.

Turn the mixture out onto a floured surface and knead the dough 4-6 times, just until the dry ingredients are well incorporated and the dough is easy to shape.

Pat and shape into a round 1 inch thick and approximately 8 -9 inches in diameter. Cut into 10 wedges and place onto a baking sheet, separating the wedges slightly.

In a small bowl, mix together the remaining melted butter, sugar, and lemon zest. Use a pastry brush to evenly brush the topping over each scone.

Bake at 350 degrees for 14-16 minutes or until the bottom edges have lightly browned.

Marcia
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What I Wear…A Mini Getaway

Hello, sweet friends!

leopard print leggings paired with long sleeve black cotton top

I thought I would share what I took on a recent mini getaway. I have a wonderful travel bag that I had purchased years ago from a Spiegel Catalog. It is perfect for carrying small items when traveling short distances.

Grabbing my fave mini get-away bag

Blue floral patterned mask
Hotel lobby
Daisy print Cotton T
long floral cotton skirt paired with jean jacket & daisy T
Easy fun get-away outfits are the best!

Peeking outside from hotel
Marcia
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