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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Had to share this charming book one more time.

"Stories from a time when food, love and music were the essential parts of life ..." (Foreword Keith Floyd)

A few more copies available from Amazon Books

A rich collection of scandalous stories of love and passion
Carol Payne

"Doreen dreamt she lay in the Brassicas with her Gypsy Lover..."

"But today she was excited for she was meeting Bertie Floyd and they were going for a walk down by the Tidefork river.  He was going to show her how to tickle a trout..."

"Shortly after this event Betty was packed off to London to stay with her aunt..."

"Queenie grew up to be a smashing looking girl, a bit wild like her mother, a lover of life and men..."

"She came from a poor Cornish family, so poor that Amy was made to wear underwear made out of flour sacks, which were printed with red, bold letters 'THE FINEST FLOUR'..."

"She was a proud plump woman, well respected in the village..."

Happy Valentine's Day



Monday, February 12, 2018

You say you don't know how to cook

Yes you do!

Almost all soups begin the same way.

 You need only 5 items.
Onions, carrots, celery and a good soup stock (I don't expect you to make your own stock).

To 6 cups of vegetable stock add 2 cups of lentils or split peas and 2 to 3 smoked ham hocks.  Cook over low heat for about an hour or until peas become slightly tender. (Don't forget to stir the pot once in a while).

Cut up a handful each of  carrots, onions and celery into bite size pieces and add to the simmering soup.  Continue cooking for another 20 to 30 minutes.
Add salt and pepper to taste.

Prepare a salad of Romaine lettuce,  hearts of palm, whole small peppers and sprinkle salad with blue cheese and a little olive oil.
Serve with warm crusty bread and fresh, unsalted butter.

Next week follow same instructions but omit legumes and smoked meat.

ADD a cut up chicken instead and at the end add a few of your favorite noodles.  Cook until noodles are al dente (done).

That's called home made chicken noodle soup. 

Serve a ripened pear with aged cheese for dessert.

This is only the beginning of your culinary adventures. 
Soon you will be preparing Lobster Thermidor. 

Think of all the accolades you will receive.  


First published April 2012

Saturday, February 3, 2018

I can't believe it.

I can't believe it!

I sent this mural only a few days ago to my client in Virginia.  

It's already installed.  And what a beautiful job.
 I love the way the subway tiles are laid on an angle. 

I am so pleased that I received this picture. 
I seldom see my tiles once they are  sent off. 

I can't believe it.

I have walked past this corner of my garden and didn't notice that my Hellebore have sent out a few tentative blossoms.  

It's been warmer than usual.  We have not had a winter,  nor have we had much snow.  

Maybe it will rain come Spring.

Have a wonderful weekend dear friends.  



Friday, January 26, 2018

The last one.

You say you can't grow oranges in Utah!

 I can.

 In my little greenhouse.

My Meyer orange tree is just a small one but it grew 6 large beautiful and juicy oranges.
And now it is beginning to grow new buds.

My greenhouse is heated by the sun.
It is where my geraniums wait for spring to come. 

It snowed a little last night.  Must clean off the glass panes so that the heat of the sun can be trapped inside.  

And I can grow kumquats. Do you like kumquats?

I do.  
You have to pop the entire fruit into your mouth.  
The inside is very tart but the rind is sweet and very aromatic. 

This cactus almost didn't make it.  

A tiny cactus grew at the base of a larger plant.  One of my white geese came by and pulled it off.  I found the little piece in the grass.  
I potted it up. The next day the goose had yanked it out of the pot.  Again I found it.
I replanted it and moved it to a safe place. 
That was 2 years ago.  

My geraniums are very old...I love every one of them. 

Finished a new mural and sent it off to Virginia.  

And now I'm going to eat my orange. 

Have a wonderful day, 



Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Wild Canada Geese

They're not going home

Wherever home is this time of year. 

Wild Canadian Geese 60 feet from our house.  

Every year bringing more.  Family units of 7 and more come in groups.  

They feel at ease at our pond placing their heads under their wings for a snooze in the sunshine.

Happy week to you all. 



Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Weatherman was right

It did snow.

They say that there is more to come.

I can now undecorate my tree.  
I had to see it one more time, with snow. 

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead. 



Thursday, January 18, 2018

Is it really going to snow tomorrow?

We have no snow, only bare trees.

Our mountains are usually packed with snow by now.

Someone has pushed all of the snow to the rest of the country. 

We are getting worried. 

Keeping fingers crossed. 


Sunday, January 7, 2018

When traveling Europe by car

We solve parking issues by staying in nearby and smaller towns.

Auer/Ora, Italy is such a place. 

It's an easy off/on from the main highway, 

the E 45 coming from the Brenner Pass. 

Ora/Auer is located just south of the Italian town of Bolzano

It is a jumping off point to the Dolomites and the Italian region of the Trento Adige, where both Italian and German is spoken.

Bolzano is a charming town.   It has a bustling, colorful market square, great shopping and a most excellent museum, which houses the famous 5,300 year old Iceman.

The market is open every day, summer and winter.

It is also the largest Christmas Market in Italy. 

Small towns are perfect for wandering into side streets and old historic sections.  

Their teacher gave them an assignment.

This was the scene they were to paint, 
a lesson in perspective. 

leisurely walks provide lots of pretty scenery..

The "Amadeus" Hotel is conveniently located in the middle of town. It is an excellent hotel, featuring regional dishes, easy parking and excellent service.  

I have the wanderlust again. 
Maybe you do too.