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Friday, December 30, 2016

A feast for New Year's Eve

 Will Lobster Thermidor do?

Recipe follows.

They arrived from Maine
(with instructions)

It is cold outside 

But my kitchen is warm and the cooktop is busy.

Two large Main Lobsters.  More than enough for two.  

Wishing you a New Year of Health and Happiness. 



Drop  lobster into boiling, salted  water
add a few lemon slices. Cook for 5 minutes 
reduce to simmer and cook for another 15 minutes
Remove lobster meat.

In frying pan stir 2tsp of flour into 2 tsp butter
add lobster meat. 
add 1/4 cup of heavy cream and 1/4 cup of stock
Simmer for 10 minutes.  Season to taste. 
Remove Lobster from Pan, set aside.

Bread topping
In pan add 1 Tb of dry Sherry or Stock and 3 Tb of butter
and 1 and 1/2 cups  of shredded white bread. 
Cook until all butter is absorbed. 

Fill Lobster shells with lobster mixture,
 top with bread mixture and 
brown under broiler. 

Note: Save Lobster tail shells in Freezer for next Lobster Thermidor dinner.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas

I wish for you health and happiness.

May the beauty of Christmas fill your heart today and always. 

A grateful Thank You to you for your visits.


Friday, December 23, 2016

Almost Christmas

It's me, Pasha.

May your Heart glow with the magic of Christmas.


Monday, December 19, 2016

I'm celebrating, it snowed.

Now it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

I'm sharing a few of my favorites. 


I'm celebrating.  Are You?


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Have you ever wanted to be an Artist?

Yes?  Then here is how.

I know that some of you, dear Readers, have set aside a few clear glass balls. 

If not, then get yourself to the Craft Store.  
This is the only time of year that they are available.

While there, pick up a few acrylic paints, 
don't forget white. 
Simple instructions here:


They make great Christmas presents. 

Also pretty in a glass jar.

Practice on wooden hearts. 
(from the craft store)

They come in handy when wrapping presents

Hand painted glass ornaments are so pretty on a Christmas tree. 
They harmonize beautifully with your older and cherished 

Have fun painting. Invite a few friends and have a party, 


Friday, December 9, 2016

Waiting in anticipation.

 Will they open before Christmas? 

My Delft crocus pots are standing by, 
now holding roses.

Roses only lasted a week

In the meantime I planted crocus bulbs. 
They are beginning to show in my greenhouse. 

(I know a couple of nasturtium seeds found their way amongst the crocus).

When crocuses begin to bloom I will transplant them. 

I wonder which group will bloom first.  
It's a test.  This group is trying to grow inside where it is warm.  

They are  supposed to be grown in the dark and at around 50 degrees Fahrenheit.  

We will see.

This type of container is perfect for table decorations.  

They are compact and small, yet hold a lot of pretty cut flowers. 

(Don't you just hate tall arrangements on the dinner table?
Who wants to play peek-a-boo with other guests).

Have a wonderful weekend and please make it snow at my house.


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Getting ready for Christmas.

Christmas is just around the corner

Are you getting ready?

Are you like me?

You bring out the old and make them look new. 

Happy planning,