Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Saturday, December 23, 2017

A kitchen that is almost done...

As per my usual way of doing things, I decided to fix our kitchen midst every other golly gosh thing going onmore on that soon. So here are some pictures of the before and almost after. I say almost because there are a few more steps in place before it becomes a finished ordeal. We are at a reasonable stopping place, but not a done spot. 

I had this incredible helper who dug in with both hands. It was such a pleasure to work with him!
He got this picture of me proving my ever-lasting strength! 
But true credit goes to the crowbar. Without a crowbar it would have been impossible... 

This here is our new baby stove. Just in time to cook Christmas dinner too!

Happy Holidays!


Saturday, November 25, 2017


We had a wonderful Thanksgiving... Not just good food, but amazing friends too! There is a new baby in our periferal world, and the kids just LOVE  him!!!  

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday as well!



 From a post a few years ago, this is my go to cranberry sauce:
Quite tart, but super tasty, this is the cranberry sauce I made for tonight's feast.

Combine in a pot and simmer over medium heat until
cranberries are soft (about 10-12 minutes).

24 oz fresh cranberries washed and picked over
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup brandy
1/4 cup marmalade
1/4 teaspoon orange extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Saturday, November 18, 2017

November colors

A real November day. 

I wish I could do justice to all the golden orange leaves! 
 I made butter cakes for the kids school's annual craft fair. 
 With a lemon sugar glaze.
 Its been cold enough that our uncarved pumpkins are still sitting pretty.

Happy Autumn EVERYONE!!!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Birthday Dinner!

We enjoyed a fancy dinner for my birthday! We went out to Jake's Famous Crawfish restaurant. It was super fun, over priced, very stuffy and yet perfect for the occasion.

The kids left lovely artwork in addition to a very nice tip!


Sunday, September 17, 2017

September Garden...

For those who are not suckers for garden pictures, you might just skip this post. I happen to be a weak-at-the-knees flower lover, so my self-indulgence merely feels like a hurray for the bounty of still blooming life in my garden.
 Our summer was mostly rainless; a lot of August heat, an over deluge of wildfire smoke and some beautiful days tucked in here and there.

I believe my least favorite months are August and January. Around here, February has the timid hope of spring coming and September has turned the mild corner toward autumn. August and January just bring agghhk. Too much heat or such a daily cold rain that even I look out and dream of a little blue—and let me tell you, blue skies don’t bring me joy the way it does so many others. My perfect weather is a smattering. The best days are grey and blue; charcoal rain in the distance and then a bucket tipped so quickly onto the un-expecting walker that you feel like you got swept right into the whimsical weave of weather in a fairy book.

Either which way, I have relief that the torment of the hottest summer month is over and the following pictures are in my appreciation for the bits of garden that still thrive.


Hope everyone is having a nice September.