Thursday, August 25, 2016

Snapshot Impressions of Avignon

The Papal Palace in Avignon

After our three day stay in Paris
we made our way through the Provence countryside,
via a high speed train
to Avignon.

Avignon is a walled city dating from the 1300s.

Our hotel was the Cloitre Saint-Louis,
dating back to 1589, 
when it was a Jesuit School.
It served as a military hospital during 
the French Revolution.
Imagine eating breakfast every morning in the 
above cloister!

Avignon is filled with elegant shops.

And of course, lots of them sell lavender,
in all shapes and forms.

Eating is never a problem in France.

Walking in Avignon is a perfect mixture
of old and new.

Nancy and Kate ready for lunch at a sidewalk cafe.

Kate's lunch of fresh mussels at the above cafe.

...and for dessert!
French ice cream is very much like Italian gelato.
It is readily available everywhere at "glaciers" on the street.
The flavors are exotic and intense.
This being Provence,
I even tried lavender!

One of our fondest dinners was at the 
above small cafe, which we found
while wondering some side streets of Avignon.
Once seated at one of the outside tables,
another patron who was leaving,
brought a bucket with a half bottle of wine
to our table which he gifted to us!

Of course, I could not leave Provence 

without visiting and purchasing from a beautiful
Provence fabric shop!
I bought three different prints.
I am not sure what I will do with them,
but without a doubt, something beautiful!

Please visit back later
when I will complete our trip on the Cote D'Azur.

Friday, August 19, 2016


I have just returned from ten glorious days in France!
And, I am in love!
I have decided that if I were not American,
and I could choose any other nationality to be,
I would be French.

Kate, me and my sister Nancy on the plane, waiting for take off.

This trip has been in the making
for three years.
When Kate started law school
I told her I would take her anywhere
she wanted to go, once she graduated.

View from the Eiffel Tower.

She choose France!

I am SO glad she did!

Our guide advised us at the beginning of the trip that
the greeting, "bonjour" goes a long way with the French people.

Notre Dame Cathedral

So we used it often and found
everywhere we went,
the people were overwhelmingly
gracious, warm and friendly to us. 

The Louvre

One of my "take aways" from my French experience
is to make an effort to use a greeting 
when approaching people here at home.
Not just a "do you have this is a different color?"
But instead, "Good morning, do you have...?"

The Louvre Pyramids

So much more civil!

The cities, towns and countryside
were spectacular to see.

Sacre Coeur

I am awed by the sheer elegance of France.

And the fun of it!

We were joined by our brother Rick and his wife Terry,
who live in Germany.

We made lots of use of the endless sidewalk cafes!

I've shared just a tiny little bit of our trip.
We also visited Avignon  
and Nice, Monaco and the Cote D'Azur.
I'll tell you about them later in the week.
Be sure and come back!
Until then, 
"au revoir!"

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

My BIG Score at Tuesday Morning!

Do you have a "Tuesday Morning" in your area?
They are a closeout retailer,
specializing in home decor, 
but they carry lots of other items too.
The trick is to visit them regularly,
because their inventory changes
often and fast.
Just because you see something there 
on one visit, 
doesn't mean you'll see it next time you go.

If you are a knitter, you know what kind
of treasures you can find there.

I scored really big this week!!!
I am always on the lookout for
novelty yarns to add to my
I must have hit it just right 
because look what I found!
I bought all they had...
26 balls in seven different colors
of Trendsetter Yarns, JOY.
This color way is "Flower Garden."
Isn't that fitting?
It's a fun yarn with little flags, 
which can add wonderful textural interest 
to a knitting project.

And look at the savings!

I also picked up 3 colors of a bamboo ribbon with some metallic.
These are the kind of sales that make my heart sing!

Be sure to visit buttermilk
and see what I do with these!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Update on the Zucchini Cake Bake Off

Update on my family's 

I had thrown out a challenge to my older brother, Bill
to make this cake too, since all the other
siblings in the family had given it a try.
Bill is NOT a cook,
so the challenge was actually
an inside joke to my sister Nancy and 
brother Rick.

Well, he still isn't baking,
but his sweet wife Pat
has come through for him!
You can see her cake above.
According to Pat via a Facebook post,
"Susan, Bill didn't bake it but he sure is eating his share of it!!"

Yea Pat!

Bill and Pat.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

My Family's Zucchini Cake Bake Off

It all started with an excess of zucchini.
Last time I visited my parents and Nancy,
their garden was producing zucchini big time.
Nancy loaded me up with it when I returned home.
Since then I have been baking
and now have 16 loaves in my freezer.
(Don't ask why.)

Nancy, on the other hand found a recipe for a wonderful sounding

It was a hit...

...and was declared "a winner" by my Dad.
You'd have to know him to know
what high praise that is.

At any rate, Nancy's cake was enough to inspire our
brother Rick, who lives in Germany and is
quite the cook to give the cake a try.

His cake was a success too!

Well, that was more than I could stand.
I needed to make this cake too!
(I cannot let my little sister and little brother
get ahead of me in the cooking department...)

I served it yesterday to my knitting group 
who were meeting here.
I didn't hear any complaints.
(You can find the original recipe here.)

So, I am laying down the gauntlet to my other brother Bill,

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


After more hours at my computer 
than I like to admit,
I have a new web site!

This is in addition to my Etsy shop.
Etsy has been very good to me
and I certainly am not leaving it.
But, the general consensus among shop owners is
to not have all your eggs in one basket.

Since hosting for my
domain is due 
to expire this month,
and all I ever used it for was
redirecting traffic to the Etsy shop,
I decided the time had come for
my own stand alone site,
with a shopping cart,
allowing me to sell directly.

This will be a work in process 
for quite some time.
Just now I only have my 
knitting bags, needle cases 
and FUSION Yarn and kits
listed, but I will eventually
have my entire line there.
So come over and check it out!

By the way,
you can also find me at

Friday, June 3, 2016

What's for Dinner?

On Wednesday and Thursday of this week it was
Lemon Butter Salmon
with Creamy Barley and Zucchini Salad.
Yum!  I cooked it myself!

But I had some help.
After several months of thinking about it,
I finally decided to give Blue Apron a try.
I heard about Blue Apron a couple of years ago
when my friend Susan's husband gave her
a gift subscription as a Valentine gift.
Since, they have enjoyed culinary nirvana.
My first box came on Wednesday.

For the plan I chose,
three meals a week, each meal serving two,
the box arrived, via FedEx,
nicely packed in an insulated bag,

 with cold packs.
Since I am a family of one just now,
my box will supply me with six dinners each week,
AND, the bonus of only needing to cook three times a week
for those six meals!

Inside, everything is individually packed and labeled.
The produce included was farm fresh.

Two separate grains and a pasta will each complete a meal.

 Fresh meat and fish were all shrink wrapped and cold.

Each of the three meals also had a little brown bag 
of "Knick Knacks."

This was included for the dish I have already cooked. 
I haven't yet opened the other two little bags.

Finally, were the recipe cards.
One side shows the finished dish
and ingredients.
The other side shows a step-by-step 
Each meal takes less than an hour to prepare.
Each meal is less than 800 calories.
And I will say,
I could not eat all the food for 
the salmon dish either night.
It was very filling.

I am very much looking forward to not having that
inner debate every day of
"what can I have for dinner..."
not having to do as much weekly grocery shopping,
and trying some new dishes I might not otherwise try.

What's for dinner tonight?
Chicken Piccata
with Fusilli Pasta & Garlic Chives.
Bon Appetit!
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