Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A quick, light dinner - my fav!

I must have SOME Italian in me 
(but I don't) 
because I could truly live on pasta 
(and almond paste cookies)!

This is my "go to" dinner when I want some pasta in the summer:

Fresh herbs….

…..mixed with some florida seasoned salt, tellicherry pepper, and a mixture of 3 olive oils (cayenne, italian and basil)….

…fresh veggies...

… roasted...

…drizzle oil on pasta and toss the veggies on angel hair pasta….

I could live on this all summer!

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day….

In memory of those who died to serve….

….and the unofficial start of summer...

….with hot sunny days...

…and warm nights!

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

This makes baking fun….

I just bought the cutest cupcake/muffin pan:

It is just so darn cute….

…and these cake mixes make 12 cupcakes - easy peasy:

Just perfect - so pretty:

I am looking forward to baking corn muffins and popovers in this baking pan!

But for now, we will enjoy a cupcake for dessert tonight!


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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Book Exchange Brunch….

What do you do with all of your books that you have read?

My table is set for a brunch with a girlfriend with the goal of exchanging books to read over the summer:

I used my MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check dishes, topped with green dishes and then a bright cheery plate with a blue flower….

…each setting had a sweet little Susan Branch card ….

…with a fun quote that can be used as a bookmark:

My MacKenzie-Childs purse is filled with the books I would like to exchange...

... and in front are 2 vases filled with green hydrangeas:

Off to the side is a little butter dish I painted years ago:

This was a great way to find some new books to read...

…and good company to enjoy some quiche, muffins and fruit salad!

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

A few days spent on Cape Cod….

My best friend lives on Cape Cod.  When I visit, this is my morning view:

Snake Pond is so calm and serene in the morning….

…the water is so clear:

This is the view from the opposite side of the pond - you can barely see the home on the other side:

 This is the view from her beach shore:

Not far from her home is the ocean….

…it was low tide and I went searching for shells, but only found barnacles:

It was a grey day, but warm…and soon the beaches will be filled with sun worshippers, children with sand pails, and many beach chairs and umbrellas!

The bayside of the canal opening is between the 2 jetties in the distance:

I strolled around the towns of Sandwich and Mashpee, visiting my favorite shops (The Spotted Cod, Deisel and Lulu, Casa Bella and The Lily Pad)

I had one lunch one of my favorite spots: Beth's Tea Shop - where you will find the best quiche and salad on the Cape!!

I also walked thru a cranberry bog….

…to the Green Briar Nature Center….

…where there was a small Herb Festival.

The potted succulents were lovely….

…especially this one in an old cement bird bath:

The nature center is on a small pond...

…and there was an array of herbs and plants for sale:

…But this is where I really spent some time:

It was a great 4 day getaway in one of my favorite places on earth!

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