Book club and Spring DIY Designer Plates….

Remember when  made my DIY Designer polka dot plates? I've decided to go at it again! I'm addicted to this easy-peasy plate knock-off! For just a few dollars I can actually match my plates to my linens.  What did we ever do before Mod Podge? Today I am sharing our book club lunch, unfortunately only two of us could make it, with summer starting schedules are in over-drive! The book this month is a "Poolside / Lakeside" reader.....Nantucket by Nan Rossiter. Here is a little intro from the New York times..... " A tender, moving story of rekindled passion, set amidst the … [Read more...]

Kentucky Derby Brunch…

Tomorrow is the 141st. "Run for the Roses", or as most know it as the Kentucky Derby...."the most exciting two minutes in sports".... the Kentucky Derby is a 1.25 mile race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses. It is the first leg of the American Triple Crown and is followed by the Preakness Stakes, then the Belmont Stakes. Unlike the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, which took hiatuses in 1891-1893 and 1911-1912, respectively, the Kentucky Derby has been run every consecutive year since 1875. A horse must win all three races to win the Triple Crown.  The Derby is the crowning event after a … [Read more...]

Weekend Bistro – Update

I promised you I would give you my take on these eye-catching appetizers from Williams of my favorite sites.... Caramelized Onion & Apple Tarts with Gruyere and Thyme...... And the verdict is in - Delish!  Now, you know me, I have to add my own little something to it or increase the ingredients...The next time I make them I will add more Gruyere (My favorite) and more salt & pepper to taste. Also I think I might dry a little Merlot added in.  wine can only make it better!  I baked for 25 minutes.....might try it at around 22....... But all in all, another great … [Read more...]

Weekend Bistro

You must know by now that I love Williams Sonoma for their recipes....Most times they are adapted from actual Chef/Owner of restaurants. This one is adapted from a recipe by Chef Justine Kelly, The Slanted Door, San Francisco. I will be making them tomorrow, if they turn out as delicious as I expect them to, I might just surprise my daughter next week for her Easter Dinner! The "Love of my life" said "your doing the table setting, making side dishes, decorating - why didn't you just have Easter here?" I starred blankly at him and without hesitation I said "Isn't it time for the dogs to go for … [Read more...]

Easter In The Country

Its a rainy day here on the mountain, there's a layer of fog that's slowly making its way up the ridge. It looks eerie and calming all at the same time.....All my running around was done yesterday so today I'm going to hang out with my oven and the rest of the gang in the kitchen....yes I know, Spring can't come quick enough when one starts naming the pots & pans! Well, as you all know, my daughter Tammy is hosting Easter Sunday Dinner...Bless her heart....but I am going to give her a helping hand. I've been visiting all over the net looking for a few recipes to get us away from the … [Read more...]

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!

 .........Translation: HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY! How's that for a mouthful.........! My maternal grandmother and both of my Great-Grandmothers were born in Ireland and it is number 2 on my "Bucket List" to visit there one day....I have found cousins through and plan on doing the DNA test next month that they offer! Who knows what I'll discover....The results will make for another post down the road! but today everyone is Irish....and the kitchen smells wonderful.   I remember my grandmother humming a song and every few words sounded so strange to me, that's because she would say … [Read more...]

Spring where are you?

Have I told you? Did you get the memo?.....How about the full page ad I took out?....No?.....well, ok I'll tell you again...... I'VE HAD IT WITH THE SNOW!!!!!...........I AM DONE! MOTHER NATURE - I KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE!!!! ok...I feel so much better now.........yes, more snow coming tomorrow for Northeast Pennsylvania.  Then the "Heat-Wave" is coming Saturday and should continue through out next week! Yipppeee! I am doing everything to get rid of the winter blues.....I decided to work at the kitchen table rather than my office, the view is better don't you think? My three assistants … [Read more...]

Out with the old….

I finally got the Hutch cleared of Christmas and winter......even thought there is a foot of snow outside.......I decided to think Spring..... so my grandmothers Rose Chintz stoneware came out along with her tea pot and there are brownies on the table cooling......ah, life is good! My dad always told me how he remembered his mother siting in front of the kitchen window sipping her tea from her little pot....that was 1930....  Well that was an early fix this morning! Now what goes well with my Earl Grey? Brownies of course...... These brownies are loaded with chunks of Dark Ghirardelli … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day

So we have a week before chocolate finds it's way into our home and our palates! I asked my husband to please not bring home chocolates this year I'm trying so hard not give up on the diet, It's Thursday and I've started the regime four times this week alone! I know, my track record doesn't seem promising but I'm hanging in there! So, the "Love of my life" asked ...."If no candy then what?".......hmmmmm, well I guess I need to leave him a few clues..... First there is Chocolate that I could have tons of and never break with my diet! Chocolate diamonds! If jewelry is not on the … [Read more...]

Pennsylvania Roads: Sightseeing

Do you have your gloves? Are you wearing your walking shoes? You didn’t forget your camera did you? Oh, good…..Yes, the pick-up is all ready for our trip along Pennsylvania roads…….so hop in, buckle up and let’s get our “Pensie Groove On”……..  First stop Philadelphia, City of Brotherly Love….probably the most famous city in America’s history…..The declaration of Independence was drafted and signed here in 1776, Hometown of Benjamin franklin and his Key fetish……and we tend to hold our keepsakes close even when they’re damaged such as our cracked Liberty Bell…… but did you know…… That … [Read more...]