Saturday, April 04, 2015
Thursday, April 02, 2015
Not long ago I cleared enough space in our library bookshelves to accommodate our new stereo system and vinyl collection. Remember?
I gave a stack of books to a friend (more like family) for her store's upcoming event, Notes and Letters: Music and Books. That means I "needed" more books, right? Well, maybe not, but I can't resist a library book sale. I attended our public library's used book sale last week and I'm pretty proud of myself. This is all I bought:
But then my mom gave me three boxes of my grandfather's cookbooks:
Looks like I'll need to so some rearranging and make space for more cookbooks in my kitchen. Never fear - I WILL prevail.
Are you a book collector? If so, leave me a comment and tell me your favorite type(s) of books to collect. I'm partial to old fiction, classics in older bindings, and certain types of travel stories.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
photo by Deanna Piercy
Today is the 126th anniversary of the public opening of the Eiffel Tower. This iconic symbol of Paris wasn't always beloved by the French, however. Read this:
When did the Eiffel Tower open, and why was it 'a truly tragic street lamp'?
And did you know that the Eiffel Tower now has its own wind turbines? On our trip to Paris last fall I was so impressed with the steps France has taken to be environmentally friendly and this is just another example of their efforts.
The Eiffel Tower has new wind turbines, and they're beautiful
Monday, March 30, 2015
Photo by Jen Payne
Last night we took advantage the perfect temperatures and hosted our Sunday Family Dinner outdoors. In addition to my kids, niece and her boyfriend, we also invited my parents and one of Chris' longtime friends, Jennifer, to join us for dinner. I made layered salad (I'll put the recipe below), my mom brought her delicious potato salad, David grilled hot dogs and we had chips and dip and pitchers of iced tea. We set up tables on the patio and enjoyed a wonderful meal together.
When it got dark, David lit a fire in our fire pit and we all sat around it chatting, telling stories, and laughing. Oh, so much laughter! Chris had also made a special playlist so we had a soundtrack for the evening, as well.
Last year we allowed ourselves to get too busy for leisurely evenings around a fire or stargazing. We are not going to make that mistake again. We have already eaten outdoors and sat around the fire several nights this Spring and I intend to do it as often as possible while the weather is so nice. Life is too short not to make time for these special moments.
Photo by Jen Payne
- one head iceberg lettuce (washed, dried, torn in bite-sized pieces)
- one bell pepper (diced)
- three ribs celery (diced)
- 3-4 green onions (sliced)
- 6 hard boiled eggs (chopped)
- 6 slices cooked bacon crumbled)
- 1-2 cups grated cheddar cheese
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- seasoning to taste
In 9x13 glass baking dish layer in this order:
- bell pepper
- green onion
Mix mayonnaise, sugar and desired seasoning (I use Creole seasoning). Carefully spread over vegetables, making sure everything is covered all the way to the edges of the dish. Sprinkle grated cheese evenly over the mayonnaise then sprinkle with crumbled bacon. Refrigerate for at least a couple of hours before serving.
*You can also include a cup or two of frozen peas in with the vegetables.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
We were busy around the house and didn't eat dinner until rather late so we observed Earth Hour on California time. David grilled chicken and we ate by candlelight on our patio. Afterwards he got a fire started in the fire pit while I cleaned up the kitchen...again by candlelight. Then we relaxed by the fire sipping wine and enjoying this beautiful Spring night. Not much of a sacrifice, I must admit.
Friday, March 20, 2015
Today is the first day of Spring and I am delighted. Winter is always a struggle for me but as the days get longer and warmer I begin to perk up, just like these daffodils in our front yard:
Springtime also means a haircut for Shiloh:
He always acts a little embarrassed at first but then he realizes how much cooler he is and loves it. And I love the reprieve from giant wads of white fur all over my dark green carpeting.
Happy 1st Day of Spring!