Monday, January 16, 2012

Meyer Lemon Upside Down Cake

My cousin in Los Angeles is so lucky.
He has a meyer lemon tree and an avocado tree. 
Apparently it’s harvest time in Southern California
because he sent a few samples to my mother. 
It’s amazing to imagine harvesting in January
when I look out my window to the snowy scene.
Mom was kind enough to share some with me
and we made a Meyer Lemon Almond Cake. 
It was good.  I did think it tasted even better
with a jar of the strawberry lavender jam I canned last summer.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Summer on our First Snow Fall

 As beautiful as it is on our first real snow fall,
I need to have a peek at summer.
Here is a gold and red helenium. 
It's one of my favorite flowers
(yes, that list is a long one).

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Seed Pods

I'm beginning to take inventory of my seeds
and creating a shopping list. 
I had set these zinnias aside so they could dry out well.  
I’d say mission accomplished. 

Above is what they look like in full bloom. 
They are so bright, I had to blink a few times when I opened up the picture. 
It’s amazing how quickly we become accustomed to our bleak winter colors
and in the summer we almost take the vibrant color for granted. 

Monday, January 9, 2012


One of my newest adventures is embroidery.
This pattern is taking a bit of practice. 
I’ve used some over dyed floss found
on a recent trip to Hilton Head Island.
They fit an amazing amount in a tiny little store.

Dreaming up some things I'd like to do with embroidery...

Sunday, January 8, 2012

And the winner is....

Thank you everyone for the welcome back to blogging. 
I decided to draw a second name for the heart pouch.  
I hope you all stop back for a visit and share your stories.

 Someone mentioned that on Sundays
I seem to post a photo of food. 
Not to dissapoint J above is my breakfast. 

A few months ago I moved to a practically vegan diet and minimal oil.  
I’m trying to keep the fat intake to nuts only. 
After getting over the initial shock I’ve found I actually prefer it. 
(That's shocking in itself!)
For breakfast today I sautéed kale
(substituting Pacific brand vegetable stock for the oil), 
a rare treat of potatoes
(also sautéed in the vegetable stock, no clue how they ended up that color)
and a poached egg. 

I don’t normally have eggs in the house but
they came in my Fresh Picks organic delivery this week. 
They are from Hedge Row Farm, an Amish Farm, and are wonderful.
Hope you are having a fun and relaxing weekend
and I’ll be back tomorrow!

Thursday, January 5, 2012


Doing my first give away!
Above you will find a streamlined bracelet
and you can expect to see a few more like this soon. 
Simple, modern, yet rustic at the same time.   
Stay tuned with this blog for updates. 
How To Win:
Just comment below with contact information
(your blog can be your contact information if you like)
and I will do a drawing on Saturday (January 7) at midnight central time.    
Winner will be announced on Sunday. 
I’ll be including the heart pouch as well.
Oh, and the cat is not included. :-)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Putting Away Christmas

There is always a bit of melancholy
when taking down Christmas decorations. 
Especially ornaments as each one has a specific memory
of when you acquired it or who gave it to you.
Packing them away is like saying good bye to old friends.   

Monday, January 2, 2012

Clearing Away the Old, Preparing for the NEW

Today I’ve been busy clearing off shelves
for a few items that will be showing up in my store soon. 

And stay tuned, I’m planning a give-a-way this week….

I hope the holidays have been fun and memorable
and the weather is being kind.
Anyone in Michigan has to be settling for a long snow show. 
Hope it's more fun than painful!