Monday, November 21, 2016

Recipe Box: Warm Artichoke Spinach Dip in a Dutch Oven

It's time to think about Thanksgiving and what to prepare for that wonderful feast and the big family gatherings that happen almost without fail. Each year I like to find something new to share with the family until I hit upon a new favorite.

It's one of those rare days in Southern California where there is something wet falling from the sky. I think it's called rain, but since it's been so long since I've seen any. I have my doubts. Since it is actually overcast and somewhat cool outside, it puts me in the mood to bake.

Do you think Auntie Lou would mind if I sneak this one little treat into her recipe box?

If you won't tell, neither will I. Maybe she won't find it.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Halloween is Upon Us!

Mercenary Swordsman
Where has the time gone? I had weeks. Weeks, I tell you! Now Halloween is on Monday and my husband's costume for work isn't complete! Ahh!

Guess what I'll be doing this weekend?

Yep, finishing up his costume. I always try to have it done way before. But, for some reason, we are always putting the final touches on at the last minute and it means a late night every single time.

Thankfully, this year he is going with a previous costume that we are just modifying a bit. It's a take on one of our favorite movies, "The Princess Bride". I made him a Dread Pirate Roberts costume a long time ago. Which we also use for when we go to the Renaissance Faire's.

Here are some others from past years...

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Exercise is Not My Forte

Like most people, I find I need to exercise. For many reasons... not just to lose weight. And while I could go on and on about the health benefits of exercise, lets face it, I'm no expert and this is not a health blog. Besides, if you are like me, you have heard it all anyway and still find it hard to make it a priority.

That's where my pal Meara comes in.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

When Life Kicks You in the Gut

It's been a rough week already...
Actually, so far, this week has just been a continuation of last weeks bumps and bruises.
But, I wasn't raised to complain about bumps and bruises. In fact, I was raised to stand up, dust myself off and get back on the horse that just bucked me off, and this time, make him do it right.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Fall or Summer?


You decide...
  • It's the middle of October. 
  • It's nearly 100 degrees outside today.
  • It was only 70 degrees yesterday.
  • Pumpkin Spice is everywhere.
  • The cats have melted again.
  • The dog still refuses to cool off in water, (but that's a story for another time).
  • Halloween costumes are in process.
  • Ice water anyone?
  • Christmas displays going up around the craft stores.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Auntie Lou's Recipe Box: Autumn Zucchini Bread

I know it has been a little longer than normal since my last post... life just kind of blew up on me. But, I'm back! And I've brought a guest with me.

In my last post I mentioned bringing Auntie Lou along to share a recipe. I am happy to say she has agreed to join us! Welcome Auntie Lou!



Auntie Lou: Well, thank you sweetheart. I've never done this sort of thing before you know.

Me: That's all right Auntie Lou! We are happy to have you and are so very excited for you to share the Apple Oatmeal Ginger Snap recipe you've been working on!

Auntie Lou: Oh, I won't be sharing that recipe today. It's not ready yet and it's too hot to be fussing with it right now. Let's make something else.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Pumpkins have invaded my coffee!

Have you ever noticed that when fall hits...so does pumpkin spice?

Its only been recently that this has caught my notice. I know, I know... I'm behind the times. But, I've never noticed how pumpkin spice has invaded everything. And I do mean everything. I really took note over the weekend, when I was doing our weekly grocery get-away, I mean shopping. (For me its a get-away though.)

(Okay, that sounds sad, but I really do have fun.)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Topiary Cat - How It All Began

So, I was just cruising around on Pinterest. Yep, I admit it, I spend far too much time there. I mean, it can suck me in and before I know it, I've lost hours. Do you know what I mean?

In my defense, it does provide some of my inspiration for writing ideas. You will have to stay tuned to figure out which story ideas originated there though. I just might post some of my favorite inspirational pictures...or not. I'll keep you guessing for now.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Melting Cats

My cats are melting!

Yep, you heard me correctly. It's hot and we don't have air conditioning in the house. What's a poor cat to do? Well, this cat

   (Harlequin)                                                                                                      (Arabelle)
                 and this cat    
have very different ideas on how to stay cool.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Girls of Butterwick Farm Series

Welcome to my blog!

I can't wait to let you all in on all the news and goings on.

With that in mind, here is the first announcement. My book is finally here! It is available on Amazon for a short while at a reduced cost. So, make sure you grab a copy soon!