Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Lookie What I Found!

I will admit, I find him quite cute. 
And I felt bad at letting him go 
where it was hot.

He was hiding behind my tea containers.
An aficionado, I'm sure.

Monday, August 29, 2011

On Their Way!

To the three winners of my giveaway,

Your book (and a little something special)
is on its way.

Congratulations again!
And thanks for your comments
and support.

Saturday, August 27, 2011


Happy Saturday!

Okay, I got up early,
and got all of the names together
and my daughter

Deborah Shahan from Facebook

So, please, please, please send me your addresses.
I'm going to be "wrapping" things up today.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Honesty Time

the dinner party isn't until September 10th,
which might be, I think, 
my anniversary, (I'll explain some other time.)
and I'll be cooking up a storm for mon amies.

But don't worry about Hubby,
because the reason I'm so panicked 
about getting everything planned is that 
it had to be figured out before I leave.

 Yep, Hubby and I are on our way 
out of the heat for a short
getaway, to the mountains,
compliments of the greatest kids on earth.
Don't worry though,
I'll be drawing a winner before I leave.
And you still have time to enter.
I won't close it until midnight Arizona time.
Which is the same as Pacific time, right now
but will change to Mountain time soon
which is soooooo very confusing
for all of you. :-)

Thanks for all your help!

Go here to enter.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Menu √, Decorations??????

I've got the menu for my
Fabulously French Book Club Dinner Party.

Now I wonder what to do about . . .

So I'm looking for some elegant
design ideas for the table

Yep, it's besties to the rescue again.
I don't know where I'd be without you.

Your reward????
I'll post pics.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Wildcat

This is a photo of my father
with his most precious car.
It was his favorite and he fondly showed this picture
to all.

This is a photo I took 
of that photo.
When I take pics I have my camera set so that, upon
downloading, the photos are deleted automatically.

I know my father is still with me
because this photo,
and only this one,
will not delete.
No matter what I do.
It is still on the camera.
And when I page through new pics
it is always there
someone always comments
how they like the car.

Love you, Dad
thanks for sticking close.

Don't forget to enter my giveaway.
You have until midnight Arizona time Friday!
And I recommend
checking out the comments you find there.
They are great,
thanks to all of you.

Monday, August 22, 2011

If I Die Young

I've been lurking over at Jenny Matlock's Saturday Centus
and just had to participate this week. 

If I die young,
you can know 
I will still be with you.

You shall feel my hand
touch the back of yours
to give you comfort
while you watch
scary movies

You will hear your name
in your ear
will turn to catch
who calls.

You will breath deeply
whenever you smell
and it will feel
like a hug.

And the taste
of chocolate chip cookies
will remind you
of the softness of my apron
my love.
. . .
and when you see butterflies
dancing on unseen breezes,
you will know it's me
and think
how much more
coordinated I have become.

Click here to read the other entries.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

French Book Club Dinner

With my book club we are reading:
Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes
by Elizabeth Bard

So one of the girls suggested we get together
for dinner instead of just meeting.
Sounded like a great idea to me.
Then I volunteered to cook.
Which, between you and me
and no one else - example Hubby,
who currently cooks most meals and every day,
I like to cook
And French!, well count me in.
SOOOO I'm cooking "le dîner" (dinner) for
l'entrée - appetizers
la soupe - soup
le plat principal - main course
 le fromage - cheese
 la salade - salad
le dessert - DESSERT!!!!
pas la farine = WITH NO FLOUR!
 Yes, one of mon amies eats gluten free.

So this is where your help is desperately needed.
I'm planning: almond crusted pork loin for the main meat 
and I will have a field salad with fresh herbs and french vinaigrette.

Aside from that,
I'm lost . . .
So what is a girl to do but turn to her besties, right?

Let me know if you have some ideas/or recipes for me.

Lots of love and appreciation. 

Saturday, August 20, 2011


There is so much to celebrate today.
For one thing:
It's Pink Saturday!
Over Here

I know,
I've been absent for so long.
But, I'm kinda getting back in the groove.

Another reason to celebrate, right?
Oh, and I have a giveaway going.
You can check it out here.
My first book, Rocky's Mountains
which is still available for free here
has now had more than 1,000 downloads.
Thanks to all of you!

Can it get any better?
Sure it can.

My daughter is having a giveaway
I just think it's the cutest thing ever!
To enter to win the free Scentsy cupcake warmer,
all you have to do is place an order of any size
by midnight, August 30th
You can check it out Here

So I'm feeling like I'm getting back on track.
I even have something on the needles again.
I'll be sharing that soon.
In the mean time . . .
I'm having my book club over for dinner in two weeks,
I'm cooking for six - french cuisine
and I may need some help . . .
like with coming up with a menu.
Can I count on you gals to help me out?