The Kitchen Ecosystem

The Kitchen Ecosystem by Eugenia Bone

Let me begin by saying that I love the concept of The Kitchen Ecosystem: Integrating Recipes to Create Delicious Meals. I love the idea of using every bit of what you have, a sort of nose to tail idea that also includes fruits and vegetables. Just the other day, I was chopping off some broccoli[Read More…]


Homemade Limoncello

I’ve posted a limoncello recipe before.   Wow, I can’t believe that was all the back in 2011.  But since that time I’ve made batch after batch of limoncello.  It’s that good.  Once you try your homemade, you will never be satisfied with store bought again.   This is so easy, it’s one of those[Read More…]

Christmas Cactus

It’s Christmas Cactus Time! Garden Tuesday

It’s Christmas cactus time again!  Mine started blooming around Thanksgiving and have been going strong ever since!  Your can sort of see the creamy white colored one blooming away behind this one. They’ve gotten so huge, I was going to try and create new baby plants from some of the arms (legs?) of the plant[Read More…]

Dijon Chicken Stew with Potatoes and Kale

Dijon Chicken Stew with Potatoes and Kale

While I know it is possible to make stews and soups not in a slow cooker or crockpot, I rarely do.  There is just something to easy about putting it all in the slow cooker and then getting about your day.  By the time dinner rolls around, the morning prep is forgotten, and it’s almost[Read More…]

2013 Craftwork Chardonnay

A Taste of Monterey | Weekend Wine Reviews #233

We arrived in Monterey a little too early to check into our hotel room.  So we parked on the main drag and went in search of a wine tasting room.  The first one we came to was Taste of Monterey.  This was our first actual wine tasting room  not associated with a specific winery, but[Read More…]

Calico cat

Happy Caturday! Too Cold to Go Outside

While fall was Coco’s season, winter is definitely not.  She does not like it when the temperature gets below 40.  She sits in the foyer looking out the front door, but usually decides it’s not worth it.  If she does go out, she comes rushing in about 20 minutes later and immediately finds the nearest[Read More…]

Pasta Primavera with Shrimp and Sugar Snap Peas

Pasta Primavera with Shrimp and Sugar Snap Peas

I remember when I first started cooking I considered recipes the last word.  They had to be followed.  All ingredients purchased and lined up.  If I didn’t have something, I didn’t make it.  Period.  No questions asked.  Now, thank goodness, I am much more adventuresome.  I use recipes as guidelines.  Someway to take some of[Read More…]

Promises to Keep by Patricia Sands

Promises to Keep by Patricia Sands

Promises to Keep is the second book in the Love in Provence series by Patricia Sands.  I read and thoroughly enjoyed Love in Provence, so I was looking forward to reading Promises to Keep.  As I had hoped, it did not disappoint. Promises to Keep continues where Love in Provence left off.  Katherine has returned[Read More…]

Roasted Chicken with Tangerines and Olives

Roasted Chicken with Tangerines and Olives

You know what I don’t understand?  How does my house get so messy?  There are only two of us.  The children are grown-up and moved out, so I can’t blame them.  Mr. Sidewalk Shoes is at work most of the day.  We do have two cats.  That must be it.  Those darn cats.  Because it’s[Read More…]

Fall Leaves

Fall, Fall, and More Fall | Garden Tuesday

Guess who has 1282 photos in her to-blog garden folder in Lightroom?  Yep, me.  So, I’ve decided some sort if intervention is necessary or some sort of massive garden photo posting!  Instead of showing you countless photos of my brown, winter garden, I’m going to try and whittle away at the surplus of photos.  So,[Read More…]