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A virtual "Cheers!" to you all....

I had a wonderful opportunity this week, to be a guest author, sharing something about my blogging journey, so far.  What I thought to be an easy piece to write, turned out not to be so.   581 more words

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Tablescape Tuesday - Sunday Tradition

For as long as I can remember, my Mother cooked a delicious meal every Sunday for our family. My sister-in-law V.V. and I have attempted to continue our family tradition since she passed away. 274 more words

Veg-ing out

I have flirted with vegetarianism on and off for about thirty years, particularly when I lived alone – which I have done, not unhappily, on and off, until I finally settled down with Tom.   464 more words

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Tablescape Tuesday

“Like apples of gold in a setting of silver…”

These words are taken from Proverbs 25:11. Even though the verse is referring to a fitly spoken word, the imagery is of a beautiful still life setting. 497 more words

Once Upon a Vine

I’ve finally made the leap from blogger to magazine cover girl. Well, for one month, anyway.

I was so honored (though totally awkward) when asked if I could model for Ohio Magazine’s August cover story. 202 more words


All purpose chocolate ganache for when the urge strikes

Did you ever read Pinocchio when you were a child? Did your parents ever threaten your nose would grow at your first lie? And I mean the real Pinocchio, not the Disney-ized version with the cuddly and not so woody puppet, and the grandfatherly Geppetto, but the original fairy tale by Tuscan author Carlo Collodi, which was much darker, as if written in anger: as my friend Luisa likes to point out, the tale runs the gamut of death, threats, lies and punishment, enough to terrorize a poor child for decades to come. 662 more words

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Glorious Gooseberries

In Afrikaans, they are called “appelliefies”, and the direct translation is “little apple loves”.

Cape Gooseberries are endemic and we haven’t planted any in our garden.   589 more words

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