Garden Veggies

Garden Veggies
Made into tile for my stove backsplash

Portland Rose Garden

Portland Rose Garden
Mike and my 2 youngest sons Ian and Leif

Grandson Michael's Birthday 2014 throwing water balloons

Grandson Michael's Birthday 2014 throwing water balloons
With son Beau, Grandson Luke and his mom Jennifer


I cut this out of a wedding line. I must take more pictures of her.

Saturday, December 29, 2012


These are recipes that I found this year, which I have made several times and I know they will be recipes that I will go to again and again.

1.CRUSTY BREAD - I have never served this to anyone who didn't buy a cast iron pot so they could make it.  It is amazingly easy, spectacular and crusty delicious.

2.  CHEESY PASTA WITH SPINACH  -  I discovered the loveliness of Rigatoni this year and adore this pasta dish.  Last time I added 8 oz of sauteed mushrooms and 1/2 tsp. thyme with the spinach and it was wonderful.

3.  BROCCOLI FRUIT SALAD -  I have made this many times this year.  It is a great picnic salad in the summer with pasta and nice as a winter dinner salad without the pasta.  I keep the dressing made up so I can make it quickly.  It is very festive and I like to serve it in individual serving bowls.

4. PARMESAN BAKED CHICKEN -  This is a quick Sunday dinner that I feel good about serving to company.   It can be made ahead and baked in 15 minutes.

5.  CRISPY CHEESY CHICKEN -  If children are eating I like to serve this.  It is baked much like #4 but with a different coating.  I have also made this with all Parmesan Cheese and crumbs and  1 T of my fresh dried basil.  I like to serve a sauce with this.

6. LIME CAKE BARS -   I just love the fresh limey taste and the dense moist cake.  Perfect for

7.  NUTELLA BREAD PUDDING  I discovered cooking with Nutella this year but I have to hide the jar (from myself)  I also love NUTELLA FRENCH TOAST

8.  COCONUT CURRY CHICKEN SOUP  Very easy and I could live on this for at least a week.

9.  PRALINE BROWNIES  -  These are awesome and also the Tart recipe they are based on is  yummy on a smaller scale.

10.  CHOCOLATE MOUSSE PIE This has a few steps but so worth it.

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