Thursday, April 17, 2014

Happy Easter to my peeps!

Happy Passover to those who celebrate!

Hope to be springing back with my blog soon!


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

St. Paddy's Day Blog Crawl at Cuisine Kathleen!

It's that time of year to toast and cheer
Cabbage and beef and lots of beer!

Time once more to visit Kathleen
at her blog hop where the scene is definitely green!

Where Alma, Pat and Denise par-tay
I sure hope this linky will never go away

For me this year I must hang loose
For without a lap top I am a cooked goose!

But a toast can be made, for that I am sure
I hope I have not been too much of a bore!

Started "spring cleaning", beginning with me
Perhaps this year I will get it all done, finally!

Eat, drink, and be merry!

Happy Saint Patrick's Day to all!  Every one is a wee bit Irish that day, so heed the call!!  Joining Cuisine Kathleen for the crawl!


Photos courtesy of Pinterest, except for green smoothie, courtesy of Trader Joe's and me

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd

You all know this place, I am sure!  I just made my first trip there last Friday.  It was love at first visit!

I used a stroller as we did not see shopping carts at first.

A very delicious cup of coffee.  Love their dining area.

Fish and chips for the First Friday of Lent.  It was very good.  Then we walked and walked and walked.  But I scored some nice things at really good prices.

Flatware in a nice spring green, goes well with decor and dishes that I have, service for four, $5.99, I bougt two sets for service of 8.  The aluminum pot was just 99 cents.  Faux grass, rose napkin holder and pretty spring time napkins.

I love using straws for cold beverages, and at 79 cents a pack of 100, why not?  A pretty card board lighted star, I will hang this in my dining room window for Memorial Day through Labor day and Patriots's Day.  A roll of white drawing paper. so many uses, and a cute dust pan, which was $1.99.

Of course it was hard to skip the Marketplace!  Salmon spread and crab spread, horseradish sauce which I imagine will be delicious on salmon or roast beef.  Ost prast semisoft part-skim cheese, coffee, vanilla sauce, and tunnbrod, a tasty flat bread or lavosh type bread.  I had a piece this morning with my egg whites.  

Of course, the piece de resistance at Ikea, the crepes and lingonberries!



Sunday, February 16, 2014

Good Sunday Morning!

Plans canceled for today,  

too icy for me!  but thought of lots of indoor stuff to do!  


Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do.....but how much love we put in that action.

      ~ Mother Teresa

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Perspectives On Winter

Winter Solitude by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694). Haiku shared by

Winter solitude -
In a world of one color
The sound of wind.

Winter garden.

Winter garden,
The moon thinned to a thread,
Insects singing.

First Winter Rain

First winter rain ---
even the monkey
Seems to want a raincoat.

When the Winter Chrysanthemums Go

When the winter chrysanthemums go,
There's nothing to write about
But radishes

Winter Bounty

Tender roots below
Howling wind and begging birds
Oh where is my beloved?

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of attending another East Coast Women's Salon hosted by Flo Schell in her lovely home.  I did a post about the first one I attended, The Autumn Woman, back in October 2013.  Apologies as I cannot link or copy and paste a thing when in this Blogger app on the iPad.

This salon was all about dealing with winter.  On a scale of 1 - 10, I would give this season only a 1.  We spoke about embracing the solitude ( which I personally do all year as a single woman living alone), nesting, catching up on chores like decluttering or working on projects.  But there is also that feeling of disconnecting.  When throwing out the trash and collecting mail become a hassle, and where I live, both involve a bit of a walk, on sometimes cleared, most of the time not cleared, surfaces, yes, I tend to feel very very disconnected and alone.

But hot cocoa helps, good neighbors and dear friends are a blessing, and no season lasts forever!  

Flo also led the group in meditation.  We listened to tapes by Oprah and Deepak Chopra.  I have always wanted to learn to mediate, I could never find the time or be able to clear my head completely.  With these tapes, I became very relaxed and almost fell asleep!   I will be looking for these on Amazon.

Otherwise, status quo here.  My poor little birdie had a bad sinus infection and a scratch on her cornea.  After ten days of antibiotics and eye drops, she is all better and whisting up a storm.

I divvied up my goodies from the Kerrygold prize pack with several people helping me cope with this winter.  I need to do some baking with this beautiful butter.

We are expecting our sixth major storm of the season (11 storms in total).  I am pretty much all set.  Expecting 6-10 inches of snow tomorrow.  Friends, please feel free to remind me of this winter when I am blogging about the trouble with weeds!

Stay warm and cozy to all in the path of this latest one!  


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Don't call me lucky!

Have I told you how freaking difficult it is to blog with the iPad?  I apologize for being a broken record.   But I actually took a photo today with the ipad and loaded it.  I can't fix it or center it, but hey, baby steps are good!

Back in early November, I entered a contest on Facebook hosted by a blog called the Humbled Homemaker.  It was for a KerryGold gift pack.  I wanted the butter for my Christmas cookies, but alas, I just received it today.  I did have to send emails to remind them, and after they confirmed it, here are my goodies.

I received 7 types of cheese, two of each, and the expirations are good into the summer and fall of 2014.

I also received 4 sticks of regular Irish butter, two sticks of their garlic butter, two tubs of soft butter and two of light butter.  Popped them into the freezer.  Wonder if it will keep til next Christmas?  

Whenever I win anything, I always feel blessed.  I do not consider it luck.  I would rather believe that it is a gift from above, most likely my mother.

I also like to pay it forward, and wish I could give everyone a sample, but I will be giving some to friends and neighbors.  

I am just about ready for St. Patrick's Day with pure Irish butter and cheeses!   Thanks again to Diana Bauman of the Humbled Homemaker and KerryGold USA.  This was a wonderful giveaway.


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