Happy New Year 2015

Happy New Year to all my blog followers !  I wish you all a new year of health, happiness and much love!  Enjoy every moment! We had a wonderful new year’s eve dinner of  Pork Shoulder Al’Diavolo, scalloped potatoes, and a celery fennel salad made by our friends and gourmet chefs Maureen and Tom  (a […]

The Sundial – St. Petersburg, Fl.

Yes, it was a gorgeous day here in Florida yesterday with temperatures in the high 70’s.  M and I decided to ride our bikes into town and check out the new Locale Market that just opened at the Sundial this week.  The Sundial is a new high end mall in the centre of St. Pete’s […]

Kitchen Install – Day 3 and 4

The last couple of days our installers spent a lot of time building the wine bar area next to the refrigerator/pantries, added the aluminum toe kicks around the cabinets, adjusting the cabinet doors so they open with a touch and installed the dishwasher panel which matched the cabinet doors.   The island cabinets were set up […]

Kitchen Install – Day 2

It was a productive day with the install of all the upper cabinets and lower cabinets along the outer wall.  The empty space in the lower cabinets is for the dishwasher.  We are missing a couple of green glass pull up doors for the lower cabinets above the counter so they been back ordered on […]

Kitchen Install – Day 1

It’s been almost a year since we bought our house in St. Petersburg, Florida and it will be a full year by the time we have a functioning kitchen.  M. promised me if we bought this run down house (in a great location by the way) the first thing we would do was totally gut […]

Birds of Paradise !

For some the 13th is not a lucky day but for me it is. Today I awoke to a beautiful clear sky and this interesting bird walking around our pool.  They can be seen all around St. Pete’s but I don’t know what they are called.   Anyone who know please let me know and […]

No-Knead Whole Wheat Bread

Being a baker’s daughter had it’s benefits when I was growing up.  Anytime we needed bread, donuts, cookies or pastries, Mom would call Dad at the bakery or let him know the night before what we needed the next day.   When Dad was the baker, we never baked at home and that was our reality. […]

Sauteed Kale with Dried Plums

My sister Alice gave me some of her dried purple plums when I was visiting Kamloops last week so I wanted to prepare a dish that would include them.  So if you like the taste of sweet and savory this dish is for you.  I made this last night for my friends Debbie and Warren […]

Curried Turkey Patties

What to do with your leftover turkey, sweet potatoes and gravy ?  Why not make these yummy patties.  If you have a lot of turkey leftover then make another batch with regular mashed potatoes too and see which one your family likes best.   Both potatoes work well with this recipe.    Don’t forget to bring out […]

Green Beans with Cherry Tomatoes and Walnuts

Print Recipe Green Beans with Cherry Tomatoes and Walnuts These steamed green beans are tossed with cherry tomatoes, onions and walnuts and can easily be made ahead of any gathering of friends and family. Course Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish Cuisine American, French, Vegan, Vegetarian Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 5 minutes Servings people […]