Monday, October 21, 2019

a tisket, a tasket, a taller basket

Thanks for your suggestions 
on filling my cute little bags
I changed their shape a bit and 
now know what to put in them!

Monday, October 14, 2019

little rock city

If you have never been to Little Rock City 
in Little Valley, NY then you should go. 

After a fun hike stop by the Ellicottville 
Brewing Company for a Blueberry Wheat Ale.

Monday, October 7, 2019

the shell seekers

One of my favorite books is
The Shell Seekers
{published 1987}

Back then I was the age of the adult children
Now I am older than the heroine 

A different perspective as I read it again.
I still LOVE this book . . . 

Monday, September 30, 2019

soup sundays

All summer we have been having Salad Sundays on our deck.
Well, this week the temperature was in the 60's so
it was time to switch - now we'll have Soup Sundays
First up . . .

Parmesan, Sausage and Spinach Soup
cook time: 6 hours in slow cooker
yield: 8 servings

{photo credit} 

1 lb ground Italian sausage (I used mild)
1 small onion, diced
32 oz chicken broth
1 cup water
3 celery ribs, sliced
1 carrot, finely diced
1 yellow potato finely diced
1 clove garlic diced
1/8 tsp ground thyme
1 Tbsp dried parsley flakes

6 Tbls butter
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 cups milk

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 oz spinach torn into small pieces stems removed
      (original recipe calls for kale)

In a pan, brown the sausage for 3-4 minutes.  Add in the onion and continue cooking until
sausage is completely cooked through.  Drain off excess grease. Put sausage and onion in the slow cooker.

 Add broth, water, celery, carrot, potatoes, garlic powder, thyme and parsley to the slow cooker.
 Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours, or until potatoes are tender.

In a small bowl combine salt, pepper, and flour. In saucepan melt butter over medium low heat. Stir in flour mixture to form a roux. Whisk in milk, a little at a time, until fully incorporated and smooth.

 Stir cream mixture into slow cooker and then let cook on high without the lid for 15 more minutes.
 Just prior to serving add Parmesan cheese and spinach.

{adapted from a recipe found on}

Tuesday, September 24, 2019


Glassy smooth along the Erie Canal 
to begin the day in Brockport, NY. 
{1867 Custom House Building}

photo by John Kucko

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

jazzercise september

Every month at jazzercise one song
always "catches my ear".
September: Ed Sheeran - "Perfect"

Perfect Symphony Video

Tuesday, September 10, 2019


Some views are worth the hike . . .

 {Raven Ridge Natural Area - Vermont}

Saturday, August 31, 2019

jazzercise august

Every month at jazzercise one song 
always "catches my ear". 
in August it was : "Me"

But one of these things is not like the others
Like a rainbow with all of the colors
Baby doll, when it comes to a lover
I promise that you'll never find another like

Me Video

Friday, August 23, 2019

a tisket, a tasket

I made these baskets today and they are so cute but . . . 
I can’t think of what anyone would use them for. 
Before I make more I need some ideas.
What would you put in yours?
{each 6" high}

Saturday, August 17, 2019

grandchildren update

 ragamuffins at the end of a 4 day safari 
exploring the okavango delta

the beach is always more fun
with little ones along

riding along in my automobile
my baby beside me at the wheel
{with no particular place to go}