Tuesday, October 30, 2012

seventy-five degrees

Indian summer in western New York.
An autumn walk along the southern shore of Lake Ontario { last week }.

Friday, October 26, 2012

beet skewers

For our weekly "Wine on Wednesday" gatherings I am always looking for unique hors d'oeuvres.
This week we enjoyed . . .

Beet Skewers

8 ounces soft fresh mozzarella cheese
1 can whole baby beets
1 can whole hearts of palm
skewers (or toothpicks)
balsamic vinegar spray
1 teaspoon dried dill weed
Arugula (optional)

1. Cut the mozzarella cheese and hearts of palm into bite size pieces. Slice beets in quarters.
2. Place 1 piece of hearts of palm, 1 piece of beet, and 1 piece cheese on each skewer.
3. Arrange skewers on a bed of arugula and spray with balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with dill weed.

The original recipe used goat cheese but I thought it would be a little too soft.

Monday, October 22, 2012

farmer's market

Crisp, clear days and beautiful autumn colors . . .
are especially welcome this year as we have just returned from
six weeks in Cambodia where as you can imagine it was hot-hot-hot

If only those grandbabies were here to enjoy it with us . . .

Thursday, October 18, 2012


Today we will arrive home from our 6 week Cambodian adventure.
I have tears in my eyes as I write this post

We bid a sad farewell to the Talstras wishing them the best
as they discover their way celebrating the new family they have become.

We will see them again in June when they return home for
Poo Benjamin and Ming Lindsay's wedding. Counting the days!!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Aziadee Spa

For Mr. Corner’s “big birthday” his children gave him a 3 ½ hour couples spa package here in Cambodia.
Lucky for me he is going to let me be his partner.

Just imagine . . . .
30 min Jacuzzi
60 min Indian Head Massage
30 min Roses and Honey Scrub
90 min Aziadee Massage

Happy Birthday Jim!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Dr. Whittaker

It is a comfort to us that our grandchildren’s doctor is an American pediatrician serving in Phnom Penh.
We were lucky enough to go along for Ezra’s one month checkup and get to meet him.
He was so good with both of the children.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

concrete pilings

In my friend Vista Woman’s neighborhood there is a lot of construction going on.

In our neighborhood here in Phnom Penh there is also a lot of construction going on.

Three people working 12 hours a day.
Two buckets constantly going up and down.

Fascinating to watch and remarkable to comprehend.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

daughters of cambodia

Changing lives for victims of trafficking in Cambodia

We ate at this cafe today.

Daughters of Cambodia is a faith-based non-Government organization
reaching out to victims of sex trafficking in Cambodia.

We also did a bit of shopping while supporting this organization.

What They Do and Why?

Daughters has developed a unique model in Cambodia, one in which sex workers come direct to the organization from the brothels by choice. Daughters’ day centre, in the heart of an area of Phnom Penh brothels, reaches out to girls working as sex workers and offers them ways out of this situation. We are not a shelter, but we facilitate the girls' exit from the sex industry by providing a number of resources and programs that enable them to set themselves free and sustain healthy choices for their own lives. They come because they are already motivated to change their lives, and Daughters gives them choice and dignity in building a different future, that make their choices sustainable and respect their human rights.