Summer and Mid Year Dreams

 

“For every minute you are angry you lose 60 seconds of happiness.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Hi!, how are you?

Somewhere in-between now and our last chat…

 

 

we have traveled into the halfway mark of 2018.

 

 

 

Another celebration of July 4th has come and gone.

 

 

A wonderful evening celebrating with neighbors and friends.

 

 

I’m so lucky!

 

 

Being aware of how quickly the year is passing…

 

 

 

 

I’ve been taking everything in…

 

 

 

 

precious moments of the months that have past…

 

 

Somehow I decided it was time for editing my closets.

(organize, clean things out)…like an inner time clock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a desire to change things around a bit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change helps me refocus…live more intentionally.

Maybe halfway through the year is the right time for a change. Maybe it isn’t. I’ll just keep checking in…editing closets…staying in tune with how I want to live and making adjustments along the way. It’s an exciting journey.

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Although this will be our third summer living on the Oregon coast…I’ve actually celebrated four July 4th’s here!

 

 

 

 

This year Joe and I barbecued and prepared baked beans, corn, and potato salad for side dishes.

 

 

Our friends brought the salad, watermelon and dessert.

 

 

After dinner we house hopped over to another friend’s home to watch the fireworks. (and dessert)

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MARCIA’S POTATO SALAD

 

 

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup finely chopped celery

2 lb bag red potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks

2- 5 hard boiled eggs peeled and chopped

1 1/2  cups mayonnaise

1/4 tsp pepper

1 tsp salt

 

 

DIRECTIONS

Place potatoes in large pot. Add water to cover. Bring to boil, cook 10 minutes or until or until fork-tender. Drain and cool slightly. Mix mayonnaise, salt in pepper in large bowl until well blended. Add potatoes; toss to coat well. Add celery and eggs; toss gently. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or until ready to serve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marcia
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To The Farmers Market We Go!

The day you decide to do it is your lucky day.”-Japanese proverb

Hello!

What are you doing this weekend?

 

 

Warmer weather, sunny days, fresh fruit and vegetables…

 

 

the summer is here and so is the farmers market.

 

 

I enjoy perusing a couple of farmers markets here on the coast. One is located in Coos Bay which is about a 30 minute drive.

 

 

 

 

The other is held in my beautiful coastal town of Bandon.

 

 

Whether it’s a favorite vendor…

 

 

or a culinary adventure…

 

 

there’s always something to experience at a neighborhood farmers market.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From locally grown produce…

 

 

 

 

arts and crafts…

 

 

 

 

Perhaps a sweet thing  or two…

 

 

for you.💕

 

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and here’s a perfect little recipe after a day at the farmers market…

 

 

 ZUCCHINI PIZZA CASSEROLE

Ingredients

4 cups shredded unpeeled zucchini

1/2  teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided

1 pound ground beef (I substituted with veggie crumbles)

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 can (15 ounces) Italian tomato sauce

1 medium green or sweet red pepper, chopped

 

oopsie…I forgot to put my apron on!

 

I’ll let Joe take over for a sec…

 

apron on..

 

my guy is the best helper…

Directions:

  1.  Preheat oven to 400. Place zucchini in colander; sprinkle with salt. Let stand 10 minutes, then squeeze out moisture.
  2.  Combine zucchini with eggs, Parmesan and half of mozzarella and cheddar cheeses. Press into a greased 13×9 inch or 3-qt. baking dish. Bake 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cook beef and onion over medium heat, crumbling beef, until cooked. Add tomato sauce; spoon over zucchini mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses; add red pepper. Bake until heated through, about 20 minutes longer. Enjoy!

 

veggie crumbles…

 

Smells like spaghetti…

 

I feel like an artist…

 

all done…

 

now for the cheese…

 

Cheddar…

 

Mozzarella…

 

Parmesan…

 

the end of a perfect day…

Actually here is a perfect day on the Oregon coast…enjoy!

 

 

 

Marcia
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Happy Summer!

 

 

“But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?”~Albert Camus

 

 

Happy Summer!

 

 

 

 

This past week Joe cleaned off the grill.

 

 

The summer is here!!!!

 

 

and I’m ready to have those backyard gatherings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love this time of year on the Oregon coast.

 

 

I painted these chairs white and purchased these blue striped pillows for summer

 

 

The weather is in the 60’s…

 

 

the mornings have a magical coastal mist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sun comes out…

 

 

when it’s good and ready…

 

 

Reminding me that this is the season for easy living…

 

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I’ve recently discovered a delicious alternative for beef burgers with a plant based Beyond Meat burger. Surprisingly they grill fairly well. They aren’t for everyone…however they are definitely worth a try.

 

 

And of course they are super easy to pan fry. Preparation is similar to making a hamburger. I like to cook mine so it’s well done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marcia
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Seven Years Later…

 

 

  “Follow your bliss” -Joseph Campbell 

 

 

Earlier in the week as Joe and I were preparing a meal together the conversation went to discussing what I could write about on this week’s blog post. Joe suggested that I might write a little about my 7 years of retirement.

hmmm…

 

 

Well…okay…

 

 

 There are many things I have learned in these past seven years lots of changes

 

 

One of my favorite authors Joseph Campbell came to mind.

 

 

I remember reading his definition of ego many years ago: “what you think you want, but you will to believe, what you think you can afford, what you decide to love, what you regard yourself as bound  to.”

 

 

I am thinking seven years of retirement later and into my retirement…

 

 

I’m discovering what has happened…is I’ve been transforming into another woman. crazy 

 

 

Seven years… just a beginning of a persistent, passionate search within for wholeness that  has been deeply hidden by so many things…now hopefully exposing itself even more in the years ahead.

 

 

TEX-MEX JACKFRUIT TACOS

INGREDIENTS

1 package Tex-mex Jackfruit

1 tablespoon oil

1 package corn tortillas

1 avocado, sliced

1/4 red onion, thinly sliced

1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

lime wedges

 

 

  1.  Warm the taco shells according to the package directions. When warmed add a scoop of the Jackfruit, and top with an avocado slice, a couple of red onion slices some cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice. Or you can top with whatever your favorite taco toppings are. Enjoy!
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The Book Club: Chapters of Life

 

 

Do not go gentle into that good night, old age should burn and rave at close of day; rage, rage against the dying of the night” -Dylan Thomas

 

 

Hello sweet friend…🧤

(just a little warning…I’m in a chatty mood today)

 

what’s going on in your neck of the woods…

 

 

 

 

This is a fabulous season on the Oregon coast. The sun 🌞 rises at 5:00 am

and...

 

 

doesn’t set until after 9:00 pm.

 

(Of couse) I know better…however

It feels as if it is always going to be daylight.

 

 

With that being said these longer days afford plenty of time for doing all those favorite activities.

 

 

Playing in the garden…walking on the beach…reading…cooking with Joe…meeting up with friends…and going to the movies. (I love going to the movies!) A recent movie I enjoyed was BookClub. any chance you too have seen it?  Watching it made me think of the book clubs I’ve participated in over the years. When I lived in California I belonged to several. The opportunity to meet new friends and mingle with books that normally wouldn’t have crossed my path was exciting. Now…getting back to the movie BookClub. I have to tell you that I have actually watched it three times over the last month.🍿🍿🍿 (that’s a lot of popcorn!) The first time I invited my dear friend (around the age of my mother if she were still living) whose current chapter in life includes visiting her husband in a care facility. The second time was a playdate with girlfriends, 👩‍❤️‍👩 and the third bag of popcorn was shared with Joe.💕 who btw also enjoyed the movie😉 Each experience opened me up to the many chapters in our own life. My first friend having been married for over 65 years  carries many wedded memories….The girlfriends in my age bracket (of course I’m the youngest😉) have their own stories being written…and my husband recently began another new chapter with his retirement. There are many chapters in life and if we are fortunate one of those chapters will include growing older. Personally I’m hoping to make that chapter a fabulous read. Growing old is something we all think about. Well, at least I do. Perhaps for some of us those thoughts are more frequently. I guess the movie BookClub made me reconnect with my long ago youthful script on how I thought I’d be when I was older. With careful editing and gracefully embracing each day with love …lots of gratitude, each chapter will be an exciting adventure…one to look forward to. How about you?

 

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EASY CRANBERRRY-APPLE RECIPE

Here is a 15 minute recipe for your delicious side salad. (Or main dish) It is also a healthy, low calorie, low-sodium, low-fat, low carbohydrates, and no cholesterol!

 

 

INGREDIENTS

1  10 ounce bag torn mixed salad greens

Add the salad dressing just before serving; mix lightly 2 sliced apples

3/4 dried cranberries

2 green onions (sliced) In a large bowl; toss the salad greens with the apples, cranberries, walnuts and onions.

1/2 cup light raspberry vinaigrette salad dressing

 

 

DIRECTIONS

1. In a large bowl; toss the salad greens with the apples, cranberries, walnuts and onions.

 

 

2. Add the salad dressing just before serving; mix lightly.

 

 

Enjoy & cheers to the weekend!

 

Marcia
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