The Coming Of Spring

The flowers are springing up, the season of singing birds has come

and the cooing of turtledoves fills the air.

Song of Solomon 2:12

Hello, sweet friends…

Spring is such an amazing time of year…

a time when everything...

from trees and bushes…


to the smallest tiniest blades of grass…

Clemantis armandi

Garden vignettes

begin to cover the earth…

Weeping willow

In a matter of weeks we watch as new life blossoms…

from what seems to be dark and bleak…

bringing one of the most beautiful gifts we are given each year…

a sense of hope and renewal.


Let’s bake cookies!

As some of you know I play the piano at my sweet little church here on the coast…and this past week was super busy! The beginning of Lent is a special time for me…one in which I try to make a deeper commitment in my faith journey. That being said I had a great time celebrating Mardi Gras (bahaha!) and later decided to bake cookies! Below is a recipe I found and I think you will really like it.

Just in case the music stopped…click here for baking music🎹😉

Ritz Carlton Chocolate Chip Cookies



5 Eggs

1 tsp baking soda

6 cups flour

2 cups granulated sugar

2 cups dark brown sugar

1 tsp kosher salt

Joe was taking this video and said ”can I have a chocolate chip?”🍪

4 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

Joe loves the smell of vanilla…and asked if he could smell it.👩‍🍳

1 tbsp vanilla

5 sticks unsalted butter


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Line a baking sheet with parchment. Set aside.

I have no idea what I’m saying…(perhaps explaining something to Joe😉)

Cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla…mix until well blended.

Stir the dry ingredients in (baking soda, salt, & flour) until evenly combined. Add chocolate chips.

We are almost done…

Scoop batter onto baking sheet…2-3 inches apart. Bake 10-12 minutes until edges are golden & centers are almost set

Let cool before eating…if you can😉

Just a few extra things…I actually halved this recipe…wrapped the extra dough & placed it in the freezer…(until later) after all this is the Lenten season…which for me means fasting.😘

Bon Appetit!😘
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Postcards From Paris…Hotel Avalon

”Paris is always a good idea”

-Audrey Hepburn

Hello, sweet friend…

Postcards from abroad.

Monet’s Gardens

We have left the fabulous soulful gardens of Monet…(sigh)

returning back to the shuttle…

the train station which was very busy…filled with people…and held a wonderful excitement…one which comes when you are traveling…

we got back to Saint Lazare then took a taxi back to our hotel where we rested and packed our luggage for tomorrow’s schedule.

And now…at this point we are having to wind up this wonderful trip…particularly our time in Paris. (waaaaa….pass me a tissue…please)

We enjoyed an afternoon stroll…

sight seeing local landmarks in this arrondesment…

I also wanted to share with Joe a beautiful garden shop I had discovered…

for lunch we enjoyed Chinese food.

Everything on the menu looked so good…we ended up ordering way too much! (of course)

The next day we took a taxi to the Avalon Hotel which was in walking distance to the Gard du Nord…where we would be departing early for the Chunnel back to London.(pass me another tissue…please)

A small glitch would occur upon arriving at the Avalon…Joe had realized that he lost his credit card.

At this point…we felt like veteran travelers…and in the midst of anything and everything knew that all would be well…and we could handle whatever came our way. That being said…Joe cancelled his card…and we resumed our fabulous trip. easy peasy

The Avalon was an unpretentious Hotel…and there was something about it that we both appreciated.

In some ways this last night in Paris was the perfect place to depart from…beautiful yet…imperfect…(sort of like real life)

until next time…


A perfect day for baking👩‍🍳

This past week I was in the mood for something sweet and didn’t want to run to the store for flour to bake cookies. After checking my cupboards I realized I had everything to bake up my favorite flourless  cookie recipe. I think you will really enjoy this recipe (especially if you love peanut butter & chocolate chips)

Yummy flourless cookies🍪

If you haven’t tried flourless cookies…these are the perfect ones to try. While they aren’t necessarily healthy…they aren’t an all-out splurge either. And…I actually feel better about eating these cookies than regular peanut butter/chocolate chip cookies.


1 cup creamy peanut butter

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup packed light brown sugar

1 large egg

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.

2. In a mixing bowl, using a large spoon, mix together peanut butter, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, egg and baking soda until well blended.

3. Stir in chocolate chips.

4. Drop dough by the rounded tablespoonfuls (about 1 1/2 Tbsp each) into prepared baking sheets, spacing cookies 2-inches apart.

5. Flatten each slightly. Bake one sheet at a time in preheated oven 10-12 minutes.

6. Cool on baking sheet 5 minutes then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

7. Store cookies in a single layer in an airtight container, they are somewhat delicate so don’t toss them into a bag or they will break apart.

8. Enjoy!

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Moments of Gratuitious Grace

”How simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut…the sound of the sea…All that is required to feel that here and now is happiness is a simple, frugal heart.”

-Nikos Kazantzakis

Cooking date with Joe

Hello, dear friend…

Somewhere in the week’s passing moments…

as I was doing nothing particularly special I looked around the cottage and thought how good this day is…

how good it is to be alive...
My SoCal roots-demand pretty flowers
Checking out my She Shed


if it’s raining…to feel the cozy sound of rain…

Pitter patter of rain

I think about how meaningful & good life can be when I take the time to celebrate ordinary moments.

Taking a stroll
Marina on Presidents’ Day
February’s full moon…known as a Super Snow Moon

Those simple things in life which bring the possibility of the moment…

Joe slicing and dicing

Snapping up as much as I can…

Bluebird of happiness
Stir away Joe!
Ready to bake…

those illuminating moments…

when I feel open to all the rhythms of life…


Savoring the desire for awakening…as a hope…a possibility…one which feeds my soul…making contact with an inner life…

Kitchen Art

This, sweet friend, is what makes life precious.💋

A yummy breakfast casserole


This Hashbrown and egg breakfast casserole is a no- fail breakfast recipe that everyone will love. (Joe and I substitute Italian veggie sausage for regular sausage) To make this casserole just mix everything together and bake!

  2. 12 eggs
  3. 1 cup milk
  4. 1 pound ground saugage (cooked)
  5. 1/2 green/red/orange bell pepper (chopped)
  6. 1 cup broccoli (chopped)
  7. 1/2 onion (diced fine)
  8. 1 tomato (diced)
  9. 16 ounces frozen shredded hash browns
  10. 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  11. 1 teaspoon salt
  12. 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. In a bowl, beat eggs and milk.
  2. Stir in all other ingredients.
  3. Put in greased 9 x 13 inch pan and bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes or until well set.


Of course if it makes you happier…😉 You could also use bacon/ham in place of sausage…and serve this topped with salsa & cheese.👩‍🍳

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💘The Power Of Love💘

”Three things will last forever: Faith, Hope, Love…and the greatest of these is Love”

1 Corinthians 13:13

Hello, dear friends…

Hope all is well with you.

Everything is going great here…tickety-boo💘


San Bernardino mountains viewed from the Ontario Airport

I recently returned from a trip to Southern California

During moments of unpacking…

coupled with hours of 💤 napping…

along with what I think I am best at doing…(nesting)

A lovely realization came over me…

A heightened awareness…

that we have all been created for greater things…

to love…and to be loved…

A Love without conditions…or expectations…

bringing peace…

helping each other…

on our journey.

Wishing you…

💕 Love 💕

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Postcards From Paris…Monet’s Gardens



”However big or small your garden is, if you allow nature to touch your spirit, gardening will bring returns of peace, satisfaction, and well being for as long as you continue to wonder the garden path.”

-Norman H. Hanson


Hello, dear friend…





Today we took the train to the delightful village of Giverny…



 where we then hopped on a shuttle to visit Monet’s Gardens.



Joe and I remembered a wonderful cafe from a trip  years before…



and decided to enjoy lunch there before…




Walking the gardens…and touring the magical soulful home of the impressionist artist Claude Monet.



There are many wonderful stories I could share about this day trip…the scent and beauty of the gardens…the people from many walks of life that we crossed paths with…the charm of the home…food…



however what comes to mind is a story I read about this talented impressionist artist Claude spoke about how he noticed this sweet village while looking out a train window… and at that moment made up his mind to move there…so he rented a house which included the area surrounding it. In 1890 he was able to purchase both house and land…amazing



and it was here he created (a home) the gardens he wanted to paint.


Until next time sweet friend…




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