Friday, May 28, 2010

Pink at the Market


 Happy Birthday Pink Saturday

Today we made our last visit to Fresh Market until next year. I took my iPhone and took pictures of pink things. I tried to look important like I was from the media but I don’t think that worked.

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I am joining Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday and Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday.


Pink combination 


These guest towels by Caspari were quite pink. You can read about their products here. Pink roses in buckets were begging to go home with me.


Gerbera Daisies caught my eye.


How about some cherries or maybe even watermelon?

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Of course, there are potatoes and onions.

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Then my favorite bakery counter….



Chocolate is for Pink Saturday.

Then the candy aisle with one or two of my favorites…..

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Of course the beverages……IMG_0269

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And my favorite….


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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Chicken Pot Pie

I am joining Michael Lee West at Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday. Michael Lee hosts this event every Friday for those of us who love food and sharing recipes. Please visit and see what’s cooking.

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I am a major fan of Ina Garten! I have all her books and I have preordered the new one How Easy is That coming out in late October.  I have a set of her books here and another one in Maine because it was getting too expensive shipping them back and forth. I also watch her cooking show whenever possible. I know if I use one of her recipes my efforts will be rewarded.

We went out to lunch and had chicken pot pie that was lacking in many areas and I remembered that one blogger had made Ina’s pot pie so I looked it up. You can find the recipe here.
I made a couple of minor changes. I use Better than Bouillon now to make my chicken stock if I don’t have homemade so I did not add the bouillon cubes. I also added a “glug” of dry sherry.


Because making crust is just not my thing any more, I used puff pastry instead of traditional pie crust.


Into the oven they went…..



The recipe made 6 pies in the Apilco bowls so we had leftovers which was wonderful. I will make this again.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Pink Peonies and Campanulas


I love the weather in Florida and we stay until the beginning of June.  But I miss my flowers up north and some of the flowers I miss the most (besides lilacs) are peonies. I was thrilled to walk into Fresh Market this week and see peonies. I had to have them so I did! They also had campanulas which make for a very pink arrangement. I took many pictures and I hope you enjoy them.

I am joining Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday and Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday. Please stop by and visit them after our visit.


I played with Virtual Painter. Thank you Jackie in Surry. I have had more fun with this program. Would that I could paint but I can’t and this program takes your photos and turns them into different styles of paintings. I am taking some of my favorites and having them made into note cards.



More from the camera…..


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I arranged the flowers in a vintage Fenton vase on a crocheted tablecloth made by my grandmother.


A few more pictures of the flowers. I got a little carried away….


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Another virtual painting…..impasto 1

A peony and an antique mug that belonged to my grandmother.

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A mosaic in Picasa….

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I just love flowers. It is so wonderful to be able to buy the flowers that grow in the garden.

Happy Pink Saturday

Thursday, May 20, 2010

New Orleans Star for Quilt Festival


I am joining Amy in Park City for the Spring Bloggers Quilt Festival.


I am sharing my New Orleans Star from Kaffe Fassett’s book Kaleidoscope of Quilts. 


When his books come out everything stops while I decide which one I am going to make. And because I absolutely love his fabric and his colors, I very often buy the kit from his website Glorious Color. Years ago I would have scorned a kit but as I age (ugh) and mellow, I find that I want a project that I can finish, one that doesn’t take hours to gather, and one that doesn’t leave me with tons of fabric that I probably will never use. However, my fabric stash does exist – full of batiks, other Kaffe fabrics and Christmas fabric.

I think this is quilt that can speak to the Gulf today as well as when it was designed after hurricane Katrina. The colors represent the flooding and its aftermath with light and bright spots of color offering hope. Of all my quilts, this one always gets a lot of attention. The quilt was designed by Liza Prior Lucy who works with Kaffe. The fabrics are designed by Kaffe, Martha Negley and Phillip Jacobs. You can read more about Kaffe here and see his fabrics here.


I had trouble getting a picture of the whole quilt. One of my helpers was very tall! I think this was the best picture of the whole quilt.


Please be sure to visit the quilt show and see all the beautiful quilts from the bloggers.
Thank you Amy!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Grilled tomatoes from One Perfect Bite

I follow several food bloggers and Mary at One Perfect Bite is one of my favorites. She recently wrote about grilled tomato salad which was a step or two from insalata caprese another favorite of mine. I didn’t have pesto but I had fresh basil and garlic. So I chopped the basil and mixed it with olive oil and garlic. I cut Beefsteak tomatoes into thick slabs and brushed them with olive oil and seasoned them with salt and pepper.


I grilled one side of the tomato and turned it over…..

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I covered the tomatoes with chopped basil mixture….

Then the mozzarella…..


Served with grilled hamburgers and they were wonderful – thanks Mary.



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