Saturday, August 18, 2018

(a very) Pampered Chef

     Something I miss the most of living in Florida are the cooking classes I used to take at a small deli in town, taught by my favorite little German lady.  Hannalore was an amazing cook and loved to make everyone feel welcome in her restaurant.  To recreate her mouth-watering lessons and creations on my own at home, I would host Pampered Chef parties to get free and discounted products.

        I no longer have a sweet little German lady to show me how to make magic in the kitchen, although there are cooking lessons offered down at the local co-op I haven't gone to yet.  And a lot of the Pampered Chef I used to have seems to have been lost in moves cross-country, cross-state, and cross-town.

     My solution?  To start selling Pampered Chef and replace what has gone missing!  And to get new items!

     One of the (many) things I love about Pampered Chef is how well the products are made.  I haven't hosted a party in more than 10 years and the products that I still have and use (that not are in storage) are in good condition.  Their stoneware is exceptional, and I love the round baking stones for making pizza!

     While some of the items seem a bit pricey, they are actually an investment in your kitchen, your cooking, and yourself.  That is what makes hosting parties even better because the hostess gets free and discounted products.

     For me, hosting house parties used to be my excuse to clean the house once or twice a month.  Now, there is a new kind of party ... online or Facebook parties.  Even better!  No rush to clean, no need to make enough snacks and appetizers to feed an army (or me to eat for days later), and the best part ... I don't even have to get out of my pajamas if I don't want to.

     I hope that you, dear reader, would consider Pampered Chef products, and perhaps even a pajama party.

Monday, August 13, 2018

in color ...

Wildfires in Canada gave last night's sunset a surreal look.
 and this morning...
apparently, the sidewalk chalk fairy had something to say over the weekend...

Friday, August 10, 2018

along the way ...

I walked to work this morning, which is not as far as I thought it once was ~ less than half a mile.
The weather is nice, and I know colder days will soon prevent me from even considering it.
On my route are several houses with incredible gardens ~ both flower and RASPBERRY!

(click to enlarge)
This was a very determined hollyhock.
I think it must have been mowed down at one point,
but refused to give up.
A good lesson to remember.
I loved the salmon color of this gladiola
I love hollyhocks!
These were supported by tomato cages,
around which the morning glories below entwined.
This is a house I walk past
(as seen from my very dirty office window)
which has one of the beautiful flower gardens.
Not seen from this distance is the sweet beagle
that I roused from a nap in the sun this morning.
He wasn't pleased about being woken up but was happy
to have his head scratched.

Thursday, August 9, 2018


Our grandson has arrived!
Jayden Layn
7 pounds 9 ounces
20 inches