Category: Basics & Tips

Basics & Tips

At The Races

A long time Facebook friend, someone I communicate with often, lost her elderly, ailing mom not too long ago.  While spending the last days with her mother, she was sharing her feelings on Facebook.  I private messaged her a few

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Not Parsnips Again??

“Winter” is definitely the key word here! Last weekend we made an unusually short foray to Nat Bailey Stadium where our Winter Farmer’s Market is held each Saturday.  Seems like at this time of year it’s short rations for local

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Our Never Ending Italian Learning Curve!

Buon anno everyone!  Before next spring rolls around and before we head back to Italy, I better post this! I definitely think I need an eyebrow make-over! Everyone seems to have amazing, immaculately groomed ones, even some of the guys!

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Pasta Rules!

I’m beginning to wonder if there’s something wrong with me!  Here’s why… An article I was recently reading in a local magazine included a photo not unlike this one, minus the basil leaf, of white spaghetti topped with a huge

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While Visiting Victoria

Last weekend we made a quick trip over to Vancouver Island.  It’s been about three years…far too long! Back in the day, before we really got the travel bug and when we still had a mortgage to pay off, we

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My Freezer

We’ve always had a stand-alone freezer. And…FYI… I’ll freeze just about anything that isn’t standing still!  I don’t know how we would live without one! Do you freeze whipping cream? Are you nuts you might ask…hang on…I do all the

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Make Some Meatballs

You’ve just have to say yes to these juicy, succulent morsels! When a friend posted that she was making meatballs,  I figured I’d better get busy and make some too! I’ve probably made  hundreds if not thousands of different meatballs

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Sea Change?

I must admit that writing and posting on my blog has not been as productive over the last 6 months or so as I would have liked! For us 2017 has begun with a bang minus the fireworks! My knee

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Happy 2017

Joe and I would like to wish you a very Happy New Year filled with much love, joy and many blessings! A quiet New Years Eve at #5 this year…enjoyed a nice lunch out and then back to our cozy

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It’s Almost Christmas!

Only 5 more sleeps! I want to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas/Buon natale, Happy Holidays and much joy during the season, sharing good times, good food with friends and family…a toast to you all!  Here’s to an

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