2014 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.  I need these stat helper monkeys in other areas of my life, do you? I typically get nostalgic and sappy around this time of year and true to form this year, here I am fighting off getting choked up over my #1... Continue Reading →

If you’d asked me a year ago whether I’d be making homemade yeasted donuts, with a homemade glaze, I’d have said you were very mistaken. But life sometimes has plans that run parallel or even perpendicular to our own (conscious) plans, and one minute you could be a baker, the next a braiser. I’ve always... Continue Reading →

I am shamelessly posting that it's my birthday today.  Every day we wake up and draw a breath is a day to celebrate; but this year on my birthday I had such a wonderful culinary fiesta that I wanted to share it with my friendly readers and fellow bloggers.I had the privilege of attending a... Continue Reading →

Yesterday I was brainstorming how to use up the rest of our loquat harvest, so I consulted this book from the wonderful Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections.  She makes some of the most delicious, beautiful and painstakingly individually handmade, hand wrapped sweets I have ever seen.  I love her vision and craftsmanship.  I found this... Continue Reading →

The lovely painting above is entitled "Loquats and Mountain Bird," by Anonymous Southern Song artist, in the Collection of the National Palace Museum, Beijing. Side Yard Loquats Ever been surprised by a flash of realized abundance in your life, when and where you were least looking for it?  That's what happened when we realized the... Continue Reading →

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