Oh So Good…Simple, Too!

IMG_0746 (1)These days roasting is my favorite way to prepare vegetables.  

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne is wonderful all by itself, but mixing several together is even better and a great way to use a little of this and a little of that from the refrigerator.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEasy?  You bet!  All that is needed is seasonings, oil and always garlic.    I particularly like Herbes ‘d Provence or fresh rosemary and either avocado or olive oil.  

Always we have some veggies left over, and I’ve found they make a great soup.  Already the vegetables are seasoned so just add some chicken broth and maybe a bit of half and half or milk for a richer version.  When the ingredients are heated through puree to a creamy texture.  Here is one of the many instances I find a handheld blender very handy.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAdd a salad and this is a tasty lunch or dinner on those days when you’re looking for quick and easy!

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To Do or Not?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATumbling out of bed in the morning, it is left rumpled and mussed.  

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe duvet rests untidily on a chair.

Making the bed is not my first priority. No, I head to the kitchen for that first cup of coffee and then settle in a comfortable chair to read a favorite poet (Billy Collins) or have a few quiet moments before starting the day.

bedroomWhen I return to the bedroom to get dressed, that messy bed screams to be tidied and I spend the few minutes it takes to put it back together.  

bedroomAll done, the room takes on an aura of calmness.  I like knowing that tonight when I return to the bed the sheets will be pulled tight and the blanket smoothed.  Those are simple things that give me inner peace.

bedroomMay I tell you the hubby would be just as happy if the bed were not made and all the pillows did not have to be removed night after night!

How about you, where does bed making rate on your list?

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Metamorphosis Monday

The Scoop

Inspiration Thursday

Glass or Wood?

When it comes to choosing a dining table, there are thousands of styles which can make selecting a bit of a challenge.  Though there are many surfaces, the most popular appear to be glass and wood, and there are advantages to both.

Judy's tableWith its lovely burnished sheen, wood has a welcoming warmth.

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French country tableto French country

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So, what is the downside of wood?  It is somewhat hard to maintain as polishing a wood surface does require a little elbow grease.  Stains and blemishes are visible, and wood tables can make a small area fill a bit tight.  Finally, if it has a defined look it may be a tad difficult to change from one style to another with new chairs or accessories.

Glass has a number of advantages over wood.  There’s no worry about stains or spills.  They wipe right up and once the table is cleared, Windex and a soft rag has glass looking like new.  The real beauty of this surface is that it transitions easily from one look to another.

dining+room-1A glass top is incredibly versatile and complements  any style.

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I have both wood and glass tables, and I must confess to having a slight preference for glass not only because it is easier to care for but because I find I don’t get tired of it as easily.  Too, it gives me a sense of freedom that works well with my desire to change things around from time to time.

Well, that’s my take on wood and glass.  What do you have to offer?

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Metamorphosis Monday


As many of you know, I live in two very different places, Maine and Houston.  While it is a privilege, there are some challenges to picking up life where it left off.  This is particularly true in Houston where people have so many options that keep them busy.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATo reengage with friends, I make an effort to have someone over for dinner most every week.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMany, especially the husbands, are very appreciative because most of our Houston friends have ceased to prepare meals at home but opt to eat out or pick something up.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMost of the dinners are quite simple as the purpose is to visit.  The table isn’t fussy either, but I do give some thought to the personalities that will gather round it and go from there.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALike many of you, I have lots of dishes and since I have no rules for how they are used, mixing and matching comes naturally.  

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOften, I have no idea what is going to happen, but surprise is part of the fun.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACan you tell I was in a very playful mood, pushing the boundaries with pattern, color and texture.  Whether or not a table setting makes the food taste better is debatable, but it sure does go a long way toward making people feel welcome and in many cases reflect the character of the people who join there.  What would you say about this foursome?

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Tablescape Thursday

Inspiration Thursday

Cheering Them On

I was pretty fast at one time, but when I no longer had to run that was it.  That being said, I do feel compelled each year to walk down the street to cheer on the thousands of marathoners who pass through the neighborhood.  They are all ages, shapes and sizes who brave whatever weather to participate in the Houston Marathon.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis 45 degree morning I was on the curb before 8:00 thinking I would see the first runners through. No such luck.  They beat me by almost 15 minutes.    One by one, group by group, the elite runners were followed by young people, trim and in better shape than I will ever be again.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs the race goes on, the mass of runners increases, and the look begins to change.


Not all are young,

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand some are physically impaired and make the trek with a guide.

Some smile and say thanks as they pass by

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwhile others spot a friend or spouse to whom they stop and say hello.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs he passed in front of me, this fella, a doctor, had to stop for a call.  I couldn’t help but wonder if it would keep him from finishing.

Some runners exhibit  a sense of fun to go along with their determination

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand these marines drew a cheer as they passed by.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn the curb, some watchers were ready with their phone to snap a photo of someone they knew

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand a group of your g boys cheered every passing runner.  One day I might be cheering them on.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAll in all, the marathon is a study of people who for whatever reason accept the challenge of running it.  For some, like the Ethiopians who finished first, it means money, but for most the satisfaction is in the doing, and I am happy to cheer them on until my voice is no more than a croak.

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