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Visit to 'Back In The Day Bakery' in Savannah, GA

It's November and in 3 days Thanksgiving will be here.   I have much to be thankful for; and I will wait to explain in a future post.  Today I want to share a wonderful recipe that could be an alternative to your usual pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving.

This recipe comes from a recently purchased cookbook: "The Back In The Day Bakery Cookbook", (It is from the bakery in Savannah, GA by the same name). I recently had the privilege to visit this wonderful place and meet one of the owners - Cheryl Day.  All I can say is what a fantastic place.

Everything in the store is inviting - the owners, the waite staff, the vintage merchandise, and of course the food.  The shelves are lined with antiques/retro and other wise. 

You can enjoy 'baked from scratch' cookies, pies, cupcakes and much more; sit down for a relaxing lunch (I can recommend the 'pimento & pig hot sandwich - excellent), or just enjoy something from the expresso bar. 
 But, if a trip to Savannah is not in the…

What Do I Do, Really?

About a month ago I read a devotional that asked that same question?  In my reading the answer the person gave was not your typical answer given - she said, "I bring hope to people who are hurting."  I loved that answer (her occupation - a clerk in a local grocery store.  She paid attention to her customers; if someone looked stressed or sad she would give them a kind word, a smile.  Something to brighten their day.)  What a wonderful thing to do.  What a wonderful way to be.

This persons answer to that questions made me think - What do I do, really?  A typical answer from me would be:  I am an artist, a food photographer, and an art teacher.  Now I think a better answer would be - I bring out the creativity in a person and give them something to enjoy in life.

So today, on this beautiful fall day, please allow me to bring out your creativity and try something new.  A simple, but elegant dessert with the taste of cinnamon. 

Cinnamon Creme Brulee **from:  The Last Course   By: C…

A, B, C's & 1, 2, 3's

I have been away from my blog for a while.  I have missed testing recipes, photographing, writing, and just blogging in general.  I'm not sure what I have been waiting for but, decided that  the best way to get - back on the horse (so-to-speak) was to just start.
 (Vann making blueberry muffins at school)
(sorry image is blurry - came from my instagram file)

     This post is going to be in honor of my grandson Vann.  I am homeschooling (preschool) this year and we are at the beginning of the alphabet.  I probably should have made the title -
Foods that Start with the Letter A and the Letter B

Making an Apple/Blueberry Tart
(this was is an easy recipe - people will think it took you hours to make)

 Ingredients: 1 box frozen puff pastry, thawed (available at grocery store) 4 apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/4 inch slices 1 cup fresh (or frozen) blueberries 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons flour 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon…

Dare to Dream

That is what I am doing right now - Dreaming.  I am currently in West Palm Beach visiting my son Matthew, Angie (his fiance), and my grandson Julian Carter.  There is much excitement, planning, and activity going on - for in one week we are having a wedding.  And it's going to be beautiful! (pictures to come, but for now just a few photos of West Palm & Matthew, Angie, & Julian.)

Now, back to the reason for the title -Dare to Dream-. I've always wanted to write a cookbook; and now that I am in West Palm visiting with Matthew (he is a Chef), talking about recipes, food, etc. - my mind is going a mile a minute with ideas and  write/create a cookbook with Matthew. But, for now it is just a dream; but, dreams do come true. 

Here's to Dreaming and Making them come True!

Thanks for Reading!

It's Hot, It's Humid - Let's Have Ice Cream

It's Friday and I know everyone is  ready for the  weekend!
Here in Atlanta it's hot, humid, and this summer  experiencing crazy weather.   With that  said I wanted to bring a little sunch9ine into your weekend  - so let's talk ice cream.  **(just an excuse to use my ice cream machine)
When yo think of ice cream - you (well, me) definitely  think of summer the ice cream truck (don't get me started about the fact they want to pass a law so they can't play their music. This is very sad.)walking on the pier at the beachthe neighborhood pool evening car ride with the family to get an ice cream conerefreshing, cool - you know Just Happy!  So my friends to start your weekend; here is a little happy for you to try: Coconut Pineapple Ice Cream Sprinkled with toasted Coconut  2 quarts half & half1 quart heavy whipping cream2 cups sugar1 can crushed pineapple 2 teaspoons coconut extractgarnish: toasted flaked coconut (this really adds to the flavor)In a heavy 3-quart saucepan, combine …

For the Love of Gardening

I am here to announce that I Love Gardening - the being outside, the working with the soil, composting, growing vegetables from seed.  It gives me a feeling of accomplishment.  It also reminds me of my grandfather - who could grow anything.

This season I am just in awe of my garden - mostly my vegetable garden (my flowers are doing great as well, but my vegetables); I've never seen them so hearty.  Some years have been better than others and there have always been one or two vegetables that have given a good yield - tomatoes and jalapenos.

But, this year - this year is over-the-top.  I have tomatoes, green peppers, jalapenos, and herbs that are just out of control - I Love It!  And something that I have planted year after year; and it dies year after year - cucumbers.

People I have cucumbers and not just ordinary cucumbers. A wonderful friend informed me that the variety is called 'lemon cucumber'.  They are are coming in like gangbusters.  Because of this abundance …

Have You Ever Wondered?

(Today I have just a few thoughts I want to share: no recipe; no photos (o.k. maybe one photo) This is just an in-betweener - on June 30th there will be a post with many photos and recipes.  I just had some thoughts today that I wanted to share.)
Have you ever wondered why you are here?  Do I make a difference?  I do - all the time.  Besides all the things I love - photography, painting, cooking, etc.   I wonder if I have made someones day better or worse.  Did I listen to them when they were speaking?  What about that friend that needed a  meal?  a prayer? a kind word?  Was I there for them? did I take the time?
I came across an old letter this morning that was thanking me for being there, for listening, for being a friend.  I probably did not solve their problem(s), but I did acknowledge that they mattered.
It is amazing that just that little act of being there and listening could rock someones world.   I hope that I can always be that kind of person to listen when someone has a  b…

It's Official - Summer is Here!

It's Official - it is now Summer!  I love the different seasons, but I do believe that summer is my favorite.  So to kick off the wonderful day I am going to share an old favorite - Pudding Pops.  This is one of my grandson's favorites when comes to visit Flash (that's me) and Papa Oz.  You know that Grandma always has the good stuff.

Pudding Pop Recipe Ingredients:    1 package (3.9 oz.) Jello Instant Chocolate pudding mix    2 cups of milk 1. Put ingredients in a mixing bowl 2. Beat ingredients with a whisk for about 2 minutes      (until mixed and getting thick) 3. Pour mixture into Popsicle molds.  Insert the Popsicle stick. 4. Place in freezer for about 4 hours or until they are firm. Enjoy!!!!!! (Sailboat Popsicle molds from William-Sonoma)