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Friends, Hotel ART and Home Sweet Home

For the past couple of days,

I was in San Antonio and it was perfection.

It is one of my favorite cities in the world.

Larry had meetings there, so I tagged along.

On Monday night, we met friends for dinner

and had the best visit ever.

Yes, we were at Chuy’s Restaurant in San Antonio.

It was crazy busy and so much fun.

After dinner, Larry had work to catch up on.

I lay in bed

Bitching {excuse my French} about the BAD ART in the hotel.

BAD, BAD, BAD ART.

The hotel was great and everyone was so nice but…gosh…..YUCK.

That print  gots to go.

We stayed at Hilton Garden Inn.

Wonderful place….but beware of the ART.

Larry was captured in the world of Corporate Food Service

so

I read and played on the phone.

It was relaxing and fun.

We woke early and Larry left for two meetings.

I got dressed

and

worked while watching a movie.

After Larry’s meetings, we left beautiful SA and drove back to Dallas.

Home sweet home…..

OK, onward and upward….

as we grieve, we are staying busy and smiling.

Happy Wednesday.

I am glad to be home.

The ART here is awesome.

Love you!

Me

Never Let…..

Do you ever feel like you need “fixed”?

When I ask that, I smile.

There are some things in our lives that inspire us to wonder just that.

Whenever it has happened to me,

the fixed question, in my mind, lasted about a second,

then I follow my heart.

None of us need fixed.

Never let anyone tell you that you do.

You are perfect the way you are.

Just take quiet time, follow your heart

and

you will always be happy.

I promise.

I love you beyond safety pins.

Me

{smiling, happy, Me}

Blueberry Pancake Casserole~Chef Valentine

Hi.

Larry and I had to switch up Sunday Dinner and Movie

due to broken hearts

and

had Sunday Breakfast and Mimosas instead.

Things will get back to normal in a few weeks,

and

then I shall share a few recipes.

Till then

for today’s offering:

****

BLUEBERRY PANCAKE CASSEROLE

Crumb Topping Ingredients:

1/2 cup flour

3 Tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 Tablespoons butter-cold-cut into cubes

Casserole Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

2 Tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 eggs

2 cups buttermilk

1/2 cup milk ( I use 2%)

4 tablespoons butter melted

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups of fresh blueberries

Maple Syrup

***

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Spray 13 X 9″ baking dish with Pam

***

Prepare Crumb Topping

In medium bowl, combine flour, sugar. cinnamon and salt.

Add butter and use your fingers to work into flour

till it looks like wet sand.

Butter size should be pea size or smaller.

Put into fridge while making the casserole.

***

Make Casserole

In large bowl, combine flour, sugar,

salt, baking powder,baking soda.

In a separate bowl, combine eggs,

buttermilk, milk and melted butter

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.

Using a spatula to stir, till just combined.

{do not over mix!}

Batter will be lumpy.

Pour into prepared baking dish.

Sprinkle blueberries over top.

Sprinkle crumble topping over blueberries.

Bake 45 min till golden and edges

are pulling away from the sides of baking dish.

I spoon helpings out of dish and drizzle with maple syrup.

Perfection with Mimosas.

There is something special about a family breakfast.

Enjoy.

Till next time,

Valentine.

One More Hour

My feet feel like cement as I walk around the house.

The days are odd and pretend that I am OK.

Tears come unexpectedly.

Like with any other great loss in my life,

this reality is like a dream.

I know that she is gone,

but I wish I had one more hour with her.

Love you.

Me

And This Too…..

Good morning.

It is early Friday morning,

I am heart broken  and missing my dog.

 Eating and sleeping is out of the question.

I was not going to post on the blog today,

until good friends commented about Libby’s best friend.

Ajax.

Libby and Ajax were very close

and

they loved to terrorize the neighborhood cat.

Ajax is on the left, Libby is on the right

and

Garfield the mean cat is teasing them.

Bobbie, Ajax’s mother wrote reminding me

that all three of these characters are together in heaven now.

Some things just comfort a soul beyond words.

I am tired.

I am sad

and

I have amazing moments that border on a crying jag.

This too shall pass….oui?

Love you.

Me.

Rest Well My Sweet Puppy

Elizabeth’s Stormy Liberty

“Libby”

Left our world this afternoon.

She was a joyful 16 years old

and

loved beyond the moon.

Rest well my sweet puppy.

I  shall miss you so much.

Me

 

 

A Masterpiece?

I make the paper that I watercolor {paint} on.

It is an arduous process but for some reason I love doing it.

Yesterday I made two sheets and one this morning.

I saw this paper in France a few years ago

and came home ready to buy or make it.

No one here had ever seen it before…

so the technique I use, was invented by me.

I love imagining what I will paint as I make each sheet.

Or not.

{yesterday was a disaster}

Life is like ART.

Some days are masterpieces

and some days are junk.

I have the feeling that today is going to be a masterpiece.

Love you.

Me

French Doors For Naught

By April, we usually have our

Thankful Cards for the year designed and made.

I hand make all 75 of them.

My Larry and I alternate years  designing them

and this is my year to design the card.

While on holiday last fall,

planning this years card I had a great idea.

I would pick out a charming French door

and take Larry to it, kiss him good. Real good,

then take a photo of the door.

All of the doors  would be what this years card

would be designed around.

I took a dozen photos,

gave My Larry two dozen kisses

but the design just did not translate.

Frustration.

But, yesterday, I had an idea.

I studied card designs while I knit…and before I knew it…progress.

So I scrapped the kissing-doorway idea….

I ordered all of my materials and photos.

Relief has set in.

2017’s card is going to be great.

Now to tell Larry that we  kissed

in front of all those doorways in Paris for nothing.

Yes, I am smiling….the rest of this post will remain personal.

Love you.

Me

On Top Of The Mountain

Two days ago, on Sunday morning,

Jami came over for a visit.

I was glad for the visit, that morning, when I woke up

all I could think about

was my Uncle Bruce….distraction! I needed distraction!

Jamison brought her dogs and we sat out on the garden,

enjoying the morning and having tea.

At one point, Cooper, her Golden Retriever acted a bit strange.

{she kept looking to the sky}

It is like she saw something…Jami got a great picture of the moment.

We had such a good visit, and after Jami went home

My Larry and I had errands to do.

You know, the dreaded Wall Mart on Sunday errands.

It is then we found it.

Bruce’s Flag.

This is our favorite flag….it is good fabric, embroidered stars and each stripe is sewn. Sometimes it is difficult to find this brand.

***

Each year, at the beach, Larry and I take a special hike.

we call it :The Uncle’s Hike.

At the top of the mountain, an hour into the hike,

is a lean-to.

We have a picnic,

and

then tack a flag to the side of the shed, with a note.

The note and the flag are left for a veteran,

in honor of my Beloved Uncle Bruce.

Bruce was a Veteran also.

So each year, we leave a flag at the top of the mountain

in memory of one of the greatest men I have ever known.

I must mention, on the note, I include my email address.

Who ever takes the flag, is welcome to write to me.

All 5 years, I have heard back from the recipient of the flag.

{how awesome is that?}

Here is Larry with last years flag…and the note…

before we headed down the mountain.

***

I wish you special moments of closeness.

Just like having tea in the garden or thinking about my Uncle Bruce.

Love you and special moments.

Me

Sunday Dinner And…….

The past week had been a bit difficult,

and to be honest,

staying home this weekend, gave me a sweet calm.

I cooked dinner and dessert.

The process made me feel amazingly centered.

Menu:

Garlic Parmesan Chicken

No Name Potatoes {my own recipe with herbs from the garden}

Steamed Green Beans

Dessert: Larry”s Favorite Fudge Pie

***

Here is the food line in our kitchen.

Yes, well, we make do. Wink.

Larry opened my favorite wine with dinner.

Dinner was comfort food. Perfection.

We watched, not a movie but, Z.

Z is a series by Amazon, free on Prime,

and

is the story is Zelda Sayer, F Scott’s true love.

Last year, while on holiday, I took a walk and

 and

found myself out-side of Gertrude Stein’s Paris apartment.

 Feeling inspired, happy and a little bit crazy.

It is true. I love the story,

I love the characters and the ART inspires me.

AND…it was amazing. Simply amazing.

Sunday dinner and Z. I had that inspired feeling again!

Ahhhhh.

Happy Monday.

Love you.

Me