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Crêpe Day (and recipe)~ Chef Valentine

Yesterday, was Crêpe Day.

The Catholic holiday of Candlemas, on 2 February,

is a feast to commemorate the purification of the Virgin Mary and the presentation of baby Jesus.

In France, this holiday is called la Chandeleur, Fête de la Lumière,* or jour des crêpes.

It is traditional to hold a coin in your writing hand and a crêpe pan in the other, and flip the crêpe into the air.

If you manage to catch the crêpe in the pan, your family will be prosperous for the rest of the year.

I read one story, that February 2nd, was when the Baby Jesus

was presented at Temple in Jerusalem.

In the 1400’s in Rome,

the Pope handed out savory crepes to the crowd as the day was bitter cold.

Larry and I make crepes on Jour Des Crêpes. , usually for dessert.

The batter is from a charming cook-book that Rosemary gave me.



1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 Tablespoon sugar

pinch salt

2 eggs

About 2 1/4 cups milk

Melted butter for frying


1. Mix, flour, sugar and salt in a bowl.

2. Make a well in the center of dry ingredients and crack in the eggs.

3. Gradually mix the ingredients together, adding enough milk for the batter

to have the consistency of heavy cream

4. Do not over mix as this will make the crêpes rubbery.

5. Refrigerate batter at least one hours or overnight.

6. If the batter has thickened to much, add a bit of milk to make it the correct consistency.

Heat 6-7 inch heavy saute pan.. Brush in melted butter. Pour 3-4 Tablespoons of patter into pan and quickly swirl so the batter covers the inside.

Cook for 1 minute, then loosen the edges with a spatula, turn over and cook for another minute.

Slide out of pan, then repeat to make 10-12 crêpes.

{ I use a larger pan, and make 5-6}

Grease the pan after each crêpe.

*don’t worry. The first one is always a little wrong

**Keep the cooked crêpes warm.

Place them on a baking sheet, cover loosely with foil and place in over at 200 degrees.

We spread them Nutella and slice bananas over top.

You can fold them to make hand-helds….

but I just folded them over once and served them on plates.

The Cottage was a happy place

and there were no left overs.

Until next time,


Thou Art To Me

Last week, while Larry had meetings in Ft Worth

I tagged along.

The MONET exhibit was at the Kimball Museum of Fine ART


that is where I spent my time.

Walking through the exhibit a number of times

and each time, discovering things I had not seen before.

Last night,{a week later} My Larry and I went to dinner.

We had salads and looked at the book I bought at the exhibit.

We discussed the paintings and M. Monet.

We talked about Larry’s work, Matilda and a recent Dr visit I had.

What is it about these little moments?

Deliberate moments filled with meaning.

They have the ability to be the memories that last forever.


There are 11 days till Valentine’s Day.

Today’s Love Quote:

Thou art to me a delicious torment.

~ralph waldo emerson~

I wish you sunshine and love today,

happy moments and many smiles….

Love you.



The pillow with hearts {coeurs} on it was designed and made by me.

The process was good. I carried it with me to schools, Dr’s offices


just running young girls around.

It is over 20 years old and was made in honor of

Larry proposing to me, on Feb 14th, 1977.


There are 12 days till Valentine’s Day.

Today’s Love Quote:

One does not fall “in” or “out” of love.

One grows in love.

~leo buscaglia~

Oh, and that heart pillow above?

It won a blue ribbon at the Texas State Fair.

Love you beyond the hearts…..


Yesterday’s Healthy Choice

Here we go, it is Tuesday. YAY!

Yesterday, I was so busy around the house,

I only left once


that was to walk to our Neighborhood Wall Mart.

Big deal, right?

The awesome thing is, walking to Wall Mart for a few things

is the healthy choice.

{go on, smile}

It is a few miles, both ways,


as politically incorrect it is,

we call it the “white trash” walk.

The “WT”……

and here is proof.

Here I  am, walking home with a cooler and bag of supplies.

It was a beautiful day and the walk gave me time to think.

I am so blessed to be healthy enough to walk to Wall Mart

to buy supplies for a party.


There are 13 day’s till Valentine’s Day.

Today’s Love quote is

“I feel there is nothing more artistic

than loving people.”

~vincent van gogh~

Today’s quote is brought to you by

My dear friend, Karen Cox.

{thank you Karen XOX}

Perhaps today, you will share the love?

Love you.


Bid Me Love

It is  Monday.

A bright sunny, sweet Monday.

As you can see, I have been playing with the web-site.


The photo above was take years ago,

on a bitter November day in France.

The disks in the pond were for a beautiful ART exhibit


I remember My Larry and I

sitting to the left of the couple in the photo and had a picnic.

Back to today.

It is early here. {I try to publish blog before 9:00 am}

and rambling because….

Before waking up this morning,

I had a dream, that Libby Pug Died.

It felt very real.

She fell over and I held her as she slipped away.

I am crying now, just telling about it.

If you are a new reader to the blog,

here is a portrait of Libby Luna, the moon faced pug

when she was much younger.

She is my true companion.



Enough of that.

Do you know that there are 14 days till

Valentine’s Day?

Today’s Love Quote:

Bid me love, and I will give a loving heart to thee.

~robert herrick~

Love you.


Horse Heads In The Garden

My Larry’s birthday is in December


he is not a birthday guy.

{we are a birthday family and he pisses us off sometimes

by not wanting to celebrate}

Excuse my  French.

So, for his birthday, I gave him a hollow horse head.

He  filled it with nuts and seed,

(using peanut butter for the seed to stick to….. hung it in the garden


squirrels were supposed to flock to it and would be hilarious!

This is where it hangs in the back garden.

This is the view from above.

Note seed and corn on the ground.

{there is food IN the hollow horse head,

but Larry sprinkled food on the ground with hopes

of attracting one of the hundreds of squirrels in the neighborhood}

This darn thing has been hanging there

since the second weekend in December.

No squirrels yet, but look, corn and sunflowers are growing!

This is the ad for the squirrel feeder…..

I think they saw me coming.


There are  17 days till Valentine’s Day!

Today’s love quote:

Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.

~h. jackson Brown jr~

Love you.


Bloggers Block

I am struggling with the blog today.

There is no sweet story or funny moment to share.

I just feel agitated.

This new web site is dreamy.

I love it and love the complexities of it

but, as you might have noticed, I have not made it “mine” yet.

I did  try a few things when I was not feeling well the past few days.


I should never work on a computer when sick.

So here I am, wanting to change everything I did.

And, another thing, no one hardly ever leaves me comments,

except the idiot spammers trying to sell me something.

HELP! How do I block them?

I am just thinking out loud…

I just wanted to thank you for being patient as I figure

the new site out.


A Valentine gift arrived Tuesday night.

He was in a huge box and was expected.

He will live in the gazebo


create a spot for me of calm and where I can

practice yoga.

There are 18 days till Valentine’s Day

Today’s love quote:

Love has no uttermost,

as the stars have no number

and the sea no rest.

~eleanor farjeon~

I wish you a calm, pleasant day

filled with your favorite things.

Love you.


Beyond The Roue de Paris

Yesterday, I felt under the weather.

{had a cold}

It was beautiful outside and  felt like I missed the entire day.

I read in bed then knitted and watched TV.

Last night, I cuddled next to My Larry


watched a great documentary on William Shakespeare.

It was kind of awesome.


There are 19 days left till Valentine’s Day.

Today’s Love Quote:

Doubt thou the stars are fire;

Doubt that the sun doth move;

Doubt truth to be a liar;

But never doubt I love.

~william shakespeare~

Larry Is in San Antonio and he always reads  Toujours..

Hello Love.

I hope that you have a nice day

and that your meetings go well.

Do you remember the year that we spent

Valentine’s Day In France?

That was kind of awesome too.

Libby and I miss you


 love you beyond Le Grande Roue  Ride.


Philly Cookie Bars~Chef Valentine

On Sunday, I cheated.

Dessert was made from things right out of the fridge,

This is super easy and overwhelmingly delish.

I served it with vanilla ice cream.


Philly Cookie Bars

1 package of Philadelphia Cream Cheese {soft}

1 egg

 1/2 cup sugar

1 {18 oz} roll of refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Grease bottom of an 8 X 8 ” baking pan.

Cut cookie dough in half. Press 1/2 half into bottom of baking pan.

In a large bowl, combine soft Philly, egg and sugar till smooth.

Pour over crust.

Crumble 1/2 of the cookie dough on top, making 3rd layer.

Bake 40-45 min till toothpick comes out clean.

Cool then cut into squares. {i made 9 squares}

Store in refrigerator.

These were better the day after making them.

These were a huge cheat dessert


they were awesome!

Till next time,


American Sampler

It is funny to me,

that something can be hidden in a drawer for thirty years


once found, it can become an important possession.

A few weeks ago,

I found a crewel embroidery kit in the guest room dresser.

I stashed it in the work room to deal with later

and last Friday,

while watching the inauguration of President Trump,

I saw it on my work table.

The long lost crewel embroidery kit.

{dated 1980-when on earth did I buy it?}

As I opened the crumpled old packaging,

 my lap top was streaming Donald Trump  vowing

 to be the best president that he can be.

The linen fabric, in my hand became an important reminder.

Oh beautiful for spacious skies…..

In all of the drama surrounding the presidential election,

citizen voices have forgotten one thing.

This is our country.

Amber waves of grain and purple mountain majesties…..

 how can we expect someone to step up and make everything “good”

if we are not willing to make the same promise for OUR country?

I hope that I never forget that feeling.

I have promised that each night I will put stitches in this beautiful sampler

and with each stitch promising to be a better citizen.

Started on January 20, 2017.

This is the Inauguration Sampler.

It is in a basket by my bed.

Each stitch, it will be my promise to never forget

how beautiful this country is


how lucky we are to live here.

I wish everyone had an Inauguration Sampler.

It is a wonderful reminder

that God shed his grace on thee…from sea to shining sea.

Love you.