Miso Eggplant


Japanese style eggplant stir fried and then cooked with soy, mirin, and miso. With carrots and scallions.

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October 19, 2014 · 1:35 am

Carnations and Lilies


Altar arrangement of carnations, lilies, and greens. Accented with a dried artichoke and silver and gold wire.

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Any other Hobbits out there?

parm ranch mushrooms

Mushrooms slow-cooked with butter ranch sauce and Parmesan.

Hobbits love mushrooms, and so do we. I found this recipe on pinterest,originally from user Boomette at food.com. It’s delicious, and doesn’t taste nearly as heavy as the butter suggests.

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October 12, 2014 · 12:16 am

Follow the Yellow Brick Road


Pave of red carnations and yellow roses.

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October 6, 2014 · 1:37 pm

Floral Competition

This past weekend, September 27 and 28, I participated in my first floral design competition at The Rhoads Garden, which was part of their 75th anniversary celebrations. They had two categories, harvest and romantic, both of which I entered. All the flowers, tools, and containers were provided by Rhoads, and I and many other ladies enjoyed making our arrangements on Friday evening. There were awards handed out by the Rhoads staff, and a people’s choice in each category. My entries are below. Closer views can be seen here.


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Glorius Greens


While I’m usually not a huge fan of having lots of greens in arrangements, this turned out rather nicely. Blush roses, lilies, solidago, green trachelium, and some tropical greens.

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August 21, 2014 · 1:54 pm

Pure and Simple Food

In mid-June, DH and I went to visit a family friend. A good time was had by all, in both company and doings, including a street fair in a neighboring down and plenty of delicious foods. This included Saturday lunch at the Pure & Simple Café in downtown Greencastle, PA. It was, admittedly, my first foray into the world of the all organic, only healthy foods, vegetarian restaurant (which I have no problem with, but we’re not vegetarian and there aren’t many places like this in our own neck of the woods). Their menu include breakfast, lunch options, gluten free baked goods, juices, and healthy smoothies.

Their aesthetic and décor is very open, with full glass windows at the front of the store, and I liked it a lot. The restrooms are also lovely and well kept.


For lunch, I ordered the Grilled Curry Salmon Salad Wrap, which is “fire grilled salmon salad, mixed greens, tomato, veganaise, olive oil and Celtic sea salt ” and comes with blue corn tortilla chips. It comes simply on a white plate, garnished with bean sprouts and a kiwi slice. This was clean, delicious, and healthy. The kind of thing that makes you feel good after eating it. There was plenty of the salmon salad, and the chips were also rather tasty.

Overall, we rather liked this place, and would certainly eat there again. Makes me wish organic food was more affordable here in the US.

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