Fall Colors 2016

A trip into the mountains is always a fun trip.
Pack up a picnic lunch, relax and enjoy the afternoon.
My favorite spot is next to a creek, the birds chirping, the sound of a light breeze through the trees and the bubbling lively sounds of the creek as it flows over the rocks.
We are lucky we don’t have far to go.  A couple miles and we are transported from a cute little town to the mountains illuminated with colors each fall.


Wok Wednesday – A Hearty Healthy Meal

Happy Wok Wednesday to you.

This week is a hearty healthy meal.
It is Spring, which means some nice warm weather and some rain and snow.
This week was rain and snow, so a hearty meal was in order.

yams angus cauliflower garlic

Yams from our local farmers market.  Ground angus, cauliflower and loaded with garlic.

brussels sprouts and chicken

Wok Wednesday – Brussels Sprouts and Chicken

Happy Wok Wednesday!

A new twist this week.

Brussels sprouts and chicken sautéed in olive oil, minced garlic with a balsamic reduction.

If you haven’t tried balsamic reduction, give it a try.  It adds a nice sweet flavor to the meal.

brussels sprouts and chicken


red cabbage stir fry

Wok Wednesday – Red Cabbage

Welcome back to Wok Wednesday.

I am still enjoying my cast iron wok,
and I am getting more and more excited for summer and garden harvests.

For now it is still good, experimenting with what sounds good from day to day.

red cabbage stir fry


Wok Wednesday – Classic Stir Fry

Wok Wednesday is here!

Starting off with one of my favorites, a basic stir-fry in the wok.

Heat the wok, start off with a little olive oil and a few drops of sesame oil.  Once hot, add in the sliced chicken. Once it is cooked add in any and all veggies you have on hand. That is the fun part, anything goes that sounds good. This time I picked carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and zucchini. I like to season with Braggs Liquid Amino’s, then once it is served top with a few drops of sesame oil.

classic stir-fry




the wok

Wok Wednesday Intro

I love my cast iron wok.

I started using a cast iron skillet after I retired.  For a short time I was going to give up on it, I am so glad I didn’t.  This Christmas I was given my second piece of cast iron, a wok.

Anything cast iron is fun to cook with.  Although I am having the most fun with the wok.  It is versatile, anything from frying to of course stir fry.

the wok

Join me in my new retirement adventure of cast iron wok cooking.

Next Wok Wednesday March 16th.


My new Retirement Adventure for 2015 – Back to the Music

Sheets of music notes, a clarinet, a piano…


My new retirement adventure for 2015 was
bringing back my childhood enthusiasm for playing music.
I have always loved music, although took a,
well, a many, many year hiatus from playing an instrument.
First came the piano, then came the clarinet.
It was very exciting to me that all of my knowledge,
tucked away for so many years came leaping out.

So, what will 2016 bring..
More music, knitting, sewing, gardening, and retirement adventures.

Happy New Year to You!

Fleece Hoodie

Seasons are changing, snow is blowing.

Now that we are in snowy weather the hoodies are coming out.

fleece hoodie

Retirement and Creativity

I have taken up knitting in my retirement, it is enjoyable, and there are so many types of yarn to pick and choose from.  It is also mobile;  I can take a bag of yarn and needles with me to a local cafe, or onto the back porch in the sun, or to the living room in front of the fire.                     Relax and enjoy.

Although, I continually find myself applying sewing to my knitting projects.  So, I have given in and am sewing some fun Holiday projects.  I find myself getting lost in the fabric stores, a fantasy land of colors and textures anxiously waiting to become a fun creation.

Yes, I have retired from the brick and mortar, although I can not retire my mind and the creativity in my heart and soul.


Fall Fun

The cool fall weather has arrived.  And with it comes some fun projects.

There are so many fun Halloween themed fabrics out there it is difficult to narrow it down to one.

So, why choose just one?  No limits, more fun.