Friday, August 31, 2012

French bread on Friday favorite pin.

 our chandie changes with the seasons.

i was searching for a more permanent design. a look for
in-between the seasons, when i stumbled upon a collection
of vintage French menus at this sweet Etsy shop.

(Nan and Dermot are the dearest.)

i also had some antique chandelier crystals 
to add to the equation.

my favorite menu is wine splashed from 1931.

...a pretty, engraved gold print from 1926.

some of the menus were handwritten.

 i mixed them with vintage
French letters, envelopes and pages of Bronte'
translated into French.

beneath the chandie sits a basket that is ready for
French bread on Friday.

inside, another basket that holds a collection of
old linen cocktail napkins and some vintage handkerchiefs
 that belonged to my grandmothers.

the Revelry Cabernet is dressed for here, at the farm table
 or to go outside by the fire.

my favorite pin for the week?

.:: here ::.

perfect for a Friday evening ritual for dessert by the fire.


Thursday, August 30, 2012

dedicated to the one who saved his life...thank you, Annie!

(this morning's post relates to an inquiry i made in yesterday's post.)

Annie found the translation of Robert Fagles dedication and more!... here.

this sentiment behind the dedication is sweet.  

Fagles, married and the father of two grown daughters, described The Odyssey as ``the most `married' poem I know.''
One of his favorite parts is in Book 23 when Odysseus and Penelope are reunited after 20 years of Odysseus' wanderings.
Fagles dedicated his translation of The Odyssey to his wife, Lynne, with the Greek inscription su gar m'ebiosao, koure, which means You saved my life, dear girl.
It comes from Book 8 and is spoken by Odysseus to Nausicaa, who had saved the shipwrecked hero by bringing him home to her father, generous King Alcinous.
Fagles said he dedicated the book to his wife because ``we've been married for more than 40 years. She's the love of my life.''

i love that they have been married over 40 years and he refers to her as his dear girl.

i visit Annie at her most LOVELY THINGS blog...

i have the most brilliant and creative blog friends.
you always pop in to encourage and inspire! 
it's like having a world of sisters on call. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

back to the farm table...just a couple little random things...

i started jury duty on Monday...
i was immediately chosen for a case. 
the case wrapped up yesterday.
the verdict: not guilty. 
emotion, tears, relief. that old beyond a reasonable doubt applied.
the state did not have the evidence to prove it's case.
hopefully the young woman learned a lesson.
do not drink and drive. no one was injured in this matter.
thank God.
it was a very costly mistake for her.

after court each day, i head to work.  so far, i am able to
keep ahead of the game at work, but a bit behind on
some of my projects around the house.

the chandie is transitioning from Summer to Fall.
 i have been collecting vintage
 French menus and hanging antique chandelier crystals. i will be
doing a post dedicated to our chandie soon.

 i am waiting  for once more package to arrive so i can tuck in an additional
little surprise for the winners of the Good Clean Dog give a way. i will email
each of you when the packages are posted, and on their way.

as i mentioned in an earlier post...i have joined Edie's book club
i opened my copy of the Odyssey and found a coincidental surprise!
this edition is translated by Robert Fagles. it's dedicated to 
Lynne (with an E). i tried to translate su gar m'ebiosao, koure.
(no luck at Google translate) if anyone out there can translate this
little sentiment, i welcome you to do so. 
until i receive the proper translation, i am going to go with my own...

 ...sugar,  for your heart, mind and soul.


Monday, August 27, 2012

a healthy reminder {week eight } ... it's August's (lingerie) pink post !

how sheer and absolutely dreamy is  my August 
pink post...

this vintage OmGoodness was available here...last i looked.

i have grown to love the pink post.

.:: YSL::.
 i look forward to my pretty approach to beating the odds and winning! 

 we will win!

in the mean time, find a pink petticoat, pop on some

pink lipstick and twirl.


collecting lot's of  pink ribbon here.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

the day mankind lassoed the moon... and that one small step...

the images are from my last post of 2011. 
i found the photographs  here.
 i thought  of George Bailey, and how he said that he would 
lasso the moon for Mary.

"I'll give you the moon,  Mary."
                 ~ George Bailey

~ i found it! here~

in the Summer of 1969, i was on a student tour of  Europe.

on July 21st, we were in Rotterdam, residing and attending
classes on a ship that was converted into a school on the harbor.
we set the alarm for 4 am to watch the historical moment.

the telecast was in black and white, in Dutch, with English subtitles.
we translated, what was the Italian and Spanish 
bus drivers who were taking us through Europe.

an amazing thing occurred...

we all understood Neil Armstrong's first words!  

i don't have to repeat them...everyone knows what he said.
we all embraced, and cried. 
it was for joy, pride, and... a bit of homesickness.

all of the was world huddled together in front of a television. 
it was a very special moment in time.

that evening the Dutch embraced us. there was complimentary
food and drink when we visited some of the establishments.
we were graced by the achievement of our country. 
we were very proud to be American.

all of mankind was holding pride.

yesterday,  we lost one of the finest men of his generation.

Neil Armstrong lassoed the moon for all of mankind.


Saturday, August 25, 2012

the Saturday evening post...back to school.

if you missed yesterday's post...

i a l l l l...most took a bite before sharing this with you!

just a sneak ~ peek at my plate.

Trout a la Meuniere, Rice Pilaf, green beans with onion and bacon.*

* the original menu was to be Fennel with Comte cheese. when Chef
Marty went to market, the price of Fennel was over the top, and
not particularly beautiful.  the green beans were perfect. 
...and to be honest, this is how i cook green beans for our family. so i felt very cool. 

i have more to share next week!

 yes! there was dessert!

my cooking school colors are tried and true!

happy appetite!


Friday, August 24, 2012

a little French bread and... Friday's favorite pin!

today, i am pretty much...over the top excited!
after work, Chrislyn and i are headed to a four hour
Exploring French Classic Cuisine cooking class.
the experience is my Mother's Day gift from Mr D. and our
Mother's Day gift to Chrislyn. 

.:: Auberge Edge of Seattle ::.

it's due time that i embrace my French heritage, in the kitchen.
i have many of you to thank for bringing me to the table... so to speak.   

our daughter Chrislyn is an amazing cook. she is always exploring ways to bring
a creative, healthy meal to her family's table. 
this Summer, we have enjoyed trips to the Saturday farmers markets
and much conversation about the seasonal
 farm fresh to table philosophy of cooking.
yesterday, she was up to her elbows in fresh peaches. she made

two kinds of jam and a healthy take on a peach crisp.

.:: Chrislyn's blog and the recipe ::.

she just finished this book...

.:: Karen's blog  ::.

i hope that Auberge will allow me to capture a few photographs at our
class this evening.  if so, i will share the experience in a post next week.

now for Friday's favorite pin.

.:: via ::.

a movable potager!

i so wish it was mine!  maybe next year!

let's see... google... wine crates!

here's to harvesting a wonderful weekend!


bon appetite! 
( i love ya Julia C. and Andrea! )

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Mr. & Mrs. D's day off ... we woke up and "called an audible".

a couple weeks ago we took our annual "first Friday
of August day off ". we usually go to Seattle to watch the Blue Angels fly.

Mr D and I woke up to a perfect Pacific Northwest Summer day.

we looked at each other and said. "do we really want to
go to Seattle?"

"let's drive to Hurricane Ridge."

 we changed the play, packed a lunch, and headed for 
the Olympic Peninsula.

the first stop was the cutest little historic town called Port Gamble.
the old mill town, with a population of a little over 900 people,
has the atmosphere of a New England seaside town. every structure is
listed on the National Historic Register.

i plan to take my mom to the tea room, the yarn shop, and the
quilt shop for her 83rd birthday.

the tea room becomes a Bistro with live music at night.

a gift shop with antiques?
 i'm in!

"Wish" was my favorite gift shop.

Mr D found this big bottle (about 13"x 9") with a lid, filled with sea shells and sheet music.
he said..."this is kind of cool".  i agreed, and checked the price.
needless to say. we purchased it, and tucked it in the basket in the back
of the car!   i found the perfect place for it atop our cupboard in the living room.
i plan to change it's contents with the seasons.

we didn't enter the yarn shop.

taking in the exterior charm was enough, as i plan to take mom here.

the yards are framed with white picket fences.

next stop, the General Store and Museum.

more quaint cuteness!

the main floor is a very charming mercantile. there is a prominent center
staircase that leads you to the museum's displays that line the exterior walls
above the store.

a quick shot of the town's theater, and back into the car.
the next stop, Sequim and lavender country.

the annual Lavender Festival was about two weeks prior to our visit.

as you can see. the harvest was still in process.

the shops at the lavender fields are amazing.

i don't need many words here.

the pictures are enough.

you know that i was in my comfort zone.

we purchased four deep lavender plants. two for culinary use (Royal Velvet), and
two for bouquets and sachets (True Grosso).

now, up to Hurricane Ridge for our picnic lunch.

this is where i stand and wait for Julie Andrews to pop over the hill, and up into
the meadow singing..."the hills are alive...".

the Olympic Mountain range on a perfect Northwest summer day.

the wild flowers were in full bloom.

hello deer.

very healthy looking fauna roam here.

this is on the opposite side of the ridge...

... where the sea meets the sky.

you can see Vancouver Island, British Columbia beyond the Straits of Juan de Fuca.

... time to head back home.

we stopped in Poulsbo and purchased a dozen of  Sluy's famous macaroons.

we used to moor our boat in this town on Summer weekends, many
years ago. our kids loved to visit the bakery. i would buy Lefse,
warm it in a frying pan , and  serve it with butter and sugar on Sunday morning.

the place hasn't changed for over thirty years.

on the way out of town, i took a quick shot of this cute little board and batten
coffee shop. it was about 5:00 pm and still so bright outside.

perhaps we should have a first Friday tradition more than once a year.

do you have a Summer tradition?


p.s.  i have to apologize if i have not left comments for
awhile. (i do pop in and visit so i know how you are doing.)

i have been spending extra hours at work, as
we have been a bit busy and short handed. i also have
been selected for jury duty starting Monday! eeek!