Zucchini Rotini

The zucchini is growing faster than we can eat it all ready. Here’s a quick and simple dish that I made for dinner on Sunday. It was delicious!! The Rotel tomatoes made it quite zippy. My family likes that but if yours is more conservative I’d suggest using fresh tomatoes, diced tomatoes or even theContinue reading “Zucchini Rotini”


What’s Up With This Hydrangea?

A few days ago my friend Blaire sent me the photo below with this question: I am attaching a picture of my largest hydrangea bush. I love it, but for 2 or 3 years it has had pink AND blue flowers- fine with me- except i don’t know why.  I have seen others like this,Continue reading “What’s Up With This Hydrangea?”

What’s Happening in the Garden

It’s always fun to return after a good amount of time away from the garden to see the changes. Here’s what we came home to this week after our twelve day road trip. Our pot of potatoes took off! The bee balm had bloomed along with the lavender . The cucumbers had come along nicely.Continue reading “What’s Happening in the Garden”

A Few Things Happened…

First, I forgot my camera. I hate that.  I spent the evening reaching for my camera, which I didn’t have with me. Second, It was a lovely evening. We met our good friends at the Custom House, enjoyed wonderful music, kids activities and saw lots and lots of friends and neighbors. Michael was working butContinue reading “A Few Things Happened…”

The Fourth of July at Salem Willows

We are back from our road trip just in time for the 4th of July in Salem! We got up early this morning and headed down to the Willows neighborhood for their annual Horribles parade and party. There’s no place else like the Willows on the fourth of July. The whole neighborhood has a partyContinue reading “The Fourth of July at Salem Willows”

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever!!

I’ve been making these chocolate chip cookies for many years and I have to say they really are delicious! Their also extremely easy, no mixer or sifting needed. You can make them anywhere. We often double this since there are so many of us and they go fast. The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies 1 ½Continue reading “The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever!!”

Sepia, and the Mystery Lady’s Photo

Changing photos to sepia is fun (and easy with I-Photo) Here’s a photo I took at the Common last week: Same photo, changed to Sepia.  Isn’t this timeless? It looks like it could have been taken a hundred years ago. Here’s another one, the cars kind of give it away. I should crop them out.Continue reading “Sepia, and the Mystery Lady’s Photo”