Thursday, January 11, 2024

Bonne Annee



 Bonne Annee mes amis,

I wanted to share with you a few photos of some of the Christmas Cards and Envelopes I made this past Christmas. I truly enjoyed creating them.

Calligraphy is my passion....a new business journey that I'm pursing. 

I love creating Beautiful Words to bless others.





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Friday, May 19, 2023

My Calligraphy

I love learning this beautiful lost art …of Calligraphy,
"Calligraphy" means beautiful writing.  I have always loved the look of its elegance,  but was intimidated by it because I thought my handwriting wasn’t good.
Little did I know that Calligraphy is broken down into seven different strokes. I have watched every video I can on it.
The script that I’m drawn to is called Copperplate.
Here are a few pictures.  It's very calming to me. It makes me slow down and think about each stroke. I have a lot to learn, But that's the beauty of this journey.

I hope you purse your dreams too!

                                                                    My practice pad

Tuesday, March 16, 2021


french toast made with Challah 

i had a small piece of Challah, so i decided to treat myself this weekend to breakfast in bed. It was cold and snowy, so i indulged myself in this simple pleasure.

i used a small piece of Challah bread i had left over.Challah is an egg enriched bread similar to brioche. It makes the best french toast ...i promise you wont be disappointed. 


french toast


a few slices of Challah

2 eggs beaten 

1/2 c milk or half and half

a splash of vanilla

a teaspoon of grated orange zest this is optional but i personally love the favor it gives

 Melt some butter in a pan. I use butter because it gives the french toast a richer flavor. Why not you're worth it, right!  Add milk to beaten eggs with vanilla and orange zest. Then dip challah into egg mixture and cook in pan with melted butter.

Cook until golden brown. I put whip cream on mind and sprinkle with more orange zest.

It will bring you much joy ..... especially  when served in bed.

 bon appetit


O holy night

                                                                            O Holy Night

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Summer and Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars
Summer means so many things to each of us,
 but to me Lemon Bars speak of summer.

These Lemon Bars are almost velvety, bursting with lemon. 
They melt in your mouth.

I love to make these not only for myself but to share  with others.  That's what brings me the most pleasure... It's all about sharing!

I've been using this recipe for many years and they consistently come out great every time.

Lemon Bars 

 2 sticks butter at room temp 
1/2 c. sugar
2 c. flour
1/8 t. salt
6 eggs at room temp crust is a golden
3 c. sugar ( I know that seems like a lot, but trust me you'll be glad you did)
the zest of 4-5 lemons - about 2 Tablespoons
1 c. fresh lemon juice
1 c. flour
For crust: cream butter and sugar until light with a paddle attachment. Don't over beat butter and sugar or it will become to soft. Then combine the flour and salt and add to the creamed butter and sugar mix until it all comes together. Dump mixture into a 9x13 pan, and press dough flat along the bottom and up the sides a bit.  Chill for a few minutes before baking. Bake crust at 350 in a preheated oven, for 15-20 minutes or until crust is lightly brown. 
Let cool about 15 minutes

For Filling: I whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest , lemon juice (I just squeeze the juice from the lemons I zest, so sometimes it not a full cup) and flour in a bowl. 
When combined pour into the crust and bake 30-35 minutes until the filling is set.
You want to let them cool completely before cutting into squares. I promise you'll be glad you did this step before cutting . I dust with confectioner's sugar.
I have even sprinkled them with lavender sugar, when their cool.The lavender gives them a nice subtle favor. It's a fun way to try them.

I hope your summer is full of flavor!

a bientot


*A French Moment..... the little town of Menton, the Cite des Citrons ( City of Lemons) in the south of France has a Lemon Festival every February. I'd love to go one day.


Sunday, May 17, 2020

I Wonder What The Day Will Bring

Let's  try waking up smiling and say "I wonder what the day will bring".....

think of all the possibilities out there in life.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

When Life Pauses

Even in the midst of this uncertain time of Pause ....

I need to challenge myself to still create, laugh more, learn something new. Go for walks, and really see the beauty that has surrounded me.

 When I stop and pay attention to the birds, I realize they're not worried about food, or stressed about toilet paper. They're still singing!

God is teaching me a lot from these tiny little wonders.
I need to be more like them.

The beach is my very favorite place in the whole world. I was raised by the beach so, I love sitting on the sand watching, listening to the
waves crash. They remind me of how powerful our God is.

A picture I took last summer while walking

Manhattan Beach, California

Nice, France

Thank you for letting me share my heart today.

a bientot