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Hey peeps just a reminder to toodle on over to “Such a Nice Surprise” Spring Boutique where I am selling my deliciously delightful Gourmet Goodies.

  • Apricot Orange Chutney – great accompaniment for Lamb, Beef, Chicken
  • Cabernet Wine Jelly – serve with cheese, crackers, over cream cheese etc.
  • Gourmet Chili Sauce – makes everything a gazillion times tastier
  • Chocolate Raspberry Sauce – try it on a banana filled crepe – HEAVEN
  • Caramel Apple Pie – ice cream, pancakes, or straight from the jar
  • Pecan Praline – in a tart or as a topping, you can’t go wrong

With so many upcoming events (Easter, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, graduation etc.) you are certain to find something wonderful.

Runs April 13 – 16 from 11am until 8 pm

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Constellation Faker

This morning I awoke to the remnants of a swirly, wet, shiver-inducing, winter storm.   New-fallen snow illuminated by the most beautiful full moon in the clear black sky.  Still and dark, it was a sight to behold. 

For as far back as I can remember I have loved the night sky.  I faked my way through the Big Dipper, Orion and being true to my zodiac sign; Leo.  Pretending that I too could see and understand the mysteries of the constellations when each were pointed out.   Not so the moon.   Night after night he rises to his glory, whether feeling small like a toenail clipping, or grand as a hot air balloon, Mr. Moon is a dependable friend in a sometimes unfriendly world.   While some fear the unknown of the night, I enjoy the mysteries that await as the sun slumbers. 

As a child a summer moon meant drive-in movies, endless games of ‘No Bears are out Tonight’ and only the spookiest of ghost stories.  Running blindly and the thrill of the unknown … how I loved that summer moon.  As a teenager making out under a moon-lit sky was simply the best.  Watching airplanes land late at night and pretending the only navigation was the alignment of the moon and stars was thrilling.  Summer night games and more ghost stories.   Grand!

Unpredictable and yet so predictable.  I have always known that no matter where my life goes, when friends have come and gone, when my negative thoughts about myself were too strong and everything seemed so out of reach and unattainable, I only have to gaze upward to feel a calm, quiet acceptance to reflect, reassess and renew my spirit.  It’s no wonder that falling asleep and waking to the face the moon fills me with hope for each new day.  Love my guy, the moon.

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” ~Anton Chekhov

Hello Again

What the hey?  It’s always nice to find that you have friends in the blogging world that miss you when you are gone.  I have had texts and emails and phone calls asking when I was going to post.  So here we go …

First off, I must tell you why the break.  It has to do with my last few posts.  They were mean!  Yes, I am ashamed to have posted about people that I have never met but that struck a (silly) chord with me.  Rude. Cruel. Down right not nice!  I needed to re-group.  To think about why I blog and what it means.  I know what you are thinking, “Just delete the posts”.  Nope, I won’t be deleting because they will serve to remind me that I went down that path once and it didn’t make me very happy.  No more I say.  No more!

So I ask for your forgiveness and hope that you will continue to visit me every now and then… and please visit my other site:  for updates on whats cooking in my kitchen and in my soul.

Get Your Gourmet on HERE …

Hey Peeps, I’ll be selling some of my GOURMET TOPPINGS (Pecan Praline, Caramel Apple and Raspberrry Chocolate), along with my famous, all purpose, unparalled, incredibly delicous CHILI SAUCE at this boutique:
"All Through The House"
A Holiday Boutique
November 10, 11, 12, & 13
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday
11 am – 8 pm
2035 East Millstream Lane (3505 South)
Salt Lake City
I hope you can make it …
But if you can’t I am still taking orders for all of the above PLUS:
                     Cabernet Jelly – served as a cheese accompaniment your
                                            guests/friends/family will go wild with
                     Cranberry Rum Sauce – Perfect for your holiday table 
                     Cranberry Orange Conserve – for those that fear the rum
                     Jalapeno Jelly – serve it over cream cheese = YUM!
                     Garden Fresh Salsa – spiced just right

Epitaph Anyone?

Walking among the headstones and monuments I like to envision what life was like for those people that have a epitaph written on their headstones.  Some are simple: father/mother/beloved brother etc.  But the ones that I really like to ponder are those that give a bit more information, (after all, isn’t that the true meaning of an epitaph?). 
 "She always said ‘I Love You’ even when she didn’t mean it"  – that’s priceless;
"He drank until his liver was liquid" – interesting;
"Born and died before her eyes saw the sky" – Oh my Lord that one gets me! 
Some epitaphs are repeated over and over; "I told you I was sick" and "Gone Fishing/Golfing/Shopping …"  nice, yes.  But I want to know more.  What was this person really like?  Some of my favorites that allow a gal to really embellish the event:
 "Here lies Emily White, she signaled left and then went right"  ah hah! Dear Emily died in her car.  I bet  she was wearing a sweet little hat with a mesh front, white gloves and a floral print as she was on her way to bridge club.  Emily was so preoccupied with the thought that her jello mold had not had sufficient time to set and was therefore not paying attention as she was turning onto Buttercup Lane to join Ethel, Margaret and Aileen …
 "Jonathan Grober died dead sober.  Lord thy wonders never cease"  clearly had drinking issues but bless his pickled heart, he had conquered the bottle only to fall down a flight of seemingly innocent steps – there were after all only three – to meet his demise while thinking what was the purpose of giving up the drink if this is how my life ends …
"Here lies my poor wife.  She is gone and I am contented" (18th century stone – name unknown) – Ah, she was stern and never very amorous and he always felt a that his neighbors were having much more fun tha she ever allowed.  Yes, she darned his socks and washed his clothes but bu gum, she really never did meet my (other) needs.  Alas, I meet my own and I am contented.
"Here lies the bones of Elizabeth Charlotte.  Born a virgin, died a harlot.  She was aye a virgin at seventeen.  A remarkable thing in Aberdeen"  Charlotte always was purty and that never gets a girl nowhere.  She tried to hold out until that louse James rode into town making her swoon and lose her way. 
"Here lies Lester More.  Shot to death by a .44.  No Less, no More"  Clearly had an exciting life riding his trusty steed into various small towns only to find himself in yet anotehr challenge of quick draw over an unpaid bartab … or perhaps he was the one that caused Charlotte to stray?
"Here lies Johnny Yeast.  Pardon me for not rising"  – I LOVE that one!  He had a sense of humor ol’ Johnny Yeast and rose to every occasion.  Nary a soul left his company that they didn’t feel but ten feet taller and just that much wiser having been in his company. 
See what I mean?  The scenarios just bloom when one is provided a simple start.  Obviously every epitaph is unique to the person for whom it speaks, some are very personal, some may harbor an inside joke or story that only the friends and loved ones will understand.  Earlier epitaphs usually begin ‘here lies’ which evolved into ‘In memory of’, some just delve right into the heart of the matter (remember Jonathan Grober?).
So this gets me thinking: What do I want my epitaph to be?  What, in a few short lines (although some can be very long) will be said to sum up my life?  Now you are expecting me to answer that aren’t you?  I have no idea.  none, nada, zip, zilch.  I like to think of being remembered for dancing and singing even though I have virtually no talent in either area.  of my home always smelling of baked goodies whether cookies, breads, pies or pot roast.  Of my love for family and friends, of reading and writing and always trying to learn the how’s and why’s and what’s of life.  Perhaps I just want someone to know that I lived, and in that life accomplished something worth remembering.  What will it be?  That great and wonderous accomplishment?  Like most people I wil likely never write a great American novel, win the Nobel Peace Prize, or travel the globe in a lounge chair.  I will however continue to pursue those things that bring joy to myself and others, and perhaps that’s all there needs to be.  I can live with that~
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What is your epitaph?

He’s a Pro

Dustin has always had a fascination for photography; and rightfully so.  Check out some of his work here:
This mama is proud!

Today We Celebrate …

March is chock full of happenings: we welcome Spring, change our clocks, let the Leprachaun run hog-wild through the house and watch the crocuses peek their lovely little heads up out of the once dormant earth.  Yes, my friends, March is a happenin’ month.  In fact, there are three special happenings today alone:

I Want You to be Happy Day – This should not require much explaination, but if you need a bit of a nudge, here goes: This is your opportunity to go out and do something to make someone smile.  Whether a phone call, good deed, or simply smiling at a stranger.  Make someone happy.  It’s easy and it’s FREE.  I really want you to be happy. Smile


 If Pets Had Thumbs Day  – Well now, this one certainly does require a bit of imagination doesn’t it.  Simply sit back and imagine all the things your pet could do if it had opposible thumbs … Hmmm.  Now, sit back and be glad that your pet does not have opposible thumbs!  Note: this will only work if you are not the owner of a pet monkey.  If you are the owner of a pet monkey, perhaps you would like to sit back and imagine what it would be like if that rascal didn’t have thumbs at all.  It’s a win-win.


National Anthem Day – The Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem of the United States of America. It was written by Francis Scott Key. National Anthem Day celebrates  this song, and the rich history behind its creation. The song officially became our national anthem on March 3, 1931.

Celebrate today by proudly flying the flag. Also listen to and sing the Star-Spangled Banner.   I will be singing (loud and off-key), won’t you join me?

If you happen to be Asian, you might also want to celebrate Peach Blossom Day – The Peach Blossom Festival is held in Hunan China on March 3rd. It coincides with the annual blossoms opening on peach trees in Hunan province.  It is a joint celebration of women for the feminine qualities that coincide with the attributes of peach blossoms, these include: pretty, delicate, dainty, and sweet smelling.  If you are a girl living in China, chances ae you will recieve a doll or a peach blossom today.  As Napoleon would say, "Luhkee"

People, there is much to celebrate today. Get busy!