Sunday, February 07, 2010

A Bouquet for You!

Since we're now in Santa Fe, New Mexico I won't be posting here for about 7-8 weeks.  Check my new blog to see what I'm doing:  The link is also on my sidebar.  See you there! Hope you like these flowers!

This bouquet is also  a special tribute to Jilly who is celebrating the third anniversary for her blogs, Menton and Monte Carlo.  Her creativity, dedication to our city daily group with her daily posts and her growth as a photographer have been a pleasure to watch!

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Umm Good!

Cafe Latte on Grand Avenue in St. Paul is the BEST place for delectable desserts: German Chocolate cake, Chocolate Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Turtle Cake,  Cheesecakes of all kinds, fruit tarts and many other varieties. I hope that I can find something similar to this beauty when we arrive in Santa Fe!

Friday, February 05, 2010

Tick! Tock!

Tick! Tock! We'll soon be in our winter abode in the American Southwest! Tick! Tock! 
It's been a long tedious drive, but what are you gonna do if you want to take your dog with you?

Thursday, February 04, 2010

A Tisket! A Tasket!

Grand Aveue in St. Paul, Minnesota has shops, stores, cafes, and restaurants to satisfy many different tastes, and a day spent shopping there is a real pleasure because of the variety. In my home I use many different kinds and shapes of  baskets that are both decorative and very useful.  I think I could use a few more!

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

ABC Wednesday-C: "The new CALIFORNIA??

This lovely pink t-shirt stopped me in my tracks...who would have guessed?!

Check this link to C more "C's"  from around the world:

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Tangine Pot

On Sunday, January 31, on my post I described the fair trade shop, Ten Thousand Villages.  This tangine caught my eye while I was there, and I will return today to buy the glazed, clay tangine in the photo. I'll take it on my trip so that I can entertain, amaze, and impress my Santa Fe friends with a special meal using this pot, hoping that they don't use one already.

"A tagine or tajine (Berber: taǧin) is a type of dish found in the North African cuisines of Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia, which is named after the special pot in which it is cooked. A similar dish, known as Tavvas, is found in the cuisine of Cyprus. The traditional tagine pot is formed entirely of a heavy clay which is sometimes painted or glazed. It consists of two parts; a base unit which is flat and circular with low sides, and a large cone or dome-shaped cover that rests inside the base during cooking. The cover is so designed to promote the return of all condensation to the bottom. With the cover removed, the base can be taken to the table for serving.
Recently, European manufacturers have created tagines with heavy cast iron bottoms that can be fired on a stovetop at high heat. This permits browning meat and vegetables before cooking. While the similar Dutch oven and Sač (a cast iron pot with a tight cover) braises most efficiently in the oven, the tagine braises best on the stovetop." (from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

The secret, or so I'm told, is in the spices. I'll also stop today at Penzeys, a wonderful spice shop on Grand Avenue in St. Paul, to pick up some special spices. Should be fun!

Monday, February 01, 2010

February 2010 Theme Day-Wood (Repost)

Because we are packing to get ready to leave for Santa Fe, I've had to use a photo that I posted in 2006! That was so long ago, that I'm sure no-one remembers it. We'll shortly be posting photos from our vacation spot. I promise that they will be interesting so watch for a new Santa Fe blog.   

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