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Six Veggie Creamy Yellow Squash Soup

A soup so creamy that’s made without cream or potatoes? That’s how deliciously creamy this squash soup turned out. It was an unusually cool May afternoon earlier this week with cloudy skies and cool temperatures when I made this creamy squash soup for a belated Mother’s Day lunch I had with a couple of friends. I was originally planning on making a veggie dish to go with a few dishes my friends were bringing, but changed my mind and decided to make a pot of soup instead. I thought a steaming bowl of soup would be a welcome first course on a chilly May afternoon. Continue reading Six Veggie Creamy Yellow Squash Soup

A Peek Inside the Garden Gate. A Mother’s Day Patio Mini Makeover

Last weekend I worked on a great project, it was a mini garden makeover as a Mother’s Day present for my dear friend Rose.  I thought I would share a few pictures from this garden project and give you a peek inside the garden gate of Rose’s kitchen patio makeover. Continue reading A Peek Inside the Garden Gate. A Mother’s Day Patio Mini Makeover

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful Moms, Grandmas, daughters, sisters, Aunts and girlfriends out there!
Wishing you a day filled with love and relaxation!

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I am my Mother’s Garden

My Mother kept a garden,
A garden of the heart.
She planted all the good things
That gave my life it’s start.
She turned me to the sunshine
And encouraged me to dream.
Fostering and nurturing
The seeds of self-esteem.
And when the winds and rain came,
She protected me enough.
But not too much because she knew
I’d need to stand up strong and tough.
Her constant good example
Always taught me right from wrong.
Markers for my pathway
That will last a lifetime long.
I am my Mother’s garden.
I am her legacy.

Author Unknown

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Oven Baked Tomato Bisque for a Valentine’s Day Lunch

Tangy and delicious, thick and creamy, quick and easy, this tomato soup takes just minutes to cook. I made this tomato bisque for a lunch with two of my dear friends last week and since we were getting together for a little Valentine’s Day celebration I wanted to make a soup that was red in color and tomato soup is what we all think of for a red soup. But I was in a time crunch that morning and it’s winter and fresh tomatoes are just not that flavorful in the winter, so I took a chance and made tomato soup with two jars of oven baked tomatoes. Folks, this had to be the quickest tomato soup I have ever made! It was ready in just 15 minutes! Because it is thicker than the usual tomato soup I’m calling it tomato bisque. Continue reading Oven Baked Tomato Bisque for a Valentine’s Day Lunch

Puff Pastry Bell Pepper Quiche for a New Year”s Eve Dinner

Quiche is synonymous for many with a good crust and a great egg filling.  For me however quiche will always be about the veggies that go in it, because without a great tasting veggie mix, that quiche can taste rather boring in my opinion. When I make quiche I make sure my veggie mix is packed with lots of veggies, lots of flavor, and lots of good quality cheese. These are to me what make any quiche taste outstanding. Continue reading Puff Pastry Bell Pepper Quiche for a New Year”s Eve Dinner

Happy New Year 2019!

Happy New Year!
Wishing you a wonderful 2019 filled with health and happiness. ❤️💕💙!!

I got this beautiful greeting card from Vancouver, Canada last summer with a lovely poem that I would love to share here.

“Moments happen in the blink of an eye and celebrating all of life’s moments large and small are part of creating memories to last a lifetime.
The Tree of Celebration reminds us to celebrate our achievements, milestones, friends and family, no matter how large or small.
It is through celebrating that we add color, richness and joy to our lives.
Dance, sing and have a good time – life is worth celebrating!”
by Kitra’s Art Glass
Vancouver, Canada

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Happy New 2019!
Wishing you a year full of cherished moments with friends and family!

Holiday Dinner with the Cousins. 2018

Last Saturday we spent the evening with our cousins for an end-of-year holiday get together and a Christmas celebration with all our families.  We have been celebrating a holiday gathering with our local Bay Area cousins for over ten years and is a dinner that we enjoy so much and look forward to every year. There is always, and I mean always lots of laughter, great food, and great times when our cousins get together. This is a fun fun party and this year was no exception. Here is a look at this year’s holiday dinner with the cousins. Continue reading Holiday Dinner with the Cousins. 2018

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

May the joy of Christmas fill your home with love, laughter, friends and family 🎄🎅.

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Ours Christmas day was spent with just us and close family friends who came over for a simple vegetarian Christmas Dinner.  An evening with family, good friends, and good food – we couldn’t ask for a more relaxing evening.  Just perfect. Here is a look at this year’s vegetarian Christmas Day dinner and menu. Continue reading Merry Christmas!

Dinner with Santa Claus and a Game of Charades

We were invited to our friend’s Basanthi and Vivek’s annual holiday party this past weekend for a fun evening of laughter, delicious food, and a visit from Santa Claus 🎅🎄.  This party is unique in that Santa Claus always makes an appearance at Basanthi’s pre-Christmas party and hands out presents to all kids AND adults. This is a joyous evening to celebrate the holidays with little kids, big kids and Santa Claus! Continue reading Dinner with Santa Claus and a Game of Charades