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Friday, November 30, 2012

Sweet Dreams

Had to get out today and do some Christmas shopping. But first, had to stop at...


Tap n Handle; one of our beer places...to get sustenance....this open faced green chili burger was my brother's....I got a wedge salad and artichoke dip. Then we shopped. The dogs got advent calenders. You don't have these in your local gourmet pet stores? Oh yeah, we do. Little dog biscuits for each day until Christmas. Then we stopped at our favorite Italian restaurant and ordered up some minestrone soup and my favorite, a limoncello martini....Shopping is tough work.

December first tomorrow. Time is running out! Sleep well. Busy Weekend ahead.

 Good Morning! Something to go with coffee. 



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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sweet Dreams

Good Night! This was the moon rising a couple nights ago.

Morning Wake Up Call

Good Morning! No this isn't Colorado. We're bone dry here. This is California. The Sierras. By Donner Pass. Where I learned to ski when I was growing up. p.s. I've lived in Colorado for 16 years now, and haven't skied once. Skied in California. In Austria. Never Colorado. Go figure. This picture - which my brother took on his way out here last week, calls for some hot chocolate I think.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sweet Dreams

Good night moon. If you live in my town you have to love bikes. It's a bike, beer, dog, and coffee town. Sleep well.

Apron Inspiration

Here's another one of my city aprons hanging out with my daughter in San Francisco. For those of you who are used to seeing post card images of the Golden Gate Bridge from the other side, this is one of the locals' views - encased in fog. I grew up near this beach and played and picnicked in the sand here - usually not in the foggy, misty cold. We did have some sunny days. :) When I start missing San Francisco, it's usually for days like this.

Aprons available in my Etsy Shop.

Morning Wake Up Call

Good Morning! Sometimes you need a little breakfast protein to get the day started.


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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sweet Dreams

Good Night! Hubby's been doing outdoor decorating, and we put up our tree tonight. An extra week this year to enjoy the season.

Afternoon Pick Me Up



Well said!



Morning Wake Up Call

Good Sunday morning! If you find yourself in Bavaria some time this may be part of your Sunday brunch - Weiswurst (sausages), hefeweizen (wheat beer), and homemade pretzels with bavarian mustard.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Sweet Dreams

Driving home tonight from Christmas tree hunting.

Lunch Break

Mini sandwiches filled with leftover turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce, and organic beer from our neighbors in Utah!  Diets will start after Christmas.

Morning Wake Up Call



Good Morning! The Christmas season has officially begun here.



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Friday, November 23, 2012

Apron Inspiration

My Etsy shop is now opened!  Check it out at etsy.com/shop/CashmereChickenCoops

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Morning Wake Up Call


A lot of cooking going on right now. It's nice to have help from my daughter,


and my mother! And some great cookbooks - Susan Branch, above, and, of course, Martha...


Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Watching the parade and counting my blessings, and looking forward to dinner.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Good morning! A warm, hearty breakfast for a cool fall morning.


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Monday, November 19, 2012

Sweet Dreams

Goodnight moon.



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Apron Inspiration

Here's a peak at one of the aprons from my Country line. (Coming soon to my new Etsy Shop). Who's making apple pies this week?

Afternoon Pick Me Up

So I'm including happy hour in my Afternoon Pick Me Ups because frankly, sometimes happy hours are my afternoon pick me ups! And in our town an easy choice is a brewery, because we have a lot of them! Does Fat Tire ring a bell with anyone? They're starting to include food at some of our little breweries, like locally made cheeses and crackers. Pretty cool.

Morning Wake Up Call

This is where everyone walks, jogs, bikes on South Point, Miami Beach. You need to get out early before it gets too hot. If you get out really early you can see a cruise ship coming in on certain days right there on the left. And models and photographers are usually out catching the early morning light. One of my favorite things on this walk - other than the spectacular views are the cats!
Cats live along the walk way all the way to the beach. They just hang out among the rocks by the water
or on the other side in the wild grasses. There are some women who feed them every morning, and they basically hang out snoozing in the sun. And since I love cats, it makes for a fun morning walk.

This is the view going towards Miami Beach. Its beautiful at night too. See the cat? All in all a great place to get out and enjoy the beautiful views and get some morning exercise.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Morning Wake Up Call

Sometimes I just feel like chocolate for breakfast. And I tell myself this is healthy because it has hazelnuts in it. Have a great weekend.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Apron Inspiration

My apron corner.

Morning Wake Up Call

Good morning. It's been pretty cold here in the mornings this week - due to the snowfall we had last Saturday. These icicles were hanging from a branch on the rose bush outside the front door.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Sweet Dreams

Goodnight Key West. Sunset view from our condo the last time we were there.

Afternoon Pick Me Up

A little shopping and a snack. The perfect way to get through some afternoons! I would recommend shopping first, then snacking. ( In the case above I wouldn't want to try on clothes upstairs after having a famous hot fudge sundae) Just sayin

Morning Wake Up Call

One of my favorite local places to eat breakfast in San Francisco. The food is typical diner fare and the view overlooking the ocean is worth the wait for a window seat! It's best to go early in the morning.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sweet Dreams

I like my hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows


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Lunch Break

A hammock is a good thing.

Morning Wake Up Call

For those cold fall mornings


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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Apron Inspiration


Happy Diwali! I love celebrating holidays. To teach my girls about other cultures as they were growing up, I would learn about different countries' celebrations and holidays and basically put on a party. But they were educational parties! One that has endured has been Diwali, or the festival of lights. Basically, it is a five day celebration in India and each day is devoted to something special. As with most holidays in India it is very religious, and offerings and prayers are made to Hindu gods and goddesses. While we learned a good deal about the hindu religion, my focus was on the food, decorations, and music. Which is pretty basic for all my celebrations!

Diwali is a time to load up on special Indian sweets, decorate with lights of all kinds – fairy lights, candles, lanterns, and basically celebrate light over darkness; good over evil. That’s something I can get into.






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Of course, being a themed celebration, I needed a themed apron to cook in. Hence my first international apron – the Indian apron.  I based my design on an Indian style tunic like dress called a kameez. I just started drawing and draping and well, this is what I ended up with. Check out my Etsy shop (coming soon) to buy one! So now, whenever I’m cooking Indian food, or just in an international mood, I put on my Indian apron.

(model - my daughter Hannah)




  






Here’s a picture of my daughter as she celebrated Diwali yesterday in Jaipur, India. She bought a new sari for the occasion. I talked to her this morning, which was the third and main night of Diwali, and I could barely hear her for the firecrackers going off outside! She’s realizing a dream of actually being in India to celebrate Diwali. Yay for her. As for me I’ll stay home and don my apron, and make some traditional Indian sweets.











Here are my suggestions for celebrating diwali :
     -light candles, put up white Christmas lights, and anything gold!
     -make some sweets!
     -Listen to some Indian music or watch a Bollywood movie
     Here’s a sample for you to start with:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxB-ki-qE64&list=PL20AF61EEB935A178&feature=g-list  (Love Shah Rukh Khan! – Indian movie star extraordinaire)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5B_X2xOBpFc (Great Hindi movie starring Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan – Most beautiful movie stars well anywhere )

Afternoon Pick Me Up





A little exercise might help to get through the afternoon?

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