Category Archives: TaMara

Je Suis Revenu

I’m back and still a bit tired. But I thought I’d post the view from our hotel room:

More later…




Flying Away

I’ll be back soon….

Mid-Afternoon Music: I Feel The Earth Move, Carole King

Having some fun with Spotify while working this afternoon.

Thank goodness no one can see me at my standing desk. ūüėÄ

I have company flying in tomorrow and then I’m heading out of the country for a week or so. It might mean I’ll be scarce for awhile, but I’ll have some great photos when I get back. And hopefully some adventurous food stories.

Until then…

A Little Family Update: Yes, That Includes The Ducks

For those wondering if the ducks will be okay this winter, it’s 22 degrees out and they are in their pool. Although they have been spending more time sitting near the patio door – but I think that has more to do with their social nature. They just want to hang with their flock.

I don’t remember if I mentioned it, but Bixby is relishing his new job. Every morning he is first out the door to let the ducks out of the duck hut. If he had thumbs, I would be superfluous. He then inspects the morning eggs (we are getting 1-3 each morning), and despite his size and enthusiasm we have had no egg-tastrophes. Then in the evenings, he watches over us as I gather the ducks for bed.

The girls need their scritches! They love to be scratched and rubbed, on the chest and under their wings. Don’t forget the beaks!

We had scare a week or so ago – the Cooper’s Hawk I watched grow up this summer decided to not only go after Mabel and Maddie, but Zander, too! I chased him off, but he decided to stay in the tree next to our yard. That’s when I sent Bixby out with instructions to look after our girls. He was amazing, he stood near the ducks and when they moved around the yard, he moved with them, quietly standing guard. Love that dog.

Which is a good thing, because someone…and I’m not naming names (Bixby, Bailey) decided to leave me this surprise:

This happens frequently. Usually right after I have cleaned the bathtub.

Speaking of dogs I love, here is beautiful Bailey chillin’ in the yard. She has been here a year and has really blossomed in the last few weeks. And talk, man, does this dog love to talk.

Hopefully I’ll have a recipe post tonight. Until then….


I See You Seem To Be Eating Something Tasty

A little blurry…but too cute. Cereal, ice cream, soup, she’s there for her share. And potato chips? Forget about it, she makes it clear you have to pay the chip troll for any peace. We have an extreme difference of opinion on style – I like the wavy, she prefers traditional. Her disapproval is intense.

Running Up That Hill: Kate Bush

Was running through my head for some reason today.

Fall Menus: This Week

JeffreyW makes a yummy pot roast

I’ve been running to keep up with things and it looks like that is going to continue until the holidays, but I want to try and continue with the weekly menus. Here is the first of our October’s menus. I will do my best to keep this up…

Monday is my favorite Taco Salad and Tuesday is a super easy Creamy Chicken.

Full menus are here: October Menus 1

Wednesday features a Slow-Cooker Pot Roast and a sweet Ice Cream Delight for dessert.

JeffreyW makes Gumbo

Finally, Thursday is an easy Gumbo and Creole Salad and Friday is kid favorite Chili-Mac. 

The week’s shopping list can be found here:¬†October Weekly Shopping List 1¬† Remember it’s color-coordinated so you can eliminate any items from recipes you aren’t using.

In honor of Friday the 13th, this week’s bonus recipe is¬†Bewitched Roasted Squash and Apple Soup,¬†click here.

That’s it for this week.


Get On My Knees

Lucifer uses the best  music:

(And yes, I’m still around, just incredibly busy. I’ll get my groove back soon. Until then…)

Chanting Is Always Iffy

I will be MIA for a week or so. I’m traveling. Hopefully I’ll return with some great photos and recipes ideas. I know I’ve slacked on the last week (and next) week of menus. But been putting in very long days in order to clear my schedule for this trip (no vacation days when you have your own business, I’m afraid).

We’ll pick up when I get back with some fun and favorite fall recipes. Until then….


Can I Wear This To High Tea?

I question JeffreyW’s commitment to his hummingbirds…he’s never worn a hummingbird hat (to my knowledge). ūüėČ