Living Simply

Lately, I’ve taken to indulging in daydreams, cherishing fantasies of happier, healthier times for all!!!

I cannot express how much I miss my friends, don’t get me wrong…. I love my family and spending quality time with them. But, I do miss chatting face to face with the girls in order to get the local scoop; lunching for hours enjoying one another’s company, while laughing so hard we are crying, or popping into a museum or gallery to see current exhibitions …. and lastly, what I truly miss is booking a flight to a distant land to spend time with friends and family.

Current issues and challenges have stayed with us a bit longer than intended, many states are entering Phase I of reopening this week to bring some semblance of normalcy back to our communities. While the majority of us are continuing to work from home; I find it imperative to set a few minutes aside each day to indulge in a spot of “gracious living” to reduce stress.

Photographing flowers {irises and peonies} from the gardens at Heath after an unusually chilly winter. I have not experienced such cold before, and have not spent time in the garden due to high winds. But, taking pictures of blooms as they appear is wonderful way to celebrate spring.

Can you believe this simply delicious snack is comprised of avocado, watermelon radishes, and rusk toast. There is an international market I frequent and they now have this heirloom variety of a daikon called “watermelon radishes”. They taste mellower than red radishes and served with a bit of salt are wonderful to nibble on busy days.

Stay safe,


Settling into the “stay at home” order has become the new normal. Our creativity has been pushed to new levels as we nestle in to find viable interest and to stave off boredom.  Yesterday, I was seriously craving Chinese food which remains one of my absolute favorite comfort food options. Growing up this style of food was a weekend treat in our household, and now our neighborhood has opened restaurants that are reintroducing regional dishes such as; Char Siu Bao, Dan Dan Mein or Wonton Noodle soup, but last night I opted for Crab Fried rice from my own kitchen.

Fresh crab
½ teaspoon of salt
¼ teaspoon of sugar
1 tablespoon of light soy sauce
spring onion
oyster sauce
soy sauce / dark soy
a spritz of lime juice

Stay safe and bon appétit,