Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Winter in Las Vegas?

I just realized this morning as I was watering my geraniums, rosemary, & thyme that I may be able to grow early spring vegetables here in the Winter of Las Vegas! We have cold mornings in the 30's & 40's. I will, however, have to plant them in pots, as our dirt here is grey and rocky hard. Last year I was not interested in attempting to grow anything. But this year maybe the year! Let the experiments begin!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

What Was I Thinking?

Have you ever gone on a trip, looked back at your pictures, and said, "Why did I not eat that?"
Well that is exactly what happened to me when I got back from Paris last March. Look at these pastries! What was I thinking passing them by? Did I think a picture would make me feel good? Take for instance that beautiful cupcake looking thing with the sqiggly lines across it. That is chocolate cake with Chestnut sugar paste piped over the top! Mmmmmm! What was I thinking? Maybe I was thinking that I had just had a hot chocolate at Angelina's! Or how about that raspberry number with the powdered sugar on top? And seriously what WAS I thinking when I did not buy that chocolate mound of heaven? Perhaps I was on my way somewhere, and did not want to carry it. Maybe it was just too far to take back to my hotel. It could have been that I was just too timid to take a stroll into the shop. Most likely it was a combination of all of those reasons.

Now, I dream of those pastries that I long to eat.
I keep saying to myself..."When I go back I will eat my way through Paris".

Friday, October 9, 2009

My Favorite China

Herend China. It has to be one of the most beautifully made china in the world. It is hand painted from Hungry. My mother bought a set when we lived in Europe back in the 60's. She chose the Rothchild bird pattern. When we moved back to the States she would add to it whenever she got a chance. It was (and still is) hard to locate. Neiman Marcus use to carry it in their stores, but you can only order it via catalog now. Gumps in San Fransisco carries it too. It was usual on our yearly trip to San Francisco that my mom would pick up a piece or two.

As I was growing up this very expensive china was used every Saturday morning. My father would wake up and go to the nearest French bakery to buy morning pastries. My mother would make hot chocolate for us, and we would have quite the feast.

I dreamed of one day owning my mother's china. She promised me that when I got married and bought a china cabinet of my own, she would give it to me. When I did get married at 32, I sold my car and bought an antique china cabinet for $700. She then gave me the Herend china that I had wanted for since I was a little girl. I have to admit that I have been married 10 years and not ever used it. I have little boys, and have not thought that the china would last long if I ever got it out for Saturday morning feasts. But, then I have to ask, is china really worth anything if you don't use it? Perhaps not.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Finer Things....

This past Spring I fulfilled a long time dream, and I went to Paris. My sister and her daughter went with me. It was a life memory that is embedded in my mind. One thing I was longing to try were the macaroons. Yes, those little fluffy things to the above. Pastel colors; soft, chewy, melt in your mouth macaroons. I had read about them in the blog Paris Breakfasts. My first day in Paris we walked along a narrow street in the Marais district (4th), window shopping. I shopped right into Pain de Sucre. I was timid, and made my sister do the ordering, as she does speak fluent French. She nor my niece had ever heard of a French macaroon! We took our cute box home filled with our pastel little buttons, and sank our teeth into them. It was heaven! Now, as I am back in my own city of lights, Las Vegas, I think of those macaroons. I then remember the finer things in life.

Friday, September 25, 2009

A New Kind of Fall

It has been almost a year since I posted. We moved from our beautiful lush garden coast to the desert! Las Vegas to be exact. It is like living on the moon; a very dry state. It is amazing how a change in location and scene can change what one does during the day. I did not attempt to garden last year....although I know you can here. You just have to plan in a backwards way. Fall and Winter are like early and late Spring. Yesterday I bought one little cherry tomato plant. I was chicken enough to even buy it with little green tomatoes on it. Perhaps by mid October I will have a ripe red home-grown tomato!

So, here is to a new kind of Fall. No more golden apples, or red and brown crunchy leaves. No more chilly nights with chimney smoke filling the air. No more pumpkin patches or hay bail mazes. Instead, I will enjoy the 80 degree weather during the day; watching my tomato plant grow tall into the Winter. I will watch the twinkling lights of the Strip from my balcony while sipping a cool drink at twilight. This is my new home.