Welcome Aboard – Smitten Kitten at St. Martin Simpson Bay. Even though we arrived in St. Martin a few days early, our first night on the Smitten Kitten Catamaran was Saturday, the 16 of November.  One would think that it would be cold in November but the weather was a balmy 80F average during the day, the water around 83-85F, and the nights in the high 60’s to low 70’s.  Perfect for the snow dwellers or even for us desert dwellers from hot Arizona. The feature image of the Festiva Sailing trip was taken of Sandy Beach near Anguilla .  The aerial of St. Martin below isRead More →

I’ve got to get me some of these! A Facebook friend sent me the link and I think it’s a great gift idea. Please keep in mind that this post is not an sponsored advert for the company or product. It looked like a fun gift idea for anyone who has a love of cooking and that me in a nutshell. I’m putting it on my Christmas list. Designs – Tervis Insulated Tumblers – Mugs – Water Bottles – Gifts. I hope they have an apron, too!Read More →

From along a highway near Chicago, Illinois this airplane was found nose down in a farm field. Maybe they were taking a little buzz around the airwaves and got to close to the electric lines.  Looks like it’s been in its resting place for quite some time.  I wouldn’t have wanted to be the passenger in the back!  Well, or in the front either from the looks of it!  Bet the pilot got one good bop on his noggin.Read More →

These two pictures were taken at my cousins, Marks, home in Lowelville Ohio.  He has the perfect green touch when it comes growing flowers and roses.  On each visit there are a variety of pictures to be taken of bees buzzing around the garden and wildlife roaming the back pasture. He’s since started beehives but I’ve yet to gather the courage to take a look at those.  Next time.Read More →

I love everything about Tuscany and this soup is a great reminder.  I found it on the Saveur Recipe website.  It has such a hearty appeal so I couldn’t resist to share it with all. Maybe it was the crunchy bit of bread to the side or the bits of tomato and carrot popping up to the surface.  Can’t wait to give it a try.  If you beat me to it, let me know what you think. 2 cups dried cannellini beans, soaked overnight 2 medium carrots, roughly chopped 1 rib celery, roughly chopped 1⁄2 yellow onion, roughly chopped 3⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 4 cloves garlic (3 minced, 1 halved) 10 oz.Read More →

This was one of my first and most challenging jobs for a customer.  Not that there have been that many!  I was and still am a starving artist.   Two images of deer sculls were selected from online stock photos and purchased from different sites.  The customer wanted them to hang side-by-side on the wall in their entry in an Arizona home. The greatest challenge was that one of the original images was so small that when increased in size to a 24×36 final size there was so much work to be done.  Each antler and the skull had so much pixilating going on that the Photoshop Magic Eraser wasRead More →

This is a much enjoyed appetizer that can be made a variety of ways.  My friend, Mariette, uses a much sharper cheese and it’s just a delicious.  It just has a different twist.  Many recipes include spinach, but somehow, someway, I’ve not acquired a taste for spinach in large doses.  Another fun addition is sun dried tomatoes but if doing that do so in small doses too.  For a sharper more flavorful taste use Asiago Cheese, Gruyere Cheese or an Italian blend. Artichoke dip is one of my regulars to take to take to a Pot Luck dinner. It’s a warm dish served with crackers, toasted baguette slices or tortillaRead More →