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When Life Hands You Apples…


My lemon tree is covered with aphids. My orange tree is still a baby. But my neighbor’s apple tree is putting out like a champ.

For the last week or so, the tree has been dumping in the backyard and the side of our house.

This has been going on every fall since we moved in and it really makes a big mess. My neighbor never offers to clean it up or to prune the tree back. Since the person didn’t want to do anything about it, I decided that I would. And here is my solution.

A trip to OSH and $21.99 later, I’ve got a nice little pile of apples to eat. In fact, I think we’re having pork chops with fried apples for dinner tonight. A few more picking sessions and the picker will have paid for itself. Pesticide free, non sprayed apples.

Mmmmmmmmm…That’s what I’m talking about!

So friends, the moral of this story is not to get mad when you have a lazy neighbor. The moral is to enjoy the hell out of the apples they are too lazy to take care of themselves.




Last night Fernando was making a whole lot of noise in the kitchen.

This morning I woke up and found this.

Before I went to bed, there were three times as many peppers in the bowl.

Then, this morning, he said “I’m making dinner tonight.”

Something is marinating in the refrigerator.

I’m scared.


Darn You Macys! (Or, More Espana Dishes)


Freakin’ Macys. They got me with their Memorial Day Sale. And of course, what did I buy? More Espana dishes.

I LOVE these platters and bowl. Here are a few more shots of each piece.

This is a serving platter with handles. You could easily fit a whole roast with potatoes on this one.

This platter is slightly smaller than the one above with handles, but still very good sized.

I love the design and scalloped edge on the side of this bowl. The sales girl was telling me it’s a pasta bowl but I could see it being used for salads and things like that too.

So yeah, Macys got me again with a sale. But I did need serving platters and bowls so it was justified. (Or so I keep telling myself! heh)

I do like more formal china service sets, but I keep coming back to the brightly colored and designed Espana set. I think it appeals to me because they are so pretty and when I cook, it’s with love, so these offset my dishes perfectly.

With love and a lighter wallet,