Posts made in August, 2016

Giddy Overload

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in New | 3 comments

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This guy makes traveling light seem so romantic;

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like all you need is a passport.

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Is it really that complicated?

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I don't need much...

Packing tips anyone?

This is not my gift.

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A road well begun is the battle half won.  The important thing is to make a beginning and get under way.  There is nothing more harmful for your soul than to hold back and not get moving.  

 -- Soren Kierkegaard

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September in France

Living a dream

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The Tiny House 

The Paris Apartment

Au revoir!

Be back in October

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Seven Hundred

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Desserts | 6 comments

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Today, on this occasion, after nearly five years, celebrate my 700th blog post with me; and bake this (gluten-free) Craggy Chocolate Cake!

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Drawing together good quality butter, bittersweet chocolate, and through the magic of French techniques, the best flourless chocolate cake ever is devilishly simple.

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The custard aerated with whipped egg whites and pale yellow egg ribbons dosed with glossy chocolate and butter rises -  and then deflates to a decadent wedge of mocha-hued crinkled parchment.  Consequently, revealing the moist, rich, dark pudding-like, luscious center trapped inside is up to you and your fancy fork.

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Close your eyes first; make a wish and then, fall in.

“That evening was the evening of the full moon. The garden was an enchanted place where all the flowers seemed white. The lilies, the daphnes, the orange-blossom, the white stocks, the white pinks, the white roses - you could see these as plainly as in the daytime; but the coloured flowers existed only as fragrance.”

― Elizabeth von ArnimThe Enchanted April

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Guest Photographer Too!

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in New | 1 comment

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It is Izzy!!  I’m back and better than ever.

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I know you all have been awaiting my appearance on coco’s blog so this time,

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I wanted to add something special, I took the pictures too.

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Late on a Wednesday afternoon, Maddy left for college in Arizona, so on Monday we had a family dinner.

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We ate some really great food.

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Had a mini photo shoot;

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  selfie fun and some-- even climbed a tree; but, that was only what was captured on camera.

Wednesday was an emotional roller coaster.  I realized that in the past I had taken the time that I had with her for granted.

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Even though we will all miss Maddy dearly, she does not go forever.

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We are very blessed that she gets to come home more often than a lot of other college students, and you know what, it just makes the moments we have with her a thousand times sweeter.

♥ Izzy ♥

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Photos courtesy of Isabella

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Isabella of the Ball

Posted by on Aug 18, 2016 in New | 6 comments

 

Madelynne is safely tucked away at school and Julianna is off to church camp; all that-- created a day for Iz to revel in what she is passionate about, fashion.

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The edgy Fashion Institute of Design in Los Angeles is a mere 40 miles away and Britton invited me to tag along on a field trip adventure to the city where as a child I visited my grandmother and two aunts who lived in the Wilshire from the 50’s (which is coincidently Izzy’s decade of choice).

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Our freeway descent into the big city began like a Hallmark movie, with the heart of downtown’s iconic skyscrapers surrounded by pockets of high-heeled fashion, entertainment venues, marts, and unfortunately, sketchy real life tent cities.

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The museum is located on the ground floor of the design school; while only three large rooms, the current exposition displayed fashion costuming from television.

 

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Stop it; there it was.  Claire’s brown ochre woven brocade flat pleated skirt dress with golden yellow gauntlet gloves and straw platter hat adorned the pedestal.

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You remember the one she wore to the Kings stables when she and Jamie were in Paris?

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I’ll let the photos tell the tale—

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lunch at Panini...

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if only we could have found Grandma's house.

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Heart and Soul

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Fish | 2 comments

Each year after I run (and survive) the junior lifeguard run, swim, run, swim, and run more Gray Lunde Ironman event, I am cast down like a wooly wet sheep.

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Photo courtesy of Isabella Lunde

 Saturday while Ty and Britton drove Maddy to ASU for move-in day;

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Jules, Izzy and I represented the family running from the river jetty to G Street.

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Julianna, of course, ran the 5 plus miles, mostly soft sand passage and bolted into the ocean for a mile swim too.

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The divine Ms. Iz and I tore up the rear-- finishing in 1:16. Should I retire?  My screaming calves would be obliged.

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Then, after breakfast MP left us at home to recover-- and went fishing.

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Monday’s dinner creation sprung from the sushi-grade yellowfin he landed from Baja waters aboard the 80-foot fishing vessel, Legend.

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If poke bowl isn’t already a thing, it is now!

The noodles are spiralized English cucumbers dressed in a spicy cold sesame almond butter dressing.  If you try making the noodles, make sure you drain them well in a mesh strainer and wrap in a clean towel to dry; then the dressing coats the transparent noodles well.

Hmmm… the poke is o’so delicious and amazing but, our girls are champions!

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