Rhubarb Crumb Cake from a Vermont Kitchen

May 22nd, 2013 / Comments 0

Even though our garden is overrun with weeds, the rhubarb is undaunted this spring. I made a rhubarb crumb cake to take to lunch with friends and it was a great success.  This cake is quick to make and can be made the day before it is served. rhubarb bowl sm Rhubarb Crumb Cake from a Vermont Kitchen … read more

Homemade, Green Cleaning Supplies

May 8th, 2013 / comments 14

May means sunlit, yellow-green buds on willow trees, familiar bird songs, spring peepers in the pond, and an overwhelming desire to make everything clean. I took a slow walk down the cleaning products aisle at the grocery store and found products with labels that promise maximum force, triple power, instant stain removal and ultimate cleaning. Did I want a heavy-duty, commercial, professional or industrial strength cleaners? Was the wisest choice a gel, a cream, a spray, scrubbing bubbles, a cleaning wand, a cleaning pen or a complete cleaning system? What is a complete cleaning system anyhow? And then there were the “magic” sponges and “miracle” cleaners. Is it ethical to buy Mr. Clean or the Janitor in a drum? Would they each need a room of their own? It was confusing! I was tempted to believe that there might be a product that would make everything sparkle with little effort, but after reading labels with long lists of chemicals with unfamiliar names and warnings of danger, I left empty handed.

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Missing Ortigia

April 26th, 2013 / Comments 0

Back in Vermont and unpacking after two glorious months in Ortigia, this photo reminds me of mornings at the cafe on the piazza. glass 01 sm Missing Ortigia

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A Blue Day in Ortigia

April 4th, 2013 / Comments 0

It’s a bit of a blue day in Ortigia.

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We walked into Siracusa.

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and on the way back to Ortigia I realized that blue was the right color for today.

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Because, our granddaughter Anneke

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and her mom and dad are returning to Germany after spending two weeks with us in Ortigia.

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Along via Roma – Ortigia

March 21st, 2013 / Comments 0

Along via Roma on the way for a coffee,

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 frescos created by time,

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a second

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and a third.

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All Clear in Ortigia

March 19th, 2013 / comments 3

I can see clearly now …

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The rain is gone …

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Gone are the obstacles in my way …

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It’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day.

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