Monday, June 30, 2008


I will be posting some pictures soon from my daughter's trip to Italy.
But in the meantime I was looking at Lake Garda and how beautiful
it is.  Gattina is  there on holiday.  Here's to Gattina:

Doesn't that make you want to go there? It does me.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

P.F. Chang's and a top

Here's my new top.  We went out
to eat with our two daughters at
PF Chang's.  Of course, I had to
have the Citrus Soy Salmon again.
I have found the recipe for it now.

Restaurant-quality food right in your own home
Friday, June 20, 2008 | 9:01 PM
Instead of going out to dinner this weekend, why not cook an amazing dish at home and impress your friends and family! The executive chef at P.F. Chang's, Gregg Piazzi, share his recipe for citrus salmon.

Chang's Citrus Soy Wild Alaskan Salmon

8 oz. piece of skinless Salmon Filet
½ tsp of Salt
½ tsp Cornstarch
1 ½ tsp Water
1 tsp Ginger (Finely Minced)
3 fl. Oz Soy Sauce
1.5 fl. Oz Mirin
1 ½ tsp Orange Juice
1 tbs plus 1 tsp Lemon Juice
2 tbs Unsalted Butter
5 oz. of cooked Brown Rice (Follow directions on package)
1 ½ tsp of Lemon Olive Oil
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Citrus sauce for Salmon
1. Season the Salmon Filet with the Salt (set aside)
2. In a separate bowl, mix cornstarch and water (set aside)
3. In a warm saucepot (low flame) add Ginger & cook for 10 sec.
4. Add Soy Sauce, Mirin and Cornstarch mixture and mix well
5. Bring to a boil and then turn off heat (Do Not Over Boil)
Over Boiling may cause the sauce to turn out to Salty!
6. Let the sauce cool to 40° F
7. When sauce is cooled, add Orange and Lemon Juice (set aside)

Plating of the Citrus Soy Wild Salmon
1. Brush pre-heated grill clean (Med. High Flame)
2. Place Salmon Filet on hot grill (presentation side down). Cook for 2 to 2.5 Minutes, flip and cook 2 to 2.5 minutes (approx. 5 minutes or until medium)
3. Meanwhile, place 2 fluid oz of the Citrus Soy sauce and 2 TB of butter in a Small saucepan on medium heat. Swirl until butter dissolves.(set aside)
4. Mound the cooked rice on the middle of the plate
5. Gently place the grilled Salmon on the rice
6. Drizzle the sauce over the grilled Salmon
7. Mound the Micro Greens on Salmon
8. Drizzle Lemon Olive Oil over the greens and Salmon

Beverage Pairing: We love this dish with Paul Dolan Chardonnay or P.F. Chang's Chinese 88 our twist on the classic French 75.


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wordless Wednesday-Bark bark!

Do you see the dog? or his bark?
For more Wordless Wednesday, check these out.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Drummond Home

Amazing Grace (Scottish Bagpipes)
Drummond Scottish Heritage
 Play the music while you look at the photos below:

Welcome back!  Natasha welcomes your visit.

Pretty table setting.  My mother-in-law had a set of
Royal Doulton brought back from Germany after WWII 
by her brother.  They were the Old Country Roses pattern.

Addie Drummond's bedroom

A secretary desk

German brass bed

Modern conveniences

Cooking with gas

Friday, June 20, 2008

Natasha visits the Dummond Home

Natasha had a lovely visit at the Drummond Home.
She enjoyed riding in the car.
You may have to look closely to find Natasha.
Here she is posing on the steps.
The ladies at the Home were more than glad to visit with
us.  We were very much welcomed.
They were quite delighted with Natasha.  
Let's come inside.  This is the first room off of the entry.
Probably used as a parlor.  Notice the portraits of Fred
and Addie Drummond.  This is a beautifully restored
room.  The wallpapers were so colorful in the Victorian
era.  There is Natasha on the table.
Of course, this was Natasha's favorite room, the children's
playroom on the third floor.
We have more photos to post sometime later.  We enjoyed
our visit immensely.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The French

Notre Dame  (click to embiggen)  

Marilyn at Simmer Till Done got me thinking about
Paris since she has visited there recently.  Not a thing I 
like better to think about and dream about.  I have so
many books about France and French in general.  I have
only visited there once and would love to return soon.
Here are some bits of information that might prove 
useful to you when you travel to France.
"The French are different from you and me.  Theirs
is not a puritan country.  We speak with an air of detachment,
even distrust, of the pursuit of happiness.  The French just
go ahead with it--and they've organized a country and a 
great city to make sure they catch what they're chasing...
What I mean is that the French have developed the arts of
leisure to a higher degree than we have.  Eating, drinking,
gossiping, just enjoying--the French do it with unique style...
An American has more of a chance to become the person he
or she aspires to be.  A Frenchman is more locked in by where
he was born, what his father did, how he speaks the language.  
But, God, the French know how to live.  And thank God the 
rest of us can share life with them for a while..."  
~Richard Reeves-"An American in Paris"

According to Polly Platt in her book, "French of Foe?", there
are certain codes one must adhere to when visiting or living
in France.  
Code 1:  Don't smile.  "French people don't smile blandly
as they walk down the street.  They don't smile without a 
reason."  De-smile your public face.
Code 2:  Flirt.  It can come in handy when it comes to
receiving help.  You do it with your eyes.  
Code 3:  Use the ten magic words!  The first five are:
"Excusez-moi de vous deranger, monsieur (or madame)..."
"Excuse me for disturbing you, Sir, or Madam.."
"This is the charm that warms the hearts of impatient 
Parisians on the street.  The five magic words click with
Frenchmen like the responding smile with Americans."
The five magic words work wonders and if you add five
more:  "J'ai un probleme" ("I have a problem"), you 
qualify as a person to be respected and helped to the
very limit of the Frenchman's possibilities.  
Code 4:  Add "Monsieur" or "Madame" to "Hello."
You must always say hello and goodbye to all of the
strangers that you have an exchange with in the stores.
"Bonjour, monsieur (or madame) and au revoir, monsieur
(or madame).
Code 5:  Shake hands!  You shake hello and goodbye.
This is more for people living there and working.
Code 6:  Watch out at the door!  Just because you
got to a door first does not mean that you should go 
through it first.  It's called the bataille de la porte (the
battle of the doorway) and also takes place at the elevator.
Rank and sex are key here.  

Benjamin Franklin said:  "Everyman has two countries,
his own and France."  

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Wordless Wednesday-Like a Bird on a Wire

Crop duster-bird on a wire
Be sure and watch this little ditty.
Very interesting.

For more Wordless Wednesday go here.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

For Tammie

Summer breeze

Fun Monday-The Wall

So sorry I'm late with this Fun Monday. We were without internet
most of yesterday. This week's host was Jan at The Prytz Family.  We are
supposed to show our walls and what's on them.  I am only going to
show you my bedroom wall for now.  I have artwork on most every
available wall.  I am currently changing some art on my living room
walls.  I'm not about change.  I could keep something like it is for
years, just ask my kids.  Anyway, here are bedroom photos for your

This photo is the view from my bed every morning.  The
picture on the left is artist George Bates.  The middle is
Yuri Dvornik with a Paris scene.  The right is "The Girl
with the Pearl Earring" by Johannes Vermeer.  I love 
Dutch paintings.
This is above my dresser.  I collect wooden shoes.  I love
Monet.  This is called "View of Tuileries Gardens."  
Behind the bed are more pictures.  Of course, the building
of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.  Other various farm scenes
I picked up at Arts and Crafts fairs of local artists.

Below these are prints that I picked up on our trip to
Paris.  The one on the bottom right is a very old watercolor
by a Parisean artist in the mid-1900's.

Just another view:
Another Monet print:  Red boats at Argenteuil 1875

Final view of room below
Sorry for being late.  

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Beware of the Woes of Apartment Renting !!!

I am going to warn you pre-college parents of the woes of off-campus apartment rental.  This is what happened to my daughter.  You see, you are not the signer of the lease, your college-age young adult is.  So you are not part of the agreement or process.  When my daughter moved into her apartment the first thing I noticed was the carpet was torn near the entry way.  Apparently the door had torn it over time because it was a poorly hung door.  There were many sad things wrong with this apartment but it was really the best place in this little college town.  The carpet had several stains and the bathroom was disgusting.  I had to clean the shower, tub, floor, and ceiling of this bathroom.  There was mildew or mold on the ceiling right above the shower.  I didn't want my daughter to have to stand with her head that close to it, so I cleaned it as best as I could.  The toilet did not have a handle to flush it with so we drove to the nearby Wal*Mart and bought one.  I'm thinking the sooner the better rather than have to raise the tank lid every time to flush the toilet.  While we are replacing the handle, the manager walks in, apparently to fix it.  He says, "Oh, most people don't ever bother trying to anything around here.  Thanks."  
    So as part of the process of moving into an apartment you are asked to fill out a move-in condition form and list all the things that you found wrong with the apartment.  This is where I want to warn you.  If you or your child ever moves into an apartment, remember to fill this out in detail.  This fall my son moves back into an apartment and we will be taking photos and video-taping the place.  This seems to be a trap that apartment management plays to take advantage of young, inexperienced college students.  
    My daughter says that she listed on the form about the carpet and so did her roommate but the new manager after they moved out says that the form is marked "Ok" next to the carpet.  I can hardly believe that anyone in their right mind would have marked carpet "ok" in this case.  Long story shorter (?) we are charged $267.54 to replace that carpet.  
    The old managers were always telling my daughter and her roommate that they needed to replace their carpet for them but never did it.  I guess the apartment company waits until they find somebody who possibly did not mark complaints about the carpet and then they can charge them to replace it after they move out.  It all got very ugly.  I said, "I suppose this is how you get your carpets replaced."  
   I had so many things going against me.  No copy of the original form that was filled out, new managers who did not believe me, they don't keep records of the previous renter's form, (my daughter was only there for 10 months).  I called the corporate headquarters but they said the same thing, "If it's not written on the move-in form, we will assume you did the damage."  
   I really can't believe them.  I feel like going over and knocking on her old apartment and asking to see the new carpet that I am purchasing.  I am going to go over and look at the rental form, if possible, I am not on the lease so I have to have my daughter's permission and since she is in Italy right now...
   I have been mad about this and trying to think of ways to get even but I can't think of anything worth doing.  Also, I don't believe it is the right thing to do.  But I sure hate paying for new carpet that my daughter never got to enjoy.  If they had told me when she moved in that we could pay for new carpet now and enjoy it because we would be paying for it later with no enjoyment then I would have paid for it in advance!
This is my recommendation for apartment dwellers:
Take photos and document everything.  Make copies of the form you fill out before turning it in.  Keep this copy in a safe place.  Take photos after you move out.  Any time you have a complaint, document it.  Put it in writing.  The corporate headquarters told me that managers forget.  It has to be in writing.  Please don't ever let this happen to you.  :D  They told me after every phone call, "Have a nice day."

Thursday, June 12, 2008


"Somewhere in her smile she knows"

"Something in her style that shows"

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Identified flying objects

Crop duster that flies over my house every morning.

Visiting my little feeder every day.

In motion.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Fun Monday-Good Memories

Fun Monday is being hosted by Molly of Return of the
White Robin.  She wants us to share a happy memory
of our childhood.

One of my favorite childhood memories was shopping with
my mother in a nearby town. It was a wonderful way to
spend a day. We'd shop and get ice cream at a drugstore
soda shop with the old fashioned counter. Here is a link
to the post with pictures.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

WOW Hits Contest

Rocks in My Dryer is having a contest with  They are giving away 17 CD's.

The nice folks behind WOW Hits 1 are offering TWENTY winners each a boxed set of 17 CDs, one CD for each of the artists represented on WOW Hits 1.

Did you follow that?

TWENTY of you will each win the following boxed set:

1. Barlow Girl - How Can We Be Silent
2. Aaron Shust - Whispered and Shouted
3. Cadia - Cadia
4. Point of Grace - How You Live
5. Skillet - Comatose
6. Brandon Heath - Don’t Get Comfortable
7. Michael W. Smith - Stand
8. Third Day - Wherever You Are
9. Relient K - Five Score and Seven Years Ago
10. Casting Crowns - The Altar and the Door
11. Steven Curtis Chapman - This Moment
12. Chris Tomlin - See the Morning
13. Matthew West - Something To Say
14. David Crowder Band - Remedy
15. Jeremy Camp - Beyond Measure
16. Newsboys - Go
17. Toby Mac - Portable Sounds

::AND:: You will also win a copy of the WOW Hits 1 CD.
Hurry and get over to Rocks in My Dryer.  This contest
ends this morning sometime.
Edit:  Times up!  I didn't win but it was 
fun trying.  :D

Thursday, June 5, 2008

PF Changs

I'm going here to lunch today.  Mmmmm....
With my mom and daughter.  

This post is edited to add photos.  I have more that my
daughter took with her camera.  I will post them soon.
This is my daughter and my mom.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

This song was written in 1957. (My birth year) But my memories
of it began in 1972.  

Strawberry Jello Cake

Here is a version of the cake I made:

1 white cake mix
1 package strawberry jello
1 package frozen strawberrys
1 container topping like Cool Whip
Bake cake according to directions. Mix Jell-o with 1 cup warm water. Make several holes in top of cake without going through and then pour Jell-o over cake.
Microwave strawberries until thawed and pour on cake.

Add Cool Whip over all and refrigerate until chilled.

Here is what I did differently:
Mixed Jello with 1 cup boiling hot water. Poured it over cake as per directions above.
Mixed an instant vanilla pudding mix in the Cool Whip for the topping.
I used fresh strawberries to garnish.
Refrigerating the whole cake makes it very refreshing. Delicious.

*There is a possibility of mixing 1 cup of milk with the instant vanilla
pudding and then adding 8 oz. cool whip. It probably makes the topping
smoother (less grainy).  Either way, it's still good!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Fun Monday

This week's Fun Monday is being hosted by Karisma.
She would like us to present something we hand-crafted.

I made this pottery in my high school class. See "1973".
A long time ago. I really enjoyed that class.

I made this quilt a few years ago. I love anything blue
and especially French toile or blue delft.

I have some cross-stitch pictures that I have done.
I have a few counted cross stitch projects that I posted here.

Sunday, June 1, 2008