A Dozen Years Ago

One of my favorite photos.

Anna’s birthday weekend. Apple picking. In October 2008. Anna turned 5.

In this photo at the apple orchard, Erika is expecting Maura (12 next month) and Jack was home napping. Michael and Anna are helping pick apples

Ohio Apple Orchard

Penny the Golden Doodle: a Family’s Best Friend

The unexpected loss of a beloved pet, who’s a big part of the family, is a painful and sad experience. Laura, James and Charlie will miss her so much. Here are some photos when Penny was featured on the blog.

Remembering Penny today and the happiness she brought to her family.

RIP Penny

Penny liked to watch TV -The Dog Show, Marie Kondo, Chevy Chase in Christmas Vacation

Penny thought she was a lap dog.
She liked to nap with her Dad.
Here she is meeting her cousin Henry when he was just a pup

Remembering Penny the Golden Doodle: a Family’s Best Friend

Homegrown Basil in Baked Pasta Dish

James gave me basil from his garden. Erika asked me to make Baked Orecchiette for supper. Perfect timing. The small dish is spaghetti see we hash instead of pasta. Fresh mozzarella, basil, Parmesan, and homemade sauce.

The Small dish was spaghetti squash instead of pasta,

1984 Ceramic Pumpkin saved from the Trash

About 18 years ago Erika, my daughter-in -Law, was pitching this little ceramic pumpkin she had created in elementary school. They were cleaning out the basement. I said No, no no and took it out of the trash. “You have to save it and give it to your children, show your kids someday.” Well her eldest is 17 at the end of this week.

I found this in the back of my China closet. I can’t wait to give her daughter the little ceramic pumpkin her mom made circa 1984. Hoping it doesn’t end up in the trash again

And

Happy Sunday Birthday to Erika.❤️

Happiest Birthday Ever -2009

Reblogged post from ten years ago -remembering when we could be together (the Elbow Room in Pittsburgh) doesn’t even exist anymore.

“Monday night Steve and I went to dinner at the Elbow Room (Pittsburgh) to celebrate his birthday. I asked him which of his birthdays was his happiest birthday ever. “Last year!” he said. We were out at Mark and Erika’s and the kids helped blow out the candles, eyeballs for the ophthalmologist. Laura had made the cake with the kids’ help decorating it. James made him a shirt with his favorite cat Fred sniffing the flowers. Mark gave him a book about Where They are Buried and Erika found some really nice summer shirts for him. It was a fun party. His best ever! The children really make life fun! Happy Birthday(2009) Steve.”

Happy Birthday Steve.

Edges, Center or Pass?

My sister told me about this Baker’s Edge Brownie Pan so I ordered one for Anna. (and the family)

Anna was headed to work today and said when she got home at ten, it would nice to have a brownie.

Maura made a batch and I got to see the pan do what it claims to do. And it does it perfectly. All edges!

Which is your preference? Edge? Center? Or Pass?

Airedale Fun

I’m in Ohio with the family for a couple of days. Almost four months since I’ve seen them. Josie and Henry, the Airedales, were enthusiastic for my visit and they were warming up the trundle bed in Maura’s room. where I’m supposed to sleep!

Yes, I have a dog treat on my head!
Puppocinos for the dogs. Whipped cream in little cups from Starbucks.