Monday, March 23, 2015

A Hot Clothing Option

As I write this post, the temperature is pegged at 84 degrees, humidity at 95%, and a "feel like" temperature of 101 degrees.

Now I report this info not to weather gloat in any way, shape, or form. Rather, I share this data to explain my latest clothing purchase.

Yes, it is a caftan. A 100% cotton caftan, I might add.

If I had been told three years ago that one of these would be in my closet and that I would want to wear every blessed day when it's hot, I would not have believed it.

But it's the perfect thing to swan around the house in (because swans and I have so much in common) or throw over a bathing suit. In short, it is one of the best clothing decisions I have ever made. It also means I will be buying more of them.

Now as long as I don't trip over the hem...

P.S. If you haven't checked out The Wright Table recently, you might want to give it a peek, especially if Chicken Bacon Pasta or Pork Adobo strike your fancy.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Spring in Ranchito

I love the plants and trees in our yard year round. But it's this time of year when something magical happens. The yard is packed with so many colors.

Let me take you on a tour to show some of my favorites.

One of many hibiscus

The bougainvillea is in full, glorious bloom 

These peachy-pink ones are a favorite of mine

Then again, the red ones are also very pretty

Oranges are ripening up

This lime is ready to be picked and, boy, is this a delicious variety

Another crop of apple bananas forthcoming

Our lemon tree!

Cactus flowers almost ready to pop

Even some orchids have started making an appearance

And just how gorgeous is this?
For those of you still battling snow storms and ice (Jayne and Steve), please know that you will be surrounded by all of this and more in just a couple of weeks. Until then, be warm and safe my friends!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Wright Table

For those of you that love spending time in the kitchen or for those folks who just like checking out recipes, I invite you to pop over to The Wright Table blog

Here is just a sampling of what has appeared on our table, with each title being a link to the post:

Chicken with Bacon and White Wine

This recipe contains some of my favorite things, meaning chicken, bacon, and wine.

Cultured Butter

When there is no butter to be found, I realized I could make my own!

Tomato and Lime Shrimp

It only took one bite to know this was a keeper. 

Finnish Cardamom Rolls

While these rolls do take a bit of effort, the reward is a super tasty treat.

Ginger Fried Rice

Can't wait to make this again.

Slow Cooked Curried Chickpeas

This was a fun dish to make and big on flavor.

“Cooking is at once child's play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love.” 
-- Craig Claiborne