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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Fruit Harvest and some Tomatoes

Hi everyone! The farmers market has been bustling! Early August marks the fruit harvest. Peaches one week, plums the next.


The fruits are like jewels. 

This week I got fresh ricotta and peaches and raspberries to make a special dessert we all love. I'll put the recipe at the end.

Tomatoes are a sort of fruit and they are starting to appear at the market.

I'm planning to make Kelley's Baby Tomatoes and Brie Pasta this weekend. recipe here

There's an abundance of veggies too, more to my taste than fruit. Mostly I like to look at fruit, but only like to eat it in pies or crumbles.  My mother believed fruits were mostly sugar, acceptable only as a rare treat. And then, well, I'd rather have ice cream!

A new bakery. We don't eat much bread, only ate a a bit of this lovely bread. I made croutons and froze them.

Along with Mo's treats is a wonderful handmade soap, on the left.

It's full of good things to nourish one's salty, sun baked skin. But most important it smells amazing! Like sea salt and brine---in a delicious way. Note the exotic ingredients on the label, below.

Later Mo had a baaahth as our Grenadian nanny used to say. The groomer comes in her fancy salon van! Mo had a lovely bath and is all fluffy and palest ivory again.

Tonight is the premier of Project Runway! Early Mo walk and no cooking for me, salads and sandwiches. Do you watch PR? It so reminds me of design school, the bickering and fails and criticisms. Thank goodness real design work---though very challenging---is not the same at all.

Have a lovely weekend. Enjoy our August days and nights.



gone to the beach

Sweet Ricotta Dessert

fresh ricotta cheese, drained if you have time.


1 T good vanilla

1/4 cup of liqueur or sweet liquor, like rum. I use Amaretto or Grand Marnier. Whatever is leftover from Christmas is fine. 

1/3 C Splenda [or sugar]; or to taste.

Fluff it all up with a fork.

Gently fold in berries or fruit. 

Add 1/4 C of semi sweet chocolate morsels. Fold in gently.

Sprinkle toasted slivered almonds on top, to taste. 

Serve very small portions, in tiny bowls. [very rich]

My kids like it very cold, put in freezer half hour before serving, if desired.


  1. Where to start! The fruits and veggies all look so pretty...jewels indeed. The recipe for the ricotta and fruit looks like fun, and I hope the pasta is good. Oh, and I really like the packaging on the soap. Let us know what you think.

    Mo LOOKS like he smells good, lol.

    Don't watch PR. I work evenings usually and if a show doesn't make it on my radar early on, it's hard to motivate myself to try it out. I hope it's a good season of watching for you :)

    Pics of the sky are spectacular.

    Thanks for taking the time to share!


    1. PR is almost impossible to folow at the beginning of the season bec there s just too many designers. But maybe you ll record it or watch it someday.....It s best to watch it prerecorded as they love to do the cliffhanger and commercials bit.

      The pasta sauce looks delish! Using it later tomight on grilled staeks, maybe. Then the rest on pasta tomorrow. It s very rich, a little goes a long way. I love how the Brie kind of melts.

      How are the kitties you re fostering? What does Fussy think of the invaders?

    2. Yes, the sauce is very rich. Even better next day.
      The kitties are being treated for an intestinal parasite, ugh. It's very contagious, so we're treating all of the cats just to be sure. Fussy is a little bent, she doesn't like the competition. The kittens however LOVE all of the adult cats so they want to make friends with her. I think they really miss their Mom :( We'll be taking them to Petco next weekend for an adoption event. I'll email you the link for them on Petfinder.

  2. Mo looks nice, and I love his little chair! When and where did you find it?

    I love both fruit and veggies. In my diabetic class they stressed that you could have fruit and should every day - just not to eat all fruit and no veggies.

    I want to know how the soap feels on your skin, too!

    The ricotta dessert sounds good, I don't think I've even had ricotta in anything except lasagna. I'm interested in seeing the pasta dish, too!

    I don't watch PR, but one of my friends does. While I'd enjoy seeing the designs, I don't like to watch shows with bickering and nastiness - I get tense enough dealing with my life, I don't want to watch it too.

    Oh, the pictures of the clouds were beautiful! I hope they didn't bring nasty weather, though.

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Looks like your Farmers Market had lots of great finds!!


  4. Love the photos! I am embarrassed to say that I haven't made it to ours yet. Too much yard saling. Maybe once it gets cooler. It has been so hot. You have a great week! Kit


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