Friday, September 12, 2014


hello lovelies!

i hope this FBoF finds you well and set for...

les derniers jours de l'été 2014!

( summer's finish ! )


our weather continues to be amazing.

at night the lows are in the 40's and in the day the highs are in the 80's. favorite weather...heat with an intermittent cool and soothing Autumn breeze.

i subscribe to a blog called French Word A Day.

today's word is : une mijoteuse (me-zho-teuz)

:: slow cooker

crock pot :: crockpot :: cocotte

i smiled when i read today's word.

i have difficulty visualizing those in the land of  Le Creuset using a crock pot.

since Jay gave me my first piece of Le Creuset, three years ago, i stopped using

my "cocotte"... une mijoteuse!
( ...sounds so much better than "crockpot", doesn't it?)

(peut-être que je devrais dépoussiérer!)
( dust it off, Lynne!)

start with this recipe from one of Kristin's followers...

Crockpot Lemon Chicken
Mijoté de poulet au citron
2 onions, cut in eighths
3 cloves garlic, peeled
8 pieces of chicken, skinned
salt and pepper
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/2 cup lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
1/2 cup chicken bouillon
4 sprigs of tarragon (ok, if you have to, use 1 teaspoon dried tarragon)
1/3 cup heavy cream

Place the onions and the garlic in the crockpot.
Sprinkle the chicken pieces with salt and pepper, then slather them with the mustard and place in the crockpot.
Pour the lemon juice and chicken bouillon on top and then finish with the tarragon sprigs (or sprinkle on dried tarragon).
Cook on low heat for at least four hours, giving it a stir, if possible, along the way.
Before serving this crockpot lemon chicken recipe, remove the tarragon and discard. Remove the chicken, which should be falling off the bone, and set aside. Stir the cream into the sauce and then return chicken to the crockpot to serve.
Serves 6.
Note: For extra lemon flavor, place a couple of slices of lemon on top along with the tarragon before cooking.

if you are not familiar with French Word A Day...

...i encourage you to visit Kristin.

she shares "a down home French life"!
"par chez nous français!"

( i am so going to redo our mailbox! )

posté pommes de terre avec de la citrouille sur le côté, beautés?
( posted potatoes with pumpkin on the side, lovelies?)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


"take to the highway won't you lend me your name"

in my previous post i mentioned that we have returned to routine around here.

the demands of July, August and the first week of September made blogging

a little more difficult.  my trips to blogland were like being on a whirlwind tour.

time to visit, but often, little time to comment.

"your way and my way seem to be one and the same"

on Sunday, the deck was completed at precisely three o'clock.





jump into the shower


drive out...

"mamma don't understand it"
"she wants to know where i've been" the country for a photo session with the "kids" and the "grands".

"i'd have to be some kind of natural born fool"

we departed the new wood for a late afternoon of old wood charm at the

not so abandoned Mayflower Dairy Farm in Fredrickson.

"to want to pass that way again"

this location is a favorite place for photographers.

there were several photographers at work on the old farm when we arrived.

as you know late afternoon is "perfect light"!

"but I could feel it"

remnants of visiting 12's!


"on a country road"

the grands finally pooped out after the final shots at the end of this country road.

the photographer was so pleased with the outcome of the session...

...she could not resist putting this image up for preview on Monday morning.

"because i could feel it, child, yeah"
"on a country road"
"walk on down, walk on down, walk on down"
"walk on down, walk on down a country road"
"country road"
"walking on a country road"

" la la la la la la la la la "

( all along...singing sweet baby my mind. )

oh no!

now i'm onto...

in my mind i'm goin' to Carolina!

better git!


Monday, September 8, 2014


hello Monday!

hello lovelies!

Mr D staining yesterday morning.

the building of our deck is complete!

Michael did a fabulous job! 

he was assisted by his close friend Tom. 

it took three weekends and ten nights of  "after work 'til dark"!

( we lost one Saturday to rainfall. )

i kept the family room fridge loaded with Rock Stars, diet cokes, water and energy bars.

we provided home cooking and delivered the best of our area's take out!

Seattle's Top Pot Donuts

Tacoma's renowned Magic Sandwich Maker ( MSM )

Federal Way's Burger Express


Gyros from our neighborhood Mediterranean Gyro Grill.

Mr D said he was glad that the work was complete, but he was going to

miss having the daily activity his work buddies around the house.

the guy's had many bonding moments.

( dad's can be empty nester's too! )

what  a work party it was!

this morning on the new deck.

a little more staining and a day of backyard cleanup lies ahead.

the lawn took a toll with the building activity and heat.

there are piles of moved dirt to be sifted in the garden area.

this morning the mist has returned.

the view and the atmosphere are much different than yesterday.

Mr D is back at work as i write.

we return to routine...until next Saturday, when Holland Grace plays

in her very first soccer match!  for those of you that have been visiting

34th street since before her birth...doesn't it seem like yesterday?

coincidentally, her team is the COUGARS!