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Decorator Chiles

We certainly love our chiles in the Southwest – whether they are sliced, diced stuffed, roasted or hanging on a wall. We have been enjoying a different kind of “chilly” lately, and I am not complaining. Even though I have had to cover my plants the last two nights I consider the sub-40 temps a real treat!

Wine Tasting

Here is another photo from our trip to World Market over the weekend. Just for the record, the basket belonged to Magpie. Yes, the dragonfly gave it away to many of you. Also, just for the record, that basket got fuller!

To Market We Go

This past weekend Magpie and I got together with the intention of doing some picture-taking. First, we made a stop at World Market where they were having an Octoberfest wine and beer tasting. Since we were feeling a bit uninspired in the picture-taking department due to the outside temperatures it tuned out to be pretty much our only stop that day except for a another one at Starbucks on the way home.

So, who do you think this shopping basket belonged to – me or Magpie?

World Market Treasures

Might I add that they sell the most amazing Lemon Artichoke Simmer Sauce! I sautéed some vegetables, added some chicken and then cooked it in the sauce for a bit and served it over rice. YUM-O!

Happy Hour

As a good friend of mine says, “Cheers to the weekend!” I hope you have a good one and a safe one as well. What, you say you haven’t started your weekend yet? So, how many olives do you see?

Wouldn’t You Like To Be A Pepper, Too?

One of the reasons we travel to the Midwest this time of year is because my husband wants to celebrate his birthday with his family. Yesterday he turned 50, and quite a celebration it was. As an added benefit, we are able enjoy the fresh vegetables from the gardens here, especially the tomatoes and sweet corn which are especially good this time of year. Usually. However, the heavy rains this spring have made the tomatoes and the sweet corn scarce. My sister in law did manage to bring a few bell peppers from her garden. They were small and so cute, but they packed a big flavor.

As you probably know, it’s been hot and humid here. This desert rat isn’t used to the humidity. Even so, I am in no hurry to go. There is something about “home” that never changes. That’s just the way I like it.

God Bless America

Having just celebrated the quintessential American holiday with all things “USA! USA!” I couldn’t resist trying out this Watermelon Martini recipe when I came across it. I am pleased to say that it now carries the much coveted Magpie Seal of Approval.  I can almost guarantee you will feel like a “jolly rancher” after a couple of them. But why stop at two?

  • salt as needed
  • white sugar as needed
  • 1 cup watermelon juice
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1/4 cup watermelon schnapps
  • 2 tablespoons simple syrup
  • 1 lime, juiced
  1. Combine some salt and sugar in a small bowl, and pour onto a small, shallow plate. Moisten the rims of 2 glasses with a piece of watermelon, and dip the moistened glass rims into the salt and sugar mixture; set aside.
  2. Pour the watermelon juice, vodka, watermelon schnapps, simple syrup, and lime juice into a cocktail shaker over ice. Cover, and shake until the outside of the shaker has frosted. Strain into the prepared glasses.


I don’t want to give anybody the idea I’m a lush, BUT if it’s for a good cause I am willing to sacrifice my reputation.

Magpie and I attended a wine tasting and silent auction on Saturday night to benefit a local school. Magpie found not only one but TWO wines she enjoyed and gave a third one a half  a thumb up. In fact, one of the lucky wines she deemed worthy enough to buy the entire BOTTLE. I’m pretty sure we’ll be ringing in the New Year with it. (I kid Magpie. She is a good sport, and it’s good for her to think outside the box(-o-wine) sometimes.)

Seriously, though, we had a delightful time. I’m just wondering what kind of genie is coming out of that bottle once it’s uncorked. 🙂