May 15, 2018

A West Elm "steal"

I was soooo excited to find this table at my Goodwill Store the other day...
I knew I wanted it the minute I saw it. My husband was with me - but he wasn't so sure. It was marked $19.99! I told him if it didn;t work out in the kitchen we could use it outside for a potting table at that price.
 (although I knew it would be perfect lol) 

We had to go back and pick it up the next day and as my husband and the store employee turned it over to take the legs off to fit in the car...there is was...
a "West Elm" sticker!

Funny how my husband's opinion of the table immediately he whispered,
 "Shhh don't say anything" ... as if they might notice and take it back from us.

Well needless to say it works beautifully in our kitchen and we both love it!

When we got it home I, of course, looked to find it on the West Elm website!

And sure enough there it was...

The lower shelf was missing - but that was fine with me as it gave me room to push my stools underneath. On their website the description reads :

What a steel. The stainless-steel surface of our Rustic Kitchen Island pays homage to zinc-topped counters from Parisian bistros, while sturdy legs in acacia wood warm things up.
 It's just as ideal for slicing and dicing as it is for mixing and mingling.

A "steal" indeed - for us!

Stay Cozy,

May 8, 2018

Not forgetting to count my blessings....

I realized today is the the 2 year aniversary since I had to have a partial nephrectomy.  Long story how it was discovered...a story in itself...but I had to have a portion of my left kidney removed along with an "angry" tumor that had grown on the side of it. I was told  there was a good chance it was cancer - an 85% chance - but then right after surgery it went down to a 10% chance and as it turned out there was no cancer at all! It was truly a miracle for me. The recovery was certainly a challenge - but so much sweeter knowing how fortunate I was.

Prayer was my best friend - especially during the long waiting and wondering time before the actual surgery. God showed himself to me in so many special ways - during my times of doubt and tears and during the days of " why me" and "why not me". I am so grateful for my faith then and now - I cannot imagine my life without it.  My continue to remember what a gift my life is and to keep striving to live the purpose He has for me.

Happy Healthy Anniversary to me!

April 23, 2018

Kale or Kraze?

I know it has been the latest craze...and  pre-packaged kale chips can be so expensive...but kale is an excellent source of vitamin Kvitamin C, vitamin A, manganese, and copper; a very good source of vitamin B6fibercalcium,potassiumvitamin E, and vitamin B2; and a good source of ironmagnesium vitamin B1omega-3 fatsphosphorusproteinfolate, and vitamin B3.

You can easily make them yourself - for a fraction of the cost!

Just buy a nice big bag of Organic Kale (pre-washed if you prefer) - or pick up some fresh kale in bunches, remove the leaves from the stems and wash. 

Next put all the kale in a large bowl and pour the tahini dressing (recipe at the end) over it, mixing well to cover all the leaves. 

I use a dehydrator as I can make many trays of kale chips at once, 
turn it on and walk away. Place the kale leaves flat on the dehydrator
 trays (with no overlapping) and dehydrate until crispy (2-4 hours).

You can also make these chips in the oven. 
 Bake, tossing kale halfway through, until crisp, 
about 15 - 20 minutes.
 Keep an eye on them for doneness.

 Cooking kale does not take away its nutritional benefits. 
Dark green vegetables are powerhouses of nutrients ...
they call it a superfood for a reason. 
Kale offers more iron per ounce than beef!

Creamy tahini dressing
  • 1⁄4 cup tahini.
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice (from 1 to 1 ½ lemons)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil.
  • 1 medium clove garlic, pressed or minced.
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard.
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt.
  • 2 tablespoons water.
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste.

Stay Kozy,

April 16, 2018

I Could Have Danced All Night...

Our 30th wedding anniversary was soon approaching and I was on the hunt for a special gift for my husband to honor the day. While perusing a local vintage store, I found this wonderful old musical liquor bottle sitting on one of the shelves just waiting for the right person to discover it.

It was just perfect... you see we met on New Years Eve at a disco in the
 late 70's when he came over and asked me to dance. 

♥ We clicked right away on the dance floor...
 and we have been dancing ever since ♥ 

The bottle has an iner chamber where the couple dances while the music plays untouched by the liquid spirits that would have surrounded them. 
The tuxedo clad gentleman spins his pink tulled partner
 around ever so magically.
To top it off, it was on sale for exactly $30
 (the # of years we had been married).

"I'll take it!", I said.

Isn't it just so sweet?  It warms my ♥

(p.s.. This August will be 38 years! Where does the time go?)
Stay Cozy,

April 13, 2018

Will the real cheese please stand up?

No need to pretend - (no Friday the 13th trick here) - 
this cheese tastes like the real thing.
So much healthier and much lower in calories too!
It's time for Mac 'n Cheese - Vegan Style!



  • 1.5 cup potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 2/3 cup carrots peeled and cubed
  • 1/3 cup vegetable stock
  • 3/4 cup plant based milk soy or almond work best
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1.5 tsp arrowroot flour or corn starch
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt or more to taste


  1. Add potatoes and carrots to a pot of water. Bring to a boil, and let boil for 10 minutes. Strain and add to a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend together the potatoes and carrots. 
  3. Add in remaining ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy!
  4. Add to cooked pasta and enjoy.

It works great for baked mac 'n cheese
       too with bread crumbs on top!

Add some cumin and chili powder to taste
and a little tomato paste or even salsa for
nacho cheese!

Time to Enjoy (guilt free)

April 10, 2018

Our little lookout...

Little Pearl...she is such a curious girl...
Who is coming to the door?

What is out the window?

Almost 11 years old and only 4.5 lbs..
my little Papillon still acts like a little puppy!
Ever so inquisitive and always on duty to see what is happening.

Until she finally gives in and just has to take a break.

Cozy Little Pearl!

April 6, 2018

Oh So Cozie...

 I always make a cup of coffe using my Keurig Coffee Maker at home...
and then bring it with me to work or play (depending on the day).
Although I keep cups and lids on hand - I never seem to have any "cozies"
around. So last night I decided to make my own!

Using (3) fun fabrics, I cut (2) 3" X 4.5" pieces from each print. 

 I stiched each piece together using a 1/4" seam allowance and then using 
the template cut the pattern from the stiched rectangle.

I cut an additional pattern piece from a matching fabric for the reverse side and also
cut a pattern piece from some fusible pellon for the lining.
 After fusing the pellon with an iron to the pieced front, I placed an elastic hair tie
between the layers  and with the wrong sides together sewed all around leaving a 2" 
opening for turning. 

 Final touch is to hand sew a button on the opposite side of the cozie for closing.
And there you have it - now I have my own personal coffee cozie ready to go!

 Stay "coffee" Cozie!

I will be happy to email the pattern and directions to you if you are interested...just leave me a comment and let me know!

April 2, 2018

Let the blooming begin...

The bark dust is scattered
...the feeders cleaned and hung
Time to come outside again...
Spring has just begun!

Stay Cozy...
and enjoy every moment of every day...
rain or shine!


March 19, 2018

Days Gone By...

Three of my four daughters live in Northwest Portland - downtown- where there are so many quaint older buildings filled with wonderful stores, coffee shops, bakeries and fabulous restaurants. They are all within walking dstance of their homes. Some days we will go downtown just to take in the ambiance of the vintage store fronts and admire the beautiful construction work of days gone by. 

Last night I dropped by one of my twin daughter's apartments to wish her a happy birthday and drop off a gift...this is the entrance to her vintage building.
It hasn't changed since it was built. It is just beautiful!

This is how we call her so she can buzz us in...

Isn't is just a hoot?

And adjacent to the phone are the mailboxes.
I just love the place and wanted to share it with you all. 
I wish I could have taken photos of the inside...
but she was getting ready to go out of town - so no go!
Maybe next time...

Stay Cozy!

March 16, 2018

幸せな食事 Happy Eating....

My niece and her family are living in Okinawa for a few years. When I went over to my sister's (her mom) house I noticed she had all sorts of unusual food packets in her pantry. It seems her daughter has been delighting her with some of the foods that are a staple there. 

This one I thought was so funny - becuase it seemd like a take on a Mexican dish.

"Taco Rice"

 This is what comes inside the package...we "face-timed" her to get the directions....
since they were all in Japanese.
You heat the two larger pouches in boiling water for about 5 mins. 
Then add the contents of the packets to cooked rice and mix in the hot sauce.

This is how it looks when it is done boiling. 

Add it to the pre-cooked rice and...Voila...authentic Taco Rice from Okinawa! 
 It was actully very good!

Here are some of the other packets she sent!
I love the packaging!

Happy Eating!

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