Cathy Murphy….this is for you


St. Joseph is the patron saint of the home and family, clearly because of his protection of the Blessed Mother and the Christ Child. Therefore, if you want to sell your house, it us is said you should bury a statue of St. joseph in your front yard facing the house you want to be sold ( cause it could be you neighbor you want to see leave). His feet should always be facing heaven! Once the house sells, dig up the statue, and place it in a place of honor in your new home! Good luck!

Orange you glad I cooked these..?


This weeks NYTimes cooking pages had a recipe for Hobo potatoes with orange and red onion. A quick and easy potato that would be great with fish or chicken. Recipe calls for grilling the little foil packets, but I just stuck them in a 400 oven. Just quarter new potatoes with a red onion and some orange sections and orange peel. Toss with a mustard vinaigrette of balsamic, olive oil ( q’uelle surprise, I found an open bottle of orange infused olive oil in the pantry), salt, pepper, diced garlic, oregano and grainy mustard. An hour later you get a steamy package of fragrant spuds. I served mine over arugula tossed with spring onion and cucumber and a little orange oil and balsamic vinegar..gotta get the greens in! 


Here’s the link for the recipe…I’m also obsessed with the recipe on same link for “Paella of the Land” with rabbit, sounds yummy.

A girl can get a lot done…

When she gets up early on a weekend, and the sun is out, and it’s 70 degrees. She washes windows, cleans closets, changes bed linen, stores drapes, hangs curtains and makes some cute tags… 


I added a piece of muslin to a stock tag, then a length of ribbon, then hot glued the plaster intaglios/shapes from my last air dry clay session. I used an edger on the bottom. I like how they came out, kind of shabby chic.

Off the Shelf…The Twelve Rooms of the Nile


I have been obsessed with Florence Nightingale since I was about 8 years old .  I can still remember a book I had about her that had an illustration of Florence and her sister Parthenope in matching outfits. I remember, vividly, the story of her singular calling to nursing with it’s accompanying deprivations and hardships in Scutari, the hospital in the Crimea that Florence transformed. It was there that the phrase “the lady with the lamp” was used for the first time.

But before all that, it is known that Florence took a trip to Egypt with her friends the Bracebridges. It is known that at the same time Gustave Flaubert, the author of Madame Bovary, also traveled down the Nile.  This book fictionalizes their journey/s together and apart and I have to say it was slow going in the beginning for me for this book. I had to really stay with it. The last two thirds are great, but it takes perseverance to get to the surprising kidnapping and watching Gustave and his Rossignol ( Florence’s nickname) walk up to the edge of a cliff of romance and then back away from it. Florence because of her belief that God was calling her for service and Gustave because of his, ahem, venereal disease. 

A solid 3 out of 5 stars, get it from the library though.

Simple Supper


Sometimes, simple is best. Like when you spent the day spring cleaning and the Hubs helped Minutemen and British regulars all day at the annual reenactments for Patriot’s Day. So I decided to keep it simple and whip up some plain cheese omelettes with a garlic salad topper. I start them by melting butter and a little olive oil in the pans and swirl it to coat the pan. Add beaten eggs mixed with cream or milk and some salt and pepper. Plan on two eggs per person.

As the eggs start to cook, move the edges back and let more eggs run in. Eventually the eggs will solidify and I add  little bits of mozzarella cheese. Cook through and then fold over once, lower heat and cook for about another two minutes. 


Meanwhile, back in a bowl, toss some arugula with chopped tomatoes, minced garlic, chopped basil, olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Slide the omelette onto a plate and top with the salad. Quick and easy! In fact, simple!

(Oh, and notice the omelettes are yellow for April’s color challenge!)

Greek Potatoes

Let me be clear that the only reason I called these Greek is that I put Feta cheese in them!  


Boiled creamer potatoes tossed with olive oil, arugula, salt, pepper, lemon juice and crumbled feta that I put in marinade last week. I also chopped up the guindilla peppers and added those to the mix. They taste like Italian pepperoncini and look like this… 


I get mine at Trader Joe’s…

Anyway, they were delish and the leftovers are great if you pan fry them!