Monday, May 31, 2010

Like It or Not

I have a friend who really does not crave chocolate.  She rarely even thinks about it!  Especially not when she is stressed, or depressed, or lonely, or unhappy, or excited, or celebrating.  Upon rare occasions, she can be coaxed into trying a few bites of something chocolate if that something has a sterling reputation.  Unlike the rest of the world that knows when you want chocolate it's ok to go for the M & M's if you don't have the gourmet chocolate in the house.

I have another friend who understands the chocolate cravings and surprised me with this little treat last week. She was also willing to share this Rachel Ray Recipe.

1 cup quality semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons Kahlua (may substitute liquor of choice)
1 egg
2 tablespoons sugar or sugar substitute
pinch of salt
1/3 cup cream
1/3 cup water

Add first 5 ingredients to food processor.  Chop for 1 minute or until chips are broken up.
Heat cream and water to boiling. (can be done in glass container in microwave)
With the food processor going, stream in the hot cream/water mixture.  This melts the chocolate and cooks the egg.
Process about 2 more minutes until the chocolate is melted.
Pour into 4 demitasse cups or equivalent containers.
Refrigerate 2 hours (4 is better so a preplanned crisis is advised when using this remedy)
Garnish with whipped cream, nuts, or whatever sounds good to you.

Let me know if this is a recipe for solving all your problems.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Tower Grove Farmer's Market

The amenities and the beauty of Tower Grove Park are well know by South City residents.  One of the special features that attracts a huge crowd during the summer months is the Farmer's Market.  I took advantage of 80 degree weather today and spent some time there with my camera in hand. There was, of course, the produce but also a yoga class on the lawn, entertainment, refreshments, and lots of kids having a great time around the fountain and the playground.  I don't think captions would add anything to the story. 

Everyone was having a great day in the park.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

What a difference a day makes.

Many years ago a botonist neighbor planted, next to my porch, a small wisteria seedling he had nurtured in his basement.  It took a few years to get established and then it was off and running up the guide wires my dad helped me install.  It took over the opening on the west side of the porch and blocked the hot afternoon sun.  It was a lovely screen and the blossoms were spectacular.  But for some unknown reason it expired last year.

This resulted in more of a view than I wanted and I needed a quick fix.  With my house on the market, I couldn't wait five years for a vine to create some privacy.

Gringo Jones seemed like the best place to start my quest for a solution.

Although this would not block the view entirely, it would be a nice distraction.

I was lucky to find these on the clearance shelf at Home Goods

Since I was already in the felt flower mode with another project, I added a flower to each pillow.
After a little searching I found these at Home Depot.  I was thinking of hanging pots but one needs to be a little flexible.  The color was right and so was the price.

Then it was time for a little advice from my brother, Dan.  He suggested the best way to hang the fleur de lis and offered to make the hook.  I wish I had a picture of him installing it but I left home briefly and when I returned it was already in place.  You are the best, Dan.  Thanks.
And there you have it.  A big improvement and much more inviting.
So what did it take to make this happen?  About $100 and a sweet brother.

It was a fun makeover.