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The Final Poppy and a Wonderful Rhubarb Scone Recipe

The weather has been almost dreamy for the last couple of weeks.  Well, except for the other night when there was a torando watch.  Just a little FYI, we don’t get tornados around here.  I went online and saw the radar of “something” approaching our area, and some horrific pictures on the weather channel of roofs getting ripped off in Nebraska and hail the size of elephants pummeling commercial buildings.  I was scared.  I am afraid of storms, hurricanes, tropical storms, and blizzards.  I was even more concerned when I went to my favorite weather site, Ray’s Weather, and he wasn’t saying anything, just those red colored warnings and watches that make me nervous.

Well, nothing happened and the next morning I woke up to yet another dreamy morning, did my chores to get my body moving, and took the final poppy picture.  So long beloved poppies until next spring!

The Last Poppy
The Last Poppy

I’ve been making a lot with rhubarb since it is the season.  I always make this wonderful swiss pound cake with rhubarb and the classic and always delicious swiss rhubarb custard tart, and that’s usually enough for us.  So when I saw this recipe for “Naughty Rhubarb Scones” on one of my favorite food blogs, Food52, I thought I would take a look and make it.  I didn’t use the heavy cream, but used the kefir I make, and it was so delicious.  And that means a lot since I really don’t like rhubarb – it was so delicious, you should make it before the rhubarb season is over.   Click here to see the original recipe.

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful life, in whatever way you choose.  And since I no longer worry about things since they might not happen, life is becoming a wonderful dream.

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Incredibly Delicious Rhubarb Scones
Incredibly Delicious Rhubarb Scones


The Swiss Way to Make a Good Soup


There’s nothing like a blizzard in Spring to make me want soup for dinner.  My favorite weatherman Ray said we would get snow flurries with high winds all day and night, but being the type of guy he is, he didn’t come out and say, “OMG. This rare and deadly combination is coming straight for us, and there’s no where to run!!!”.  Thank you Ray for just reporting the weather.  And Thank You Dear Jesus for making the sun shine all day today, with the bluest sky, and melting all the snow.  Amen.

I learned how to cook while living in Switzerland.  I love just about everything Swiss, including the food.  Quite possible my favorite sweet treat is a nice Linzertorte…and the easy recipe for that is right here.

Those Swiss are so practical about everything!  There are packets already made up with the five vegetables needed to make a delicious soup in every grocery store.  They even put a bay leaf or two in!  Just these 5 vegetables give such a  flavorful and satisfying soup that there is really no reason to vary it, it’s the best soup base – period.  Try it and I know you will agree.

I chop up the onions, and put them in the bottom of my pressure cooker pot with a few turkey necks, or chicken wings or legs (to get that full flavor of the bone marrow) while I’m cleaning the leek, the carrots, chopping the celery root up, and the cabbage.  It’s all getting nicely carmamelized, while I add some salt, some pepper, a couple of bay leaves, and water.  I always add a spoon of vinegar too, to help bring out the marrow (you don’t  taste it in the end, by the way).

After about 20 minutes or so, the soup is ready to eat, and so are we!  A few large pieces of bread, a glass of wine, and it’s a very nourishing meal.

I hope you are enjoying the thoughts of the spring, and the longer days and light, because they are…I can feel it!

Swiss Soup Vegetables
Swiss Soup Vegetables



Happy Holidays to our Readers!

We meant to get this in here before Hannukkah and Christmas and Kwanzaa, but then the Holidays were, to quote Jane’s Uncle Jack, “at our throats,” so we didn’t quite make it, but we are determined to post for the New Year to say how much we appreciate all of you who read our blog and give us your support.

Three of us, Jane, Sadhvi, and Annice, recently celebrated the Holidays together and raised a glass to all of you, our readers, our friends, our fellow women over 50 with something to say.

We also shared dinner and this incredible chocolate dessert at Isis restaurant in West Asheville and couldn’t resist showing you a picture of this little bit of heaven.

 Happy, Happy New Year 2014 to All our Readers!!!

isis triple chocolate dessert


Get It While It’s Hot!


I’m going to sign up for Obamacare soon…I just have to send out my Christmas cards and get my real estate calendars in the mail first.

I’ve been feeling like it’s midnight at five o’clock lately, which has not helped to keep my energy level going strong.

But hey, through the darkest time of the year, I have managed not to gain 20 pounds despite the fact that I’ve baked a half dozen poppy seed and nut rolls, a double batch of my all-time favorite chocolate chip cookies with red and green Holiday M&M’s (see recipe below*), a double batch of my yummy Swiss Butter Cookies with Lemon frosting,  a few batches of “Basler Brunsli”, and to make 9 jars of “Marroni Creme” with the extremely tasty chestnuts that we’ve been blessed with this year.

Tomorrow is the Solstice, the start of Winter, the day with the least amount of light, and we all know what the day after signifies don’t we?

That’s right, daylight hours starts to get longer, and before you know it, ta da!  Spring will be here.

If you want to feel something, and maybe even get up off your booty and move it, click on the clip below.

Oh, and Happy Holidays!


* My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies*
(from “The Great Book of Chocolate” by David Lebovitz)

I like to soak the nuts for a few hours.  Then I toast them in the oven.

1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (120 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) (115 grams) unsalted butter, cold, cut into 1/2-inch (1cm) pieces
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cups (175 grams) all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt or 1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt (Deb option)
1 1/2 cups (200 grams) semisweet chocolate chips, or, Holiday M&M’s
1 cup (130 grams) walnuts or pecans, toasted and chopped

Adjust the oven rack to the top third of the oven and preheat to 300F (150C). Line three baking sheets with parchment paper.

Beat the sugars and butters together until smooth. Mix in the egg, vanilla, and baking soda.

Stir together the flour and salt, then mix them into the batter. Mix in the chocolate chips and nuts.

Scoop the cookie dough into 2-tablespoon (5cm) balls and place 8 balls, spaced 4 inches (10cm) apart, on each of the baking sheets.

Bake for 18 minutes, or until pale golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

Pack them quickly and send off to loved ones asap 🙂


Sadhvi Sez: Giving Thanks

Sakshi the Chestnut Roaster
Sakshi the Chestnut Roaster

Being married to a chestnut roaster who’s been making people happy for many years now means we don’t have a big get-together with friends and family on Thanksgiving Day (since he’s working!).  Not having children or family that live close by is the other reason why there is no big gathering.

With everyone else being occupied with Thanksgiving, I feel like I am playing hooky from life.  I secretly love that feeling, and am grateful that it’s possible.

It’s been a busy week, with just about every type of bad weather you can think of — constant heavy rain, extremely high winds, bone-chlling cold, and today, thankfully, weather that they have in heaven every single day — the bluest skies with lots of sun and no wind with mild temperatures.  We did wake up to snow, but having the sun shine made it all right with me!

While driving home everything felt so mellow.  The streets were almost empty, and there was a feeling of peace and calm.

When I got home I took our dog “Bello” for a long walk, and met an older couple who are familiar in the way people are when you say hello while passing them a dozen times or so in the last 10 years.  For some reason I laughed out loud when I saw them.  They stopped and asked me how I was, and I said, “Good”.  They told me it’s the first time there has ever been snow on Thanksgiving since they could remember.  I asked them how they were, and they said, “Good. I mean, we’re still walking!”.  Which made me smile, because it’s so true.

I got back home, fed the chickens and the rabbits, and then started cooking dinner for us.  When he got home, we sat down to eat and we both said we thought it was the best meal we ever had.

I don’t know what is happening, but I am feeling so grateful these days.  I think I even realize how special it is to be alive.  I must be getting older.  The next thing you know is that I will start to act wise.  I will let you know when that happens!

“Gratitude is the wine for the soul. Go on. Get drunk.”
— Rumi