24 July 2014



Mr. Coffee


This recent addition to our kitchen is making me very, very happy. Forever, we'd had a 12-cup coffee pot dedicated solely to brewing tea for iced tea. After our 20+-year old Mr. Coffee bit the dust, we decided to try the Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Maker, even though I've never liked the flavor of hot tea poured over ice.

Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Maker


After months of dissatisfaction, we reached two conclusions: 1) Our long-time source for teabags has been corrupted. Their tea is no longer of an acceptable quality/flavor. 2) A dedicated 12-cup Mr. Coffee coffeemaker is far superior to the iced tea maker.


I found the teal beauty at Tuesday Morning, and I'm in love. But, this love affair is a 3-way.

Marielle+Mr. Coffee+Twinings


We've switched to Twinings English Breakfast Tea--tea leaves and teabags. Soulmates.




21 July 2014

Minding the Gap

There is an awkward gap between the mirrors I recently hung in our master bedroom.
Thinking, the right chandelier or sconce would eliminate the gap and add some interest.



All the above choicesre from the same source as our greatroom sconces over the fireplace. bellacor.com

Quorum International Madelteine One-Light Corsican Gold Sconce



20 July 2014

The Vanishing Umbrellas

Up, up, and away...

I owned this umbrella for a very short time. It recently went the way of all my umbrellas--disappeared into grandchildren-land. Almost in front of my very eyes.



When we were in Indianapolis LE spotted my most recently acquired umbrella, purchased to replace the pink flowered one that disappeared off the front porch in Taylor Mill during my visit in March--a brief moment of inattention. I immediately stated, "No one is to touch my new umbrella for any reason at all."


LE later quietly asked CA, "Grandpa, are you allowed to touch grandma's umbrella?"


19 July 2014

Composed Salad

My version...


Original version...




The small tool on the left is a pear corer, but works beautifully to clean the seeds from a halved cucumber. I salted the cucumbers to drain them, but wouldn't again. Just blot well with paper towels after cubing. Also, blot tomato pieces. Squeezed some lime juice over the cubed avocado.


Dinner Tuesday, Breakfast Saturday



You can't beat a quiche for versatility (Except for pizza. Or, pasta. Omelets...) Leftovers would not normally reside this long in our frig, but we had our roadtrip in between.

Our basic quiche recipe is adapted from a Hellman's advertisement in the 1970s. Over the years it's gone many directions as far as variety of fillings. This one is Swiss and Gruyere cheese, turkey, bacon, and green onion.

Tuesday night's salad--Romaine, almonds, dried cranberries, grapes, carrots, with creamy poppyseed dressing--made for a tasty sweet/savoury juxtaposition. And this morning, avocado added a touch of creamy goodness.