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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Don't forget about my giveaway, and goodies for you




Hello there,

I know, I know, you've all been waiting for more goodies.  Well here they are!  Please don't forget about my giveaway, too.  If you haven't signed up yet, please do so.  I've made it extremely hard on myself this time as I've been reading your responses, both comments and emails, and you all deserve something......I only wish I were wealthy enough to do so.  Alas, I can only pick one, and that one will be revealed on July 1st!  Please enter here:



I also have a couple of buttons now, so should you want to place either of them on your blog.....I'd be honored!  Here they are:




Here's the goodies........enjoy!
























I hope you enjoyed these, I sure do.  I just got a bunch of new "old" children's books from the 20's, 30's, 40's and 50's and I hope to have more images for you in the future.

Hugs, and love,
Meri


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

5 year Blog Anniversary Giveaway


Hello all you wonderful followers,

For all intents and purposes......I'm back!  It's been an intense journey, and it's not over yet.  I want to thank all you beautiful people that sent me well wishes, prayers, and kept me in their thoughts.  It truly made a difference and kept my spirits way up.  I still have some medical issues to address, and I'm still very weak, but I'm getting stronger every day!  15 years of very strong narcotics can take an incredible toll on your system, and to be honest with all of you..........all, and I mean all the stress and pain I went through last year caring for my critically ill mother was a piece of cake compared to what I just went through.

I hope and pray that I am able to manage my pain without medication, but I'm not foolish enough to think that I won't ever go back on some level of pain medication.......I just won't ever get off of it again!!!!!

So much has happened in the past month, and I unfortunately cannot share it all in this post, but I hope to give you glimpses in the near future.

NOW, here's the fun stuff:

I would like to get comments on this post from anyone wanting a personalized, hand sculpted creation from me.

I want to hear as much about you as you are willing to tell me, what kind of crafting do you do, are you a housewife or do you work, and I would love to hear a compelling reason why I should pick you to be my winner.  I've always relied on a number picker to pick my winners, but this time, I wanna' hear why you are the one.  I told you it was gonna' be spectacular!  

This is very different for me, and since it's my last sculptural giveaway of the year, I wanted it to be especially special!

In addition to your own custom sculpture, depending on what I learn about my winner, they will also receive extra goodies meant just for them.  It could be a lot of scrapbooking stuff, a lot of vintage fabric, or whatever!

So let me hear from you, and I will also accept emails at meriw@cox.net, should you wish to keep it private, or really long!  

I will announce a winner on the first day of July, and please make sure I have a way of contacting all of you, should you win.

Best of luck to you all, and thank you all again from the bottom of my heart!

God Bless,
Meri

Friday, June 8, 2012

Simply Irresistible link party

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Bonjour!

Come along on a little journey with a few hundred of us.  I am linking with:


Each of us will show our french side, although the two times I've been to Paris were very bad trips and I have no pictures to show I was even there.  Que Sera, Sera, as they say, but I do wish I had my own experience in Provence.  For now I will be sharing with you images I have found on Pinterest, and please excuse the flagrant reuse of them without acknowledgement, as I'm not savvy on how to do that.

At the end of this little imagery trip, I will be posting my all time favorite recipe for "French Onion Soup."

Let's start outside my humble abode, where the fields of lavender and sunflowers bloom in orderly rows, yet with reckless abandon.  Fed by sun and plenty of rain, these rows of sunshine, skirted in purple, grow over the height of most men.  I mount my trusty bicycle, with it's worn and tattered basket barely hanging on, and glide down the cobbled roads of the village, where I shall stop in at the local flower shop for my weekly bunch of roses.

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My village is small, and I am of modest income, but I still manage to cycle by the more advantageous in my small community, and admire the quaintness of their lovely facades.  Full of cracked plaster, bricks wearing away and becoming rounded, Ba reliefs mounted under corbels and windowsills becoming less and less recognizable with age.  There's a very ethereal feeling to this place, and yet I know these old buildings are homes to folks just like me. 

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I continue on my way, halting occasionally to admire the countryside.  There are fields upon fields of sunflowers, just reaching for the sky.  I wish I could just run a scoop across this field, turning a mound of yellow into what I know will just taste like a cool scoop of lemon glace.
 
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Well my friends, I have tired myself out with my peddling, and I've promised you something of a gastronomic treat, so back home we go.  

Ahhh, here we are, back in my humble little kitchen, where I am working magic for you.  Come, come in and sit down, and enjoy.

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 Does this not look tres manifique?  Doesn't it make your mouth water?  Well, it should, and just so you all can enjoy, here's the recipe:

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Soupe a l'oignon
Onion soup

Serves 4-6

11/2 lb onions, very finely sliced in rings
6 tablespoons of butter
1/2 cup white wine
3 cups strong beef-bone stock
salt and freshly milled pepper

To Finish:
11/2 cups grated cheese, such as Cantal, Gruyere, or Emmenthal
4-6 thick slices day-old baguette

1.) Fry the onions in the butter.  Cook them very gently, stirring every now and then, for at least 20 minutes, until they are soft and golden.

2.) Add the wine.  Bring to a boil and bubble up for a few minutes to evaporate the alcohol.  Pour in the stock and 11/4 cups cold water, and season with salt and pepper.  Bring back to a boil and then turn the heat down to simmer the soup.  Leave on a low heat for 20 minutes.

3.) Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.  Put the baguette slices in the oven to dry.  Divide the bread among the soup bowls, then ladle in the hot soup: the bread will rise to the top.  Either preheat the broiler and top the bread with the cheese, then place the bowls under the broiler to melt and brown the cheese, or hand out a whole piece of cheese and a grater for people to add their own, as they like.

Note:  For a more substantial soup, thicken the cooked broth with 2 eggs beaten with a ladleful of the hot soup, and reheat without boiling.

Taken directly from "Classic French Cooking, recipes for mastering the French kitchen" by Elizabeth Luard, Spruce Publishing.

 My friends, we are at the end of the journey, I am very tired now, so I bid you adieu, bon jour, bon nuit, whatever suits and I'm off to rest my weary head.

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I hope you've enjoyed this petite tour, and please feel free to drop me a line, or leave a comment.


Merci, God Bless, and big hugs,
Meri