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Flowers Again

The only news we have is our weather forecast. We may see a big snowstorm this weekend. Some say 5-8 inches, others say up to a foot. They haven’t been very accurate with forecasts so far. We will be prepared.

I have my third set of flowers – the fourth and last assignment is due this week. I have learned a lot. I did not know I would be in the midst of slaying diabetes when I signed up for the course, so my time has been more limited than I would have liked. I may sign up for a follow up course in the spring or summer when I don’t have to use grocery store flowers!

This was the winning image for the week:

Pop-Up Snow

We woke up this morning to a couple inches of snow, and it kept snowing lightly until noon. It wasn’t exactly a surprise, but the forecasts have been so far off, we really didn’t expect it to last.

Here are some photos. I had to drive to the golf course first thing this morning, so took a few along the way of the favorite houses we don’t own, as well as the usual front yard pics.


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Sisters Home Safely

We received text messages at 1am saying the Sisters had arrived home safely. Glad they had a trouble free trip.

i did not post my flower photos from Lesson 2, so here they are. This was a fun week, because Catherine & Beth were here. They picked out my flowers at the grocery store, and then critiqued my efforts as I was working on the lesson.

The critique I received for Lesson 2 was generally favorable. The instructor pointed out something I can improve in each of the images, and this was helpful. I like this format of following a lesson, then submitting images for critiques.

Off to finish up the flowers for Lesson 3. We might also do a family outing to Home Depot – that is still up in the air.

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Say Goodbye, Sisters


Sisters’ Trip 2022 #1 is over. Catherine and Beth had to go back to California today. Fortunately, they didn’t get picked up until 9am so they didn’t have to rush. We are so glad they visited. We had a great time and can’t wait for the next Sisters’ Trip.

Pork roast was on the menu last night, but Lou gave the girls the option of one more lobster feast. You can guess what they picked! The nice thing is, they went and bought the lobsters, came home and cooked them, and cleaned everything up afterwards. We keep telling them they should just move in. And, because I am not a lobster fan, they made a special healthy dinner for me. Spaghetti Pomodoro – made with spaghetti squash. It was good, and I am having leftovers tonight.

Our last supper
Natasha gets her last snuggle this morning.
The travelers are ready – Jim from Crystal Limo will drive their carriage.


Score! The plane from Philadelphia to Dallas had international-style first class. Beth said she liked it so much, she was just going to stay on the plane and go wherever it went.

As far as we know, their final flight is on schedule and they should be in California by around 9pm their time. Thanks again, Sisters, for the visit!

A Busy Day



Lou and Beth were in the Chef seats last night and they excelled. The vegetable beef soup was perfect for a cold day, and Beth made some tasty biscuits to go with it. I am sure the addition of some left over prime rib didn’t hurt.

Today, Lou treated us all to breakfast sandwiches:


I had to drop the dogs off at the groomers and do some errands. Beth helped Lou with the dump run while Catherine took care of work duties. I came back to the house, picked up Beth, and we went back to town for more errands, some lunch pick-up, and finished up by retrieving the dogs.

Beth and Catherine are very happy with the lobster rolls and the lobster stew. 🦞🦞

The dogs supervised my bike ride:


it was my turn to do dinner tonight. Went with the old standby, salad and pizza. It seemed to go over well. We ordered Lou’s regular pepperoni, sausage, and jalapeño pizza. We also got the special of the week, ”Kale Yeah.” This was basically a vegetable pizza with weird stuff. It was okay, but not my favorite.

This concludes our busy day, although some might be tempted by dessert.

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Cooking Class


We have been eating all of our meals at home, except for a couple of visits to Young’s Lobster Pound. At Young’s, the girls got takeout, and also ate their lunch in the car. The weather has been too cold to sit at the picnic tables. Our other favorite restaurants, like The Hichborn, are closed until spring.

We have been eating well, and Lou made sure that would continue by assigning everyone a night to do the meal of their choice. Last night, Catherine & Beth showed me how to make Sesame Chicken. Tonight, Lou and Beth are making Vegetable Soup, I am in charge of takeout tomorrow, and Lou and Catherine are doing pork tenderloin on Friday.


Sesame Chicken & Fried Rice

I wanted someone to show me how to make one of the Asian recipes from The Guiltfree Gourmet. This is one of the food gurus I follow who makes low calorie, low sugar recipes. These are also low in WW points. Click for the full sized images.

Beth and Catherine agreed to show me how to make this, even though they had never made it. Presumably, their cooking skills are much more advanced than mine.

There was some grumbling about the large number of ingredients, but they stayed true to the recipe. I tried to assure them that The Guiltfree Gourmet did extensive testing, and had a reason for all of his ingredients.

The secret to keeping the sesame chicken crisp is to mix it with the sauce just before serving. Catherine did this masterfully 👍. Catherine started the fried rice, and Beth finished it up. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone, but this was cauliflower rice and it was g-o-o-d. Even Lou ate some.

There were a lot of steps. The breading called for crunched rice crispy cereal with a bit of panko and breadcrumbs. This mixture was then toasted in a pan on the stove. The sauce was made from several types of soy sauce, oyster sauce, chicken broth, and multiple spices. The chicken pieces were cut into bite-sized pieces, then marinated in a baking soda solution for 15-20 minutes to tenderize the chicken. Each piece of chicken was individually breaded. No shake and bake allowed! We had more chicken than the recipe called for, so the chef extended the breading with more panko. The tray of chicken bakes for 14 minutes, then each chicken piece is expertly flipped (that was my job) and returned to the oven for 6 minutes.

Both dishes came out great! Kudos to our chefs and to The Guiltfree Gourmet.

Thank you, Catherine and Beth, for helping me learn to cook sesame chicken! I will definitely use this recipe again to make the other variations on The Guiltfree Gourmet’s website. And the fried rice was an excellent way to showcase the versatility of cauliflower rice.


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