I love this

Classics..Both in title and media.. There is this wonderful music store beside Mazzaro’s, they had tons and I mean TONS of vinyl.  It was quite the sight. 3 million records in the main shop.. this smaller shop was absolutely amazing.  If you’re local to Tampa, you should check this out just for the trip down memory lane..


Good luck, good wine, good karma.

Mazzaros. How I love you.  Like someone said “I could live here”. Well OK, I won’t go that far but can I have the house across the street please?

I’ll stop dreaming and get to telling ya about what Brett and I got up to last night.  Lots of wine, lots of conversation and lots of food.  Nutella risotto anyone? Oh and the glass making demonstration!

All of this fun and games was to support a local charity. – The Abilities Foundation has helped thousands of Floridians with all types of disabilities obtain jobs and affordable housing, enabling them to contribute to the economic strength of their communities as productive wage-earners and taxpayers.

I like these people! Check them out – help out, contribute. They do good work.

And when they throw a party, they REALLY throw a party!

Part of last nights festivities included a silent auction along with wine tasting.

A picture is worth a thousand (slurred) words…

The left one I won/purchased – silent auction.. the right one I purchased. Everybody is happy! That bottle of wine is really heavy by the way – I’ve never picked up a big bottle of wine like that. Call me a scaredy cat and I would call you right! The proceeds from the silent auction helped Abilities out and I get a wonderful bottle of wine to enjoy…. sometime…Oh and it is signed… I have no idea by who.. That remains a mystery!

The glass art demo was pretty neat too.

Oh, and the food- cheese, meats, egg noodles with white sauce and caviar, nutella risotto and more… the food just kept coming – like this:



Check the links out – Do good. Be good. Get good.


Changes in lives, changes in seasons.. Love to Donna Mom..

Happy fall to everyone! A present arrived in the mail for me yesterday – I was quite excited, and I was even more excited when I opened it. See, being down in the land of warmth and only having two seasons we don’t get the special treats like most in the north do.  I don’t miss many of them… I miss this one. Would I trade my warm(ish) winters for this? Probably not – been there, done that – but it’s really nice to have someone think enough of me to send me this yum yum!

Thank you Susan :)

I bet I can get you to eat more salmon if I used this, right Bon? ;)

Dinner time!

Busy. Sums up my life right now.. Nothing huge, just a bunch of little projects I am trying to complete so that I can embark on a few new journeys! I am still spending most of my time in the kitchen – I’m not tied there, I love being there now. Many many projects in my kitchen have been made, eaten and reheated and eaten some more!  Brett lent me his little camera lens and I’ve been photographing all my cooking projects – but this shot came out really well and I wanted to share it..

Tonights dinner is chicken and wild rice soup – done totally in the crockpot with simple ingredients and is really very healthy.

This is the prep – I will know in 7 hours if this is a keeper.

I love love love this pic!

If the soup turns out – I will share the recipe.

Happy eating and happy shooting to everyone!