Happy Halloween!

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One More Day ‘Til Halloween!

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Pear Chocolate Chip Muffins

I whipped up these pear chocolate chip muffins over the weekend, because it’s nice to wake up on a chilly morning and have something sweet to accompany a steaming cup of coffee. Grated pears make these muffins moist, and the addition of mini chocolate chips – because chocolate makes everything better!  Continue reading

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Four More Days Until Halloween!

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Heading to 69th Street

Heading to 69th StreetHeading to the 69th Street Terminal aboard the Market-Frankford Elevated Train.

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Changed My Mind

I was all set to use another cheap sketchbook hoping that it would turn into another Sketchbook from Heaven when I found the sketchbook pictured above . This was also a Christmas gift purchased from a big box store by my wife. I got it; had a chuckle, and put it aside forgetting that I had it.

This has a particularly childish cover that may get some odd looks on the Market-Frankford El. I will probably encrust it with stickers as it gets beat up by the rigors of my commute. The paper is pretty thin. It’s not quite toilet paper but close. Markers bleed through the pages. I doubt that I will commit any masterpieces to it’s pages, but this goofy sketchbook is really handy for scrawling down ideas.

As I get a little deeper, I’ll let you know if this is a Heavenly sketchbook or a scribble pad for kids which was the original intent . Stay tuned.

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Orange Stacks near The Devil’s Pocket

Stacks in South PhillyStacks of an energy plant in the vicinity of The Devil’s Pocket in South Philadelphia.

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Anniversary Apple Cake

Joe likes apple cake, so for our anniversary on Friday I broke out the springform pan and got busy! This is about the time of year when I start to experiment with cakes and pies for Thanksgiving – you could call this a dress rehearsal of sorts.

What I like about this cake is it’s mostly apples with not a lot of batter. There’s only a quarter cup of sugar in the batter, which is good news for those of us who are watching our girlish figures – unless we add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side, then all bets are off!  Continue reading

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XXII

22 years ago today…

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Sweet!

Twenty two years ago on a rainy Saturday morning, Joe and I got married. I should clarify, it wasn’t just raining, it was pouring like a platoon of firemen were pointing their hoses at the windows of our house. Since the church was a block and a half from our home – the original plan was to walk to church, which I did, under a golf umbrella. Apparently, rain on your wedding day is good luck. It was also a lesson that things don’t always go as planned, so sometimes you just have to wing it. My shoes were damp, but I had just gotten married to the best guy in the world. Not a bad trade-off!

Happy Anniversary Joe – I love you!

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