Termini’s Pastries


Truly one of the best store fronts in Philly.

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Lemon Butter Cookies



Busy weekend, however I did manage to bake some cookies that Joe says are amazing! Soft, light, lemony – there’s something about citrus that makes me pine for warmer temperatures – we’ll get there.  Continue reading

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Walking Up 15th

15th Street Circa 1981Tina Garceau was one of many illustration majors at The Philadelphia College of Art forced to required to take an elective course in photography. She and an army of other art students scoured the streets of The City of Brotherly Love looking for compelling images and scraping together 1.5 credits. Continue reading

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Barber on Snyder



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Chocolate Whopper Cake



Last week was the boy’s birthday. I took a cue from his current favorite candy – Whoppers –  to make this cake. A rich chocolate cake, flavored with malted milk powder, mini-chocolate chips, with a whipped cream frosting. Topping the cake off with malted milk balls makes it fun to look at, and best of all – you don’t have to be too neat with the icing underneath!  Continue reading

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June & Johnny


Since our son’s first birthday, I’ve been making birthday crowns for him. Despite his age, he insists on a birthday crown – and I’m all too happy to comply. This year he chose a Johnny and June Carter Cash crown.

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15th & Locust Newsstand

15th & Locust NewsstandHere’s another Photo Elective shot committed to a frame of Pan-X film by the incomparable Tina Garceau. This was a busy newsstand at the corner of 15th and Locust Streets in Center City Philadelphia back when newsprint was one of only a few ways information was dispatched.

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Chocolate Banana Bread



I love that you can take the ugliest brown spotted, mushy bananas that no one wants to eat, and recycle them into a delicious bread. Adding cocoa powder, and mini chocolate chips to the mix results in a magnificent loaf that you won’t be able to stop at just one piece, or two. Yeah, it’s that good!  Continue reading

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Friday Five – Number One Hundred



One hundredth in a series creating a collage using five elements.

Four years ago I started this series, making collages using five elements. I thought I’d create 20 or 25, but in the process, I seemed to gain momentum – and 25 turned into 50, then 75. Today marks the end of the series – I’ll still be making collages, but without the limitations. To mark the occasion, I’ve picked out my five favorites.  Continue reading

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Marlboro Country

Marlboro CountryThe Market-Frankford El had made an unscheduled stop along the rails due to one of those mysterious and omnipresent signal problems. Fortunately this delay afforded me the opportunity to shoot the three-dimensional cigarette sign I had always admired as the train sped by. 61st and Market, ladies and gentlemen, in beautiful West Philadelphia!

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Cherry Bars



When the temperature dips below freezing, all a gal can do is hunker down and bake. Since it was Valentine’s Day – I wanted to make something red, like strawberry shortcake. However, none of the vendors on 9th Street had strawberries, so on to Plan B – something cherry, since I had a can of cherry pie filling in my pantry – cherry bars!  Continue reading

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Stupid Cupid

headless_Cupid…and here’s my Valentine to Tina. I saw this poor guy on a stoop in South Philadelphia during one of my South Philly Safaris, and I knew I couldn’t pass it up with February 14th right around the corner.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!


Keeping with our tradition of making cards for each other, my 22nd Valentine to my dear husband, Joe. Wishing you all a day filled with love and really good chocolates!

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Storm Pipe

Storm PipeHere’s a photo I took as part of an art school course during the Fall of 1982. It’s a storm pipe somewhere in the vicinity of the pond in Westville, New Jersey if I remember correctly. It was in-between a few frames I shot at the pond so I figured I shot this one there as well. People from that neck of the woods may recognize it and know it’s exact location. For me, it’s been quite a while since I’ve been in that area.

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