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Left Turn

I had finally gotten this blog up and running when my life took a bit of a left turn. It seemed that one thing after another was coming at me, without leaving me a chance to catch my breath. We’ve all been there, and I’m sure I’ll be there again. But for the moment my life is back up and running. So soon I will be updating this with lots of stories of our danes, our cats, food, places I get to visit, and life in our high desert.

In the meantime I leave you with a picture of our newest addition, Lucy.

One of Those Sundays

Yesterday the invisible gremlins seemed to be pulling one April Fools prank after another. It started with our trip to the Commissary for groceries, only to find out they were having “technical difficulties” and wouldn’t be opening at least for another hour and a half. If then. They lady standing outside telling folks of this didn’t seem too sure about the time frame. I also noticed all of the employees were standing outside, in a cold wind. My guess? They were locked out again.

The real issue is that if we didn’t get our shopping in that afternoon we’d have to wait until at least Tuesday as they are closed on Monday. Which is unfortunate, as Tuesday and Wednesday I have full schedules. We made the decision to hit the Save A Lot in town and grab a few necessities and wait for the rest.

Unfortunately, one item on the list was a dozen eggs. (Does that really count as one item or is it a dozen items?) Arriving home we weren’t quite fast enough to get them put away.

No, the dog hadn't laid eggs.

Dixie tries to 'splain

Getting rid of the evidence

The remains

The day did wind up well. I had spotted this recipe King Arthur Flour’s Italian Easter Cheese Bread in my email last week and was just itching to make it. A cold, windy day was perfect for a loaf of homemade bread to go with a boring steak dinner.

Italian Easter Cheese Bread

This bread was crusty and light, exactly as the described. Other than utilizing a food processor for for the mixing, I followed the recipe as is. Their recipes are always easy to follow and this one required no unusual ingredients. It now goes in my Tried and True file and will probably be made on a regular basis to accompany hearty, Italian soups.

Spring has Sprung


I’m sitting here waiting for Billy from the local Air Conditioning company to come by. He’s going to service and start up our swamp cooler so that we’ll be ready as the warm weather is here and getting warmer. We need to be ready!

When we first moved into our house it was one of the coldest and wettest winters ever. We actually had snow in the desert.


We did not realize what the little bush was just off to the side of the driveway. Not until spring rolled around and it bloomed these amazing purple blooms. It was a lilac bush! I hadn’t seen one up close since leaving Iowa 20 years earlier.
And it is blooming nicely this year, even after a very mild winter and just in time for Easter.


Lilacs in bloom

Speaking of Easter, check out what I found at Wold Market last week:

Easter Pasta

Easter Pasta

This will go perfectly with our traditional Bunny Pizza Easter Dinner (details to follow).