Thursday, May 15, 2014

Blogher Food 14 Miami

All ready to go

This year marks my fourth year attending a food blogging conference. This year I'm going to BlogHer Food 14 in Miami. Sundresses and sandals are packed are ready to go and so am I.
Food conferences are no different than other conferences. There are  panel discussions , excursions and of course there will be food. And the SWAG, oh the swag!
One other reason to go this year is the opportunity to meet some big food bloggers that I follow. I hope that once again I can get up enough nerve and not get tongue tied and have something interesting to say and maybe get my book signed!
Unfortunately I won't have a lot of free time to explore Miami but I hope to find a good cup of authentic Cuban coffee. I may not have a lot of free time but I know I will learn a lot and come back energized.
Bon Voyage and see ya when I get back.

I'm Going to BlogHer Food '14 in Miami!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

National Apple Pie Day

 I did't want today to go by without acknowledging that it is National Apple Pie Day.  And it’s a good thing, with all the apples I had in my fruit drawer that needed attention and soon. Nobody wants to open a drawer in the refrigerator and find the shriveled apple faces or the remains of fruit way past its prime and the juice that is left behind. Ick  
 I decided to make Kelly Senyei's Caramel Apple Hand Pies I saved the recipe some time ago. It just so happened that along with the apples I also I had a block of caramel in the cupboard ready to be used before the heat of the summer got to it (of course cubes of caramel needed to be taste tested during the process. One for the pie and one for me)!  I did not make Kelly's pie dough, I had some in the freezer. It seems like cosmic alignment of baking ingredients.
 It did't take long for the apple pie assembly line to begin. I ended up with more hand pies than we could eat. The hubster trekked to the neighbors pies in hand, no pun intended, to give them away. Now, I suspect that my neighbors are also happy to celebrate Apple Pie day.  If they weren't ready to celebrate before they are now.

Apples and caramel

Let the assembly begin

That's a lot of pies

One o the many trays of pies


These did not make it to the neighbors!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

It's a Charmed Life

The original bracelet

Gimmicky tourist souvenirs stuffed into suitcases filled to the brim with tee shirts and coffee mugs. I'm guilty of lugging some of that stuff home too. Who doesn’t have  a metal Eiffel Tower on a shelf at home?  I usually bring home a tee shirt, liquor, lot of pictures. If I'm lucky enough to find one, a small silver charm tucked away in a small pouch will find it's way home with me.
When I was a young girl 8 or 10 I don’t really remember exactly, I was given a silver charm bracelet by my Aunt Sara. It had one charm on it already, a disk with a dogwood flower; it’sthe state flower of Georgia.
Soon after, the bracelet filled up with all sorts of wonderful travel souvenirs. My parents brought back a charm from all the cities from their European trip in 1972. A beer stein with a lid that opens, Turkish dancing shoes, and some Greek statues just some of many charms that filled my bracelet. During my dad’s business trips he rarely came back without a charm, Chicago, Texas and many other states.
I continued  that tradition of collecting charms when I lived in Europe.. Three years and many cities later, I now have 4 bracelets of my own plus the two my mother gave me. It's too much jingling to wear a bracelets, so now  I turned them into a necklace that I wear on special occasions when I get it out the box. 
I love that each charm can tell you a story. The wine cup from the Rhine River cruise I took with friends I had just met in Germany. The tri-trip hat I got in Williamsburg on a trip with my family. The Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco or the mountain cable car from Switzerland I got when my best friend came to visit.
Each little charm is part of my past. It really should be called a life story necklace. For me I will always have a charmed life.

The growing collection

It's now become a necklace