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Tammy Circeo
Interests: music, friendship, health and wellness, children, movies, books, baseball, photography, family, food & drink, decorating, collecting, home, memories, scrapbooking. . .
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If you've scrolled through any of my blog recently, you've noticed chaos and confusion with the photos in my posts. I've 3rd-party-hosted them for many years through Photobucket who now wants to charge me an exorbitant amount to link them to my blog. I'm researching ways to convert them and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at Chez Nous
Sometimes in the rhythm of life, there come times when we feel a little lost … a little stumbling happens, some missteps occur, and we step gingerly on the stones surrounding us trying to find our footing and trusting that we'll find a sure one to get us across the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at Chez Nous
Happy New Year and welcome to cold January! We've had below freezing temperatures that make me want to drink all the warm drinks and eat all the hot food! Soup seems to fit the need and I made this one up with stuff in the fridge and pantry just so... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at Chez Nous
Hello there! It feels good to be back in this space and to also have a little creativity flowing again. Christmas tends to do that for me and I'm grateful. I wanted to try my hand at making a wreath with cuttings from the evergreens and boxwoods in my postage-stamp-sized... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2016 at Chez Nous
[Recipe link at the bottom of the post] Caponata is a traditional eggplant dish that originated in Sicily. It's easy to believe given that all of the ingredients could be considered native to Sicily or at least easily grown there ... eggplant, ... garlic and onions ... ... tomatoes, capers,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Chez Nous
Years ago, my mother-in-law told me about an Italian Plum Cake that she and her family used to make. It involved a yeast dough, Italian plums (also known as prune plums), a sprinkling of sugar among other things. That's about all the "recipe" that I got and I was left... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2016 at Chez Nous
In the interest of full disclosure, I have to be sure you know (or remember) that I really don't like oatmeal. At least, I thought I didn't. What I don't like is slimy, warm cereal that just rolls around your mouth and really isn't interesting. Warm oatmeal, I thought, was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2016 at Chez Nous
There were many years while raising our kids that I referred to as the "Cereal Years" because it was the easiest thing to hand to them before Mama had had her coffee. I even had a "Cereal Shelf" in the pantry ... and yes, you can bet it had a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at Chez Nous
One of my dearest friends is also a fabulous cook. I met her about sixteen years ago and knew immediately that she was a soul sister. She is a loyal, friendly, vivacious person who makes my life better simply because she is alive. About six months after we met, we... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at Chez Nous
Suffice it to say that my year has been busy, but all the while, I've been creating for Snap Click Supply Co. Although they've posted my projects, I have been remiss in posting them on my own blog! So here they are from March through July. MARCH: I used my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2016 at Chez Nous
Anyone who owns cast iron pans knows how heavy they are and how careful one must be when storing them in a cabinet. I spent years lining mine with paper towels before stacking them, careful not allow any chance of rust. I love using them, but they are so heavy... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at Chez Nous
We love to grill corn on the cob when it's in season and I like to grill more than we'll eat at one meal so that I can make this salad for another meal. It's splendid with grilled flank steak, but accompanies any grilled delicacies you can cook up! First,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at Chez Nous
Some of the most vivid memories I have as a child are actually fragrances. The smell of Mama's bread baking was almost as heart-healing as falling asleep to the smell of her pound cake baking. She baked bread during the day because we needed to eat. She baked pound cake... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at Chez Nous
Making Strawberry Jam is a summer tradition that I rarely pass on if for no other reason than that I absolutely adore the fragrance of it cooking. It's reminiscent of lazy days and heady warmth, and having a slice of fresh bread with jam in the winter is worth the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at Chez Nous
Strawberry Shortcake is an iconic summer dessert that one should enjoy at least once during the season. I like to make buttermilk biscuits or cream scones for it, but recently wondered what a sponge cake soaked in an herbed simple syrup would be like. I first tasted basil with strawberries... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at Chez Nous
"The last month has been one of the quickest ones in my life." This is a statement that my daughter made to me ... exactly four weeks after her second baby was born. Man, oh man. Can I ever relate?! But let's go back to that second grandbaby's birth. She... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at Chez Nous
Every year when my chives bloom, I think to myself, "I wish I knew what to do with those. Surely there's some way to use them!" They are edible and sprinkling a few on a salad is delicious ... just a hint of onion flavor without the chunks or slices.... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at Chez Nous
You guys! Life!! Goes. So. Fast. Seems like yesterday our Little Man was born and now his little sister is due next week! And it seems just like yesterday that we had a shower for her mommy, but that was way back in March! A certain Little helped us get... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at Chez Nous
The last day of March found us on an airplane bound for the Southeast. It was an absolutely beautiful Pacific Northwest spring day, such as doesn't often show up so early. The morning was bright, the skies were clear, and as the pilot dipped our plane away from the majestic... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at Chez Nous
I love artichokes and have been known to cook one just for myself, pulling the leaves off one at a time and dipping the soft end in butter to enjoy. They have a fresh, but earthy flavor and remind me that spring does indeed come after winter. I've never used... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at Chez Nous
Dinner is highly anticipated around here when the crew learns that salmon is on the menu and if you look through the recipe tab above, you'll find many recipes for salmon listed. This preparation is flavored with spices that I have never used on salmon before, though ... cumin and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at Chez Nous
I awoke on Easter Sunday hearing a downpour outside! The day before was spring-like, sunny, and promised a bright Easter. By the time we left what was an absolutely soul-uplifting service at church, it was indeed sunshiny, but the clouds were hanging out ominously. Arriving back home, I dove into... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2016 at Chez Nous
Sundays are our Family Day or at least the evenings. We gather around good food, conversation, and reconnect before the week starts throwing curve balls at us. We'll often make all of the recipes for the Weekends Group for one of the Sunday Suppers, then we are free to have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2016 at Chez Nous
When asked if I've ever been to San Francisco, I can say a definite "yes". But short of stopping just outside the city to take this photograph at the Golden Gate (that is red rather than golden) ... ... I've only driven through the city. Across the Bay Bridge to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2016 at Chez Nous
Life! Life is going on! And it's lovely. Just like this gerbera daisy that Matthew picked out for me. What a sweet sight to see him climbing my porch steps with this flower wrapped in his choice of purple tissue paper! Things are busy around here and the daylight is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2016 at Chez Nous