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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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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 yesterday 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 7 days ago 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
These cookies are absolute gems and will continue to be made in my kitchen for all manner of celebrations. According to Mimi's headnote, they are a well-known Danish cookie named after a French actress and quite popular in Iceland during the Christmas season. I have no idea how they have... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2016 at Chez Nous
I agree, Aunt Sandra. She amazes me all the time.
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She has a talent that I don't understand ... because I don't have the same. :/
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I know she is! She wouldn't be averse to it if it didn't mean time away from work that pays for college. :)
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My mom grew up in the mountains of Virginia. I was born under the shadows of Lookout and Signal Mountains in Tennessee and got engaged ON Lookout Mountain. I warmed my toes with bricks in chalets in the French Alps. I spent eight years on a ridge of the Rocky... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2016 at Chez Nous
That sounds contradictory, doesn't it? Printable, yet blank? It's because Jodie Lee has designed beautiful pages with feminine papers and all you have to do is print it off, decorate the front if you’d like, and bind it. I used a binding machine, but you could also simply use rings,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2016 at Chez Nous
Neither of the two dishes that I'm posting today have anything to do with French cuisine other than the cookbook author's father is Chinese and her mom is French. She spent childhood years in Hong Kong with holidays in France so her heritage is quite rich. I love that she... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2016 at Chez Nous
Valentine's Day is right around the corner and while we don't usually go out to celebrate, we do acknowledge the day with our loved ones ... each other and our kids, too. One of my kids reminded recently that I used to give them books for Valentine's Day when they... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2016 at Chez Nous
Our weekend was accented by a chance to taste oysters fresh off the beach at Totten Inlet. The event was hosted by Taylor Shellfish to benefit the Puget Sound Restoration Fund and are called Walrus and Carpenter Picnics. Before you get the idea that we went out in waders and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2016 at Chez Nous
The big football game of the year is coming up this weekend and as much as it is about the game, for some of us, it's more about the food ... and the commercials. Right? While there's tons of food options, here's a list of recipes I turn to for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2016 at Chez Nous
If you asked me to describe the last few months of my life for you, I would have to use only one word. Amazing. That's what it's been. We've done a fair amount of traveling to visit family and friends, we've done some work on the house, found out that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at Chez Nous
If you're going against the flow of dieting in January, and your sweet tooth is calling your name, this dessert just might be the answer. Meringues are light and fluffy and if you make them as large as Mimi suggests, you will guess they are called Mont Blanc because they... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at Chez Nous
Despite the fact that the speaker was far more versed than I am in typography … and despite the fact that much of what he had to say was over my head in terms of the science of typography … I learned so much from this gentle person who has... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at Chez Nous
"Vol au vent" literally means something like "flying in the wind" and I think that definition fits this dish quite well. Not only is flaky puff pastry used (which flakes away into any breeze floating through the kitchen window), but you can also throw caution to the wind and fill... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at Chez Nous