Thursday, March 18, 2010

More "Miscellany" Added To "Up For Grabs" Department

Just a few of the many more things being added to our new 


Just thought you might like to be among the first to 
take a "GRAB" at them... 

There are only one of most of these things in this new section, 
so ... time of of the essence, as they say. 


It's been so fun doing this new section!  Something about passing on things that
have brought so much fun and joy here, now heading out into new homes, 
new vignettes... Love it!

Happy Thursday to you!!


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

NORDIC BEAUTY ALERT! It's Time To Pre-Order Issue #3 Of Jeanne d'Arc Living! (And other news about what's "new")

News about what's NEW!

WHERE is this year going?

It doesn't seem that long ago that I was telling you about the 2nd issue (Spring issue) of
Jeanne d'Arc Living being orderable
and now we're taking orders for issue #3

This is their Summer premier issue and its going to be
chock full of all the Jeanne d'Arc Living goodness you can't
get enough of.

Here's a sampling of just some of
the eye candy being printed up for you as we speak:


Remember W-A-Y back last June (ugh... I'm ashamed it's been THAT long ago)
when I did a blog post 
(you can read it HERE)
and asked you guys what you thought about the possibility of adding a
section to the store's website where we'd sell off a little of this, and a little of that?
I even asked you to give me ideas on what to name the new section....
And then, as per usual, I got side-tracked and here we are in March --
of the next year!

But no matter,
the new section is up and though there are still at least 20 or more
things to go up
but I need to take pics of them first.

This has been fun, though!

I ended up calling it
"Up For Grabs - Miscellany"
(Lynn, from Paris Hotel Boutique supplied the Miscellany part)
and the few things that are photographed
are listed

Have a look and just know that there are quite a few other
various and sundry things all stacked up in a corner
waiting to be photographed as soon as
my girl returns from Africa.

And by the way,
I'm a little afraid to ask, but what do you
think of my
"Spring birds" chirping in the background on the blog??

Okay -- if you HATE the sound,
please be kind... ;)

Have a great week everyone!

I've got my thinking cap on for a giveaway....

It seems like it "should"be something
Spring-themed but I dunno...

I'll come up with something, 'cause
it's just fun to do a giveaway
of any kind, don't you think?



Friday, March 12, 2010

Heard From The Good Folks At Java & Co. Today! They're Sweetening The Deal For My Blog Readers!!

Today I got a delightful comment from the owner of 
the store you may recall from my 
coffee-themed post a few posts previous to this one.

They are the company that offers all those delectable coffee-based 
foods like syrups, meat rubs made from ground coffee beans, etc...

Well the comment from them was so sweet and I thought
I'd share it with you!  

Here it is:

I'm frequently online and searching for new coffee information and those who share my passion of the bean. Thank you for recognizing JAVA & Co. on your blog. Your comments and those of your followers are greatly appreciated. As a thank you for you and your blog followers - we'd like to offer a special promo code for those who'd like to purchase through our main company website -
Receive 15% off of your order, 
just enter PROMO Code MKT2010 
and checkout through PayPal.

From one caffeine lover to another - I raise my cup to you!

Jamie L. Knoll
Owner / Co-founder

Isn't that awesome??

Thank you so, so much, Jamie!!

So if you have been holding off ordering...

Let's all head over to the 
and be sure and remember to use the coupon code
they so generously offered us!   


Not a bad way to start the weekend, huh?

The meat rubs are most intriguing to me.
The weather is warming and I would love to try some of the rubs on
steaks and maybe even roasted potatoes.

Then there are those luscious sweeter items they sell...


And Jamie -- if you're reading this, a million thanks to you for not onlly
stopping by and commenting but also for extending the discount to to 
me and my readers.

That's how we coffee lovers are, right?
We take care of each other...



Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Typepad Hates Me --- Part Deux

{Image courtesy of Google}

This will be a short post -- because partly because it's still "workin' time" &
I probably should stay focused... (hee-hee!)
and partly because I don't want to belabor this whole 
"Poor me, why won't my computers open Typepad blogs?" thing.

But I just wanted to remind any of my sweet friends who have
a Typepad blog --- I AM NOT DISSING YOU -- I PROMISE!

You might remember a post I did on this very thing last November
and since then things really haven't improved.

I'd give anything to open your blogs -- I see the post titles and just a few
lines of the post itself and maybe a picture if there is one, and that's it.

I typically try to find the "bigger reason" behind whatever is frustrating me 
at any given time -- perhaps a life lesson I'm supposed to glean from it...

What do you suppose this on-going fight between Typepad and my computers 
is supposed to be teaching me??


Okay, now that that's off my chest -- back to work

And for all my Typepad blogging friends --

I miss you!!!

Have a great rest-of-the-Tuesday, ya'll!


Monday, March 8, 2010

"Yummy" New Pretties In The Store & A PRETTY YUMMY New French Macaroon Site!!

I've gotten so many emails asking when the new things we've gotten in 
are going to be up for sale on the site....

TA - DA!!

Fait accompli!

Click over to the 
to see!

Among the things you'll find there are a
supply of the current issue of
Jeanne d'Arc Living magazine 
 in Danish text offered at less than half off the price of the English version.
Take advantage of the shipping/import mishap and snap
up a copy -- you may not be able to read it (or, perhaps you can!)

but they say pictures are worth a thousand words anyway, right?


The other thing I wanted to tell you about is
this FABULOUS new site where you can purchase

{Cookie/Cake photos below courtesy of Patisserie Amelie}

You'll want to head over to PATISSERIE AMÉLIE!

It's so funny, because I've read blog post after blog post over the years
featuring pictures of these MOST GORGEOUS cookies,
the likes of which I have never seen in person
(I've lead a very sheltered life, you see)
and I have often wished I could get my hands on some to 
see what all the fuss is about.

They are some of the prettiest cookies ever -- even if they
were made of cardboard, they'd be beautiful just to look at!

And if ever there were a perfect cookie for Spring/Easter,
I don't know what is!

The cookies are offered in many flavors:

Grand Marnier
Café (Coffee)


Gâteau de Chocolat!

Reine de Saba - Amaretto Chocolate Cake!

Also offered are cakes and pies to make your head spin 
and your mouth water!!

Hope you love all the new things added to the store,
and hope you'll stop over to
Patisserie Amelie and place your order for
some French sweets.

Treat yourself and add some ooh-la-la confections to your table!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!!


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Blogging... From A Man's Perspective: Ladies, Meet "James"

{This is the profile picture associated with 
"James'" blog called 
Man of the 50's.}

I think it's fair to say that,
whether intended or not, we gals seem to have
monopolized the world of blogging.

Perhaps it has to do with the notion among some 
(mainly our male counterparts)
that we girls simply have more talking to do than men? 
Or perhaps it is that many times we might be, by nature,
more social creatures, thriving on
relationships a bit more than they...?

Whatever it is that has causes females to
dominate the blog-writing out there, 
you must admit, it is rare that we
run across a journal-type blog that is
authored by a man.

Sure, there are blogs run by men...
they are typically the techno-related blogs or
the more political "cause-related" blogs, etc.
but as far as blogs go that are about
family, home, and
just general "life",
you just don't find many of the written by men.

But the other day, I stumbled across such a blog 
and I vowed then and there
that I was going to share it with you.

Ladies, meet "James" 
otherwise known as 

I began reading one post,
then another,
then another,
until the next thing I knew I had read page upon page 
of his posts.

His writing transports you to his realm...

 you're sitting across from him right there
in his den --
perhaps in an overstuffed English-style 
broken-in leather chair.
 Chatting, sipping tea or coffee,

You feel as though if you were to have the good fortune
to meet him in person, he would 
welcome you into his home 
with the graciousness and warmth 
that is sorely lacking these days.

His posts are the kind of posts I would
aspire to write...
They are just the right length
have wit, to be sure, 
but more importantly

He offers his take on the world and our culture from a vantage point that
we could all benefit from.

From a time when things were a bit more genteel,
and bit more civilized,
a bit more attuned to graciousness and character.

Yet, his posts are 
anything but "preachy".

Perhaps one reason I so immediately warmed up to 
"James" is his writing is so very much like that of my
sweet father-in-law, Phil.  
Phil is a professional writer and has a talent
unlike many I've known for not just writing
but simply for language.  
He speaks beautifully,
writes wonderfully, and has this very
low, almost intimidating voice that you
automatically assume would do
voice-overs and commercials.

As I read more and more of the posts on "James'" blog,
I felt as though I were reading works of my father-in-law --
I felt comfortable.

Pay "James" a visit, won't you?

And let me know if you were successful at just
doing a "drive by" visit to his blog.

I sure wasn't.

I'm fairly certain his writing will captivate you, as well.

 I became one of
his "followers" immediately 
and from the looks of
his "numbers", 
I'm not the only one he's
captivating out here in 
"ladie's blog land".  

Let's welcome this kind sir into our
"homes" and learn from him.

I think he has much to share...


Scenes from the afternoon...

Thought I'd share two shots I took today -

both totally spur-of-the-moment shots:

This one, directly out my back kitchen window as 
I stood at my kitchen sink....
It took the picture because I have been struck by the 
indecision of our vegetation this time of year.

You'll note that we (finally) have pretty red "Fall" leaves, some skeleton-type trees whose
branches are completely bare, and in the foreground, the
Cypress trees are now filled completely back in with their new
Spring leaves...
The green expanse you see in the middle is our pond...
We are having a terrible time with duckweed and we 
simply have to wait for the weather to warm up a bit to treat it.

Until then, our pond resembles a putting green.  

The second picture was taken directly out my front door as I was on
my way into our home office/den to sit down at the computer.

I captured our sweet dog Nick and his best-bud cat, Bugsy.
They joined forces immediately upon meeting --
Bugsy as a weeks-old kitten and Nicky as a years-old Lab.

They've been pals ever since.  Something just "stuck" with them
right from the start and they've been buddies all along.

That's about it.

Ran out this morning for a quick trip to the salon to touch up the hair...
Have to go back early tomorrow morning to get it "fixed"...
Somehow -- don't know exactly how -- I ended up
with some rather, shall we say, "artsy" streaks in my hair 
that are just a tad too "trendy" for this gal.

My beautician says she can blend them right back into my hair
-- "it'll be no big deal at all!"

Thank you, Lord.  


Until again,

take care 


 may you enjoy some pretty

views from your windows, too.


I Think They Created This Just For Me! (Yes, this will be about coffee...)

{I have this picture mounted in the
kitchen area of the shop office...}

Did you know that March 
is officially

National Caffeine Awareness Month?

Are you thinking I must surely be the spokesperson for it
as Deb Kennedy of Hummadeedledee suggested I could be...?

(I'm available, call me!)  


In view of this, here are a few tidbits (coffee-related, of course)
that I thought you might enjoy courtesy of

The Perks: Health Benefits of Coffee

Get the latest information about the ways that drinking coffee can improve your health.
The Perks: Health Benefits of CoffeePhoto: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Virginia Cravens Houston
By: Laurie Herr

When it comes to life's necessities, many of us would say a good cup of coffee ranks pretty darned high – right up there with shelter, friends, and comfortable shoes. But there's more to love about your morning java than its alluring aroma or friendly kick. Once maligned (too much caffeine! the devil's brew!), coffee is now being praised as a kind of health food, thanks to its high level of disease-fighting antioxidants and other nutrients. In fact, the coffee bean's roasting process actually intensifies some of these compounds, making them more powerful. The bottom line? As long as you don't overdo it – stick to no more than two or three cups a day, and watch the calories in those fancy lattes – there's no reason not to indulge. Here are some of the ways coffee can make you feel better and even live longer – plus tasty ways to enjoy your joe.

What Coffee Can Do For You

1. Fight cancer. Recent studies suggest regular coffee drinking can reduce the risk of breast, liver, and colon cancer. In some cases, you don't even have to drink coffee to gain the benefits: Lotions containing caffeine from coffee and green tea have been found to prevent skin cancer.

2. Prevent diabetes. An 11-year study of 28,000 women in Iowa found that regular coffee drinkers had less risk of developing type 2 diabetes than non-drinkers. Heavy coffee drinkers (6 or more cups a day) are about half as likely to have diabetes as light coffee drinkers or those who don't drink coffee at all.

3. Help your heart. In a huge study that followed nearly 42,000 postmenopausal women for 15 years, researchers found that regular coffee consumption reduced the risk of heart disease. In another study that tracked 
Café Brûlot

More About Coffee

In addition to being a great beverage on its own, you can also use it in a variety of recipes and make it in a variety of ways.

129,000 men and women for 20 years, those who drank several cups of coffee a day were 34 percent less likely to die from heart disease than non-coffee drinkers. Experts say coffee's antioxidants helps fight inflammation, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

4. Protect against Parkinson's. Several studies show regular coffee drinkers are up to 80 percent less likely to develop the disease, compared to those who abstain. The more you drink, the lower your risk, some of those studies say.

5. Boost your mood. Feeling a little blue? A steaming cuppa joe could make you smile. Caffeine stimulates the production of dopamine, a brain chemical related to pleasure and motivation. Just take care not to overdo it – too much caffeine can cause anxiety and sleeplessness.

6. Zap a headache. While it's true coffee can trigger headaches in some people, it can also be a short-term cure for others. Researchers at the Diamond Headache Clinic in Chicago found that 200 milligrams of caffeine – about the amount in a cup of coffee – provided as much pain relief as 400 milligrams of ibuprofen and worked faster than the medication.

7. Fight cavities. Your morning mocha just may improve your smile. Scientists say coffee made from roasted coffee beans contains antibacterial properties, plus molecules that keep cavity-causing microorganisms from sticking to tooth enamel.

8. Keep you sharp. Caffeine revs up your metabolism, helping you stay focused and alert. Studies have also shown the stimulant improves short-term memory and may help protect against Alzheimer's disease.

Of course, there are people who have health conditions that may be aggravated by caffeine or other substances in coffee. Coffee can increase heart rate and blood pressure, and, although the advice to avoid coffee during pregnancy is being debated, most health care professionals are still recommending that pregnant women avoid or limit coffee consumption. Consult a physician or a dietitian if you have questions about coffee intake and your health.

Now that you're feeling a little less guilty about drinking that 
cuppa Joe, let's move on to cooking with it!

I've just found the neatest website devoted to all manner
of coffee-based cooking rubs and syrups called

This site is totally going to get me into trouble.

Take a look at the description of just ONE of their
many yummy products:

Handmade from fresh roasted coffee beans without corn syrups, fillers or added preservatives.  A syrup without corn syrup?  Really?  Really!!  The results?  Pure, smooth, decadent flavor.

Syrup made from coffee…not just for coffee.
Enjoy FOUR of our delicious flavors:
(1)   Original – Colombian coffee roasted infusion, aka leghorn sauce.
(2)   French Vanilla – French Vanilla coffee infusion – smooth and silky.
(3)   JAVA Nut - Hazelnut coffee infusion – rich and buttery.
(4)   TiRUMisu – Dark Jamaican rum and coffee infusion – dark, bold and decadent.

Well, suffice to say I'd be here all night
extolling the virtues of 

so may I suggest you 
take a moment and pop over there 
when you have time 
(and willpower of steel)
and see all that they offer.

To all who share my addition love of the bean we 
know as coffee/java/joe/jet fuel,
I raise my mug to you.

Celebrate all month long and enjoy --

good to the last drop!