Auntie Blues ...Live Creatively!

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New Years Resolutions & ART JOURNALING!

Happy New Year!  Hopefully!  I mean… I heard the news today, oh boy…. and then I cried. Honestly, it really, really gets me down. I’ve had to place myself on a News Diet just so I don’t wind up with Rudolph nose and eyes that make Niagra Falls look like a minor faucet leak. One of the ways I (try to!) keep my head on straight is Art Journaling. Is it just me, or is time passing at warp speed? It’s been a while...

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A Truibute to Guapo, The Cutest Puppy Dog on Earth

I met him on the internet. I was searching for a toy poodle and when I stumbled across Guapo’s picture, I was immediately smitten. You know how it is with Internet Love. Distance is no object. I didn’t let the fact that he was from Lexington, Kentucky and I lived in the suburbs of Chicago stand between us. True love knows no bounds. I was a corporate travel agent at the time, and one of the perks of my job was free...

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I’m Still Standin’

A cancer diagnosis changes everything. Everything. Suddenly you think more about the people you love, about showing you love them, about spending more time with them. Tomorrow is only something we hope will come. It’s not guaranteed.

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It Ain’t Me, Babe…

  Soooo, long time no see.  I have been in absentia for quite a while, haven’t I?  Ugh.  I put so much heart & soul into creating this blog and then… I neglected it.  Poor little blog!  I loved you fiercely and with abandon, then  suddenly and without warning, I just… dumped you. But why????? I’ll tell you why.  Have you ever dated someone that you really, really liked, and because you liked them SO much, you altered yourself drastically to fit the image of...

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Bohemian / Czech Yeast-Raised Bread Dumplings

One of the things I love about Chicago (aka the homeland) is the abundance of ethnic restaurants.  My husband, who is of Czech (Bohemian!) descent, especially loved the Czech restaurants and bakeries, and really missed the food when we moved to California in 2004–especially those authentic Bohemian (Czech) yeast-raised bread dumplings! There were NO Czech restaurants, although we DID find a bar out in Redondo Beach, about a 50 mile drive, that served Bohemian food, including some pretty decent bread dumplings. I was...

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Pretty, DIY Window Treatment–Damage-Free, Too!

I’m not very traditional.  Curtains have never appealed to me as a window treatment.  My decorating style–if you can call it “style”– leans toward the kitschy and colorful.  My home is painted in mostly neutral colors, so I’ve spiced up my living room with bright throw pillows, vivid art, floral feathery stuff and Mid-Century Modern ceramics.  That took care of the wall containing our fireplace, entertainment nook and built-in bookshelves.  Since it’s an open floor plan, the only other wall is taken up...

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Gnudi… Sounds like “Nudie,” Tastes Like Heaven! It’s like ravioli without all the carbs

Low Carb Spinach Gnudi When I was growing up, my Mom used to make home made ravioli.  I remember helping her make the dough, fill it, pinch it & cut it into squares using a special little roller with a zig-zagged edge (like pinking shears).  MAAAAN, were they good with that homemade “Sunday Gravy” that would simmer on the stove for hours on end, filling the house with the enticing smell of tomatoes, herbs and garlic. Since I have to watch my...

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Low Carb Cherry Cheesecake Mousse

One very, very humid day, I decided to make a nice batch of cherry Jello.  Since I have zero patience, of course I decided to use the Quick Set method (you know, boiling water followed by ice cubes, then stir-stir-stir).  Well… something went wrong.  Something went waaaaay wrong & my Jello came out much, much too soft. Now, I was raised to believe that wasting food was a terrible sin.  In fact, the respect for the sanctity of food went so far...