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Kew Garden, England (Part I)

On Tuesday, my good friend S and I visited the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This year, the garden is celebrating its 250th birthday!  The garden is huge: 121 hectares or 300 acres. We were there for three hours and probably saw less than half of it. And we were being […]

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Living as an American (Texan!) in England

Yesterday, I was exchanging messages with Emm about what to write for World Blog Surf Day. I was trying to think of a way to boil down my expat experience here in England. Two years of living abroad was a bit too much to condense into a short post. However, one thing I kept circling […]

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Weekend round-up and 4th photo meme

In the excitement of our first big snowfall and two divine “snow days”, I totally forgot to post my weekend wrap up. And what a weekend it was too! Guess who came from Texas This is Roxi’s traditional BD cake, spice cake with caramel frosting. Woo Hoo! Roxi just finished the last piece yesterday. Hint, […]

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Monday Ramblings

Roxi was HILARIOUS as Eulalie McKicknie Shinn in her middle school’s production of “The Music Man“! She used a character voice throughout the show, which prompted a few people (mostly adults) to ask her afterwards to speak normally. And of course, what fun Mr. DJ and I had sitting anonymously in the audience and hearing […]

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Books make GREAT gifts

Sarah Laurence is hosting a “Blogger Book Boost”! Let’s do our part and help the sagging book sales this holiday season, shall we?  Not all of the books on my list are new titles. Instead, my recommendations include a sampling of books on topics that I talk about regularly on this blog.  Cooking Cherry Cake and […]

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A show of hands–how many of you will order pizza this weekend after overindulging on Thanksgiving fare?

I have been meaning to do a “local pizza delivery menu” post since I saw my first flier last year.  Anyone who says the food here in the UK is boring or bland obviously hasn’t been here recently. The food is varied and delicious, and most of all, very fresh. I’m not going to promise that every […]

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Thanksgiving menu and other food thoughts

I am feeling better today. I got a lot of planning done this weekend, plus it SNOWED yesterday! Ok, it was snow/sleet and not very much of it, but it was pretty while it lasted. In Thanksgiving news, Roxi and Mr. DJ voted the turkey off our menu in favor of a “Honey Baked” ham. […]

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New Recipes and Another Blogger Meet :-)

I cannot stop thinking about Steamy Kitchen’s Fish Tacos with Roasted Corn and Pepitas and Homesick Texan’s Corny Dogs. I think I’ll make the corn dogs for my husband on Friday for our Halloween date since Roxi has a school dance/sleepover. She doesn’t like hot dogs, and to be honest, I’m not crazy about them either, but I’ll […]

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Seven Things About Me

Before we left for Poland, Emm tagged me with the Seven Things meme. Because I really need to catch up on a few things before I indulge in a long post, I think today is as good a day as any to complete this meme.   I am a little shy. I also tend to be a little […]

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Such fine weather

`Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING–absolute nothing–half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing,’ he went on dreamily: `messing–about–in–boats; messing—-‘ Ratty, Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. Photo taken by Mr. DJ on his walk two weeks ago. This is the River Wey near Guildford. This week […]

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