We’ve Been Away

For a very long time.  We spent Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and Valentine’s Day on our favorite cruise ship, the Seabourn Sojourn.  It technically wasn’t a world cruise because it didn’t circumnavigate the globe.  It was billed as an Extended Exploration that sailed from Los Angeles to Cape Town, visiting 26 countries and 4 continents.  Everything after Tahiti was brand new for us.  We’ve been home just a week and are both still suffering from jet lag.  I’m going to try to do a few posts over the next little while about the wonderful things we saw and did while we were away, starting with Hawaii.  We had three stops there; Honolulu, Kona and Kauai.  We were in Hawaii last year so it wasn’t super exciting to visit.  Our first order of business in Honolulu was to hoof it over to WalMart to stock up on Christmas stocking stuffers, toothpaste, shampoo, sunscreen and all of the other things we would need over the next 4+ months and didn’t want to pack.  We each took two suitcases and a carry on each (and that’s the same amount of luggage we brought home with us, although much heavier!)

 A highlight! Five inch wide deliciousness from Holy Donuts in Kona.

Waimea Canyon, Kauai

Spouting Horn, Kauai











‘Tis The Season 2019

We had two sets of twin lambs born on the farm yesterday.  Our peach trees are budding and it’s time to plant potatoes and start tomato seeds.  Spring is on it’s way.

Day Of The Dead Ofrenda

For the Day of the Dead I made an ofrenda, which is an altar on which a collection of objects is place during the Dia de los Muertas celebration.  You can get details over at http://gslcuts.blogspot.com/2018/11/miniature-day-of-dead-ofrenda.html

Moon Gazing Mouse Shrine

This little project is perfect for the season.  I made the little moon in our pottery studio.  The entire thing stands about 6 inches tall.  Details at



Victorian Superstitions Shadowbox

Today on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog I have a fun shadowbox featuring Victorian superstitions.  The mourning pendant has a snippet of doll hair inside a metal container.  The vapours collected from fetid graves is just a bit of wool from one of our sheep.  The corpse eye coins are Namco video game coins.  The bat’s eyes glow in the dark!  You can see how I made it at http://gslcuts.blogspot.com/2018/09/victorian-superstitions-shadowbox.html

Putting Basil Away For Winter

We have some gorgeous genovese basil in the garden right now (and a 28 pound watermelon!).  I like to get some set aside for when it’s winter and fresh basil is nowhere to be found.  




I get as much as possible into a mini food processor and whir it up with a drizzle of olive oil.

The resulting basil/olive oil paste gets put into a quart sized freezer bag and it gets popped into the freezer laying flat. Once frozen, just break off a chunk and add it to soups, sauces, pastas etc. A taste of summer in the dead of winter.



I am making pesto, stuffed zucchini, dill pickles and BLTs today.  I love summer!

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