Cream Cheese & Pepper Jelly – is there anything easier, prettier and more tasty?

Cream Cheese and Pepper Jelly

Cream cheese topped with pepper jelly. That’s it. As much or as little as you like. LOOK at how beautiful! Perfect for the Christmas holiday’s since it comes red or green. I adore the red. This was a little snack. If you have a few more people use an entire block of cream cheese (I use Neufchâtel – low fat cream cheese) – I serve with Hint of Salt Wheat Thins.

Recently I had the opportunity to taste HOMEMADE RED PEPPER JELLY (thank you JW!!) – it was the best I HAVE EVER TASTED! It’s even prettier than what is pictured above, it has little flakes of peppers, it’s as beautiful as it is delicious! A treat of the very best kind. Home grown red peppers and homemade pepper jelly. WOW! ❤️ There is no better gift!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Featured Artist: John Francis Murray!


Interior with Flowers by John Francis Murray

John Francis Murray. Interesting paintings – so different and full of life. There is an abstract quality to them, which I like, a lot! This interior painting is so happy and vibrant! I love the table cloth, the background, the texture, the bright flowers. You know what it is even though you don’t know what everything is, if that makes sense. Fabulous! Check out more of John’s work, as well as his website!

Read a bit about John, from his website:

“John Murray is a contemporary artist who works primarily in oil. His subject matter includes figure, landscape, still-life and portraiture. Inspired by the classical masters as a boy, his traditional training and artistic development has lead to work of quality. His paintings carry an appealing sense of clarity and color. Murray was educated at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia. In 1991 he studied at the John Michael Angel Studio in Florence, Italy. Upon graduation, he became one of four banknote designers at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, where he drew presidential portraits and worked on currency designs for 16 years. In 2005, he decided to leave the Bureau to pursue his art career full time. The same year, as a faculty member at the Corcoran School of Art, he won a grant from the Corcoran to do post-graduate work at the Repin Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. 

In 2001, his wife Lena, a Russian artist, founded the Bridgeview School of Fine Art in New York. John Murray is a co-founder and guest teacher at the Bridgeview School. Since 2005, John and Lena have been organizing summer master classes for American students in St. Petersburg, Russia at the famous Repin Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture.

John has exhibited in many venues including the International Art Expo in New York City, the Strathmore Museum in Bethesda, Maryland, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where he won Best of Show Alumni Award in 2002. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland and teaches drawing, painting and sculpture at the Corcoran School of Art while continuing to paint. He is represented by Nichols Gallery in Charlottesville, Virginia and Newman Gallery in Philadelphia.

Major commissions include portrait of Supreme Court clerk Suiter, religious mural for the Jesuit Chapel at the Georgetown University and historic restoration of the dome of the Hispanic Gala Theater in Washington DC.”

All images via, used with permission…

Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

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Stonefish – Port Clyde, Maine

Stonefish - Port Clyde, ME

Everyone knows this iconic scene… well, at least those of you who have been to Monhegan via Monhegan Boat Line. How many times has this scene, or at least this building been painted? Such an interesting color. We have a fabulous painting of it by Bjorn Runquist!

Stonefish has since relocated (several years ago) to Tenants Harbor, Maine. Cool place, always a treasure to be found!


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Better than Botox!

Me in San Fran

Posting an older image (2005) is better than botox, hee… We had such a good time in San Fran back then, we really should go back, but then that would mean missing Maine and all our friends, so that’s really hard to do. We bought a CityPASS and it was so worth it! Travel has never been easier! There is no way I would want to drive in San Francisco… hop on a cable car or MUNI (bus) – and away we would go. I think we discovered every part of the city, and some by accident, ha ha…


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Flash from the past – San Fran!

San Francisco, CA

Ahhhh, San Francisco (photo from 2005). This was the last year that Fred and I have been in CA… we decided on that trip to alternate between east coast/west coast and settled on Maine as our east coast location. Problem is once we went there we never stopped! San Fran was so much fun! We stayed at a cool boutique hotel (The Inn at Union Square), that had a wonderful breakfast of yogurt, fruit, nuts, juice, coffee and pastries – then they offered wine and cheese around dinner time, and after that a hot cookie at bedtime. I KNOW! I never wanted to leave, ha ha. All that and it was about a one minute walk to the cable car and a two minute walk to Union Square! We walked so many miles that trip, it was fabulous!


Back to normal posting next week – Catch you back here tomorrow!

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun!


Fred. My husband… we have such fun together. This photo was taken back in 2005 – boy, does time ever fly when you’re having fun! We were at a winery in Napa. I remember taking this photo. These chairs were amazing. The winery was like something you would see in Italy, we had the best time!

I’m happy to have photos to reflect back on, although at some point I think I’m going to have to edit some of them, I have far more than what is probably considered normal. Ha.


Back to normal posting next week – Catch you back here tomorrow!

Looking forward to next year’s West Ashley Farmers Market!

West Ashley Farmers Market - Charleston, SC

The City of Charleston conducted a pilot program creating a Farmers Market nearby (West Ashley Farmers Market)- it is run by (and very similar to) the Charleston Farmers Market, which, as we know is a HUGE hit every Saturday. Our Farmers Markets is on Wednesday’s, but it has ended for the season… I am missing it today! It was perfect to go on Saturday and get fruits, veggies and baked goods that will last through Wednesday, and then go back and get more to last until Saturday. Perfect!

We are looking so forward to it returning – great produce, and oh! Those chocolate croissants from Butcher & Bee – makes my heart sing! What a treasure!

I love the look of beets, they’re so colorful, I bought a (HUGE) bunch and roasted them, we ate beets for a week, ha ha.


Catch you back here tomorrow!

A Collection of Cones…

Cones, cones and more cones!

Let me start by saying I had the best of intentions of getting through a week of normal posts, however – I am so far behind I’m going to post some (lovely!) photos until I can get back into the swing, hopefully by next week!

Charlie, our sweet Jack Russell, hounded (hee hee) by skin allergies – medication has helped quite a bit, but every once in a while he’ll get a hot spot (this time between his toes), this has been going on since late September. Antibiotics and a Elizabethan collar (AKA cone). Antibiotics started working, but then they didn’t. No matter what cone we put on him, he can still reach! Biopsy of his foot to rule out anything else, he is OK… but the biopsy and the bandaging for over a week did not do his foot any favors. Back at the vet this weekend, another antibiotic shot… we have been watching him 24/7. One of us constantly keeping watch. 👀

I know we aren’t the only ones. We ran into a nice man at Petco who told us about Vets Best Hot Spot Foam – I’m hoping it will help soothe, but we aren’t to that point yet.

CONES… they need to fit better. The Pro-Collar he LOVES, but he can reach feet with no problem, it is helpful for other areas. A size 15 (cm) cone fits him, but is zero challenge. They tried a 20 cm cone which is for a larger dog and is heavy around his neck. He’s had that on like a trooper, but it’s heavy for him AND he can still reach his foot. Takes a few seconds, but it’s not a challenge either. He’s had the blue “daisy” as well call it. Soft and comfortable, but because it’s soft – foot into mouth in 0 seconds flat. So we are back to the 15cm cone and constant watch. He is fast.

So fast.

He seems fine, the foot is healing, if he will just allow it to – in the meantime – we watch and wait, which is why it’s hard to spend time on my blog – so I’m going through to share some photos and some thoughts.

Hoping you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Featured Artist: Beth Rundquist!


By the Ice Pond by Beth Rundquist 12×16″ Oil

My husband and I had the pleasure of seeing Beth Rundquist’s painting up close at the Island Inn dining room (Monhegan, Maine). Each year the Island Inn collaborates with the Lupine Gallery to create a stunning show that is displayed in the Island Inn dining room for that season – What a treat it is! Last year it was a show featuring the late Don Stone and others who had painted with him. It was an amazing body of work, each piece as beautiful as the next. This painting of Beth’s was in that show. What struck me is the thick layers of paint and how they were applied – it really added a WOW factor. The colors blended giving such texture and depth to the road, incredible!

Read a bit about Beth, from her website:

“Beth Rundquist is Fine Artist, Portrait Painter and Teacher living and working in New York City.

Beth received a BA in art from Smith College. She continued her studies at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Connecticut, L’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris, the Repin Institute of Russia in St.Petersburg, and has studied sculpture at The Sculpture Center and LIC Sculpture Studio In NY.

She teaches painting privately and at the New York Academy of Art in New York.

Beth has traveled in the US and abroad to paint commissioned portraits and has received numerous awards including the Richard and Mary Schroeder Portrait Award and Bryan Family Foundation Award from the Copley Society in Boston MA.

Her work hangs in private and public spaces around the world.”

All images via, used with permission…

Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

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Morning Sky – Wow!

Morning Walk - Wow...

I snapped this photo last month on a morning walk. Look at the sunrise in the distance. This is near a shopping center that we live near. The trees, incredible light and clouds made for a stunning morning sky!



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