Posts Tagged ‘community’

Soup Swap

November 23, 2011

I had read about soup swaps in a past issue of Edible Seattle, and couldn’t wait to round up half a dozen of my soup-loving friends.  Our first swap was this last Sunday.  Everyone brought six – one quart containers of a favorite homemade soup, and we left with six future dinners to store in our freezers for the busy, winter nights ahead.  In between, we had pumpkin hot toddies and cake, shared more info about the soups we made, and enjoyed each other’s company.

Our haul of soups included:

  • halibut cheese chowder with poppyseed parmesan croutons
  • chicken and black bean enchilada
  • split pea with cheesey crostinis
  • carrot and ginger
  • corn, wild rice and sausage
  • coconut red lentil
  • Albondigas (Mexican meatballs)

We are already looking forward to our second swap in January.  My Thanksgiving started early with this wonderful celebration of sharing food and friendship.  Hope your Thanksgiving is wonderful as well!


Charm Swap Day

August 29, 2011

I am so lucky to be a part of the most wonderful group of charm swapping friends.  We meet every six months to trade charms that we have created or collected with one another.  The group ranges from 20 to 25 women.  We swap helpful hints about jewelry making, share the stories of our charms, and admire the show and tell that appears.  There’s lots of food and lots of joy.  I am usually distracted, and mean to take lots of pictures.  This time, I thankfully handed my camera to Julie.  She took these fabulous shots before she got distracted too!


August 17, 2011

Here’s a snapshot of our most recent neighborhood shindig.  Once a month we have a potluck dinner in the middle of our cul de sac.  We all moved here within a few months of each other, and instantly bonded into a community of neighbors.  And we discovered right away that we like each other’s cooking, as well as company!

I volunteered to do the dessert for our last feast.  I made this Pavlova (it’s a meringue that you bake until it’s chewy instead of crisp), layered with homemade lemon/lime curd, whipped cream and berries.  There were no leftovers.

Petite Retreat’s Autumn Vintage Market

September 2, 2010

Mark your calendar for September 18 to attend Petite Retreat’s Autumn Vintage Market for a rollicking good time!  Deb and Bob Kennedy have invited some other talented vendors to join them for this special event.  You are sure to be inspired and to find all sorts of treasures to adorn your home or yourself.

You can also sign up for a ‘Farm Fresh Decor‘ class with Deb!  From 2 to 3:30 PM during the event, she’ll be teaching you how to make her original ‘Sweet Sweater Pumpkins‘ from recycled sweaters.  $45.00 per person includes everything you need to make two pumpkins.

Sign up for the class on their Petite Retreat blog: and to find out all the enticing details for this terrific show.

Charm Swap Fun

August 30, 2010

Inviting 24 friends over to swap hand-crafted charms with each other is my idea of the perfect morning!  Everyone brings 25 charms they have created, and trades with everyone else in our group.  We have been doing this every six months for three years now, and have set our next swap soiree for 2011 already.

Everyone has their charms displayed on some sort of container, and it is passed from person to person.

Sometimes it takes longer to choose just the right charm from that particular selection, so pile-ups happen.

Poor Debbie has nothing to be selecting because I should be handing things to her, and I’m off taking pictures.

Caroline is also waiting for a plate of goodness to be handed to her.

Now it looks like she sees something extra interesting coming her direction.

Pam looks pleased with whatever she is putting into her stash bag.

Jeannie looks like a happy swapper, and Shari looks a little surprised, but in a good way I’m sure.

Jenifer and Debra are all smiles.

And Linda and Grace gave me great big smiles.

And we were all grinning ear to ear when we got to pick out one of Julie’s fabulous felted cupcake.

After everyone has finished collecting all their new charms, we have the best show and tell ever.  Each person tells a little bit about their creation, questions get asked, and there’s a whole bunch of laughing.   It really was the perfect morning.

Hodgepodge = Gallimaufry

August 24, 2010

It is constantly amazing to me what a google search can do.  I remember being 11 years old, and my parents splurged and bought a brand new 1963 encyclopedia set.  It was such a big deal.  I didn’t need to have my mom drive me into town to the library to look something up for special reports anymore. 

Now, the same day as I posted this blog entry, I was contacted by Liz of Obscure Word Love, asking permission to use this picture of my bookcase of jars.  She writes an entertaining blog about neglected and forgotten words.  She did a google search for hodgepodge, and long story short, ended up at my blog.  She felt my jars of this and that would be a good fit for the word gallimaufry, which essentially means hodgepodge.  I was delighted to help her out.  And learn a new word at the same time!