What Shall We Bake Today?

Gorgeous & relatively easy to prepare patriotic deserts. What’s not to love!

Sew Colorful

In honor of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, I’m posting some rather easy and quick picnic desserts.

No Bake Cheesecake Flag Cake

The base for this dessert is a no-bake Jello Cheesecake (mix in a box). Prepare according to directions. Then you add raspberries and blackberries to complete the flag look.

Red, White and Blue Trifle

In a large glass compote, layer either store bought pound cake or angel food cake chunks with whipped cream, blueberries and strawberries.

Patriotic Chocolate Cake

Your favorite brand of chocolate cake mix, some whipped cream and fruit (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries) will make this memorable dessert a breeze.

Memorial Day Pizza

Brownie mix makes a wonderful crust for this holiday pizza! Prepare brownie mix as directed and bake in a round pan. Top with either vanilla or cream cheese frosting, add fruit and mint leaves and you’re done!

Strawberry Poppers

This dessert is…

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Practical objects of beauty.

I just stumbled upon this thought & emotion provoking blog post. I’m just a tad bit envious of the author with his active voice & blogging community, but being a bit of a wallflower am quite content to enjoy other’s dances & escapades. Check it out for a breath of fresh air & a chance to look at life through newly awakened eyes & heart!


More than a few years back, one of my sons came back from a trip to Philadelphia, armed with the modest presents a teenager sent on his way with a limited amount of spending money could afford to buy for all of the family. He’s the hard and yet easy to read one we’ve always kept a special eye on, the one who really thinks about an appropriate gift rather than the price ticket. I got a big rolled up black and white print of a photograph in a cardboard tube with a second, much smaller document rolled up inside.

The print was one I’d described to him from memory some years prior. It was of a row of construction workers sitting in a line on a steel girder high over New York eating their sandwich lunch. I’d said if you study the picture carefully for five minutes, the personalities, the friendships and even somehow…

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The Secret Second Wife of Louis XIV

What an interesting historical post about Louis XIV & his other wife. Could be the beginning of a genealogical dig if one was so inclined!

Marica’s Place is a lovely blog to tool around in, so check it out please!

Marica is a Honey Badger

The Secret Second Wife of Louis XIV

(Another in an occasional series by Yours Truly on “all things Louis XIV”)

Marie Therese, Queen of France, wife of Louis XIV and mother of Louis, the Dauphin, died in July, 1683 after 22 years of marriage.  After the first days of mourning, the burning question quickly became, “How soon will the King marry again?  And to whom?”  Louis XIV, at 45 years of age in 1683, was considered to be “vigorous” enough to “create further posterity” by marrying a young (and, presumably, fertile) Catholic princess of sufficiently high “pedigree.”  However, Louis XIV decided that, with his grown son and 3 grandsons, he had enough “posterity”.  Instead, late one night, probably in October, 1683, he quietly married the woman with whom he had had an ongoing “relation un peu platonique” (“a somewhat platonic relationship”) for the previous several years: the Marquise de Maintenon. …

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