Tuesday, July 22, 2014


These are stellar tarts. You will be so proud to know how to make
them and happy,happy,happy to eat them. This is my mom's
recipe and it is gooooood. You make four individual tarts, but
with a little math you can make one big one. But whatever you make
there will never be enough. They are so delicious.
Start with 4 4x75  centimeters loose bottom tart tins (remember
she's a Brit)
14 oz of chilled sweet shortcrust pastry
4 oz butter
4 oz sugar
2 eggs lightly beaten
4 oz ground almonds
few drops of almond essence
4 oz blueberries
2 tbs almonds
Line tart tins with parchment and prick pastry and let chill
for fifteen minutes
Preheat oven to 375
Bake tart tins for fifteen minutes and remove from oven.

To make filling:
beat together butter and sugar beat in eggs andn stir in the ground almonds
and essence. Divide filling between the cases sprinkle with the blueberries and
Transfer to oven and bake for 25 minutes until golden.
Cool for 20 minutes,

Get set to impress.!!!! Mum says best served with
a lovely cup of tea.

Friday, July 18, 2014


I guess cooking for five picky people doesn't consitute being an executive
chef. But sometimes I could bark as mighty as Gordon Ramsey when I got a critical
review for a dinner.  And I know you got this too....my kids wanted to know
first thing in the morning what we were going to have for breakfast...lunch..
.and dinner. What?  Not to mention the I'm-not-very-organized-so-I-have-to go-to
-the-grocery-store-every-day routine. Exhausting.
But hey, there a new food show in town and they are looking for executive
chefs and restaurant owners.  I'm asking you...yes YOU to apply. This is for the
Food Network and its a culinary challange show. It's called FOOD CHAIN.
So here's the scoop.
Send info listed to :
Be sure to include:1.  Your name (first and last)
2.  Contact phone number
3.  Occupation
4.  Bio with career highlights and resume
5.  Photo of you (jpg format please)
6.  Photos of 4 of your signature dishes (jpg format please)

Sunday, July 13, 2014


When it's too hot out to even contemplate putting on the oven or the stove
cole slaw is my go to alternative. I am lazy. I don't want to chop my own
cabbage so I buy a bag of plain coleslaw at the veggie counter. But what goes
in it makes the magic.
I chop the following:
red peppers
green peppers
then I add a can of drained black beans
handful of goats cheese or feta cheese
Mix up olive oil and lime juice and pour it on
Add salt , pepper
Then throw in whatever protein you have.... shrimp
It's delicious and I really could eat this almost every day. It tastes different every
single time I make it because it becomes whatever I have in the fridge.
Give it a try. You'll be please you did!!!

Thursday, July 10, 2014



We know you're judgey...aren't we all. A new reality show is
looking for real judges (not your mother-in-law) or BFF. You can be
retuired...but you have to have a BIG personality and have some
experience in civil / legal matters.

So gavel up if you were ever a judge, or know someone who is. please
pass this on to your lawyer friends and tell them to pass it on.

Here's the summons:

TO SUBMIT:casting@tfcasting.com
Be sure to include:1.  Your name (first and last)
2.  Contact phone number
3.  City/State where you live
4.  A brief bio describing your experience as a judge, your personality

     , and why you'd be great for this show
5.  Recent photo of you (jpg format please)

Spread the word!!! Approach the bench !!! That's about all
the legal jargon that comes to mind.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


This year my parents , Joyce and Demetrio Morales, took our family for a trip
to a villa in Spain. What a deal.!!! So after hours of choosing locations
and booking flights for me and my kids...we were off to Sant Feliu on the
Costa Brava in southern Spain. About an hour from Barcelona. My sister
and I left from OKC with parents. We went to London  and stayed the night
then Spain.
We met Mallory from New York in Spain and the next day Morgan arrived
from OKC and Sami from Cleveland Getting there with elderly parents , luggage
and a wheelchairs wasn't exactly easy (but that's another blog).
This was our villa..... called Villa Sol and surrounded by beautiful farms
on a hill. You could hear donkey's braying and roosters crowing. It was amazing.
Full gourmet kitchen and room to sleep eleven. You could hang out on the roof
or swim in the pool and the beach was a ten minute jaunt. Heaven.
We  enjoyed everything. It was amazing to be with a brother who lives
continents away and enjoy the whole multi-generational thing. What an
opportunity!! Sometimes pictures just say it all. What a wonderful trip.
Thanks Mom and Dad!!! How lucky are we that you're still traveling .
.Mom likes her latte's and the view.
My Dad and Morgan
Side trip to beautiful Girona.
My nephew from the Ukraine, Christian.
Mal and Nana at a local restaurant. To be honest  (because we
are all cooks) no one thought the food was spectacular.
Sami at our hotel rooftop bar in Barcelona. Best
architecture viewing ever. Barcelona is now our favorite
European city.
Ah the view!!!

Sami, Morgan and Mallory in rooftop bar. Are you catching a theme here?
The gin and tonica *(as they call them) are awesome!!!


Sunday, July 6, 2014


Oh you may think you're over it. All that hair, all those girls, all that
eyeliner!!! But we know you're not. You still know that your 80's or 90's rock
band could have been a big hit. You had the moves of Axl Rose and the
attitude of Blondie. You could have been the MTV sensation.
Bring out your inner rock star in a new tv show that's looking for that rocker that
you know you are. A nationwide search is going on for people who were in bands
in the 80's or 90's.You could be chosen for a new tv docu-series from Bunim Murray
Productions, producers of Project Runway and Real World with the help of real music

TO SUBMIT:bandcasting@bunim-murray.com
Be sure to include:1.  Your name (first and last), and names of your band members
2.  Contact phone number(s)
3.  City/State where you and your band members live now
4.  Name of your band
5.  A brief description of your band, and what you're all doing today.  Feel free to include links to any social media pages or websites.
6.  Photos of yourself and the band (then, and now, if you have them!) (jpg format please)



Tuesday, April 8, 2014


There comes a time in everyones life that the only way out is a garage sale.
And for downsizing baby boomers it's lurking on the horizons. Why oh Why
don't we just have our favorite charity come and collect the whole pile. We don't
because we secretly want to berate ourselves and cheer ourselves up at the same time.
So the ritual of the garage sale is our own personal exorcism for what we bought.
Come to think of it I'd really rather clean up Linda Blairs green slime and watch her
head whip round. But instead I'm having a garage sale.

At first I was sort of organized (for me) and I sent my daughter nice little texts that
said stash or sell ? When I didn't get answers I started getting a little pissed and started
making my own fashion decisions. Ted Gunn...stop me now.

I see a huge theme here. Apparently I wanted to be married to a Duke or a Marquise or
something  because I have enough silver to outfit the next season of Downton Abby.
I don't want any of it. But of course I don't want anyone to think I''m anti-Martha Stewart
so I started polishing it. Really.? I haven't done that in years.  I am like a mad woman on
a mission. Some of it is actually starting to look pretty good and I'm thinking.... well
I might need that someday. Sure. Perhaps the silver dinner bell. I'm going to look
forward to the day when I ring the tiny bell and someone brings me my food .

Another thing I discovered about myself. I am a holiday junkie. Show me a holiday
and I have a zillion  bunnies/Santa's/angels/witches to go with it. And talk about vases
and props. I honestly think I might have been destined for an event planning career.
Then there are the things I bought at other garage sales that I knew would become
important to me and they never did. I didn't set up that dark room like I wanted to and
I didn't send ten of my closest friends the beautiful flower arrangements in the vases I
bought for that purpose.

I truly hate garage sales, and I want to bitch slap the people who want to pay 75cents
for a mans pressed shirt straight from the cleaners. Seriously...it cost $1.25 to launder it.
I have pure hatred for the people who show up an hour early.

I probably shouldn't even be doing this. But here I am. I will bargain , and laugh and
chatter with the people that come. I will get a secret thrill when someone likes something
and feel sad when the purse I paid $200 for is sold for $5.00. I will choke up a little bit
when one of my children's books goes home with a little toddler. But it's all part of
the process. I loved every one of those things when I bought them...and now hopefully
someone else will like them to. Or I may be buying it back in their next garage sale.

Tell me your garage sale stories!!!!