AVOCADO picture

I admired this painting for so long. Isn’t it beautiful? I love it! I love the way avocados look when you first cut them open, the smooth limey green fruit against the dark bumpy textured skin, with the mahogany colored seed in the middle. My good friend Karin Nelson painted this with oils. She is […]

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Toll House Cookie Pie

My Aunt Flo is in town. She arrived Saturday. She zaps the ever lovin’ life out of me. I think she is leaving Tuesday, maybe Wednesday. Who is this women I call Aunt Flo, you ask. Aunt Flo is the affectionate nick name for my DOT….my monthly friend…. or you could say my menstrual cycle […]

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the HAMBURGER HUNT continues

Do you remember way, way, …..way back in May when I embarked on my search for the areas best hamburger? Well I did, if you don’t remember or you have come on board since then you can read about it here. I have still been searching. I just keep forgetting to tell you about what […]

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Sauerbraten part II

My recipe notebook with all kinds of recipes jotted down from my host-sister, neighbors, and friends. 1988…..sheesh some of you were probably still wearing diapers back in 1988. I don’t want to know who you are….cause my hip is already aching today making me feel old, I don’t need to get it from you too! […]

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SPAETZLE and other easy sides

Spaetzle, spaetzle, spaetzle….say that three times fast. Spaetzle is a traditional German noodle. When I lived in Germany, I actually was sent over to Oma’s house for the afternoon after school one day to get a spaetzle making lesson by my spitfire of a German host grandmother. This woman was memorable, and lovable…and she taught […]

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The above buttons would be three ways I would describe myself. In fact, I think I might wear them right across my chest for a week or two proclaiming to the world that I am an up beat, sleep deprived numb skull. Not necessarily in that order. I’m addicted to these wacky buttons. Or do […]

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Saurerbraten part I

Sauerbraten is the perfect meal for a cool Fall or a cold Winter day. It’s comforting, and it makes your house smell so wonderful. The only downside to sauerbraten is that it is not a quick throw it together meal. It’s by no means difficult, in fact I would rate it as easy. You will […]

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the Schnitzelbank

In the Fall of 2006 one of my most beloved restaurants closed….sniffle…deep sigh. I took these pictures the day before they demolished the building. The Schnitzelbank was an institution in Grand Rapids, it served authentic German food for over 75 years. As someone of German decent, and one who also lived in Germany for nearly […]

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GIVEAWAY WINNER and a look back on my first year…..

In honor of my 1 year Bloggiversary I am announcing YVONNE, come on down………you are the lucky winner of Jaden Hairs Steamy Kitchen Cookbook and a Redletterwords 12×12 cafe mount print!!! Yvonne, you can find my email in my profile over yonder….send me an email with your full name and mailing address and Dee at […]

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This Friday is the ONE year Anniversary of my first post on Strawberry CAKE. Yipee-WOOhoo! Because I luv ya, I wanted to do a GIVEAWAY, and it turns out it’s going to be a double whammy! I still cant believe that anyone besides my first two commenter’s (thank you Heather and Big D) even reads […]

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