Saturday, January 25, 2020


A Quick and Easy Recipe
Eggplant Parmesan 

If you are a fan of Eggplant Parmesan and taking shortcuts you will like this recipe. It is the short-cut version of my made from scratch recipe. Of course it can never be as tasty as scratch but pretty darn close. So, if you need to prepare for a group or just want to make this for two with leftovers to freeze, this is your recipe.


2 - boxes (Trader Joe's) eggplant cutlets

1 - 16 oz package provolone cheese, non-smoked

2 - jars (Trader Joe's) tomato basil marinara

1 package 7oz shredded mozzarella

1 small chopped onion and/or garlic

1/2 cup grated parmesan

2 Tablespoons EVOO

Dash of salt and pepper

The Sauce
Empty 2 jars marinara sauce into a large mixing bowl. Add the onion (garlic if you like), sautéed in the 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the package of mozzarella and a sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese. Stir to blend.

Spray baking pan 

Cover the bottom of pan with small about of sauce

Layer the eggplant, provolone cheese and half of  sauce

Repeat layers

Ending with sauce

 Bake at 375 degrees until hot and bubbly, about 1 hour. Remove from oven and top with remaining grated parmesan cheese. Return to oven for about ten minutes

Let stand for about 15 minutes before cutting and serving. Serve with additional shaved parmesan and salad. Enjoy.

This recipe can be changed up to suit your taste. Use your favorite jar sauce, more spices, or substitute provolone cheese for your favorite. Your store brands will work too. A very easy recipe to work with. 

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Happy Anniversary Tales of the Traveling Tote and a Fabulous Giveaway

Happy Anniversary to The Tales of The Traveling Totes 

Celebrating five years of friendship, this group of bloggers came together through our kinship of collecting MacKenzie-Childs. It all began with the MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check tote. All of us in our group have this tote and this is the foundation of the group. Whether it's travel, around town or everyday errands we share where we have been with our totes.

Little did we know until our organizer, Patti at Pandora's Box sent out an email explaining Santa (MacKenzie-Childs) would be delivering a surprise gift via UPS. Gifts to this little group of blogger friends. So what did MacKenzie-Childs gift us? 

New totes of course! Designed especially for each of us by the design team at MacKenzie-Childs. They used our blogs to learn a little about us and our personalities and that is how they came up with a design for each of us. Imagine that!

How exciting it was to receive this surprise. A big box with a signature Courtly Check gift bag and personal note.

It was feeling a lot like Santa had made a delivery.  

A French look using this fabric was chosen for my tote. 

The timing of this gift will always be associated with Christmas for me. My go-to tote for the holidays and holiday travel.

Miss Lulu 

Miss Lulu has come in handy helping me carry Christmas packages to put under the tree

The perfect tote to carry to Hilaritas (Greek word meaning to Live Joyfully) in December. It was a joyful event indeed. 

Of course Lulu wanted to see Santa. Mrs. Clause was taking a break so she hopped right into her vacant chair

A beautiful gift for Christmas. Thank you designers and MacKenzie-Childs! 

Now for the fabulous giveaway. The MacKenzie-Childs design team designed a tote just for you! Yes, for one lucky reader you will receive a one-of-a-kind design from MacKenzie-Childs. All you need to do is leave a comment, one or even more  to be chosen to go into the main drawing. Good luck!

One lucky winner will win this beautiful one-of-a-kind MacKenzie-Childs tote

Thank you for your visit, I hope you will leave a comment so I know you were here. And, for a chance to win this exciting gift.

Please visit the other members and comment for another chance to win.

Debbie with Miss Tassie @ Mountain Breaths
Emily with Miss Lulu @ The French Hutch
Patti with Miss Tizzy@ Pandora's Box
Jenna with Miss  Hello Gorgeous @ The Painted Apron
Linda P with Miss Gigi @ Life and Linda
Rita with Miss Penny @ Panoply
Sarah with Miss  Poppy @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Jackie with Miss Pansy @ Purple Chocolat Home  
Ricki Jill with Miss Square Peggy @The Sketchy Reader
Cherry Kay with Miss Waverly  @ Entertaining Women

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Cozy Quimper Winter Supper

Quimper and Christmas

While we were putting away Christmas decorations and before the main tree came down I decided to set a table in the study for a cozy dinner for two. I had Eggplant Parmesan (see recipe here) in the oven and I was planning to bake beer bread.

I always wanted to do a Christmas tablescape using my Quimper. The dark pink and green in the French faience looks beautiful with the reds and greens on the Christmas tree. I wanted a cozy feel for a cold evening. I'm using one of the  beautiful quilts my mother-in-law quilted and gifted to my husband and me. The design is Dresden Plate. It has a lot of yellow and the boarder is yellow so the Quimper Soleil pattern looks beautiful with it. Not a lot of text here just pretty Quimper for your pleasure.

    Quimper Dinner 

 Small tray holds salt and pepper and small pitcher. A round butter dish

Salt and pepper figurines

 Candlestick figurines

Dinner and salad plate

Linen napkins with a stitched French scene
Laguiole flatware

French scene tea towels gifted to me from my sister

Breton (Man) and Bretonne (Woman)
Candlestick holders


Fresh Greenery Centerpiece sits atop a large Quimper platter

Stems are Anthropologie

 Thanks for stopping by, I always love and appreciate your visits. I hope you will leave a comment, it's the only way I know you were here. And, please come back for a special post and learn how you can sign up for a fabulous giveaway. See you on the fifteenth.

*It was a difficult decision choosing a pattern in the Quimper shop in Paris (unfortunately the shop is no longer there.) So many beautiful patterns and colors but I knew I wanted the Soleil all along. I chose a few starter serving pieces and place settings and through the years added to my collection. 


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