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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Carmelized Onion and Apple Tart

I am not in a hurry for Fall. We have has some crazy weather so I thought I would make a tart.
I had some apples on hand, so it seemed logical to put them to good use.
I made a savory sweet topping of apples, carmelized onions, ham and cheese on pizza dough.


Everytime, I say pizza dough, it reminds me of the episode of Iron Chef America, where the mystery ingredient was pizza dough.  The chairman is always so dramatic with his presentationn of the mystery ingredient.  It is so funny to hear him say  allez cuisine"pizza dough" with drama and flair.


Ingredients 

2 Tablespoons butter
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
1 lb pizza dough homemade or store bought
2 oz thinly sliced or cubed cooked ham
1 apple, cored and sliced thinly
3/4 cup shredded swiss cheese
thyme

1.  Place oven rack in lowers position and heat oven to 450.
     Lightly coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray
     Set aside
2.  Melt butter in skillet and  add sliced onions.
     Cook covered on medium low for about 12 minutes. Stir.
     Uncover and cook an additional 2 minutes.
     Remove from heat and set aside.
3.  On a lightly floured surface roll out pizza dough to fit
     a 13x9 baking sheet.
    Transfer to prepared pan.  Press with fingers.  Use a fork to prick
    the dough.
    Bake until puffed and lightly crisped.  Removed from oven.
4.  Top crust with ham, then layer with carmelized onions, apple slices and cheese.
     Bake another 10 minutes until crust is brown and crispy.
    Sprinkle with thyme.  Enjoy!

Tweet: #Carmelized onion and apple tart @lifeandlinda



Have a fabulous weekend.
I am partying with the following blogs:

Full Plate Thursday @ Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Foodie Friday @ Designs By Gollum

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Birds With Bees Dining

I have done several tablescapes with bees, birds, etc.  I put together this summery table with my bee plates and these cute bird plates I bought.  Green and yellow is so bright and uplifting.
The cute little birds share the color theme. I set this table on our pub table off the kitchen.
I started with the green tablecloth.

I found the plates at Ross for a few dollars.  The green goblets are from the Dollar store.

Flatware and the bee plates are from Horchow. Who says you can't mix inexpensive with expensive goods.  I am  also using my Chris Madden chargers I bought from JCPenney.  Unfortunately, they are discontinued.


I love this darling little bird cloche.  I added greenery, yellow roses and a candle to it.
I love using the battery candles...so safe and they make them with remotes or timers.

Sweet little green bird salt and pepper shakers.

These bee napkin rings I found online.

Here are the links to  my other bird tablescapes.
Bee-ti-ful Tablescape
Birds and Bees
Bird Inspired Table


Hope you had a wonderful weekend.  The weather is cooling a bit.
Feeling pretty good. 
Still thinking about the RAI treatment for the thyroid. I had my thyroid removed last year due to cancer.  They recommend the RAI treatment to kill off any remaining thyroid tissue.
I had so much radiation, I thought it best for now to hold off on the treatment.

Just so some of you know....


I will be joining the following blogs this week:
Christine @ Rustic and Refined
Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life 
Kathe @ Kathe With An E
Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Rest in Peace Robin Williams

Such sad news to hear about Robin William's  sudden and tragic death.  He made so many people laugh and forget about their problems.  Not only a wonderful comedian, he was a gifted actor.

Dubbed “the funniest man alive” by Entertainment Weekly in 1997, Williams brought audiences hours of laughter, putting his imaginative spin on characters in film and television. 
He was lauded for his serious roles as well, winning a best supporting actor Oscar for his performance as Sean Maguire, the therapist who counsels Matt Damon’s math genius in “Good Will Hunting” (1997). He also received nominations for “The Fisher King” (1991), “Dead Poets Society” (1989) and “Good Morning, Vietnam” (1987).

I recently watched the video of Robin Williams with Koko the Gorilla.  They were having a tickle fight....It just touches your heart and makes you smile.

        
                     
You will be greatly missed Robin.  May your soul find peace you couldn't find in real life.




Friday, August 8, 2014

Blogger's Writing Tour

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I was  recently asked by my good friend, Robyn from Simply Fresh Dinners to to participate in the latest Blogger's Writing Tour circulating now.  I am so happy she thought of me.  Thank you sweet Robyn for including me on this journey.

 It basically works when a blogger answers four questions about their writing process and then nominates two or three other bloggers to carry on the tour.

Robyn and I met online a few years ago when I found her food blog  and was hooked on her healthy and creative recipes.

http://simplyfreshdinners.com/
 Robyn is all about healthy, fresh ingredients and delicious!
She loves to create yummy recipes that are low in calories, and are not time consuming.

We have become great friends and  we chat on a regular basis.

Ok, let's begin.

 

 1). What Am I Working On?

One of the main things I am working on is to remain healthy.  I am a three-time cancer survivor. I hope there is a cure one day soon.

I love to entertain, garden and set a beautiful table.
I enjoy themed tablescapes, therefore I am creating some right now for future posts.  I want my guests to feel special when they sit at our table.

Trying new recipes is always fun and it's great when you make something that you absolutely love. I was recently inspired by a beautiful Salmon salad I saw a picture of.  I am getting that post ready to share the recipe.

Another interest is blog design.  I feel comfortable designing Blogger blogs...to give bloggers a great design that reflects them.
I have been working on a few blogs and also tweak some.  Some of my followers have given me the name, My Fairy Blog Mother.
Unfortunately that name wasn't available, so I chose A Blog Fairy, in which I have my second website.

2). How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I am working to achieve well written posts to inspire my followers and anyone else reading my blog.  I am not sure how different it is, because there are so many talented bloggers out there.
I pride myself with being an all around blogger....meaning I write about food,  sharing recipes I love.....Creating fun themed table settings ,my love of gardening....Decorating and of course Blog designs.


3). Why do I write what I do?

 I write as I do to share and inspire others.  Blogging is all about sharing experiences, whether it is food, decorating, gardening, crafting plus many more things. Sharing is caring and we all can inspire each other with our many talents.

For instance, when I went through two cancers again last year, I chose to share my experience, my feelings, and my surgery through my blog.  It helps to write down your feelings.
When I wrote the post on Etiquette for cancer, you can find it here. I wanted to give some insight into those who don't know what to say or do.

I also write tutorials to assist other bloggers, so you can say, I  love to share.


4).  How does my writing process work:

 Just living everyday life gives me plenty of inspiration.
I look around and get inspired by our gardens, a restaurant we have
have a fabulous  meal at etc.
Re-working recipes to make them different and delicious.
Mixing color combinations together to create a wonderful table setting.  Many of you inspire me, so I can put on my thinking cap
and create away.  Taking my thoughts and putting them on this blog and adding photos completes the process.


It's my time to nominate a few bloggers  whom I admire.

 Here are two bloggers I admire their special talents.


Jacqueline of Purple Chocolate Home
has a lovely blog, full of gorgeous tablescapes,
beautifully decorated food and decor.  She definitely has the knack for design.  It's always a pleasure to visit and see what Jacqueline is up to.
I have to add, I designed her blog as well.


Anita of Castles Crowns and Cottages 
is such a talented writer.  She creates beautiful posts with lovely images, some animated and of course her captivating poetry.  She will charm you with her well written posts. Anita is a French teacher as well. Her words will take on on a journey of no other.


Please take the time to visit these lovely ladies.

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Linda from Northern California.
I enjoy blogging, Designing Blogs, Decorating, cooking, entertaining, gardening and clogging.
I hope you enjoy your visit. Your comments make me smile.

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