IN MY KITCHEN: JULY 2019 (and giveaway winner!)

It is time to invite you all for a walk around our kitchen. In My Kitchen posts started many years ago with Celia and is now hosted by Sherry, from  Sherry’s Pickings.  This version is going to feel a bit different. It will be shorter, include a few gifts, some baked items, and of course the pups. It turns out that we are facing a very big professional commitment, and I have no choice but to considerably reduce my blogging schedule.  Life should go back to normal in September. Until then, I will take the opportunity to re-blog old posts that I am particularly fond of. After 10 years of regular blogging, there’s more than enough material to dig from. If at all possible, I will come up with a new post here and there.

Starting with gifts….

From our friend Cindy, this MAGNIFICENT serving dish that I adore… It is perfect, gorgeous, and makes me smile every time I see it!  Thank you, Cindy!

From the pups for Mother’s Day, these beautiful plates, that go very well with an old plate from Anthropologie we got years ago in Los Angeles.  Thanks, boys!

From Phil, a coffee cup from our favorite pottery artist, Mary Rose Young . Another item that makes me smile every time I see it. Braces be darned.

From our next door neighbors, flowers from their backyard… Aren’t they amazing?

In our kitchen….

A sourdough bread dressed up for party….

Strawberry sorbet made with just a few simple ingredients…

A caramel sauce that is a ticket to Nirvana…

Pain au chocolat with laminated dough, “comme il faut”…

And now, let’s see what the pups have been up to…

Makes me think of Ella Fitzgerald’s Summertime… and the livin’ is easy…. (dated myself big time here, haven’t I?).  That’s the vibe around our neck of the woods…

But let’s keep in mind that Osky has a very unique sense of comfort. We had some work done in the backyard, and well…  he chose to rest his bones in between a rock and a hard place. Literally.

Although once inside the house, he is partial to a comfy bed or maybe four of them….

Or a comfy couch… When their humans are not paying attention they might arrive in the living room to this peaceful scene….

Yeah, the couch is a tempting place indeed….

And when Oscar manages to get to his favorite spot, he will defend it fiercely (don’t worry, he got a “bad, bad boy” to correct his behavior). But aren’t those teeth something fierce? He is definitely the alpha-dog…

He might be the alpha-dog, but WE are Mom’s riding buddies…

And we are also the valiant guardians of the castle!

Barking our heads off in 5… 4… 3… 2….
(as the USPS truck parks by the driveway).

This picture explains a sudden increase on my gray hair. I had given Bucky Boy a thorough bath about 40 minutes earlier. Enough said.

And since we are on the subject of gray hair, there’s more reasons for it, contributed by BogeyQT™. He insists on stealing paper from the trash can, ripping it, and placing pieces in his usual design always on the rug by the front door. It is a perverse canine ritual of sorts. Gray hair. I tell ya.

Is he worried?

Not really… He knows we adore him in all his crazy glory…  I even baked a cake to celebrate his spots (recipe will be on the blog at some point, I promise).

Eggs – $2.99
Whipping Cream – $ 4.89  
Matching Dog to Cake to Necklace?  PRICELESS!


Before I leave you…
the winner of the 10th anniversary giveaway is…

I will be back on my regular twice-per-week schedule of blogging in September, until then will keep the blog going as best as I can.

ONE YEAR AGO: In My Kitchen – July 2018

TWO YEARS AGO: In My Kitchen, July 2017

THREE YEARS AGO: Secret Recipe Club: Falafel and a Bonus Recipe

FOUR YEARS AGO: Chocolate Toffee Banana Bread

FIVE YEARS AGO: In My Kitchen, June 2014

SIX YEARS AGO:  Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

SEVEN YEARS AGO: Baked Coconut and “The Brazilian Kitchen”

EIGHT YEARS AGO: Honey-Glazed Chicken Legs

NINE YEARS AGO: French-Style Rolls

TEN YEARS AGO: Chicken Breasts, Coffee, and Serendipity

14 thoughts on “IN MY KITCHEN: JULY 2019 (and giveaway winner!)

  1. I love that big smile on your face so methinks you have secret plans of spending a wonderful summer and, if we are very, very good, perchance we shall find out about it afterwards . . . Oh, DO have a very happy time wherever . . . after ten years of enthusing us methinks some ‘alone’ time is due . . . and thank you for the sweet sleepy pups . . . see you in September but DO bring lots of news back . . .

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  2. That red plate is gorgeous! What breed is Oscar? My dog looks almost the same and she found a spot in our yard like that this morning then bringing in lots of crap in her fur to the bed. It was sunny there so guess she wanted some vitamin D. My Chloe is half Jack Russell and half long hair Chihuahua. I’m off to read “My Kitchen” Celia is one of the most awesome bloggers ever. Beautiful person. I learned how to make sourdough through her. She also makes me think about important stuff like managing how much we waste.

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  3. Everything in your kitchen is beautiful, including the cook herself.

    I’m thrilled to have won the giveaway. Address will follow in email. I’ll have to report back to you in some detail about how I use it. In the meantime, thanks!

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  4. OMG, Sally that doggie cakes and dog are priceless, just adorable along with that doggie love big smile on your face. Nice job…love your kitchen goodies

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  5. Lucky you to have such lovely things – not to mention the pups! My previous dog was a paper shredder but he left the results all over the floor, not neatly arranged! Nelson does not raid the waste paper bin but I’m afraid he has a shoe fetish. Nobody is perfect. That Dalmatian cake is priceless!

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  6. It’s like a guaranteed heart melt – always love these features… you must tell me about the pants (tights/leggings/yoga pants? in your image with Oscar and his fave spot; they’re awesome. Hope you’re having a great summer Sally!

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