Monthly Archives: September 2012

Strasbourg, France

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Сitrus Carnival on the Riviera

In citrus carnival, which takes place in the French town of Menton, the world is unique.

Like during other carnivals, the streets are crowded with people, giant figures, holiday carts, and decorations. But unlike the other carnival, all of this holiday is decorated with lemons and oranges – more than 130 tons of citrus is used to beautify the city and this carnival.

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Warm Up your Cup/Mug

This morning, with my hot cup of tea, I was browsing through my friends’ pages and noticed this cute invention…

I’m in love with the idea how adorable these cups/mugs look like with knitted pockets, and how useful they are when you’re holding your cup of tea or coffee. What do you think of these?? Have you seen them before? Share your thoughts below…

Dramatic Dining Room

Silhouetted against a demilune bay window, a glossy black piano provides a dramatic focal point for a dining room painted earthy green. The formal piano and nearby Louis-style dining chairs contrast with weathered oak floors, a casual trestle table, and an edgy painted twig chandelier.

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Photo of the Day: Red beach in China

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Blog news| New info and photos

I’ve been trying to get back to all the updates on my blog and my other sites on the net. You can check out the About me page to see new info and links.

Also I’ve been adding photos to my Weebly page.

Today I’ve got two new photos of Chicago (For my Chicago lovers 😉 ):

Have a great day!

Apple and Cheddar Penne Pie Recipe

Last night I made this yummy Apple and Cheddar Penne Pie ! Unbelievable! Try it!

Makes: 8 servings

Prep: 35 mins
Bake: 350°F 40 mins
Stand: 20 mins

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup panko (Japanese-style bread crumbs)
  • 3 teaspoons snipped fresh thyme
  • 12 ounces dried penne pasta (3 1/2 cups)
  • 2 cups chopped peeled tart cooking apples (3 medium)
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion, such as Vidalia or Walla Walla (1 small)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 whole milk
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 2 3 ounce packages cream cheese, softened and cut up
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese (6 ounces)
  • Fresh thyme sprigs (optional)

Directions1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 10-inch springform pan with 1 tablespoon of the softened butter. Sprinkle sides of pan with 1/3 cup of the panko to coat; set aside. Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon softened butter. Stir the remaining 1/3 cup panko and 1 teaspoon of the thyme into melted butter; set aside.

2. Cook pasta 2 minutes less than directed by package directions; drain. Return pasta to pan; set aside.

3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan cook apples and onion in the 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat for 5 to 8 minutes or until tender. Add flour, salt, and pepper to saucepan. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in milk and apple cider. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to low. Add cheeses and the remaining 2 teaspoons thyme; stir until cheese melts.

4. Add sauce mixture to pasta; stir to combine. Spoon pasta mixture into prepared pan. Sprinkle with reserved panko mixture.

5. Bake, uncovered, about 40 minutes or until edges are bubbly. Let stand on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Remove sides of pan. Using a serrated knife, cut pie into eight wedges. If desired, top with fresh thyme sprigs.

Let’s talk about the Room!


Weeks fly by and we try to get it all together to complete our needed tasks. Wednesday couldn’t come sooner enough, and it’s time to talk about the ROOM! 🙂

Here’s what you need to do:

Just have a look at the room photo below and leave a comment with your answers to these two questions:

One thing I like most about this room is…

One thing I like least about this room is…