Monday, May 18, 2015



Creme Brulee French Toast

My friend, Louise, had a special treat on Mother's Day. Her son made her a lovely breakfast including Creme Brulee French Toast. After she told me how delicious and easy it is to make, I knew I wanted to try it. As usual, I had to improvise on one of the ingredients but it did turn out delectable. I think it would make a wonderful dish for overnight guests since the toast is made the night before and simply baked in the morning. Hope you try it. (Recipe original from


½ cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 T. Maple Syrup
6 slices 1 “ thick French or Italian Bread
5 eggs
1 ½ Cups half and half-and-half
1 t. vanilla
1 t. Grand Marnier
¼ t. salt
Zest of 1 orange

Melt butter in pan. Add brown sugar and maple syrup. Stir till dissolved and pour into a 9x13 inch dish. Remove crusts from bread and arrange in dish. In another bowl, whisk eggs, half and half, vanilla, Grand Marnier, salt and orange peel. Pour over bread and chill overnight. Bake in a 350 oven for 35-40 minutes till puffed and lightly browned.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015



Oceana Burning Bowl

I just finished two new burning bowls that I think you will like. The first one is called “Oceana.” I used a conch shell necklace along with several other shells that I had been saving for her. She is 5" wide x 6" deep x 10"high.

Close-Up Oceana

Oceana Back

The second burning bowl is of Frida. I always love creating Frida. She was so vibrant and of course loved her flowers. I used several antique pins as her headpiece. She is one of my originals in stoneware clay. I used stained glass for the basin. She is a bit smaller than Oceana. She is 4" x 4" x 8" high.

Frida Burning Bowl

Close-Up Frida

Back Frida

On to Beauty. I was lamending about a beautiful pot I had mosaiced years ago. It always looked charming in the garden. Last year, I forgot or rather neglected to bring it inside. We had a very cold winter with sub zero temperatures and the terra cotta under the tiles buckled. End result was that the tiles peeled away little by little. At first I was disappinted but when I looked closer, I found the terra cotta had a beautiful coating of green mold growing on the outside. It looks as though it has been sitting in a forgotten garden for ages now and I have grown to love the look. Just proof that if you are unhappy with the way something in life looks on the outside, peer a little closer. There may be untold beauty within.

The two featured Burning Bowls are $68. each. I accept Paypal or personal check. You can e-mail me and we can go from there. Thank you so much.

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