SONG OF DANCE

Swing  – Painting by Barbara Cole

Free Verse

SONG OF DANCE

Like David, the music sways my body to dance, my arms reaching heavenward

Your love, O God, tickles my feet off the ground

My heart soars beating like a drum to the Promised Land

Your grace lifts me higher and higher

Sweeter than good wine, better than gold or diamonds

Moving to and fro full of joy and hope, there’s nothing holding me back

I can flutter and fly like a golden butterfly

Nothing compares to your love

Song of Dance – Only you can satisfy!

 

THANK YOU!

Pensive Scribe – Painting by Patricia Govenensky

I love the freshness of Monday

Replenished by Sunday

And looking forward to the week ahead with

whatever surprises God has in store.

With this quote from Marcel Proust

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I thank you

for your friendship and

wish you a marvelous life!

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“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy;

they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

 

PARIS

La Fete Nationale Paris July 14, 2018

229 years ago, today, France celebrates the symbol of the French Revolution with a military parade.  The people stormed the Bastille fortress prison against the monarch.  Tomorrow, France hopes for victory at the World Cup soccer final against Croatia.

This national holiday brings back many adventurous memories of my family celebrations in La Rochelle, Poitiers and Avignon.

I now raise a flute of champagne to honor my French heritage and gratefully thank my dear Maman Denise and Mame Jeanne for everything they imparted to me!

VIVE LA FRANCE!

SIP AWAY STRESS

IT’S HAPPY SATURDAY

Let’s be good to our bodies and minds and sip away stress by indulging in healthy smoothies…here are a few of my favorite recipes:

SPINACH COCONUT ELIXIR

1 cup coconut milk

1/2 avocado, 1/4 cup fresh spinach, 1 chopped apple

and 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract or fresh mint leaves

  Puree all ingredients in blender and sip away to improve digestion

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BERRY VANILLA BOMB

1 cup almond milk

1/2 cup kale or arugula, 1/2 cup raspberries, blueberries, blackberries or grapes

and 1 tsp. honey and vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients in blender – so good for blood circulation and to erase wrinkles

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CHOCOLATE BANANA SURPRISE

1 cup milk or almondmilk

1/2 avocado, 1 banana and 2 tsp. cocoa powder and 1/2 cup ice

Puree all ingredients in blender – the cocoa powder helps reduce fat storage

Of course, there are so many other combinations of fruits and vegetables that make delicious smoothies, so enjoy the exploration!

My next post will offer patio drinks and wine spritzers.

It’s summertime to pamper yourself!

PATIO DRINKS

Patio Drinks

Concocting summertime drinks is like embarking on a tropical getaway to Tahiti – with these recipes  you can’t go wrong – shall we go!

WATERMELON MARGARITA

First, make a syrup of 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and 2 wide orange peels and boil until sugar is dissolved, then let cool, remove orange peel and puree in blender with 8 cups of cubed watermelon, stir in syrup, 1 cup fresh lime juice and 2 cups of your favorite Tequila and serve over ice.

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COLADA SUPREME

In a blender combine 2 bananas, 2 cups fresh pineapple chunks, 1 cup pineapple juice, 1 cup coconut water, 1 cup ice and squeeze juice of 1 lemon.  Spike with your favorite spirit.  Process until smooth and serve in chilled glasses.

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Zaza’s SANGRIA

Choose your favorite red wine (my preference is Burgundy or Shiraz – 2 bottles)

2 cups of fresh sliced fruit, like oranges, lemons apples, peaches or plums, 2 tbsp. sugar

Either 1/2 cup of brandy or port wine- I prefer Cinzano aperitif.  Blend all ingredients in a large bowl and chill, then transfer into your favorite ceramic or crystal pitcher.

Before serving, a dash of Perrier or club soda will make a fizzy Sangria and voila!

sangria pitcher

Chin Chin

 

 

SUMMER PRINTS

Here Comes Summer

WHAT CAN MAKES US HAPPY

Lunch outdoors with a friend

“A friend is a second self”   Aristotle

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Fresh picked seasonal flowers from the garden

stacked into a metal watering can to place on the patio table

“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself”

Coco Chanel

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Hosting a spontaneous get-together with family and friends

and indulge in favorite foods and refreshing drinks

just shoo away the ants!

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I would love to hear about your favorite things that make you summertime happy!