Heading Back North

March 25th, 2011

I’ve packed my pots and pans, my Cuisinart and my Kitchen Aid.  I will see you back in my Lake Lure kitchen some time next week with lots of new recipes and thoughts on cooking, eating and living.  I may even offer tips on simplifying and getting rid of clutter.

For an interesting and funny read while I regroup, I have to send you to a couple of blogs that I found recently.  First, you have to read my blog post about making chocolate croissants here.  Checking my stats the other day, I saw a lot of hits on that post from a blog that I had never seen before.  Michelle has a blog called Diary of a Late Bloomer.  She is writing a daily blog about living curiously and attended a writing workshop where she met up with a guy named Todd who is also writing about his life.  It seems that the two of them share a birthday and an interest in blogging and decided to do a virtual experiment.  Each of them would cook the same thing in their kitchens at the same time,  They would  text each other during the process to see how each was doing and post about it.  The challenge was to cook a chick dish and a guy’s dish.  Michelle chose the chocolate croissants that were featured in the movie It’s Complicated.  She hit on my post and blogged hysterically about her experience in making croissants.  Todd’s 606 Diaries gives the “he said” version to Michelle’s “she said” version and is just as funny.  Who could not like a guy who puts yeast dough in the dryer to rise.  His choice for the upcoming guy’s dish was dishwasher lasagne and you can check out their later posts for that result.  But the croissant post made my day.  I hope it does the same for you.  By the way, I have a wonderful husband, son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren, but I own a mutt named Daisy and not a Cavelier King Charles Spaniel.  Also Zen is not in my vocabulary.  Thanks Michelle and Todd.  You are both talented and very funny bloggers.

18 responses to “Heading Back North”

  1. Bella says:

    Safe travels! Thanks for pointing us to new funny bloggers. 🙂

  2. racheld says:

    Godspeed and Safe traveling!! I’m gonna look at both of these—I’ve never gone wrong clicking on a blog on your sidebar.

    And the dryer-dough—I used to do that all the time!! When the kids were young, our dryer came with a little rack which just sat still (I can’t remember if the drum revolved) so you could dry several pairs of shoes without all that clompclomp.

    I’d dry a couple of damp towels to get all the dryer-sheet scent out of it, and the dough rose perfectly.

  3. Susan says:

    Safe travels!! Just read Michelle and Todd. What fun!! You have a real following there. 🙂

  4. Kate says:

    Safe trip. Love the new reading!

  5. FOODalogue says:

    Hysterical photo! See you on the flip-flop.

  6. Mary says:

    Have a safe trip, Penny. I’ll be waiting for your first lake post. I’m off to read the croissant sagas. Have a great weekend. Blessings…Mary

  7. Lyla says:

    I’m glad you’re coming home–even though home is a thousand miles from me in Michigan and nearly two thousand miles from my temporary home in AZ. And thanks so much for introducing me to the Late Bloomer blog. Her comments re: your blog are so deserved and must have puffed you up a bit–in a good way. Tell David that we ate at a DD&D place last night: Chino Bandido. The burrito was good, but I could have used a little great-tasting salsa and guacamole with it. Unpack and blog us a recipe!

  8. YEAH! I am looking forward to getting together when you return! Have a very safe trip. Off to visit Michelle and Todd!

  9. Donnie says:

    We got back in NC today and spent some time with family and that made me really happy. We looked like that picture..lol..I could sure use some decluttering posts about now.

  10. Have a safe trip!


  11. Pondside says:

    Safe trip home!
    Before you know it you’ll be heading up this way.

  12. Big Dude says:

    Have a safe trip heading back to your little piece of heaven.

  13. Glad you are coming back where you belong… Hard to think of you in Florida.

    Sounds like a fun blog will head over


  14. Barbara says:

    Funniest photo, Penny! (I trust you are more organized than that! 🙂 )
    Will go check out the blogs….

  15. Safe travels!!! I know you can’t wait to be back at your gorgeous lake.

  16. momgateway says:

    Ha!Ha!Ha! Their posts were such fun reading. Thanks for sharing the links. See you soon and keep safe…

  17. Rita says:

    Happy trails! We are flying back to northern Ontario Friday April 1sr. Home is always very good!

  18. Robin Sue says:

    Now that was funny! I read both of there posts and they have a great chemistry! Have a safe trip. I am off to massage some butter now!

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