Fear ‘Knot’

It’s been a couple of years that I made “Fear Knot” bracelets. I was reminded today on what a difference they can make.

A good friend gave some of these bracelets to co-workers and friends and I just want to share with you their stories.

“One co-worker, Lorraine, lost her son and mother within a week during the end of October. Her son was 42 and died of a heart attack during his sleep. His wife, a nurse, was unable to revive him before the ambulance arrived. Her mother had a trying year, battling pneumonia earlier in the year. However, I personally think losing her grandson broke her heart and she died within a week. I left the bracelet and an inspiration Christmas card for the New Year on her desk before our holiday break. She was so thankful for the Bible verse and the bracelet. She stated that she would put on her Christmas Tree this year and every year forward as a reminder to Fear ‘K’not!

My other co-worker, Terrain, is a dear friend. Her husband is a Baptist preacher and is genuinely a pure and kind person. She battled and beat breast cancer about 3.5 years ago. I gave her a pink Fear Knot bracelet since she is a breast cancer survivor. I left the bracelet and card on her desk. She came to me this afternoon with tears in her eyes. She said that bracelet was truly an act of God since that verse was delivered to her at the time. Her teenage daughter did something horrific that morning, (I’m not sure what, I didn’t want to pry). Terrain mentioned that she was so confused and upset with her daughter that she was losing hope. She opened the card with the Fear Knot bracelet and started crying because it was the Bible verse that she needed to hear. When she was battling cancer, that was the verse she turned to for strength and courage. She was so moved by the bracelet.”

I’ll be honest, sometimes, I felt that these were too cheap for anyone to really want to wear. I forgot the very meaning of which I made them. I have had the same one on for the past 6 months +, ( I change when they wear out). But now, because of a great friend, sharing her stories, I will share and wear proudly!

P.S.  To keep from losing (I lost one) my Fitbit, I intertwine my Fear Knot Bracelet with it!

Please contact me if you would like a “Fear Knot Bracelet” and I will mail to you.

Happy Blessings!!




Dinner in the Orchard




                                              Beautiful night for a dinner in the Orchard

French Wine tasting enjoyed with great food. The perfect match!


Arizona stuffed Dates with bleu cheese & walnuts, wrapped in bacon

Brie on walnut toasts with caramelized apple

Fresh organic  greens with hazelnut encrusted goat cheese and citrus vinaigrette 

Salmon with currant risotto & spring vegetables

Filet Mignon with balsamic reduction, Yukon mash and sautéed asparagus

Dessert trio~ lemon tart, chocolate flourless and pecan bar


“Wine is never the same today as it is tomorrow. It even depends on where you drink it and who you are with and what mood you are in. It’s a very, very nice thing.” Ntsiki Biyela

A special treat, Beehive Cookies, Vceli Uly


These were a 3 day process to make with a special wooden mold

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Life as a server has its perks

 Johnny Depp ~

“Madness and Creativity”, sounds interesting…..     After listening and reading about this talk with Dr Krauss and Johnny Depp, it was interesting!Depp said he “knew there was something abnormal in me or of me” in his early teen years and that “it could have led me to the ‘big house.’ “

Instead, he found an outlet in art and said he hoped that other “people will find a way to embrace” their own madness.

It really did happen, Johnny Depp having dinner at Coup des Tartes. He showed up, was super nice and was a pleasure to wait on.
From the moment everyone arrived it was clear that they appreciated all that we did to prepare for their arrival. Dr. Krauss, Johnny and his wife Amber, the security team, and the many others that made up the group personally thanked us and offered up warm comments about the food, the atmosphere, and for remaining open late. Johnny himself greeted us with a warm sincere handshake.
So glad that I was able to be a part of this exciting evening at the “Coup”
“The greatest blessings granted to mankind come by the way of madness, which is a divine gift.” –~Socrates

Italy Inspired….

I thought I knew how to cook Italian food with my Italian background, but during my one day class in beautiful Florence Italy, I realized that I was just an amateur.

My Italian cooking class was definitely the highlight of my two week trip to Italy this past August. I highly recommend Florence food tour & cooking class at a Tuscan farmhouse, through Walkabout Italy

We started out the day on food shopping and a food history tour of Florence, with a great stop for coffee at one Florence’s bakery/coffee bars. Made a stop at a fruit/vegetable stand to buy our fresh tomatoes. In Italy, if it’s not in season it’s not at the Fruit/Vegetable Stands. Fresh organic produce all of the time. What a great concept! IMG_1328

We continued on to the Mercato (a real food market) where we purchase our fresh Mozzarella cheese for our pizza and fresh ground beef for our Ragu Sauce. Then onto the bus for our 20 minute trip up the hillside of beautiful Tuscany to a  farmhouse. We had a group of 22, consisting of couples, singles and families. It was a very fun group!

Our first item to make was Ragu Sauce, basically a meat tomato sauce. As that was simmering, we proceeded to make fresh Bruschetta (pronounced BrusKetta). It was simple and yummy! Enjoyed with a glass of Classic Chianti. IMG_1378

On to homemade pasta, so amazingly simple, I wondered why I had never made before. Just egg and flour.  IMG_1386 IMG_1392After pasta was rolled out and cut we got our pork roast and potatoes in the oven.

Our next item was homemade pizza dough and making it into the traditional Naples Pizza and baked in a wood burning oven. So fun and again so yummy, and yes enjoyed with more Chianti.


After we had our pizza we proceeded to make our desserts, yes two of them, Tiramisu and homemade gelato. IMG_1436

Even though we were all pretty full we sat down for our three course dinner. Our homemade pasta with Ragu, Pork Roast & Roasted potatoes, our dessert and of course more Chianti. Everything was so yummy and it was so much fun to make with everyone. We had 2 great tour guides and a wonderful Italian woman who taught us to make everything.

Cooking Class Recipes