July 9, 2020

I've taken the week off from Covid Projects.  My family has not.  Husband continues to bake bread, Younger is making marshmallows, Older has been crafting his own fresh mozzarella.  But none of them want to blog about the experience, and I, as already mentioned, am on hiatus.

So, when you're not up to the work, but still need a treat (and I always need a treat), here's what's let do:

Popsicles and Champagne...

June 15, 2020

I'm aware that Blueberry Soup doesn't just roll off the tongue and into the palate part of one's brain naturally.  I know this because when I made Blueberry Soup for my friend Shelby's birthday brunch a few years ago and presented the soup course, I got a lot of weird and worried looks.  Like, the ladies present didn't share covert glances, but BIG, WIDE eyes and exclamations of "What?"

Here's my motto: Op...

June 8, 2020

Well, Gentle Readers, I think I can say with confidence that Spring is over, and Summer now reigns, smacking us with her humidity scepter at every turn.

And I know that every Summer our thoughts turn to Soup.  Mmmm, soup, so warming...

But wait!  There's a better way!  I have prepared the most refreshing, yummiest chilled soup you've ever had!  Presenting: 

Honeydew Cucumber Soup

Ingredients:  2 cups hon...

May 17, 2020

Y'all Gentle Readers, I have found this summer's ultimate dessert!

LEMON BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE BARS!!!!!!!

This dessert has everything*: 

Summer berry brightness - Check!

Sunshiny citrus - Check!

Cream Cheese coolness - Check!

Buttery Shortbread perfectness - Check!

Streusel Topping - Check, thank you, Lord, Check!

If you have never visited the wonder that is Delish.com, oh, but you must!  Here's the Lemon Blueberry Cheesec...

April 23, 2020

Greetings, Gentle Readers,

I know many of you have been baking up a storm this spring/plague season.  I, myself, made some Speculoos Brownies earlier this week, and, yes, they are fabulous!  But at some point we need to take a break and enjoy a treat that is lower in calories.

Voila!  Soft Serve Banana Ice Cream + Variations!

Ingredients:

2 bananas

optional ingredients: peanut butter, almond butter, chocolate chips...

April 16, 2020

While BustleandVim is not a Fashion blog, per se, we do like to think that we are keeping up with current trends.  Naturally, we do not do this alone.  Diane at Shopaholic Sanctuary always has her finger on the Sartorial Pulse and is always ready to help.

So, what's trending?  What's hot?  What's current?

Yes, folks have been sporting this latest fashion must-have for what feels like BLOODY FOREVER, but is...

April 8, 2020

I'm so looking forward to my sons' next check-up and answering that question, "How often do you eat together as a family?" with "ALL THE TIME!"

As we were suppering earlier this week, my husband started making a list of what we were going to eat  in the coming days.  Husband is very conscientious of what leftovers are still in the fridge, what's been cooked and frozen for later, what's not cooked in the freezer, etc...

March 25, 2020

Well, Gentle Readers, these are hard times.

Last week was my official Spring Break.  It started breaking down after Monday, what with college visits needing to be cancelled and restaurants closing.   And now, like many of you, I am home.

Until I go to the grocery store.  And stare at the empty shelves where flour and yeast used to be.  Has everyone decided that in Hard Times, they must now bake their own br...

February 23, 2020

Kate Racculia.  Like, a raccoon.  Named Julia.  I wonder if Ms. Racculia says something like this every time she's asked to repeat or spell her last name.  Does she ever sigh and murmur, "Just read my books"?

Years ago I read her second novel, The Bellweather Rhapsody, and I loved it.  Imagine hundreds of band, orchestra and choir students all converging onto one hotel for an annual high school musica...

February 2, 2020

I have been making trips to New Orleans with my family my whole life, so it is with some authority that I tell you: Do not visit New Orleans in the summer!  It is positively ungodly hot.

The perfect time is in the Fall.  Or the day after Christmas.  But you have to leave before Sugar Bowl, before the prices skyrocket.  You will notice really huge young men wandering the French Quarter on your last day.  Spring is lo...

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