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Hi! My name is Margot. My blog is about the things I love to do. That could be what I'm reading, places we visit, my family, food, or whatever else is happening. I hope you'll stay and visit a while. Contact me by email: joyfullyretired (at) gmail (dot) com.

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Book Review: Delicious!

Author: Ruth Reichl Publisher: Random House, May 6, 2014 Genre: Literary/Food Fiction Source: The publisher via TLC Book Tours I’ve been anticipating this book for a long time. I knew I would love it before I even had it in my hands. There was, however, one question: after decades of nonfiction writing, could the author […]

Weekend Cooking: Dumpling Soup

A couple of weeks ago a friend took several vacation days from work so she and her daughter (along with nieces and cousins) could spend days making ravioli – hundreds of them. It’s a tradition they’ve done every year a few weeks before Easter. A friend of my mom’s used to do the same with […]

Another Cookbook Treat

Last Saturday I told you I’d received two great cookbooks within one week. The first one was The Book Club Cookbook. (Click title for my review.) I thoroughly enjoyed that book; am still enjoying it. The second book was also enjoyable. It was such a treat that I stopped doing anything else for two days. […]

Book Review: The Book Club Cookbook

by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp Published by Penguin, March 2012 Last week I received two unsolicited cookbooks. They both gave me hours and hours of happy reading. Today I’d like to tell you about the first one and next week I’ll tell you about the second. The Book Club Cookbook is a revised […]

Book Review: Just Tacos by Shelley Wiseman

I enjoy eating tacos and they have been one of my go-to meals for a very long time. When my children were young all I had to say was “Taco Night” and their sweet little faces would light up. Some things have changed since those days. For one thing, I no longer deep-fat fry the […]

How Do You Feel When You Think of Lemons?

What emotions do you feel when you eat something lemony? Any food featuring lemon has always appealed to me, but I know most people pucker their noses at the idea. It’s lemon season here in northern California and they are plentiful. Here are some of my favorites: lemon chicken, lemon pie, lemon muffins, lemon bars, […]

Book Review: Treasured Amish and Mennonite Recipes

Subtitle: 627 Delicious, Down-to-earth Recipes from Authentic Country Kitchens Author: Mennonite Central Committee Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing, October 1, 2011 My Rating: A I’ve contributed to and helped publish church cookbooks over the years. Those books usually contains favorite recipes from the congregation’s best cooks. Well, here’s one that is the mother, no make that […]

I’ve Become a Tomato Activist

When is the last time you ate a tomato? What did it taste like? Where did it come from? If the answers to those questions are a.) within the past few months, b.) it had no taste at all, and c.) it came from the store or a restaurant, chances are you ate a modern-day […]

This Retiree Learns About Wine

Up until a few weeks ago I would call myself a complete wine novice. To me, wine has always been just another drink choice. I’ve been sitting here in Sonoma Country, California – wine country – for a year and a half without really understanding what all the fuss was about. Then a friend took […]

Book Review: Heartland by Judith Fertig

“The horizon was like a perfect circle, a great embrace, and within it lay the cornfields, still green, and the yellow wheat stubble, miles and miles of it, and the pasture lands where the white-faced cattle led lives of utter content,” wrote Willa Cather in The Best Years. Among those fortunate enough to have been […]