Washington Wisteria

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Wisteria at the Smithsonian

This is from our trip to Washington DC.  My husband gave me a new Handycam for Christmas.  I love it.  I love digital photos.  You can take as many photos as you want and not blow the budget.  The only problem is which ones to delete.  You really don’t need to have a dozen photos of one thing.  LOL!

When I see flowers, I kinda go crazy.  The more unusual, the crazier I get.  I saw this vine and hadn’t a clue of what it was.  Neither did any of the people who passed by.  My husband patiently waited while I took a dozen photos.  Above you see the one I like the most.

We found out later that this is Wisteria.  Has anyone ever grown this in Texas?  How did you do?



We Went To D.C & Found Great Yogurt!

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Siggi's YogurtDid you know that there is a big world out there?  Most of it we have never seen or experienced.  In the last year, I have had a number of things happen that have made me realize how short our life is and how many things we never get to see or do.  We are so tied up in getting through each day.  Just trying to survive.  I have decided that I am going to take time out and explore.  Try new things.  I started this blog to share what I find and what I experience.

My husband and I just came back from Washington D.C.  There is so much to see and do, that it would probably take you a decade to make a significant dent.  We did get to see some cool things.  Found some great restaurants.  Tried some new foods.

The best thing we found was Siggi’s Yogurt!  I love yogurt.  The problem is that I find most of them too acidic or too sweet.  Siggi’s is just right.  And it has an interesting story.  A young man had emigrated from Iceland to New York.  One of the things he missed the most was his yogurt.  He decided to make his own and the rest is history!  You can even get it in Texas. I haven’t found it in a story yet, but I am hunting it down.

Here’s the link if you want to check it out!


Why Marcey’s Table?

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Marcey's Table

I was trying to come up with a name for this blog.  I though about Marcey’s Kitchen.  Too limiting.  Marcey’s Place?  It sounded like a bar.  Marcey’s World?   Too broad.  Nothing seemed to work for me.

I started brain storming with my husband.  He suggested calling the blog “Marcey’s Table”.  I really liked that!  A table is where we prepare food.  Eat it.  Talk with others.  I remember doing homework at the table.  Playing games.  Doing taxes.  It’s a big part of our lives.  The more I thought about the name, the better I like it.  Gee.  I married a smart guy!  Sooooo

 Marcey’s Table It Is!

This was me!

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BadcookWhen I was young, I was a terrible cook.  What can you expect? My mom was an even worse cook.  I burnt some things.  Others, I didn’t cook enough.  I knew my husband really loved me when he ate all those awful meals.  I had to say yes when he asked me to marry him.  He was too good to lose.

My love of cooking started on our honeymoon in New Orleans.  Talk about culture shock.  I am from Chicago.  Food there was pretty plain in the 1970s.  New Orleans was a different world.  The aromas were wonderful.  The taste was out of this world.   We wanted to be able to have this when we went home.  The solution was to take a cooking class at the New Orleans school of cooking.  It was one of the best things that my husband and I ever did.  We had a lot of fun in the class.  It was something that we could do together.  We continued to take cooking classes throughout the years.

We have gone from being meat eaters to vegetarians (my husband does occasionally eats fish).  Long story.  I love vegetarian dishes.  The colors and textures.  The variety.  I have had success finding vegetarian recipes to replace the meat dishes that I use to prepare.

Recently, a friend’s vegan stepdaughter came and stayed with them for Easter.  My friend and her husband are meat eaters.  She was at a loss as to what serve her stepdaughter.  She asked for my help.  We came up with a menu for the weekend which included a potato curry and a cassoulet.  Both vegan.  And both things that everyone could enjoy. After that weekend, my friend called me up to tell me it was a great success!  Her stepdaughter came to her and said that no one had ever done anything as nice as this for her.  That she felt really special. 

The whole family liked what we had made. Her stepdaughter asked if I had a blog where she could get recipes from.  This is what is getting me started with a blog.  I will go into more of my thoughts in the future about mainstreaming vegetarian cuisine.  Making it palatable for everyone.