Slow Cooker Eggs with an Asian Accent, #SundaySupper

Happy Mother’s Day! I’m blessed with two. Both are inspirations. My birth mother is a two-time Wimbledon semifinalist (link). Despite the obstacles of limited finances, Mom’s mighty confidence and unwavering determination resulted in multiple tennis trophies and first place titles. My stepmother, Barbara’s artistic sensibilities continue to influence my appreciation of breathtaking compositions of poetry, flowers, food and furniture!

Formidable as my mothers may be, cooking and baking never ranked as a favorite pastime. As Barbara was a popular actress and voiceover talent in Tokyo...

Mandarin Orange Tart, #SundaySupper, National #MoscatoDay

Soft-skinned and seedless, easy to peel and a pleasure to eat, Japanese Mandarin oranges are generally referred to as mikan. Like wines the differences in seasons and subtleties are honored.  Natsu (summer) mikan, fuyu (winter) mikan and haru (spring) mikan are some of the names for Mandarin oranges. The Satsuma mikan was the first Mandarin exported to the U.S. The Chinese characters / Japanese kanji for mikan (??) mean honey citrus.

Coconut Cake, #The Cake Slice Bakers

Whether I’m strolling with my 88-year-old mother in a quiet Northern California neighborhood or whether I’m striding down Main Street in Southern California, birds are singing! My fine-feathered friends won’t let me forget to celebrate this season of rebirth.

Japanese haiku poetry master, Basho expresses with elegance the lighthearted hopefulness that accompanies spring:


“April’s air stirs in
Willow-leaves…a butterfly
Floats and balances”

~Matsuo Basho

#FitTeaDetox, $500 Target Gift Card Giveaway

This post is sponsored by FitTea. All opinions are my own. 

FitTea is said to promote weight loss, improve the immune system and enhance energy. Organic green tea is the first ingredient listed on the FitTea package. Samurai sipped on the hot drink before battle, so why not follow suit when fighting the battle of the bulge?

In addition to information about FitTea, this post also contains a $500 Target gift card giveaway. 

Cheers!

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