Three Day Quote Challenge – Day 1

Welcome to the Three Day Quote Challenge!!  I have been selected to participate by my very sweet and dear friend Xara Nahara.  I just love her name!  When I first met Xara I thought she was from the Middle East, with such an exotic name.  She is not, however, she is still quite exotic in my opinion.  I love her honesty and straight-forwardness!!  Thank you Xara!!  Please do visit her site.

Here are the Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a Quote for 3 consecutive days
  • Nominate 3 bloggers each day

I thought I would have some fun with this and post quotes about menopause.  For those of you sharing this journey with me, for those who have already traveled through it and for those of you who are “looking” forward to it, this is for you!!!  Enjoy…


I have so many of you in mind whom I believe would have fun with this…my first three nominations are:

  1.  Sabiscuit’s Catalog
  2.  Rose
  3.  Dr, Meg

If you have the time and would like to join in the fun, we would love to read your quotes.  There is no time frame involved, post when you are able!!  If you are unable to participate, no worries!  🙂



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Camera Lucida Week 4 Photo Challenge ~ Nature’s Dessert

Heriloom-Tomato-Tart-1-smwpid-imag1106.jpgWeek Four’s Camera Lucida Photo Challenge is Nature’s Dessert – “What is your fruity juicy?  What makes you stop and stare?”

This made me stop and stare…the Tomato, Heirloom Tomato Tart in is a fruit afterall… 😉

The recipe below is from The Novice Chef…enjoy!!

Heirloom Tomato Tart

Recipe Note: I like to slice my tomatoes and then lay them on paper towels to suck out excess juice. If your tomatoes are over-ripe, do not use them in this recipe. You want to use firmer tomatoes!


  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold butter, cut into small cubes
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 firm heirloom tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • salt, to taste


In a food processor, pulse flour, sugar and salt for a few seconds to sift. Add the butter and pulse 8 to 12 times, until the butter is the size of peas. Add the eggs and pulse the machine until the dough begins to form a ball.

If dough is not forming, you can add a splash of milk, but it should come together without. Dump out on a floured board and roll into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Butter a 9 1/2-inch fluted tart pan with removable bottom and set aside. (You can also use a pie pan if you prefer.)

Lightly flour dough and counter. Roll dough to a thin round approximately 13 inches in diameter, then trim to make a 12-inch circle (refrigerate and save trimmings for patching).

Lay dough loosely into prepared pan. Fold overlap back inside to make a double thickness, then press firmly against the pan so the finished edge is slightly higher than the pan. This will help with the dough shrinking.

Place a piece of parchment paper on top of the tart crust and fill with pie weights (or can use dry beans). Bake for 12 minutes. Remove weights and parchment paper (pinch up all four corners of parchment paper and lift all at once) and bake for 6-8 minutes more, until lightly golden.

Sprinkle bottom of pastry with parmesan cheese. Cover with tomato slices, arranging to cover as evenly as possible. Drizzle tomatoes with olive oil and top with salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes and serve warm or room temperature. Enjoy!


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