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A Valentine Postcard for You

We can only be said to be most alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~ Thornton Wilder

(Swan song in the evening on Little Traverse Bay. My heart is conscious of you this Valentine’s Day, dear and gentle readers! I am so grateful for each and every one of you, and the treasures of the heart–and its kitchen–that we share.)


  1. Anna Engdahl on February 14, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Thank you. Have a woderful day.

  2. Gregory Jarous, Lawrenceville GA on February 14, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Maureen, Happy Valentines Day.

  3. Diane Nassir (My maternal grandmother was an Abowd) on February 14, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Happy Valentine’s Day Sweet Maureen!

  4. Pamela Christopher on February 14, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    May God bless you with health and happiness today and all days to come. I enjoy your site.

  5. Bill B on February 14, 2013 at 9:06 AM


  6. Uncle Dick on February 14, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Happy Valentine’s Day Maureen. Last saturday I prepared eight pounds of beautiful shotribs and forllowed your recipe fairly closely. I started them ealy morning in a large electric oven an used a full container of College Inn Beef Broth and a full bottle of Merlot wine along with the onions, carrots, bay leaf, etc. They cooked all day untll our supper with guests at 8:00 p.m. They looked just like your picture and tasted fantastic! Mashed potatoes, green beans and Lebenese salad on the side. Red wine. And then——chocalate pie with graham cracker crust cooked from scratch and fresh strawberry shortcake using hot bisquick bisquits for desert. YUM, YUM, Yum! Love You, Uncle Dick

  7. Edra on February 14, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Maureen. I wish you the most happiness today and every other. Bless you and all you do for us.

  8. Anne Cashill on February 14, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Dear Maureen,
    I am going to try your short ribs this weekend. Vido’s favorite meal. Happy happy Valentine’s Day.
    XX. Anne

  9. Jerry Wakeen on February 14, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Have a great Valentine’s day.

  10. Peggy Fox on February 14, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Thank you, what a great way to start Valentine’s Day!

  11. Antonia Allegra on February 14, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Love and happy valentine’s day to you, dear Maureen. Your photo is peacefully beautiful.

  12. Jeanne Barr on February 14, 2013 at 11:40 AM


    You started my day off right with the lovely quote and photo.
    My heart is conscious of you, also, and I wish you a loving day.

    Warm hugs, Jeanne

  13. Jane on February 14, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Beautiful photo! Makes me smile! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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