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Like all good cooks you should prepare before you begin, as follows:Continue to rely on ‘old favorites’ but don’t be afraid to venture into a new recipe.Shop locally, when you can, and then seek outside of your zip code.Organize your ingredients.Measure twice. Cut once.Separate cold and hot into individual containers, otherwise you may produce lukewarm, […]


  • Katia - Oh Cheryl, you are wise! I’ve actually bookmarked this, because I sense (but can’t really process with my half working brain) that there’s some very valuable and relevant advice in there for me. I will be coming back to this post to contemplate how these cooking tips apply to my life and I can already tell this is very helpful.

    Also, I love that you had a picnic with your daughter and OMG, it looks like a delicious meal!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - You may be giving me more credit then is due- but I’LL TAKE IT! Lol!! So great to have met you Katia. You are a real charmer! And BOOKMARK away…..ReplyCancel

  • Sue - The way you write grabs me, takes me on a journey, and then I land somewhere unexpected. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - I couldn’t help but laugh at “select an appropriate adult beverage…”ReplyCancel

If you read this blog, then you know all about our newest addition to the family- little Peggy Malone, our wee Irish lass of a cat with three legs.You also know that our middle grey fuzzy-butt, Earl, is a feline Adonis- revered my his peers and adored by the ladies (He and Peggy are both altered. […]


  • afterthekidsleave.com - This is adorable! They do sound like a married couple…maybe still in the honeymoon phase?ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Yes- they’re still Honeymooners, but in cat years that means only a few more months before they should start throwing pots-n-pans at each other. Then agin, there is the 9 Lives thing….

  • William Kendall - They’re head over heels.ReplyCancel

  • A Pleasant House - It is so hysterical to watch! I’ve never seen anything like it!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - Really? You’re so lucky. Mostly I hear of cats fighting with each other with fur flying. I just love it when cats “trill.”ReplyCancel

  • A Pleasant House - It really is a beautiful sound, isn’t it. And they each trill differently so it makes it more interesting.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Newlin - Aw, this is sweet! I love animals and it looks like you have two good ones, even if they seem to want to kill each other sometimes. πŸ˜‰ReplyCancel

  • Katia - Nothing says love like bringing you insects! πŸ™‚ What an adorable post and what a desirable outcome. None of the animals we ever raised together got along so well!ReplyCancel

  • Kristi Campbell - Aww! How awesomely adorable! I wonder how many years (months) it’ll take for them to grow weary of one another’s annoying habbits? Will Peggy Malone say to Earl “ANOTHER Lizzard? Sheesh, Earl. It’s like you don’t even know me.” I’ll be waiting for updates! Fun post!ReplyCancel

  • Petra - What beauties, both of them! And that look in the picture? Just seems to confirm so perfectly what you explained, I love it!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Hello my friend! So glad to see you! They are just adorable. Now, I must skip over and read your updates!ReplyCancel

  • Cary - So precious! How do I get MY cats to behave this way towards each other?ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Hi Cary!
      I don’t know. We didn’t do a thing. Must be TRUE love! As I’m writing she is teasing him with her charms- and he’s mesmerized…..Must be TRUE love! Sorta reminds me of me and the hubby (right).ReplyCancel

I have had a lot of gardens in my lifetime.They started out small because of lack of space (ie: I couldn’t afford any space).“I think that window ledge looks like it could hold a crop of corn. Oops. Sorry Mister. There’s a farm growing up here. Better not walk under there in the future.”They got […]


  • Home and Lifestyle Design - Gardening is good for the soul! Enjoy! The fertile ground in New Orleans is a extra special gift to a gardener. My husband once said he could spit out a tomato seed in New Orleans and watch the plant grow in front of him. I love the gardens in New Orleans. Would love to see some photos of your gardens.
    Thanks, PattyReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Sprenger - Tee hee…tender hearts! And ah, a life in gardens. Love it. I hope to do more with it someday- we have a vegetable garden that is doing ok, but I envy my mother’s gorgeous backyard full of flowers. Someday… when all our children are responsible for their own bodily functions!

    • A Pleasant House - I used to put a playpen next to the garden (or in it) and putter away! But I understand where you’re coming from. It is harder with little ones under foot. PS: ALL of our kids have grown-up to be gardeners themselves!ReplyCancel

  • Kerry B - I. would totally make my kids bunk for a big piece of land. I. love gardens, gardening, harvesting….it all! jealous of all your gardens…cutting and shade- yumReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - LOVE your expressive comment. I SO understand you- can hear your voice! Of course you understand. Nice to have a soul mate!ReplyCancel

  • Ajule - I always gain something positive from reading your posts, and today was no exception. See, I never before knew of Asian Celery! Those green leafy tops make me want to pluck a few and pop them into my mouth…. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Well, aren’t you a sweetheart (get it- a sweet heart?) It’s so nice to hear that someone is learning something new! Guess that must be the ex-teacher in me. HahhahaReplyCancel

  • Sue - My mom was like you. Always outside in the garden. Each day when I came home from school she would be in the front tending the periwinkle or trimming our odd-looking ornate bushes. Her mom, my Grandma, was one of the “Best Gardens In Town” people. Ha, she also often had mud on her knees! The Good Earth.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Lucky you to have two such women in your life. My grandma also was known for her fabulous garden, my mother, on the other had, had a BLACK thumb and couldn’t grow a thing, so I started a garden when I was around 10- Mom paid for the supplies.ReplyCancel

  • Rich Rumple - I remember George Carlin’s album called “Toledo Windowbox” that came out in the early 1070’s. It wasn’t corn growing in his. lol I admire people that enjoy yard work. I was never able to get into it myself. I simply admire air conditioning too much. Music is my vice (with over 125,000 songs now downloaded), and I spend hours of time maintaining the library, adding new titles, and making mix cd’s for those that want them. It’s my way of being by myself. We all have to have it. Good Post!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I actually saw Carlin perform once at a small venue in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. OMG was he funny, and clever. It was when his ‘the words you can’t say on TV’ was just becoming popular. What a genius. My husband is more like you with the music. I’m the one in the dirt- of course. Thanks for stopping by Rich!ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - In regards to the pulling the plug and interfering with a plant sale… might it depend on the plant sale?ReplyCancel

You know it’s the End of The World’ when your son takes YOU to lunch.You, really, know it’s the End of The World when the place is called La Fin Du Monde (French for End Of The World), but at least you’ll have one last fine meal.You suspect it’s all a ruse when the bill […]


  • Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest - Once again, I love to live vicariously through your New Orleans dining experiences. Looks wonderful πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Hi Vicki! So nice to see you here again and what a lovely compliment! And it’s my pleasure to have you live vicariously! HahahahaReplyCancel

  • Sue - I had to look up “epicurean” and orange zest to me seems as good a sensual pleasure as it can get. Did you say bacon? BLT is my favorite and there is no such thing as too much bacon.ReplyCancel

  • The Desert Rocks - Loved it, bacon and all. My favorite New Orleans restaurant used to be and most likely still is ‘The Court of Two Sisters’ although most of the original musicians left after Katrina. My last visit was Easter ’06 and it was having a shaky comeback and the town was in a major upheaval, of course. We prayed at St.Louis Cathedral on Easter Sunday as if we were always part of the congregation. Lovely mass, lovely people and like a war torn phoenix rising from the ashes, that city will make it–and bloom again. Thanks for taking me back to your ‘final meal’ ha, ha! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - The Court Of Two Sisters is back up and running full steam ahead! The original musicians are mostly back and the atmosphere all over the city is better then ever! Come on down for a visit!ReplyCancel

  • Home and Lifestyle Design - New Orleans has the best restaurants, the best food, the best drinks, and the best entertainment. Sometimes I realize just how much I miss New Orleans and wonder why I am not there.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

    • A Pleasant House - I wish you were here Patty. If you ever come down for a visit, don’t forget to give me a heads-up. We would have FUN!ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - Ah, looks scrumptious.ReplyCancel

     The other day I babysat the new arrival from next door.     She’s sweet and round and smiley and cute and a little stinker and hungry and observant and loud and generally a very curious creature to the kitties- just like me.     And like me- even though she arrives with accoutrement galore, […]


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