About my 4 love affairs……

LOCATION:  In our tiny house in Mission, Texas
WEATHER:  Hot and sunny.  High 90

STEPS:  13,060
CLASSES:  1 chair yoga; 2 water aerobics

This morning on our daily walk we encountered a mama javelina (also known as a peccary or “skunk pig”) and her 6 babies.  They were crossing the road in front of us. 

We took a different route today.  First we walked past the RV park next door (it is a rental community, not an ownership community like ours). 

Next to that RV park is Bentsen Palm State Park, a world birding center.  Now that we have a Texas State Park pass, we can enter at no charge.  They are building the WALL right at the entrance of the park…

We were delighted to see some beautiful green jays….

The park is a popular route for the the  undocumented people entering the USA .  These are the kinds of thorns and bushes through which they have to scramble.  I’ve heard that when they are apprehended, they are found with ticks, scratches, and bites all over them.  The mosquitos this morning were awful.

Now let’s talk about my love life….

There are 4 men in my life whom I love, one real (husband George) and three virtual.  In the upcoming blog posts, I will describe each.  Scintillating! 

First is George, husband of 44 years.  Although we are very different from each other, we get along quite well. We share a love for traveling, a desire to live frugally, and a passion to enjoy life.   We absolutely have to be compatible, when together 24/7 in a tiny house or in an even tinier Airstream!  The only time we really bicker is when it is time to fill up the gas tank.  Me:  “Now”.  George:  “When the gauge shows empty or below”. 

Now for man #2.  Jacques Pepin, French chef, author of a lot of cookbooks, and a star on PBS.  I just love his style and approach to cooking. 

Do you remember the book/movie “Julie/Julia”?  It is about a woman named Julie who adores Julia Child and spends a year making all of Julia’s recipes from one of her cookbooks,  one day at a time. The book/movie is about the results of her cooking. I’ve decided to do the same.  It will be “Jacques/Karmen”.   Most evenings, I will make 1-2 of his recipes and include them on the blog, hopefully with photos (if I remember to take them).  I hope you will enjoy!

DINNER:  Jacques/Karmen #1 and #2: 



1/4 cup hot salsa (or make your own if you have time)
2 Tablespoons good extra-virgin olive oil
1.5 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix all together in a serving bowl.  At serving time, add the mixed salad greens – 6 cups pieces of  romaine lettuce and radicchio plus 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, finely diced.


4 Tablespoons melted butter
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1/4 cup minced scallions
1/2 cup coarsely chopped white mushrooms
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 Tablespoons canola oil
1 # shelled raw shrimp
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup dry white wine

Mix the butter in a large bowl with the garlic, scallions, mushrooms, salt, pepper and 1 T of the oil.   Add the shrimp and toss.  Divide the mixture into 4 individual gratin dishes or spoon into one large shallow baking dish. 

In another bowl, toss the bread crumbs with the remaining 1 T oil so that they are lightly coated, but still fluffy.     Sprinkle over the shrimp mixture and pour the wine over.

Preheat oven to 425.  Place the gratin dishes or baking dish on a cookie sheet and bake 10 minutes, or until the topping is nicely browned, and the shrimp are cooked through.

Serves 4

We paired dinner with an Italian white wine. 

A winner! 

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