Summer time! Hello World, Are you ready for the fast approaching Summer Season?  It seems like only 2 months ago we had the New Year, and here is is summer again, but I digress!  Summer in this northern hemisphere is what I am talking about. Cats and Summer Having a long haired cat means getting a haircut so she can breathe easier and keep herself cleaner.  Owners of long haired cats know exactly that I am talking about!  Over the year, the hair kinks and knots up, even with constant brushing, so it’s a losing battle with some of these cats.  So, my cat goesRead More →

Our Marketplace of Delights:  Mother’s Day Special Shopping for Mom Year-Round! Mother’s Day Treats Your Mother Is Your Mother and Advocate All Year, Every Day is Mother’s Day! It is so hard to think of that extra special treat for your mother, isn’t it?  That very special gift that she’ll remember fondly for a very, very long time!  Yes, we like the usual suspects:  flowers, chocolates, jewelry.  We also like restaurants, live shows and the like!  But let’s try to also think outside the box! But first, the usual suspects. Chocolates Delicious Assortment for Mom, from $65.00 Dean and DeLuca Bridgewater Chocolate Pecans:  $36.00  Read More →

  Mother’s Day Treats Mother’s Day is a day when we remember the woman that gave us life, and taught us so much about how to live in the world!  It is a time when we honor our mothers, whether they are still living, or gone on to their heavenly reward.  Where I grew up, in our schools children would wear one color posy if their mother was alive, and another colored posy if she was dead. Years ago, I remember seeing a beautiful homage on Saturday Night Live where the cast members all filed in with their mothers, and the mothers shared a littleRead More →

What’s New in The Marketplace of Delights This Week?  First Marketplace Blog A Review of Assorted Products to Try and Buy! Yummy Foods to Grow Dear World, Well, we are so excited to share our delightful finds with you, and can’t wait to have you try them for yourselves!  Since this is beautiful Spring, the season of new beginnings and rebirth, let’s start with our Garden of Delights! I want you to start taking responsibility for yourselves by growing as much of your own food as you can, and trying to eat as organic or wildcrafted as possible, always knowing and trusting your sources. BecomingRead More →

Mma Ramotswe and Redbush Tea:  A Review For those of you not familiar with Mma Precious Ramotswe of Botswana, let me introduce you!  She is the delightful, “traditionally built” (fat) heroine of the equally delightful detective series, written by Alexander McCall Smith:  The Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency.  I have read every single one of this series, and am eager for more, do you hear me Mr. McCall Smith?                                   Do you remember that wonderful movie “The Gods Must Be Crazy?” with the Bushmen of the Kalahari?  Well, Botswana borders on the Kalahari, and so even though the Bushmen are nomads, some can be found inRead More →

  JAMAICAN BLUE MOUNTAIN COFFEE, A Review   Product:    Jablum Coffee Beans (Gold Standard) Price:        $74.98 Best Place to Buy: Size:       16 Oz. Bag My Rating:    5 out of 5 Stars   Product:  Jablum Jamaican Coffee Beans, Roasted Price:      $59.85 Best Place to Buy: Size:    16 Oz. Bag My Rating:    5 out of 5 Stars There are good savings to be made if you can buy 2 or 3 bags of these coffees at a time.   I  have recommended both the Whole Beans and the Roasted & Ground version, because for some people, it’s just a matter of convenience!  Some people enjoyRead More →

Hello Aficionados, Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee, Sourcing and Buying Welcome to my post about a subject dear to my heart, about buying authentic Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee!  Blue Mountain Peaks, typical foggy morning view Growing up, Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee was always an important part of the mysterious and intriguing ritual of coffee drinking.  It was mysterious and intriguing because, somehow even though we lived on an island, we had always heard that Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee was “the best in the world”!  Naturally, we accepted it as a given. Blue Mountain Coffee Beans But, digging deeper into this belief, we found that only certainRead More →

Hello Fellow Aficionados!   Welcome to my world of tea, coffee, chocolate and beautiful food for the discerning palate! I hope you will join me on this journey of exploring these wonderful delights that nature provides for us.  It’s not enough to just grab and eat the nearest, easiest food on hand, it’s all about the process of examining, choosing, preparing and savoring the blissful, satisfying and ultimately nourishing gifts from the gods. Take time to appreciate your food and drink.  When you grab and ingest fast food without acknowledgement, you are doing a disservice to both your body and soul.  And, the body punishes youRead More →