Enchanted Forests Carpeted in Beautiful Bluebells

Suzy Rhodes Thu, 08/06/2015 - 19:25


A sea of bluebells – it’s nature’s way of presenting springtime glory throughout gorgeous woodlands in Britain.  These jewels come alive in April and May and turn forest floors into an ocean of sapphire.  It’s no surprise that these magical displays have so much folklore and tradition behind them.

Oxford ~ The City of Dreaming Spires

Suzy Rhodes Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:00

England Oxford

I love the dreaming spires of Oxford; it’s such an enchanting city full of gorgeous honey-colored limestone architecture, busy pedestrian-friendly streets full of bookshops and pubs and don’t forget the world-famous university which takes center stage. 

Oxford England

Ten Fun Facts about Sacré-Cœur Basilica

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 07/29/2015 - 21:42

France Paris

The Sacred Heart Basilica of Montmartre, or Sacré-Coeur, is a major landmark in Paris. The site has a complex history from pagan times through the Middle Ages and French Revolution and is now a major cultural center in this popular neighborhood.

Sacré-Cœur Basilica

The London Blitz

Suzy Rhodes Mon, 07/27/2015 - 14:54

England London

Seventy-five years ago, Hitler ordered the German air force to carry out a series of aerial bombings across London, during an eight-month period of bloody violence which inflicted unparalleled devastation across the capital.

The London Blitz

Lemon Crunch Bundt Cake

Suzy Rhodes Thu, 07/23/2015 - 10:56
Lemon Crunch Bundt Cake

I love lemon cakes!  They are quite common in England; you will see them in bakeries, displayed on afternoon tea trays and at tea parties.  Lemon Drizzle Cake is popular too in this country but I really like to put a little crunch into my cakes sometimes, like the Apple Streusel cupcakes I made recently. So, I decided to put the same streusel I used on this lemon Bundt cake and it turned out so moist inside and yet crunchy on top.  A perfect combination if you ask me. I was in heaven, and so was the hubby!



That Red Telephone Box… It’s calling you, so take that photo!

Suzy Rhodes Tue, 07/21/2015 - 21:16


French Strawberry Tart

Suzy Rhodes Tue, 06/30/2015 - 10:27
French Strawberry Tart

It’s strawberry season right now and there’s no better time than this to make a delicious strawberry tart.  Whether you have them growing in your garden, get them from the local farmers market or just buy them from the grocery store, strawberries are beautiful and plump right now, so let’s put them to use.

Italian Cannoli

Suzy Rhodes Sat, 06/13/2015 - 10:39
Cannoli Tube

Cannoli consists of tube-shaped shells that have been deep fried and filled with a sweet, creamy filling.  It’s a Sicilian dessert, meaning “little tube” and has become a very popular Italian-American cuisine.  In Italy, they are commonly known as “Cannoli Siciliani”.

Cannoli shells can be bought or made from scratch. If you don’t like the idea of deep frying, you can try these three options instead:

Chilled Berries with White Chocolate Sauce

Suzy Rhodes Sat, 06/06/2015 - 12:35
Chilled berries with white chocolate sauce

This is a very simple recipe from The Ivy restaurant in London.  It’s catching on fast in the UK and is starting to spread to quite a few restaurants.  Next time you’re in London why not pop into The Ivy and order a sweet treat after lunch – or make it yourself! It really is fast and simple...and VERY, VERY delicious - perfect for your waistline!













German Potato Salad ~ Kartoffelsalat

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 06/03/2015 - 11:44
German Potato Salad

I will never forget the first time I tasted German Potato Salad…we were at a house warming party and there was a lot of German food, of course and being new to the country, I was excited to try out new things.  I didn’t however, expect their potato salad to be VERY different from what I was used to.  It had a sweet and sour taste to it, so when I took my first bite – well, I dread to think what my face looked like...