Who Is Anastasia?

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New Castle, Indiana Zone 5, United States
When I was 55, I decided to embrace the things I love and hold precious and dear, regardless of anyone else's thoughts and opinion. I am a visual folk artist who loves flowers - my own flowers, grown and/or painted by me. I love good, hearty, exotic foods, and I love to prepare them myself. I love the secret garden situated in my backyard, regardless of how overgrown and wild it gets. No longer able to afford a vacation, this will have to be it for the time being. In the winter months, I still enjoy it. Anyway, here I am sharing my art, favorite recipes, cocktails, gardening tips, and just my usual vents and bantering. After all, I'm old enough to say whatever the heck I want to now ...


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Stacey Torres ART Prints

Stacey Torres ART Prints
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December 21, 2009

Gifts Galore Cupcakes Recipe | Taste of Home Recipes


I know, I know, I have not been on here like I should be. Family responsibilities have whisked me away a bit, but I HAD to share this cute, cute, cute cupcake with y'all!  Enjoy and love, good health, peace and prosperity to you and yours!
Gifts Galore Cupcakes Recipe Taste of Home Recipes


  1. Merry Christmas my friend and a safe and happy new year!

  2. You have a lovely blog.

    I too bake, but never cupcakes--lots of hardtack-like crackers along with biscuits and cornbreads. I'm recovering from shoulder surgery so that leaves out crackers for awhile (I stocked up on advance) My wife's into muffins, cookies, and pies (with homemade crusts).

    The hibiscus is beautiful. I love them, although I'm more drawn to wildflowers--shrubs especially--snowbrush especially, which you don't have but grows here in the Cascades.


I would love to hear from you regarding this post. Please feel free to leave your comments. All the best, Anastasia a/k/a Stacey

The Backyard --Today's Vacation Spot

The Backyard --Today's Vacation Spot
A simple garden meal in the shade. No, it's not my backyard, but it looks identical to the one I grew up with at our home in Queens. Looking for an original pic of it to post soon!

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