Friday, January 7, 2022

Winter is here...


This was our view from our front door on Monday morning.  It didn’t linger very long, and it had all disappeared by the time the next storm arrived on Thursday.

This was the view from our front door on Thursday evening.  The lights from across the street looked really pretty in the snow.  

This wreath purchased at my UMW Craft Fair in October has been appropriate for December and on into the beginning of this new year.

We had a simple assortment of snacks for celebrating the New Year.  Ham and Swiss cheese pinwheels with horseradish mustard and meatballs for dipping in marinara are always popular choices!

Now the stockings are stored away for their appearance later this year.

There is this “Christmas leftover.”  Do you like eggnog?  We do, actually, and while I usually drink my coffee black, I have discovered that a touch of eggnog is quite tasty!

I know many areas have snow and ice.  Wherever you are, stay safe, cozy, and warm!

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Am I the only one…

 …who buys an extra turkey breast, just to ensure there is enough leftover for other favorites?

It was a lot of chopping, ‘tis true.

Then, carefully stirring….

…while creating this pot of delicious Turkey Wild Rice Soup, a favorite here!

I will add that it was a pre-Thanksgiving treat!  We couldn’t wait for Thanksgiving around here for that turkey breast!  The bread is Cheesecake Factory, available now at my local super market!  Brown bread!  Yum!

Now the calendar has moved on, well into December!  How are things going for you now?  Are you part of the merry whirl that seems to be part of this month?  Take time to be still and silent.  It’s very good for your spirit!

Take care, be safe, and stay well!

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

This may be the reason….

 I’ve wondered about my lack of posting regularly on the blog.  This may be an indication of the reason….

I must be busy churning and gathering eggs!!  

Wonder who is doing the milking?!?  It definitely isn’t me!!

Monday, November 15, 2021

A blogging routine….

 ….seems to elude me.  A few years ago, I would sit at the computer and enter blog posts for several days using the prescheduling option.  It seemed simpler to do than with the iPad, which I am currently using.  

I have lots of pictures/events that I could share.  I just need to settle, once again, on the routine I want to follow.

What I am most interested in sharing with you on this post is this sunset from Sunday evening as I looked across the street….

It’s like the sky is on fire!  I can honestly say that I’ve never seen a sunset this intense!

Sunday morning was our coldest morning of this season, and there was a skiff of ice in the bird bath.  Several days ago, when we expected our first frost, I clipped off what might have been the “last roses of summer.”

The Knockout Roses have been very sturdy this growing season.  That frost didn’t knock them out, though they are not too lively following the cold of this weekend.

It is good fireplace weather here!  How is everything where you are?

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Am I too late….

 ….to let you know that today is National Chocolate Day?  I know, I know….I thought EVERY day could be Chocolate Day!  Well, this is that special day devoted to chocolate, and we have to honor that, of course!

I’ve had this recipe in my files for quite sometime.  It looks rather neat because I rewrote some bedraggled recipe cards not too long ago.

Ready to turn on the heat and start cooking!

All done!  See, that didn’t take long at all!  I did add a splash of vanilla extract and that small pat of butter when the cooking was finished.

Whipped some cream to place on top, then shook a little powdered hot chocolate over the top for a garnish.  I may have overdone the garnish bit just a little.:-) 

The Husband happened in the kitchen as this was in process, and he thanked me profusely for preparing him a special treat! 😂  It has since disappeared!

Looks like I need to do something about that empty cake stand.  Room Rater wouldn’t be giving me a very high score on this one!

Have you had some chocolate today?  What is your favorite treat?  There is still time for you to prepare this pudding.  No separating, no special box from the grocery store, just Bisquick (or any other baking mix would work), sugar, cocoa, and milk!  Try it!  You’ll like it!

Friday, October 22, 2021

Friday’s finds….

 There are a few of you who are reading this who have known me for many years.  You know that there was a period of time in which I baked a lot of bread.  It has been a number of years since I have done much bread baking.  New motivation came when I learned of @thefoodnanny and watched one of her demonstrations.

The flour used is Kamut flour.  It is lower in gluten, which made it of special interest to me since some of us have markers for celiac disease.  I ordered the flour, plus a couple of other items, to give the bread a try.

The special implement is a dough hook, and it really works in an extraordinary fashion!  The smaller item is a measuring spoon that has 1/4, 1/2, and 1 teaspoon, plus 1 Tablespoon measurements all in one!

This is after the second addition of flour, just before shaping the loaves…

This is the bread dough shaped and in the pans….

….and here it is just out of the oven!

Check out if you are interested in the Kamut flour.  I am not able to find it on the shelf anywhere I go for my grocery shopping, though I’m sure there are probably other sources. 

The weekend is imminent!  I hope you have some special plans for your enjoyment!  Baseball is still underway, and college football is of interest to many.  

Take care, and be safe and well!

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Tuesday tidbits….

 It has become a rather gray day here.  Good thing I snapped this picture earlier….

Turns out that was apparently all the sun we’ll be seeing today.

Remember that song “Anywhere I Hang My Hat is Home?”

Does this mean that the witch lives here?!?

Seasonal displays in the house give some October spirit….

It even looks a bit like October outside….
Twitter Book Club is tonight.  I am happy to say that I have finished the book!

Uncertain about my reading choices for the month, though I plan to do some reviewing of these….

Good wishes to you on this day!  Take care, and be safe and well!