Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Rabbit, rabbit!!  August is now in the past, and we have a new month before us!

This day has a special significance in our area.  Appalachian State comes to town as the first opponent for the University of Tennessee's football season!  So - it's football time in Tennessee!!

In honor of the day, it seemed appropriate to bake some Orange Muffins!

Ready for the oven....

....and just baked!

I did omit the golden raisins in the recipe, as a matter of personal preference.

Go, Big Orange!!

Are you a college football fan?

A favorite....

From a cookbook from years ago, but still a favorite, is this....

Yes, this one has been around since the early-eighties.

A perfect choice when it's blueberry season.

It was a hit with our summer guests - the Muncho family!

We had a good blueberry harvest this season, and there are several containers in the freezer for future treats.

Do you ever go to a pick-your-own berry patch for blueberries?

Still cooking.....

Amidst this busy summer, the cooking has continued using recipes from my cookbook collection.

Today's featured book was a Christmas gift from a friend (thank you, GPW) in 1998.

One of The Husband's favorites is this one -

So - I got busy and sautéed the green pepper and onion....

Then I added the tomatoes and seasonings....

Finally it was ready for the best part....the cornmeal dumplings!

White Lily was once milled in my hometown, so it is not difficult to find that brand on our grocery store shelves.

This one for biscuits has become a historic recipe.

This is the last day of August!  Has this been a busy summer for you?

Monday, August 8, 2016


If "summertime" means watching fireflies at night and sleeping late in the mornings, it has come to an end for the students of our county.  Today is the first day of school for the 2016-17 school year.  Even the Munchkins will begin their school year (in another state) before this week is over!

When the Munchkins were visiting earlier this summer, we had a delightful trip to the Children's Museum in a nearby town.  I've been featuring pictures/displays from that visit, and this post will attempt to finish up that experience.

Have you spotted any toys you remember?

Did you have a dollhouse?

Is Little Women a book you remember reading when you were younger?

The museum brings back memories for most adults who visit, as well as creating opportunities for fun for the younger visitors.

When do public schools begin their school year where you live?