Happy Christmas Eve, blogger friends! I promised you a Christmas tree tour last time. Here is a mini-version.
Thursday, December 24, 2020
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Even with staying home now and not being involved in the usual activities in the community, times become rather busy. How many of your find that you are keeping busy, especially during this special season?
I’ll begin first with those things that have brought joy recently.
2) Adding the finishing touch to these cookies makes a bit difference!
Monday, December 7, 2020
How was your weekend? Have there been some special events you’ve been able to enjoy during these pandemic days?
Saturday, December 5, 2020
Do you have a favorite Christmas cookie? Is it homemade? Do you bake it every year? There are a few that are traditional for us; however, I’m always ready to try something different, and I have one or two new ones to try this season.
Friday, December 4, 2020
Here we are, another Friday has rolled around! Did this week pass quickly for you, or was it one of those weeks that seemed to creep along?
Here are some things that have been the source of pleasure for me this week.
2) I will confess that I love this season!
Monday, November 30, 2020
Hello, everyone! Just as with so many of you, this has been a very busy time here.
If you are trying to avoid anything with any kind of corn syrup in it, and you still want to have the taste of pecan pie, this may be an option for you.
Saturday, November 28, 2020
Has it been a busy week for you? It has definitely been a busy one here for us! We’ve tried to “take time to smell the roses,” though, and that leads into my list!
#1) Although we have had several frosty mornings and temps below freezing a couple of times, the Knock-Out Rose is letting us know it isn’t ready to be the “last rose of summer!”
Monday, November 23, 2020
Hello, blog friends! What kind of Monday have you had? Has it been busier than usual, or have you had less to do?
The past few days have been busy here. I realize that I let Saturday pass without a blog post; therefore, this is a combination of that day’s entry plus today’s!
On the menu for Sunday Lunch....boneless pork loin roast, carrots, and roasted potatoes along with those tasty cheese rolls from our favorite market. Yes, there was dessert!
Here was the table as lunch was served....
I’ve been thinking about why I blog. I’m not sure how your screen shows my post, but it may show all the entries I’ve had since I first began blogging, almost nine years ago. I remember how I designed the page - with three pictures of different berries around our property at the top - and the lettering for the name of the blog on top of those pictures. It wasn’t easy to read the name, and I very soon did some redesigning. Then, I wondered what direction I should go with the blog and eventually realized that I would blog about what I do most.....and that’s cooking.
About a year after I began the blog, I joined Twitter, and today is my 8th “Twitterversary!” I joined there to follow Susan Branch as she travelled across the country on a train....twitter from the twain. Are any of you on Twitter?
For a long while, I lacked motivation to keep the blog current. During these pandemic times, I seem to have had more time to ease into blogging again. With the really serious concerns we have about this virus, it often seems a little trivial to post about food as though there are not other important issues.
That said, I imagine food will continue to be the focus of the blog; however, I encourage you to take this virus seriously. Over the weekend I learned of the passing of two acquaintances due to COVID-19 complications. I consider it vital that we follow guidelines of the CDC to prevent/slow the spread of this disease. Wear your mask! Do you have friends or family who refuse to do this? Are you able to speak to them about why they need to wear one? Are you able to avoid large groups? When you are with smaller groups, do you remember to continue to wear your mask? Are you remembering to wash your hands frequently? Have you altered your plans for later this week? The number of hospitalizations in my county was reported today at 99 - a record high! There is promising news about a vaccine from more than one source, though it will be months before the entire population will have access. We have a real crisis on our hands, and we must be vigilant!
Stay safe and well!
Friday, November 20, 2020
How are you doing, blog friends? Are you staying well? Has your state begun any new guidelines to help curb the spread of COVID?
Unfortunately, my county experienced record setting one-day totals for new cases, as well as deaths during this week. I extend my sympathies to all those who have lost loved ones.
1) The first thing that has brought pleasure this week is the announcement from Pfizer that a vaccine is near approval stage!
2) The second thing that has brought pleasure was the announcement by Moderna that they have an effective vaccine, also near approval stage!
3) Although there have been some cool nights, we’ve had gorgeous weather! These blue skies have brought me pleasure.
4) Country Girl came for a short visit, and we enjoyed a walk in a nearby lakeside park.
5) Signs of the season are all around us. Spied this sweet gum leaf, perfectly “doing its thing!”
The weekend is before us. Do you have special plans? How are you staying safe while still taking care of usual routine?
Take care, wear your mask, be safe, and stay well!
Monday, November 16, 2020
How was your weekend? Were you able to include something enjoyable that contributed to your relaxation and restoration?
The weekend began on a familiar note....a UMW activity! It was time for our District UMW Annual Meeting, and that meant I had to be up and ready earlier than a usual slow moving Saturday. It also interfered with taking time to come up with something special for Saturday breakfast. It was good to be able to connect via Zoom!
I was not interrupted, however, with plans for Sunday Lunch....just didn’t manage to have a blog post about it. Here it is....only two days late.:-)
On the menu for Sunday....Country-style Ribs (a touch of bbq sauce), roasted butternut squash (from Country Girl’s garden), succotash (with green pepper from our very tiny garden), rolls (a recipe I’ve had for over 50 years).....and pumpkin cake!
Friday, November 13, 2020
Hello, all! Have you had a good week? Are you staying safe and healthy? What about the progression of the season where you are?
That leads into one of the things that I have enjoyed this week....
1) We have a couple of dogwood trees that we ordered from the Arbor Day Foundation several years ago. They aren’t native, and have a different “schedule.” This is one of them this week....
2) I’ve been reading several books, and this has become a favorite....