Saturday, December 10, 2016

Cold Morning

13 degrees this early morning by the woods.

I wonder
what would I do without a computer at this time of life?
It seems to be main form of communication with my children and grandchildren.

Son in far away land emails several times a week and almost feel like I have made a
a visit to Thailand.  My first born Laurie was asked to model at a fund raiser in Tampa
and mom is so impressed with images she sent.
Jamie, my youngest with 2 youngest granddaughter's goes nonstop and I remember
those long ago days so well.  Guess that is one of the reasons I enjoy this late in life
time in this cottage the woods.

Middle daughter, the nurse is busy with planning for my chef granddaughter who is
finishing a season in Nantucket, her arrival soon and so pleased she will be among family
sitting at the long table at our Christmas lunch.

I smile as I view my orchids now showing 20 buds and buds are just beginning to show.

Busy days continue
plan on baking fresh Apple cake and Sour cream, Chocolate chip and Cranberry cookies
this week.  They look so festive, so good and I wonder why do I not make them more often.

Leaf removers with strong blowers have not arrived and seems this year the leaves do not bother
me that surround this home.

So life continues at a fast pace for my family and a delightful pace for this one traveling through her
80's.   I will end with....Life is Good....


80>s 80

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Holiday Busyness

Not as much done as times in the past
but still busy here by the woods.

After errands yesterday, home through heavy traffic and thoughts of what do I make for
late lunch.

So on a bed of mixed greens a slice of wonderful bread warmed and covered with cheese
topped with cooked bacon, egg and tomato from vine in pot.  A side of artichoke dip with
black bean chips and the last slice of my pumpkin pie - made it complete and enjoyed more and probably healthier then any food I picked up on the way home.   Lately it seems I like
my food better.
  The tomato's picked green and have been
in utility room and finally ripened and so good.
A simple lunch buffet for family on Christmas at noon
and thoughts kept coming about something I purchased over 50 years ago that was in the
storage room.   So much given away
but for some reason kept this container and it will contain some kind of soup for Christmas
lunch.
Thinking I would feel more comfortable using this one
neither of these used for almost 40 years.


Sunday, December 4, 2016

December Beginning

Busy time after Thanksgiving  trip to dentist and then onward to Nashville to have tooth pulled.
Visit to doctor and waiting for blood work results, on antibiotic for infection,

An all day rain and I like it, we need it  and much tackled inside, a healthy dinner and tomorrow
hopefully desk full of papers and ironing.

Love the pictures that arrive from family
My first granddaughter with her dad

Awesome hair on one of my youngest granddaughter's
Going to a Christmas party and remember those days well

Today second visit from plumber and I cooked a healthy meal, black eyed peas, fresh turnip greens,
 mashed potato's, cornbread and even made a pumpkin pie.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

White Bean Chili

Posted this
November, 27th,  2010

So good

Check it out.....

if you have a lot of turkey
left over.

Now I can have chili
for several days :)

Thursday, November 24, 2016

End Of The Day

Wonderful family time
will share a few images taken
probably deleted a dozen
but these make me smile

Callie, received so much attention
girls were so good with cleanup
but will take me several days to finish clean up.

Love family visits, these little girls
are growing up so fast
but will always remember when building and moving to this country cottage
their visits.

Enough shared
going to bed
very weary.

Calls from all of family
they are all missed
and days like this are priceless to me...

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Busy In The Kitchen and Thankful For So Many Blessings...

Really to busy to be on computer
but for some reason I find sharing relaxing and love to write.

Today
cornbread for dressing will be baked and mixed with container of biscuits and day old bread,
onions and celery chopped
butternut and acorn squash sliced and rice, mushroom and onion mix prepared
and put in fridge
turkey out of its wrap and checked
and might add to make it possible for turkey to be taken out of freezer and put in fridge
put it is a Whole Foods shopping bag and brought it up one stair at a time
then slid across floor, put on step stool and into fridge - oh my did it.
Would have been easier with help but they are in Florida.
Trying to a little each day and put all together Thursday morning and begin cooking.
I love cooking and over the last year with health issues did not know if I could do this
once again, so thankful I can.

Continue going through old things and have not used this afghan on the end of my bed
for many years.  It is really heavy.  Was told when I purchased from a special person that only 2 were made and the other Bobby Goldsboro bought,
Only if you are of a certain age would you remember this singer.  I have done some
crocheting in the past (now forgotten how) and can hardly imagine someone handling thread this thick

Tomorrow will make pumpkin pie, and fresh apple cake delivered to me and hope as
good as the one I have made for over 50 years.

an idea I put in my file, will do stuffing small peppers but no egg on top...
another recipe put in my file for the future - Pumpkin Cheese cake..

A new bread found at the market yesterday, Cranberry bread with Walnuts and so good.
Would not have drove into the traffic filled small town yesterday but first time ran out of dog food.
It was a long and tiring day.

I do not know what it would be like to eat Thanksgiving at another home, years past my mother
and father joined us, sometimes special friends and just have always done it, very tired when over
but always recover,  Offers of bringing food but easier for me to do - but do need cleanup help
when meal is over.   These memories are a gift I can give my children and grandchildren.

Looking forward to Family on Thanksgiving day......
So aware many are not here and they are missed so very much..

This afternoon hope I can relax and look at new magazine that arrived
a gift subscription from my Laurie..

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone
if I do not check in again until later.



Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sunday is Cold

It is way past time for this cold weather to arrive.  Think it has arrived.

Saturday made Chili cooked and will be so good for the next several days.
I make it different then most people.
A good friend now gone over 15  years made it this way,
adding  chopped celery, carrots and the usual onions ground beef, red pinto beans
and chopped tomato's, along with Chili Powder, I do not use much hot seasoning,
tears up my stomach.   Now my son would use a lot of not sauce, does on everything
but not is mama.

Clarice this is the way you made your chili and now I do it this way,
seems I am receiving a few more vegetables.

When a small amount is left I add some pasta and top with cheese.
Cooked in mother's iron dutch oven she gave me.   Anything you cook in this
dutch oven turns out wonderful.... A roast falls apart.
Clarice I miss you...
She has been gone about 14 years.   Her hair was always black until aneurysm surgery
and then turned snow white after it grew back in.
I remember this Fall day so well, her daughter took her and I and another friend
to a park with an old bridge and Chris her daughter made a wonderful picnic lunch.
Spread a blanket on the ground and enjoyed this Fall afternoon,
Miss so many old friends so very much and most are all gone and guess they are all gone.
You do not meet many new special friends after 75, true for me but maybe not for others.

A special friend came by this morning and had tea and blueberry bread with me, I talked so
much more then usual.  She helped me put the contoured sheet on my bed and saw how
difficult it is :)   Polly, thank you so much for the visit and please come again...


I keep a well stocked pantry
just in case not up to shopping
and for some reason Callie's dry food almost gone
so need to make another to market.

Needed to anyway as thinking of adding Butternut Squash or Acorn Squash to
Thanksgiving dinner.   Always make a topping of rice, onions and may add something else.