Books by the old Leather Chair

  • Snow In The Summer
  • My Bible
  • The Power of Silence
  • What Comes Next and to Like It
  • Encore Provence
  • A Year in Provence

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Days and Cooking

Day's continue so warm
and I continue to miss my Callie, she is at Jamie's - this one cannot risk tripping over her (
Maybe I would be fine...

Yesterday, because I do not like store bought sweets I baked my favorite Zucchini Bread
been a long time.  This is the best recipe, been using for about 50 years and is a little different with crushed pineapple in it.  Also  Nan's brownies, the simplest recipe, I can mix with my whisk
makes a small amount.  Guess I am addicted to this recipe.   These recipes shared by me in the past.

On the stove yellow squash and onions cooking, green beans, potatoes, cabbage cooked yesterday and going to
1/2 a recipe of my old cornbread recipe.   Cooking it differently, on the stove top in my grandmother's over 100
year old small cast iron skillet.    She called it a hoecake but will be better than turning on the oven.
Also, beautiful ripe tomato's brought to me, will add cottage cheese.    A simple, healthy country meal with an addition of
sweet ice tea.
 I share a lot about cooking and like writing about it,
 always have loved to cook, once for a big family and now solo, need to cook for health
and trying desperately to gain 10 lbs I lost when leaving this home during the winter.
I cook small portions, enough for 2 days.

So, what is a hoecake? Google shares "it is a primitive form of cornbread"
the slaves made it.  Googles image and I will make 2 hoecakes :) and cover with butter.

my old pan has a handle, it is like a small iron skillet with no rim around it, this small skillet means  much
to me, since it was my grandmother's, she used it daily and it was given to me.
Can remember her saying "I'm going to make a hoecake" now I smile at her words remembered.

Remember this grandmother almost daily, my parents so young and she was the one who
constantly encouraged me onward and loved me with a love I shall never forget.

Then and Now

Here they are
my son, the Yoga instructor,
my Laurie, the artist, creates beautiful paintings
my Jamie, the writer
my Beth, the Nurse

Look at that hair, they all have beautiful hair.

I look frequently at this image
and have the thought
Time, you have been so good to all of us.

Thank you

Friday, July 13, 2018

They are Special

Every few months
they pull into my drive
Sheila and Francisco
a hard-working couple.

They helped me when moving into my cottage, helped to clear woods that came up to my door.

Sheila helped me move many items from the city to this special place.

They have always had a bountiful garden and many of my Day Lillie's that are thriving were gifts from them.

Here they are pulling in the drive, a bag of a few items from their now smaller garden
On the stove cooking is cabbage with a small amount of chopped onion, carrots, and Italian sausage.
Smells so good and now will also cook the yellow squash and slice a tomato with cottage cheese.
I am all set and hopefully feel like baking later, either Zucchini bread and maybe chocolate

While they were here, Francisco repaired my ancient bird feeder and so pleased as the top part has
been sitting on the ground for days.
Good friends

Thursday, July 12, 2018


Have been trying to capture a good shot of the many Hummingbirds visiting my feeders.
If I am outside they are aware of me and sun too hot to sit still outside for very long.
This morning I pulled up the blind in my bedroom
and was successful

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Riced Cauliflower

Finally, something I can eat, it is easy to make and healthy.

Riced Cauliflower from the freezer department of grocery or you could rice whole fresh cauliflower
with an addition of frozen peas, chopped carrots. (probably could use other vegetables)

Warm olive oil, add  garlic and
 chopped onions in the skillet (I used 3 green onions)
add riced cauliflower, peas, chopped carrots
when almost done add a beaten egg. (this time an addition of 2 small ones)
I add Sesame Oil and a little Soy sauce

So Good

I top with shrimp, always in my freezer

So pleased I have discovered Riced Cauliflower
I prepared this on Tuesday night and cooked a chicken thigh, it is tender, white
meat is tough.   I poached it with a little garlic and onion.   Will add it chopped too riced dish.

At this time with still Shingles and sore gums from tooth extraction in February
difficult to find soft foods.

Fine at breakfast but later meal has been a challenge.

Hemp oil post
to soon to write about it
at the moment
too good to be true
and maybe or may not be :)

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Flowers From My Garden

I usually do not pick the flowers in my garden
but the Phlox at this time is just beautiful and so fragrant.

I dare not venture out into the garden, stay at the edge
so last night I asked my special young assistant to pick white and purple Phlox
and 2 Coneflowers, put in a special vase I purchased 50 years ago and place on the big table

It was so pretty asked her to do a smaller one and place on my desk in my bedroom.

I may start placing flowers from my garden in these 2 places from now on.
Took pleasure in looking at them.

Will soon be sharing about Hemp Oil.

Friday, July 6, 2018


My son's favorite in years past, a simple recipe with homemade custard
with a big family, this would be doubled

Banana Pudding


The first layer,  vanilla wafers, bananas in a greased medium casserole
when the custard is done continue 2 more layers of wafers and bananas, usually use a
total of 3 sliced bananas

Custard cook in a double boiler, stirring constantly until slightly thick

2 cups of milk
add 3 beaten egg yokes when milk is slightly warm (save egg whites for meringue)
1/2 cup of flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup of sugar and'1 tsp vanilla (next time I will use less sugar, seemed too sweet for this one
when all is done
add 1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp of butter


beat 3 egg whites (room temperature eggs do great)
 ( I use my 50-year-old copper bowl
add 1tsp vanilla and 1 tsp of sugar
continue beating \\
until soft  high and peaks form
cover banana pudding

place in oven 350 degrees until golden brown


This recipe from a friend who would visit my neighbor, her father several times a year.
I would be invited to dinner
Salmon Croquet's, mashed potatoes, black-eyed peas, cornbread, sweet tea
and the banana pudding

Miss those times
and Carol......