A touch of color: On a dark, dreary, cold, wet day recently it was nice to see a bit of color appear outside the door.
The cardinals are making their yearly visit. Some years many show up off and on for a couple of months, and some years lucky if see just a couple. So far have not see that many just yet - maybe later. This fellow showed up and dined on bits and pieces of hickory nuts the squirrels dropped. Not a good pic - taken thru a glass door that needed cleaning (will get done someday - maybe).
All gone: During the holidays a local bank sells a variety of pecan treats (benefits a charity) that are hard to resist, and one of my favorites are the cinnamon glazed. I knew I should have bought more....
Headed to high ground: Someone sent my daughter this pic taken close to their home. The rivers and creeks are rising, so the wild life know to head for higher ground. She said there were about 100 deer, and wild turkeys in this one area.
Sadly, many won't survive as they won't find what they need to eat - mainly the deer.
Who watched the first episode of season 6 of Downtown Abbey Sunday night? What do think?
Don't know about anyone else, but I am tired of Winter already. Just saw where tonight's low is suppose to be 25 degrees - Burrr!
First of all: Why does a smoke alarm
always start chirping during the night (when you are trying to sleep),
to tell you the battery is weak?!?
Why, Oh Why" did I keep all this "stuff" , and where does all this "paper" come from. Can you tell - I have spent way to much time recently cleaning out and shredding paper? Thought I had it under control not long ago - that is what I get for "thinking".
Well that was fast: When daughter checked for Christmas candy on sale the day after Christmas, she found this instead.
The bargains went fast, and the stores are not wasting any time setting up displays for the next occasion to indulge in all that chocolate goodness.
Not a good way to start the Holidays: I am sure you all have heard about the storms that left trails of destruction and most importantly - loss of life. Her area was spared, as well as where I live. However, many were not as fortunate.
Picture daughter took close to their home on 12/23. Temps have been unseasonably warm for this time of the year, and unfortunately that is usually a sign, bad weather is on its' way.
Yum: Neighbor traveling for the holidays got notice a food gift had been shipped to her home after she left, so called and asked if I could get, check contents to see if anything needed to be refrigerated before she got back, and to help myself to its' contents. I was tempted, but will wait until she returns and let her decide what she wants to share.
Love the cheeses, spreads and variety of sausages, but also know the sodium content, so will be very selective.
How did this character wind down Christmas Eve: Making smores of course - Well attempting to do so over a battery operated candle.
A freeze warning was in the forecast: So what did daughter do? She grab all her pots of herbs and took them inside, and hoped the last of those planted in ground will make it until they can be harvested, and dried for future use.
Pots of sage, and mint...
How do you dry them? Make garlands and enjoy how pretty they look adorning her open shelves with her collection of vintage dishes. After dried, take them down, chop and package them for future use.
Fortunately, I am a recipient of a supply of rosemary, and sage from her which I use in chicken or pork dishes.
Sort of a skimpy crop of pecans: As mentioned in a previous post, a fungus damaged the pecan crop on 3 of their threes this year, but she hoped to still have an abundance from the one tree not affected. Sounds good, til the neighborhood squirrels and all their friends and relatives showed up, and harvested what fell before they could get to them, plus could reach the ones at the very top.
Drying before stored for later use.
A tasty addition to a meal: Ambrosia is one of those things I don't think about making. It is like soup - can't make just a small amount. Anyway, someone made up a batch and contributed to our lunch recently. A tasty treat....
Which made me think of the famous green pistachio, fruit salad named after the famous hotel, with the initials of WG. Another day, as rainy, cold, and dreary outside, and not wanting it bad enough to make a trip to the grocery.
I see a big pot of ham bone soup in the near future.
Any Thanksgiving left overs in your fridge or freezer with a future starring role in another dish?
Ahhh! Bacon ! Ever wanted a strip or two of crisp bacon to add on a salad, grilled cheese, crumbled into an omelet, etc. but did not want the take the time to cook or clean up after frying? Had a package that needed cooking or frozen, so did both. Will freeze and take out as needed, zap in microwave, and add the yum to a dish at a later date as needed.
I seem to have food on the brain today - Cold, rainy, dreary days tend to do that.
Time to put the remnants of Fall away....
and this mischievous character will be making an appearance in the near future.
Matter of opinion: I get the notice to upgrade to Windows 10 almost every time I turn the computer these days. Question for those that have used the free upgrade: Are you happy with the upgrade or regret making the change? Any minor or big issues that had to be worked out? I have done a bit of research and am seeing some mixed reviews, so would like to hear some tried and true opinions.
Just another one of those Dab of This and That Rambles.