Busy Hands

With time away from the blogosphere, I used the crochet thread I had at hand.

Not needing one more doily, I crocheted a mélange of doilies just the same.

doily9

doily11

doily7

doily6b

doily2

doily1a

doily8

On this white doily, I made a big error.  I didn’t realize that I made the error until I was blocking it. Can you spot the error?

doily13

doily12

A couple of these doilies are duplicates that I crocheted years ago.

It’s Another Wrap

Rather than the same, ho-hum, meals, we try to come up with something different to eat.  Naturally, as with most of us, we have to stay within budget and generally make enough for leftovers the next day.

Last week, I made soft bread wraps.I fried, Italian-style chicken strips and made a  green salad.Then wrapped it all with a bread wrap drizzled with a creamy Italian dressing.

They were really good and I like how the wraps folded without breaking.

You can find the recipe for the wraps at King Arthur Flour.

Taking Comfort

Trying to chase away the winter’s cold temperatures with a hardy bowl of Minestrone Soup – My Way;  

along with a pile of Italian Meatballs, and a freshly baked boule.

Living three miles from the Florida border hasn’t spared us from the frigid temperatures.  Wednesday we awoken to an ice storm.  This was the first time I had seen this type of weather while living here.Trees and branches were snapping down all around us because of the ice. One large branch came down and crushed the roof and door of our shed, while another one took out two bushes and still another fell across our driveway. It was scary seeing and hearing the creaking and snapping of trees all around you.

Nevertheless, back home in New England, on Thursday, a blizzard dumped over a foot of snow and led to its worst flooding in 40 years.  I am grateful that my family and friends stayed safe during that monster storm.

We put up with the hurricanes and they put up with the snow and cold.

Appreciate The Small Things

I became interested in Gladys Taber a few years ago when I happened upon some of her quotes and a review of her and her books. She wrote about things that interest me on gardening, cooking, homemaking, her love for animals.

I so want to read her book. Sadly, her books are out of print. However, one can purchase used ones. At this time, I will just have to wait to purchase any of her books.

Gladys Taber

Gladys Taber was born in 1899 and is perhaps best recalled for a series of books and columns about her life at Stillmeadow, a 17th-century farmhouse in Southbury, Connecticut.

In the late 1930s, Taber joined the staff of the Ladies’ Home Journal and began to contribute the column “Diary of Domesticity.”

By this time, she was living at Stillmeadow, a farmhouse built in 1690 in Southbury, Connecticut.

Taber wrote a series of books about her simple life in New England that possessed homespun wisdom dolled out with earthy humor and an appreciation for the small things. She published more than 20 books related to Stillmeadow, including several cookbooks.

In 1959, she moved from Ladies’ Home Journal to Family Circle, contributing the “Butternut Wisdom” column until her retirement in 1967.

Gladys died on March 11, 1980 in Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, Massachusetts at the age of 80.  —  Goodreads

I find myself day dreaming the dream while traipsing through wakefulness.

The Past Is Mine

I live so much in the past because I fear looking forward.

In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes of mice and men
Go often askew,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy! — Robert Burns, To a Mouse

Happy, am I, that Christmas is past us.

Happier, I will be, when the New Years’s celebration is over.

Caught in the winter doldrums, where everything is bleak and colorless, I (half-heartedly) look forward to a year of health and happiness.

Chewy Orange-Almond Cookies

Most days are unimaginative, uninspiring and unfulfilled.

However, I do find a day (putting aside my feeling of self-pity, scorn, and resentment) to bake something with ingredients that I have on hand.

Chewy Orange-Almond Cookies

3/4 cups butter, softened
1/2 (packed) cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
zest from one large orange (about 2 Tablespoons.)
2 Tablespoons juice from orange
1 large eggs
1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 cups + 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt

Optional:  Add a small bag of mini, semi-sweet chocolate chips to the batter.

Instructions

  • Cream together butter and sugars, until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Mix in orange peel.
  • Add in eggs, vanilla, almond extract, orange juice and beat again.
  • Combine flour, baking soda and salt. Add flour mixture to dough, one-third at a time until all added.
  • Using a small cookie scoop (1½ Tablespoon size), place dough on a parchment lined baking sheet three inches apart (these cookies spread.) Bake in a preheated 350 ° oven for 9-12 minutes, or until edges turn golden. Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to racks to cool completely.

These cookies are soft and chewy with a hint of almond and orange flavor.  They would go very well with a cup of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate.

I am thinking that they would be delicious sandwiched between vanilla ice cream.

 Recipe modified from Chocolate, Chocolate and more.