I would love to know what you’d think and say about how the kids have grown, what they’ve become, who they remind you of, how important they are to you. I’d like to share my garden with you, though I know just the thought of this heat would make your skin crawl. I wonder what you’d think of America, where I am in my life, all the obstacles I’ve dealt with to get this far. Most of all, I hope you are looking down and know that we are happy, that you would be pleased for us and with us.
Starting the new year off nicely. I am throwing some supper in the oven early on in the day, while we clean and declutter the house. Not only do these ribs taste amazingly good, the whole house smells like a french bistro all day!
Almond and Apricot Cake. Perfect with tea or coffee!
- 12 ozs fresh cranberries
- 1 large apple, peeled, cored and diced
- 1 cup raisins
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 oz fresh grated ginger
- 1 tblsp balsamic vinegar
Great seasonal gift or fundraiser.
- 1 x 29 oz can pure pumpkin puree
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup apple cider (that’s apple juice to Brits NOT Strongbow or Woodpecker!!!)
- 3/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 2/2 tsp ground ginger. ( I actually prefer to use fresh)
Mix jumbo lump crab with tiny amount of dressing of choice (I used English salad cream, lemon juice and tarragon).
One sweet potato diced with 2 bunches of green onions (spring onions, salad onions whatever you know them as). Sweat down until soft but not mushy.
Today is my day off. I walked 4 miles before 7am. Went and got some groceries, made breakfast and made some meals for my husband to take on travel with him. ( yes I cook, portion, stack and freeze his food for when he is TDY. It’s cost effective, financially and in terms of time). We had breakfast while we skyped with our daughter in law and grand baby, then showered and headed up to “Across the Pond” to pick up some more pavers, check out the fountain we picked via texting with Trevor Cole and give him some grief along the way! Then it was off to Lowe’s ( we are life members!) , Earth Fare for some grass fed Bison steaks and then home for supper before planting the petunias and coreopsis that I picked up for 50c a pack on the clearance ( or somebody come love me) rack in Lowe’s garden center. I get a lot of my plants on clearance but we spend enough in there to make up for that and some!
Growing up, I planned to be a physical education instructor, or if I got really lucky, to train dolphins and
swim for a living. Swimming is a passion of mine; I wasn’t sure where I would
find dolphins in Shrewsbury, an agriculturally rich town and definitely inland and without any visible
signs of dolphins. I hadn’t got a clue how a small town girl like me would find the kind of money it took to move away and follow one’s dreams. That was the kind of thing other folks did.
What a crazy week, maybe finally some work…well one would hope! I bought a folding table for my sewing machine and have cut out vintage style aprons for my girls, just need to sew them together…just need to do a stack of things, truth be told. I got a little carried away after that and bought another folding table for the second dormer window in my office and will use it for my seed production. My office is now home to my treadmill, bowflex, though I walk outside 5 days out of 7. My sewing table, sewing machine and all crafts requiring scissors, my plant table, seed incubation area oh and yes my desk! All of my “Just need to get that done”. I have stuff. I bought a bunch of perennial seeds, a few veggie seeds, which, because my husband is not loving the idea of raised flower beds…I think he actually said “no” hell no” and then “over my dead body” all which have negative overtones that lead me to believe no raised vegetable beds in my immediate future at least ….never to be deterred, I am going to have “patches ” of veg throughout my back garden flower beds…… can’t keep a good girl down! So with all of those little projects to get done this month, in comes some “possible” paid work. Add to that, I have to make some samples of gluten free goodies (of which I have some super recipes) to Williams Sonoma, they “may want me to demo again for them.