Friday, November 25, 2011

The day after ... Soup Day ...

Thanksgiving over, turkey soup simmering on the stove.  I think that's my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner ...the soup after.  I'm a big fan of soups especially in the cooler and winter weather.  Speaking of soup, I have to share with you the recipe I got from Tammy of T's Daily Treasures earlier this week ...

Spiced Lentil Soup: Brown 1/2 cup diced onions, 3 cloves minced garlic and 1/3 cup of barley in 1 TBS of olive oil. Add 3 quarts of vegetable stock and 1 cup of orange lentils. Cook til tender. Add in 1 can of chickpeas, 1/2 lb of spinach and 12 oz of salsa. Heat through and serve. (Tammy said she used more salsa than called for and frozen spinach.)

This is a keeper recipe, easy to make and absolutely wonderful!  You just have to try this, you'll be happy you did.

Well, a bit of housekeeping to do this morning then to meet a very dear friend that I haven't seen in quite a long time for lunch.  Great way to keep the momentum of the holiday going.

Hope that your day is a blessed one.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

For flowers that bloom about our feet;
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;
For song of bird, and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What's Doing Wednesday

Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving.  Thoughts given to blessings bestowed and for which I am thankful.  One of those blessings is the wonderful people that stop by and leave such heart felt comments and encouragement.  To those that I have discovered who create, share and inspire with their written word.   

To all of you I say thank you.  I hope that you find the blessings that I have found from each one of you.

God's blessings and grace.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The season has arrived...

 For me, always felt this week was the beginning of the holidays ...hard to believe that it is here.  Don't know where the time is going.  The days just seemed to have flown by.   Busily preparing the house.  Actually, it looks like a cyclone has gone through with boxes here and boxes there of decorations slowly making there way to their place in the house.  The past few years have had minimal decorating but this year its all coming out.  Our little grandbaby certainly does add to holiday spirit.  Toy shopping is again on the list!  

This year will be using the Turkey fryer for the first time, hear that it makes a very moist turkey in only about an hour cooking.  Anxious to try it but I think I will miss the smells of Thanksgiving from a roasting turkey. 

Hope your week is going well.    Wishing you all abundant blessings.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Adorable Christmas Penguin Crochet Along

Huggable Penguin CAL  Starts Nov 11thCrochet Along hosted by Stitchy McFloss  begins today.   Is this just the cutest little critter?  Yarns selected and hooks ready ... actually hook moving as I started this last night.  He will have a place of prominence beneath the Christmas Tree this year. 

The patterns says he will be 14 inches high without the hat, he's looking mighty big already and the head and body are only about a third of the way completed.  Quite different from the afghan or doily work and I am loving this.  Great fun to work on ... thanks Stitchy!

Hop on over to Stitchy's and join in!  Will look for you there.

Merry Crocheting!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Day in November

Isn't the contrast of the green, green leaves again the blue, blue sky beautiful.  Would you believe these pictures were taken this past Sunday ... November!  Quite some difference from the previous week of heavy snow and power outages.   Its a rather strange autumn this year.  Some areas have the golden leaves while yet many trees are as green as Spring.  Temperatures are back to high 60's.  To that I hear a very hard winter is forthcoming.   

Sort of hard to believe isn't it? 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

An Early Nor'Easter

Last weekend found a good amount (over a foot) of snow, lots of broken tree limbs and loss of power.  I'm hearing that this coming Sunday is the power restoration day for many.   We were fortunate, only two and a half days without power.

With our trees still full of leaves the added weight of the snow brought down branches every where you looked with roads and driveways being blocked.

In the midst of all this snow it was amazing to see the contrast of the autumn and winter.  It was quite an extraordinary mix of beauty.

Digging out Sunday morning I had to stop and take a picture of the leaves, the snow and the blue, blue sky.  I couldn't get a picture to do justice to what I was seeing but this does give a general idea.  It actually was breathtaking.  Even still, I'm hoping that this isn't a sign of what's to come for this winter.  A nice gentle winter ... yeah, that's what I like.  Guess we'll see.