Thursday, July 24, 2014

International Dinner

Several years ago, we started a tradition that touched on other countries, food and cooking. 
Each of the kidnicks chose a country, researched what foods were traditional there and prepared a family meal.
This summer, Sugar Plum Fairy chose Portugal. 
With Hubby's family being from the Azores, there were lots of familiar things to choose from. 
She poured through two of my favorite cookbooks...
and
In the end, she chose to make Kale Soup (no written recipe..her Daddy helped...beans, taters and kale), Chicken and Rice from  the first book and dessert of Chocolate Salami from the other.
The menu is made and table décor set by the chef.
Then the cooking begins. 
Chocolate Salami is basically a concoction of butter, cocoa, brown sugar and egg yolks with broken shortbread cookies to resemble the fat in the salami.
 
This is then rolled into logs, wrapped in parchment paper and tied with twine like real salami. 
 Fun.

VERY rich and decadent. 
 A cup of coffee or glass of red wine would be perfect.
Milk did the trick as well.



The chicken and rice was good with a common Azorean spice of cinnamon.
Shaggy and Lollipop Pop have been to the Azores and remembered Fanta being quite common so  I am glad I remembered to pick some up.
 It was a nice addition.
Other than the yummy food, this always opens the dinner conversation. 
We talked about our family that still reside in the islands and talked about going back. 
Having kids think outside of their own piece of the world is fun and, I think, important. 
This is an easy and inexpensive alternative to travelling the world.
What country would your kidnicks choose?
 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bounty

 Even though I got a late start on our garden, we are reaping its bounty. 
The tomatoes are just beginning to turn red and the Armenian cucumbers are growing by leaps and bounds each night. 
I KNOW those two at the bottom were not ready to pick yesterday!


We have two watermelon plants and two watermelons. 
 I love the Star and Moon variety. 
They look so purty.

 I have ONE cantaloupe plant with seven or eight melons. 
The last time I tried growing these, we had chickens.
 I learned that chickens like cantaloupe even more than I do AND they are faster than I was at "harvesting" them.
 The sunflowers are just pretty and I am looking forward to trying my hand at roasting the seeds.  Have you ever tried that?


 We have purple and green bell peppers , jalapenos as well as Eight Ball Zucchini ready every day.
And zinnias are just a happy flower. 
Don't you agree?
I love our garden!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Laundry

Who knew that something so simple that actually takes more work, could make me so happy.
I adore my clothesline!
 
A Clothesline Poem (Anonymous)A clothesline was a news forecast, to neighbors passing by.
There were no secrets you could keep when clothes were hung to dry.
It also was a friendly link, for neighbors always knew
If company had stopped on by to spend a night or two.
For then you’d see the “fancy” sheets and towels upon the line.
You’d see the “company tablecloth” with intricate design.
The line announced a baby’s birth, from folks who lived inside
As brand-new infant clothes were hung, so carefully with pride!
The ages of the children could so readily by known;
By watching how the sizes changed, you’d know how much they’d grown!
It also told when illness struck, as extra sheets were hung;
Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe, too haphazardly were strung.
It also said, “Gone on vacation now,” when lines hung limp and bare.
It told, “We’re back!” when full lines sagged with not an inch to spare!
New folks in town were scorned upon, if wash was dingy and gray,
As neighbors carefully raised their brows, and looked the other way…
But clotheslines now are of the past, for dryers make work much less.
Now what goes on inside a home is anybody’s guess!
I really miss that way of life - it was a friendly sign;
When neighbors knew each other best by what hung on the line.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Truism

May you respond
to difficulty
with a
  G
entle
and
Quiet   Spirit

Friday, July 18, 2014

Simple Joys

I was talking to someone recently and they commented that with technology as it is, the next generation will never know the feeling of finding a long forgotten box of photos. 
Case in point.
 
This was in Fossil. Oregon. 
 If we tried to recreate this dog pile,  the bottom guy would not survive.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Laugh Out-Loud Commercial.

I went to see the movie America: Imagine the World Without Her with my parents a couple weeks agoery well done, by the way). 
Anyway, this commercial was with the previews and I loved it! 
Take a peek.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Gift of Memories

Shortly after we were married, my sister and brother in law gave us a house warming gift that has continued to bless us in the many years since.
The inscription they wrote inside says,
"May this book serve as a reminder of all the loved ones who enter your home and your lives".
When ever we have friends or family over for a meal or celebration, they add to this.
 In the 23 years that have followed, we have messages from far and wide.
Some are no longer with us. 
Some have gone separate ways. 
Some remind of us a wayward Vodka Sauce that ended up in every crevice of our kitchen cupboards.
We recently had friends over and when they opened the book to immortalize the evening, it was discovered that someone had written a poem in the middle of empty pages. 
Upon further investigation, we located two more. 
 Now, we only know one person in our lives who writes Beatnik Poetry and it seems that for a couple years, she added these to be found later on. 
One is dated 2005 and the other 2006.

 Karie...you made our evening.