Agatha

I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming that comes when you finish the life of the emotions and of personal relations; and suddenly find - at the age of fifty, say - that a whole new life has opened before you, filled with things you can think about, study, or read about...It is as if a fresh sap of ideas and thoughts was rising in you. ~ Agatha Christie

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY IS THANKSGIVING



Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  Always has been.  I’m not a big crowd kind of person and I’m not a cook so I’m lucky to have the holiday celebration at all. 

My mother always insisted Thanksgiving be at her house.  The reason, she said, was because my Dad wanted to cook the turkey.  I don’t know if this is true or she just wanted an excuse to get out the good china. 



Dad always complained about his turkey or his dressing.  One or the other was always too dry, not enough flavor, or he cooked too much, he cooked to little.  He kept a towel over his shoulder and most often cooked in his baggy casual pants and a t-shirt.  The reason that is so funny is that Dad, a lawyer, thought suit and tie was the proper attire at all times except when bathing or doing yard work. 



Mom, as I said, loved her pretty dishes.  Even after they moved to the country and Dad died, Mom still loved to get out her pretties.  I have china, which she bought me, somewhere in my kitchen cabinets.  I never loved it.  I’m a chintz and denim kind of person, always most comfortable in my favorite worn jeans and a red silk shirt.  I respect my mother’s love of her table settings.  It brought her true happiness to look at a beautifully set table and while some of us simple living folks could not find the sense in this, what we do, as a family, is support each other. 

Dad’s turkey, Mom’s table setting.  That is Thanksgiving to me. 

Both of my parents are gone now.  My middle sister has taken over the hosting of Thanksgiving.  She brings out her china and her husband cooks the turkey.  Sometimes I am the only extra.  Sometimes, like this year, my other sister and her husband from Dallas will be there.  My daughter and her husband who used to do Thanksgiving at his parents house are also coming.  And, tentatively, my son and his three children are coming. 



I don’t know how we will all fit in my sister’s house.  Certainly some of us will be sitting Indian-style on the floor.  What a wonderful feeling.  As my first Thanksgiving after retiring, I am so delighted to be with my family.  My heart is so full and I yearn for all the desserts that await me. 






Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014

DON'T STRUGGLE WITH CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS...

USE WHAT YOU HAVE ON HAND


Thursday, November 20, 2014

BE THANKFUL

It's a very pleasant 68 degrees here in Houston.  My thoughts go out to those of you caught in that winter blizzard.  

Monday, November 17, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014

EASY FRUIT COBBLER RECIPE




I started following a new blog "The Weary Cook."  What a great title and a nice little dessert for the Thanksgiving sweet tooth.

Too Easy Fruit Cobbler
 
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All you need is frozen or fresh fruit and a few kitchen staples to whip up this delicious and EASY fruit cobbler!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 10
Ingredients:
  • ½ c. butter
  • 1 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 c. turbinado (raw) sugar
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1-1/2 c. milk
  • about 24 oz. of your choice of fruit, fresh or frozen
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cut butter into four pieces (optional, but speeds melting) and place in 13x9" baking dish. Place dish in hot oven until butter is melted.
  3. Meanwhile, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir in milk.
  4. Carefully remove pan from oven, and spread batter evenly over the melted butter. (Butter will ooze onto the top of the dough, which is a good thing.) Arrange fruit over the top, pressing it down slightly into the batter, and bake 60-75 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through in the center. Serve warm.
Weary Chef's Notes:
If you aren't feeding a crowd, cut the recipe in half and use an 8" square baking dish. (Cooking time will be 45-60 minutes.)
You can use all white flour and white sugar if you prefer.
If using frozen fruit, it will cook faster if you can thaw it at least slightly before baking. You can definitely use it right out of the freezer, but it will need to bake over an hour.
Don't forget the vanilla ice cream on top!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

16 REASONS TO LOVE FALL

There's so much to love about autumn, and so much to be grateful for, it's hard to compile into one list. But we tried our best, and the following are our favorite things about what is arguably the most enchanted time of the year. Which one is your favorite?

1.The sound of crisp leaves rolling against the pavement.

2.The way the earth transforms from verdant green to vibrant shades of fall color.

3.Falling leaves.

4.And more specifically, the way the leaves look like fairies descending sleepily from trees in the early morning sun.

5.That golden autumn glow at dawn.

6.And the auburn glow at sunset.

7.The constant smell of crackling fires in the air.

8.The sound of trees rustling in the wind.

9.The sensation of jumping into a fresh pile of leaves.

10.The warm, haunting beauty of a lit jack-o’lantern.

11.The cozy elegance of candles and decorative gourds.

12.The thrill of wrapping yourself in a scarf on a chilly day.


13.Hot apple cider.

14.Pumpkin spice lattes.

15.A big bowl of soup.

16.Feeling cozy inside while observing a rainy autumn afternoon from the window.

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TOMORROW IS A NEW DAY



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

TIME TO START THINKING ABOUT THANKSGIVING



Turkey Cheese ball

2 8oz pkgs of cream cheese, softened
2 Tablespoons minced onion
1/2 tablespoon minced green bell pepper
1 8oz can crushed pineapple well drained
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 cup chopped pecans
decorations:
pretzel sticks
whopper candy
beef jerkey stick
candy eyes
candy corn
fruit roll up
chocolate icing or melted chocolate 

Mix all ingredients other than the pecans together until well combined, i used my kitchenaid stand mixer.  With damp hands roll the mixture into a ball and then roll in chopped pecans.  Wrap it in wax paper and put it in the fridge to chill and firm up a bit. 

Oh and btw this cheese ball is super yummy. We made this just to photograph it and it was gone in a few days with only 3 people (well really only 2) snacking on it.  It's my favorite go to cheese ball recipe. 

Decorate: 
To make the turkey "feathers" stick your pretzel sticks into the back 1/2 of the cheese ball.  To create mr. gobblers head take a stick of beef jerkey and "glue" a whopper candy on top with icing.  Then attach the nose and eyes also with icing.  We made the gobbler by cutting a little strip of fruit roll up and then laying it over the candy corn.