Monthly Archives: October 2014

two cookie recipes and a truffle in the freezer

The past few days, I made several recipes for the freezer in prep for our annual Christmas Open House. Daniel’s Cookie Bar Bites are a favorite. A few days before the party, I will thaw the cut cookie bars and dip them in chocolate, then decorate them with a variety of sprinkles. Until then, the […]

macadamia nut shortbread cookies 2014

Yesterday, I made the delicious Macadamia Nut Shortbread Cookies that I like so much. They are already packed and put away in the freezer for the Christmas Open House. I used to roll them into logs, refrigerate, then slice to bake. Last year, I scooped and then rolled each portion into a ball and rolled […]

menu plan monday ~ october 27, 2014

Sunday, I made the Brownie Biscotti for the Christmas Open House. It is now in the freezer, awaiting the big day! You can see the recipe at this link: Brownie Biscotti Monday Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry Rice Tuesday Rosemary Ranch Chicken Sauteed Zucchini and Yellow Squash Baby Baked Potatoes Wednesday Pan Seared Tilapia Steamed […]

saturday afternoon

We have the grands this weekend and that is always fun! DH took the twins to the park to play on the new playground equipment. When they got home, they wanted to play on our devices, so it turned into some impromtu quiet time. Rose Red and Pa’s tablet… Snow White and Ma’s phone… After […]

apple sauce, apple slices, apple jam

Our house smells like apple pie. I can smell it in every room. What a wonderful candle scent it would be, though I’m not sure a candle company could really do justice to the spicy undertones in the air. If only we had smell-a-vision… It smells like apple pie around here because we canned about […]

a few autumn pics

Last Sunday, DH and I took an afternoon drive through the country. The first time I’ve been outside in a little while. I love the change fall brings to the woods, the leaves, the roadside grasses and plants, even the smell of the air. The trees at the country cemetery were beautiful. Hickories and oaks. […]

menu plan monday ~ october 20, 2014

I am not sure how it got to be October 20, already. Where has the time flown to? Yesterday, DH took me for a drive in the country. The leaves are turning, though not at peak yet. We drove out to an old country cemetery where the hickory trees are already a beautiful yellow gold. […]

67 days till Christmas

How do you feel about that?? Only 67 days till Christmas…doesn’t seem so far away, does it? Especially when one thinks about what has to be done between now and then. Time to get your Christmas Notebooks out and get started! At our house, we start early. We have an annual Open House on the […]

the grands came by

What a beautiful fall day we had this Friday. After several days of rain and cold winds, we enjoyed a perfect autumn day. The windows were open, the breeze was rustling through the big oak tree, and the sunlight poured from a blue blue sky and danced off the red-crowned dogwood at the kitchen door. […]

memories of Zak

My cat Zak passed away yesterday. He was a sweet cat, gentle and loving. I am going to miss him a great deal. A friend suggested I share some memories, so I thought I’d write a blog post about Zak. He was a people cat. He was always happy to meet new people and would […]