Tuesday, February 21, 2017

THE DAY THE SUN SHINED...










Here in northern California
 we have had so much rain. 
 Creeks and rivers are overflowing,
 hillsides are sliding and 
dams are been pushed to their limits.

  Thankfully, 
we have not experienced any 
of those problems
 but have seen our share of 
high winds and 
torrential downpours.






California
 has been so dry 
for such a long time, 
hopefully, 
this will insure that
 our summer gardens
 will thrive 
once again.






Sandwiched in between storms,
 we had one day
 where the sunshine was strong and bright
 and our hopes that a soft spring 
was not too 
far ahead...






...I took my camera 
and followed the trail of
 some small pockets 
that were featured
in that spot light...





















Whenever the sun comes out,
 I get sparks of energy 
that are missing
 during the winter months.

 Rather than taking 
to the outdoors 
and taking advantage
 of the beautiful weather,as most do,
I tend
 to want to 
clean inside...





...I am sure 
I'm not the only one 
that wishes, 
from time to time, 
that I had not given into 
the trend of stainless steel appliances.

  The constant wiping of fingerprints
 seems to be an all time occurrence.

  I can't even imagine 
having small children
 with busy little hands!





I have tried 
baby oil, soap and water,
 products made specifically 
for this problem 
and other than being worn out
 from trying to control all 
the streaks and smudges,
 none have been that successful.

 Until I found this...



www.weiman.com
Contains no ozone depleting substances
Made in the USA


...this works so well, 
it makes me want to use it! 

 One spray, a soft towel and magic happens! 

 No more sore muscles,
 just softly wipe and all is 
bright and shining again.

  I am not kidding here!  
You should give it a try.

 I'm not being paid to say this, 
but if I was,
 the company would sure get 
their monies worth!

 I love it that much.






All that energy I saved,
 I put into a meal that 
Sarah from Hyacinths For The Soul 
featured on her blog last week.

 It sounded so easy, healthy and good 
and it was all of those things.

  Chicken Milanese with 
baby arugula and tomato salad,
 and sweet potoato corn meal muffins.

  The whole meal was good but, 
in my mind, 
the stars of the show 
were those muffins:




SWEET POTATO CORN BREAD MUFFINS

2 T. vegetable oil, plus more for tins

1 large sweet potato - peeled and cut into large chunks.  (I used a yam because I like the taste better than sweet potatoes)

2 large eggs - slightly beaten

1 1/4 cup milk

3/4 cup all purpose flour

1 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal

1 T. baking powder

1 t. salt

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 t. cinnamon

1/2 t. nutmeg

Heat oven to 450

Lightly brush muffin tins with oil
Place potato in saucepan with cold water - bring to boil- reduce heat and simmer until tender

Drain potato - return to pot, mash until smooth

Measure out 1/2 cup of potato - put in large bowl - discard rest of potato (Or like I did, add butter, s&p and eat!!)

Add egg, oil and milk to mashed potato and stir to combine

Sift flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in separate large bowl

Add potato mixture and mix until just combined - do not over mix

Pour batter into tins and bake until puffed and golden - about 20 minutes

Let cool five minutes, turn out and cool completely.

For a change, I think, raisins and walnuts would make a tasty addition.




They were especially great
 with a cup of tea.

 Thank you, Sarah.




On such a beautiful day
 how could you not 
yearn for more?





Everything is better 
served up 
with a side of
 sunshine.





The old rooster 
has seen his shadow.

Hopes for spring 
cannot be far behind.


...Judy...





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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

MY VALENTINE WISHES...










On Valentine's Day
I think of you
And all the special
Things you do...






The thoughts of ones
I hold so dear
On this perfect day
And throughout the year...






You are such dear, sweet
Friends of mine
All so thoughtful
Good and kind...






My wish for all
This special day
Is that you think
Of me that way.


...Judy...


HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY






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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS...










Home Is Where The Heart Is...

I know 
it sounds cliche, 
but there is a lot of truth 
in that one statement...

"Every house 
where love abides
And friendship is a guest
Is surely home
 - and home sweet home -
For there 
the heart 
can rest."

Henry Van Dyke


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Here are a few 
of the hearts 
that abide 
in our home...








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A few years ago
 Tami and I 
started watching the show,
 "Little People, Big World".

 If you are not familiar with the show,
 it follows the lives of 
the Roloff family. 

 The parents, Amy and Matt,
 are both little 
and they have four children: 
 twin sons, Jeremy and Zack.
  Jeremy is average size and Zack is little.
  Daughter, Molly and another son, Jacob,
 who are both average size. 
 They live on a farm in Oregon
 where they raise pumpkins.

  The kids were just babies 
when the series started
 and now they have gone through 
college, marriages, 
Matt and Amy's divorce 
and are awaiting the birth 
of a first grandchild. 

 We have both enjoyed their story
 throughout the years 
and now Amy is faced with 
the prospects of dating 
and being on her own.

She is testing the waters 
to see if she can find
 a niche
 in the business world and...




...Tami gifted us 
with one of her cookies 
from her limited line
for Valentine's Day. 

 A sweet and thoughtful gift
 and it didn't last long.

Thank you
 Tim, Tami and Jake.


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Of course, 
the "new" farmhouse kitchen 
has to show that 
it has 
"heart" too...





...with the table set
 for a Valentine's dinner 
for two...




Please notice the attempt at two heart shaped meat balls!


...Lady and the Tramp style.


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I ordered this sweet card from
Marilyn 
at Pink Paper Cottage.

 She is just a very lovely lady
 and so creative. 
 Of her many talents, 
she scans
 fabric scraps into her computer 
and turns them into 
beautiful papers 
which she then fashions into 
the most wonderful greeting cards
 with coordinating envelopes.

  This sweet card is for someone very special.


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Hope you all have
 a loving Valentine's Day 
and find the
 heart
 in your home.


...Judy...





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