The world is a little bit less vibrant today now that our beloved Grandma is gone. We already miss her so much. Her legacy shines bright in this family, in our love for each other. If there’s one thing Grandma taught us, it’s to take care of one another. Maybe we don’t always listen so well, or maybe distance makes things hard, but she showed by example every single day–always wondering how each one of us was doing, always praying that we were happy and healthy. That’s Grandma–the most selfless person I have ever known. (as posted on Facebook)
One day recently I was browsing about online—I do that a lot—and I ran across a link to a blog, clicked through and, y’all, I didn’t leave that blog for days!
The posts are essentially about food, but were such a compelling day-in-the-life read, that I really did read back posts for days. Somewhere along the way I realized the writer, Kate Christensen, had recently written a non-fiction book about her eating life, Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography Of My Appetites. I made tracks for the library (after checking online to see if they had it) and checked out that book, which turned out to be as much of a page turner as the blog.
“Often whenever I come up against anything painful or difficult, my mind escapes to food…even if I am too upset to eat, just the thought of a grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of tomato soup is warm and cozy and savory and comforting.”
Just like Kate’s blog posts, this book is a reflection of a life that–having been sometimes tempestuous in times past–is now a peaceful, satisfying one. For me, Blue Plate Special was a thoroughly enjoyable read, one I’d like to add to my own shelves.
Speaking of food—and we were, weren’t we—this time of year brings about a certain kind of cooking to my kitchen. Meals naturally become heartier and comforting as the temperature outside cools then freezes. (Y’all know how I feel about w-i-n-t-e-r ) From hearty chili to cheesy tater soup to a family tradition of beans n cornbread, delicious smells fill my home and warm us inside and out–despite the impending fickleness of Mother Nature outside the door.
Happy Fall, my friends–I’d love to hear what’s cooking in your kitchen this season…
I’m dusting off this little corner of my planet, as I’ve some fun plans ahead. I do hope you’ll come back to see what I’m up to and chime in from time to time–I love hearing from you even more than I enjoy sharing this n that. Happy Fall, Y’all ;)
|“Anything one does every day is important and imposing and anywhere one lives is interesting and beautiful.”
Before I met that Husband o’ Mine, I had never seen a James Bond movie. Years later, I must admit a certain appreciation may have developed.
I have especially enjoyed Pierce Brosnan as Bond…which might have had a little something to do with my love of The Thomas Crown Affair movie with Brosnan and Renee Russo–okay a lot to do with it. (one of my very favorites…right up there with Dirty Dancing…I know!)
While I am not a Daniel Craig fan when it comes to looks (I am almost ashamed to say I cannot get past those sticky out ears, y’all), I did really enjoy the latest in the Bond saga, Skyfall. I admit that Craig’s face can do those tortured expressions very well…
The storyline of Skyfall–splendid, most intriguing character history and lots of room for the iconic James Bond’s next adventures.
Are you a Bond fan, an observer turned appreciator like me or could care less? Do tell?
Whether you and yours are football fans or not, Superbowl Sunday is a great excuse for cooking up some good eats…if one were to need an excuse, that is.
I love spending a lot of time in the kitchen on a day like this–cold n snowy outside, warm n bright inside. My kitchen is gloriously one big room with the living room, so I can hang out with my family and cook at the same time…my teens often join me in cooking and that makes my day.
All of that being said, what’s cooking today?!?
We love chicken and taters in this house, so today we’re enjoying Chick-fil-a copycat chicken. This is our first go with this recipe, I so hope it is as good as it looks! We’ll be making ranch dip alongside the honey mustard mmmm!
We’re also making what I call twice baked tater skins because they’re smaller than twice baked taters and crispy like tater skins (twice baked filling with tater skin toppings). Taters, cream cheese, bacon, ranch and cheddar cheese…aaalll good!
Do share…what’s cooking in your kitchen today?
Hello I so hope you’re making this first month of 2013 a splendid one! What a wonderful world we live in, really!
As always, this season-that-shall-not-be-named finds me nearly hibernating inside where it’s warm and toasty whilst ridiculously low temperatures visit us outside (Twas three degrees this morn…THREE, y’all!!)…all the better to read and read some more, I say!
When I first started reading The Circus in Winter by Cathy Day, I felt it might be a bit dark for my tastes…but the pages kept turning! As I read, I realized it was not so much ‘dark’ as gritty and real, each story told of life exactly how it really was for folks during the time period and how some truly felt about things when nobody was looking–deep down inside. This made for a page-turning story of humans and life, void of rose colored glasses and many comforts.
A very exciting thing happened as I was almost finished reading–I ran across a quote I loved…a quote I’ve loved for YEARS (I didn’t realize I’d read this book quite awhile ago…hey, I read A LOT!!) and could never find said quote again. To say I’m thrilled is putting it mildly!
‘Maybe every town in America transmits that radio signal, and on certain nights when the weather and the frequency are just right, we can all hear our hometowns talking softly to us in the back of our dreams.’
*sigh* I love it. Everyone carries their hometown within them wherever they go…the idea that plays soft music in our heads in a good way? Makes me happy.
I like stories of the old circus days…of the people who lived them and this was a very good one–but also a very good book about real life for these folks…during and long after the circus.
Have you read any books about the circus world–both olden days or modern?
After reading this post over at A Cup of Jo, I have chosen the above poem to learn by heart. Hmm…I like that…saying ‘learn by heart’ instead of ’memorize’. For memorize implies a chore whilst learn by heart implies I want this in my heart to stay. Yes, I like that very much.
Are you inspired to learn something by heart–a poem, a bit of Scripture, snippet of prose or verse? I’d love to hear about it…
* I shall be baking some of these in my kitchen this weekend–they sound so good to me–add a cup of cold milk and MMmmMM!* This article, ‘Clutter is Life’, seems to me to be a spot on way of looking at things. Home is for living, and my goal is a warm, comfortable home for this family.
* I am excited to be returning to the Y after a wonderful summer spent walking outdoors. I am NOT excited about the ending of my lovely summer weather…but apparently my pleas for year around 75 degrees and sunny are not being heard in this part of our great nation. Ppfftt. My true feelings being fully disclosed, I am now moving on…YAAY for the Y and continuing to walk, walk, walk! Do you make sure to move your body often–stretch, walk, breathe deep? You should, ya know. *end public service announcement*
Have a magical fall weekend, won’t you?
I hope you enjoy your weekend, that you intentionally notice the moments–for we often don’t notice how special those moments are until they become memories.
For your reading pleasure, here are a few links made me smile, made me think or caught my attention in some way:
*This cookie will be made in my kitchen very soon. My Grandma used to always make plain, delicious shortbread around the holidays. She’d put it all over the house in candy dishes and cookie tins and offer it to any of us who came in the door. I’ve made shortbread around here in the past but these folks don’t enjoy it as much as I do. This cookie recipe might be the perfect marriage of my sweet memories and their taste buds. Here’s to hoping!
*I am a devout believer in a slow lane life and this article about slowing down makes so, SO much sense. We all have the same 24 hours in a day, it really is up to us how those hours are spent.
*Have you ever seen such a sight as this?? Rather breathtaking in a way, is it not? Seeing that led me to fact checking if it is real (it is–oh wait, everything on the Internets is real! *snort*) and led me to find these. Who knew?!?
*In my pursuit of living a healthier lifestyle, I have learned that this body simply must have protein and lots of it. Here is a great list of fast n easy protein snacks–many I hadn’t thought of. Protein for the win! \o/
*And last, but far from least, pictures just to make you smile. Some of these are priceless!
Happy, Happy Weekend!