Monday, December 2, 2019

did you eat

Photo credit {Old Souls and Introverts}

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

perfect roast turkey

It seems I try a new turkey recipe every year. 
This year will be Ina Garten’s Perfect Roast Turkey.

Monday, November 18, 2019

fabric scraps

I bought this little pillow at the Rec Center 
to put behind my back in the car. It was a bit too full so 
I needed to remove some stuffing. 
Look what was inside!

Who stuffs a pillow with fabric scrapes?

Monday, November 11, 2019

last tango

We just finished all three seasons of
 'Last Tango in Halifax' on Netflix. 
If you are looking for something quirky to watch, this is it. 

Monday, November 4, 2019

senior moment

Senior moment: every morning I have iced coffee and tomato juice. 
Recently I put dill weed, lemon pepper, and celery salt in a glass
then poured in coffee instead of the tomato juice. 
I don't recommend it!

Monday, October 28, 2019

feeling lucky

looking forward to returning 
to our happy place this week

Monday, October 21, 2019

a tisket, a tasket, a taller basket

Thanks for your suggestions 
on filling my cute little bags
I changed their shape a bit and 
now know what to put in them!

Monday, October 14, 2019

little rock city

If you have never been to Little Rock City 
in Little Valley, NY then you should go. 

After a fun hike stop by the Ellicottville 
Brewing Company for a Blueberry Wheat Ale.

Monday, October 7, 2019

the shell seekers

One of my favorite books is
The Shell Seekers
{published 1987}

Back then I was the age of the adult children
Now I am older than the heroine 

A different perspective as I read it again.
I still LOVE this book . . . 

Monday, September 30, 2019

soup sundays

All summer we have been having Salad Sundays on our deck.
Well, this week the temperature was in the 60's so
it was time to switch - now we'll have Soup Sundays
First up . . .

Parmesan, Sausage and Spinach Soup
cook time: 6 hours in slow cooker
yield: 8 servings

{photo credit} 

1 lb ground Italian sausage (I used mild)
1 small onion, diced
32 oz chicken broth
1 cup water
3 celery ribs, sliced
1 carrot, finely diced
1 yellow potato finely diced
1 clove garlic diced
1/8 tsp ground thyme
1 Tbsp dried parsley flakes

6 Tbls butter
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 cups milk

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 oz spinach torn into small pieces stems removed
      (original recipe calls for kale)

In a pan, brown the sausage for 3-4 minutes.  Add in the onion and continue cooking until
sausage is completely cooked through.  Drain off excess grease. Put sausage and onion in the slow cooker.

 Add broth, water, celery, carrot, potatoes, garlic powder, thyme and parsley to the slow cooker.
 Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours, or until potatoes are tender.

In a small bowl combine salt, pepper, and flour. In saucepan melt butter over medium low heat. Stir in flour mixture to form a roux. Whisk in milk, a little at a time, until fully incorporated and smooth.

 Stir cream mixture into slow cooker and then let cook on high without the lid for 15 more minutes.
 Just prior to serving add Parmesan cheese and spinach.

{adapted from a recipe found on}