Monday, November 25, 2013

Cold Weather Winner

Good morning my friends. Here we are at Thanksgiving week, it is hard to believe that in a few short weeks Christmas will be upon us.

This year has gone by so fast, it almost makes my head spin. A year ago, I had just begun my treatment, and now, that is all behind me. At the time, it seemed that it would never end and I would wonder, to myself, if life would ever be normal again. But, 'normal again' it is and better than ever...Thank you Lord!

It is still very goosebumpily here in the Northwest,  unusual for this time of the year when rain, rain, rain is the norm.  We are not complaining and will happily take the blue skies that go along with this weather system.

On to the winner of the Cold Weather Cookbook....It is Jen from the cozy blog 'Reflections in the Window',  I am a happy new follower of hers now.. Congratulations Jen, please send my your info.

I'm sure you all have many preparations going on for this busy week.  We will be going to City House where the Mister will be putting up the lights on the house and helping me get the tree up inside and boxes of decorations pulled out from their hiding places. I will only be coming down one more time before Christmas so we need to get a head start on it. 

Daughter Kami will be hosting the big feast and it will be a good one...I have so much to be thankful for.

I wish you all a very happy and safe Thanksgiving.

Much love.  xoxo

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cold Weather Giveaway

Hello friends, how is your week going? My week has been good but a definite cold snap is upon us here in the Pacific Northwest and seems will be with us for the rest of the week. When I said good by to the mister this morning at 6:45, it was a chilly 25..burr!

This past weekend we went thrifting and of course checked out the cookbook section, as you know I don't have enough on my shelves..Ha! Anyway, I hit a gold mine and now have a duplicate situation and would like to share with you.

I do hope you will not be offended by me offering a second hand book but could just not pass this one up in this almost new condition.

If you are not familiar with the author Sarah Leah Chase you can check out this link to here, where you can check out the inside of the book.  Sarah has several more books that you may own or have heard of.  Nantucket Open House Cookbook is the summer version of this one and came about as a result of her very successful deli shop on the Island named Que Sara Sarah.  She is good friends with Ina Garten who we know so well as Barefoot Contessa.

If you are old enough, you may also remember, or still own like I do , The Silver Palate Goodtimes cookbook that she was co-author of.

So, if you don't mind a book, in great condition but not brand new, just say so in your comment and I will happily put you in the hat on Monday when I will draw a name.

Have a happy day.  xo

Friday, November 8, 2013

Happy Anniversary

Happy Friday friends! I hope you all have had a nice week.

Today is our wedding anniversary...Happy Anniversary honey, I love you!

We will be having a nice rib eye dinner, grilled by my sweetie, at home this evening and I will be making a nice dessert of molten chocolate cake, yum!

Tomorrow we will get into the old pickup and head to Deception Pass Park, only a few short miles from here, where we will collect some interesting drift wood for some new projects we have been planning to do together. Can't wait to share that with you in the future.

Here is a book that I picked up at the thrift shop.  "French Women Don't Get Fat", it is proving to be a very interesting read.  It is fascinating how differently the French women eat and approach food in general, such a contrast to how we see it in America.

Have any of you read this book and if so, have you applied it in any way?

Here is a visitor to Frederick the cats' feeder.  As you can see, the squirrels  don't seem to mind that I am just on the other side of the glass.  It should be loads of fun this winter to watch and take photos of all of the creatures that come to feed.

This is what I will be up to later today.....I'm not going to get caught by surprise at Thanksgiving being late this year and Christmas right on the heels of our turkey day.  The lights on the fence will be ready to make their debut Sunday, December 1st, when we get back from City House.

Have you started any decorating or just in the planning process?

Wishing you all a very happy weekend...See you next week.  xo

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Karate Chop The Block

Yesterday, as I sat staring at the computer screen, once again, trying to come up
with something to post about, Frederick the cat noticed my sad mood and asked what the big problem was. I confessed to him that this blogger block I have been having has hung around way too long and I was at a loss as to how to correct it. "It just won't go away", I said with a big sigh.

"I know how to fix that" he said."and will tell you the secret if you help me out with a problem I have been having".

Well, since I didn't have anything to lose, I agreed and Frederick set to work on the solution.

After a short while, he came out of the garage and put this down and said...."When you have a problem like this, it has a tendency not to ever just go away by itself.  In other words you need to take some kind of action yourself....and, it has been my experience that a good karate chop always does the trick".  

So he gave a, 1, 2, 3....and hollered .. " Karate chop that block"!

As you can see above, I did as he instructed and low and behold, I was able to do this post.  Such a wise cat indeed.

In return, I helped Frederick out with his problem...He requested that the bird feeder be moved to the window box right at his favorite spot...ha!

Thank you all for being so patient with me during my black hole period.  Off I go to do some visiting.  xo