Saturday, February 27, 2010
Aside from the contact with the sweetest people on a daily basis...really cool things happen sometimes.
Quite awhile back I did a post about a chocolate fudge recipe that I've been making for years. The recipe is from The Second Typically Texas Cookbook. The person who submitted the recipe was Susie Clark of Milam, TX. Yall, the pie so wonderful...you just have to try it! The recipe link is over on my sidebar. Anyway, time passed and one day I got an email from Susie Clark!! She had Googled her own name and the blog entry came up. She told me that the recipe came from her mother in law. MIL shared the recipe because it was son's favorite. If I remember correctly, Susie has been making that pie for around 30 years! I just loved that contact.
Then yesterday, I got a comment from Suzan Colon who is the author of Cherries in Winter. Just amazing! How on earth did she find out that a few bloggers were reading and commenting on her book? I'm sure there's some huge search engine that informs people of these things...but I'm just gonna pretend that I met a famous person and it made my day!
Happy Saturday to All!
Friday, February 26, 2010
Grab a cup of coffee and let's talk about Cherries in Winter: My Family's Recipe for Hope in Hard Times by Suzan Colon.
Here's a little snippet from the cover description, "When Suzan Colon was laid off from her dream job at a magazine during the economic downturn of 2008, she needed to cut her budget way, way back - and that meant home cooking".
This short and sweet book is written as a personal narrative in the present and in the past. Ms. Colon relives her family history through the recipes that she digs out of the old box in the basement. Home cooking became a way to save money and connect the author with her mother and grandmother. The book is full of family stories with recipes to go along with them.
We can all relate to some of the feelings expressed in the story, whether you have lost a job or not. Family recipes mean the world to us. They make us remember where we came from and that is exactly what this book is about.
I give it two thumbs up!
Please pop over to Hospitable Pursuits to see what the other readers had to say about this book. Thanks Lisa for hosting the Hospitable Pursuits bookclub. What's next?
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
The picture above is the living room that you see when you walk in the front door. It will not change I just wanted you to get the idea. The area is all open. See the accessories sitting on the floor? Well, I've had stuff sitting around here dangerously for awhile now.This chest is in the front area which is adjacent to the dining room.
Here are my questions and thoughts:
1. Should I leave the girl print on the wall and reframe her? The frame is too small, I think. I still have that huge round mirror that used to hang there. You can see pictures of it here.
Usually when I redo a room, I start with fabric for inspiration. This time it was a wall color change that prompted my dilemna. I'm confused!!
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Hi girls! Sorry to be gone from the blogging scene. The sun has kind of disappeared here and my brain has stopped working. I've been tutoring, napping, eating, sleeping, reading, eating, sleeping, reading, eating, sleeping, reading...you get the picture. Spring really needs to come quickly!
Several people have asked about my dining room project. Well it is not moving along very well. I painted and then couldn't move past that point. Watch for pictures tomorrow or Tuesday so you can advise me.
Now you have to see this! Dawn at Cottage State of Mind made this adorable button to remind us to exercise and be healthy before blogging. I love it!
Monday, February 8, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
Pentas - another favorite of mine. They stay happy all the way through fall.
Monday, February 1, 2010
As I'm typing this on Tuesday, the snow is finally melting! The kids have not been in school since last Wednesday. For those of you who live in the north, I'm sure that's bazaar to you. This storm was very icy and the roads have been pretty dangerous. Our pond has been frozen across the top for days. Don't worry...the fish will be fine. :)
I heard them say on the news that a typical winter for us has about 9 1/2 inches of snow. So far this year we've had 19" of snow in the Oklahoma City area! We could definitely still get more. It has been a winter time adventure for sure!