March 19, 2016

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Daffodils and pussywillows mean Spring is on it’s way.  I used to make an arrangement of yellow sunshine and happiness Daffodils mixed in with a few Spring pussywillows in a green glass vase.  They looked beautiful and so Spring like.  I got the idea from a florist near where I lived at one time.

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So this morning on the Food Network, “In the Kitchen”, they had a contest where 5 winners got the above Easter Basket.  And that is Le Creuset pot for the Easter Basket.  All you had to do to have a chance to win was make a comment on their Facebook page of where you saw the hidden Easter egg that they showed at the beginning of the show.  I spied it behind a fruitbowl and entered the contest.  It’s fun to think of having a chance of winning something so beautiful if you like to cook.

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They also showed how to make a cute bunny cake.  So easy using a yellow cake mix.  I pinned that recipe on my Easter Ideas Pinterest board.

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They also showed Egg-cellent hacks to make paper towel patterned eggs.  I love their Easter Basket contest that includes the green Le Crueset egg holder.

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Debi and Gabriele were guests on the show and they showed how to make Sausage and Asparagus Risotto.  Looked really good.

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And then on this mornings Tricia Yearwood show on Food Network, Tricia had Chloe Coscarelli on for a guest.  Chloe won cupcakes wars with her Vegan cupcake recipe and they made and shared the recipe for those cupcakes.  The cupcakes are Lemon-Olive oil cupcakes with Coconut Whipped Cream.  The whipped cream is actually coconut milk that is in a can and they refrigerated it and took the cream of the coconut milk from the top and added lemon extract.  It is a $10,000.00 winner recipe.  I pinned that recipe to my Pinterest cupcake board.  They also shared a couple of good sounding Vegan recipes.  Saturday morning Food Network has mostly all new shows.  They had some really fun shows this morning if you like cooking and baking.

So I really enjoy the cook shows and that is where I spent my morning.  It’s a beautiful sunny day today and I think I am going out for a nice long walk.  I skipped breakfast, so I think that I will make a mushroom and sauteed onion frittata for like a brunch.  I love Saturday mornings!

And that is my thoughts for now.

March 18, 2016

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I like Spring flowers.  There are all kinds of them in the stores right now in pots that you can buy.  It’s even more beautiful when they start blooming in the Spring in gardens.

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I love the above photo that was taken on Easter morning at a sunrise service on Mt Tom in Woodstock, Vermont.

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When my son was little, we used to tell him that the Easter Bunny lived in a field across from our house where we used to live.  Now he brings his little kids to the same spot and tells them that is  where the Easter Bunny lives.  It’s fun when he tells us about their expressions.  Love it.

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I think tulips are beautiful.  The above tulips were the color theme one year at the Woodstock Inn.  Every year they have new themes.

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Cute little lamb. ❤

And that’s my thoughts for today.

 

 

March 17, 2016

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Cute little captured Leprechaun.

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I want to have a Shamrock Shake at McDonalds today.  So fun for St Patrick’s Day.

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We were going to do our tradition of going down to Bernardston, MA and have corned beef and cabbage at the Four Leaf Clover Restaurant, but Sigurd got a bad cold and we can’t go.

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The above is the corned beef and cabbage that they have at the 4-leaf Clover restaurant.  So much fun to have on St Patrick’s day.

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Another fun tradition is Chocolate Guinness cupcakes with Bailey’s Cream Cheese frosting.  Yum!

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I like the above mug and the cute idea of making bread pudding in it using a microwave.  The recipe was on the Today Show website.

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Guinness beer is so Irish……

Happy St Patricks’s Day!

 

 

March 16, 2016

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This month is National Craft Month.  I like the Anna Griffin stuff that they had on HSN Home Shopping today.  I especially like that French style chair.

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I love the above idea for a French style sewing and craft room.  The French looking cabinet and the chandelier and French doors.  I would have the French doors looking out over garden paths.

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I like the above idea, also.  I like that table with storage shelves and lots of work room.

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I like to crochet and the easiest to do is granny squares.  I like the colors used in the above.

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I like how they put a shelf over the farmers sink in the above kitchen.  I think that is a stained glass type huge sun catcher over the shelf.  I like the faucet and I like the window cabinets to display dishes.

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I like the looks of the above bird house.  One year at our local library they gave out plain bird houses and you could design it any way you wanted.  Then they auctioned them off to raise money for the library.  I made mine the color of the one above and had a copper roof something like the roof on the above photo.  My friend, Sigurd, made the roof in his wood working shop with some copper that he had.  I call Sigurd my “Tool Man”  because he has every tool to work with that was ever created, I think.

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I like the looks of the above spring Afghan.  That is awesome crocheted in granny squares, and I like how the pink pops with the black border.

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I think that the above little bunny cupcake is adorable.

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I think it would be fun to have something like the above in a sewing room for inspiration.

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Storage boxes are expensive, but if you buy a plain one and cover it with a material that you like, I think it would be fun to store favorite magazines on a book shelf.  I think with a glue gun, it would be reasonably easy to do.

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I like the above material to use on the storage boxes.  And then just the light green with white dots for a lining.

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The Flower and Garden Show is in Boston this week.  Really beautiful ideas there.  I am checking on ways to get there…..Maybe I can figure out something.  It costs a lot to park your car and the traffic is not fun to drive in.  So I’m thinking of one of the bus tours that includes the ticket and also dinner on the way back at a really reasonable price.  I think the dinner is your choice of Yankee Pot Roast or Stuffed Haddock.  What a nice day that would be.  Sunday is the last day and Friday is better to go because weekends are really crowded.  It might be OK to drive down to Boston if you left your car at a T-line on the outskirts  of Boston and then took that into the city right to the Flower Show and also would not have to pay so much to park your car.

And that’s my thoughts for the day.

March 15, 2016

Today is grey and cloudy.  To cheer myself up I entered a Pioneer Woman giveaway and a . Le Creuset give away for a chance to win.   The first one is on the Pioneer Woman blog for Tieks Ballet Flats.  They cost $175.00 and were featured on Oprah’s O-list favorites one time.  They fold up to carry in your purse if you want and look like they would be extremely comfortable.  Really soft leather.  I like the cream color ones with a teal sole.  But if you go to #tieks they show all the styles and colors.

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Then I saw in my E-mail a Le Creuset Signature 7 qt roaster contest to enter to win.  It included a Certified Angus Beef Brand Rib Roast, the Le Creuset Signature 7 qt roaster, a Le Creuset Salt and Pepper Mill and coarse grinding salt and Tellicherry Peppercorns from Jacobson Salt Company.

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Wouldn’t that be awesome to have?  Fun to enter to win, anyways.

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Then on that web site they had a free app for the i-phone.  It’s called a Roast Perfect App.  Looked neat to me, so I googled the app and downloaded it to have on my i-phone.  Love it! ❤

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Then I went to my Pinterest board and looked at some of Easter ideas that I have collected.  I like the following tablescape idea.  It’s called Peter Cottontail.

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Then I had saved a recipe for Creamy Early Peas and New Potatoes that looked like what my Gram used to make.

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Then Tricia Yearwood’s Strawberry Salad.  Such a nice Spring idea.  All kinds of strawberries from Florida in the grocery stores now at a reasonable price.

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And then Coconut Cream Pie…….favorite of all favorites.

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And so after being depressed from watching politics on Fox last night, I just had some fun stuff that cost me nothing and cheered me up.

Maple Time

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This time of year with warm days and cold nights, the sap runs from maple trees and maple syrup can be made by boiling down the sap.

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The above is a sugar house where they boil down the sap and make maple syrup.

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It’s quite a procedure and takes a lot of sap to make pure maple syrup.

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There are several grades of the syrup from light amber to dark.  But it’s all really good.

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They make all kinds of products from maple syrup, maple cream to maple candy.

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Then they have sugar on snow that they serve with donuts and pickles traditionally.  I always remember a sugar on snow party that a teacher that we had in school would always take her class to her house when they were making maple syrup in their sugar house and we would have all of the above.

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They make all kinds of maple products.  This weekend on the Vermont Public television program special, they had maple recipes and a two hour program on everything maple.

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If you donated money to their network, they had a gift package that included all kinds of maple products and the above cook book by Kate Webster.  Really neat recipes in that book using maple syrup.  They also posted a lot of the recipes from the program on their website.

So it is maple season now and Vermont is known for maple products.

And that is my maple thoughts for the day.

 

Breakfast

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One of my favorite breakfasts is poached eggs on toast.  There is nothing like a just right poached egg and I have watched so many cook shows that I know all the little things that make the egg just right, or at least the way I like them.  And my favorite toasted artisan bread with whole grains and sour dough with melted butter.  Then you eat with your eyes the Chefs always say on the cook shows, so I like my favorite Spring dinnerware to make breakfast more fun.  I could have put an orange slice on the side and a little green parsley to make it look nice.  But with steaming hot French Roast coffee and my matching coffee mug, I was happy as it was.

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Another favorite breakfast is oatmeal and I put wheat germ and golden ground flax seed mixed in it.Then I put in a sliced banana, fresh blueberries and a California blend of almonds, pistachios, cranberries and raisins on top.  Then I pour coconut milk over it.  And have my favorite French Roast Coffee with it.  Plus my artisan bread with melted butter.  To make it more fun, I like my Pioneer Woman dishes.

I never have breakfast until after I do my one mile aerobic walk that is conveniently on a DVD and I can do rain, snow or sunshine.  It’s a nice way to start the day.

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Sometimes I like to use my Pistoulet dishes with my oatmeal.  I just love the French cottage look of these cute dishes and I l have the placemats to match.

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Then my Paris dish and coffee mug to match.  That is a chocolate filled croissant from Burdicks Chocolate in Walpole.  I bought it and saved it for breakfast one day.

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Then my favorite frittata which is like an omelette.   I sautee a sliced onion and mushrooms and pour a beaten egg with a little shredded cheddar in it over the veggies.  Then I put more shredded cheddar over the top of it and let the bottom of the eggs cook a little.  Then I put the oven proof little fry pan under the broiler for a couple of minutes and it is just delicious.

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Sometimes I feel like being healthy and just have a smoothie in my favorite mason jar.  The above smoothie is just coconut milk, frozen banana, peanut butter, pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate cocoa powder and a little maple syrup.  I like it. ❤

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Then if I’m lucky enough to go out for breakfast, I like pancakes with pure maple syrup.

As you can see, I like breakfast.  It’s always a fun time and I can’t see how anyone would want to skip breakfast.  I have too many dishes and have fun with them.

And that is some of my favorite breakfasts.

 

Traditional Vermont Easter Dinner

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I like how my Mom used to make a ham for Easter with a brown sugar and pineapple juice glaze on it.  She made a diamond cut pattern across it and put pineapple slices and cherries over it and then whole cloves studded across the ham and baked it.  It was really good.

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She usually had mashed potatoes with melted butter and Spring chives on top.

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Usually some asparagus and carrots.

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Then my grandmother always brought home made rolls that were scrumptious.

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There was always a relish tray….

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A cheese tray with grapes and crackers….

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She usually made a big tossed salad………

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Then a Lemon Merangue Pie…….

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Usually she made a Chocolate Cream pie, also…..

And that is the memories of Easter dinners in Vermont when I was growing up with favorite dishes that I remember.  I have tried to recreate some of the dishes from time to time.

 

Wednesday

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Have you ever had a day where you wanted something really good, but didn’t feel like cooking a lot?  Well I really like Blakes’s all natural Turkey Pot Pies.  It’s comfort food made from scratch by happy people, not machines in New Hampshire.  They raise the turkeys on their farm and the pies are made from an old family recipe.  Big chunks of white meat turkey, garden vegetables, potatoes and a flakey crust.  They are expensive if you by them at the Food Co-op, but Market Basket had them on sale this week for a family size pie for less then the single serve at the Food Co-op.  I just put it in the oven from the freezer at 400 degrees for 55 minutes.  Saves a lot of work and couldn’t believe how home made it tasted.  For the past week, it has been one thing after another and no rest.  This gives you a break.

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I saw this ring somewhere in my travels.  It caught my eye because I love jewelry for one thing.  For another thing, blue Saphire is my Mom’s birthstone and I just like the color of it.  And I love the engraved saying on the inside and like that it is in the form of a cross.  It’s saphires and white topez and I put it on my wish list.  So beautiful.

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The above view from a condo in Maine is just so beautiful to me.  It has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, a deck and a garage.  It’s in a gated community with walking trails, bike trails, near a state park and sounds wonderful and it’s not expensive to buy.  Only been on the market for 3 days and someone will snatch it up for sure.  It has a loft and open concept.  I love the style of it.

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I love the style of the living room and everything about it.  It has access to an in-ground pool, boating and garden area.

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It’s got granite counter tops and I love the Maine backsplash. 🙂  Everything about it is everything I love.  I even love the address of Harbor View Drive.  It’s in pristine move in condition.  The only drawback is a kind of high monthly Association fee.  The mortgage is really low and it was built in 2005.  If you love the outdoors, gardening and sunsets and Maine, this place is a dream.

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The Pioneer Woman came out with some new linens that are sold in Walmart.  She has some really cute ideas.  The new stuff is supposed to be in stores this week, but they are not in the Super Walmart near me.  They are on line in Walmart, though.  If I were her, I would make quality stuff made in the USA.  I mean people don’t mind paying a little more for something that they like.  She has low prices and made in China, usually.  I don’t know what she did with the new stuff.  Hopefully not polyester and made in China.

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I like the looks of the Pioneer Woman dishes.  She has several patterns, but I like the above one the best.  I only bought a mug, a bowl and a plate.

Today was like a summer day here.  Almost 70 degrees most of the afternoon.  It’s going to rain and be a little more seasonal tomorrow.

And that is my thoughts for the day.

March 8, 2016

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Some of the wreaths that people have on their doors in the Spring are so creative and look so cute.

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I like Forsythia on a grapevine wreath.

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It especially looks nice with a stained wood background.

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I like the color of the above wreath, also.

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I like how tulips look in a vase like the above when they force grow them inside early.

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I like the coffee mugs that they have at Stuart and John’s Sugar house.  It was fun going there over the weekend and having blueberry pancakes with warm maple syrup and melted butter.

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The entry was packed when we got to the Sugar House and they have neat benches where you can wait for a table.

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Because I’m a kid at heart, I love the above idea for an adult Easter Basket.

And that is my thoughts for today.  I like this time of year as one of the four seasons of New England.