Smiles

I like the Hyacinth that I put in my carriage at the grocery store last week. It just makes me smile and brightens a dull and chilly winters day. When I got the plant, it just had buds on it. But today it’s just about full bloom and there is another budding flower on the side of the full bloom one. Anyways it’s like a taste of Spring in the middle of the winter.

I made some Lentil Soup in my Instant Pot Pressure Cooker yesterday. I followed the recipe exactly the first time I made it. This time I increased the time for it to cook because last time the lentils were not completely cooked through. This time it was close to perfect, especially with the flavor. I put some of the leftover soup in my Pioneer Woman soup mug with the neat seal top, and it kept nicely in the fridge. So, it made an easy lunch for today and made me smile. I really like that soup mug. It’s pretty, has a nice design and works really nice for soup.

I preordered a Journal from a facebook friend that is an artist and photographer. By preordering it, I got a signed copy that is also numbered 302 of a 1000. The photos in it are so beautiful and the whole set up of it is so awesome, that I don’t dare write in it. Not kidding.

So I like to write and I like craftsy things that I am not afraid to use. I saw the above Craftsy quitlted book cover that you can make for a journal. I have a journal that I can just write in and draw and put anything I want in it and I want to try to make that cover for it. I have unlimited Craftsy courses that I can take on line and there is a class complete with an instructor and print outs on how to make the cover. Actually, it looks like a lot of work and will take patience, but may be a learning experience if nothing else.

The preordered journal is going on my bookcase It’s really nice, but mostly a keepsake.

Have you ever dared to make an opinion on anything on Facebook? Well I did a couple of times. And I got private messaged that I was ignorant because I did not agree with someone. In other words, I was told in no uncertain terms to just shut up, because my opinion was not worthy of being able to speak.

Well, I private messged right back that I would rather be ignorant then to be an educated idiot. And I don’t care who they think they are, I will have any opinion I want and when there is a law against that, then we are no better then the worst communist country that there is. And after I stated that, I smiled. 🙂

Then after that I got a private message on my facebook that I had a photo from Pinterest of some big butt vegetable stand in Iowa. I think that I may have liked the photo and it went into one of my boards. Well………..this very important photo did not have permission to be liked. Seriously. I am not kidding. And I was told in no uncertain terms that it better not be on my blog. I think I have 2 people that have ever looked at my blog and they do not have to worry. My blog is simply a hobby that I once had fun with and I once had fun with Pinterest. Not much is allowed to have fun with anymore. Unreal. It kind of tried to take my smiles away from the day.

And that is my smiles for the day. I try to think positive and am trying to stay away from anything that takes me down. I guess that is all any of us can do.

January Adventures

I usually make a Fritatta with onions and musrooms with cheddar that I make in my 8 inch frypan. I sautee the onions and mushrooms, mix in the 2 beaten eggs and cook the bottom of the Frittata for a few minutes on the stove. Then I add a little more grated cheddar on the top and put it under the broiler.

Today I was a little more adventurous and steamed some organic broccoli that I had in the freezer that was left over from a stir fry. I added that to the egg mixture along with grated Cabot Cheddar, shaved Parmesan and chopped cooked bacon. I put some grated cheddar over the top after cooking for a few minutes on the stove. Then I put it under the broiler for a few minutes and it was absolutely delicious.

The next recipe I am going to try is the Copycat Wendy’s Chili in my Instant Pot. I have all the ingredients that the recipe calls for except the hamburg. I’m going to get some grass fed hamburg from a local store where they specialize in meat and a Deli. I pinned the recipe on my Soup recipes board on my Pinterest.

I absolutely love Nantucket Island and I came upon a story of a person that spent a winter weekend on the island. It just sounded like so much fun, even in the winter. She said that some shops were not open, but a lot were and prices were much more reasonable then in the summer.

I saw a neat idea for a cover for an office chair. It was sheepskin and I just love the idea. So comfy and cozy.

I saw a really interesting recipe for Lemon-Olive Oil Cupcakes on the Tricia Yearwood Food Network show. Tricia had Chloe Coscurelli on her show who won Cupcake Wars with her recipe. The frosting on the cupcakes was Coconut Whipped Cream. Chloe’s recipes are non-dairy and no carbs. I pinned the recipe on my Pinterest Tricia Yearwood Recipes board. I also pinned the recipe on my Cupcake Recipe Pinterest board.

Tricia also made Tomato Bisque and Avocado Toast that looked really good. I pinned both of those recipes on my Tricia Yearwood Recipes board on my Pinterest.

I am going to work on my blog where I can add a page with my favorite recipes and also that pin button that will take you to the recipe that you can put on each recipe.

I would also like to be able to get the plug ins but have to come with $200.00 to upgrade. It won’t be any time soon.

It has been freezing cold around here at the beginning of the week. The above is water that froze on ledges next to the road. We got a huge snowstorm. Then today it warmed up and it rained and there is flooding from where ice broke up on the rivers. Now tonight it’s getting cold again and the roads are all iced up. Tomorrow it’s going to be snow again.

This weather is the pits. Looking forward to Spring.

Saturday

We were supposed to get a bad snowstorm starting at 4:00 PM today, so I went grocery shopping early. I love going up Route 5 as there is always something fun to see. I love the frozen ice on the ledges beside the road. So pretty.

There is also a frozen waterfall that is just beautiful along the road.

I love going along Route 5 as it is an old Vermont road that goes along the Connecticut River. I have seen deer, turkeys, a baby white owl on the very top of a telephone pole, bobcat and a fox to name a few of the wild life at different times of the year.

You can also see Mt Ascutney in the distance as you are driving along. Route 5 has been there since I was a little girl. Interstate 91 took it’s place and is faster, but I prefer the slow, scenic route. We used to take route 5 all the way up to northern Vermont to our grandparents farm in the summer when I was a kid. It used to take all day and my Mom would pack a picnic to stop and have along the way. Now it takes about 2 hours to go up the Interstate to where my grandparents lived.

I love old Vermont. It’s just beautiful any time of the year.

The covered bridges are just so much a part of Vermont, along with a lot of Colonial houses and churches.

There seem to be a lot of squirrels this year and they are always running across the road when you are driving along.

If you have a bird feeder, the squirrels are always there to check it out.

There are a lot of people that do not like the winters in Vermont, especially when you get older. We call them “snowbirds” as they spend the summer in Vermont and then head to Florida in the winter.

I like all the four seasons myself and that’s why my blog is called “Year in Vermont”. It’s fun for me to write about what I like and find delightful in each season.

January mid-month

Mt Ascutney is the most beautiful mountain ever. Can you imagine living in the above house and having that view out your window. I saw the house on the market for sale and the next day I looked at it and it was in contract. Someone grabbed that deal fast.

I found a recipe for Wendy’s Chili using the instant pot. It sounds really good to me and I pinned the recipe on my Pinterest Board under my Instant Pot board or my Copy Cat recipes board.

You just have to use the saute button on the Instant Pot to brown the meat and then add the other ingredients. Very easy and Chili is good this time of year. It doesn’t take long to pressure cook it, but you have to wait for the cooker to heat up for the saute part and you have to wait for the pressure to go down before you can open the cover. But the flavor is supposed to be really good and also healthy.

My favorite fashion blogger posted some ideas on what is going to be in for Spring for fashion. The above tiedye is one of the new Spring fashions.

Also the Utility Jumpsuit is going to be in fashion. I had a beige jumpsuit very similar to the above about in the 1990’s. At least they are not going back to the 20’s. The bell sleeves that were in fashion last year are supposed to be out of fashion in the Spring. Also the off the shoulders blouse look is going to be out of fashion.

I like the above laundry room. It is just so cute, but it needs a sink.

The only things I like about the above kitchen is the island, the built in china cabinet and the double wall oven. I like white cabinets better then dark color cabinets.

I like the above look for a breakfast nook. The round table with a window seat and the beautiful ceiling light. I love the blue and white cushions.

I don’t particularly care for the floor or the black sink and faucet in the above laundry room. But I would love to have the washer and dryer with the folding area. Also the laundry hamper on wheels.

I would be happy with the above home office. But I would have a blue and white rug with a similar pattern. And light blue curtains.

My favorite fashion blogger has the above painting in her home office. I just like it and it costs $29.00 at the Walmart online. I want to get it for my home office as I have a couple of gift cards for the Walmart.

What a neat idea for a fancy cake that would be super easy to make. I bought Wolfgang Puck’s frosting decorating tips that show how to make that fancy rose frosting idea with a special cake decorating tip.

I would love to live within walking distance of a coffee shop like the above. What a nice walk it would be, even in the snow.

All I have is driving distance to a Dunk’n Donuts and the Cappuccino was like luke warm the last time I got some.

And that is my thoughts for this Friday in mid January.

January Finds

I love anything French and I came across a recipe for Apple Tarte Tatin, Single Serving sizes. It just looked so fancy and something you would find if you were in Paris or something from a Bistro. I pinned the recipe on my Pinterest board that I call “All things French”.

I also found a recipe from Nigella Larson’s website for a Clementine Cake that is flourless. She has the recipe and you can make it and take a photo of it and if your photo wins, you get a signed cookbook of Nigella’s. The photo above is where someone made the recipe and put pomegrante seeds on top of it.

Then I found a website that had a Chicken Marsala recipe that was one of her top 6 recipes of the year. The recipe just called for chicken tenders, sliced mushrooms, Marsala wine, chicken broth and butter. It was all made in a skillet in 20 minutes. The chicken tenders were dredged in flour.

Then there are all kinds of ideas for making planners fun. I love the Washi tape idea and I have all kinds to choose from for my planner. I also use stickers and rubber stamps on mine.

I like pantry and cupboard organizing ideas. Lots of neat ideas out there.

The above pantry was on the Today Show this morning and it’s Kloie Kardashian’s pantry. Kind of interesting on the use of containers.

I saw the above idea to store onions and potatoes. Kind of neat.

Then I saw the above idea on how to organize the fridge.

I like the above idea to store snacks in the fridge.

I have been seeing a lot on Marie Kondo and her book called “the life-changing magic of tidying up”. There are a lot of videos on youtube showing how she folds clothes. She also has a book called “Spark Joy” and it’s about how she finds joy in her clothes and only keeps clothes that bring her joy.

I like how she folds t-shirts and she has everything neat and tidy.

She seems to put everything in a box. The above is Marie Kondo.

I also like how you can make one of those magazine organizers out of a Priority Mail box. I have a ton of magazines that I would like to keep but I throw them away bacause I have too many and those organizer boxes that you buy are too expensive.

I love the idea of making a magazine box this way.

Then you just cover the box with a strong paper that won’t rip easy.

I think I would use rose paper, but the above paper is neat.

She must have made those labels going on the Avery website. I have seen lots of designs on that Avery website that you can use with the Avery labels and it’s free to print out with your own printer.

I have Julia Childs Mastering French Cooking cookbook and it has the above recipe for Coquille St Jacques. I love scallops and when you put white wine and swiss cheese on them and bake them, it’s really good. Julia’s recipe also has minced yellow onions, minced shallots, thyme and butter on the scallops.

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I love the above batter bowl that Nigella uses in her kitchen.

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Nigella also uses a French Press like the above to make coffee. I’ve got to try it to see if the coffee is really good making it this way.

I also like the above idea for a spa treatment.

And that is my finds for today.

January Days

It’s cold outside and with the wind chill factor it’s even colder. My son and his family were thinking of going up to their camp this weekend and snowshoeing in through the up hill and long driveway. I mentioned to him that on the weather news that it said that it was going to feel like 30 below zero in that area this weekend. He changed his mind on going up there, hopefully.

The northeast kingdom can be really beautiful in the summer and Fall. But not too many people go there in the winter.

It’s really pretty when the snow sticks to the trees and a red Cardinal really shows up against the white snow.

I think that it would be really fun to go on a sleigh ride through the snow. A lot of places around offer the sleigh rides, but I’m sure that it is really expensive. Just the idea of being out in the frosty air and having fun on a sleigh ride sounds awesome to me.

Curling up next to the fireplace with a good book is a better idea for this weekend I think.

I really like the Pioneer Woman canisters that I got at the Walmart. They are just the right size for holding walnuts, trail mix, pumpkin seeds, etc. I love the covers as they are colorful and there is a neat pattern in the glass canisters. They look neat on the lazy susan that I also got at the Walmart. And I like the glass canister that I found to hold flour that works slick that I also found at the Walmart. I love my pantry and every once in awhile I will organize it. This is the kind of weather that I find stuff to do inside.

I love to browse the seed catalogs. I saw a package that you could buy for seeds for “Happy Babies” kitchen garden veggies. It was in the John Scheepers catalog.

There was also a package in the same catalog or on line at their web site for a perfect kitchen garden. You could go out there and make up a nice salad that could not be any fresher. Totally farm to table. And very healthy.

I bought the above planner package for my home office back in November I think. I started using it in January. I love the Anna Griffin style and I could not find one I like as well in any store around here. That’s why I like the home shoppers on TV. There is a desk calendar that looks really nice for a mat on the desk. Then a nice planner and a journal. To me, it cheers up my little home office and January days.

Have a nice day and stay cozy.

Snow Days

It’s fun to ski and I just used to ski on hills around our house when I was a kid. Back then they didn’t have release bindings and my brother broke his ankle going over a jump and landing in deep snow one time.

The first time I skied on a mountain with a lift, I was in my 30’s. I had ski boots on that were my son’s boots that he had discarded that were like a size and a half too big for me and also his poles and skis which were nice ones. I went to the top of Suicide 6 with a friend that had skied on mountains since he was a very young kid. Well the trail was steep and I was not prepared with ski lessons or anything and my heart just about sank from what I had to choose from for trails to get down to the base of that Suicide 6. Thankfully my friend’s friend was a ski instructor and after being abandoned by my friend who wanted to have fun skiing, the ski instructor helped me get the hang of turning and pushing a ski in front to slow you down. Then he yelled at me to slow down because it was actually fun to go fast.

Looking back, it would have been much more safe and fun to start my mountain skiing with a less steep trail. They always have an “easy mile” that goes out and around and you can get the hang of controling your skis. Suicide 6 has short, steep trails made for speed. No easy trails.

Vermont is so pretty with it’s covered bridges and rural roads. Every season has it’s beauty and I just love all 4 seasons. Even winter if you don’t have to travel on the roads too much and you have studded snow tires as well as 4-wheel drive.

We are going to get more snow tonight and it’s a heavy wet snow that sticks to the trees. Sometimes the branches will fall onto the powerlines and put the power out in some areas if we have a blizzard. I think we are just going to get maybe 6 inches of snow at the most in the mountains. No blizzard. In the southern part of the state maybe 3 inches, at least in the valley areas. I love the above photo of the sun coming through the trees in the morning light. With the ground frozen and the air is warming up, sometimes we get freezing rain and that makes like a skating rink for the roads with snow on top of it. The plows hate to use much salt and it’s not an easy situation if you have to be on the roads. Some people will not slow down and there are fender benders accidents sometimes.

I don’t know how the winter birds survive in the winter as they are so little. The little Chickadees just seem to thrive in the weather and they love it.

When it’s cold and snowy outside, I like to look at garden seed catalogs. One of my favorites is John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds. The website online of John Scheepers has all kinds of colorful ideas for planting gardens.

It’s a good day for soup and I’m just going to use my Instant Pot pressure cooker and make some Lentil Soup. It’s perfect for a day like today.

And wishing you a sparkling day.