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comfort food

Thanksgiving has passed and we are now heading into the Christmas season. The rain we had Saturday evening has officially turned into snow...YAY! And in years past I have been known to cook some kind of comfort food to feed my family, mostly homemade pizza. Today I made Italian style meatballs from the ground deer meat we processed. 



It's just that kind of day to stay indoors and enjoy the home fires that are burning in the wood stove.


Also from the previous post I seem to be getting into the Christmas spirit and with that I gave my blog a new facelift for December month.

december first


I hope and trust you all had a safe and wonderful thanksgiving however you spent it.  We had a VERY nice thanksgiving with family, having fun, and lots of food.  We got home yesterday and as soon as we got home the rain started.  Even tho I'm not fond of driving in it, I was wishing it was snow.

A couple of years ago I made a Christmas journal, but last year I dropped the ball on doing it but not this year, this year I am ready.  There is just something about journaling, journaling your thoughts just simply putting them down, pen to paper.  Especially with the busy holiday season, journaling the month of December helped me to remember things I wanted to do, foods I wanted to make.  Journaling just helped me get through the month, enjoying each day as it came, I didn't wake up like years past and have the whole month of December pass by in a blur.

in bloom

My Christmas/Easter cactus can now be called my Thanksgiving/Christmas/Easter cactus. 


The pies are cooling on the rack, pumpkin and blueberry, YUM!!!

We woke up to it snowing this morning after it had rained in the evening yesterday and throughout part of the night. So traveling in my neck of the woods will be slow and steady for folks. 

I hope those who celebrate Thanksgiving here in the States have a wonderful Thanksgiving and safe travels to those who are on the road to their destination 

Happy Thanksgiving!

it’s 2018


It’s definitely been a long time since I’ve posted.  Winter is still here but instead of a snowstorm we are having freezing rain which is not nice to drive in so we are hunkering down and staying in since we really have no place we need to be.

Here’s what I’ve been doing, the guys came out hunting in early November, some of the kids came for thanksgiving and we went to Texas for Christmas this year and stayed down there for a month. We had a wonderful time. The weather was pretty chilly but we sure didn’t mind, being with our family down there was why we go.






We spent a lot of time with our kids and grandkids and had quite a few sleepovers with the grands.

I did manage to get some UFO’s finished.  I finished my Chicago Cubs socks...yay!


Hopefully this will be the start of my blogging again. 


Huh??!!??!?  Not sure I've heard of it either, that is until I made it.  We had just about a cupful of diced rhubarb in the garden, strawberries leftover from the strawberry shortcake and blueberries in the freezer that were still good but need to be eaten.

I love this strawberry slicer, it's much like the egg slicer that's floating around in most peoples kitchen drawers.



So in the pie they all went, strawberries, rhubarb and blueberries.


I made a butter crust pie crust for the first time and just had to take a quick peek at it while it was baking in the oven.


Out of the oven and waiting for it to cool down some before we had a slice.


A slice of pie with ice cream on it....YUM!!!!!!!


Even tho there was a cup of rhubarb in the pie I added barely a 1/4 cup of sugar to the fruit and with the small scoop of ice cream on top it added just enough sweetness to make it so good.  I'm really finding out that one doesn't need to add all the sugar in recipes to have it sweet enough.  I guess with having cut out sugar 99% in our diet that not having sugar or very little sugar in something doesn't make a difference to us, actually having too much sugar in a recipe we can hardly eat it it's too sweet.  Our taste buds are really changing here.

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I'd like to wish all who are celebrating Independence Day a fun and safe celebration.

Happy 4th to you all!!

dinner of choice

I don't have an ounce of Irish blood in me.  I am 100% full blooded Finnish and I LOVE corned beef and cabbage. 


When the kids were growing up I would make occasionally corned beef and cabbage and I think Mr and I and one other child of ours (who still loves it as well) only ate it.  Since becoming empty nesters I've made it off and on, and on the off times we would go out for it.  Last night was no exception.  I volunteer at the local hospital and an older gentleman stopped by at the information desk where I was working at and said he was going to have corned beef and cabbage at the restaurant that serves the best corned beef and cabbage in the state of Wisconsin.  Of course I had to ask where that was, so that was where we went for dinner.  I do have to say it was pretty good.  The only complaint I had was that they gave us too much food, and I couldn't eat it all :)

So what was your dinner of choice on St Patrick's day?  How about you all, do you or do you not like corned beef and cabbage?