• Food & Drink,  Just Life

    Another Week.

    Y’all it’s been another week. I’ve had plans to write a blog post since Tuesday (the boys were here for Week TEN of Marmie & Poppa Camp and they left late that afternoon), but … obviously … I got distracted. In good ways, and bad ways. The bad was the news. I live in Georgia. the state with nearly as many coronavirus cases as the country of Italy (Italy, y’all … and I expect we’ll be even with Great Britain come September – we’ve already surpassed France and Germany – countries with six/eight times as many people). When my kids were growing up, I remember telling folks that where we…

  • Books,  Food & Drink

    Reading Better.

    Way back in November I wrote a post about six things I was going to be working on this year. By mid-April, I’d whittled the list to five things (there was no way a trip to England was going to happen) … and I’ve been making progress on all of them. It feels really good to say that! and ๐Ÿ˜‰ now that there are just over 100 days until my next birthday, I want to get more specific about the progress I’ve made and the actions I still want to take. Today, I’m getting specific about Reading Better. I remember being really pleased when I figured those words out. Read…

  • Books,  Food & Drink,  Knitting

    Little Boys, Knitting, and Books.

    These three things are pretty much my life right now, which certainly isn’t a bad thing. Here’s what it looks like this week. First up, it was Week Five of Marmie & Poppa camp.The boys made granola, a few LEGO models, and a set of stepping stones for our yard; helped in the garden (including harvesting the most expensive tomatoes ever ๐Ÿ˜‰ ); learned about electrical circuits (Charlie) and practiced super shooter target skills (Sam). We all laughed and played, and slept well. I didn’t have as much time to knit and read, but I managed some. I’m working through the latest clue of Kirsten’s MKAL, as are most of…

  • Food & Drink

    A Monday Haiku.

    blue skies,ย faces turned upward, feeling warmth return breath prayer: welcome welcome a fresh start. welcome a full week. welcome connecting with friends (near and far). welcome another day of sunshine (we’ve had three in a row and this makes four – the longest stretch of 2020!). welcome a reasonable to-do list. welcome signs of spring. welcome all. What are you welcoming today? Wishing you a lovely week!

  • Food & Drink

    Cooking the New Frontier | February.

    Happy Tuesday that feels kind of like a Monday and kind of like a repeat of all the other days this month (I’ve decided the movie Groundhog Day was set in February for a really good reason!) It is – yet again – wet, gray, and chilly outside (mostly wet)ย andย ๐Ÿ™‚ I am delighted to have something to share that is none of those things. A few weeks back, I told y’all about a new thing we (me, my sister, our mom, our sister-in-law) were doing this year. Cooking the New Frontier! The loose idea is that we meet monthly. for dinner. cooking recipes from the Pioneer Woman’s New Frontier cookbook.…

  • Food & Drink,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday | Hard Cider (Mule).

    Hello friends and happy Wednesday! I’m delighted to be joining in with Kat and friends today with a knitting project … and a cocktail! A few weeks back, I posted about Thea Colman’s latest Hard Cider. Since then, the yarn arrived (I do think it’s a very nice pink-red), I knit a swatch and finally, cast on. The pattern begins with 7″ of 3×3 rib, which seems to be taking ages (I started Monday evening and I’m still not to the halfway mark), but the yarn – Rowan Felted Tweed – is nice to knit. and I’m enjoying the size 5 needle. I’m also enjoying the Hard Cider cocktail (pictured…

  • Food & Drink

    Cheers | to Summer.

    We are home – and Marc is on the golf course. I haven’t enjoyed this kind of quiet … in a few days. It’s been wonderful to scroll through the dozens of photos and seconds of video from our quick getaway and remember how much fun it was. I promise more on Monday, but for now, how about a few favorites from our “family photos by the lake” on Wednesday evening. First – because this just cracks me up – an outtake of the boys as we were warming upCharlie has obviously been practicing his “ROAR” face … and Sam has just practiced being a two-year-old angel ๐Ÿ˜‰ A bit…

  • Food & Drink

    Sometimes Mondays.

    …make you smile. Especially when you spend Sunday afternoon with a few of your favorite people, a table full of snacks, a pitcher of holiday sangria and dozens (and dozens) of homemade cookies to share. and everyone gets into taking photos. My sister hosted us this year, which means she was in charge of the lebkuchen. She made the dough the day before and yesterday we rolled it out really more like patting – it’s sticky! (of course Charlie thought that was huge fun) – baked it, iced it, and eventually cut it into pieces to share.And that’s the only photo I have of food or cookies, but I’m sure…

  • Food & Drink,  Just Life

    Birthday Weekending.

    Birthdays come fast and furious around here this time of year. This past Saturday was my birthday … and we celebrated all weekend long! Thursday evening’s Thanksgiving Service was a wonderful beginning. Friday. the camellias were in full bloom – and the sun came out! But the best news came at the vet’s office. Holly was diagnosed with pneumonia the weekend before. Friday afternoon was her third set of X-rays and the first to show solid improvement and a good prognosis. It was really the best birthday present I could’ve asked for, but the gifts kept coming! Friday evening sunset. Birthday sunrise over the lake (I took this photo from…

  • Food & Drink

    Cheers | Apple Cider Mule.

    Two weekends ago, when Marc’s nephew (Ross) was here, I mixed up a batch of Fall Classics, substituting an intense apple spice syrup* for the thyme. I liked this version better and Ross asked for (and has since made) the recipe. Success! And then I had the happy problem of leftovers – apple spice syrup, lemons and apple cider. I started experimenting with all sorts of mixes and last weekend settled on my favorite. I gave it one last test with Karen and Lydia and they agreed it’s ready for prime time. … and perfect for a pre-Thanksgiving Cheers! Apple Cider Mule 2 oz gin (or bourbon, or even vodka)…