November 24, 2022
November 23, 2022
November 22, 2022
1-1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
1 package (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
2 large tart apples, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (optional)
1. In a large saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 3 minutes. Carefully stir in all remaining ingredients except walnuts; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until mixture reaches desired thickness, 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Serve warm or cold. Stir in walnuts before serving (optional).
November 21, 2022
November 20, 2022
Sitting on my grandparents front porch, listening to Grandpa talk about the good old days.
-Do you sing in the shower?
-What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
-Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone?
-What do you keep in your bag or handbag?
-Can you knit?
-How many hours do you sleep each night?
Six to eight hours but normally six or less. It takes me a long time to fall asleep and then I toss and turn a lot.
-Who is your role model?
-Who was your first ever pen pal?
-What has been your favorite job so far?
-What is your favorite go-to recipe for mid-week meals?
-How often do you eat in a restaurant?
Once a month.
-Are you close to your family?
-Which phone app could you not live without?
-If you could afford to volunteer full time for a charity, which would it be?
-Do you have any siblings?
-Who is your favorite YouTuber?
-Have you ever been a bridesmaid or a groomsman?
November 19, 2022
3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1/2 stick butter
1 banana, sliced
1 orange, zested and juiced
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
Salt and pepper
Boil potatoes until tender, drain and reserve.
Return the pot to the stove top over medium heat. Add butter and bananas to the pot.
Cook bananas 5 minutes and add the juice of 1 orange to the pot, reserve the zest.
Allow the juice to cook out, 1 minute. Add potatoes to the pot and the stock and sugar. Mash potatoes, banana, stock and sugar together until well combined.
Season with nutmeg, salt, pepper and orange zest, to your taste. Mash to combine spices and serve.
November 18, 2022
November 16, 2022
November 14, 2022
1¼ cups distilled white vinegar (5% acidity)
3 tablespoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups cold water
1¾ to 2 pounds Kirby cucumbers (about 6), cut into halves or spears
2 tablespoons coriander seeds
6 large garlic cloves, peeled and halved
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
16 dill sprigs
Combine the vinegar, salt and sugar in a small non-reactive saucepan (such as stainless steel, glass, ceramic or teflon) over high heat. Whisk until the salt and sugar are dissolved. Transfer the liquid into a bowl and whisk in the cold water. Refrigerate brine until ready to use.
Stuff the cucumbers into two clean 1-quart jars. Add the coriander seeds, garlic cloves, mustard seeds, red pepper flakes, dill sprigs, and chilled brine into jars, dividing evenly. If necessary, add a bit of cold water to the jars until the brine covers the cucumbers. Cover and refrigerate about 24 hours, then serve. The pickles will keep in the refrigerator for up to one month.
November 13, 2022
Every day I read or hear about at least one random act of kindness. And every day I wonder why there are not more. Random acts of kindness should happen hundred if not thousands of times each day. Kindness is free. Something as simple as a simple can make someone's day so much better.