November 24, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving 2022

Give thanks today and every day with a grateful heart.
There is always something to be thankful matter how big or small.

Happy Thanksgiving Family and Friends! 

November 22, 2022

Cranberry Chutney

Cranberry Chutney


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

eCard of the Week #491: Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is an annual tradition of observing how
people use to communicate before the internet.

November 20, 2022

Sunday Stealing: Hodgepodge

Welcome to this week's Sunday Stealing!
-What’s your favorite childhood memory?

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?

 I have received so many gifts in my lifetime and each one are special to me. One that stands out to me at the moment is when my husband gave me a boxer puppy. The puppy was 2 1/2 months old and we named her Shelby.  Shelby brought love, light and joy to our home for 15 years.
-Do you prefer being indoors or outdoors?

I prefer to be indoors.

-Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone?

A co-worker  

-What do you keep in your bag or handbag?

My wallet, cellphone, coin purse, receipts and a few coupons,  

-Can you knit?

Yes, but not very well.  

-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?

My sister-in-law.  

-Who was your first ever pen pal?

I cannot remember her name.  

-What has been your favorite job so far?

Now matter how crazy and stressful it got/gets, my current job is my favorite.  

-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?

Google Maps

-If you could afford to volunteer full time for a charity, which would it be?

A local animal shelter.  

-Do you have any siblings?

I have one younger brother.  

-Who is your favorite YouTuber?

Frog Leap Studios 

-Have you ever been a bridesmaid or a groomsman?

I have not.

November 19, 2022

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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 14, 2022

Homemade Pickles for National Pickle Day

Homemade Pickles

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

World Kindness Day 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.

Many years ago, my kids and I were at Baskin Robbins (around Christmas time) because we wanted an eggnog shake.  I didn't have much money but our little family was going through a very rough time and I wanted to give the kids a treat.  We ordered and waited our turn to pay as there were several soldiers ahead of us.  Two particular soldiers were watching to and listen to the kids talk.  When I got to the counter to pay the cashier told me "no charge".  When I asked why not? She explained to me that the soldiers had paid for our shakes.  Tears immediately filed my eyes. The kids and I went to the soldier's table, and I shook their hands and thanked them.  My son gave them both a hug.  A memory that will stay with me forever.  

Have you experienced an act of kindness?