Snow Birds

There have been a wide variety birds on the feeder this month, particularly when it snowed earlier in December.   DH has kept the feeder full of nice cracked sunflower seeds, and I made a suet cake for them too.  The goldfinches on the upper left have put on their more drab winter garb.  The one …

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Christmas Dinner

This weekend is the time to shop for those holiday foods for Christmas dinner.  This is a fun time, planning the meal, deciding what would be festive and special.  For many years now, we have done a Standing Rib Roast.  Yes, a bit expensive, but it is Christmas and that is only once a year.  …

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Beginning of Winter

After a warmer than usual Autumn, we finally got a cold spell over the past couple of weeks, turning the remaining leaves pretty colors. Most of the trees are bare now, but a few remain here and there.  This picture is from the last week in November, early morning mist is settled in the valley …

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Delicious Ways with Leftover Turkey

Are you tired of turkey yet?  Sometimes I freeze big portions of turkey to use later, and most years I'll boil the bones for soup, or turkey and dumplings.  I thought today would be a great day to show you some recipes to make the leftovers taste like a fresh meal with different flavors.  Starting …

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Thanksgiving Tablescape

I love Thanksgiving, it is my favorite day of the year!  We usually don't have company on the day, but we enjoy extending the holiday through the weekend before getting to the December frenzy.  On Saturday, we are having a small dinner party of six, so of course that means a pretty table.  I set …

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September in the Garden

The garden is winding down, and the hurricane has helped to move things along.  A few critters did their share too. DH modified the bird feeder so that less seed would spill into the tray, which made it a bit more difficult for the larger birds like the cardinals to eat. So, feeling sorry for …

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Early April in the Garden

It is getting warmer now, and the garden seems to be coming to life again. All around the flowers are not as prolific this year due to a late freeze that did some damage to the buds. Still, the light pink azalea is producing blooms and the bumble bees are having a great time. As …

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Sloppy Toms with Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

Just over a week past Thanksgiving, and DH is complaining that he is tired of turkey. Truth be told, so am I. I took homemade turkey noodle soup to the office and had it two times there, then again at home. But I still have turkey left. Thank goodness I put half of the breast …

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Happy Thanksgiving!

This is my favorite holiday, watching the Macy's parade in my jammies with a hot cup of coffee, turkey baking all afternoon, and football games!  Inevitably there is something that goes awry on a holiday, and those stories end up being the best and most memorable of all.  I told several of my family stories …

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How to Brine and Bake a Moist Succulent Turkey

Now I know what you are thinking, and I used to say the same thing - I don't have the space to do this.  But, you do.  It is easier than you think.  I have to say, this is absolutely the best turkey you will ever eat.  The true test of how moist and juicy …

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Roasted Garlic Turkey Breast

Roasted Turkey Breast is a frequent meal around my house. Those half-breasts are often on sale at the local grocery store, and feed two nicely with some sandwich slices left over for taking to work for lunch the next day.  It needs to have some stronger seasoning so it doesn't taste the same as the …

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Panko Crusted Deviled Turkey Breast

One of my favorite things to do is to cook for guys.  It is fun to prepare something hearty and flavorful, and watch it disappear with second helpings.  Recently, I had one of my husband's friends over for dinner while his wife was out of town visiting her family.  DH and best car buddy had …

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Leftover Turkey – A Cornucopia of Ideas

So, how many of us will have turkey left over?  Quite a few I would guess, so I thought it was time to share some of my leftover ideas.  One thing I have done in the past was freeze cooked, leftover turkey meat in quart size zipper bags so I don't get too tired of …

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Thanksgiving Tablescape

It is a wonderful time of year for setting a beautiful table.  Maybe it is just me, but I like mixing things together to create a work of art for the table.  One thing that always bugs me is centerpieces that are too tall.  I like to have a low decoration down the middle of …

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Thanksgiving 101

Ah, Thanksgiving, a day devoted to a great meal shared with family and friends.   It is by far my favorite holiday, with the gorgeous color leaves outside, crisp autumn air, parades and football, a wonderful meal shared with people I love and the anticipation of the holiday season ahead.  Well, that is what it is …

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