Friday, November 28, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
ready for the task. She made this apron in high school
home ec class (1940's), and always wore it in the kitchen when
cooking for the holidays. It is a wonderful apron, and fits 'just perfect'.
It has held up so well, and I would love to copy it...but that would
mean tearing it up into it's pieces to cut out others, and I just
can't bring myself to do that. It's a red print on white with cute
zigzag trim. I keep it on display and usually confine myself to
using it on days that I'm going to be in the kitchen alot.
The first thing I did was make up a batch of pumpkin chocolate chip
muffins. One is missing, so I guess you can see the benefits
of doing the cooking...the tasting : ) I got this recipe from
another blog, and they were wonderful. I sent some with
my insurance man back to the office for an afternoon staff
Around lunch time I made the stuffing and got the turkey
all ready to go. I come from a long line of really good turkey
roasters. My Mom was a wonderful cook, and she learned
from her aunt that she lived with after age 8. Her aunt's name
was Jennie and she was a wonderful and particular cook. This is
Jennie's roaster that has been passed down to me. It does a really good job...
as you can see by the results. We have tried several turkey
cooking methods, deep frying, smoking, brining etc. But nothing
beats our old roaster. We invited company, and celebrated
an early Thanksgiving Thursday night with some of the trimmings.
lots of family and company at the table. Families were larger then, and
my Mom had 7 siblings. Holiday dinners tended to be a gathering of the clan
and all ages were grouped around the table. I remember fondly
the fun we had not only eating, but playing with lots of cousins
for the whole day.
This is Thanksgiving in 1955. It was a smaller group than
usual, with my family...and Mom's sister and her family and
a stray brother. The turkey was large, and took center stage
In 1957 there was a larger group. Mom always included
elderly relatives and friends, even on most Sunday dinners.
One uncle had contracted polio, and in the photo above
he is shown with his table 'gear' that allowed him
to eat by himself.
This is the other side of the table, and we are down to
the pie course now. In looking at this photo today, I noticed
that the sugar, creamer, and serving bowl are in my
kitchen cupboards and in regular use. It's so nice to have a
legacy of utensils, dishes, cooking instructions and especially
hospitality to look back on.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I have a stack of doilies in white and ecru that make me feel positively rich,
A rose patterned antimacassar...doesn't the pattern show up beautifully on dark upholstery?
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
We must have at least a dozen of these trees either in our yard or right on the property line. We are blessed!
One thing they do that is not quite as nice is shed their pine needles twice a year in spring and fall. (A pine's version of dropping fall leaves) I posted a clean-up-our-yard post last week about cleaning up these needles. But it seems that every fall needs a good strong wind to blow the last of the leaves or in our case needles off the trees. You guessed it, we had several days of high winds and storms last week. A whole new batch of needles came down. So early Saturday morning found us out once again raking up the needles. This time was much faster however, as the layer was thin and scattered. We were able to rake them up and plop them on top of last week's pile in about an hour.
We put them in our utility trailer along with last Saturday's...
and the whole trailer full went off to our dump, where it was 1/2 off yard debris day. Everything looks ready for winter now. The pines have no more brown needles, but only bright green...and the dirt below them will remain clear until next spring. It isn't quite time for the holidays until this chore is finished up for the year....so let the holidays begin!
Monday, November 17, 2008
His office building is a former little house with the insurance office on one side and they rent out the other to a hearing aid office. We are grateful to own the building and grateful it is not any bigger! After the holidays we will tackle a little touch-up on the trim and a few other improvements. A little improving at a time does wonder for the spirit...
"When thou hast thanked thy God
For every blessing sent,
What time will then remain
For murmurs or lament?"
Archbishop Richard Chenevix Trench
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
After cutting them up I separated them, as my insurance man is not a beet lover. I put the onions and parsnips together, and the beets separately....drizzled olive oil over them and generously seasoned with salt and pepper.
Twice-baked Sweet Potatoes
Thursday, November 13, 2008
After Julie moved to Pennsylvania, we visited her there fairly often, having never been to the East Coast before. There were many differences as the East and West Coasts have their own cultures. Loving history and old houses, I was enchanted with the large old colonial homes, many wooden painted white and many brick or stone. Every evening as dusk came on, little welcome lights would light up the windows of these beautiful homes. We often took walks or car rides just to look at the lovely graceful windows, curtains and welcoming lights. What a beautiful custom. Today's lights are electrical, battery powered or even solar powered. They are a tribute to days long gone (but not forgotten) when candles were placed in the windows to welcome home family members, or to welcome guests to the home and hearth. Welcome lights are not usually seen on the West Coast, and on returning home I found some electrical ones for my downstairs windows. I placed these at 4 small windows on the ground floor, and found 4 more battery lights for my upstairs windows where no outlets were available. The photo above shows the smaller battery powered light and the photo below the stronger electrical one. I have chosen to use the lights seasonally, and place them in the windows in October when the nights are growing longer and the days shorter. There is something so comforting to come home to the lights when it's dark and stormy out, or to be indoors looking out at the weather but see the little sturdy lights spreading their beams. They are even nice on cold grey days in winter...and I have them on all day as homemade soup is simmering on the stove. What a nice tradition that we have brought home with us from our visits to Julie.
Lord, thank you for being the light of the world....to shine during mankinds dark and stormy ways....to lead us home to you. Amen
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
This is my father, Frank A. Vernon. He served in the Pacific during WW II, in the Army Air Corp. He flew with the 494th Bomb Group, in 'Kelly's Cobras.'
This is a photo of Frank's plane the 'Wolf', where he served as a waiste gunner.
And this is the veteran closest to my heart, John C. Asmussen. John served with the Oregon National Guard starting in 1971, during the Viet Nam War.
Well done faithful men!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Then the very last thing is to rake up all the pine needles...(we have LOTS of big Ponderosa Pines on our property and on the neighbors property) and these go into our utility trailer to be hauled to the dump this coming Saturday. It feels so good to get these projects done for the coming winter.
We have had a few snow flurries, and temperatures down into the low 30's and even 20's. But we also have had moderate afternoons, where being outside is still a pleasure. Alas, the weatherman has predicted rain, wind and snow for the coming days...so we can relax indoors, knowing that our work is done for now...and say hello to winter.
Friday, November 7, 2008
This is Macy Hope Snead, born Sept. 25, 2008...
and this is Macy one year later...