This is the year that your dreams come true!
This is the year that your ships come in;
This is the year you find Christ within.
This is the year you are glad to live;
This is the year you have much to give.
This is the year when you know the Truth;
This is the year when you find new youth.
This is the year that brings happiness;
This is the year you will live to bless.
Wonderful, wonderful, fortunate you,
This is the year that your dreams come true!
Russell A. Kemp
I really liked this also. Oh, if they could see us now!
Year by year the complexities of this spinning world grow more bewildering and so each year we need all the more to seek peace and comfort in the joyful simplicities.
Woman’s Home Companion, December 1935
Time for Others: I made a few New Year's cards. Here are some samples. They're really blingy. The photos don't do them justice. I'm very slow. I spent two days making sixteen cards.
The Pepper Report: He has such a rough life. He's getting to be a little pudge.
His wounds are much better. He isn't scratching them now, and I'm putting emu oil on his left eye injury, hoping that the scar tissue will soften and let his eye and ear move back toward normal.
And his left leg hair is filling in.
Time to Play: My week was spent on making cards, going to Cracker Barrel for lunch will Martha and Bill, thrifting with Bill, and a little jaunt to the casino with Steg, where I came home with $150 of their money (Oh, wait - that was probably my money which I let them borrow on my past trips).
Thrifting: Guess people were busy with the holidays instead of buying housewares, so some treasures had been there long enough to make the 50% discount status. All housewares with yellow tags were 1/2 price.
Not my greatest bargain. Not on sale, so $3
The pattern goes all the way around. I bought six for 25 cents each.
Teabag holders for 50 cents total
Salt and pepper shakers - $1 for the pair
Plastic spoons with lime slices on top - 50 cents for four
I always need another white rabbit - 50 cents
Salad size plates which I'll use for serving at teas - $1 each
Not on sale, but still a bargain at $4
This one was on sale - $2.50
Handpainted in Italy - $3
A little smaller but only $1.50
Trains at the Botanical Center: While we were out, we dropped by the Botanical Center to see the Christmas trains, as this was our last chance. They're different each year, and so cute.
When I think of all the work which went into this display, I hang my head in shame for complaining about how long it took to put lights out front of my house.
Tip: Check your smoke alarms to make they're working properly. I'll remind you again in July.
Tablescapes: My New Year's Day table won't win any awards, but it was more about eating black-eyed peas for Good Luck in the New Year; rice for Health; collard greens for Money; ham and cornbread because they go well with the other things. Sweet Potato Pie just for fun. We toasted the New Year with sparkling cider.
SWEET POTATO PIE
Cut from a newspaper - submitted by Rose Watson
2 cups mashed sweet potatoes
1/2 butter, softened
2 eggs, separated
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 unbaked pie shell
Heat oven to 400°.
Combine sweet potatoes, butter, egg yolks, brown sugar, and spices.
Stir in milk – mix well.
Beat egg whites one minute, and then add sugar gradually until stiff peaks form.
Fold whites gently into sweet potato mixture.
Spoon into pie shell.
Bake at 400° for 10 minutes; reduce heat to 350° and bake 45 minutes more.
Note: Use a deep dish or 10” pie plate.
It will puff up, but then settle in as it cools.
CORNBREAD – SOUTHERN
Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
2 cups white (or yellow) cornmeal
2 tsps baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups buttermilk
Heat oven to 450°.
Melt shortening in a 9” iron skillet or 9” baking pan in the oven, brushing sides of pan with hot shortening.
Sift dry ingredients together in mixing bowl.
Combine egg and buttermilk and stir into dry ingredients, along with melted shortening.
Pour batter into hot pan.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until browned.
Thank You to Sweet Niece Sarah: For this fun gift for serving chilled dips.
Taking Care of My Health: Okay, fresh start. We'll work into it slowly. Every day, eat apples. They can be raw, cooked, in salads, apple juice, and for those who aren't watching their weight: cookies, cakes, pies.
The schedule: As I promised last week, this is what I'm planning for the week ahead.
Muffin Tin Monday: Make Ahead Breakfast Muffins
Tidy Up Tuesday: I'll work on that mess in my garage.
Where Shall We Go Wednesday?: The Grotto (West Coast Grill). If you live in the Springfield, Missouri, area, join me. Sorry, you have to pay for your own lunch. The Grotto is in the Food For Less shopping center on the Big Lots side, but closer to the street. Be at my house at 11:10 if you're riding with me, or be at the restaurant at 11:30. Bring your husbands, mothers, daughters, neighbors, friends, anyone who doesn't get out enough. See you there.
Try Something Thursday: I'm going to make something in the Air Fryer I bought weeks ago, and haven't even opened the box.
Friends Over Friday: The Blue Belles are coming for Reuben sandwiches and girl talk.
Sayonara Saturday: I'll clear out my files and put the ones my heirs will need to settle my estate all in one place.
Tip: If you couldn't find the Rose Parade today, it's because they never have it on a Sunday because it interferes with church. However, they will have it on Monday, the 2nd, and it's shown at 10:00 a.m. in the Central Time Zone. And I hope you watched or taped New Year's Eve in Vienna. Sorry I didn't finish my blog post in time to remind you.
LET'S MAKE 2017 OUR BEST YEAR EVER
EAT YOUR APPLES
WORK ON YOUR GOALS
THINK ABOUT GOING ON A BUDGET
THANK YOU FOR SHARING MY LIFE