Sunday, April 23, 2017

Week 70, 4-23-2017

Thoughts and Quotes: Spring is sooner recognized by plants than by men. Chinese Proverb

And weeds recognize it best. We've had three days of rain and more to come. However, today we finally have sunshine, so today's post will be brief, so I can participate in the War of the Weeds.

Teaching and Learning: I had another session with Brandon at the library, and the recipe pull-down tabs are ready to go. They're at the top, under the heading. I've arranged them in the order I usually find in cookbooks.

Click on a category - a list of recipes will drop down. Click on the recipe you want to see. You will be taken to the WEEK where I posted the recipe. You'll have to scroll down to search for the recipe. You'll be in a new window, so you must close it to go back where you started. Then click on "Home" to close the drop-down tab.

My next step will be learning how to alphabetize the recipe names in each category. Baby steps - we'll get there.

Time for Others: More cardmaking. Results of FS63.




Results of FS64:




And we made three cards in Katie's class

The Pepper report: We had to make a little trip to the vet. Pepper has been scratching his hair out and even making bald spots. Dr. said he probably has an allergy and gave him a shot. Let's hope it works.

And now the dilemma. Pepper wants a kitty and I don't want him to have one. Remember the photo of Pepper and Stormy from last week?

I decided to open the screen and see what happened. My boy is such a gentleman.

I haven't opened my indoor patio yet, so all the outdoor furniture and pots are still there with the indoor patio furniture. Stormy climbed over everything, sitting awhile in a pot.

Now remember that this little girl is a feral kitty, never touched by a human. I opened the slider, which leads into my family room. I was sitting on the couch, reading. Stormy walked right in, looked at me, went on into the living room, explored everything, went into the kitchen where she helped herself to most of Pepper's dinner though she'd already eaten hers.  

The next day, I left the screen and the slider open again (raining, raining), and Stormy walked right in. Pepper followed her and joined me on the couch in the family room. Stormy came over and plopped down under the coffee table in front of the couch and started watching television.

After a bit, she went into the living room and Pepper followed. When I took a little peek, she was lying on the couch and Pepper was on the floor in front of her. He adores this little lady. I went back to my book in the family room and then I heard a crash. Stormy had climbed into the middle of a pot of hyacinths on the coffee table and knocked it over. Dirt everywhere. 

I know she'd love to be a house kitty and Pepper really wants her, but can I put up with the mess of another kitty? She's still young and wants to explore and climbs everywhere. What to do, what to do? 

Things that Grow: Not my things, but Peter has given me permission to share some of his photos. 

A Bluebell Glade in Ireland

And photos from the Japanese Garden at our Botanical Center in Springfield, MO

Kudos to Peter for his excellent photography.

Theme Dining: I've scarcely started on the final theme meal for April. I'm definitely going to do A Celebration of Citrus - my refrigerators are full of grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, lemons, and limes.

I'm deciding on the tablescape, and I don't have anything lemon yellow. Guess butter yellow will be okay. We'll see. I have no idea what to do for a centerpiece. Any suggestions?

I have plenty of pictures to make the invitations, and the envelopes are finished (made from pages of a produce calendar).

I have some tag ends from tea bags to decorate the menus; being inspected by my supervisor, as you can see.

The tentative menu follows. I haven't tested even one of the recipes yet.

Grapefruit Salad with Lemon Cream Dressing

Game Hens A L'Orange

Orange Rice

Lime Beets

Lemon Muffins

Citrus-Mint Iced Tea

Orange Meringue Pie

And for party favors, Lemon Fudge

So this week is going to be very busy. Status report next week. And as this is a short post, how about a preview of May Tablescapes?

May Flowers

Pansies Plus

Cabbage Patch

Blue Asian


Taking Time for Fun: Some days have more than one National Day, but you just knew I'd choose the ones about food, didn't you? These are American, but I hereby extend a welcome to readers from other countries to join us.

Monday, April 24: National Pigs in a Blanket Day - click HERE.

Tuesday, April 25: National Zucchini Bread Day - click HERE, but don't use that recipe. Use this one -

3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup oil
2 cups sugar
2 tsps vanilla
2 cups grated zucchini
1 8-oz can crushed pineapple, undrained
3 cups flour
2 tsps baking soda
1 tsp salt
1-1/2 tsps baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup chopped nuts, optional

Heat oven to 350°.

Grease two regular-size loaf pans and set aside.

Mix eggs, oil, sugar, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl.  Stir in zucchini and pineapple.

Mix dry ingredients together in another bowl and then stir into zucchini mixture.

Bake 1 hour.

Note: This is a nice quick bread to slice for afternoon tea or for making zucchini-cream cheese finger sandwiches.

Wednesday, April 26: National Pretzel Day - click HERE, and if you're not going to be near a mall to buy one, there are some recipes on the link. OR you can skip the pretzels because it's also National Kids and Pets Day. I'm sure Pepper is going to want lap time (and maybe some little bits of pretzel).

Thursday, April 27: National Prime Rib Day - click HERE. Go out to a restaurant or make your own from the recipe on the link. If you're a vegetarian, you can watch a baseball game because it's also National Babe Ruth Day, and if you can't find a game, it's also National Tell a Story Day. If you don't know any stories, as a last resort, it's also National Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day (if you can spare a day where you won't accomplish a thing). 

Friday, April 28: National Blueberry Pie Day - click HERE. There's a recipe on the link, or you can plant a tree because it's also National Arbor Day. Click HERE for the foundation website and information on how to get some free trees.

Saturday, April 29National Shrimp Scampi Day - click HERE. And if you're allergic to shellfish, you can plant a rose because it's also National Peace Rose Day - click HERE. Antonia Ridge wrote a lovely non-fiction book about the Peace Rose called For Love of a Rose. You can find it HERE.

Sunday, April 30: National Oatmeal Cookie Day - click HERE. There's a recipe on the link or use the one on the Quaker Oats box. It's also National Raisin Day, so add some to your cookies or fix a Ham with Raisin Sauce. The sauce recipe is under "Sauces" above. And if you just don't want to cook, it's also National Honesty Day (but I thought that was every day). 








  1. I absolutely love the table setting! The cards are lovely and your photos are absolutely gorgeous! The cats are so cute. Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. Fruit would make a wonderful centrepiece, particularly citrus as that is the theme sat on some large green leaves. The menu sounds wonderful.

    1. We'll see about the menu. Still haven't tried the recipes.

      My thoughts also about the fruit. I was looking around for a basket the right size and color, but leaves are a good choice. I have a couple somewhere (with the luau things I believe) which might work. Also thought about orange, etc slices (cut side out) in tall cylindrical vases with flowers in the middle. Still haven't figured out how to keep the slices in place though.

      Thanks for the suggestion.

  3. Hello my talented Friend 'O Friends!! ;) I LOVE the cards you folks made. So much fun!

    And your theme meals continue to so impress!! I think cabbage patch may be my new favorite. That table was so adorable!! Right out of Mr. McGregor's garden!! Lol

    I think a pretty centerpiece for your citrus theme could be doing the little vase in a bigger vase trick. And you put slices of citrus against the outer edges of the bigger vase and the littler vase holds flowers sitting in the center of the bigger one. You see lots of inspiration like that on pinterest and they're always so pretty. Just thought. ;)

    Your blog is getting pretty fancy pants with drop down titles and all. Very cool! You'll have to teach me your tricks. Ha!

    Oh sweet Pepper...wanting his little buddy. But I don't blame you one bit for not wanting to worry about a mess and wild cat destroying your house. I have seen folks put their cats on leashes before. I don't think Pepper should be left to roam free outside - but he might like little roped off area of his own where he could go enjoy fresh air with his Sweetie? Just a thought as well. ;)

    I'm so sorry I didn't get your box out last week. I will be emailing you details about when your box will be sent this week!

    Hugs to you and Pepper (& little Stormy too).
    By the way: if you go on youtube and type in a search under Johnnie Lawson videos he has the most beautiful video of a bluebell forest just like that one in action - with birds chirping, butterflies flying etc. Very therapeutic. xoxo

    1. Your comments always leave me glowing. I really love the idea of the vases with citrus slices, but find that I don't have enough vases, because I'd need six for a three-object centerpiece which seems to be my M.O. I've decided to go with the fruit idea (thank you, Mama's Mercantile) and can even use mostly fake oranges and lemons from the basket I keep on my kitchen island.

      Pepper doesn't stray far when he goes out. I do worry that I'd have to give him flea treatments though, and I hate using medicines of any kind on him or myself.

      I have to write the instructions for the drop down menus before I forget them and will be happy to share. Brandon from the library figured it out. He's working on a way to put photos on my header right now.

      No worries about sending the box. You have other obligations which should come first.

      Will search for Johnnie Lawson and maybe include the link in my next post.

      Lunch out today, so must get busy. Hugs to you, Dear One