08 January 2013

Can I?

To be or not to be was not the question on my mind this eve...it was whether I could do something I have wanted to do for about a month now. And the answer is yes:)
Blessings, Aimee

Fruitcake French Toast + Memory Lane

On Sunday it hit me...
a sudden desire to cook Fruitcake French Toast.
I had never heard of it before,
but it sounded yummy and very seasonal...
A quick search led me to an answer--
yes there was such a thing--
and recipes
(such a wonderful source of knowledge the Internet is--
not all of it believable though).
So Monday morn
I made some,
and the verdict is....
 well the verdict is it is very rich and tasty---very rich being the keyword here.

By the way, does anyone remember the pretty
Churchill Blue Willow,
made in England,
dinnerware you used to be able to get at a certain store
if you spent so much on groceries?
I have a weakness for nice dinnerware...
but not enough storage space to feed this weakness too much:)

And does anyone remember when bread was 19 cents or so,
gasoline was 29 cents/gallon  (or was it 24?)
and a large can of peaches was about the same.

And as long as we're traveling down memory lane...
does anyone else remember when a computer filled a whole room...
and when there were party lines, dial phones
and the one and only family TV was a black and white one?

 Ah---those were the days and yet,
could I really live without Facebook,
a smartphone,
my laptop
digital, satellite TV?

YEP:) I could, but these modern conveniences sure do make life easier.

Do you have any childhood memories you treasure?

There are several recipes for the Fruitcake French Toast online.
Be forewarned it is very good (if you like fruitcake),
very, very rich (I served it with some salty meat to offset the sweetness).
The preserves I used on top were cloudberry preserves
(available in Scandinavian shops or very likely your fav IKEA store).
And one more note...
the lighting in my kitchen leaves much to be desired hence the faded look to the plate which is actually quite vibrant and pretty (as was the food). 

Note 2:
Always proofread your posts Aimee...

07 January 2013

Monday's Meanderings

I should be cleaning the baker's rack right now
or clearing out the family room alcove
or a hundred other tasks...
but instead here I sit,
watching the changing sky
and listening to my favorite Christian radio station and
thinking of spring.
It doesn't help that my garden is caught between winter and spring---
or that I just cut these roses the other day,
in January,
in the middle of winter!
in the PNW:)
And it didn't help my spring fever/cravings/longing
when I took time to organize my table linens the other day--
well my spring and summer ones.
Lavender, light blue and green, yellow;
spring flowers--
And then, on quite a few days,
one could easily imagine it being spring with the blue skies and sunlight streaming
 through our windows...
well as long as one's furnace is on,
 and one is wearing a sweatshirt or wool sweater.
Or maybe some flannel pj's.
I mean there definitely is beauty in wintertime--
some of it unexpected,
like this artwork God made for me the other day...
from a plastic container I had forgotten about and some windblown greens.
And this winter flowering camellia (sasanqua) which
this year is filled from
 top to bottom with rose colored blooms...
But then my cell phone rings
and it is my son
who lives in the south now,
and I see that his temperatures this week are something I can only dream about
 on a summer
or (sometimes) spring day--
and I am back to hoping spring will come soon
with lots of cheerful daffodils and tulips.
Until I hear the forecast for here and start hoping again for some
beautiful winter snow.
How about you?
Are you ready for spring or craving more winter's snow?
THANK you, thank you Blogger for today's blessing of information
and gift:)
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