Friday, February 01, 2019

Fashion on Fridays

On the way to church last week, I realized that the plaid in my new winter scarf (on sale costing less than $10) was straight from the Spring Palette:

jester red



living coral

Just the jump start I needed to get my mind in gear for the coming months ~

PS  Scarves are such an economical way to update the wardrobe.  Stay tuned for another new-to-me color combination.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Fashion on Fridays

Spring 2019 Pantone Palatte   (Left to Right)

Top Row
Fiesta (orange)
Jester Red
Tumeric (orange)
Living Coral (color of year)

2nd Row
Pink Peacock
Pepper Stem (green)
Aspen Gold
Princess Blue

3rd Row
Mango Mojito
Terrarium Moss
Sweet Lilac

Bottom Row (Neutrals)
Silver Queen Corn
Brown Granite

I think I can work with this palette.  I especially appreciate the way Pantone helps me pair colors I ordinarily would not.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Banana Pudding

Combine in blender the following 5 ingredients.

Use low setting to stir.

2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
dash of salt
4 egg yolks (save whites)

Pour liquid into a heavy saucepan or the top of a double boiler (safer).  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened.  Reduce heat and cook stirring occasionally, for five more minutes.  Do not let pudding boil.  Remove from heat.  Add 1/2 tsp vanilla extract.

Line the bottom and sides of 1 1/2 qt casserole with a single layer of vanilla wafers.  Spread a layer of vanilla pudding (perhaps 1/2 cup).  Top with a layer of sliced bananas.  Repeat layering (wafer, pudding, banana) three times.  This will take 5-6 medium-sized ripe bananas and a full box of wafer (and all the pudding.)

Beat four egg whites until soft peaks form; gradually add 1/4 cup sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.  Spoon meringue on top of pudding, covering entire surface and sealing well to the edges of casserole.  Bake at 425 for 5 minutes or until delicately browned.

Even though this recipe makes 8 servings, I always double it, preparing it in several dishes in order to share ~

Thursday, December 27, 2018


As 2018 draws to a close and the demands of 2019 are barreling down upon me, I have chosen a word to help me tackle my responsibilities.

S = straight-forward

I =  important

M = meaningful

P =  pleasing

L =  loving

E = economical

In this year's Advent devotional, each day I chose a word to focus on.... to help me remember how to apply the lesson.  As I read, usually the word would come quickly to the forefront and I would try and use it later in the day.

So with my anagram to help direct my steps in the coming year,

I will ask myself questions based on this SIMPLE word.

I will search Scripture for these adjectives, like a word study.

I will expect God's Protection.

Here's a link to the post the last time I chose a word  ;-)

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Sunday Lunch

White Chicken Chili

Fruit Salad
(escarole, diced pears, red grapes, pine nuts, fig vinaigrette)

Toasted Cornbread

 Pinot Noir

Monday, November 19, 2018


Gettin’ together to smile an’ rejoice, 
An’ eatin’ an’ laughin’ with folks of your choice; 
An’ kissin’ the girls an’ declarin’ that they 
Are growin’ more beautiful day after day; 
Chattin’ an’ braggin’ a bit with the men, 
Buildin’ the old family circle again; 
Livin’ the wholesome an’ old-fashioned cheer, 
Just for awhile at the end of the year. 

Greetings fly fast as we crowd through the door 
And under the old roof we gather once more 
Just as we did when the youngsters were small; 
Mother’s a little bit grayer, that’s all. 
Father’s a little bit older, but still 
Ready to romp an’ to laugh with a will. 
Here we are back at the table again 
Tellin’ our stories as women an’ men. 

Bowed are our heads for a moment in prayer; 
Oh, but we’re grateful an’ glad to be there. 
Home from the east land an’ home from the west, 
Home with the folks that are dearest an’ best. 
Out of the sham of the cities afar 
We’ve come for a time to be just what we are. 
Here we can talk of ourselves an’ be frank, 
Forgettin’ position an’ station an’ rank. 

Give me the end of the year an’ its fun 
When most of the plannin’ an’ toilin’ is done; 
Bring all the wanderers home to the nest, 
Let me sit down with the ones I love best, 
Hear the old voices still ringin’ with song, 
See the old faces unblemished by wrong, 
See the old table with all of its chairs 
An’ I’ll put soul in my Thanksgivin’ prayers.
by Edgar Guest (1881-1959)
 "the poet of the people"

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Favorite Books/Authors

Challenged to post the dust jackets of 7 favorite books (on Facebook), WITHOUT any explanation, I spent a week contemplating the possibilities.

First, for the sake of simplicity, I am limiting my choices to fiction.

Second, I decided to divide my life into decades.  That made it easier to select a favorite from that time in my reading life, despite the fact that ten years is too long of a period for choosing just one favorite.

Third, as I was jotting down titles, I realized that many were part of a series by a single author.

Finally, in order to ease the pain of not defending myself (the selected book titles) on Facebook, I am logging my opinions here, where I can later re-examine them.

Elementary Age (0-9yrs)

I loved reading biographies and have very pleasant memories of library time in elementary school.

The one book cover to make the cut is Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder, probably because it fits the series approach for cataloging my reading experiences.

Youth (10-19)

I remember loving historical fiction/romance, and started collecting books for my own library.

Lighthouse by Eugenia Price, the first in a trilogy about St Simons Island, is a clear favorite from this time period, in addition to being a favorite vacation spot.

Young Adult (20-29)

I first read Gail Godwin, the author of A Southern Family, during this decade, and did not re-visit her until my forties, when I read five of hers in a row.

Adult (30-39)

Frankly, in my twenties and thirties, I read mostly non-fiction (theology, childbirth, and parenting stuff).  So, anything I read during this decade was very light.  I only finished four in this particular series but it fits my taste for historical fiction.

Adult (40-49)

Over the years, I have revisited this Georgia author sporadically.

This title I enjoyed so much that I bought another and gave it to a good friend.

The first Terry Kay novel that I read was The Year the Lights Came On.

Adult (50-59)

Not too long after I read this book, I heard author Susan Vreeland speak at The High Museum.  What a treat.

Girl in Hyacinth Blue was the first of hers that I read, but not before I'd been introduced to Chevalier's Girl with a Pearl Earring.

In comparison, I prefer Vreeland's novels over Chevalier's.

I was sorry to read that Vreeland died about this time last year (August 2017) at age 71.

Adult (60)

Just now finishing up this 14th novel by Jan Karon, I can wholeheartedly recommend all the Mitford novels.

"I feel like I am there" when I read about Mitford.  It's like a mini-vacation.  Relaxing.

Oh! and I recommend Esther's Orange Marmalade cake, which I have personally baked and shared.