Monday, December 31, 2012

Slow Cooker Bread Pudding

I've been slow in posting, I wish I could say it is because I was traveling or having lots of company, but, no, just not feeling too motivated.  Plus back spasms have me in knots, literally, never know when one will have me in its grip.

I wanted to share this recipe I adapted from Taste of Home.  The original recipe called for eight cups of stale, unfrosted cinnamon rolls and one cup raisins.  I substituted nine cups of panettone, cubed, and eliminated raisins as the bread has them and other dried fruit.  Panettone is a sweet bread originating in Milan and enjoyed for Christmas and New Year's in Italy and other parts of Europe.  (Clicking on the word will take you to a brief history, if interested).  

It is so easy you can whip one up for tomorrow, before the diets begin in earnest.  This makes six servings.

Panettone Bread Pudding (adapted from Taste of Home)

9 cups cubed panettone, roughly half of a large (2 lb.) loaf 
4 eggs
2 cups milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (I used a pie spice blend including cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon peel)

Place bread cubes in a three quart slow cooker.  In small bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, butter, vanilla and nutmeg.  Pour over bread cubes and stir gently.  Cover and cook on Low for three hours, or until a knife inserted near center comes out clean.

Joining the lovely Yvonne for On The Menu Monday.


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Have yourself a merry little Christmas


Sending my followers and blogging friends love and best wishes for the holidays.  


May you find what you are looking for, whether it is love, a new job, better income, or a sense of peace and the spirit of being 'enough'.   


Thanks for following along, I appreciate all of you!


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Mikasa Surrounded with Love by Spode

I didn't do much decor for Christmas this year, but I wanted to do a tablescape to show you the beautiful Mikasa accent plates and serving pieces I won recently.  The fabulous giveaway was hosted by the beautiful Anita of the blog,  Far Above Rubies.  I think most of you already know Anita, but for those who may not, I suggest you spend some time visiting there.  You will not be disappointed, and she has the voice of an angel.  You can listen to her rendition of O Holy Night, while looking through her posts.

The pattern is Italian Countryside, Holiday Wreath and Holiday Christmas Bouquet.  I received two accent plates of each of the three patterns.  Four are edged in red, and two in green.  I placed them on my Spode Christmas Tree dinner plates.  The Spode were my mother's, a long ago Christmas gift to her from my father.

I also received a beautiful platter

And a vegetable bowl

Bubble glasses

My parents wedding silverplate, First Love by 1847 Rogers Bros.  It is 65 years old.  They were married in 1947.

The centerpiece is an old fashioned fire truck, transporting a tree.  You see, December for me is a time for remembrance for my dad, he was born the 22nd and died the 26th.  This is my little tribute.  

It even came with wreath, which is magnetic

Hark the herald angels sing 

Ribbon candy, love to decorate with it

I am happy to join the following ladies at their parties this week.  Please give yourself a little break, have a cup of tea or a glass of wine, and visit these blogs.  They are all amazing!

Seasonal Sundays


Tablecloth          Bed Bath & Beyond, a couple of years ago
Place mats           Wal-Mart, after Christmas sale last year
Napkins               Pier One, this past fall
Spode                    family heirloom
Mikasa                  blessed giveaway from Anita at Far Above Rubies
Silverware           family heirloom
Bubble glasses    Pier One this past fall
Fire truck             Home Interiors?? many years ago
Trio of Angels    Hummel by Goebel many many years ago
Candy accents    Dollar Tree
Ribbon candy     Wegman's, serving tray is Mikasa, grab bag gift years ago 
Small tree             Trader Joe's

December's Note Card Party

Once again we gather over at Vee's blog, A Haven for Vee, to share our favorite four photos.  I almost could not find four photos that I liked enough to even consider making a note card out of them.  But here are my choices.

Christmas Scents

Some Oldie Ornaments

Everybirdy's welcome on my tree

Oh Holy Night

Please spend some time visiting the lovely ladies who link up.  

Hope you are getting things done and finding time to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Season.


Sunday, December 16, 2012

When words are not enough

I believe that when someone loses a child, we all lose a child.  Our hearts are heavy with the tragic events on Friday.  I read somewhere that we should consider doing 26 random acts of Kindness, one for each of the victims.  I am going to try.

I also read that Tuesday will be a Day of Silence in Blogland.  I for one will not post that day, nor will I visit blogs.  It is a small thing, but it will be full of meaning.  I will use the time off the computer for prayer, reflection, giving thanks, and being kind.


Friday, December 14, 2012

God Help Us

Dear Father God,

Please please please help us here on Earth, if you want to do it on 12/21/12 or whatever your timing is, please come down to Earth to remove evil?  It has taken over society.  Mentally impaired people have access to guns.  They don't get the mental health needs under control yet they have plenty of access to guns that fire 100's of rounds and rip apart innocent children and adults.  Children killing parents, strangers killing strangers for no reason other than the thrill of the massacre (the thrill being in their own sick minds).

Father God, we need you more than ever.  Even though our government would just as soon forget about you completely, things are falling apart so fast they cannot keep up with repairs.  Please take away evil.  Decent folks are powerless to do anything.  We will continue to pray and keep the faith.    But I believe with all my heart that You need to step in.  

Thanks for listening.  And bless all the innocent victims of today's shooting massacre at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut.  And especially the parents and families of the little children.  Instead of having warm family holidays, they will be burying their own.  


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Cinnamon Stick Stars

Say that three times fast.  I know you are all busy so I won't take up too much time.  Just wanted to show you a little garland I made from something I saw on Pinterest.

They smell very nice.  Bought a bottle of 25 sticks for $2.99.  Had the ribbon.  Hope to be sharing a few more things by the weekend.

Joining the linky party at It's Overflowing with Creativity.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Garden Update (yes, in December)

12/12/12  Last time we will see these triple digit dates for a millenia!

I tend to follow a different beat than most, but I just had to share some garden photos.  And yes, I took these pictures on Friday, December 7th and Monday, the 10th.

My pumpkins survived the neighborhood kids.  So did the gourds.  I don't have the heart to remove them, I'll just let them turn to compost.  

My oregano is still flourishing,  only herb that is still going strong.

And what is this on the dormant fig tree?  A lone fig!

Some new growth on the tips, too.  I have not enjoyed any figs from this tree since 2009 (it was planted in 2008).  I hope next summer it proves me wrong.  I love fresh figs.  This is a little soft but I doubt it has any flavor.

My best garden surprise, a rose bud on my scrawny rose bush!  It is not even a bush, it is a stick that just grows straight up without growing sideways at all (gee, wish that were me!).  I wonder if this will bloom?  Not sure it will but it was fun to discover it.

I saw something like this wreath snowman on Pinterest and thought it would be cute for the winter backyard.  Dollar Tree wreaths and inexpensive garland.  An old hat and scarf of mine.  I like the willow showing, plus I was not buying another garland.

Fauxs always come in handy, too.  I changed the mail/paper box for Christmas.

This key ONLY works for Santa.

I didn't do any outdoor lights this year.  Why not?  I am an 'old lady'.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.  

This was Monday morning, 58 degrees and so foggy!  

Linking to Green DaySimple & Sweet FridaysSunny Simple Sundays and Seasonal Sundays.


Monday, December 10, 2012

Saint Lucy's Day

This is a repost from last year.  I thought it was worth repeating for those who may have missed it. I deleted some things that do not affect the essence of the post.

Seems my thoughts have been on the past, and various family traditions that were honored which came out of devotions to religious "feast" days  leading up to Christmas.

The most important one for us was the Feast of St. Lucy on December 13th.  St. Lucy is know as the Patroness for Eyes.  My grandmother was blind from diabetes, so many a candle was lit in church and many a prayer said near her statue.

St. Lucy
No pasta was eaten on this day.  But we would have a dessert made with hard wheat berries, soaked first then mixed with ricotta cheese, chocolate and a sprinkle of cinnamon called cuccia.  Chickpeas are popular for this feast day.  We would have chick pea fritters (panelle).  

In Scandinavian countries, little girls dress up 

from Pinterest

and sweet buns in the figure 8 shape to represent eyes are eaten.

from Mary at One Perfect Bite. blogspot via Pinterest
I fondly remember these old family traditions.  I might actually have a panelle special this Thursday, but from a restaurant which originated in my old neighborhood of Gravesend, Brooklyn, NY called Joe's of Avenue U.  They recently opened another place on Staten Island (yeah!). 

Chickpea fritters topped with ricotta cheese 

All words in yellow have links to recipes, etc.

I hope your Christmas prep is going well and you are getting things done in enough time to enjoy the true meaning of the Season.  


Friday, December 7, 2012

A Sad Day

I just heard of the passing of a dear blogging buddy, Beverly of Beverly's Back Porch.

Up until just a few short weeks ago, I had no idea that Bev  had had a battle with cancer.  Every day you could count on a post from her, with a really delicious recipe, sometimes two or three in one day.  The entire summer she was busy canning farm-fresh produce from her brother's yard.  Her energy level amazed me.

On Sunday, Bev would do a post called Saints & Scriptures.  I was immediately hooked on having "breakfast with Bev" Sunday mornings.  So many of her weekly posts really hit home for me, and I would tease her and say she was writing these just for me.  

Her last project was baking for her church's festival.  She was only able to be there for an hour or so.

I have no more words, she was an inspiring lady, a fabulous country cook with a zest for life, and a fighter.  She passed in her own bed, surrounded with fur babies and family.  

Rest in peace, Beverly, you will be missed.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

A Little Festival of Trees

In my previous post, I shared my day at Peddlers Village.  You can read about it here.  Before we hit the village, we had lunch at my favorite tea room, The Talking Tea Cup

Love those red berries and the little pile of snow.  They have tiny little patches that they decorate in a lovely prim way.  The gift shop always has wonderful seasonal items.

Delicious dainty sandwiches and luscious bites of desserts

There was going to be a big celebration later in the evening, when Santa would arrive in his horse drawn sleigh.  All kinds of activities were planned.  Last year 800 people attended.  Merchants from the town donated and decorated trees to reflect their business.  There was a tree from a chiropractic office, 
Ornaments were key chains resembling the spinal column and pelvis!
a beekeeper, 

volunteer fire department,

a dry cleaners, 

Cheeburger Cheeburger - a restaurant chain, 

a school in memory of a young boy student who died

The Library

It was all arranged in an old out building on the property, not very large, that was used as a birthing room for cows years ago.  It was really lovely to see all the trees, and I was sad that we could not stick around to see the arrival of Santa.  Maybe next year.  

Sharing this with Sweet & Simple FridaysSeasonal Sundays and Sunny Simple Sundays.  


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