Eye Candy Friday

chopped vegetables for carole knits

Today’s Eye Candy is brought to you by mirepoix. Yes, I made chicken & rice soup for myself this week. It’s better than drugs, I tell you!

It’s going to be a low key weekend around here and that’s just fine with me. I hope you all have a weekend full of whatever you think is fine, too!

Right Now

Here’s what’s going on in my world, right here, right now.

bunny and tulip pot

Remembering: What a fun time we had at the wedding last weekend. I am very fortunate to have such a great group of friends.

Blowing: my nose. I’m getting better, though.

Reading: The Martian by Andy Weir. I’m not sure what I think of it yet, though.

Celebrating: Finishing up 2 big photography jobs. It’s always great when the photos are processed and delivered.

Watching: House of Cards. Finally!

Listening: to anything and everything on our Sonos speakers. Best purchase we have made in a long time. Yes, even better than the damn snow blower.

Knitting: Socks. And nothing else. I need to cast on something fun.

Planning: Easter dinner. Ham, potatoes, carrots . . . what else?

Learning: new skills at work in the financial management part of my job. Blerrgggh.

Wondering: When the snow will be gone.

Seeking: Snow Drops. If I find them there will be pictures.

Contemplating: starting a Facebook page for my photography business. I think it’s time.

Anticipating: Mexico. 23 days!



Wherefore Art Thou, Spring?


Last year, on March 18th, I took a picture of a yellow crocus in my yard.

purple crocus for carole knits

And then, on March 27th, I took a picture of a cluster of purple crocus, also in my yard.

snow march 24 for carole knits

This year? Well, I took this picture yesterday. Sigh.

It’s going to be a while before there are any crocus.

daffodil shoots for carole knits

But at least I have daffodil shoots.

Spring will come. Right?

Ten On Tuesday

It’s been a while since we had a Ten on Tuesday topic that has to do with food. And, next to topics about books, food topics are pretty much the most popular ones we do. I learned so much about cheese at that cheese class we went to a few weeks ago – I discovered new cheeses and let me tell you, I have spent more time in the gourmet cheese section of the grocery story lately than I ever have before.  In case you can’t tell, this week’s Ten on Tuesday topic is my 10 Favorite Kinds of Cheese.

cheese platter for carole knits

  1. Fresh mozzarella. Also included here, burrata. My temptation is to eat it like an apple but I resist.
  2. Washed Rind cheeses of any variety. This is the number one cheese I discovered in that class. The one I loved best is called Oma and it’s made by the Von Trapp Family and I think the only place I can get it is Whole Paycheck, which I try to avoid. The good news is that I have also discovered other washed rind cheeses that I like. They are stinky and soft and absolutely wonderful.
  3. Blue Cheese. We have a local one called Great Blue Hill that’s very good. It’s strong and nicely marbled with mold and it’s absolutely amazing when stuffed into a green olive and put in a dirty martini.
  4. Cabot Cloth Covered Cheddar. It’s pricey but worth every single penny. As the cheese guru said at the class we took: if you don’t like this cheese the problem is you, not the cheese.
  5. Cheese Spread from the Red Coach Grille. This is a throwback to my childhood. I have found halfway decent substitutes but none are exactly the same.
  6. Brie. Preferably warmed and topped with cranberries.
  7. Cracker Barrel Aged Reserve. Also a throwback to my childhood, this is the one my mom always served on Sunday afternoons before dinner. She topped it with sliced raw onions and there was always a tin of smoked oysters on the side. The crackers: Sociables, of course.
  8. Swiss. My favorite on a sandwich.
  9. Pecorino Romano. The best for grating over pasta!
  10. Pepperjack. Nothing fancy about pepperjack but I love it’s spiciness.

The truth is that I like pretty much all cheese, including American in a grilled cheese sandwich, and pimiento cheese spread on celery. Cheese, glorious cheese!

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Hello, my friends. I had a wonderful weekend and I hope you did, too.

wedding mosaic

The Friday night pre-wedding party was great fun. I got to hang out with Jo-Ann and Sharon and her family. And I got to eat delicious sushi.

Dale and I left for the wedding Saturday morning. We had a wonderful lunch at the Publick House, the site of the wedding. We bumped into Don and Lois at the bar and had a drink with them and then checked into our room. It wasn’t long before Jo-Ann and her husband, Shawn, as well as Jo-Ann’s brother Bruce and his wife Vivian were all in our room. We set up snacks and drinks and had a merry time of it until 6pm when we headed downstairs for the wedding.

And the wedding was lovely. Sharon’s son was handsome in his tuxedo and his new bride was gracious and beautiful. The whole affair was elegant. Passed hors d’oeuvres during the cocktail hour, a delicious dinner, a wonderful band, and plenty of dancing and laughs. As we were having a night cap in Jo-Ann and Shawn’s room after everything had ended who popped in to say hello but the bride and groom! That was probably one of the best moments of the night. Or, I should say, the morning since it was early on Sunday by then.

As we went to bed I remarked to Dale that my throat felt a little sore. Uh oh. Sure enough, by last night I had a stuffy nose and a headache and a fever. I’m actually writing this post from bed on Monday morning, and as soon as it’s posted I plan on rolling over and trying to go back to sleep.

You know what, though? A cold is a small price to pay for such an awesome weekend!

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