Ten On Tuesday: Weekending

I had a pretty fantastic long weekend and I hope you did, too. Want to know what I did? Here are 10 things:

sunflower wreath for carole knits

  1. Made summer-y wreaths for my front door and kitchen door.
  2. Met Blogless Sharon for a delicious sushi lunch. It was great to catch up and we both agreed that we need to do this more often.

doreen and carole selfie for carole knits

42 north apps for carole knits

3. Dropped Dale off at a band job and then drove to Plymouth to meet Doreen for drinks and apps at 42° North. I’ve been dying to try this restaurant and it’s a pretty good halfway spot for us to meet. We had a wonderful evening at their outside bar, noshing and chatting.

memorial day weekend snacks for carole knits

4. Spent a wonderful Saturday afternoon on the deck. Dale and I ran errands early and then got home to just hang out. We drank some beer, played some games, visited with Hannah and her boyfriend Mike, and just chilled. And let me tell you, chilling wasn’t easy because it was HOT. (Please to note, I am NOT complaining.)

memorial day weekend lobster for carole knits

5. Ate lobsters. Dale and I got some big ‘uns for our Saturday evening meal. They were sweet and delicious.

6. Attended a local pow wow. I love to listen to the drummers and watch the dancers. It was substantially cooler than Saturday and we really enjoyed the event.

7. Went to Sean and Michael’s for a cook out. They bought a beautiful old home in my town just this past week and I am so thrilled to have them here. Their house is exactly one mile from my house and we had such a great time visiting with them on Sunday. Everything was wonderful and the conversation was even better than the food – which is really saying something because Sean is an incredible cook. I feel so lucky to have expanded my circle of friends.

bird bath fountain for carole knits

container garden for carole knits

8. Planted a few more container gardens. I may be done. But probably not. I also got a new bird bath and set up the solar powered fountain Dale got me last Christmas. To see we are extremely entertained by this gadget would be an understatement.

memorial day sangria for carole knits

9. Had the kids over for a Memorial Day Cook Out In. Our holiday weather was not ideal but we made the most of it.

10. Felt blessed. Really, between so much uninterrupted time with Dale, a visit with his dad, wonderful food, time with 2 of my best girlfriends as well as time with new friends and my kids, getting my hands dirty in the garden, chats with my new neighbors, I count myself as an incredibly lucky woman.

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Some of the most popular Ten On Tuesday topics are the ones about food. And so, today, let’s indulge the old sweet tooth and make a list of my 10 Favorite Desserts.

birthday cake with candles for carole knits

  1. Cheesecake. Plain is my favorite but I don’t say no to other varieties.
  2. Pie. Any kind, any time. Mostly blueberry, though.
  3. Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. The absolute best cake combination in the world.
  4. Birthday cake. Please note that birthday cake needs to be yellow with vanilla frosting.
  5. Creme Brulee. A special treat that I don’t make at home.
  6. Cannolis. From Modern in the North End of Boston, please.
  7. Ice Cream Sundae. From Peaceful Meadows, our local ice cream spot.
  8. Brownies and Blondies. Homemade only and not from a box.
  9. Strawberry Shortcake. When local strawberries are ripe and the biscuits and whipped cream is homemade.
  10. Bread pudding. Also, rice pudding. But mostly bread pudding.

Don’t mind me but I’m off to the bakery!

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Mary came up with a great topic for this week’s Ten On Tuesday: 10 Ways to Help a New Mom. We all know one, I’m sure – in fact, my new neighbor is about to become a new mom – and I bet we can come up with some truly helpful ideas. Let’s go.

landon in basket close up for carole knits

  1. Drop off a meal. Something simply that can be reheated is my preference.
  2. Ask her what you can do to be helpful. And then do it.
  3. Offer to run errands. A trip to the drugstore or the grocery store so that she doesn’t have to take the baby out can be a lifesaver.
  4. Offer to take her to run errands. You drive and sit with the baby while she goes into the store because maybe she wants to pick out her own stuff but is overwhelmed at the prospect of handling a newborn while shopping.
  5. Help with the housework. Run around with a dust cloth or the vacuum cleaner so that she doesn’t have to do it.
  6. Bring flowers. Post partum blues are no joke (I had them, albeit briefly) and flowers can bring some cheer to anyone feeling down.
  7. Hold the baby. This one may be purely selfish on my part but it gives the mom a chance to take a shower or just relax for a few minutes.
  8. Don’t overstay your welcome. Seriously – get in there, do something useful, and get out.
  9. Bring her a care basket of things for herself. Some nice lotion or soap, maybe a super soft pair of socks or a magazine to flip through. She’s been inundated with gifts for the baby, no doubt, but could probably use something that’s just for her.
  10. Don’t be hurt if she says no, not right now. But then check again at another time.

Writing this list brought me right back to that time when Hannah was a newborn. I was so overwhelmed and had no idea what I was doing. My mom was such a help to me and I couldn’t have gotten through that time without her. Let’s hope that our lists give all of us the opportunity to make a new mom feel special.

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Newsflash – we have new neighbors! The house across the street from us was vacant for quite some time but this winter a friend of ours bought it and flipped it and a very nice young couple moved in over the weekend. I’ve been thinking of ways I can make them feel welcome and I decided to make it this week’s Ten On Tuesday topic. And so, here is my list of 10 Ways to Welcome Someone New to the Neighborhood.

front door for carole knits

  1. Wave! Seriously, just wave and smile. That’s actually what I did on Saturday and next thing I knew we were chatting.
  2. Bring them something sweet to eat. Bake cookies or brownies and share.
  3. Bring them a plant. This time of year it would be appropriate for something outside but a houseplant would also be thoughtful.
  4. Bring them flowers. Worried that they may not have a green thumb? A bouquet – from your own garden if you can – would certainly brighten up a new home.
  5. Bring them a candle. We have a local candle company and I think it’s great to not only support a local business but to also introduce our new neighbors to this great product that’s available in our town.
  6. Put together a bundle of take out menus from local restaurants. Our options are pretty limited but I know if I were knew somewhere I’d want to know which pizza place was best.
  7. Put together information on local stuff like trash and recycling pick up, library location and hours, town hall location and hours, etc.
  8. Write down your full name and phone number and give it to them. I know I don’t always catch names and having it written down would be helpful. Plus, phone numbers are so useful if you get in a jam and need to give a ringy dingy.
  9. Invite them over for a drink or a dinner. Moving is stressful and busy time but once they’ve settled in it’s a great time to have them over and sit down together and really get to know each other. Make sure you tell them that they don’t have to bring a thing.
  10. Wave, smile and say hello every time you see them. Let them know but this simple gesture that you are glad they are there.

What are your ideas for making someone feel welcome in a new neighborhood? I’m excited to try all of these on my new neighbors!

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Mother’s Day is coming right up and I’m thinking about (and missing, of course) my mom. So many of my memories of her are tied up with food and holidays, happy times around a big table or quiet times with just the two of us, but always with something delicious to eat. Today’s Ten On Tuesday topic fits right into those memories as I’m thinking about 10 Favorite Foods My Mom Used to Make.

carole and barbara winter 1966
my mom and I, winter 1966

  1. Fried chicken. Hands down, the best fried chicken of any I’ve ever had.
  2. Roast chicken. My favorite Sunday dinner.
  3. Lasagna. She was English but you’d never know it by her lasagna.
  4. Pie. Her pies were works of art and believe me when I tell you that mine pale in comparison.
  5. Pot roast and gravy. The ultimate comfort food.
  6. Greek lamb. Braised low and slow and served with stewed tomatoes, green beans and rice pilaf.
  7. Clam chowder. I never did learn her secret for making it so creamy and delicious.
  8. Potato salad. Mine is close. Not quite as good as hers. But close.
  9. Fried dough. This was an occasional Sunday night supper and it was fabulous. I used to poke a hole in mine and fill it with jam and it was just like a jelly donut.
  10. Meatloaf. She always served it with baked potato and carrots and always on Thursday nights because she had Brownies on Thursdays and she could make this ahead of time and have my brother put it in the oven so it would be ready when we got home. I got sick of it because we had it so regularly but I’d love the chance to have it again, I can tell you that.

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