Sunday, January 16, 2022
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Today is my favorite date of the holiday season. We have had a very mild early winter enabling me to poke around outside and take sunny walks most days. Yesterday my husband brought his father's sled out of storage and I made a wreath from the landscape. Now I am headed out to have lunch with two of my former co-workers.
A Happy Winter Solstice and a Good Yule to all of you.
|Woodland Fox by JunkyDotCom|
This was my Christmas card back in 2018.
Sunday, December 12, 2021
What do gardeners do all winter? Think about gardening. Wow, did that wind blow last night! It flipped one of our heavy Amish patio chairs again. No major trees down though, just a few branches. The sun is peaking through today so I had to go and have a little garden walkabout. Everything was too frozen to dig in though so I just wandered around.
|Yup, feels healthy and springy|
|See, retirement isn't all fun and games|
Monday, November 29, 2021
It's a marshmallow world in the winter
When the snow comes to cover the ground
It's time for play, it's a whipped cream day
I wait for it the whole year 'round....
Friday, November 26, 2021
Monday, November 22, 2021
Potatiskorv: (more commonly known as värmlandskorv in Sweden) is a regional Swedish sausage from Värmland, made with ground pork, beef, onions and potatoes. Potatiskorv is traditionally served hot at Christmas in Värmland but often served hot or cold throughout the year. "Potatiskorv" is what this sausage is called in parts of Värmland. In most parts of Sweden, the word "potatiskorv" is unknown, while "värmlandskorv" is well known and sold commercially around Christmas throughout the country, for the benefit of people from Värmland. In the United States, "potatiskorv" (usually written "potatis korv") is the name that has stuck among people with Swedish roots. (SourceWikipedia)
In our area, it is not difficult to find Korv in the grocery stores, but like any traditional dish there are enough variations that you really have to make your own if you want to capture that taste as you remember it. Making Korv is something we only do once a year. That means there is still a little trepidation and dread before you get started because it is a big project and you don't want to mess it up. We wisely kept good notes which extend beyond the tweaked recipe to sensible instructions like which bowls to use for what and what to prep first. In fact steps one and two are:
- Do any dishes
- Take up the carpet
And then continues on to getting the casings prepped and how many cranks of the lever on the sausage stuffer gives the right amount of sausage for a quart freezer bag.
Monday, November 15, 2021
This is the third afternoon in a row in which it has snowed chunks.
Sort of pretty and peaceful...
I spent Saturday making Gramma's Molasses Cookies. These go really well with Glögg and since we are into our third batch of Glögg already it was high time I got going on these. It was also high time I got going on converting all these ingredients we have stockpiled into something edible
I spent yesterday making lasagna at a leisurely pace. First I make the meat sauce and let that simmer for awhile, and after that mess is cleaned up and the sauce is ready, I assemble the lasagnas. I always do two big pans at a time and now we have six months worth of lasagna in the freezer.
And today we ran errands and came home with a whole carload of new ingredients.