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Monday, April 17, 2017

A Pleasant Way to Spend an Easter Evening

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I spent part of my early Easter evening crocheting, watching the first three episodes of the first season of When Calls the Heart (I've never watched it), and reading a bit in this charming little book, Red Sky at Night.  I actually bought this book back at Christmas when I came across it on a friend's Instagram account, but last night was the first chance I'd had to read a little of it and I  really enjoyed it!  It appealed to me immediately when I read this in the product description;

"In a world of traffic congestion, supermarket shopping, and 24-hour Internet access, it is easy to feel disconnected from the beauty and rhythms of the natural world. This is the book for anyone who has ever gazed in awe at stars in the night's sky, tried to catch a perfect snowflake, or longed for the comfort of a roaring log fire."

Here were a few things that caught my eye;

- Bee Lore, because I'm a wanna-be bee keeper!

- Building the perfect bonfire, because I was always been the kid who played with matches, and I'm a great fire builder, so I figured I could only improve!

- How to predict the weather, which includes things like watching the condensation trails left by aircraft because the longer they are visible the greater the amount of moisture is in the upper part of the sky. And apparently insects don't like rain, so if there are plenty of bees and butterflies around, you can be pretty confident of pleasant weather.

- A personal favorite was Pooh Sticks, from the beloved Winnie the Pooh stories, which is just throwing sticks in to a river to see whose emerges first, but the fact that this little game originated in these charming stories lends to the charm of simplicity of the game itself.

There is also an entire chapter devoted to The Turning of the Year which covers things like

- The Quarter Days
- The Twelve Months, which includes this cute little poem by George Ellis

Snowy, Flowy, Blowy,
Showery, Flowery, Bowery,
Hoppy, Croppy, Droppy,
Breezy, Sneezy, Freezy

- British Feast Days (It's a British book but perfectly applicable here in the states)
- The Special Days of the Year
- Birthdays

A few others I enjoyed were;

- Gardening by the moon
- Home remedies

It's such a pleasant little read, and while most of the reviews I read were critical of the fact that you could open it up and read a paragraph and be done, that is actually part of the appeal for me. One reviewer wrote that they were "disappointed that "How to Navigate By the Stars" was not more in depth, but in my mind, if you REALLY need to know how, you shouldn't be consulting a little book like this, you should probably be taking a course! It was a perfect choice for me because there are times when I only have a little time reading and this fits the bill for those times.  Anyone who likes British books and gardening and folklore, will enjoy this gem.  I'm also REALLY enjoying When Calls the Heart!  I think I watched the first episode some time ago when it first came out, and I'm not sure why I didn't continue with it, but I'm happy to have found it.  I'm also going to look at Home Fires, I think I might like it too!  But for now I am, sadly, off to prepare for a math test I have tomorrow!  May 8 is my LAST day and I can hardly wait!

Until then my friends, take joy!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sunday Snippets - .02

♥︎ vintage ads!

I ♥︎ this song, another personal favorite

The Good Life
sung by Frank Sinatra

♥︎ this movie! I am a HUGE Sandra Dee fan,
and this is one of the best!

If A Man Answers

Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Delightful Dozen - 13

1. All Dressed Up to Keep House, admittedly I will probably stick to a more "casual" choice when cleaning, but I do like to reminisce about  the more formal air of times gone by.

2. Liturgical Living for the Everyday Woman

3. What Your Favorite Winnie the Pooh Character Says About You

4. What You Were Made to Live For

5. A Woman's Work is Never Done

6. Living a Quiet and Simple Life

7. Life Lessons From Anne of Green Gables

8. 20 Ways to Savor Spring Time

9. How to Detangle Productivity and Your Self Worth

10. How to Miss a Childhood

11. 10 Memorable Literary Friendships That Will Inspire You To Be a Better Friend

12. The Disappearance of Childhood And What We Can Do To Get it Back

However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are richest. The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poorhouse. The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the almshouse as brightly as from the rich man's abode; the snow melts before its door as early in the spring. I do not see but a quiet mind may live as contentedly there, and have as cheering thoughts, as in a palace.” 

 ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Friday, April 7, 2017

Hot Pastrami Sandwiches

I'm back today with another favorite family recipe.  I mentioned this sandwich in an earlier post when I shared my recipe for my favorite potato salad, so I wanted to be sure to come back and share it, as promised.

*Image credit unknown.

Apparently this recipe was originally featured in Sunset Magazine, though it didn't come up when I tried searching it at their website.  I have had it in my collection for several years now and by the time I came across it I think it may have been reproduced elsewhere.  At any rate, I'm not really sure who to credit, but to whoever the mastermind is behind this wonderful sandwich, I thank you!

Hot Pastrami Sandwiches
2 pounds thinly sliced peppered pastrami
2 pounds thinly sliced corned beef
2 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
16 slices rye bread
8 slices Swiss cheese ( I always use Baby Swiss)
1/2 cup Dijon mustard (I prefer Grey Poupon Country Dijon Ground)
About 3 cups coleslaw (homemade or from the deli) (I use Sauerkraut in place of coleslaw, see below)
1. Place pastrami, corned beef, and broth in a slow-cooker.* Heat, covered, on lowest setting until hot, stirring periodically, at least 1 hour and up to 3 hours.

2. Set out bread slices and cheese on a platter, and mustard and coleslaw in small bowls. Cover with plastic wrap until served (up to 1 hour).

3. When pastrami mixture is hot, invite guests to make their own sandwiches, or assemble for them: Spread 2 slices of bread with mustard. Pile a generous helping of the meats onto 1 slice, then top with a slice of cheese, about 1/3 cup coleslaw, and the second piece of bread. Cut sandwiches in half, they're large, so consider sharing.

*If you don't have a slow-cooker, put the pastrami and corned beef with a little broth in a microwave-safe bowl, cover, and warm in a microwave oven.

Now I will tell you that instead of slaw I put sauerkraut on mine, and I always use this brand. because it's the best! If you can't find it any canned kraut will actually do, I've several different varieties but just like the taste of Claussen the best.  They also have the best pickles, in my opinion, if you've never tried them, you should.  They are in the refrigerated section typically wherever you find packaged lunch meat at your local market.  I also wanted to add that we use Pepperidge Farm's Deli Swirl Pumpernickel and Rye bread with this recipe.  It's pretty much our go to bread for almost any sandwich, but it pairs especially well with the other ingredients in this recipe. If you don't like Pumpernickel or Rye, then any bread will do really.  There is a lot of room for variation in this recipe!

Please let me know if you try this recipe out at home and what changes or variations you made!  I'm always eager to hear how others have enjoyed my favorite recipes!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

A Reflection on the Little Things in Life

I came across this sweet little poem in my collection of posts I've kept from my previous blog, Life in the Little Nest.  I just love the sweet sentiments expressed here, a good reminder that some of our most treasured memories are made up of life's littlest moments.  Enjoy the "little moments" of your day today, my friends!

Little words are the sweetest to hear;
Little charities fly farthest, and stay longest on the wing;
Little lakes are the stillest;
Little hearts are the fullest,
and little farms are the best tilled.
Little books are read the most,
and little songs the dearest loved.
And when Nature would make anything especially rare and beautiful,
she makes it little; little pearls, little diamonds, little dews.
The Sermon on the Mount is little,
but the last dedication discourse was an hour long.
Life is made up of littles;
death is what remains of them all.
Day is made up of little beams,
and night is glorious with little stars.

~ Author Unknown

Until then . . .