I am very influenced by the books I read and the movies I watch. I am not sure whether it is because I have such a wild imagination, or if I just love a good story, but I come out feeling like I know the characters personally (or wish I did.)
For instance, after seeing “You’ve Got Mail” I really wanted to open a bookshop (I know, I know, in the movie the bookstore goes out of business, but it didn’t stop me wanting to have one of my own!)
Reading “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy had me wanting to throw on an elven cloak and head out on an adventure.
And let’s not begin talking Harry Potter….. 🙂
Today, while working on a crochet project, I sat down and watched Julie & Julia.
You have perhaps already guessed what I feel inspired to do. Read more about Julia Child, try some recipes from her cookbook, write a blog about it (oh, wait, that’s already been done….)
What it really reminded me of was how much I enjoy cooking and reading cookbooks, and how I really would like to do more of it again. I never actually finished working my way through my Nana’s recipes, and I also have a shelf full of cookbooks with delicious recipes just waiting to try.
Not so long ago, I used to try to make one new recipe each week. I did this for a long time, but when life is busy sometimes it is just easier to go with the old standbys. But I am inspired today to get back in the habit of trying new things. It probably won’t be Beef Bourguignon, but hopefully it will still have me saying “Bon Appetit!”
Do you ever get inspired by a movie?
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It doesn’t seem possible that another year has gone by and we are once again looking at starting a brand new year tomorrow. When I was younger, each year seemed to stretch out forever, and now they seem to slip by in a heartbeat.
But despite the speedy passing of each day, I look towards the new year, like so many others, as a “fresh start.” A blank slate where I can redesign my life, make new things happen, shake off some of the bindings of the past year and begin again.
Which is a lot to put on the turning of a page on the calendar, and yet each year I do it with a hope that there are exciting things waiting for me in the months to come.
And there always are. Quite mixed in with the lumps and bumps in the road there are always those moments of excitement and change, the glimmerings of dreams turning into realities.
And it is these moments that I want to dwell on at the end of the year. There are always the negatives. But the positives are what we celebrate – and in the strange way that our world and minds work, the more we celebrate the positives, the more positives we find! (maybe THIS will be the year I become a full-fledged optimist??!! ) I have many hopes and dreams for 2012, but just for today, I am going to quell the dreamer in me that always wants to looks at what’s next. and for once savour and enjoy the joys that have already come to pass.
Although I have not spent as much time here this year as in the past, I feel blessed to have this place to share my thoughts and ideas, to swap recipes, to share the joy of creating something new with others, to watch our gardens grow, to document the things that happen in my little corner of the world. I am thankful for each one of you who has shared this year with me, both old friends and new, and look forward to whatever 2012 will hold!
Happy New Year! Wishing you all the best in 2012!
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Someone must have put in an order for Christmas snow, because on December 23 we woke up to this:
We enjoyed this snow (and more!) right through Christmas until this morning, when I woke up to green grass and rain.
Oh how I love a white Christmas! Everything just looks prettier when it is covered by a layer of fresh white snow!
Did anyone else enjoy a Christmas that was white?
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The winner of the corduroy purse is darbishar!
Thank you to all who entered!
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Happy Giveaway Day! And welcome to all who are visiting today!
Today I am giving away this corduroy satchel.
It is upcycled from a pair of corduroy pants, and lined with new fabric.
To enter, let me know what great books you have read lately! (This could be anything from fiction to a cookbook to the book you read to your kids before bed last night.)
The giveaway is open to anyone in the U.S. or Canada. (Please check out my other blog for an international giveaway!) The winner will be announced the evening of Dec. 16.
Thanks for stopping by! And have fun entering all of the giveaways!
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The other day I was perusing one of my Christmas books, looking for yet more items to add to my ever-growing to-make list, and I discovered a recipe I just had to try.
I do not know why it is that I love breakfast foods so much, but I do. I could eat pancakes, waffles, muffins, eggs and oatmeal for breakfast, lunch and dinner and be a happy girl. So I couldn’t resist trying another waffle recipe. And I’m glad I did. Compared to some other waffle recipes I have made, these were light, not heavy, more like a pancake in texture than a waffle, staying soft and moist even when fully cooked. With some fresh fruit, a dallop of yogurt and a drizzle of syrup they were perfection! Here is the recipe:
Yummy Yogurt Waffles (formerly Sour Cream Fruity Waffles)
- 1 1/4 cups whole white flour
- 3 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt (I used a thick Balkan style)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 tbsp. melted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (I think I put in a little more than that and I loved the vanilla smell as they cooked!)
Combine the flour, baking powder, soda and salt. In a separate bowl, beat eggs and mix with yogurt, milk, butter and vanilla. Stir into the dry ingredients. Bake in a waffle iron until done. I got six waffles out of this batter in my waffle-maker.
Enjoy! They are also good reheated in the toaster!
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