Friday, January 6, 2017

West Virginia Pepperoni Rolls

West Virginia Pepperoni Rolls.
Something I've been wanting to try for some time.

I first read about these yummy looking rolls on an interesting
Suzanne is a homesteader deep in the rural West Virginia countryside,
milking her own cows, raising goats, horses, etc.,
and of course free ranging chickens!
I so enjoy reading about her farm activities and am always
impressed with her daily farm photos and her delicious recipes.

The first batch I made just didn't quite turn out like they should.
I rolled them incorrectly and let them rise a bit too long, thus causing
large gaps and bubbles in the dough.

I know what she means by practicing to perfect these rolls.
I love that she puts chopped pepperoni, some cheese, and garlic right into the dough
as well as for a filling!
I'm sure that I will be making these again and again.

They taste delicious dipped into pizza sauce.

Christmas 2016 has come and gone - it was wonderful!
The jig saw puzzle has been completed,
most of the decorations have been tucked away,
and lovely memories were made.

Flashback to 1957 when these pictures were taken of my family (siblings)

There was a Christmas Tree behind my tall brother!
Check out the bold oil cloth flooring and fern wall paper - Cool!

I was 5 (almost 6) years old and am third youngest (wearing plaid jumper)
My sister Marilyn and I were holding our baby sister Evelyn!
The china cabinet now lives in my dining room.

I am so thankful for my brothers and sisters.
We have a very large family and many, many wonderful nieces and nephews
who now too are busy raising their beautiful families. 

Another birthday has come and gone - not sure what I think of this one - eek!
The best part was that my daughter and granddaughter took the time to
treat me to breakfast at the "famous" local Anna Mae's Restaurant!

Grammie turns 65!!!

My dear farmer drove a distance during a horrid snow storm the next day
to fetch my gift - a set of golf clubs!
I guess there is hope that at 65 years young, I might take up this
sport of leisure? Time will tell.

Right now we are under a beautiful blanket of white stuff again 
with temperatures to set your teeth a chattering.

It is ever so pretty and especially when we spotted our Amish
neighbours heading to the skating pond with the horses and sleigh.

Snapped this with my iPhone through the windshield - lucky snap!

Oh, how I long for Spring - and maybe even some golfing!

In the meantime, I'll fire up the sauna and count the days till
we head south for some vitamin "sea"!

Till next time ...... Happy New Year to all! May 2017 be extra wonderful and blessed!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016

... twas extra special!

The prime rib dinner complete with yorkshire pudding
turned out reasonably well and, of course, we ate too much
and forgot to take any pictures ...

Our entertainment was seeing Christmas through the eyes of 
this wee blessing that has joined our family.

the house was decorated (but as I type this one string of those mini lights
on the banister has already "half" burned out) - oh well!

The reason for the season!

Mom's china cabinet

Mom's Hoosier always lit with candles on Christmas Eve

As soon as the table was cleared, the puzzling began!

Tired baby and Mommie chilling with Elmo's world

We are blessed beyond measure ...

The fire kept us cozy, our tummies were full, and the true meaning of Joy was experienced!
Hope your Christmas was filled with light and warmth.

Till next time ......... see you next year. God bless you and yours abundantly.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Bright Spot!

Here we are on the Winter Solstice,
the shortest day,
the longest night!

On this short, first day of Winter - I had a bright spot ...
She was here for the day and we had so much fun.

We baked her favourite "muffins" - they are very green, toddler friendly,
and she really likes them!

Found this great spinach and applesauce recipe here:

I sometimes substitute a ripe banana instead for the applesauce - also approved by the wee one.

It makes 8-9 regular size muffins or 16 mini muffins (which is how I bake them).

Yep, a spot of bright sunshine on this short day ....
My heart is full.

Till next time ......... may all your Christmas wishes and dreams come true! God bless us all!