Daily Prompt: Expectations

No more Valentine expectations!

That’s how it is when you are completely single for valentine.  Click here if you are having a problem dealing with this fact.

Please enjoy a few older shots.  I was going to find and scan a picture from years ago of one of my Valentine’s Day hauls but my apartment is too disheveled at this time to look.  Early spring cleaning.  It’s in the 40’s this week and expected to actually hit the upper 50’s in a few days around here.

 

Now I am a mere ghost to Valentine's Days of the past!

Now I am a mere ghost to Valentine’s Days of the past!

Can't find my favorite teacup since I moved.

Can’t find my favorite teacup since I moved.

Daily Prompt: Relax and Bake On!

Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Muffins

8 oz cream cheese                   1/4 C milk or cream

2 Tb butter                      1/4 C vanilla creamer

1/4 C sour cream           1 tsp vanilla

1 egg                               1/2 C sugar

2 C flour                          3 tsp baking powder

1/2 C mini chocolate chips

Weekly Photo Challenge: Relaxing Snow Day!

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No better time to relax than when you get snowed in.  You can relax, take a nap or watch TV, read a book or just play on the computer.  You could also freak out and pace the floors knowing that you are trapped like a rat.

Great time to overeat or you could just work out.  Many years ago I would be working out.  Today I baked an almond tart for the first time.  I found some recipe online for a Lemon-Almond tart.  Did not sound like a great combo to me, though I love both by themselves.  Turned it into an Almond Tart recipe with only had 4 ingredients.  Pleasant flavor and quite dense but should be gluten-free with no flour.

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Almond Tart

4 eggs 1            C almond meal
1/3 C sugar               1/3 C almond flavored creamer

Mix eggs and sugar then add the almond meal/ground almonds then blend in the flavored creamer                                                                                    Butter and flour tart or tiara pan      Bake at 350° for 15 minutes    Dust with powdered sugar as desired.

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Relaxing with more comfort food.

Chicken and Dumplings!

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Cooked chicken thighs til tender and took off bone.
Boiled minced onion, carrots, a potato and peas.
Made a medium white sauce seasoned with
chicken seasoning to taste, added the other
previous ingredients, simmering, added the following
cornbread dumplings on top in teaspoons, covered
and simmered for additional 20 minutes til done.
Cornbread Dumplings
1 C flour 1/2 C cornmeal pinch salt
1 Tb baking powder 3 Tb oil 2/3 C milk

Weekly Photo Challenge: It’s Not This Time of Year Without

A lot of stuff really.

For someone who has always lived in the northern area of the country, it’s not this time of year without snow & icy roads so be careful if you share this part of the world.

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For most of us, it’s the start of the holiday or Christmas season. I used to say happy holidays before it almost became illegal to say Merry Christmas. I found this cartoon a few years ago, so appropriate!i-said-christmas

Daily Prompt: Anticipation Worth the Wait

That word reminds me of Carly Simon’s song and the use in those Heinz Ketchup commercials many years ago.

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Thick, rich Heinz Ketchup (Catsup).  The taste that’s worth the wait!

Daily Prompt: Value of the Seasons

Fall is a sign the earth is about to take a rest from producing all the magnificent foods and goods that all living things depend on for survival.

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.    Ecclesiastes 3:1

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgia

“Those were the days my friend, we thought they’d never end!”

Not sure how many of you remember this song that was made popular in the 1960’s by Mary Hopkin.  Now that I am older I find it almost impossible not to burst into tears trying to sing it.  Check it out if you are not familiar with this song.  It’s all about nostalgia.

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