Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Day 365 - 12/31/14

"Goodbye always makes my throat hurt." 
~Charlie Brown

"Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, "It will be happier.'"
~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Day 362 - 12/28/14

I went to visit my Mom today.  It was still overcast and rainy when I returned.

The causeway was enveloped in fog, but the sun broke through as it began to set.

I love the fog and sunlight combination.  It paints a different picture each time on a fresh, clean canvas.

As the sun disappeared, the fog too went with it.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Day 361 - 12/27/14

The day was rainy, so we decided to try making some corn chowder.

Thankfully I had put up some beautiful corn earlier this year.  I added it to some celery, onions, carrots, and potatoes with broth (of course, salt, pepper, thyme, and garlic too).  

Finally, we added milk, flour to thicken, and a little sausage with jalapeno.  It wasn't bad, but I think I'll try pork sausage next time.  Topped off with cheese, it warmed us from the inside out.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Day 360 - 12/26/14

On the day after Christmas, we begin the task of putting up the decorations and again enjoying all the cards from friends around the world.  Thank you for including us in your celebrations.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Day 359 - 12/25/14

We had a quiet Christmas morning, opening gifts and cards while watching "A Christmas Story."  It was good to have M home for at least one night.

We had to travel to Baldwin County to be with my family, so we stopped by the hospital to see Tucker.  He is 7 years old and recently had sternum surgery.  He has been in the hospital for more than 21 days.  He was having to lay very still while he received more IV antibiotics.  Bless his little heart.

He was happy to see Bro. Dave and is hoping to go home tomorrow to see what Santa left for him.

From there, we went to my brother's house.  Here he is reading the Christmas Story.

It was a good day -- rushed -- but a good day.  Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Day 358 - 12/24/14

Mom was going to be at Paw Paw's this Christmas, so I was tasked with making the cornbread dressing.  How hard can it be?  I've watched my Maw Maw, and then my Dad, and then my Mom make it many times.  I'm sure I'll do okay -- not!

(Sorry about the bowl, but it's my favorite big bowl.  It was warped in the dishwasher, but still works.  Can you tell I'm not good with change.)

So I decided I would document the preparation (so I could remember it next year if need be).  I started out making two iron skillets of yellow cornbread.  I crumbled it up and added a couple hot dog buns (Linda told me to try that) and let it sit overnight, loosely covered.  I then added chopped celery and onions.  I cooked them in the microwave to get them a little more tender before I added them to the cornbread mixture.

(Yes, and my fancy container here is from the Chinese restaurant in town.)

I boiled some eggs, chopped them up, and added them to the mixture.  I cooked a whole chicken in the crockpot until it was falling apart.  I stripped the chicken and put it in the cornbread mixture and added salt and pepper (but apparently not quite enough).  Since we were eating on Christmas evening, I carried the mix to my brother's house, added the broth, and cooked it.

We were in such a rush to get it cooked, that I failed to take a picture of it before it was served.  It certainly smelled good and wasn't bad, but it wasn't my Momma's dressing.  She said:  (1) it needed more salt and pepper; (2) it needed more chicken broth; (3) it needed more boiled eggs; and (4) I should have used a better cornbread mix.  Well, there's always next year.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Day 349 - 12/15/14

Dreary, foggy morning.