Friday, January 30, 2015 the depth of winter

It's been a cold January here in the Northeast.  And by the looks of it, the start of February doesn't look like it will be much warmer.  Unfortunately, even with the cold weather I have to go out and drive around in it!  While driving I usually listen to podcasts.  I've been trying to catch up on an old favorite called "Good Eats."  On the latest episode, the host had baker and author Zoe Nathan as a guest.  She was a delight to listen to! 

The host and Zoe chatted about pies and of course made me quite hungry!
Later in the day, I happened upon her cookbook in our library and I knew it was fate that I was to bake up some delights this weekend.

I had blueberries in the freezer that were picked this summer and I went to work after the boys went to school. Blueberry scones for this wintry day!

I urge everyone to run and get this cookbook.  The blueberry scones are not heavy, stick-in-your-stomach scones that you might envision.  They are light and airy and full of flavor.

They expand quite a bit when baking, so when she tells you to spread the scones out on two baking pans....listen to her.  I did not and thus had blobs of scones on the pan.

Nevertheless, they were wonderful...if I do say so myself.

I'm off to purchase this book for my collection.  There is so much I want to bake.  
Now all I need is for the temperatures to warm up so I can run off all this yummy goodness!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Watching Shadows

One of my favorite places for prompts that help me look at the world a different way is Writealm.  Every month she posts a list of ideas to help get the old creative juices flowing.  I usually take the prompts quite literally as my mind doesn't work the way others do, but it's enough to get me out of my predicable box.

Yesterday the sun cooperated and shadows were all around.  The top three pictures are from earlier in the week.  It's a favorite spot here in town that my boys kid me about.  Often as we drive by one of them is bound to ask if we are going to stop the car to take a picture. 
See, pretty predicable.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


I can't believe January will be over soon.  Along with September, January is right up there as one of my favorite months.  You probably can guess why: the chaos is over, children are back to school, quiet penetrates the house.
I may be here more or I might not.  I will see.  I've been watching my time on the computer. Knitting more(see socks above), reading and catching up on areas of neglect in my house.
College acceptances are starting to fill the mailbox. He's three for three already so he has choices!
I'm hoping to pick up my camera a bit more.  I posted to poor flickr a few weeks ago.  I do miss the days of flickr. Instagram is fun, but just isn't the same.
Stay tune....let's see if this can become routine!