|snow drops in bloom in the forest|
Wow, Feb has come to an end. OK, so I am a day late!! Our mild winter has continued, although yesterday was cold and the next few days also. There is even some light snow predicted, but I doubt it will happen. We have not had snow since the one day in Nov. Right now there are daffodils and tulips in bloom, and our forsythia is ready to burst into flowers.
At the same time our neighbors left for a long weekend and left poor little Tim (the cat) outside. Keith checked and saw that there were food bowls out in front of the door to his house. He stayed with us the first night, and we assume he found one of his other house to stay the second night. He is resourceful, and has befriended half the neighborhood! We do not feed him, so although our house is great for a good nap, it does not come with room service.
Oh yes, we did have the wallpaper done in the living room/dining room area. The guest room is still full of "stuff" that I am not sure I want to move back into the rooms downstairs. The light paper on the walls really makes the room brighter. Keith now has his future laid out for him. He had built a TV cabinet for the corner, but now we want it flat against one wall. So basically he has to rebuild this cabinet. Then there is the corner lamp he has to make...it will be Arts and Crafts style to go with the other furniture he has made and will have stained glass ...that he is also on his "to do" list now. I do not expect this to be done in a short time frame! As soon as the weather gets better, more time will go to cycling. Always, always take it slowly. I bought curtains the other day, nothing fancy, just white voile and washable. But picking the curtain rods seems to be a huge sticking point! Zen ....one decision at a time. Not all pictures are hung yet either. We are taking our time and choosing slowly.
|moved the couch to the window|
the light from the lamps is a little bright!
New lamp in this corner
|idea of lamp...but Keith has not picked final pattern -so only an idea|
|cabinet to rebuild|
|wood stove...need something on the left wall?|
|Walking along a cliff edge, seems to happen a lot !! |
Water everywhere too
|Cliff, friends, dogs and water|
Sue is standing way back from the edge!!!!
|"Helleborus foetidus", blooms in the winter.|
|Sky was so blue|
Recipe of the Month
- 2 endvies - medium
- 2 slices of ham
- 5 ounces grated cheese ( Gruyere, or white cheddar)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk ( I use creme fraiche, but milk would cut a few calories)
- Freshly cracked black pepper to taste ( ham is salty, so no salt is added)
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- Cut the core from the endive and steam about 5-8 minutes (until tender)
- Put aside on a paper towel
- in sauce pan melt the butter
- add flour and stir until mixed well
- Add milk or creme fraiche and cook until thick
- put 1/2 in the bottom of cooking dish
- Take the endive and wrap it in one slice of ham
- Place the two wrapped endives in baking dish
- Covered with remaing sauce
- Cover with cheese
- Bake around 20 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and slightly brown