A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Z is for Zucchini
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Z is for Zucchini
1. What are some memories you associate with spring? As a kid I remember when the days started getting longer and we were able to play outside later into the evening. We played kickball and we played baseball with a tennis ball. As a teenager, I remember sunbathing as SOON as the first hint of spring arrived. I found out I was pregnant with twins in the spring of 1986 and I remember having our windows open . . and I was sick as a dog. I remember sitting in the bathroom floor thinking, "oh no - I hope our neighbors can't hear me!" The next spring arrived and I remember putting those sweet babies in their infant seats and sitting outside on our tiny front porch (stoop?) in the sunshine. By the next spring, we were purchasing a sand box and a swing set and once again warmer and longer days brought more time to play outside.
2. April showers bring May flowers...was that saying proven true where you live? Snapdragons, anemones, carnations, lilacs, sweet peas, tulips, lily of the valley, orchids, roses, gardenias...which one on that list is your favorite May bloom? We live in Alabama so spring usually arrives pretty early. We have had a good bit of rain this month and flowers have been blooming all over our neighborhood. We have lots of azaleas and dogwood trees in Alabama. In our yard we have hydrangeas and I noticed this afternoon that there are the beginnings of flowers on each bush!! I don't have a favorite from that list.
3. What are your top three distractions and how do you deal with them? We have constant interruptions in a church office but that is often when ministry actually happens. When I'm home, the internet and social media are both distractions. For Lent, I gave up Facebook and Instagram and that helped. I haven't been on social media as much since Lent ended. So I guess my 3 distractions are people, Facebook, and Instagram. My answer sounds really lame.
4. Do you eat beef? In the course of a week, how often is beef on the menu? A hamburger, steak, prime rib, or a roast beef dinner...which beef entree would you choose and yes you have to choose. Unless you're a vegan, and then you may pass. I love beef but we usually eat it only once or so a week. Tonight we had hamburger steaks - you can check out my H post here to see how I make them. We bought a couple of whole tenderloins sometime during this last year and Mark sliced them into steaks and we have those a lot on Saturday nights. A good steak or a good hamburger are both hard to beat.
5. In what way were you creative during the month of April? I participated in the April A to Z Blogging Challenge - I feel like that was creative. I don't think I made a single crafty thing this month which is unusual.
6. Insert your own random thought here. Our internet is giving us fits. We've been contemplating getting rid of cable TV and going with only internet TV but we get so frustrated at night trying to watch an episode of anything! I would love to hear pros and cons of going with just internet TV.
Xmas Morning Sausage Squares
sausage squares in progress
minus the top layer
golden brown sausage squares
fresh out of the oven
W is for Wheel – Big Wheel Sandwich!
We are close to the finish line of the #AprilAtoZChallenge. Planning ahead and writing a lot on the weekends has made this year's challenge easier to handle. I'm already thinking about what I want to write about in April 2022! Today is V -- V is for Very Easy Tollhouse Pie. What food or recipe do you immediately think of that begins with "V"?
Very Easy Tollhouse Pie
1. What issues are important to you? The first thing that comes to mind is Human Trafficking. Pre-covid, I actually went to an all day training event to learn how to volunteer at a local facility where women of all ages are brought to heal and where they can feel safe. I hope to be able to volunteer there at some point in the future.
I also read a novel this year, American Dirt, and I cannot get it out of my mind. The book tells the story of a mother and son who have to get away from cartel violence and chronicles their journey across the border. I know it is a novel but it has changed the way I think about those crossing our border. I don't have a solution and I can't argue politics but I CAN put myself in the place of another mother who is desperately trying to get her son to safety.
2. Which breakfast foods are your favorite? I love waffles and pancakes made with Kodiak mix. I also love Morningstar Farms "sausage" patties and I eat those several morning a week. I also love a good biscuit or a side of good grits!!
3. How often do you change your hair style? How embarrassing . . .I can't remember the last time I changed it. I've been wearing the same hair style for a long time.
4. Your most peculiar talent or interests? I don't think I have any peculiar talents or interests!!
5. Something you’re a natural at . . .LAUGHING! Seriously (pun intended!) I LOVE to laugh!!
6. Women who inspire you -- this is going to sound weird but just this week we studied Lydia in the book of Acts. I've been thinking about her all week. I also have a friend who started seminary this last year. Her kids are almost grown and she heard God's call and is acting on that call. She inspires me! My daughter and daughter-in-law both inspire me, too. They are such good mothers to their daughters.
7. How often do you take a break from everything? Not often enough!!
8. What are your go to dancing songs? I couldn't think of a single song and was getting ready to type "don't have an answer for this one" and then I started laughing (see #5). I love to be with a fun group of people and do something silly like dance to YMCA!! Mark will slow dance with me (at a wedding reception) but that is about it! Way back in 1979 or 1980, my friend Karen and I took Disco Dancing at UAB as an elective. Yes, I know I just dated myself. At the time, I loved to go out and dance.
9. Favorite carryout and takeaway foods to order - just today we ordered from Urban Cookhouse. I probably get take outs from there once a week. I love a good salad and they have 3 great salads and you can add protein.
10. People you like to spend time with -- our family and our close friends and my work friends . . . and people who make me laugh!
11. Hobbies you started within the last year -- I didn't start any new hobbies this year which is actually crazy because I love to do all sorts of things!
12. What scents, sounds, and sights of Spring do you like? Scents send my allergies over the edge so I've been thankful for masks!! Just today I told my husband that the trees were so green, the sky was so blue, and the sunshine was magnificient . . .and it was just so bright!! I love to hear the sound of the wings of a hummingbird and I love to watch them at our feeders.
13. Cultural aspects you cherish and enjoy -- I live in Alabama and most of us were taught southern manners by our parents. I sometimes think good manners have flown out the window.
14. TV shows and films you liked this month -- we just finished watching all of the seasons of Bosch (warning language) and we are watching Alias now. I've also watched a ridiculous amount of HGTV. I watch it while on the treadmill and while on the recumbent bike. I also record This is Us and watch it later while on the bike!
15. What do people usually come to you for help with? People sometimes come to me just to talk -- I guess I'm maybe a good listener and people know that I can keep things confidential.
Unbelievably Easy Snack Cracker Mix
I had these ornaments left over because
I had purchased a LARGE number of them.
They worked perfectly as a gift tag!
Hey Neighbor is our tagline at
all spread out on the island and almost ready
to take to the
|sealed tightly with twist ties|
The finishing touch - tied with red and
|Ready for my lunch!|
cast of ingredients (minus water)
bananas and eggs already in the bowl
|mashing the bananas|
adding the eggs - the one on the
right was a double yolk!
|defrosting the fruit|
raw batter - we ran out of
blueberries so this day was evidently
|hot out of the oven|
|ready to flip onto the rack|
|Yum! Let's eat!|
1. Find a penny. Look at the date and tell us something about your life or what you were doing that year? First of all, who made the dates SO TINY on those pennies. I had to put on double reading glasses and turn on my phone flashlight and hold the pennies just so to even read the date! Of course, I then had to look at every penny in my wallet and I had 10 pennies ranging from 1960 (I was 2 years old) to 2018. These pictures were already "together" so here we go - June of 58 and Winter of 1960. This is what I was doing then.
we were busy being Gran & Pops
|we climbed to the top of a fire tower with friends|
I fell on the metal pier at the beach
and it is a miracle nothing was
broken. I've never had so many
bruises in my life.
2. Were you given an allowance as a child? Did you have to earn it in some way? Did you learn to save money when you were a child or is that something you figured out as an adult? I think I was given an allowance sporadically and it seems like it was $.50 or $1.00. We all had to do various chores from dusting to washing and drying dishes. I did not learn to save money as a child and I give thanks every single day for my husband who taught me to save . . .though I went kicking and screaming.
3. April 23rd is National Take A Chance Day...what's a chance you need or want to take? I guess we are all taking a "chance" as we begin to venture out again into the world.
4. What's some outdated slang you seem to use a little too often? I don't know how outdated this is but my daughter, daughter-in-law, and son all told me not to say "cray cray" ANYMORE! Alrighty then.
5. It's National Poetry month and I always like to make us work our brains a little...
6. Insert your own random thought here. I'm still working on my April A to Z Challenge and blogging each day about different foods and recipes. On one hand I'm loving it . . .and the other hand is counting down the days. Speaking of counting days, I made an old fashioned sticker chart/calendar last night to count down the days until we go to the beach. I am so ready for a vacation.
I'll close on this . . .one of my pennies was a 1982 and I think that was the year I was in the Iron Man Ski Queen competition. We didn't have to ski - we just had to ride in a boat in a bathing suit. I was first runner up and the Queen and I rode together. This photo was from my "portfolio" - what a weird time in my life. (but the next year, I received free tickets and invited Mark to go with me and we've been together ever since).