Thursday, January 5, 2017

this week

I've been making soup and apple crisp.
Over and over.

Apple crisp is simple to make. And delicious.
I don't even tinker with the recipe except to sometimes include cranberries.

But the soup is freeform, and never the same from one kettle to the next.
I don't think I could duplicate a batch if I tried.
Sometimes I wish I could. The last batch was so good I started rationing it to make it last a bit longer.

Recent days have been cold, dark, raw...and occasionally sunny.
Sunny enough to melt some of the snow suspended above the ground, not insulated by the collective coldness of accumulated snowfalls and the thick ice layer covering the frozen ground.
You can see the snow melting into icy gems on this hyssop:

Still dazzling, long after the flowers and bees and butterflies of Summer have gone.


After rainy, snowy, gloomy days, I love to see the herd out in the sunshine.
The lateral light makes each goat glow around the edges.
This is Tsuga's daughter, Fern:

Fern, I am sorry to say, is a stubborn little imp.
But look at that face.
Butter wouldn't melt.

Are you resettled in Time after the holidays?
This week I spent all day Sunday thinking it was Monday,
then all day Monday thinking it was Sunday.
On Tuesday, I just stopped thinking about it.

Winter sunrise after a mid-night snow, view to the West



  1. So pretty.

    I swear the stubborn/bad ones are the cutest.

    I agree with your thoughts on soup - I tend to make it with whatever is on hand, and that's rarely the same twice.

    Mmmm... apple crisp. I need to make some of that soon.

  2. I used to wonder at my Dad when he would say he had to look at the paper to figure out what day it was - well, I find myself now doing the same thing! I agree - kitchen sink soup is the best!! (kitchen sink = clean out the fridge)

  3. Hi Quinn, Your apple crisp sure does look yummy and I would like cranberries added to it. Soup is always an experiment. I have to figure out a recipe that I can try without milk which is a challenge. I usually end up just buying it because I haven't figured out how to cook for one yet. We had snow yesterday and spent the day in single digits. I just stayed home and told hubby that I was doing that. I like cranberry orange muffins. I enjoyed catching up with your blog. We had ice under our snow the time before this one. I am prepared. I have a 50 lb bag of ice melt downstairs that my grandson brought by. Have a wonderful day. Be careful on the ice. Hugs and Prayers from you Missouri Friend Shirley

  4. Lovely photos
    The cold this week needs more sunshine as well all do.

  5. I kinda had the same thing happen to be with the days--
    thought Sunday was Monday and then Monday really felt like Sunday--guess my week straightened itself out by Tuesday--!!
    What's today anyways???
    Enjoy the moment-di

  6. Glad to know I'm in such good company! lol today, I thought it was the 5th AND Epiphany then noticed the clock calendar said not Epiphany. Then did a search for date for Epiphany, found out it's on the 6th after all. Yeah. Total confusion!
    Love Fern's look of slyness...what IS she thinking?
    Apple crisp...tomorrow! I made soup tonight but (ashamed to say) caved and didn't make bread...used store bought sour dough bread, toasted then covered with sharp cheddar and broiled.
    I'm a happy camper!

  7. The icy dry flowers are truly dazzling! I love that you found the beauty in this tough time of year (at least for me). And I do the same thing about the day of the week.

    I seem to remember an apple crisp phase last winter too! It sounds so good!!!!


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