Saturday, January 2, 2010

A Cozy New Year's Eve

The decorations are put away for another year and the remaining leftovers are used up to make this warm and cozy dinner by the fireplace.
Just Abbey, John and I ~ we enjoyed a late dinner together and watched
a Phantom of the Opera DVD.
A splendid and relaxing way to end the year.

We brought in the small table and chairs from the patio.

I made Italian Sausage Soup with Tortellini (recipe below)

And Split Pea Soup for me (Abbey and John won't touch this with a ten foot pole).

A little cheese and rosemary on a sliced hoagie roll.

Roasted chicken with some Crackers and cheese.

And each other
Italian Sausage Soup with Tortellini
Recipe from an old Pillsbury Booklet
  • 1 lb Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes (I used canned diced tomatoes)
  • 1 (8 ounces) can tomato sauce
  • 1 large zucchini, chopped or sliced (I used frozen spinach and added it with the tortellini)
  • 1 large carrot, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine or water
  • 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 10 oz cheese tortellini
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley or 1 tbsp dried
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh grated parmesan cheese
  1. In a large soup pot, crumble the sausage and cook until no longer pink.
  2. Drain sausage on paper towels, and remove most of the drippings from the pot.
  3. Add onion and garlic to the pot.
  4. Saute until translucent.
  5. Return sausage to pot, then add broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce, zucchini, carrot, bell pepper, wine, basil, and oregano.
  6. Simmer for about 40 minutes to one hour.
  7. Add tortellini and cook until tender.
  8. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  9. Serve with parmesan cheese.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year Greetings and a Atmos Clock for Show & Tell

My father-in-law worked for the Campbell Soup Company for 42 years. He received this beautiful Swiss made LeCoultre clock in recognition of his first 25 years of service.
It is unique in that it is an atmospheric, almost perpetual clock that does not need to be wound and gets the energy it needs to run from small temperature changes and atmospheric pressure changes in the environment. It is manufactured by Jaeger-LeCoultre in Switzerland

From Wikipedia: Its power source is a hermetically sealed capsule containing a mixture of gas and liquid ethyl chloride, which expands into an expansion chamber as the temperature rises, compressing a spiral spring; with a fall in temperature the gas condenses and the spring slackens. This motion constantly winds the mainspring. A temperature variation of only one degree in the range between 15 and 30 degrees Celsius, or a pressure variation of 3 mmHg, is sufficient for two days' operation

A Time for Everything
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,

time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3
Sending Wishes for a very Happy New Year!
Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:12
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:11-13Stop by Cindy's My Romantic Home for more Show & Tell Friday posts.

2009 ~ A Year in Review

A photo from each month of 2009

January ~ Celebrating a special birthday
February ~ Hoya in bloom
March ~ Raider
April ~ Forget-me-Nots
May ~ Cooper Hawk on patio
June ~ Reflections in raindrops
July ~ Blueberries
August ~ Butterflies galore
September ~ Lingering bouquets
October ~ Our anniversary
November ~ Waiting on God
December ~ Welcome baby Cambrie

Joining Cindy @ My Romantic Home for a Year in Review Party!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Mummers' Strut

Many New Year's Day found my dad struttin' his stuff down Broad Street on a chilly January 1st. A boy from south Philly and his love of music made him a natural. Daddy was a self-taught musician and his repertoire included the banjo, clarinet, saxophone, accordion, organ, guitar and really anything he could get his hands on.
Mummers Day Parade 1939 (age 18)
Daddy decked out in his feathery plumbs playing his banjo.
(my daughter, Jamie, still has his banjo)Here he is (top left) with a few of his buddies

I probably won't be watching the Parade on New Year's Day~ it isn't like when I was a small child and would sit way up high on my dad's shoulders to watch the bands march by. It has become a bit rowdy now-a-days and somehow some of the magic is gone.
But, let me hear a few strains of Oh, Dem Golden Slippers and I instinctively feel the urge to begin a strange weaving/dancing/walking maneuver while my pumping arms are held out to the side all the whilst singing the only four words of the song I know.
Daddy was in several Bands including Fralinger. The following article source and full story here.
On a Friday evening, December 18, 1914, the Fralinger String Band was organized by a group of young men playing music on the corner of Second and Sigel Streets in South Philadelphia. It was on that corner where Dr. John J. Fralinger, a physician and pharmacist, owned and operated Fralinger’s Drug Store.

Leading the group was Joseph A. Ferko, who worked at the drug store. Ferko was able to convince Fralinger to buy a banner and sponsor a 28-member band in the annual Philadelphia New Year’s Day Parade. The philanthropic Doctor was a logical choice, being extremely well regarded for his leadership and interest in promoting promising young people. In fact, two years earlier Dr. Fralinger helped Ferko realize his career dream by subsidizing his tuition at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science.

The Fralinger family was already well known in the area. Dr. Fralinger’s uncle, Joseph Fralinger, founded Fralinger’s Salt Water Taffy in Atlantic City, New Jersey in the late 1880’s. Dr. Fralinger also sponsored the J.J. Fralinger Field Club, which competed as one of the top semi-professional baseball teams in Philadelphia and many of whose ranks later became musicians in the string band.

With a mere two weeks’ practice and preparation, the newly-formed J.J. Fralinger String Band made its debut in the annual Philadelphia Mummers’ Parade on January 1, 1915, led by Dr. Fralinger in a horse and carriage. The marching front man, or Captain, was none other than nineteen-year-old Joe Ferko. The band entertained its way to a third prize out of five, wearing pink and white costumes and playing “When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose” and “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary”. The $25 prize was split twenty-eight ways among the bandsmen, or a whopping $.89 apiece. It was a memorable day and the dawn of a great performing organization.

Outdoor Wednesday ~ Contrast

Brightly colored citrus against a white background of snow.
Joining Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

From the Christmas Album

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Dipping Paper German Stars in Wax

Before packing away for the season, I thought I would show you how I finished my folded paper German Stars:

I placed the wax in a bowl over a gently simmering pan of water.
I found the box of wax at AC Moore
I lowered the paper star into the melted wax
flipped and made sure the star was completely coated in the wax
carefully drained the excess wax from the star
sprinkled with glitter
flipped and glittered the other side
and allowed to cool on waxed paper.
Notice how much darker the stars become after being dipped in the wax.
I used a needle and thread to carefully pierce a top point (about a 1/4 of an inch from the top) and tied the string to form a hanger.
finished :)These stars, covered with snow, adorned a small tree on our front porch.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Continued Gatherings

at my brothers home.
making faces (well, most of us)
Maxwell, Alex, Jonathan, Jen, Harrison, Suzanne, Caitee, Eva, Andrew, Julianna, Shaela, Abbey, George, Carol, Jill, Brenna, Joe, Granny, Ryan, Brad, Toni, Keri, John, Cambrie, Jamie, Arlene, Frank & me.
Sweet Family


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