What a year!
Thursday, December 31, 2020
Sunday, December 27, 2020
Amy continues to grow, but slowly, as our impatience mounts to discover what color her flower will be. Now that Christmas is past, I'm hoping for an Epiphany bloom.
Saturday, December 26, 2020
My husband's pancakes are legendary within our family. Everyone loves them, and, when the kids are home one of the first things they ask for is Dad's pancakes. When I walked by this bottle of maple syrup at Williams-Sonoma, it just fell into my basket! Can you believe it? Mr. Gingerbread Man must have heard about my husband's pancakes, too!
- Butter the casserole dish. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix all ingredients, but only 1 cup of the cheese.
- Pour into the casserole dish. Scatter the remaining cheese on top.
- Bake at 350º F for 55 minutes or until edges are slightly brown.
Friday, December 25, 2020
There were no Christmas concerts this year. No Christmas Afternoon Tea at the Drake Hotel with wondering carolers stopping by the table to wish us a Merry Christmas . . .
I wasn't enthused about setting a Christmas Eve table this year — my son wasn't able to fly in to be with us, and for the first time in our lives, my brother and I could not be together. Out of an abundance of caution, my husband and I decided that it was best to cancel the celebrations, and spend it quietly at home, just the two of us. Covid-19 has a lot to answer for!
At the last minute, I rallied, and remembered that old saying that my father quoted often: "Al mal tiempo, buena cara" (“To bad times, a good face”) — the English aren't the only ones with a stiff upper lip.
Here's how the tart turned out — a very photogenic dessert!
Then we topped it, as if it really needed the extra calories, with some whipped cream.
The best part of our night was when we gathered on a Zoom call, and I got to see all these beloved faces. Even David, my youngest, got up at 2:00 A.M. Abu Dhabi time to be on the call with us. It was a total surprise and brought tears to my eyes.
Although a bit melancholic, I went to bed grateful and at peace. We will make it up next year. We will sing our carol in full, and we will sing it Allegro.
Monday, December 14, 2020
Another Instant Pot wonder. You have just simply got to try this! So easy! So good!
- Place rack on the bottom of a 6-quart Instant Pot. Place roast on top of the rack
- Sprinkle packets of au just and dry ranch dressing on top
- Place stick on butter on top
- Scatter Pepperoncini peppers on top
- Pour the broth around the sides of the meat so the seasoning mixes stay on top
- Seal pot, set to pressure cook for 55 minutes, then let the pressure release naturally
- Remove roast from the pot, and shred beef with two forks
- Strain the juices and serve on the side, or make your favorite gravy
- Serve over mashed potatoes, noodles, or in sandwiches
Sunday, December 13, 2020
This is Amy, our hopefully-soon-to-be-born amaryllis. When I ordered it, I went back and forth so many times, I don't actually remember which color or variety I ended up getting, and the packing slip did not provide a clue. Will it be pink, or red, or striped — and will it bloom for Christmas?
Monday, December 7, 2020
I'd rather have tea than go shopping on Black Friday. This year, of course, with COVID-19 raging through our cities, it was even less appealing. Besides, I'd been experimenting with a recipe or two...