Be joyful even though you have considered all the facts...practice resurrection. -Wendell Berry

Friday, November 28, 2014


  • quite the toboggan run, from beginning to end.
  • a pre dinner 5-K run in the snow for some people.
  • quilting/crafty time.
  • the moment when we realized that I had forgotten to put sugar in the pumpkin pie and Batman got up, went into the kitchen and brought the 1/2 gallon jug of maple syrup to the table with a grin on his face.
  • mimosas in the morning that ended up with sparkly magenta nail polish on my nails.
  • chortling, game playing, napping, reading, walking and lots of dish washing.
  • long distance phone calls to missing loved ones.
  • thanking. more thanking.
  • so*much*good*food.

Two faves you may enjoy...

Lindsey made buckwheat pancakes with this amazing topping, a puddle of pink sweet/tartness.
1/2 cup fresh cranberries
2/3 cup maple syrup
Bring to a gentle boil in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Simmer until the berries begin to soften, but not popped, about 5 minutes. Serve over pancakes.

Three sisters casserole with cornbread topping, from Kripalu, link here.

Soaking up these days without structure, with warmth from the wood stove, with hands held around the table and a bit of silence before each meal...

Sending you warmth from the snowy mountains of Vermont...


  1. Oh my those snowing mountains loo gorgeous, but i am soooooo glad we do not have snow yet.
    Enjoy your days with your beloved ones....

  2. Oh, it just gets better and better. The pumpkin pie story made me laugh out loud and I'm sure the maple syrup did the trick! :)

    Hooray for mimosas and sparkly nails!

    Thank you for sharing this joy, Karen.

  3. Hey Marm, just to let you know that in the cranberry recipe, it is ok if the berries pop open! Well, the way I make it at least :) You just want to be careful they don't pop hot syrup onto you - that is a little uncomfortable. xoxo