ARAB COFFEE HOUSE

Hope you are enjoying a great cup of coffee today…with these quotes.

“To look at something as though we had never seen it before requires great courage.”

–Henri Matisse

“I believe humans get a lot done, not because we’re smart, but because we have thumbs so we can make coffee.”

–Flash Rosenberg

“Coffee smells like freshly ground heaven.”

–Jessi Lane Adams

I’m ready for a second cup!

Arab Coffee House Painting by Henri Matisse

MENTAL DECLUTTERING

What you can’t do physically, you can organize in your mind.

“There is nothing mind can do that cannot be better done in the mind’s immobility and thought-free stillness.  When mind is still, then truth gets her chance to be heard in the purity of the silence.”

–Sri Aurobindo

With quiet time on my hands, I am well into the project of mentally decluttering by listing everything in a notebook of the things I should dispose of whenever my strength returns. It’s a process I look forward to liberating space and memories.  I will get this done eventually!

Do you need to declutter your life a bit more?  I promise, you will become a happier person and remove dead energy from your environment –Just try it!

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YEAR END REVIEW

A Fresh Start for 2022

The end of December always provides the impulse to start fresh in the new year.  It has the clarity of a year gone by whether good or bad.  It carries the silence of Winter to wish for better days and dreams to forge over.  Here are some quotes to inspire your fresh start for 2022. 

“New year is the glittering light to brighten the dream-lined pathway of future.”  —Munia Khan

“You can get excited about the future.  The past won’t mind.”  —Hillary Depiano

“The magic in new beginnings is truly the most powerful of them all.”

–Josiyah Martin

“I hope you realize that every day is a fresh start for you.  That every sunrise is a new chapter in your life waiting to be written.”

–Juansen Dizon

“Enter this new year with a gratitude for this new chance to create your dreams.”  –Avina Celeste

“Kindness, kindness, kindness.  I want to make a New Year’s prayer, not a resolution.  I’m praying for courage.”  –Susan Sontag

and my favorite quote…

“Life is a dance.  It’s do or die and writing tells all about it.”  –yours truly

May 2022 be life affirming to your heart’s content!

 

TRIMMINGS FOR TURKEY DINNER

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Today I am planning for the turkey feast.  Doing different this time with these 2 side dishes and sharing…

Honey Glazed Carrots and Brussels Sprouts

Boil firm and drain, 1 pound each vegetable for 8-10 minutes.

Sauté 3 tablespoons butter, and honey to your taste, in saucepan, add the vegetables and 1 cup of pecans or walnuts, stir fry together 3 to 5 minutes, sprinkle a pinch of salt with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.  That is easy and healthy enough.

Stuffed Baked Fruited Apples and Pears

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Cut in half and remove the core of 3 apples and 3 pears.  Sprinkle a pinch of brown sugar on top.  Mix dried fruits and nuts with honey and place on halved fruits.  Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top and bake for 20/30 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees F.

Both recipes are light to go with the roasted turkey.  The stuffing and gravy I’ll plan for tomorrow.

What will your menu be like?

A WAY TO GET ANY CELEBRATION STARTED

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If you aren’t familiar with this French “charcuterie” term, it is Americanized for a display of different kinds of smoked or dry-cured meats with fruits and nuts on a wooden board.  The French and moi likely giggle at this meat board concept that Americans have recently adopted. Charcuterie is a staple in French cuisine; however, this tradition usually appears as appetizers before a meal is served and include olives and various pates, while cheese and fruits are served at the end of a French meal.  O well, a winter or Christmas charcuterie board would be an excellent idea to taunt family gatherings and parties.  I like the idea, but I rather make my Maman’s pate for any occasion.  What say you?

SPECIAL CHRISTMAS TREE

A Magnolia Christmas Tree

In November, the trees are standing all stick and bones.  Without their leaves, how lovely they are, spreading their arms like dancers.”

–Cynthia Rylant

In my backyard stands a 20-foot magnolia tree that is shaped as a Christmas tree.  It’s visible from my second story kitchen window.  It’s in this season that it stands out more because the other oak trees are shedding their leaves.  So grateful am I for this natural act of Providence to provide me with this unique view.

When I mention to my Beloved I wish I could tie a red ribbon on it to make it our outdoor Christmas tree, he quickly responds, “Don’t you dare drag the ladder to the fence!”  Year after year we have this same conversation…just maybe I will dare!