Friday, 26 March 2010

Saturday Fun!!

Yesterday I was surfing through the Blogosphere, as I am wont to do when I have a bit of spare time and I ended up on my good friend Tracy's page, of Pink Pearl. I just love Tracy. She is such a calm, sweet and pink person! We were lucky enough to have been able to meet in person a year or so back. I just love it when you are able to cross the boundaries of Invisible Friend to Real Life Friend. That just makes what we have together all the more special.

Anyways she had this fun little exercise posted on her page yesterday and I thought it would be a really fun thing for me to do as well. It's a great activity and opportunity for some self-discovery. If you want to do it too, feel free and if you do and want to share your list, let me know, as I'd love to know more about you as well!! It's so much fun to share with each other, don't you think?? It's all about if you were different things, like colours and stuff. Here goes!

If I Was...

  • a color, RED with White Polka Dots (That's a colour isn't it? I also love White and Blue anything, which is a colour too (Especially stripes.) At least it is to me!)
  • a verb, ♥ ♥ LOVE ♥ ♥
  • a day, Sunday, I love going to church, slowing down, relaxing, praising my Heavenly Father, taking the sacrament, and seeing all my church friends. I also love Songs of Praise on Sunday evenings, Antiques Roadshow and just canoodling with Todd as we relax and really take a true day of rest.
  • a TV show, Larkrise to Candleford I just ♥ ♥ ♥ this show!! It has to be one of my alltime favourites!!
  • a taste, one of my favourite taste combinations has to be salty/sweet. You know like the combination you get with you combine pretzels with chocolate, or peanut butter with jam. It's not something that Todd totally understands, but it's one of my quirks that he has learned to live with, if not embrace. Ok, so he draws the line at peanutbutter and jam . . .
  • an emotion, JOY! All embracing, heart exploding, life surrounding JOY!!
  • a month, December (need I say more??) I ♥ ♥ ♥ Christmas and everything to do with it, and most especially of all Jesus, the reason for the season.
  • a flower, I can't choose, it's good old Sweet Peas and Pansies. They are tied for first place in my heart. I also love Batchelor Buttons, Lupins, Carnations, Roses, and Holly Hocks. I just love flowers, especially Cottage Garden Flowers.
  • a holiday, I love ALL the Holidays! I don't have a favourite. Any excuse to celebrate all that we have been blessed with here on earth is a wonderful excuse for me. I have been known to create HoLiDaYs just so that I can celebrate! I guess I just life and people, and everything to do with them!
  • a movie, I just love the film, Our Vines Have Tender Grapes. It is an old film from 1945, starring Edward G Robinson and Margaret O'Brien. It's a tender family story of a Swedish immigrant farm family just before WW2. I have many fond memories of watching it with my children when they were growing up. I had a copy that I had taped off of the telly, but sadly, it got thrown away by accident. I have since looked for one, but haven't been able to find one that I could afford to buy. I shall have to wait and hope that it comes on the telly again one day!!
  • an article of clothing, no surprise here . . . PAJAMAS!!
  • a book, Emmaline, by Judith Rossner. It is a lovely book and based on a true story. I just love books based on true stories. Do you?
  • a car, I love the car we have right now, a Vauxhall Agila.
  • a piece of furniture, I used to have a lovely sideboard that had come off of a Cunard Liner. It was my mother's and someone had given it to her. My ex and I had refinished it. It was beautiful, made from Maple with Birdseye Maple Panels inlaid into the drawer fronts. He would not let me have anything from the house when we divorced and he sold it in a yard sale, probably for peanuts, knowing him.
  • a scent,Jo Malone perfume, Pomengranate Noir. I just love it. I have a bottle of the cologne and my boss gave me some of the body wash this past Christmas.
  • an instrument, the flute. I just love it's sweet melody.
  • a store, I just love the Borough Market. I know, it's technically not a store, but if you are a foodie like me, it is heaven on earth!
  • a shoe, I just love my Asics Trainers. I have had a lot of foot problems over the past few years, and they have solved most of them. If you have to spend a lot of time on your feet, I highly recommend!!
  • a fruit, I just ADORE Cherries!! Every year long about May the cherry sellers set up stands along the layby's all over Kent and you can buy them freshly picked. There is nothing like a paper bag filled with ripe, warm cherries on a warm spring day! It is heaven on earth!!
  • a song, His Hands, make sure you click the link. It will take you to a video of the song. I just love this song. It's not a pop song. It's a love song.
  • a tree, fruit trees. They bring you a gift with each and every season. In the spring you get the beautiful blossoms, and then during the summer you get to watch the fruit appear and grow, in the autumn comes the harvest, and then in the winter comes the sleeping promise of things to come . . .
  • a planet, why it would be very remiss of me not to love planet Earth! It's such a beautiful place. From outer space it looks mysterious and beautiful. There is so much beauty here. It is one of the father's greatest creations, next to mankind.
  • a tool, anything and everything to do with cooking! No surprise there!

The photo at the top of my post is one that I took at Scotney Castle several years ago. It is a place that I have loved to go with Todd. It's beautiful to look at, and a great walk. It's a place where I feel at peace and in tune with the spirit, and where I feel close to God. I hope that you have enjoyed this little exercise with me, and will want to play along and share your list of favourite things with us. If you do, let me know, so that I pop on over to your page and read them!!



*Potatoes Parmesan*

Serves 2, but is quite easily multiplied
Printable Recipe

Four ingredients and half an hour in the oven, will give you a potato dish so creamy and delicious your guests will think you have been slaving in the kitchen all day to create it. You want to make sure you use a really good and well flavoured chicken stock here as it will be your only seasoning.

2 large red skinned potateos
1 cup of good chicken stock
2 TBS grated Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated
1 TBS melted butter

Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F. Lightly butter a shallow casserole dish. Set aside.

Peel the potatoes and slice very thinly, about 1/4 inch thickness. Place the potato slices into the prepared casserole dish. Heat the stock and pour it over top. Sprinkle the Parmesan Cheese evenly over top and then drizzle with the melted butter. Bake in the heated oven about 25 minutes, until the stock is absorbed and the potatoes are meltingly tender. Absolutely delicious!!


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There is a deliciously Creamy Courgette Lasagna on offer today over on The English Kitchen!


7 comments:

Suze said...

Okay Marie I will try. I do have an used blog so I will answer here.

•a color, Got to agree with the blue and white. So restful and tasteful
•a day, Sunday

•a TV show, Don't have one right now
•an emotion, Peace and contentment.
•a month, Hard to choose. I think it is April. That is Easter most years and our long summer begins to wind down and I love the cooler months
•a flower, I, too, love the cottage garden flowers but this week I love the roses I was given for my birthday
•a holiday, Easter has to be my favourite. The message and gift of Easter is incredible
•a movie, I love to watch Nanny McPhee and Harry Potter with my children.
•an article of clothing, A soft comfortable cotton night gown
•a book, I would love to say the Bible but I love so many books.
I bless the Harry books as I was told Wills would never read. He stuck at J K's books until at the age of 12 he could read.
•a car, I am so thankful for the little ford I won last Christmas. It doesn't matter the colour or model for after years of being stuck at home I have freedom
•a piece of furniture, Our antique piano that is no longer pitch perfect but fills our home
•a scent,Anything vanilla
•an instrument, So many. Some evenings I love the mellow sounds of cello practice (Pip and Bess) and then I rejoice at the Celtic lilt of Beth's violin and then Pip's flute brings joy. Sometimes they play together and I melt with the peaceful harmonies. The best instrument is the human voice. It is portable, flexible and can convey such emotion. Last night I was blest to hear some wonderful SATB works at the children's school.
•a store, I love the Melbourne markets. I have only been once and will again some day
•a shoe,My boring old Homy Peds. I need shoes that allow my podiatrist to alter them. Bliss is walking with minimal pain.
•a fruit, Right now I love clementines
•a song, Again so many to choose from but I do love Tell Out My Soul
•a tree, I love a shade tree. Any tree that blesses us with welcome relief from the scorching days we have in summer.
•a planet, why it would be very remiss of me not to love planet Earth! It's such a beautiful place. From outer space it looks mysterious and beautiful. There is so much beauty here. It is one of the father's greatest creations, next to mankind. I have to agree as I cannot think of a more eloquent statement.

•a tool Hands. Human hands are such beautiful things. They allow as to do so much form playing music, painting a masterpiece to the the mundane dishes. What a miracle of creation.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I too love celebrating and try to find something in each day to do just that. The holidays are always special at my house because that is when I get to see more of my children and their children too. You've chosen a fun way to start the weekend. I do hope it is a wonderful one for you!

Tracy said...

Just LOVE your hugely fun and creative list, Marie! So glad you joined in on the fun of this--and it is fun isn't, to consider what "thing" you might be. Most of your answers have me nodding and smiling big--yup, that's Marie! :o) Lark Rise to Candleford..oh, yes... It is one of my weaknesses too! ;o) Love the photo of Scotney Castle...that place is so dreamy...*sigh*... Your Parmesan-y potatoes are wonderful--I must make these! So glad you got to stop by my place--loved you comments. And we'll be home all weekend and most evenings next week--hope we can catch up with a phone chat before you move. Happy Weekend, dear friend--LOVE YOU HEAPS!! OXOX ((BIG HUGS))

Jan said...

Your entries Marei are so up beat /inspiring ,I read and often forget to comment because I get up from the PC thinking about what you had to say ,I love your list ,see what I mean ,you are evoking so many thoughts and memories here lol Have you read Lark Rise ? ...love Jan xx

Gloria said...

Well Marie I think is really fun here goes:

a color : blue! I love blue in china in clothes and many things.
a day: I love Fridays because is relax and come Saturday, the problem with Saturday always have something (huby, kids etc. you know)but Friday is nice I enjoyed yesterday siwmming and take tea with Mom (yes she is still here before the earthquake) and I walk around the house, looking the liquidambar (I will send you some pictures are begin to red) Here is autumn, but hot still.

an emotion, Peace and serenety

a month, I dont know maybe June because I love winter and in June is the twins birthday and mine.

a flower: ROSES, always Roses

a holidays: Christmas and Easter are my favorites!

a movie: I love Jane Austen movies and similar

an article of clothing: JEANS FOR EVER

a book, many , really difficult!

a scent : JAZMIN I love it


a fruit! berries of course

Well Marie I tell you a lot, sorry by my english sometimes, was sooooo funny!! have a lovely Sunday dera, huggs to you and Todd, Love ya Gloria

Gloria said...

A song : THE STORY by Brandi Carlile and I heard the first time in your Play list, is MY SONG!!! huggs. gloria

hoLLy said...

i'm with you on the salty sweet combinations! i love chocolate covered pretzels! white chocolate covered pretzels are my ultimate fave. and i also love the song his hands, so beautiful, always makes me cry!