Thursday, 15 December 2016
A Few of my Favourite things . . .
These are a few of my favourite things . . .
My favourite book of all time is this one. Emmeline by Judish Rossner. The story was inspired by a story of a 19th-century girl made pregnant by her employer, a Massachusetts cotton mill owner. Emmeline Mosher moves to the town of Lowell, Mass as a 13 year old as an effort to life her farm family back in Maine out of a life of poverty. The story is a fictionalized account of the life of Emeline Bachelder Gurney who was a real person. I cannot tell you the number of times I have read this book in my lifetime. It is a compelling story, well told, that draws me back into its web again and again.
My all time favourite television show is The Andy Griffith Show. This was really hard for me to pick because I was torn between this and Leave It To Beaver. Both are pretty much on par in my heart for my favourite, but in the end this won out because of its wealth of wonderfully endearing characters not the least of which is the town of Mayberry itself, and the central core of faith, family, home, friendship, love and good values.
My all time favourite film is Our Vines Have Tender Grapes. It was made in 1945 and stars Edward G Robinson and Margaret O'Brien as the two main characters of the film, playing a father and a daughter is a story which follows a year in the life of a Wisconsin farm family in the year prior to America going into the Second World War. It is touching and endearing and very charming. I cannot tell you how many times I have watched it. I never tire of it.
Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.
~Song of Solomon 2:15
Diet Coke is my beverage of choice. I drink one every day. Other than that I drink water and the occasional cup of herbal tea. I have read all of the writings on it. They don't scare me. Maybe they should, but they don't.
It is the catch word of 2016 and the way I have always tried to live my life. It is a Danish word that refers to a mental state of coziness, conviviality and togetherness in the midst of Winter.
I live cosy.
If I had to pick an all time favourite meal, it would have to be this. My mother's turkey dinners. Nothing comes close. Her way of cooking a turkey. Her stuffing. With mashed potatoes, mashed turnips, peas and carrots and her gravy. The end. I could eat this every day and always be happy about it.
It was hard for me to choose because I also love Pecan Pie and Chocolate Cake, but the good old fashioned Lemon Meringue Pie wins for me in the end as being my all time favourite dessert. Served ice cold from the refrigerator and made with Jello Lemon Pie Filling. Nothing can beat it in my list of favourite things.
Milk Chocolate Covered Almonds. They cover two of my loves in one. Milk Chocolate. Toasted Almonds. Together in one delicious indulgence. I was my own best customer in the school fund raising sale of boxes of chocolate covered almonds. I could never get enough.
Christmas. It is my favourite holiday and season and celebration. I love all of its traditions and customs. I love the true meaning at its core, the story of the birth of the Saviour. There is nothing about Christmas I don't like except maybe the commercialization of it. But to me it is not a commercial thing. It is all of the things I love rolled into one. Faith. Family. Friends. Love. Good food. Lovely Music. Values. Giving and sharing.
Chocolate Chip Cookies. Homemade. The recipe off of the packet of chocolate chips. On the day they are baked. Stogged full of chocolate chips, pecans or walnuts and sticky raisins. I could eat a dozen myself. (which is why I only ever very rarely bake them.)
Puppies and kittens. Kittens and puppies. I love them both interchangably. I especially love orange kittens and well, give me any puppy at all and I am in love.
Meet Dexter. Ariana and Jose's new puppy. Jose brought him over to meet us yesterday. I am in love. He made me all broody for a puppy again. Must resist.
A properly made bed.
A good cardigan.
And those are some of my favourite things for this week. Do share some of yours!
A thought to carry with you through today . . .
Verily verily I say,
in as much as ye have done it
unto one of the least of these
ye have done it unto me.
In The English Kitchen today . . . BBQ Pork with Roll Mop Sauce. From Cooking Light. This is delicious.
Have a great Thursday. Stay safe and stay happy, don't forget . . .
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And I do too!