A Crone’s Coast on 11/28/14
Weather for the Thanksgiving holiday was outstanding with sunny clear skies and mild and pleasant temperatures. For us on the coast it is this perfect fall weather that makes us glad we stuck it out through the hell-hot summer. Night rewards us with the mystery of moonlight cascading down on water as smooth as sea glass.
The day after Thanksgiving Grandson, taking a break from college, took these photos as he rode his bike along the bay. I could not resist sharing part of my Texas coast as I have much to be thankful for this holiday season.
THANKS ALL WHO VISIT MY BLOG AND SOMETIMES LEAVE A NOTE!
CHEERS FROM THE COAST!
THANKS TO GRANDSON FOR ALLOWING ME TO SHARE HIS PHOTOS TAKEN WITH HIS PHONE.
RED THREAD OF LOVE
HAPPY NEW YEAR
EDIBLE FIRE CRACKERS FOR THE 4TH OF JULY
I enjoy posts that feature recipes and provide step by step photos of the process. I never thought I would include a recipe in one of my posts, but just for fun I decided to share this one to celebrate Independence Day. Last July 4 one of my neighbors brought a sample over in a lovely bag decorated in red, white and blue. They are great by themselves or with a little cheese. Warning! They are addictive if you like it hot!
TEXAS FIRE CRACKERS
3/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 (1 oz.) envelope ranch dressing mix
1 1/2 tablespoons crushed red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
1/2 (16.5 oz.) package multigrain saltine crackers
Put the olive oil, garlic powder, black pepper, ranch dressing mix and crushed red pepper in a 1-gallon plastic zip lock bag. Seal and shake and smooth to mix olive oil and dry ingredients. Place crackers in bag and seal. Gently turn the bag over to cover the crackers with mix and let sit for about an hour. Repeat several times until crackers are well-coated. Allow to sit overnight. Remove crackers and enjoy.
Have a safe 4th of July celebration!
May you see love, beauty, joy, peace, and hope
in the ordinary corners of your life.
And may the fragrance of a flower,
the careless flight of a butterfly, sun
on a sleeping cat, rain,
acts of compassion and
remind you of
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!
So I’m not doing Christmas this year.
Don’t think I’m Scrooge or the Grinch,
but the season has become too long and
commercial. Craft stores have stuff in July.
By September the rest are decorating,
offering boxed gifts and pushing Christmas carols.
By Thanksgiving we’re weary,
without meaning or spirit.
The touch and feel are familiar, and
like protracted lovemaking, we risk
disappointment with the climax on the twenty-fifth!
So I’m not putting up a tree this year.
It will save me the distress
of decideing how to decorate it.
All red? All gold? A mixture?
Silly, sentimental ones?
Beads or no beads? Colored or white lights?
Artificial trees are practical.
Real ones shed like a Persian.
And one year the cat ran up
the tree and pulled it down!
So I’m not decorating for Christmas this year.
I won’t drink coffee from cheery Santa cups
or sip egg nog from gilded goblets.
No holly wreath with lights hugging the door,
no red-nosed reindeer, no glittering cherubs,
no waiting stockings by the chimney,
no grinning nutcrackers standing tall,
no garland over every mirror.
Banish Santa towels, snowmen, elves,
bells, chimes, ho-ho-hos,
nativity scenes, poinsettias and hues of green and red!
So I’m not cooking for Christmas this year.
I’m tired of all that fuss and work for one meal
when they’d rather have pizza anyway!
Turkey, dressing, gravy, cranberries, fruit salad,
green beans, candied yams, hot rolls,
cookies, pies, candy,
fudge, more cookies, bread pudding,
mulled cider, wine with Santa’s pink cheeks on the label
and fruitcake no one eats.
My kitchen is too small for all that cooking anyway!
…I’ll just leave
P.S. It was the best Christmas ever because I DID put up a tree, decorate and cook after all! MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Things I am thankful for…
THINGS I AM THANKFUL FOR:
family, friends and good neighbors
good health and having lived this long
love, books, shoes, basil, coffee, cats, wine, my laptop, make-up, music, no debt
second chances and forgiveness
sleep and rest
simple beauty around me in the everyday flow of life and nature…the mystery in the night sky
freedom, choices and peace in the United States of America
hope for the future and the next generation.
I have more than I need, but sometimes…less than I want. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!