Monday, January 19, 2015


We have made through half of January and we made it through the first cold snap of the Winter season.  I always try to stay positive about the weather, since there is nothing we can do about the weather.  It can be frustrating when the weather becomes inclement; ice, snow, wind and cold can make it difficult just to complete mundane tasks.  And I admit I can become a bit of a hermit crab when the weather gets the best of me.  Luckily, other than this past week the weather has been cooperating.  But comfort foods can always make a Winter day a little warmer.  A few more of my favorites.

I love these little four cheese rice balls, smothered in tomato sauce and sprinkled with grated Parmesan/Romano cheese.  Great as an appetizer or just a fire side snack.
Another great snack, perfect for a cold weekend night at home with a good mystery movie, mini deep dish pizzas.
Press the dough into a muffin pan and place a slice of peperoni at the bottom.  The slice fills the bottom nicely.  I use turkey peperoni, it is a little less greasy and a bit healthier.  I do coat the pan with Pam to make sure they don't stick.
Fill with pizza sauce, top with another slice of peperoni and cover with shredded cheese.  I used a three cheese blend.  Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
Let cool and then pop them right out.  A salad of cucumber and romaine lettuce with a Newman's Own Family Recipe Italian dressing.
Last of the chestnuts.  I wish the stores would keep the chestnuts in through the Winter, but after Christmas they kind of disappear. 
Sunday night snack, tea and fancy cookies.  Celestial Seasoning Tangerine Orange Zinger is one of my favorites.  I love it all times of the day but it is one of my favorite morning teas.
It was a nice warm day today, up to 40 degrees, our average is around 30 degrees.  So I took advantage of the 10 degree difference and put up my outdoor decorations.
Just the little bit of snow makes the reds and pinks pop.
And for a closer look.
Hand painted slate hearts in the windows, the Poinsettias and pumpkins still on the stairs.
Red tinsel heart, pink Poinsettia and some heart shaped boxes fill the planter.
Poinsettias and pumpkins in vignettes on each side of the front door.
Tinsel heart around porch light, windsocks, garland around door and coir doormat covered in hearts finish the look.
The garland is heart beads, tinsel and glittery bows.  My favorite piece is my pink berry heart wreath on the front door.  I purchased it a Kmart several years ago it has lasted so well.
So pretty.



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