Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Blue Sky and Pork Salad

 Simple Cookery Blue Sky

In case you don’t recognize it, this is a picture of a blue sky as seen through my favorite subject - trees.  We haven’t seen too much of blue sky lately.  In fact, a couple of hours after I snapped this one, the entire sky was overcast.  We had rain by nightfall.  And, we had snow flurries today.  I know Spring is on the way.  My buttercups (daffodils) are about four inches high near the edge of the woods.  They’re usually protected from Winter and sometimes bloom by the end of February.  I think they’ll be a little late this year.  That’s a little scary to me though.  Mom always said that it will snow on the buttercups when they bloom.  I don’t remember her being wrong about that.  But, I don’t look forward to snapping a picture of yellow blooms covered in snow.

I’m still going through my vintage cookbooks for new recipes.  I ran across a recipe for Pork Salad.  Years ago a co-worker brought something like this to a potluck.  So, you know it was a good dish!  I never did manage to get the secret recipe, but this one looks pretty close.  I believe it would be wonderful with country ham.


2 cups pork cut in 1/2 inch cubes

Sprinkle with salt and pepper

Add 1 cup diced celery

1/2 cup French dressing

Chill 1/2 hour or longer.  Drain and serve in nest of lettuce.


Saturday, February 13, 2010

A Valentine Poem

I thought I'd share a couple of my favorite poems for Valentine's Day. Hope you have a wonderful day!
If you but knew
How all my days seemed filled with dreams of you,
How sometimes in the silent night
Your eyes thrill through me with their tender light,
How oft I hear your voice when others speak,
How you 'mid other forms I seek -
Oh, love more real than though such dreams were true
If you but knew.
Could you but guess
How you alone make all my happiness,
How I am more than willing for your sake
To stand alone, give all and nothing take,
Nor chafe to think you bound while I am free,
Quite free, till death, to love you silently,
could you but guess.
Could you but learn
How when you doubt my truth I sadly yearn
To tell you all, to stand for one brief space
Unfettered, soul to soul, as face to face,
To crown you king, my king, till life shall end,
My lover and likewise my truest friend,
Would you love me, dearest, as fondly in return,
Could you but learn?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

A Dusting in the Hollow


The last weather forecast I heard called for a slight dusting after rain turned to snow.  Well, I never saw any rain and woke up to this lovely snowfall Tuesday morning.  I am thankful that we are still able to measure our snow by inches rather than feet.  However, I am so ready for Spring!  Hope you enjoy the pictures.

snow on porch

Anyone have a shovel?

Snow in the Hollow

There’s a road here somewhere….

Snow on Pine Tree

Aren’t the trees beautiful?

Snow on Smokehouse

And just one more…

Trees in Snow