Thursday, December 18, 2014

First Guest Breakfast of Christmas, 2014

While serving lunch or dinner for guests is always fun, hosting breakfast is my fave.

The first guest breakfast during this year's Christmas season was festive and fun.

One of my dearest long-time friends gifted me with these Johnson Brothers "Old Britain Castle" Christmas tree plates which I absolutely love.

So I've been using them for weeks along with bright red glasses!

Fruit is always great to have on hand to serve.

Red glasses were perfect for ice water topped with fresh cranberries and lemons. (Thank you, Pinterest!)

 It was poured from a transparent glass pitcher.  

Also served were eggs, bacon and soft flour-sprinkled "snowflake" rolls but I was too busy preparing (and eating) everything to snap photos. Sorry. 

Why not pull together a Christmas breakfast for friends and/or family members?

Of course, a sweet manger scene in the middle of the table is a necessity!

Your guests will love it and so will you!


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

He Rests in Peace in a Bucolic Spot

New England poet Robert Frost's poetry is soothing and simple.

He often wrote about rural scenes in New England, even though he was originally from California.

 He painted lovely images with his words such as in the poem, "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening."

Can you imagine how exciting it was to look for and then find his gravestone in the First Congregational Church Cemetery in Bennington, Vermont?

We actually did that this past fall.  It was a lovely excursion.

Following signs, one walks down a long pathway and then turns right before spotting the tombstone which rises up from the ground.

There were a lot of pennies on it, indicating visits from dozens of other admirers.

His wife and some of their children are also buried there.

May his gentle soul forever rest in peace. 


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sweet Treat

As most of you know, there are recipes to keep and others to try and then toss.

The winner of the winners for caramel corn came from an Orville Redenbacher recipe pamphlet.

I found it literally decades ago. 

There is absolutely no reason to go scouting for another recipe  cuz  this one is unequivocally the best!

It's so buttery,  sweet, and well, just delicious.

I make lots of it every Christmas and give it to guests in small holiday-themed plastic bags when they leave.

It's kind of a gift-from-the-hostess offering.

Trust me. If you love caramel corn, you will never need another recipe.  Here's the recipe:

                 Sister Mabel’s Caramel Corn

2 cups light brown sugar, firmly packed

½ cup light corn syrup

½ pound Land of Lakes butter

¼ teaspoon cream of tartar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

6 quarts of Orville Redenbacher’ Gourmet

    Popping corn

In saucepan, combine brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, cream of tartar and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring over medium high heat. Stirring constantly, boil rapidly to hard ball stage (about 5 minutes or 260 degrees on a thermometer) .

Remove from heat.

Stir in baking soda quickly but thoroughly; pour at once over popcorn in large roasting or baking pan.  Stir gently until all kernels are coated.  Bake a t 200 degrees for 1 hour, stirring 2 or 3 times during baking. Turn out at once on wax paper; spread apart and allow to cool completely. Break apart; store in tightly covered container. Makes 6 quarts .


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