Happy New year 2015, How’s the weather on January 8 where you live?

Hello and Happy New Year!!

We spent New Year’s Eve doing English Contra Dancing in a nearby town just 10 minutes away. There was an intro dance lesson from 07:30 to 8:00 pm for beginners. It had been quite awhile since both my husband or I had danced the Contra dancing, mainly because I worked evening shift. The request for attendees was to bring a dessert to share for 11:30 pm. I decided on pumpkin cake which I baked in a Bundt pan, and glazed with white drizzle frosting.

When we arrived, there was a table to pay the entrance fee, and across the room were a set of long tables on which we saw 2 big punch bowls, one with ice water, the other a fruit punch concoction, and some bowls w/ snacks and packaged cookies. We thought this was where “the dessert to share” goes, so my husband put the pumpkin Bundt cake there.
About 1 1/2 hrs later,I noticed that our Pumpkin cake was moved to the outside of the main hall to another table.
To do Contra dancing, there is an experienced “caller” who announces each of the dance steps, she explained the moves beforehand and called out the changes in dance steps.
Some of the terms, are, ” ballast and swing”, ” hands four”, ”
Alamand ” , ( taking your , current partners hand and turn around). At the beginning, the ladies and gentleman ( or gals and guys) line up in 2 long rows and then the dances are broken up into sets of 4 or 6 all down the line. Your partner for the particular dance stays the same, but during the dance, you change positions moving along down to the right, until you get to the end of the line and then reverse.
I found that 1. this is good exercise, better than any aerobics class or “Body Burn” DVD exercise, and 2. I preferred to rest and catch my breath and dance about every other dance. I did one set of the English Country dance in which there was many ” ballast and swing”, that I became dizzy just as the dance ended and Was walking to the chair area.

Another few things, I have done for the New year is sign up for some programs with our local library, culinary classes and a new book club. I plan to sign up for computer classes,as well.
There is a new book club with a cookbook theme called, ” the Bite club”. They started last month. The cookbook for January is Mark Bittman’s Food Matters. Once you pick up the book from the Reference library desk, there is about 3 weeks to read it and be prepared to discuss the book. It is optional to cook a recipe from the month’s cookbook. I plan to read and find something for the members to taste. I’ll post and let you know in a future writing here.

The week, the USA is experiencing Polar Vortex:

How is the weather where you live?
Last weekend, the temperatures were a comfortable 40’s to 60’s. While visiting a relative, a cousin mentioned that colder weather was on it’s way.
Here in the Northeast, both Monday and Tuesday was the warm- up of 20’s. My own rules for dealing with colder temps are wearing the ” Cobbie Cuddlers” brand of long johns and long sleeve top. Then a regular patterned long- sleeve top, a lightweight sweater is the final layer, along with the thermal winter coat with hood.
Wednesday dawned with slightly colder temperatures, and I would have gladly stayed indoors in the evening. Last week, I signed up for a Culinary class at the library to learn how to use Royal Icing to make decorations for cakes and cupcakes.

Today, was the coldest day. Early morning temperatures for 6:00 or 7:00 am was in single digits, 9 degrees with a windchill of 2 degrees or lower. Knowing that my week had been busy thus far, I decided to stay home indoors. Parts of our townhouse are drafty near the windows where the living room sofa is and also in the kitchen with the glass patio doors. One of these years, we’ll arrange to have new replacement windows and Patio door. When my husband got home from errands and appointments, I asked to try putting the boxed plastic that originally designed for a patio door, just use this and see if it makes a difference. It helped a little; I still rely on the space heater placed next to the sofa in easy reach. To decrease on the electric heating bills, the Electronic thermostat is only set at 70, and 68 at night.

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Marchman Corn bread using a Cast Iron SKillet

March 19, 2013

Winter just does not want to leave us yet. Yesterday parts of the Northeast New Jersey had snow accumulating from 1 to 3 inches, and the lower part had the freezing rain.  Well, we finished at work more than an hour and half later than usual and with freezing rain coming down on top of the snow I decided not to drive home and stayed overnight at a Hotel.  It was quite nice.  Relaxing and watching TV on a newer model with HD ( High Definition) was a plus.  

Plans for appointments in the morning had to be canceled for a family member.  Enjoyed a great breakfast of scrambled eggs, home fries, bacon, yes , I Indulged ( as long as only every once in a while) fresh orange and juice. Finished with a cup of hot tea.

Once I checked out of my hotel room, I drove to Home Goods, my little luxury,  to walk around and see housewares displayed so cleverly in different bright  colors.  Who needs  a cow shaped hand soap dispenser?  I do. I like to take photographs of the local dairy farm, it is fitting to place this in the kitchen along with a timer of same theme.  Polka Dots on linens , I thought would be a fresh change for the warmer months with  latest” in- style “color for spring being  green,  pillow cases with   green polka dots fit into my decor.  I always like to stroll down the aisle and check out the utensils, slotted spoons, spatulas being my favorite skillet tool.

Marchman Cornbread

Serves 6

3/4 cup yellow cornmeal

1/4 cup flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

2 TBSP sugar

1 cup milk

2 eggs

3 Tablespoons oil (no cholesterol brand)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Find your mother’s or perhaps your grandmother’s cast iron 10 inch skillet and pour 1 TBSP oil into it. 

Pop it into the preheating oven so it will be sizzling hot when the batter is ready(wait until it is). 

Sift dry ingredients together in a large bowl.   Add oil and mix well. 

Beat eggs and milk together and add to mixture in large bowl.   It may seem runny but don’t worry.  POur batter into the hot skillet and set your timer for 15 minutes, or until the top is a lovely light brown.  Cut in generous wedges, douse with butter. Yum. 

Recipe by Josephine Marchman Nash ,

” This Little Higgy Stayed home”  cookbook .

Revisiting winter2009-Walking through a Winter Wonderland

Watch the snowglobe slowly turn, as you hear the familiar Christmas tune.  I start to hum the music, and my hubby then sings the words to “Walking in a Winter Wonderland.

Yes, I’m “saving” this video baby!; As I woke up this morning and walked into the room with the Old desktop, I find my Sweetie sitting at the “puter”, reviewing video files and saying I’m going to Delete this one.  Oh NO, that’s you singing.  I’ve got a personal YouTube site that I need to upload there first and on this blog.  So Here it is!  Or at least I hope it uploaded.

I’ll Post Snow pictures from January 2009- At a little snow for an AUgust morning to look at.

Winter snow at the dairy farm along So. Middlebush Rd.

Cows  in the snow!!

Watery Wednesday

Watery Wednesday #163

This week, I’ll continue showing photographs of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. 

At the towns ‘  Christkindlmart, there was an outdoor display on Ice Carving.  We had a chance to watch the man carving with electric tools and a hand chisel.

“Ice Carving” in progress!

Oh, look , “it’s a Ice Christmas Tree complete with star!

A captive audience , the ice is melting as it’s carved.

“Chair, Anyone!!!”

Do you want your picture taken in the thrown? Ohh , that’s a cold seat!!! I saw a piece of cardboard to sit on, though.

Ice Carving in progress

Simply, an Ice angel!

Here’s Snoopy!

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Snowstorm-January 26,2011-Scenic Sunday 132 Sunday

Boy , this is the most snow-filled January that we’ve had in a long time.

January's snowman with rosemary twig arms and a curvy carrot nose!

My mother relayed a remembrance of her childhood in Pennsylvania.  She said, that one Sunday, they got dressed and ready for church and when they opened the door , they were very surprised to see the snow so high that they could barely open the door.  Stayed home that Sunday, and it took my grandpa days to shovel all of that snow. ( before Snow-blowers ever existed).  My grandpa used to say in a sing-song voice this jingle, ” I looked out the window and what did I see?, three feet of snow right under me. “, This he recalled as a boy.

 

 

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Winter-Scenic Sunday #78

Frozen reflections in Colonial Park

 

      

Colonial Park's semi-frozen pond at dusk

 

Canadian geese here in the states in winter.

  Yesterday, just before sunset, I drove to Colonial park.   I was hoping  to capture images of the frozen the pond during the winter season.  The pond was only  partially frozen since the temperature had warmed slightly above freezing to 37-39 degrees during the afternoon.  Temp.   28 degrees F.  Feels like 15 degrees.    Wind NW @ 15 mph. By 10:00pm, the temperature will be 24 degrees F., feels like 11 degrees.

Winter Snow- Why Don’t Neighbors help?

neighbors sidewalks are cleared, my mother's driveway is not.

neighbors sidewalks are cleared, my mother's driveway is not.

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Sow and ice covered
Snow and ice covered

Why don’t the neighbors help the oldest one on the block during snow and freezing rain  weather?  Yesterday, she could not go to church, nor Saturday evening.  She tried, but saw all that ice and snow on her car, decided she couldn’t do it  and went back inside.    I ask myself this question, why don’t the neighbors help?    Although snow shovels and even a snowblower is in the cabana,  at my mothers age she’s done her share of snow removal.  For some reason, twice this season, she would not call up for the snow removal/lawn caretaker guy. ” He doesn’t come until the next day, last year when I called him” she says.  She waits for it to melt, hoping that the temperature will raise, but since the house faces north and always in the shade, it doesn’t melt.  Thank God, that it rained heavily on Christmas eve, because she didn’t want me to visit on Christmas week and the days before because she had fallen on the sheet of ice her driveway and steps had become.

There are somewhat family members that have snow removal vehicles, but they don’t think of her.  Is is really that far? 6-7 or so miles, maybe 10.

Though I grew up here, in this neighborhood,  dare I say 40 years ago,  I don’t know any of the names in the homes where all of my playmates used to live.   During winter, hence snow, she is snowbound.

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