Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Another Snowy Day

Sometimes when I should be cooking or tinkering around the house, I watch HGTV or Food Network. I just can't get going. Well, watching Ina Garten bake (or arrange flowers) is a type of comfort. As I dreamed of garlic chicken, my stomach growling, I glanced out the window: snow was blowing sideways. What if I got trapped on this hilltop? It has happened before, and the cupboard emptied so fast, we nearly had to eat Vienna sausages. Since food is my best motivator, I hopped into my Jeep, and drove to the nearest grocery.

It was the kind of storm I loved best--fat, fluffy snowflakes, white rooftops, and perfectly clear roads. I came home with survival fare: frozen pizza, donuts, pies (buy one, get one free), ingredients for beef stew, crusty bread, tissue paper, daffodils, and pink tulips. I wouldn't last two days in a zombie apocalypse. But I'd have pretty flowers, at least.

In no time at all, boneless ribs were simmering in the slow cooker.

I'm trying to unpack at least one box a day. 

My camera finally died, but I was determined to document this unusual weather. I grabbed Bandy's iPhone and took a few pictures.

Earlier, Bandy had helped me top off the birdfeeders, and we had plenty of visitors. Then blackbirds arrived and nearly emptied the feeders. These greedy, insatiable birds are, in their own way, rather beautiful, and there are different varieties. But I couldn't remember where I'd put the Peterson's Guide, and really, I wasn't in the mood. The regular flock waited in the Japanese maple. I felt so sorry for them.

This little tube feeder was emptied in minutes. Then, the blackbirds left in a whoosh. They're clannish and skittish, I've noticed. A few minutes later, the mixed flock returned. They have such dainty ways. Even their food fights are elegant.

The new yard fascinates me, and, as the weather improves, I hope to make progress with the habitat. While there are overall guidelines, I'll need to learn about native plants. In the old days, I could talk to ladies of a certain vintage, and they would invite me to their gardens, explaining the genealogy of their lilacs and roses, but all of these sweet women have passed away.  So I signed up for a local Master gardener course. 

Thanks for stopping by today.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Follow Your Heart

It was a sunny midwinter day, and I was finally ready to play on the screened porch. I'd been waiting and waiting for warmer weather, but I remembered what my Mimi would have said: Do what makes you happy every day, and it adds up to a happy life. Of course, it depends on what you prefer to see when you look back--bad times or times when you puttered on the porch, piles of dishes and candy all around you, and you hummed "Luck Be a Lady."

Raspberry-studded white zinfandel looked cheerful in reproduction Mason jars.


As I put out the candy hearts, I couldn't help but smile at the sugary sayings, as some bordered on the neurotic. "LUV ME!" A few were very obedient, such as "YES DEAR," and others were confident: "DARE YA." Depending on the recipient, some hearts could be interpreted as stalking; "UR MINE!" A couple of hearts took a cynical approach to love: "GET REAL" and "SEE YA." Somehow SEE YA got lost (I hope I didn't eat it), but I am on a mission to find it. 


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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Foodie Friday and Everything Else Link Party

I've been waiting for you all week, and now you're finally here. Come on in and get out of the cold. It's time to party at Foodie Friday and Everything Else.
They say that moving to a new house is highly stressful. I believe it. But I found a way to center myself. I became a novice bird fancier. I embellished a store-bought feeder, not knowing how the wildlife would react, but I had to try. I began here:
Within days, the feeder's roof had been damaged by rain (or so I thought), and I patched it with a few items from my pantry.

 The feeder somehow survived another monsoon-like storm, but within hours, it had been pillaged by a few neighborhood rascals. They're so cute, I had to smile. But it's back to the drawing board for bird feeder embellishments!

Late this afternoon, I went to HomeGoods for the very first time in my life--and I'm 62 years old. I know, it's a travesty. I was accompanied by two gumpy men, so my haul was severely limited.

Last week's party was just a delight. I am always thrilled to see what you've been up to. I love seeing the creativity and generosity you bring to this party. Here are a few highlights from the last gathering:

Wake up and Start the Day with Skillet Puffy Pancakes by Culinary Envy.

Need a recipe for Game Day? Try Sweet Chicken Bacon Wraps by Easy Peasy Pleasy.

If you are a bird enthusiast, here's a great recipe for seed cakes by From My Carolina Home. Your local flock will be delighted and well-fed.
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Learn how to make a nourishing homemade birdfeeder by Home Is Where the Boat Is. Mary is my inspiration for birding.

Classic Luggage-Tan Leather for a Family Room Facelift by A Stroll Thru Life.

An Inspiring Craft Room Tour at The Country Chic Cottage.
Tour this organized craft room and several others as part of a craft room tours series! If you have a craft studio, this post is for you!

A Mother's Garden-Themed Birthday Celebration The Lavender Bouquet.

A Guide to Handlettering by Morgan Manages Mommyhood.

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 ***If you see a thumbnail you like, please visit the participating blog to "pin" photographs. If you need more assistance, an UPDATED guide to the linky party is available here. **Share your food photos with a larger community at Top Food Bloggers on Pinterest. Send me a message @ Pinterest if you'd like to join (so I'll be sure to see your request--otherwise, it may get lost in the feed, and I don't want to miss your note).

Slice of Life

I'm not sure when it happened, this desire to not decorate. Perhaps it stems from fear; though it could be laziness. I'm thinking that I'm just in a lull. Maybe it'll end. After all, a love of decorating led me to blogging.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Little Bitty Miracles

"Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy--your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. It takes you to a place within yourself."
--Annie Leibovitz

Miracles are everywhere. Little, bitty miracles that can change your life.
From my kitchen window, I have a ringside seat to a small patch of earth. I've started keeping a notebook, jotting down types of birds that visit the feeders, along with seasonal notes. Soon, I will keep track of migrations. I signed up for the upcoming backyard bird count (February 12 - 15), and I'm learning how to create a certified wildlife habitat in my yard. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Gilding the Store-bought Bird Feeder

"In order to see birds, it is necessary to become part of the silence."
--Robert Lynd
After I moved to the hilltop, I had the luxury of doing nothing. Every morning, I made coffee and sat at the kitchen table, silently watching birds flit from tree to tree. I was a novice bird enthusiast, eager to learn. I'd never lived in a place that had such a large songbird population, and I began reading about how to attract them to my yard. I discovered that variety is the spice of a bird--and a birder's--life. Different birds liked different types of feeders and seeds.  Some preferred to dine in the open, and others needed to be near trees or shrubs for quick getaways.  And some information was flat-out conflicting. What's a novice to do? I guess it comes down to knowing what works for the birds that live in your little corner of the world.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

It's party time at Rattlebridge Farm. I'm glad you're here. 
A week ago, many of us were bracing for a snowstorm. In our neck of the woods, we didn't get too much ice--just fluffy, wet (and very deep) snow. As many of you know, I am not a fan of ice (or falling on the ice), but I worked up my nerve and trudged outside. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Before It Melted

I love how snow transforms the ordinary world. I couldn't stay inside another second. I put on boots and a heavy coat and walked around the yard. I could see the bones of my garden, and I wondered how many secrets it would reveal. What would bloom and when?

Monday, January 25, 2016

Quest for Fire

I have a weakness for dark chocolate, blue-eyed men, and fireplaces. In a perfect world, I'd have all three: I'd sit in the lap of a gorgeous blue-eyed guy (think Henry Cavill), and he'd feed me bits of Godiva salted dark chocolate while a fire snapped in the background.  As it happened, all I got was the chocolate.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

A Winter Snow Storm

 I can't say that it was unexpected. Every news channel had reported the same thing: Something cold and wicked this way comes. Two, maybe four, inches of snow were predicted for my neck of the woods. I stocked up on groceries, same as everyone else in town, and bought extra bird seed. By mid-morning, seven inches of snow had fallen on the hilltop.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

A winter storm is bearing down on many parts of the country, and to stay calm, my thoughts are turning to warm food and comfort. You'll find plenty of ideas at the Foodie Friday and Everything Else Linky Party.  So glad you're here.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

 It's my favorite time of the week, time for Foodie Friday and Everything Else. 

Monday, December 28, 2015

Foodie Friday and Everything Else -- New Year's Edition

Welcome to the holiday edition of Foodie Friday and Everything Else.
A year ago, when I wrote a summary for 2014, I was in a different place, both geographically and spiritually. I dubbed that year the worst ever, and I had guarded hopes for 2015. All I can say about that year is, Goodbye. And don't let the door hit you on the way out. 


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