Monthly Archives: January 2011

A Country Winter Morning

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This week the snow cleared out leaving the morning sky a stunning to tribute to creator. My morning commute from work spurred me to take these. I have to say I was lazy when shooting these. I used the auto settings on the camera. The shots are darker than I prefer, but after a 12 hour shift and 30 degree temps, I had no patience to play with the shutter speed to achieve optimum effects.

Regardless, the crisp morning and the rising sun never cease to inspire my creative bugs.

I waited about ten minutes for the morning sun to tip the edge of our hill.

Then, it eased over the crest.

Lovely salmon hues through the winter trees.

Ooooo. She’s peaking pretty clear and it’s so beautiful.

I know this is the second post with sunrise on it, but I am a sucker for the light of day.

What part of the day makes you sing? Love to hear about it.

Thanks for sharing in my little piece of heaven.
Love,
Jeannene

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Fire in the Sky

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This is a quick post.

I came home from work this morning and this is the sight that greeted me.

The snow makes the colors pop off the cloud cover and it totally enthralling. Even more enticing was the way the snow sparkled off the head lights as I traveled down the road in near dark. It was diamonds twinkling everywhere. I couldn’t get enough of it. But I had no means of capturing it on film at the time.

After capturing the eastern sky, I turned around and this winked down at me….

Winter has so few redeeming qualities. The sky this morning gave me a fresh outlook on the cold, dreary days we must still endure. If there are sights like these, the rest of the winter won’t be quite so unbearable.

What little piece of heaven have you seen this week?

This is a peek into my piece of heaven. Thank you for letting me share it with you.

Love,
Jeannene

Mushroom Tetrazzini

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Today’s post is all about the food.

My daughter found this recipe on the Rachel Ray show and she loves this sort of thing so I was compelled to make it. Boy am I glad I did. This is a tasty dish. Now I realize there are plenty of people who have an aversion to ‘shrooms. I feel sorry for you. For the rest of you…. enjoy!

We have the cast of characters in this dish….

Melt 2 tbsp of butter with 2 tbsp of olive oil. Slice a pound of mushrooms of your choice.

By this time the butter is melted nicely. Add the mushrooms to the pan and saute for about 15 mins.

While the mushrooms saute, finely chop one medium onion and four cloves of garlic.

Then add them to the mushrooms and cook for another few minutes until they are translucent.

Deglaze the pan with 1/2 cup of wine. Recipe calls for Marcella, but there is always wiggle room as far as I’m concerned.

Now we add 1 cup of heavy cream.

Simmer until the cream bubbles and sprinkle a little nutmeg into the sauce.

Shred fresh Parmesan.

Then add it to the mushrooms just before the noodles are done.

Be sure and stir them all together….

Cook the Tetrazzini now until it is al dante.

Dump all those noodles into the cream sauce and mix together.

Be sure all that beautiful, fattening sauce covers every noodle.

Now serve it on a plate and enjoy.

Eat away….

It should be noted that the only two people who really like this dish are constantly concerned about their weight. Needless to say, this dish is on the menu on an infrequent basis only.

We enjoyed this dish (and now we do some yoga and a jog). Hope you all do to.

I’m just going to put this out there… tell me if you are a mushroom lover or not.

This is my little piece of heaven today….mmmmm.

Love,
Jeannene

Cats… weather indicators.

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This is just a quickie.

In light of the wonderful visual of grass now appearing all over our farm (the snow is melting) I thought I’d post some pics of my latest weather indicator….the cats.

This past Monday was a 5 cat huddle day.

My daughter felt sorry for the cats in the cold, so she laid out this old blanket for the poor dears. What follows is only logical…

This is a PILE of cats. And yes there are five in there. That yellow fellow on the top has a neck injury healing so don’t get freaked out. When I found all this the other morning, I couldn’t let is slip. This is taken through the window, hence a slight glare.

This is the morning before the pile. We have almost a 5 cat pile, but the temps haven’t dipped into the teens just yet.

Then we have “its cold out here but I will make due” day.

Everybody for themselves. They aren’t without their own resources.

Got to love those furballs.

What have your furry friends been doing in this cold snap?

Just a note from my little piece of heaven.

Love,
Jeannene

Winter

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This week begins the real winter in the south, and boy is it a doozy. Arkansas usually weathers a couple of winter storms every season, but this year we are baptized with a snow storm of almost epic proportions, at least for this area. The irony is that the lower part of the state found itself buried deeper than the northern sections. Regardless, my kids are home and enjoying another holiday. And me, no job in the big city requiring my presence, I’m in hog heaven.

To celebrate the weather, my daughter took to the hill and gave it her best on the seldom used snow board. So you know that presents a perfect opportunity for me pull out my camera.

She is sort of getting the hang of her form…

Then there are the other interesting sights around our farm. Our resident Blue Herron stopped by to find his favorite feeding hole covered in ice.

The entire pond was covered over. He seems dejected and confused. I have never seen his feathers stick out in that manner before. I wonder if its a means to keep warm.

Then there is the morning after….

We are tucked snug as a bug into our house with a hot fire and plenty of food weathering out the cold in my little piece of heaven.

How are you weathering this bizarre weather this winter? Love to hear from you.

Love,
Jeannene

More Chocolate

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This my final share for the holiday season. It includes more decadent food stuff that will only add pounds and inches to your hips. But I promise they will taste yummy and will not disappoint any palette. I don’t have a real name for these except they are chocolate dipped Ritz crackers with peanut butter in side. The light crispy cracker makes these too wonderful to leave at just one cookie.

Here are the main characters in this little play.

This is so simple. Take the peanut butter and smear it on the crackers, but not too thick. I don’t like to be gnawing peanut butter all day.

Top that with another cracker and you are ready for the good stuff – meaning chocolate.

Melt down some chocolate disks or chocolate almond bark in a bowl (I microwave them).

Now these gems are to be covered and slathered in chocolate and then laid on a sheet of wax paper to be placed in the refrigerator for a few minutes until the chocolate hardens. They are messy otherwise.

The final product is this little thing that resembles something else, but I won’t go there. These are decadently delicious.

I forgot to take a picture of the inside, but these don’t lay around very long.

The light crispy cracker gives the peanut butter an airy feel and the chocolate coats your mouth with deliciousness.

Enjoy this little piece of my heaven.

Love,
Jeannene