Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The Stream

My first wade into the stream in 2020.

1. I have to start this post with a memorial to MC Beaton. One of my favorite mystery writers passed away recently. She lived to a good old age and was a prolific writer to the end. She kept up with social media and often started her posts with "Marion here". Her Hamish Macbeth mystery series was my favorite and the Agatha Raisin books were a close second. I did read one or two of her regency romances which she authored under Marion Chesney.   So many of my favorite authors have passed, I am going to have to find some new favorites.

2. This year I have decided to make an effort to try some new recipes. As it is just the two of us, I dont cook as much as I did when the children were home but I need to do better. I am going to start with the Lets Do Lunch and More Cookbook by Debra Hewitt. Debra runs a poplular eatery here in Decatur called Lets Do Lunch. I purchased her cookbook last year but have not really tested any of the recipes.

3. One other goal for this year is reading through the Bible. I have done this in the past but it has been a while so it is time to dig into God's Word and see the big picture that you get when you read from cover to cover.

4. At our family get together we had so many good things to eat. Two were "memory" foods. My grandmtoher, Naomi, made a Danish Cake for all our family get togethers. It is basically a cake with brown sugar coconut and dates. ( I remember picking out the dates as a child!) My sister, Kristi made it for all of us. My cousin, Misty made a peanut butter cake that my Aunt Jannelle baked for their family gatherings. Oh my it was delicious. I got the recipe right away. I am going to test it out and then I will share it with yall.   Isn't it funny how foods can just transport us back in time to special people and places?   I still remember my Grandmother Tankersley's chicken and dressing. It was so good. We have decided that we are going to get together more frequently and the ones that can come will come and we won't worry about trying to get everyone there. That is a Herculean task these days!

5. Come back on Monday the 13th and I will be sharing my Blog Giveaway for reaching 100 followers. Nothing extravagant just a box of things I hope you can use in the New Year.

6. I wanted to share a clothing store where I have found modest, reasonably priced clothing. Christopher and Banks. They are online for me but they do have some stand alone stores in parts of the US. I came across their ad in the Pioneer Woman magazine and took a chance at ordering from them. The clothes are well made and at the end of the year they had a huge sale where I grabbed some bargains. 

Well that is about all that is swimming around in the stream this morning. Hope you all have a wonderful day as we enter this shiny new year.


Robin in Virginia said...

Enjoyed wading in the stream with you, Arlene! I think holding the family gatherings more frequently is a good thing. It is interesting the memories that foods trigger. It sounds like you have some good plans for 2020.

Ramblings of a Retired Lady said...

Enjoyed going in the stream and seeing what is going on with you. Wishing you the best year ever.

Bonnie said...

I am a Christopher & Banks shopper! I LOVE their clothing, a little TOO much! LOL!

Terri D said...

The Tampa Premium Outlets have a Christopher & Banks store. Yes, they do have wonderful prices all the time and great sales!! Yes to more family gatherings! I enjoyed your post, Arlene!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I still use some old recipes that have been in our family for Red Roast! I used to shop at Christopher and Banks and loved it! Didn't know they were online now! Thanks! And yes, Photoscape is a free download and should work on any computer. Hugs!

Mari said...

Old recipes are usually time tested and good.
I just finished reading the Bible through. Our whole church was doing it together last year.
I love Christopher and Banks. I have a store near me, and got a gift card for it for Christmas!

Sue said...

Enjoyed paddling in the stream with you this morning, Arlene! Your goals for the New Year are great, I am planning on reading more this year, and want to read the Bible thru again, thank you for the motivation.

I think planning to get together more often is such a great idea, and making and sharing recipes is even more wonderful, like you i find it so amazing how food can transport us back to wonderful memories.
A wonderful post,
Wishing you and your dear family a most blessed and Happy New Year.

Rian said...

I love MC Beaton also... and watch Agatha Raisin on Acorn TV. Also old family recipes are wonderful. They not only taste terrific, but bring back wonderful memories.

Carol said...

I know just what you mean about food taking us back to days gone by, Arlene :) Sounds like you all had a very special time together and I hope your plans to get together more often work out!

Barbara said...

Christopher and Banks -- I shopped their stores in Colorado and loved their clothes. Still have some of them now. None to be found here in my town now.