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Saturday, December 23, 2017
Monday, December 18, 2017
A toaster, a firm, a university, a horse and a senator are all just fine and dandy, but when they become our toaster, firm, university, horse and senator they are instantly finer and dandier. People are quite adept at finding a positive way to view things once things become their own. As soon as our potential experience becomes our actual experience – as soon as we have a stake in its goodness – our brains get busy looking for ways to think about the experience that will allow us to appreciate it. - excerpt from Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
A special thanks to a cousin who recommended this book several years ago.
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Here's a sample of newspaper clippings from my high school basketball days - two years. Special thanks to my late father, whose birthday is today, for saving all these. He came to virtually all my games. Road games, unless they were huge, were the exception. I will add more to this post later.
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Friday, December 15, 2017
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
I took a huge slice of Kade's raspberry champagne cake up to my brother. Afterwards, on the drive back down Town Mountain Rd, I was able to look out and see a beautiful sunset silhouette of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with the city lit up. UpCountry Brewing in West Asheville was next on the agenda. On the side of the brewery were some murals of legendary musicians. What did I order?......a burger, which was really good, and a dill pickle beer! A friend who was with me got a porter! On August 9, I shared that I had been to 18 Asheville breweries. Since then, you can add 8 more. Not sure how fixed this # is, but I believe there are 34 breweries in this fair city. I'm getting there!
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Monday, December 11, 2017
Sunday, December 10, 2017
On this snowy weekend in Asheville, Kade followed my grandmother's recipe, and made a family hit. The only tweak she made was reducing sugar by 10-15%. It was still very sweet. And boy was it yummy! This is actually the third time Kade's made it. Not too far from us, in this same lovely mountain town, my brother made his own boiled custard, from the same recipe. As you can see, he found a very creative way to chill it. He also upgraded the recipe a bit. Thanks to our grandmother for her inspiration!
1 cup sugar
6 cups milk
2 tsp vanilla
Beat eggs well, and add sugar. Beat until lemony color. Add milk and cook on medium high, stirring constantly, until custard coats a metal spoon and does not drip from it. Custard is done when it reaches 175 degrees with a candy thermometer. Remove custard from heat, allow it to cool a bit, then add vanilla.
Serve chilled or warmed with a dash of nutmeg sprinkled on top of each cup. Add a splash of rum and you have homemade eggnog!
During the holidays Deedee always had boiled custard chilled and ready for enjoyment. Let's all get back to the basics of Southern Hospitality and always keep boiled custard on hand.
Saturday, December 9, 2017
I've been told that I need to get a more fashionable pair of sunglasses....and certainly ones that fit my face and head better. Although it feels weird to shoot images of myself in a mirror, I guess it's one of the pluses of a smartphone, especially if you''re alone, and if you want to text your significant other and friends for feedback. I get a bit creeped out by this selfie culture, yet I indulge obviously from time to time. I still haven't purchased new sunglasses. My instinct s to hold off. I lose stuff, big-time Way, way back, in high school, I had a pair of Ray-Ban, which were expensive then, and they disappeared. Maybe it goes back to that! My tendency has been to go with cheaper ones, just in case that happens. We shall see!