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Happy Bloody Mary Day! January 1, 2022

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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We enjoyed a night in last night watching two uplifting and inspiring movies ~ The Bucket and The Exception.  One set during World War I and the other set during World War II.

We’re a complicated bunch, but most of us (not Himmler, not Hitler) sparkle and shine from time to time.

We paused the second movie at midnight to tune into Times Square for the final countdown:

3 – 2 – 1 . . . Happy New Year!

We stayed up far too late and got up far too early so we won’t be crossing many things off our To Do Lists today.

Instead, we’ll enjoy coffee and croissants before heading to the beach for a walk and then on to the pier to toast the New Year with a $1 Bloody Mary (or two).  Cheers!

Here’s to 2022!

Hope your year is more UP than DOWN.

Aah . . . that’s better!

The Twelve Days of Croissants December 21, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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I’ve pressed the pause button on my gluten free diet for the remainder of the year so that we can enjoy warm croissants each morning with coffee.

YUM!

We’ll celebrate Christmas (a few days post) with my sister’s family in Orlando eating ANYTHING we want.

In moderation, of course.

In sum, we shall spend the rest of 2021 feeling fat, jolly, and festive!

Just like Good St. Nick!

Hope you find all the right ways to celebrate!

Ho-Ho-Ho!

Soon It Will Be Christmas Day December 2, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Gratitude, Happiness, Home & Garden.
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I decorated for Christmas today (even though I’m feeling too nostalgic to feel truly festive).

I want Christmas to be the way Christmas was when I was NOT the oldest generation . . . or even the second oldest.

I’d like my parents and grandparents and great aunt Edie to be back in the mix, instead of being mired in memory.

I want to watch mom doing all the heavy lifting, effortlessly ~ she mastered the art of balancing holiday shopping AND holiday baking, while turning out scones, stollen, Yorkshire pudding, plum pudding, miniature nut & fruit cupcakes, egg nog, and dozens of Christmas cookies.

I feel fat & jolly and roly poly just thinking about all those delicious calories and treats!

No wonder Santa needs so many reindeer to pull his sleigh . . .

And, while we’re on the subject, I want my grandfather back making whiskey sours for us to sip while we open presents galore, piled high under the fragrant (or fake) Christmas tree.

Alas! Time only moves forward.

Leaving us here, surrounded by mementos and memories and vestiges of the past.

Here’s to having a Holly Jolly Holiday, Here, Now . . . with whatever kith and kin we have left!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Does Christmas make you nostalgic for the days of yore?  What do you miss most?  And what do you love best Here & Now?

Let’s Talk Turkey November 9, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Gratitude, Happiness, Humor.
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“Each Thanksgiving, I’m thankful that I was born a parrot and not a turkey.”

“I say, I say, I say . . . being a rooster this time of year is more better than being a turkey.”

~ Foghorn Leghorn

“What?  Stop looking at me!  I’m not a turkey.  I’m a cow.  MOO!”

“I am not a turkey.  I am not a turkey.  I am not a turkey.  I am not a turkey.”

“Well, I’m a turkey and proud of it.  Of course, if I’m on your dinner table . . . it’ll be as a place holder or name tag NOT as the main course.”

~ Greta Gobbler

Aah . . . that’s better!

Wakulla Springs October 25, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Nature, Travel & Leisure.
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There’s lots to do at Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park.

Hiking Trails over the river and through the woods.

Watching the water for manatees, mermaids, alligators, and avian visitors.

Boat Rides down the Wakulla River for bird and gator sightings aplenty.

Dining (and lodging) in the historic Lodge.

But here’s a quick tip:  don’t plan to dive into the largest and deepest fresh water springs in the world UNLESS you’re a fan of 68 degree water temps.

After darkness descended outside, we dined inside ~> BFF opted for a French Dip and Fries while I enjoyed a grilled veggie stack (zucchini, summer squash, roasted peppers) smothered in marinara and mozzarella served with two sides.

I chose cheese grits AND smashed red skin potatoes.

Don’t judge.

Unlike our earlier hesitation about diving into the Springs, we dove into the food as soon as it arrived . . . before snapping a single shot.  My bad.

As slight consolation, here’s a view of the elegant and historic dining room.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Holy Pumpkin, Batman! October 9, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Food & Drink, Home & Garden.
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If you’re interested in enjoying some ghoulish fun with gourds, goblins, ghosts, and carving knives this Halloween, check out these Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas from Hallmark.

Halloween Ideas, Recipes, Costumes & Crafts

My favorite:

Creative Pumpkin-Carving Ideas: Reek & Shriek Pumpkins

Or maybe this one:

Creative Pumpkin-Carving Ideas: Mowleficent Fowl

Aah . . . that’s better!

Don’t Judge A Cookie By Its Cover October 7, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Vegetarian Recipes.
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Some time ago, we tried our first Macaron ~ coffee flavored.

YUM!

I’d seen them around for ages, but they didn’t look “good enough to eat.”

Instead, they looked hard and dry and unappetizing.

I was surprised to find (at first bite) that they are soft and chewy and much better than expected.

Now I know you can’t judge a cookie by its cover!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Are you a fan of macarons?  Have you ever made a batch?

‘Tis The Season To Start Shopping! October 5, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Home & Garden, Humor, Life Balance.
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas . . .

shop kitchen and dining

But I’m not ready to . . .

shop holiday home decor

Besides, it’s way too early to put out an Advent Calendar . . . no matter how nice or naughty.

There are only 25 doors!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Things Go Better With Coca-Cola August 11, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Travel & Leisure.
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Coca-Cola has been around for a LONG time.  In that’s sense, it’s an antique!

An antique with an instantly recognizable logo on a cheery cherry background.

The Coca-Cola logo was created by John Pemberton’s bookkeeper, Frank Mason Robinson, in 1885.[94] Robinson came up with the name and chose the logo’s distinctive cursive script. The writing style used, known as Spencerian Script, was developed in the mid-19th century and was the dominant form of formal handwriting in the United States during that period.[95]

Robinson also played a significant role in early Coca-Cola advertising. His promotional suggestions to Pemberton included giving away thousands of free drink coupons and plastering the city of Atlanta with publicity banners and streetcar signs.[96]

Coca-Cola came under scrutiny in Egypt in 1951 because of a conspiracy theory that the Coca-Cola logo, when reflected in a mirror, spells out “No Mohammed no Mecca” in Arabic.[97]

Yup.  Ice cold Coca-Cola has been around since long before inflation whittled away at the purchasing power of the wooden nickel.

What’s your favorite soft drink?

Or would you prefer something harder?

Aah . . . that’s better!

Christmas Trivia December 11, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Joke.
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What is the most popular Christmas dinner in Japan?

A: Kentucky Fried Chicken!  To celebrate Christmas, an estimated 3.6 million Japanese families treat themselves to Kentucky Fried Chicken. Some KFC locations feature Colonel Sanders dressed as Santa Claus.

What country celebrates Christmas with the Feast of the Seven Fishes?

A: Italy

What’s for dinner in Norway? 

A: If you don’t know what to expect from a typical Norwegian Christmas dinner, then you might be a bit surprised. One typical food that is a Christmas mainstay is Smalahove, a whole, steamed sheep’s head. 

(Um . . . no.  Just no.)

What country enjoys “shrimp on the barbie” for Christmas? 

A: Australia. It’s summer down under so Australians usually enjoy “shrimp on the barbie,” grilled shrimp made on the barbecue.

What’s on the Christmas menu in Greenland? 

A: Whale meat & Reindeer meat.

(Ho~Ho~Ho . . . No, No, No!)

What country celebrates with a Christmas pickle? 

A: Germany. The night before Christmas an ornament shaped like a pickle is hung in the tree secretly. On Christmas morning, the first to find it gets a special gift or surprise.

(A whole jar of pickles!)

How do Hungarians celebrate Christmas? 

A: Christmas Eve (‘Szent-este’ which means Holy Evening) is very important. People spend the evening with their family and decorate the Christmas Tree.

What’s for Christmas dessert in Denmark? 

A: Ris á la mande, Danish rice pudding, a cold rice pudding with whipped cream, vanilla, almonds, and a hot cherry sauce. Whoever finds the peeled almond hidden in the dessert bowl gets a present.

What’s for dessert in France? 

A: The biggest treat for Noel is the Bûche de Noël, the French version of a Yule Log (a rich cake often decorated with tiny treats made to look like items found in a forrest).

What are other names for Santa Claus?

A: Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Kris Kringle, Santa, Père Noël, Sinterklaas

How old is Santa Claus? 

A: (I hope you’re sitting down.)

The quick answer is Santa Claus is 1,749 years old (quite young for an elf!)

Can you name the Three Wise Men?

A: Nope, not Larry, Curly, and Moe

Balthasar of Arabia, Melchior of Persia, & Gaspar of India.

Why gold, frankincense and myrrh?

A: Gold was valuable as currency. Frankincense is a valuable perfume. Myrrh is a precious ointment often used for burial rituals.

How do Scots celebrate Hogmanay? 

A: The “first footer” brings a lump of coal to place on the host’s fire, along with shortbread, a black bun and whisky to toast to a Happy New Year.  Shortbread & whisky will suffice. Showing up empty handed is not only very rude but also bad luck!

Scots + Scotch = Perfect Together!

Aah . . . that’s better!