Friday Fill-Ins #48


And actually done on a Friday!!!

1. When my blog is broken, I’m not sure what I would do because it’s never happened!!
2. I saw the most amazing pink and purple and navy blue sunrise this morning!
3. “Charlie Wilson’s War” is the new movie I’m most looking forward to seeing.
4. Work: Necessary and enjoyable.
5. Of all the new tv shows, I enjoy “Men In Trees” the most.
6. If only is not a phrase that I use often.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to knitting and relaxing, tomorrow my plans include attending a Christmas party and Sunday, I want to will be going on a Lantern Tour at the Mystic Seaport with my office co-workers!

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Friday Fill-Ins #47


This is my Sunday Friday Fill-ins!! Always late……

I enjoy watching my GrandDolly grow, watching my Darling Daughter continue to morph into a super mom, spending time with my Sweet Baboo and knitting more than anything else. Can’t just pick one, sorry.

Blogging satisfies my need for expressing myself and then being able to reread what I’ve written to make sure I’ve expressed the right idea.

When I look at a full moon, I feel a bit apprehensive — full moons sometimes bring out the crazy in people. Or maybe people just act crazier and blame it on the full moon….

If I want a snack, I usually reach for a bowl of Frosted Flakes cereal!!

The most recent movie I saw, “Dan in Real Life” made me laugh and realize that Steve Carell has more in him than just Michael Scott.

If only real life’s problems could be solved as easily as in a movie.

And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to watching “Men in Trees”, tomorrow my plans include buying a new monitor for my computer and felting my newly completed knitting bag, and Sunday, I want (actually make that need) to do a bit of Christmas shopping!

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Recipe — Close Enough to My Nanny’s Apple Betty


There’s a story behind this title — but isn’t there always?

Of all of the different foods that remind my sister and me of our grandmother, this is probably at the top of the list. I remember coming through the door from school in the winter and smelling the cinnamon and knowing that it was cooling on the counter. Now, our Nanny made Apple Betty, not Apple Crisp, not Apple Brown Betty. Not entirely sure what the difference is, although a lot of recipes that I have found incorporate rolled oats, which was an ingredient that was definitely not in this dessert. Rolled oats!! I’d rather eat grain!! (Inside joke with my sister — that I’ll keep for another post!!) Alas!! Years later, we tried to duplicate this recipe, but nobody in the family seemed to have it. Nanny probably carried it around in her head and didn’t need to write it down. For years we bemoaned the fact that we couldn’t make her Apple Betty.

Anyway — for Thanksgiving this year, being the Martha that I’m not, I bought ready made pie crust, fresh in the dairy section. (I can hear Sweet Sister rolling her eyes. She is a purist.) Too late, I realized that there were only 2 crusts in the box and I wanted to make an apple pie and pumpkin. No prob,  I say to myself, I will make a crumb topping for the apple pie. Back to the computer (what did any of us do before the internet?) Google crumb topping, find a recipe that looks promising, whip it up. Let cool. Taste. OMG OMG OMG it’s Nanny’s Apple Betty!!

apple betty

Preheat oven to 400°

Mix together for topping
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup margarine (I used the stick kind right out of the fridge)
Using a pastry cutter or 2 knives or whatever, cut the margarine up with the flour and sugar until the size of peas
Set aside

Mix together for apples
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
1 tbsp flour
1/3 to 1/4 tsp cinnamon
Set aside

Peel and slice 5 or 6 apples (I used Empire)(They were a little on the small side)
Combine the apple slices and the mix for the apples and toss in a big bowl until well covered
Place in a 9″ x 9″ glass dish

Sprinkle topping mix over all

Bake for 45 minutes or so

Oh so good!! We always poured a little milk over apple betty in a bowl, but you can add whatever you like.

Sunday Scribblings #86 — Misspent (aka Frittered) Youth


I do prefer the word frittered to misspent. I sometimes stutter and the word misspent just won’t roll off my tongue.

So. Did I fritter away my youth? I really think so. I have to own up to a few good chunks of frittering. Making the right decisions was not something I did easily.

The facts:

  1. My friends were a partying bunch. Underage drinking but no drugs, thankfully. I suppose I could have tried being friends with kids farther up the food chain, but it was easier to just coast along with the friends that I had. I would consider that frittering.
  2. I took very careful aim and shot myself in the foot repeatedly in school. Activities that would have been good for my self esteem were largely ignored by me, usually for some boy or other. Not just frittering — brainless frittering.
  3. I settled for a high school diploma and did not pursue higher education. Major frittering accomplished for sure.
  4. I married the first guy who asked me in order to escape my home situation. Bad choice topped off by even more bad choices, because I stayed with him for 20 years. A glittering frittering achievement. (Oooo, poetry!!)

Can you hear the violins? Oh, the drama!!

You can only work with what you have and in my defense, I had a lot of strikes against me. Home was not the sanctuary that it should be, and school was difficult to say the least. I was your garden variety of female teenage hormones tied up with zero self esteem and no role models to look up to.

Do you believe that the end justifies the means? Of course I made bad decisions. Most teenagers do and I do regret a few. I wanted friends around me to make me feel safe so I drifted when it was certainly possible that I could have worked harder and improved my life. I was lucky that I didn’t make any decisions that could have done me bodily harm. (Someday I will post a couple of stories of very near misses that I was lucky enough to dodge.) I had a couple of friends in high school that weren’t that lucky.

And I DO like who I am now. The journey to get here wasn’t so great but without all that
wreckage following me around, I don’t know what kind of person I would be. Looking back now and whining over what might have been but for better choices would clearly be frittering my time away. I prefer to look at it, reflect upon it all briefly, then put it all away and have a nice hot, cup of coffee. Mmmm.

coffee cup

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An Unconventional Thanksgiving


Sweet Baboo and I took a different path this Thanksgiving. Darling Daughter elected to work so that she can have Christmas off with her husband and daughter, Sweet Son-In-Law elected to have dinner with his grandparents and show off the GrandDolly, and we decided that we would have a very quiet day. (Sweet Baboo and I have always made an effort to not demand their presence during the holidays. They live 3 minutes from us and we get to see them anytime we want, so we like to share.)crockpot

Tuesday afternoon, we roasted our turkey, made a huge mound of potatoes, an even more huge mound of sweet potatoes, jellied cranberry sauce, and tons of gravy. I had made an apple pie earlier that day so we had our Thanksgiving dinner that night. We have been picking at the turkey and making mini-meals with the potatoes and sweet potatoes since, and just last night Sweet Baboo stripped the turkey down and we now have a turkey stew in the crockpot. We will have a quiet little dinner later.

The weather in New England today is divine. It’s about 60° with filtered sunshine and the occasional breeze. The windows are open and Sweet Baboo is washing the windows outside. I have sunshinebeen reorganizing things that need reorganizing (like what doesn’t!!!) and knitting every few minutes or so on my soon to be felted knitting bag. In between, I have made a pumpkin pie and an apple pie with a crumb topping. The only casualty so far is that I over baked (hmmmm, make that burnt!!!) the little pie dough and cinnamon round thingies that I make from the leftover pie crust.

So, my yarn stash and patterns are looking very neat and happy, I have a closet that is 3/4 done being straightened, and I have packed a few of my quilting things into a plastic tote awaiting someone that can use it. Hopefully it will be GrandDolly. Darling Daughter does not sew nor shows any inclination. She is expressing an interest in knitting and I have given her a couple lessons. Now she can’t wait to teach GrandDolly. Pointy sticks are VERY addicting.

It’s definitely not your normal Turkey Day, but it’s a wonderful way to spend it with someone you love. And really, that’s the whole point of the holiday, right?


Friday Fill-Ins #46


Rats and curses, I’m late again this week —

1. The things I give thanks for this Thanksgiving are that we are all healthy and happy.
2. My Thanksgiving traditions include dinner, although we don’t always have it on Thanksgiving Thursday.
3. The best part about Thanksgiving is the aroma of the turkey while it’s cooking.
4. My favorite Thanksgiving food is cranberry sauce!!
5. Cooking the turkey with the innards still inside it was the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to me on Thanksgiving.
6. After the meal, I clean up the kitchen with Sweet Baboo, all the while still kind of picking at the leftovers.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to baking an apple pie, tomorrow my plans include watching the GrandDolly, and Sunday, I want to knit, knit, knit!!