Friday, August 28, 2015

Not Goodbye




Last night was a goodbye party of sorts. Not an official goodbye, since my friend is only moving about fifteen miles away, but still, she will not be living in the same city and it will not be the same. This is the first of these types of goodbyes for my circle of friends, as we all begin the downsizing process that comes with being empty nesters. Not quite ready for retirement, but wanting a change. My friend is moving to a house on a lake and there is a lot of appeal to that. She will still be close, will still work, but her lifestyle will be totally different.



We are all at different stages; some with children at home or still in college, some planning weddings and some with a grandchild on the way. Changes are coming fast and furious for us all and we talk about how our friendships will remain, as we inevitably scatter around the state and even around the country. For now, we will take advantage of the time we still live in one place and can still easily get together for a glass of wine. We have been friends for a long time, watched all our children grow from elementary school into adults and those kinds of bonds are special. Hopefully we will be able to say, see you soon, rather that goodbye when the time comes.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Two Berry Baked Oatmeal




We are in the middle of a cool spell that is very unusual for August. It seemed the perfect morning to try an idea for a simple individual baked oatmeal that I have been wondering about. Oatmeal is a healthy staple of my breakfast menu, but I like to try different methods besides simply cooking it on the stovetop. This new recipe is quick, perfect for individual servings and so delicious with the addition of the strawberries and blueberries.

My favorite thing about this recipe is that it can be easily adapted to whatever fruit is in my refrigerator or freezer. It works just as well with fresh or frozen fruit, so I will always have the perfect addition on hand. For fall, swirl some pumpkin purée through the oatmeal mixture and you have a delicious single serving of pumpkin oatmeal. You also could sprinkle nuts on the top if you choose; the possibilities are endless.


Two Berry Baked Oatmeal For One


1 egg

1/2 cup milk ( I used lowfat )

1/2 cup old fashioned oats

1 tsp brown sugar ( I used Splenda )

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp baking powder

3/4 cup fruit ( I used half blueberries and half strawberries)


Heat oven to 375 degrees. Beat egg in a medium bowl. Add milk and mix well. Add oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and baking powder. Stir until well blended. Stir in fruit. Place mixture in single serving baking dish, sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 25 minutes or until oats are set. Enjoy!


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Monday, August 24, 2015

A Hint of Change




The walking paths in my neighborhood give me an everchanging view of the seasons and on one of my walks this weekend, it was obvious that there was a just a hint of this change happening. There was a difference to the light as it was shining through the trees; not nearly as bright and harsh. There were leaves beginning to litter the path, just the beginning of many more to come.



If I looked closely, there were new sights to see in the woods. Probably poisioneous, but pretty still the same. Red leaves are the first sign of fall beauty to come.



One of my favorite things about walking is the chance to see the seasons change. The light changes, just as the foliage does. From the lush growth of the summer, my walks will be moving into the beauty of the ever changing colors of fall. Then comes the starkness of the winter trees and the snow swirling around me as I walk in the early falling twilight. There is always something new to see and experience on these paths through the woods. There is time to think quiet thoughts and notice the small and different.

Walking is a part of my life now and it keeps me centered and calm. It is a chance to experience the beauty of nature everyday and notice those small changes, that I would otherwise miss. It is a small part of my day, but has become the best part of my day. All seasons, all weather, walking has become a big part of my life.

Happy Monday!


Friday, August 21, 2015

Two Things on Friday




I couldn't stop reading this book; in fact I devoured it. It was so uniquely written in the way the story follows one character through the eyes of an ever changing variety of characters. The stories are all different and interesting in their own right and when you think the connection to the main character is not there, the subtle connection will be revealed and it will astound you.

Kitchens of the Great Midwest is about the life of Eva Thornvald, as told from the point of view of those who touch her life in great and small ways. Each chapter also focuses on a different dish that plays a part in each character's own life and the book is a tribute to foodies everywhere. We see that Eva is extraordinary, as is this book, with an ending that will leave you satisfied like no other. I'm pretty sure this will be my book club recommendation for 2016.




Trying to stretch out summer, Melissa and I went to a cute Mexican restaurant in our little town's downtown, sat on the patio and had dinner and a Margarita, on a Thursday night. She is such good company, but very busy, so I don't see her too much. It was great to catch up and just enjoy a lovely summer evening.

Have a wonderful weekend!


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