Thursday, April 10, 2014

Week 14 Thursday (4/10/14)

Recipe Review          
Today’s Recipe and Location:  Marmalade Muffins
         Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl
                  Pages  58 - 60     Copyright:  2009  Harper Collins

I figured out that there are 85 calories per serving, if 24 servings are made. (Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)

         This is one recipe that I could just sit and eat the creamy batter, which was thinner than I expected but OMG that flavor!!!!  The muffins were very moist with just a hint of the orange juice and zest and the amazing brown sugar flavor. These little sweeties are amazing and I strongly recommend them.  I ate mine with a cup of hot tea. This was a calming and happy moment in my week.

The Glorious Garden        (a new category!)  

         Now that the weather is slowly moving into the forties and fifties, I am anxious to get out into the garden. Over spring break, I cut back the 6 to 12 foot grasses in the back yard. Unfortunately, I did not get everything cut back in the front. Grasses should always be cut back in March or early April because the new growth arrives then. In order to have healthy grasses this is really important to accomplish.
         As I was working in the back, I was surprised to see the day lillies sneaking out of the ground against the back of my house. They are a hearty plant and can even withstand a little snow but the leaf edges will turn brown if they come up too quickly.  This is a year where they need to be patient because our weather is absolutely crazy!  I love to see the new growth as it is a sure sign that spring is on the way.

Just starting to peak through the cold soil

Irksome Ideas and Images
         Last Wednesday was the “Day from Hell.”  Willow had a 7:30 appointment at the Vet for a biopsy. I wanted to do something for the veterinary staff so I prepared both breakfast and lunch for them. I had loaded the car and Willow and turned the key to leave.  DEAD CAR!
         Now, I am not great in a crisis but I calmed down and ran to my neighbor’s house and asked him to jump my car.  Of course, it didn’t work. I called Firestone across the street from my subdivision and asked them to come to my house and replace the battery – they couldn’t but sent a tow truck. At this point I called the Vet because we were supposed to be there at 7:30 a.m. and it was already that time.
         As I awaited the tow truck, I unloaded the groceries and Willow. The truck arrived 50 minutes later. It took about 10 minutes to load my van on the flatbed tow truck and then we made the two minute drive across the street to Firestone. They knew I was in a hurry and installed the battery in about seven minutes. The mechanics discovered the cause of the problem. My passenger side slider was broken and would not shut. They bungied the door shut so I could get to the Vet without the door opening in route.
         I zoomed home, reloaded the groceries and Willow, and set off for Sandwich. I arrived there at about 10:05. 
         I don’t even want to think what my blood pressure was at that time but I was so relieved. I unloaded the groceries (Breakfast Burritos, Drip Beef, chips, popcorn, and Knock You Naked Brownies) and a worried Willow and zoomed over to the Ford Dealer in town.

Here was my car's number on that dreaded Wednesday

         They were so sweet and took my car right in. Thank Heavens, Nicole reminded me to take a book to read because I was there about 45 minutes. I almost finished the book, which was an accomplishment in itself, thinking of my mental state.
         I then, drove back to the Vet, but Willow was still in surgery so I just drove home to Sage. I called later and Willow needed to spend the night.
         Everyone loved the food, Willow was wonderful, and the car is now fixed. A day that began horribly, but ended pretty well.  Another saga in the my life!

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