"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Thankful Thursday and the 2021 A to Z Challenge! April 1, 2021

I am so thankful for all the home made soups my mother made for all of us kids! This 2021 A to Z Challenge is dedicated to all the mothers who made such delicious meals for their families!  And we enjoyed those soups down to the last drop!

                              Warhol at the Grocery Store

Soup soup beautiful soup
Eat it with a spoon
Eat it with a scoop
Eat it with noodles
Share it with poodles
Empty up that can
Paint it like a man
That clever man Andy
He was so handy
With paint and brush
There was no rush
Who would have thought
That a can bought
Could bring such fame
To the Campbell name

A is for 

Acorn Squash Soup with Pistachios, Black Bread and Apples


1-2 pound acorn squash, halved lengthwise

3 teaspoons butter

1 large slice pumpernickel, cut into ¼-inch dice

1 medium Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and diced

2 tablespoons shelled pistachios

1 teaspoon light brown sugar

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 quarts water


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F for 15 minutes.

Place the squash halves, cut-side down, on a baking sheet. Do not remove the seeds. Bake until the skin is blistered and the flesh is fork-tender, 35 to 40 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt 1 teaspoon of the butter. Add the bread and cook, stirring frequently, until crispy, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer the bread to a medium bowl using a slotted spoon. Repeat with the apple, followed by the pistachios, sautéing until golden brown. Transfer to the bowl and toss together. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

Scoop the flesh and seeds from the squash and transfer them to a large bowl. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons butter, the sugar, cinnamon, salt, pepper, and water.

Working in batches, purée the mixture in a blender until smooth. Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with the bread mixture.


PS  The silly poem was my creation way back in February 2012! 

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Wordless Wednesday! March 31, 2021

Starting tomorrow I will be 
participating in the 
2021 A to Z Challenge.
My theme is Soup!
I will be posting a new soup every day in April
except for Sundays. At the same time 
I'll still be posting on Sandee's
Awww Monday, Happy Tuesday,
Wordless Wednesday and Feline Friday.
Plus Brian's Thankful Thursday!
On the same blog post you will also get to savor
26 soup recipes one day at a time !!
And as they say in France "Bon Appetit!"
Or in Spain "Buen provecho!"


Sunday, March 28, 2021

Awww Monday March 29, 2021

One of my favorite photos of my
youngest brother! He still is fishing!
Have a great week and big
Thanks to Sandee!


Thursday, March 25, 2021

Feline Friday!!!! March 26, 2021

 A very sweet orange tabby!
Larry was our sweet kitty until he was 20 years old.
Showed up many years ago as a stray and chose us!
Have a lovely weekend.
Thanks Sandee!

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Thankful Thursday March 25, 2021

Yesterday we had our second Covid vaccine.
We were a bit apprehensive, but as it 
turned out it did not cause any extreme
reactions! Yay! Now in a few months we
hope we can begin to visit good friends
who we have not seen in a few years!
Have a lovely day!
Thanks Brian for Thankful Thursday!

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Wordless Wednesday! March 24, 2021

Another two favorite family members!
One of our wonderful nephews with
one of his fabulous daughters!
Having fun riding a bicycle!

And now look at her playing basketball!
Just a mere 11 years older!
Have a lovely day....everyday!

Monday, March 22, 2021

Happy Tuesday March 23, 2021

So- tomorrow we go in at noon for our
second Moderna Covid shot....wish us luck-
we might not be back for a few days.....
as a lot of our friends have had issues...
hopefully we do not have a time out from life!
Love you all!!!
Thanks Sandee!


Sunday, March 21, 2021

Awww Monday March 21, 2021

An apple a day ........keeps the doc away!!
Have a great week!
Thanks Sandee!


Thursday, March 18, 2021

Feline Friday March 19, 2021

Awesome duo! One of our many
wonderful Great Nephews with just
one of their cats! 
We are so lucky to have such a great family!
Enjoy your day!
Thanks Sandee!

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Thankful Thursday! March 18, 2021

So very, very thankful for recyclers!
Using their imagination and creativity!
Thanks Brian for Thankful Thursday!


Wordless Wednesday! March 17, 2021

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Monday, March 15, 2021

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Awww Monday! March 15, 2021

If you could make a wish today....
what Awesome wish would you make ?

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Feline Friday! March 12, 2021

Yes Lucy...that really is your tail!
Silly cat!
Have a great weekend and do not 
forget to change your clocks on Sunday!
It's Spring ahead time!
Thanks Sandee!

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Thankful Thursday! March 11, 2021

Here we were back in May of 2009 
in Oaxaca City, Mexico. 
I am so thankful for all the traveling
my sweetheart and I have enjoyed.
And I sure hope we will be able 
to do more traveling soon!

We even took some cooking classes!
Delicious fun!
Have a lovely day every day!
Thanks Brian for Thankful Thursday!

Tuesday, March 09, 2021

Monday, March 08, 2021

Happy Tuesday! March 9, 2021

Some artists create amusing images!
This image is a hoot- so very clever!
Have a Happy Tuesday!

Saturday, March 06, 2021

Awww Monday! March 8, 2021

Remember the baby quilt I posted two Mondays ago?
Well...here's the wee little girl I made it for!
Have a lovely day...every day!

Thursday, March 04, 2021

Feline Friday! March 5, 2021

Here's a sweet kitty totally focused
on the gorgeous flutterby!
Have a very lovely day!
Thanks Sandee for Feline Friday!