“Even though it’s dark and cold there is always a shade of light.”

My stops took far more time than I expected. At Agway, I bought three wreaths and had to wait while the ribbon on one was changed so all three would be the same color. The two plain wreaths are for the fence and gate while the one for the door has starfish and shells and a tiny bird’s nest. It’s lovely. I also bought a rosemary tree for the house, and my car was filled with the wonderful aroma of the rosemary as I finished the rest of my errands. Why do people put those pine tree air fresheners in a car? I’m thinking dried rosemary would be amazing. At Ring Brother’s, a favorite stop of mine, I bought a sandwich for lunch, a turkey breast so I can have left overs and a pine kissing ball with golden bells, also for outside. I bought stuffing, but Rita, who owns Spinners, the pizza place inside Rings, was horrified. She had me buy bread, and she made stuffing for me with bread, Ritz, onions, celery and sausage. She told me that every good dish has only 5 ingredients. The stuffing is scrumptious. I hope it lasts long enough to cook with the turkey breast.

It is dark and overcast. A storm with heavy rain and strong winds will be here tomorrow, but today is dry and still and warm at 45˚.  I’m back to my sweat shirt.

On the day after Thanksgiving I’ll light up my Christmas lights. I love how beautiful the colors are and how they shine so brightly even on the darkest of nights. I still take a ride to see the lights the same as we did as a family when I was young. I think back then it was the only time we didn’t fight for our spaces in the backseat. The car was filled with oohing and ahing and pointing at the best houses. The ones all outlined in lights were the most spectacular. There were no white lights back then or computer programs setting the lights to music. There were just these big colored bulbs that got hot to the touch but shined ever so brightly. I have a few of the old sets and should check to see if they still work. Maybe I’ll throw them on a bush by the door the same as my father did.

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18 Comments on ““Even though it’s dark and cold there is always a shade of light.””

  1. Birgit Says:

    Last night I’ve listened to a charming 1 hour radio play based on a Ghanaian detective story by Nii Parkes, the English title of the novel is “Tail of the Blue Bird”. Sounds like you will like it. If you haven’t read the book yet, as a teaser here is the author reading an extract:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kb4jgmldCEU
    Nice music today. Back to Champions League soccer on radio…

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I love the sound of him reading. Now I want to find the novel. His descriptions are wonder: the color of crushed grasshopper.

      Thanks!!

  2. Beto Says:

    I like a product from your neck of the woods,
    Bell’s Seasoning
    I use it in my dressing and in the Dumplings for my Chicken and Dumplings.
    My dressing is
    Home Made Bread cubed and dried
    Onions
    Celery Hearts
    Water Chestnuts
    Fresh Ground Pork Sausage (Butt Roast seasoned w/Bell’s)
    Fresh Raw Milk Butter
    Salt, Pepper etc.

    I was sick and didn’t make it one year and never heard the end of it.

    • katry Says:

      Beto,
      Bell’s is a tradition in my family. I even send it to my sister in Colorado.

      The water chestnuts are the only part of your stuffing I don’t use in my own. I do like them so I expect I’d like them in the stuffing. As for the raw milk butter, I don’t think I’ve seen it in my stores.

      I can understand your family’s reaction. You don’t tinker with tradition.

      • Beto Says:

        Water Chestnuts are strictly for crunch
        Raw butter is the same as stick Sweet Cream Butter but has probiotics and proteins intact.

      • katry Says:

        Beto,
        I guessed the crunch part, but the butter information is new to me. Thanks.

      • Beto Says:

        I have my own Cow so I only consume raw milk.
        The butter has a lot of cream in it and is tangy,like yogurt.
        I opened the cheese I made four years ago and it is the most awesome cheese i have ever made. Rain returned to the Edwards Plateau this year and my garden is truly bountiful, for that I am exceptionally thankful, sweet potatoes, potatoes, carrots, green beans, peppers of all sorts, snap peas and herbs etc.
        I hunted and harvested two small wild Tom turkeys on Saturday last. All set for tomorrow.

      • katry Says:

        Beto,
        I think you’re the only person I know with his own cow who doesn’t have a farm.

        Our summer wasn’t kind to the garden, and I had the least amount of vegetables I’ve ever had. I envy you your bounty.

        Wild turkeys are quite common here, and they roam the streets freely. Cars stop so they can cross the road, and I have several who drop into my neighborhood. I don’t think anyone would hunt them as it would be so unfair to the turkeys who are always in the open.

        I will be with friends tomorrow but am cooking my own small turkey breast today.

  3. Bob Says:

    Ok, please, solve this dilemma for me. I always thought that stuffing was cooked inside the bird and dressing was the same ingredients cooked in a separate pan in the oven.

    I am not a big fan of turkey because I am not a fan of the white breast meat of any fowl especially turkey because no matter who’s recipe I have eaten it always comes out dry. Today’s industrial birds have no dark meat to speak of because they are raised their whole live in a barn with thousands of their peers and they never get to walk very far. We have manipulated their DNA through inbreeding to create a turkey that could never fly because it’s all breast.

    My favorite Thanksgiving food is cranberry sauce. Not the chunky stuff that people call cranberry chutney, but the jellied stuff right out of the can. If it doesn’t have the impression of the can on the bottom then it’s not really cranberry sauce in my book.

    Is the stuffing you bought along with the turkey breast your Thanksgiving dinner?

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      That is how I always thought of it, but it seems the lines have blurred. I seldom hear dressing any more. It is generally called stuffing.

      Turkey doesn’t have to be dry and most of the time I don’t find it so. I bought a turkey a while back from a local farm, and it was delicious. If I ever cook thanksgiving again, that’s what I’ll do.

      I like the stuff right out of the can too. When I was a kid, I thought the rims on the cranberry were decorations-not from the can.

      I am going to friends for Thanksgiving where dinner will be all the fixings. The breast and stuffing are for sandwiches, my leftovers.

      • Bob Says:

        The turkey you bought from a local farm had a fair portion of dark meat? Was it ‘free range’? Did it actually see the light of day during its life? Was it ever frozen?

        Ben Franklin wanted to make the wild turkey the symbol of the country. Luckily our founding fathers picked the eagle. Famous saying towards US Air Force flying cadets from instructors, “How can you ever expect to soar with eagles when you fly with turkeys”.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        It’s a farm, not a factory. The turkey was grown on the farm, sold fresh, never frozen and brought up walking around, not penned. It’s a regular farm with lots of different animals, fresh vegetables in the summer and animals they consider pets. Goats roam around eating whatever.

        http://www.missscarlettsblueribbonfarm.com

        Franklin thought the bird was far more respectable than the eagle and a bird of courage.

  4. olof1 Says:

    I might make a wreath to have on the door before Christmas but I’m not sure, depends on how much emergy I want to spend on it 🙂 I often placed a bird or two in the wreaths I made in my garden center because those got sold directly.

    The ones buying them usually came back and bought a wreath without any birds in them since they always got attacked by the real birds 🙂 The wreaths looked like they had been slaughtered after a while 🙂 🙂 🙂

    We are getting better in decorating our gardens with lights now days, very few put the lights on their houses though. But trees and bushes usually get covcered in lights, almost always white lights. The colored lights are sometimes used in the windows though but not especially often there either. I have colored lights on my Yule tree now days and I think I’m the only one amongst all I know that have that 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I used to make wreaths for my mother’s house because I could find evergreen where he lived. Down here they are hard to find so I end up buying the wreaths.

      I have many decorations for wreaths, and the birds haven’t ever attacked. The one on this year’s wreath is really too small to see.

      The lights are in a garland hung on the fence, on the back deck rail and on the gate to the yard then up the side rail of the deck stairs. I also have a flood light on two trees where I have large ornaments hanging. My downstairs windows have candle lights. Last night the house was all lit as the lights are on timers.

      This is really early so I am the only one with lights in my neighborhood.

      Have a wonderful evening!

  5. Coleen Burnett Says:

    Just popping in to say Happy Thanksgiving! May you have a lovely day with friends and eat much!

    Coleen


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