Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself;
I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.
I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet.
I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.
~Groucho Marx

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Honey Bread

Fence from the road.
Same fence but from the other side of the fence in the field
              
This morning it was 30 degrees, very still and sunny with some clouds.  Went to the post office first and dropped another Netlix down the mail slot.  Then continued around the Farm Loop.
I saw a red tailed hawk up in a tree and in the surrounding tree tops were about 20 crows.  As I got ready to take a picture the hawk flew off and the crows took off after it.  Wonder what that was all about.

No cows today out in the field by the road at Farmer Bill's farm.  I saw them all up the hill in another field.

Once back to town I took a loop around the ball park loop and then headed home.

I saw a lady that lives 2 tenths of a mile from the ball park get in her truck and DRIVE to the ball park, walk twice around the loop which is a 1/2 mile,  then get back in her truck and drive home!! That is just unbelievable to me!!

Today's walk was 5.3 miles.
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Yesterday afternoon we put up our Christmas tree.  We got an artificial one this year and got one that fit perfectly in the front bay window.  It doesn't have the tinsel on it yet.  I know most people don't use tinsel anymore but I think the tree is missing something without it.
I put the tinsel on it today.  Tired to take a picture of the entire tree with the tinsel but it was just too bright by the window so I took a couple of close ups.

I baked some Honey Bread this afternoon.  It is an old recipe of my friend Bernice's grandmother's who gave it to me many years ago.

Honey Bread
  • Cream 3/4 cup of butter and 2 cups sugar.
  • Beat in 4 eggs
  • Add 3/4 cup honey
Sift together
  • 4 cups Rye flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
Add to mixture alternating with 1 cup buttermilk.
No buttermilk? A substitute is 1 tablespoon lemon juice in cup filled rest of the way with milk.
Pour into 2 greased loaf pans.
Bake one hour at 350 degrees.
I made some the other week but the middles didn't bake enough.  This time I made 4 smaller loaves and still kept them in the oven the full hour and they came out fine.
I had trouble finding Rye Flour but my friend Trish spotted it when she was out and bought some for me.  Being her nice self she wouldn't let me pay for it, so one of these loaves are for her. : )  

I finished knitting 4 more scarves which brings the number up to 13 of them and I'm working on number 14 now.  I think I will have just enough for my project which I'll be able to tell you about by the end of the week. : )
That's about it for today.  Plan on having my ice cream later and knitting some more on that last scarf.
 
Hope you found happiness scattered throughout your day.
happyone : )
"Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them;
but do not let them master you.
Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight."
~ Helen Keller

14 comments:

  1. Lovely photos Karen. You were very frosty this morning. Your honey bread looks great. I must try your recipe. Your Christmas tree is very pretty as are your scarves.
    Enjoy your ice cream!

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  2. The only thing I miss about a real tree is the smell

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  3. Putting tinsel on the tree sure brings back childhood memories!

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  4. Hi Karen - I love your Christmas tree and how it fit perfectly in the bay window area. The tinsel does finish it off! I will have to try that honey bread. It sounds really good!

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  5. Your tree looks perfect in the bay window. Just the right size. I don't use tinsel, but it brings back good memories for me.
    The bread looks delicious. You always have something interesting going on at your place. Love the scarves too and look forward to hearing more about this project.

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  6. I'm looking forward to hearing about the scarf project, you've certainly been knitting up a storm. We always have tinsel in some form on our tree and yours looks rather pretty. I must get mine out of the garage and do something with it.

    Diana

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  7. I haven't begun my walking routine yet, but I'm still inspired hearing about yours! There's a golf course across the road from us with a 1.9 mile walking trail that goes around it. It's pretty hilly, and is great exercise, when I actually do it! A friend and I go sometimes, but our routine has been sporadic. I wish I knew how to knit. I do a little crocheting, but it would be fun to learn something new!

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  8. Sounds like a nice walk. I like your Christmas tree, very pretty. I have not used tinsel, it seems hard to clean up. Your bread looks and sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Have a happy Tuesday!

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  9. Hello Karen,

    I wanted to leave you a comment so you would know that I DO still read here. :) I just don't always have the time to leave comments. The bread looks and sounds so good! ~sigh~

    Your tree is so pretty! I especially enjoyed the close up pictures. :) And I love the swan in the foreground. My grandmother always had a swan somewhere around her home...she even had a blue one that was a planter.

    Have a great remainder of your week.

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  10. Hi Karen, The Christmas Tree looks great and I love the 3rd picture from your walk. What a great photo! Have a fine week ahead.

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  11. Your tree is so pretty. I'm not a fan of tinsel but my mother loves it so it's on her tree. Have a good day.

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  12. Your Christmas tree looks so pretty in the window. It looks like it was made just for your window. I just wrote down the recipe for the banana bars and will also write down the Honey bread recipe. I always seem to have a ripe banana, this recipe seems like just what I need.

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  13. The Christmas tree is beautiful, and the honey bread looks delicious.

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  14. What a pretty place for the tree. You have lots of patience to put tinsel on a tree. If you have a little evergreen at Happy Trails you can put in a container and set it on a counter or something for that fresh pine scent. It's the only thing I miss with the artificial...the ONLY thing. Right now I have a dying rosemary plant that is providing a lot of aroma around here.

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