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

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

In the kitchen

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This morning it was 57 degrees and sunny though the sun didn't come over the mountain until a little after 7:00.  Not much of a breeze but the weather was pleasant and it was nice walking weather.

Walked straight through town and around the two cemeteries.
Then walked up Barn Sale a ways, back to the main road and
down toward Happy Trails.  
Turned around and walked back to town.
 This is the road I walk down after walking around the cemetery that is up the hill.
I've just come out of the cemetery here.
The Drane house is down there on the left in the trees and the pond where the horses
are, is on the other side of the house.
If you enlarge the picture you can also see the school off in the distance.
When I walk the Farm Loop, I walk up past the school.
 The barn that you see down there on the right in the above picture
is what this picture is of.
Walked around the ball park loop too and then headed back home.
Surprised not to see any rabbits!!
Saw Kathy out walking and Lee on his bike.
I walked 6.1 miles.
Sunrise 6:45
Sunset 7:49
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I spent the whole morning in the kitchen.
First made blueberry pancakes for breakfast.

Had to use some milk up before the expiration date so whipped up some
chocolate pudding. (from a mix)

I also had some rhubarb left from my garden and wanted to use that up
before it went bad.  
I didn't quite have enough to make a rhubarb cobbler but I did buy some
strawberries yesterday so I made up the difference with those.
 I made a Rhubarb Strawberry Cobbler and used a different recipe this time.
I am so glad that I didn't have enough rhubarb because I have discovered
I love the added flavor of the strawberries.
I did have to try a little corner of it to see how I liked it.
Here's the recipe

Prepare Filling and keep hot
Mix 3 cups sliced rhubarb and 3 cups sliced strawberries
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup water and
4 teaspoons cornstarch
Let stand for 10 minutes
 Cook and stir till thickened and bubbly

Mix 1 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Cut in 3 Tablespoons butter or margarine 
till mixture resembles coarse crumbs
Combine 1 beaten egg  and
3 Tablespoons milk
Add to the flour mixture,
stirring just to moisten

Transfer filling to an 8 x 8 x 2 inch baking dish
Drop topping into 6 mounds atop hot filling

Bake in a 400 degree oven
20 - 25 minutes
or till a toothpick inserted into topping comes out clean
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Next I made Welsh Cookies.
You can see what they look like and how I make them
on a post from a few years ago.
But I noticed the link on that page which used to go the recipe
no longer works.
If any one is interested I'll post the recipe.

I made this batch for my friend Debbie who asked for the recipe.
Tonight I'm going to give here the recipe along with the cookies.

When I got done with the baking you should have seen my kitchen!!!
I am a very messy baker.
So I had to spend some time washing dishes and cleaning the kitchen and getting things back to order.

I got a load of laundry hung up out on the line.
And did a little weeding out front.

Ken has been busy up at HT today working on the wall in the entryway
of the cabin.  I'll have to get up there and take some pictures
so I can show you.

Spent too much time in the kitchen to want to cook supper
so we are going to pick up something quick on the way to church.
And that's been my day so far.
A happy day to you.
happyone : )
Someone remembers,
someone cares;
Your name is whispered in someones prayers.
~ Unknown

Comment replies:
Henny - Yes, I got tired of eating that favor after a while too or any other new flavor.  Then I go back to my favorite of either chippedy chocolaty or chocolate chip mint.  Haven't tried the butter almond yet.  I go more for the chocolate stuff.  That flavor sounds like one Ken would like.


  1. Karen, we have discovered there is a beautiful old cemetary in our new town so we will be checking it out. We have had cooler mornings like you the last few. So cool we are wearing sweaters when we go for our walk. Your strawberry rhubarb cobbler sounds delicious! I must try it.

  2. I haven't seen a rabbit at my house in awhile. But maybe that's because I can see a few hawks soaring in the air.

  3. Sounds like a busy but yummy day! Thanks for the recipes!

  4. Haha im a messy baker too. I just made a dish of pistachio pudding for the same reason. Dont want to waste milk. Ha.

  5. You had a very productive day in the kitchen. I love the combo of strawberries and rhubarb. Rhubarb can be hard to come by in these parts. I'll have to see if I can find some in the freezer section and give this recipe a try. It looks scrumptious. Thank you for the recipe.

  6. The cobbler looks very delicious.

  7. Yum, rhubarb! You WERE a busy baker! I'm glad you didn't have to cook dinner. I hung clothes on the line, too. Tomorrow is September!

  8. I'm going to try that cobbler! It looks yummy! It's the tidying up afterwards that takes me the longest after baking!

  9. You're such a busy lady....don't see how do it! I find myself tiring out and having to take a day to rest. The cobbler looks so good....my Mamaw made an awesome strawberry cobbler and I really miss it....but miss her even more. As usual, love all your pics! HOPE you have a great Labor Day weekend!

  10. Hello, you have been busy. The cobbler looks yummy. I am a messy baker too. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

  11. When you combine rhubarb and strawberries, you are singing my song! My favorite is strawberry rhubarb pie. I've never tried the cobbler but I've copied your recipe down. Yum!

  12. Love to read about your walks, they are such an inspiration.

  13. The rhubarb cobbler looks delicious. Thank you for the recipe.

  14. Kens a lucky man with your great cooking!
    Love the farm images and brilliant capture of the hay in the barn. Is it corn in the field?
    Have a wonderful weekend Happyone :)

  15. Goodness ... you did have a busy day baking, I bet your kitchen smelt wonderful too

    All the best Jan


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