All President Trump did was actually win an election in spite of all kinds of obstacles and cheating on the part of the opposition. Every day, there is something new to add to the pot but now it seems the pot is a cauldron and we have a bunch of witches putting their two cents in the broth.
Okay, no dark side to the Valentine’s Day holiday but there comes a time when one finally has to dispose of the fading flowers. That day was today for me. My kindly husband, however, got me a second bouquet a few days after Valentine’s to supplement the vase arrangement but, they, too, were removed from the premises this morning aka thrown away. I snapped a quick picture of their final resting place in the kitchen trash before they left for good! Yes, I often get this philosophical before breakfast when I’m hungry!
My husband’s work schedule is not easy to follow or prepare for as it just depends on when he gets off work and how much traffic there is on the way home. That’s why I like the Saturdays he doesn’t work. Dinner can be planned and a special menu can be prepared.
In spite of the rainy season, the Spring vegetables are appearing in the stores so my hardworking husband get steamed asparagus along with sauteed cabbage with red onions and bacon as sides to a bone-in pork chop – a favorite of his. We have cut way back on carbs so enjoy the variety of vegetables appearing on the scene these days.
And, speaking of food and seasonings, I’m sold on the spice/herb store I found a few months ago. Having a choice of new and different spices for cooking makes kitchen time more interesting. The Spice Shop (https://www.thespicehouse.com/) also has a colorful catalog for a small mailing fee that not only describes the herbs and spices available, but often includes cooking ideas and a bit of history.
Marcella’s favorite place to nap is above the headboard over our bed. She knows she looks cute and wasn’t especially happy to have a snapping camera in her face. Buster Kitten, being over 16 pounds, prefers to sleep behind the same bed which is fine with Marcella who still thinks of herself as an only cat.
Planning on your last treat before Lent yet? Giving up chocolate seems to be a popular ‘give up’ for many people. Here is a win/win situation. Make yourself a batch of Chocolate Truffles for Mardi Gras to brace yourself for those forty ‘no chocolate’ days ahead. It gives you a chance to try the recipe and a recipe to think about making for Easter.
Easy Chocolate Truffles
1 1/2 sticks butter (margarine will NOT due!)
1/4 cup baking cocoa powder
1 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons of rum (You can use flavoring extract)
1 cup finely chopped pecans – which will be divided.
Melt the butter in a pot and stir in the cocoa until combined and smooth. Stir constantly while slowly pouring in the condensed milk. Continue cooking and stirring for about five minutes more until smooth and thickened a bit. Remove from the stove and stir in the rum and 3/4 cup of the chopped pecans.
Pour mixture into a baking pan and refrigerate until mixture is firm enough to hold its shape. With either a small cookie scoop or tablespoon, remove spoonfuls of the mixture from the pan and roll into small balls -3/4th to 1-inch balls. Roll each ball into the rest of the chopped pecans and place on a plate and refrigerate at least two hours before serving.
You don’t have to go with rum and pecans. Walnuts, hazelnuts, and almonds can be very good, too. There are a lot of extract or alcohols you can flavor it with, too. Mint chocolate?
If you don’t like nuts, make the balls a bit smaller and roll them in colorful cake decorations. You can usually find the nonpareils in holiday colors in the baking section of most store.
I like to add a bit of very finely chopped fresh orange zest to the chocolate/nut mixture.
Really want to be fancy, get some candy coating in white or chocolate and dip your refrigerated candy in that and then the colorful outer decorations. You could even drizzle a contracting bit of coating on top of that.