Stop and Observe.
Discover the moments
between Winter and Summer.
Embrace the perpetual change.
The distance between
two points in time
Despite missing our good pals Jim and Dave (to a surgery-recovery spell), we managed to Keep Calm and Carry On...and Eat and Drink and Be Merry!
So grateful for good girlfriends.
And guy friends. (Especially guys who are great at clean-up!)
As always, a fabulous dinner created by Rett.
There were gifts of course -- look at the cute farm wrapping paper!
A bit of sleepiness on the sofa -- where Piper wanted to snuggle.
And a late-in-the-evening Scotch tasting!
To all a good night!
Next morning dawned with clear skies and even some sunshine -- once the sun actually rose on the shortest day of the year! Piper and I were not not the first ones up (Pat beat me to the punch again) but we weren't Julie's baby either.
Then it was out to the barns to say good morning to the animals! Hello chickens!
Thanks for some eggs, ladies!
The pretty girl goats were happy to see us.
And enjoyed a little frolic in the pasture.
And the boys -- well boys will be boys, no matter what their species. Here they are competing against each other in the Goatlympic sport of jumping-off-the-wood-spool.
"All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust."
Pomegranate and Arugula Salad
1/4 cup pomegranate molasses (or pomegranate liqueur)
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 T honey
2 T red wine vinegar
3/4 cup olive oil (I might try 1/2 cup olive oil and 1/4 cup orange juice...)
S & P
6 cups lightly packed arugula
1 pomegranate, seeds only
1/4 cup parmagiano-reggiano shavings (feta would be good too)
1/4 cup toasted walnuts
1 shallot, sliced
Whisk dressing ingredients together. Toss salad ingredients together. Dress with vinaigrette.
Cheddar Horseradish Spread
8 ounces sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated
4 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup heavy cream or milk
2 tablespoons pure horseradish (the jarred kind)
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar (I used a dash of Worchestershire sauce instead)
1/2 cup (about 6 slices) bacon, crisped and crumbled (I didn’t think the bacon added anything, and instead sprinkled the spread w/ smoked paprika before serving the next time I made it.)
Place all of the ingredients, except the bacon crumbles, into a food processor or blender and mix until smooth.
Remove the cheddar mixture to a bowl and stir in the bacon crumbles (or sprinkle w/ smoked paprika).
Serve with crackers and celery sticks/sugar snap peas, at room temperature for smoother spreading. Cover and refrigerate for up to a week.