Friday, January 29, 2010

Have A Cozy Weekend!

Old Covered Bridge

So what are you up to this weekend? We're expecting to be snowed in with possibly 12 inches of snow! I'm ready for a cozy weekend with Rodney, accompanied by some books from my book list, movies, knitting AND some hearty recipes to cook.

Want to know some books on my reading list?
The Elegance of a Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Crazy Love by Francis Chan
Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life Ann Krouse Rosenthal
Tao of Photography by Philippe L. Gross and S. I. Shapiro
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Fearless by Max Lucado
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
The Art Of Racing In The Rain by Garth Stein

Recent books I've read and recommend are:
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers *****
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak *****
A Million Miles In A Thousand Years by Donald Miller *****
Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen ****
The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister ***
Her Fearful Symmetery by Audrey Niffenegger ***

In reading, a lonely quiet concert is given to our minds; all our mental faculties will be present in this symphonic exaltation.
~Stéphane Mallarmé

Rodney and I may venture out on Sunday for some snowy landscape photography. I will definitely pack a thermos of coffee to help warm us!

I hope your weekend is full of coziness and fairy tales.

Frozen Falls at Hanging Rock

"Once in awhile, Right in the middle of an ordinary life, Love gives us a fairy tale."

Photography by Rod Slate at

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A Cup Of Java Anyone?

Taking a break from too much time in front of the computer today and enjoying a cup of java. I found myself daydreaming and watching the birds outside my window. What a pleasant break in the day.

The "new" antique cup & saucer in the photograph was a gift from my son and his wife. Isn't it lovely? A very nice, and much loved, addition to my collection.

Just thought I would share the recipe for the afternoon java.

Fireside Coffee
2 cups coffee creamer
1 1/2 cups hot cocoa mix
1 1/2 cups instant coffee
1 1/2 cups sugar (I add less)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Mix 2-3 tablespoons with one cup of hot water and enjoy.

I had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee.
~Carly Simon