When life gives you sweet potatoes

Yams versus sweet potatoes, I frankly can’t tell the difference. But I had a lot of them (candied) left over after Thanksgiving dinner.

Since I needed the space in my fridge, we had been eating the leftovers through Sunday.

And still the sweet potatoes/yams remained.

So I decided to make soup.

Well, I adapted the soup recipe for the cooked veggies. And you know what? It wasn’t half bad.

We ate it for lunch on Sunday. Sure it was a little sweeter than I would have liked, even with skimming off the candied syrup, but it tasted good.

Until next time, stay healthy.

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Friday Fun Fact

Every year, many of us discover the eyes can behold more food than the belly can hold.

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Happy Thanksgiving

As we in the US head into the long holiday weekend, I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. Being with family is even sweeter during these interesting times.

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Until next time, stay healthy.

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Meep-Meep

Everyone once in a while, I get to see a little nature from my office window.

He was tapping on the glass and making sure I was working.

Not quite the purple and blue bird from the cartoon.

But it was still a lovely moment. Until next time, stay healthy.

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Friday Fun Fact

Halloween is the only time when folks don’t look at you funny for saying you lost your witch’s head.

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Clipped

Once upon a time, not so very long ago, when I discovered a recipe I liked in a magazine or newspaper, I would cut it out to try out later.

I sorted and stored these clippings in index card boxes and file folders.

And there they sat for decades until I discovered them and began throwing them out.

Part of me rebelled at trashing the scraps of paper. After all they had meant something to me at one time.

So I reached a compromise. I kept the ones that were already in little cards then went on line and found some recipe card holders.

So now I am waiting for the plastic card holders, then I will begin to sort the cards by type and work my way through the stack.

I don’t think I have enough holders as I only ordered enough for 240 recipes, but I am hopeful that amongst all the scraps there is real treasure.

Until next time, stay healthy.

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Uncovered

It was bound to happen. The cat aptly named Zim likes to push things off of tables, shelves, anything really. He is an equal opportunity pusher, then completes the damage by playing with the stuff on the ground before returning for more playthings.

And so it came to pass that while my iPad was charging on the desk, he decided to push it off the desk and onto the wood floor.

In response to such violence, the case cracked and a few keys scattered.

Which meant that my iPad was naked for a while. Three long days until the new cover/keyboard arrived.

It’s funny how fragile the iPad looks without its case.

And it freaked me out quite a bit as I write my books on my iPad.

Thankfully, the new case and keyboard arrived safely. After changing the keyboard, I am just beginning to type on it.

And the keys feel rough under my fingertips. There is a cover for the keys but that feels odd too. I don’t like that my iPad doesn’t immediately wake up when I open the case either.

Still, everything works, so I won’t complain. It will just be a while until I adapt.

Until next time, stay healthy.

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Friday Fun Fact

The holidays take forever to arrive and then they zoom by.

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Happy Veteran’s Day

To those in the US, it is appropriate that we honor our veterans during the month we are supposed to be thankful for our blessings.

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For those in Canada, Happy Remembrance Day.

Until next time, stay healthy.

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Reuse

I’m not saying we have a candle problem in my house. I’m just saying I have a lot of opportunity to reuse the glass jars that once housed candles.

Of course, each requires cleaning prior to use because for some reason, the candle does actually burn all the way to the bottom. Usually, we are left with a bit of wax.

My son prefers to gouge out the wax with a knife then finish it off in a wax burner.

I try to catch the candle before the wick goes out and pour the remaining wax into a holder for use in a wax burner or to store in my car as an air freshener. Either way, the glass holder gets warmed in the oven, then the melted wax is wiped away.

Then they are ready to accept the items for storage. Best part, the scent of the candle lingers for a while and infuses the items inside.

Until next time, stay healthy.

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