Endless Cloudy Days

We have had so many cloudy days lately. They just all blend in together. Yesterday, Jan 26th, Gary and I were going on a Starbuck’s run and as we walked to the car, I noticed the sun was peeking out more than it had all day! It was so nice to see it, even if the sun was just about to go down. I’m not sure when we are going to see the sun again all day. It wasn’t today, though.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Dawn’s Spaghetti and Meatballs

Sauce:
3/4 C chopped onion
3 T. oil
2 1-lb cans tomatoes (4 cups)
2 6-oz cans (1-1/3 cups) tomato paste
1 T. sugar
1-1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
1 bay leaf
1-1/2 t. oregano
1 cup water

Cooked chopped onion in hot oil until tender. Add next 7 ingredients, along with 1 cup water. Simmer 30 minutes. Remove bay leaf. After mixing and baking meatballs, add them to sauce and simmer another 30 minutes.

Meatballs:
1/2 c. bread crumbs
1 lb. ground beef
2 eggs
2 T. chopped parsley (or 2 t. dried parsley)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 t. crushed oregano
1 t. salt
1/2 cup grated Romano cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix ingredients together thoroughly. Form into 1-inch balls. Bake in broiler pan for 20 minutes. Add to sauce.

Spaghetti at supper tonight.

Blueberry French Toast

The 1830 Admiral’s Quarter Famous Recipe For
“Blueberry French Toast With Blueberry Sauce”

Ingredients:
16 slices of day old Bread. (white with crusts removed)
1 1/2 cup – Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
12 – Eggs
1 cup – Half & Half (or White Milk)
1/3 cup – Maple Syrup
1 pint – Hazelnut Coffee Creamer
1 teaspoon – Cinnamon
1 – 8 oz. pkg of Cream Cheese

Method:
Cube Bread, place half in a greased 9 X 13 baking dish. Cut Cream Cheese into cubes, place over Bread. Top with Blueberries and remaining bread. Beat Eggs, add Half & Half, Hazelnut Coffee Creamer, and Maple Syrup. Beat together. Pour over Bread mixture. Sprinkle with Cinnamon. Cover and chill over night. Remove from refrigerator 1/2 hour before baking. Bake at 350° covered for 30 minutes. Uncover and continue baking for another 30 minutes. (Till center is set.) Serve with Blueberry Sauce

“Blueberry Sauce”

Ingredients:
1 cup – Sugar
2 cups – Blueberries
2 tablespoons – Corn Starch
1 tablespoon – Butter
1 cup – Water
1 tablespoon – Lemon Juice
1 teaspoon – Cinnamon

Method:
Combine Sugar and Corn Starch, add Water, Butter, Lemon Juice. Bring to a boil for 3 minutes. Stir constantly. Stir in Blueberries. You may add 1 teaspoon of Cinnamon.

We have this every Christmas morning. When my older daughter was in 5th grade, she had to do a report on the state of Maine. We found out that blueberries are a big crop in Maine. We found this recipe on a bed and breakfast website and have been having it for Christmas morning since then. She was 10 in 5th grade and now she’s 30! We’ve been making just a half recipe for the 4 of us, in a square cake pan, but now we end up bringing it to Christmas Eve morning brunch, so now we make a 13 by 9 pan, so we have enough for our Christmas morning the next day.

Our temps lately have been in the 40s, so we currently have no snow. The header image is from a different year, but it is what the flower garden would look like if there was snow. It gets cold, the river freezes, but then it warms up again and the ice melts.

The dog picture is from 2013. That February, we got a lot of snow and it took Gary forever to blow the snow on the driveway. I was glad no one had to go anywhere that day, because our cars weren’t going anywhere.

Spring is springing!

The grass is greening up and the chives are growing in the garden. The trees have buds, but are a long ways from leaves, though. It always takes so long here next to the lake. The tulips on the south side of the house have buds, but they haven’t started changing color yet. I get so impatient! The temperatures are trying to warm up, but it seems the warmest days have coincided with days that I have to work, so I don’t get to enjoy it outside or by having windows open at home! I’m sure one of these days it will work out!

Too much winter!

After 15 inches of snow on January 28th, then we had the polar vortex and we hibernated in our homes and at work followed by 2 days of freezing rain and snow. Now everything is icy and wet. What gets thrown at us now – cold air and enough wind to warrant a wind chill advisory. So, the ice is going to be with us for a while!

On February 3rd, we went to Chicago to see Hamilton for the 2nd time and we had such a great audience, and Tamar Greene was such a GREAT George Washington, that the 2nd was a wonderful experience. This audience clapped and cheered more, as the play unfolded.