Thursday, February 21, 2013


With 8 inches of fresh snow last night - I have a little confession.  I can be a pain the neck in the wintertime.  This isn't anything new - I have been this way all my life.  It's like a disease.  I get bored really quick.  Maybe you are  like me and like to be doing something all the time.  Let me clarify:  not deep cleaning my house which I should be doing.  I miss seeing the garden out the kitchen window and playing in it.  I want to do a flower arrangement with my own flowers. It will be nice to set up a tea in the Beatrix Potter Garden.  I live in a typical house in a typical subdivision - but I love my little garden....

In the winter, we have time to bake and cook more.  Thank goodness there are cookbooks to read and heat in the kitchen is welcomed!

The other night, as my husband watched the boom boom of "Pearl Harbor" (movie) I started reading a copy of Laura Child's new book "Sweet Tea Revenge" and in the first chapter there was already a murder.  This book is the type that is hard to get started and then hard to put down !  I feel honored to receive this unproofed copy of the newest tea murder mystery from  Laura so I have a responsibility to read it-so more about that later. 

Today I am sharing some Jalapeno Cornbread which I made last night:  2 cups self-rising corn meal, 3 eggs beaten, 1 can of cream style corn, 2/3 cup of cooking oil, 1 cup buttermilk, 1 cup grated cheddar cheese, 1 small can diced jalapenos.

Instead of the jalapenos, I used 1/2  jar of Trader Joe's Corn & Chile Salsa I was given for Christmas.  It has the perfect amount of "hot".

Mix the above ingredients and pour into a well greased pyrex dish or pan 8" x 12"....bake at 375 degrees 35-45 minutes or till brown.

This meatless rice dish might interest you too:  Curried Egg and Broccoli over rice:  1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1 can cream of chicken soup, 7-8 sliced hard boiled eggs, 2 cups milk, 1/2 stick of butter, 2 cups slightly cooked broccoli, 1 Tb curry powder, salt and pepper.  Combine all in large saucepan and heat - serve over cooked rice

What sort of things do you do in the winter to keep from being bored?   Today is Open House and if you are a blogger, I hope you will link below something about your home, castle, cabin, cottage or farm.  Perhaps you could tell us what you do to get through the winter months!

I am also linking this post to: HOME and Home and Garden and Thursday and Share Your Cup Thursday and Home Sweet Home and Show and Tell Friday


kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I hope you had a wonderful birthday, Bernidenn! It looks like you have lots of good reading to do. I love reading cookbooks. Thank you for hosting your party.

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for hosting!!!
Hope you have a great weekend - curled up - reading!

relevanttealeaf said...

Eight inches of snow - Wow! I read the storm was heading from Denver to Chicago. Fortunately we're only supposed to get a small backlash.
I love to read cookbooks too - it helps to cure the winter doldrums! I just posted about a wonderful new book I purchased.
When was your Birthday, Bernideen? Did I miss a post about that? Happy belated b-day!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Laura Child's new book must have just came out, did it? I'm almost through her Tea Shop Mysteries and I will need another one to read. So, this is a good thing!

We have had storm after storm here on the Island and I am so looking forward to March when it will be the last of it.
I too live in a typical house in a typical subdivison and usually in the wintertime, I do a lot of cooking, baking, and reading. This year has been different what with all my ailments. It's been a difficult year so far. But there will be better days ahead!

Thanks for hosting; love your china.


Sarah said...

Winter would be difficult for me if I lived where there was lots of snow. I'd never leave the house.
Happy Birthday! ~ Sarah

NanaDiana said...

I am like you. I feel like a caged tigress when I am housebound with all the bad weather. I need to be out and about. I am anxiously awaiting Spring. We have another big dump of snow coming tonight, too- UGH...xo Diana

Beth said...

The two things that keep me busy,normally, are walking the dogs at the shelter, and working in the garden. I'm really getting bored with this winter weather. I do like to read, work out, and bake (and be on the internet) but I don't want to sit all day. I crave spring!!!
As of 2:30 pm we have not yet gotten any snow but it's on its way. I do appreciate the moisture as we've been in severe drought.
Hugs, Beth

Michele said...

I love winter, but nearly no one I know does, so you aren't alone in your thinking!

In fact I prefer winter over the heat of late summer, yuck, hate hate hate being super hot.

I miss fresh produce and flowers, for sure, so I am with you on that one!

TY for your recipes and ideas for meatless dishes - we don't eat meat on Fridays, Lent or no.


Michele said...


Sorry I am late wishing you a very happy belated birthday!

Hope your year is filled with joy, laughter, sunshine (ha) and good health.


Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I get antsy like you Bernideen. How lucky to receive Laura's new book, I have it preordered for my ereader.

Anonymous said...

Hi Bernideen! Oh, I get bored too and have to play. I don't enjoy the cleaning I should be doing either! Well, I love your sweet snaps and the cornbread looks good. I'll have to try the rice dish - sounds very tasty.
Thanks for popping in to see me and thanks for hosting your party!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Unknown said...

Hi Bernideen! Thank You for hosting the this point of winter and with more snow expected tomorrow the things that keep me away from going nuts is cooking and thinking that soon this all will be over. I linked a chocolate dessert (my #1 survival item for winter) and snapshots of what I'm looking forward in the next few signs of spring! Have a beautiful end of the week!
Lizy @

My Little Home and Garden said...

Hello, Bernideen
I, too, enjoy a good cozy mystery every now and again. As for winter, I really like days like today; the sky was blue and the sun was shining. A group of us went snowshoeing, which was a new thing for me to do and I enjoyed it very much; it was a cold day, but we stayed warm.(I also have my Sunlit Sunday meme, just to keep the grey days at bay.)

Nellie said...

We typically don't have a very severe winter here. There is always a stack of books for me to read in case we find ourselves snowbound, though.

Carolyn said...

I have yet to read any of those books but I must have a look for them.
I have the same chintz pattern but the teapot is a different shape from mine.

Thank you for hosting,

Marilyn Miller said...

I have a difficult time with winter too. I read, play alot on the computer, bake, and between the rain clouds I sneak outside to search for Spring with my camera. I saw an ad for this book and have already put it on my mental list to get, it does sound good.

Kathy said...

That's kind of the way I have felt like these past few days with endless rain - more tomorrow - I have some craft projects to start - cleaning always - lovely posts - can't wait to visit - I appreciate you hosting - reading Laura Child's book to ;)

Antiques And Teacups said...

I do a lot of reading, and have enjoyed the tea room mysteries. I am starting to cook everyhting from scratch because of allergies, so it takes up more time when I can't be outside. Thanks for hosting!

Lady Linda said...

I'm totally with Michele about liking winter! I only get tired of the rain here in Oregon if it drags on into spring. I wish we would get more snow. I enjoy having time to quilt and craft in the winter. I do love to garden too but enjoy the time inside during winter. My Etsy really keeps me from getting bored too!
Think spring dear friend.

Angela McRae said...

I do much more baking in the wintertime too. And Bernideen, because of you and your mention of those berry puddings, I just went and bought that magazine you recommended!

Mary Bergfeld said...

Your cornbread sounds delicious and you've made the book sound like a must read. Our weather is wet but not the type that keeps us housebound in the winter, so boredom is not a problem here. I'm lucky because I am by nature a restless soul. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

Shabby Brocante, Karen said...

Thanks for hosting. I hope you have a great weekend. Reading and tea...ahhh! Sounds wonderful!

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Bernideen, I too am such a lover of the garden. I have a large window in our family room and it's such a joy to look out and see blooms. Now all I am seeing is white. We must hold on. Spring will come! lol! I make a jalapeno bread, but the cornbread sounds yum. I missed the party last week because we were out of town. I will be by this week. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

The Charm of Home said...

What beautiful chintz ware! Love it! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!