Cupcake Amongst the Roses

The pink blush roses in the canning jars, sat on the kitchen counter this morning. We spent the night due to the blowing snow and unplowed roads. We were having coffee and muffins, scrambled eggs at the farmhouse in Crestline.

There were cupcakes, baked by EB Cakes leftover from Saturday night’s anniversary party.

Untouched Vegetable Tray Transformed into Soup

Last Thursday I hosted book club. It starts at 7 so most people eat dinner before they arrive. The dark chocolate, the red grapes, the raspberry rugalach and roasted almonds were the preferred snacks. I ate a few pieces of the vegetable tray with some hummus but threw them all in a pot today with an onion (chopped) and a couple of garlic cloves. I debated chopping them up first but did it the lazy way. Added a can of tomatoes and a rind from the Parmegiano-Reggiano. Salt, pepper and a bottle of water. (The portable dishwasher was hooked up to the faucet) After it simmered awhile, the carrots cooked, I got out the immersion blender and then added canellini beans. A tasty soup on a snowy day.

Three Kings and Coffee with Friends

The three kings made it to the manger at my friends’ home. The Christmas/Epiphany spirit was still in full celebration this morning. What a lovely spread. I had coffee and cookies with milk poured from a cute cow pitcher. We caught up on our latest family adventures and remarked how quickly the grandchildren are growing.

It’s always good to enter a place where you are loved. Take time to connect with positive and kind friends.

Looks like I’m having coffee all by myself and now realize I should have made sure another cup was in view. This pic doesn’t tell the whole story.

Café at the Frick Delicious Dessert

After we viewed the amazing paper costume sculptures of the Isabell de Borchgrave; Fashioning Art from Paper exhibit, we ate at the Café at the Frick. Mary and I ordered the Creme Brûlée which was rich and delicious. The dessert menu credited Pastry Chef Chase Goumas.  We didn’t eat the pretty flower garnish but Mary arranged them on the table and I photographed them with my phone.

Taste of India after Dinner Sweets

Fennel seeds and hard sugar, like bits of sweet crystal, to finish our delicious dinner at Taste of India. I love the taste of licorice.

I looked up the name of these after dinner treats “used as digestive aid. and mouth freshener” Mukhwas

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mukhwas

The waiter gave me two little containers to take home.

Baking Sweet Potatoes in Cast Iron Skillet

Baking sweet potatoes in a cast iron skillet makes them extra delicious. These I cut in half as they were so big. A 400 degree oven. An hour or ’til fork inserted tells you otherwise.

The apples were added later. They were on my Wordless Wednesday this week and yes, that’s Irish butter in the center of each Granny Smith Half. No other seasoning.

Hungarian Nut Roll

Hungarian Nut Roll. A Pittsburgh Christmas tradition.

Hungarian Nut Roll video -Pittsburgh

https://youtu.be/mMQsI98tmEY

Post from five years ago 2013

Today Jaclyn and her sister Shannon baked nut rolls together, carrying on family tradition.

Their mother, Theresa, passed last February. (2013) This post is to remember Theresa, those who knew and loved her and to send hugs to Jaclyn and Shannon as they are missing their mom, especially at Christmas time.

Theresa was one of the four sisters in this slideshow (baking the pizelles)  showing the three sisters making nutroll in Pittsburgh- Linda, Georgeann and Theresa,  while the fourth sister Marlene communicated via SKYPE in Virginia.

You might remember the previous post of the 15 greased nut roll pans  where the retro recipe card is photographed in case you want to make them.

Marlene and I share grandchildren and her daughter Erika is married to my son Mark.

 

One of my favorite photos from long ago, taken by unknown photographer. Theresa, their mother Marion, Bride Linda, Marlene and Georgeann

https://rutheh.com/2013/03/01/a-mother-grandmother-sister-aunt-and-friend-remembering-theresa/