Presidents on a Teapot – 1966

LBJ is the last president printed on it.

My friend Joanne give me teapot.

Monday February 15 is Presidents Day-clickHistory here

The date imprinted on the bottom of the teapot is 1966. Not sure if newer versions of Presidents on a teapot exist.

What’s your Word of the Year? and Why? A Guest Blog

Guest blog with credit to Colleen and JB

Do you pick one word or phrase as your focus for the upcoming new year? Choosing a word can work as a meaningful guide throughout the year and be a compass for your goals.

Old friends Colleen and JB live far from one another, but for the past several years they meet on January 1st via telephone for their annual “summit”. They discuss their goals and dreams for the future. They come prepared with lists, notes, ideas for “word of the year” as well as a glass of champagne to make an optimistic toast.

The discussion always includes the usual topics like diet and exercise goals and often include budget/debt worries, creative ideas and travel plans. They bring their calendars to plan out a few trips to see one another (well, not this year!). It’s really refreshing to share a friend’s dreams and commit in writing to creative projects or specific action plans. They talk again frequently to check in on progress and offer support.


This year’s words:

Colleen ~ BREATHE. It’s been a stressful year with more to come, and the isolation has her wound up tight. Family health issues are all consuming and make her feel like a little helpless. Big on her action list are meditation, creativity as a release, and taking a good deep breath often.

JB ~ GRACE. Adopted from a book by Melanie Dale Calm the H*ck Down acronym “Gratitude, Read, Adapt, Create, and Engage.” All needed right now to navigate through this unusual and unknown territory ahead.

Colleen’s Summit Prep
JB’s table
JB’s sister starts the new year with a new box of chocolates
Colleen’s black-eyed peas and bacon soup

*Editors Note:If you need inspiration to find a word for the year you can click here to get to a list of 150 possibilities at Happiness is Homemade

Onion Marmalade and Homemade Fruitcake to Start the New Year

Two kinds of onions and NOT a family recipe! The onion marmalade was included in a Christmas goody box sent from Massachusetts made by Eileen. Linda was on fruitcake production. That ones a recipe held close. See the loaf wrapped in a rum soaked cloth. Homemade gifts are the best.

I had to write to ask the best way to use the onion marmalade as it was new to me. When my sister read the proposed list, she suggested The chips and dip option. I had a vat of sour cream on hand, can always count on Steve to provide the chips and couldn’t have been easier! Or tastier!

Method? Stir in. Eat. If you have leftover, it’s even better the next day.

No questions necessary to inquire how to savor the fruitcake. Thank you friends.

Joanne Baked Her Fruitcake Cookies Today

Fruitcake Part 2

Tuesday’s post was Joanne’s Fruitcake recipe and a photo of a few ingredients. i asked people if they were fruitcake fans.

Monday night I’d texted Joanne, asked if she had a photo of her fruitcake cookies I could include in the post. She responded after I went to bed and said if I’d wait a day she bake them.

I woke up this morning, saw her response and here are her photos. Thank you, Joanne.

Joanne’s been baking this recipe since the 80’s

Ornament Sparks Memories

I received the loveliest email from friends Rob and Mary in Florida. Their tree was up and decorated and they were talking about where different ornaments came from. Rob sent me this photo he took of a Santa I gave them years ago when we all lived in Kentucky and our boys were in school together. Rob has been featured as a pie judge*and also in the gallery of veterans I post annually. Thank you for writing and sending the photo. ❤️

Do you have any ornaments that evoke happy memories?

*Here’s Rob as a pie judge