Saturday, May 18, 2013


Finally, it's spring in Vermont.  We love our flowers all the more for the wait.  Spring comes earlier in most of the other 49 states.  These are trilliums that grow wild in the woods.  It's against the law to pick them unless it's on private land.   

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Looking Back

Sometimes looking back helps us to appreciate the present.  This piece of farm machinery seems daunting to me compaired to my little Mantis tiller.  Can you imagine breaking sod this with rusty metal plow?

Monday, March 11, 2013

Healthy Chocolate-Almond Pudding Cake
40% less fat, 75% less saturated fat, 27% fewer calories than the
original recipe.
1 Cup of all-purpose flour
1/2 Cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup chopped almonds, toasted
1/4 Cup unsweetened baking cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup fat-free milk
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 Cup packed brown sugar
1/4 Cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1 3/4 Cups water
1.  Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray 8 inch square glass baking dish with cooking spray.  In medium blwl, mix flour, granulated sugar, almonds, 1/4 cup of cocoa, the baking powder and salt.  Stir in mlk, oil, vanilla and almond extract until blended.  Spread batter in pan.
2.  In 1-qurt saucepan, mix brown sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa with wire whisk.  Stir in water.  Heat just to boiling, stirring occasionally. 
Pour over batter.
3.  Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until center is set.  Cool 30 minutes
before serving.
4.  To serve, spoon warm cake into individual dessert bowls; spoon pudding from baking dish over cake.  Serve with ice cream.  Makes 9 servings.
Variation:  For a mocha-flavored dessert, add 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules to the batter mixture.
240 calories per serving.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Friends and Family

One way traffic only.

Sue and Marty are here for the weekend.  It's so nice to have family that we also consider our friends.  We spent the day roaming around our beautiful Vermont stopping at this covered bridge to take a few shots.  If you magnify this, you will see their cute little smiling faces peeking though the windows. 

This was taken inside the bridge looking out at the West River.  Every spring we put baby salmon in the river to grow up and spawn.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


On days like today I prefer to focus on something I love.  I love the color blue, sheep, yes even snow.  I also prefer to stay in my cozy, warm house to enjoy the view and not go trudging somewhere I don't belong.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Finally Some Sun

The sun peeked in and out this morning so I took a quick trip about town looking for something interesting to photograph.  I waited awhile to catch this shot.  The sun went under a cloud long enough for me to get a sunshine and shadow effect on Magic. 

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Cold, Clear Water

When I was a child, I remember playing in a creek just like this.  Even in the winter we waded in to our knees.  Back then I had high rubber boots that would keep my feet dry but certainly not warm.
One day I was testing the ice and fell in, right up to my neck.  I was on my way to catch the school bus.  I had to go home, change and get warm.  There was no one home so I was left to my own devices.  I didn't think it odd that my mom worked but just once in awhile I wanted her there.  Just a hug, that's all.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Back Windham Road

This road most reminds me of Bowbell Road in Greene, NY.  It's still dirt, sets high and has hedge rows of maples reaching for the sun.  It's almost time for sap.  It would be time in NY but here in Vermont, because of our high elevation, we tap a month later than there.
I am so glad I did this when I was young.  My physical strength is waning which makes this activity a thing of the past.  We live on memories as we age and this is one memory I'm thankful for.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Winter, Winter Go Away

Come again another day!
The East coast was blanketed with snow this week.  Thousands were without power.
I remember cross-country skiing in weather like this and loving the feeling of brushing against the snow-covered trees and it falling down my neck.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Cemetary Gate

The gate is open.  Does anybody want to come in?

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Forty three years ago my son Christian joined our family.
He was such a fun kid, always laughing and telling jokes.  Often I had to ask him to leave the dinner table because I was choking on my food.  He could perfectly immitate Bill Cosby and had every SNL sketch down pat.  "The Church Lady" was a favorite.  (unless it was during dinner) 
Chris has made quite a success of his life.  He married and added three beautiful daughters to my list of people to love.  I hold him close to my heart and cherish our time together.