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Fading glory

"Each New Year, we have before us a brand new book containing 365 blank pages. Let us fill them with all the forgotten things from last year—the words we forgot to say, the love we forgot to show, and the charity we forgot to offer.” - Peggy Toney Horton

As 2014 draws to a close, I hope to remember that nothing is wasted in nature. The orchid bloom pictured above will break down and make a rich soil from which a new blossom can come forth. Just so, each moment from years past can be used to build something better. Therefore, I choose to think of the rough moments in the past year as an opportunity for a better year to come.

Best wishes to you in 2015!

A holiday recipe for you

This week's  "Wordless Wednesday on Tuesday" wasn't published on Tuesday because for some reason my computer thinks today is tomorrow. Therefore when I scheduled the post for Tuesday, it went up on Monday. Why? Ask Blogger. Or Microsoft. Or someone smarter than me.

Also, this week's "Wordless Wednesday on Tuesday" isn't wordless because I want to share a killer-good recipe with you: a recipe for cranberry butter. It's like apple butter only better (IMHO). Even the jars make my mouth water, so along with the recipe I'm sharing a photo of my latest batch. It's a great way to save the seasonal cranberry for year-round sharing!


Crockpot Cranberry Butter
24 oz fresh cranberries, Rinsed & picked over
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cinnamon stick, (I used 2.)
1 c apple cider

1. Put all the ingredients in a crockpot and stir to combine well. Turn on high. Let it cook for about 2 hours or until the cranberries are soft.

2. Remove the cinnamon stick and puree the mixture in a food processor or, to make it even easier, use an immersion blender. Puree the cranberries very finely.

3. Force the cranberry puree through a mesh sieve or strainer. Push forcefully with the back of a spoon to get as much cranberry puree as you can. Discard the solids.

4. Pour the puree back into the crockpot. Turn the crockpot to high, and leave the lid ajar. Cook until thickened, approximately another 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

5. Put the cranberry butter into clean jars with tight fitting lids and let cool. Store in the refrigerator and consume within a month. Or, if you're handy with canning, process the jars so the butter will be available year-round.

Eat hearty!

Saint Mary's Basilica, Wilmington NC

(Just in case you haven't guessed from seeing how often image-in-ing features Wilmington NC... I love this place!! Wilmington is full of charm and history.)


Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington NC

Memorial to Civil War soldiers
Entrance to the Hebrew Cemetery
One of the many yellow fever victims found in Oakdale