Friday, April 1, 2011


~ Things that are making me smile today ~

  • Quite possibly my new favorite bread for toasting.  Recipe here.
  • Last night's quick, but tasty dinner which hit the spot on a cold and damp night.  Recipe here.
  • Another new recipe that proved to be not only tasty, but low fat.  Gotta love that.  The closest I could get to a direct link found here.

  • The return of blue skies after a gray and gloomy week.
  • Birdsong in the morning.

  • Rainbows on the ceiling.

  • Rhubarb.  I planted it last year and was convinced the heat had done it in.  Guess what ... it's back.  Woo Hoo!  Wonder if I'll get enough to make a strawberry-rhubarb pie with?  Can anybody tell me how I know when it's ready to be cut?

  • Cutting the first knock-out rose of the season and pairing it with a few grape hyacinths which will always, always remind me of my mom.  Hi mom!!

  • Having a head full of curlers when the garage door repairman rings the doorbell.  Oops, no, April Fool's ... that one didn't exactly make me smile.  I think I set a record for pulling those babies out and tossing them on the counter while running for the door.  Ever notice how when they say between 9:00 and 11:00 it's always 9 when you're not quite ready and 11:00 when you are?

  • A cheery picture on my calendar ... that also matches my kitchen ... and was free from the local power company ~ no fooling :), ;), =)
What's making you smile today?


  1. Your sweet post made me smile...that bread made my tummy growl, I will have to go check that out. ;D

  2. You won't believe this!!!! I just took a strawberry rubarb pie out of the oven! Really! I took pics of it for a Foodie Friday post.
    How funny is that?? I love them!
    Sometimes in the grocery store, they act like I'm speaking in a forgein language when I ask "where is your rubarb"? lol
    Your pics are beautiful. The sun is shinning here today. Yeah!!

  3. Such cheery pictures and words that you have shared! Gotta love those "curlers"...mine are pink! We are planning to add "knock-out" roses to our yard! I don't know much about them...but it seems that they bloom forever! Happy April to you! Hugs ♥ Teri

  4. First of all, do NOT cut your rhubarb. Pull the stalk off the plant that you wish to harvest. It should release right at the base. Cutting promotes rotting. You don't want that.

    Your post is making me grin. I've found a great recipe to try for my new bread machine except I don't have that setting so I'm fuzzy about what to do. The soup could work here if I used the immersion blender for some of the ingredients. The lowfat recipe links to comments somewhere that don't seem pertinent. Is that your April Fool's joke? It might just be Blogger's.

  5. Vee:
    Thanks for the important rhubarb information. I didn't know that, but will keep the scissors away from the plant.
    As for the low fat link. I wasn't able to link directly to the post (I think because this blog doesn't title posts and I couldn't bring it up). Instead these are the comments for said post and I thought by clicking on "show original post" it would take you to the low fat chicken recipe. Very roundabout way to get there, but it was the only thing I could think of.

  6. I love this post! Nice and cheerful! All your pictures are here were great! The bread recipe is going in my recipe box.

    What makes me happy today....That it is Friday of a very long, crazy work week for me :)!

  7. Nice post, Kim:-)
    Rhubarb already? How lovely! I love rhubarb and if I had some I would add it to my homemade yoghourt.

  8. Yum, that bread recipe sounds delicious with all the seeds. I'd need the non-machine instructions though. (No bread machine here.) Glad you are having a smiley kind of day!!

  9. Your post made me smile today. : ) Homemade toasted raisin bread for breakfast did too.

    I love rhubarb and make rhubarb cobbler. It's great that you have grown some of your own. It is quite expensive to buy.

  10. Love this post and your photos! You are so right about the getting ready and waiting or not being ready and here they are! Always, always happens to me!! Have a great weekend.

  11. Indeed a lovely post that gave me a smile as well♥

  12. Hi Kim, I haven't been over here in a while. It's been a crazy week or so around here. I just read your post about stepping out of your comfort zone, trying new things, inviting new people over. We just had friends over last nite -- I ordered yummy sandwiches from a local bakery and then made two salads and baked brownies for dessert with ice cream. I didn't have to stress out with making everything from scratch and made simple things that always turn out perfectly. You know, one year, friends and I got together for Thanksgiving and instead of the traditional holiday meal, we set up a sandwich station. That was a lot of fun as everyone got to serve themselves and make what they like. Add a potato and green salad as a side, an easy dessert like cobbler or strawberry shortcake and you are good to go. If you like different types of salads, I have a couple of really good ones. Looks like the weather is gorgeous in your part of the country. Enjoy the weekend. Tammy

  13. Guess I'm going to be a copy cat.... but your sweet post made me smile big time.
    The bread.....? Yummy!

    Rhubarb..... never tasted it....ever. Must be a Texas thing.

    Love your pictures!

  14. Wow! Quite a lot of cooking going on!
    I'm jealous of your spring photos. It's cold and grey here.
    What's making me smile today: the 2-week Easter break that begins in two weeks from now.

  15. Those things make me smile too...and hopefully your back is feeling better too to make you smile. My husband's is doing great now! He has been really consistent with the exercise! Amen!

  16. ...forgot to say...I cant wait to try that bread makes me smile! :)

  17. Your photos are making me smile this morning Kim,... I have always wanted to plant rhubarb. The curlers story was so cute, and I have had similar situations
    Enjoy the awakening of spring, I am too.

    Thank you for your sweet thoughts and prayers for Will. Sue

  18. Those things would make me smile, too!I'm smiling over spending time with my grandgirls in TN and then coming home to azaleas in full bloom!

  19. You make me smile, Kim...
    Strawberry rubarb pie reminds me of my mother. She loved that pie. Sorry I'm no help as to when to pick the rubarb. Loved your photos.


  20. The last question on your beautiful blog post today, says,"what makes you smile today?" I would have to say the visit I had here which included smiles as I thought of you whipping out the curlers, and as I realized you just shared some great sounding recipes with us. Thank you for it all.


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