Wednesday, April 21, 2021

For the Love of the Cup...

One of my high school classmates posted the question, "How many cups of coffee do you drink a month?" She got answers ranging from proud zeros to laughing --but kinda sheepish 100's. I added my comment that I drank coffee at least once a day because I loved to feel connected to all my friends and family, living and passed away, who delighted in a morning coffee! 

I felt odd at that reasoning... But then those dear faces and their steaming cups began to focus. My grandmother, Ma we called her, specifically taught me to drink coffee. She had a  beautiful collections of bone china teacups, and she poured them for us grandchildren with a delightful concoction of milk, sugar, and gradually more and more coffee ratio. Delightful! 

My grandfather, Paw-paw, and my other grandma, Gramma, never missed a morning with coffee and the newspaper at the kitchen table. I still have his ironstone cup that was created with no handles. He cradled it in his work-worn hands and seemed to drink in the warmth of that daily ritual. It holds my toothbrush and toothpaste, but I don't personally like its unusual, unglazed feel for drinking. 

My own parents drank coffee together every morning, and they brewed  a delightful silver-ish percolator every time a guest entered our door, day or night...  Coffee smells and sounds like hospitality! I had to get rid of that pretty percolator because it shocked me every time I touched it!!!!  It was tossed in a fit of overwhelm when the builders were here and my things were in total chaos.

Then there were my coworkers, teachers who daily  shared sessions of coffee and brainstorming together. I remember how the school board hurt the feelings of the older teachers when they decided to cut costs and require teachers to bring coffee from home/pay for our own. I always brought in my 5# even if my schedule wouldn't allow time for me to drink it...  

Coffee tastes so mellow from a thermos taken to a football game or auction.  Paw-paw drank his thermos in the sweltering hayfield. Now that's a coffee lover! I love the Tumblin' Tumbleweed coffee I order from Texas with their special label for my grandfather.

During this lockdown I make coffee for my son and me every morning. He says he learned to make and drink coffee at age 13 when he dubbed himself honorary coffee maker and server in the Cardiac waiting room as his grandfather (my dad) recuperated from coronary bypass surgery. 

Thanks to friend blogger Miss Merry, I ordered a few of these photo organizers, and I have three filled so far with photos, teas, and embroidery floss! Fun!

I enjoy my cup and think of the hundreds of cups shared with dear friends when they visited in my kitchen. Some stand out as real connoisseurs. (Paula, Patty, Karla, Nellie, Mr. Buster, and myself). I think of the delicious conversation and common ground shared. It must be a real love because I have made several junk journals with its theme.

I sometimes realize the dangers  of metaphorical connections. Sometimes a cup of coffee should just be a beverage, not a vessel for bridging the time/space continuum... I have a huge stash in my coffee cupboard---- too much really! 

But hey, check out  the 3 mugs I made with old photos of this house when Daddy began to save it, our old barn just about to crumble to the ground, and a July party in my gramma's kitchen over 50 years ago...  I also usually make a mug for each high school grad as my gift and several others with cherished photos (new grandma, special cousins, gardens and aunts...) . I really love to order them from Walmart.              

Whimsy and Hugs!

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Chilly Spring Cleaning Days

So... I guess everyone is enjoying the advent of Spring. We've had a few hot days, and Mom's redbud is really showing off! 

However, Winter made a reservation for a few nights in the low 30's this week. 

I have finally conquered the laundry room clutter and solved some storage issues. I purchased two of these from Walmart, and my son put them together with the shelf through the middle instead of the top since I do all my work rolling in an office chair. This is the stock photo, but I will share the whole room this week!

and several sets of these from Amazon... They are light weight and legal-sized. I like them because they are see-through and I can handle them better than the giant ones.

I will be so glad to get things protected and stored nicely.

I made this casserole tonight, and it was fabulous. I used the Burman hot sauce from Aldi but only about 3 Tablespoons. It had a little kick, but it was not very hot. I used frozen grilled chicken strips, so it was super easy. 

stock photo

Keto Buffalo Chicken Cauliflower Casserole

Keto Buffalo Chicken Cauliflower Casserole is a quick and easy low carb dinner recipe made with spicy buffalo chicken, cauliflower, and lots of cheese.
Keywordbuffalo chicken recipe, cauliflower casserole, keto buffalo chicken casserole
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
AuthorKat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell


  • 18 ounces Cauliflower approximately 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese softened
  •  cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • ¼ cup Ranch dressing
  • 2 Eggs
  • 8 ounces Cheddar cheese shredded
  • 12 ounces Chicken cooked and diced
  • 1 cup Celery chopped


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Remove the core from your cauliflower head and cut the florets into bite-sized pieces.
  • Blanch the cauliflower by placing it in boiling water for 3 minutes or steaming in the microwave until it is fork tender. Pat dry and set aside.
  • In a large bowl stir together cream cheese, hot sauce, ranch dressing and eggs.
  • Add the cauliflower, 4 ounces of cheddar cheese, chicken, and celery to the cream cheese mixture and toss until well coated.
  • Pour into a 11x7 inch casserole dish and sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until cauliflower is cooked through and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 372kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 730mg | Potassium: 390mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 840IU | Vitamin C: 32.1mg | Calcium: 264mg | Iron: 1.2mg

Whimsy and Hugs!

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Bunny Love

Well, How was Easter for all of you? We had a lot of fun here and really enjoyed the weekend. I made an old fashioned meatloaf, Asian salad, and green bean casserole with bunny (moose) tracks ice cream. 

We watched quite a bit of our three series... And we made two batches of beef jerky. The first batch was too hot/spicy for me, but this last one is great!

My friend sent us treats from a Keto Etsy shop.

I was able to enjoy a few days of glory from this gorgeous pink magnolia tree my parents planted before Jack Frost zapped the blossoms. 

My son... he has decided to bless me with roses! These were sitting on the kitchen table early Friday morning. 

Mr. Easter Bunny left a small stash for my son, too.  For one thing, I created him a Little Golden book of The Brothers Grimm in its native German. Little Red Riding Hood.  My son has been teaching himself German during the Pandemic with Duolingo. He is amazing!

I also made cards and a little bunny journal for a friend. I used a lot of images from My Porch Prints from Etsy. 

Let me know in the comments how you spent your Easter weekend. I hope you have a safe and happy April. 

Whimsy and Hugs!