Friday, January 7, 2022

Things are chugging along and a new toy

 Well here we are well into 2022 and things are just chugging along as per usual - thank goodness. We're all healthy, we've got good food to eat and the weather is just about perfect. So far we haven't done much in the way of dismantling Christmas. We're still enjoying the cheerful twinkle lights of our trees, but yesterday our outside lights came down until next year.

On New Year's Day we had a traditional dinner of baked ham, black-eyed peas, collards, rice and cornbread and boy, was it great. A large meal like this is best served mid-day (2pm-ish) we think and gives us plenty of time to digest while putting away leftovers, cleaning up the kitchen and dishes. I tried to do a bit of decorating to make the table more New Year's and less Christmas. 

New Year's Meal and spruced-up table.

7.5# shank potion ham waiting to be turned into leftovers -YAY.

The ham came out great and it's such a treat to cook one and have several packages of ham in the freezer for good meals in the future.

Ok, what is this new toy you were talking about?  A Colorado brand 9' Pontoon boat for rowing around on our lake. Wow! It went together quite easily and we'll all look forward to getting a little fresh air and exercise on our 9 acre lake. It's amazing how different it looks from water level as opposed to our deck level.

He's trying it out first.
Heading toward the islands at the south end .

At rest at the dock. Should be fun!

Still baking cookies, the lemon/ginger/almond ones were very popular around here, so I made another batch of them. So good with a cup of hot tea after dinner. You use a lemon cake mix as the base and go from there. Tasty to say the least.

It doesn't make a lot, but they did fill up 2 cookie tins. ๐Ÿ˜

Another funny thing from my kitchen - I've always loved the longevity of Roma tomatoes, it almost seems like they can hang-out on the counter just pleasantly ripening up, but then you glance at it and see this - LOL!

Yikes! - Alien alert!


  1. New toys are always fun, I'm sure you'll get hours of fun on it. ๐Ÿ˜Š
    Oh my that ham supper looks wonderful. Happy New Year!

  2. That pontoon looks fun, are there fish in your lake?

    1. Yep, they stock the lake as needed each year, bass mostly. You guys made me so antsy to fish after your Pasha Cabins trip! I haven't been out in it yet, but have seen several vids on youtube about ppl adapting them for lake fishing.

  3. You were telling me about longing for a ham for the holidays, but I had no idea that you meant such a delicious looking chunk of meat you cooked. Very impressive. That pontoon kayak looks very stable in the water. How does Ed like it? I am all in for the cookies!!

    1. He's very pleased with the pontoon boat and just installed a ladder on the dock for easier entry. Our lake is stocked with fish, so now I just need to talk him into adding a fishing pole holder, haha. The ham was so succulent and yummy. Soon I'll need to cook up some more collards!