Monthly Archives: December 2014

Ocean Backdrop

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, we went to the Outer Banks Saturday and drove up on the beach in search of wild horses. They’re more difficult to spot in cooler weather, so when we saw a couple on one of the “back roads”, we thought  that might be our quota for the day.

But then we saw a few horses on one of the dunes, and, finally, we were in the right place at the right time, and saw four by the water.

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Just to show that things aren’t always as they seem, doesn’t it appear that this horse is rising up out of the sand?

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No, he was just getting back on his feet after a relaxing rollover. The horses tend to just stand for long periods of time, so it’s a treat to see them in action.

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This beauty is showing off her winter coat. My horse knowledge is limited, but doesn’t it appear that a little one may be on the way?

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As I’ve said many times, it’s always a thrill to see any of the Corolla wild horses, but especially so when the ocean is their backdrop.

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(This makes two subsequent posts about horses. I promise a different subject tomorrow.)

~These Days Of Mine~

She’s On FB!

Saturday, Motor Man and I took a day trip to the Outer Banks. Along the way, we stopped (as we usually do) to give Aggie, the horse, some treats.

Aggie’s place was decorated for Christmas!

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I gave her some apple slices, and Motor Man and I headed to the beach, where we saw a few wild horses….(blog post coming soon).

And, coming home that afternoon, we once again stopped to see Aggie and share the remaining apple with her.

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Patience is obviously not Aggie’s strongpoint.  She made me laugh when she nuzzled my arm, letting me know I wasn’t getting the apple slices out of the bag quickly enough.

It’s always a little sad to leave Aggie…

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Bye, girl! See you next time! Happy New Year!

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*By the way, I had been posting pictures of Aggie for quite some time on an Outer Banks Vintage Scrapbook Facebook page. When I posted one from our stop on Saturday, someone commented that Aggie should have her own Facebook page.  And, by the next morning, she did! If you’d like to be an Aggie fan, click here to like her page:

And if you happen to be passing by, she loves apples.

~These Days Of Mine~

‘Twas Christmas

As expected, our Christmas was low-key, spent with “kin folk” and kitties.  Here are a few pictures from the day:

Sundae proves that it isn’t just children who are bright-eyed on Christmas morning.

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After breakfast at our house with Marshall, Motor Man and I stopped at the shop to see what Santa brought Gypsy.

A crinkle tunnel? For me? But I think I like that squeaky mouse-on-the fishing-pole toy over there better.

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Later, a visit with my sister, June and niece, Barb.  June’s kitty, BJ, joined us for a photo. (Actually, we joined her for the photo.)

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We had a few minutes to catch our breath later in the afternoon, then off to dinner with Motor Man’s family.

Marshall visited again that evening for our gift exchange and annual Christmas family photo, of which Sundae wanted no part.

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Although we didn’t travel far to see everyone, we stayed busy, and by the end of the day, Sundae wasn’t the only one looking tired.

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How would you describe your Christmas day? Quiet and relaxing?  Fun, but hectic?  Were you plumb-tuckered out by evening?

~These Days Of Mine~

Christmas Around Town

While out looking at Christmas lights in our little town on the Eve of Christmas Eve, we spotted this sweet display.

The beautifully done nativity at our local Baptist church.

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And, on a nearby lawn, a real, live Charlie Brown tree… more sweetness.

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In another neighborhood, my kind of Santa and sleigh: one pulled by a horse.

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We returned home as fog was rolling in over the marina.

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Today will be busy into the evening as we visit and celebrate with our families, so there may not be a post tomorrow.

Merry, Merry Christmas to all of you from all of us: Motor Man, Marshall, Sundae, Gypsy and me.

~These Days Of Mine~

It Just Needs A Little Snow

Once again today, I’m sharing another of my favorite Christmas songs. Those of you who have been following my blog for awhile may remember that I’ve shared this one before.

What a fun ride this would be. (I think perhaps I’d add a little falling snow.)

Happy Christmas Eve!

~These Days Of Mine~

Fats’ Frosty

I figure that, right about now, most of you are way too busy to read a lengthy blog post.

And seeing that I’m way too busy to write a lengthy blog post, today and tomorrow, I’ll share a couple of my very favorite Christmas songs.

Today: Fats Domino’s rendition of Frosty The Snowman.

So, how about it? Got those toes tapping? Thought so.

Happy Christmas Eve Eve!

~These Days Of Mine~

Bet You Can’t Eat Just One (Handful)

Saturday, I posted this as my Facebook status: ” Christmasy Saturday at home with my honey….making sweet and spicy pecans, listening to Christmas music”.

A couple of my FB friends commented and asked for the recipe. So I decided that I would really shock everyone by posting two, yes, two, recipes in less than a week.

And if you think the cookbook page for the Applesauce Cake recipe showed signs of use, how about this?

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A close-up. I definitely have to read between the lines around the splotches.

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This recipe is made by coating pecan halves in a spice blend, so the first part of the recipe lists the ingredients for the blend.

Sweet and Spicy Blend

2 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
4 teaspoons dried ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom*
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Store in an airtight container. Makes 6 tablespoons.
*A 2-ounce jar of ground cardamom will cost $8; you can use cinnamon in its place.

Sugar And Spice Nuts
Prep: 15 minutes. Bake 55 minutes

Use 1 pound of your favorite combination of raw nuts
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon Sweet Spice Blend
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg white
1 tablespoon water
1 pound pecan halves*

Combine first three ingredients in a medium bowl. Set aside.
Beat egg white and 1 tablespoon water in a medium bowl, using a handheld egg beater or a wire whisk, until foamy. (No liquid should remain.) Add pecans, stirring until evenly coated.
Add pecans to sugar mixture, stirring until coated. Place pecans in a single layer on a buttered 15×10 inch  jelly-roll pan (cookie sheet).
Bake at 275 degrees for 50 to 55 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread immediately in a single layer on wax paper, cool completely.
Store in an airtight container.
Makes about 5 cups
*Substitute whole almonds or walnut halves, if desired.

This is how I package the Sweet and Spicy Pecans for gifts; each container holds about a cup.

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…and I have a few leftover.

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(And enjoy….they’re so good!)

~These Days Of Mine~