Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Bright New Day

First of all I have to say, I'm totally well from my fall and feeling energetic and ready to start baking for the holidays. I have to give another big thanks to Jill (Grandma Honey) for being interested enough as to why they wouldn't wrap my ribs, to look up the answer on the internet. In 1990 they did a research on wrapping and found out that it did absolutely no good and could even do harm. Also, they recommended that patients with rib problems do deep breathing. I had been avoiding this as it really did hurt. I started right away and within four days I could totally breathe deeply without pain. Each day I improved so much so that now I am back to normal, my normal at any rate. I just wish I could do something so simple to make me lose my back pain and make my legs stop hurting. Oh well, I have learned to live with these problems.

Dick turned on our large freezer Sunday evening and I am ready to go. If I don't start in November, I won't have enough cookies to fill the Christmas boxes. I hate to start thinking about Christmas before Thanksgiving, but as long as I am feeling well enough, I'm going to start tomorrow. I made one batch of peanut butter cookies (Dick's favorite) but I tried a new recipe (you know me, I love to try new ones) but I am not too crazy about them so am going to go back to the old originals. Everyone seems to love them best anyway, and they always turn out for me.

We are also going to get started soon on Dick's Danish pastry. That is a huge job, but fortunately for me, all I do is make the Danish dough and he does all the rest. Dick used to work for a baker and paid for his college education doing that. He used to make 80 pies a day, along with a lot of other things. It was always in his blood anyway as his dad was a baker and his grandfather was a baker. They both had their own bakeries and when his dad was in the Navy, he baked huge cakes for V.I.P.s. We have pictures of some of them and I wish now that I knew how to put them on this blog, but Dick doesn't even have those on the computer. He was never close to his dad as he left his mom for another woman and Dick hardly ever saw him all the time he was growing up, but his grandfather really took the place of his dad and Dick's love for him is enormous. He looks up to him as being the perfect roll model. I think he wanted to be close to him all the time, so he was around the bakery even as a small boy.

We are going to Heather and Matt's for Thanksgiving. Matt is Sue's oldest son, the one who has Sue's darling grandchildren, whose pictures appear often on Sue's blog. It was a wonderful surprise to find out that Sue and all of her family, except for daughter Karin and husband Bob, are going to be there too!! That will be so neat because that means that we will be spending both Thanksgiving and Christmas with the Andersons. This is definitely a first for us. There are going to be so many people there, over 20 as Heather is having all of her side of the family plus a couple of friends too, so it should be a merry place!!

I'd best get back to work. I am cleaning out our kitchen pantry. We donated a lot of canned goods as our ward is doing that this month. It will all go to a local food pantry for the homeless. It's a good cause and now that I have so much more space in my pantry, I can really make it look nice. Another reason I wish I could take pics and post them the same day. I am almost finished but took some time out to do my weekly post. Hope all of you had a good week and that the coming one will be a good one for all. My love to you...........


  1. I bet your home is going to be the most heavenly smelling place on earth! You will be a very busy lady but I know your family will appreciate all that work. How fun to be spending both holidays with all those cool folks. It's always great to have a bit of chaos at this time of year. Then we can sit back and enjoy the peaceful months of Jan. and Feb..and here where it's cold it give us time to hope for the warmer months to arrive soon! I'm glad you are feeling so much better, just don't overdue too much!

  2. I am so glad you are feeling better, Mom. And I think Jill is a hero(ine)!


  3. I'm so glad you're feeling better! And oh, how I wish I could bake with you. It's so much more fun when you have company.

  4. I am do happy to hear that you are all well, sweet Darlene. I am so hungry for goodies now that I read your post. My mouth watered with every word about yummies. Happy baking. Hugs

  5. Hi Darlene, Sue told me that you still couldn't leave a comment on my blog. Did you try the Anonymous identity. It seemed to work last time. Maybe try it again.

    If you see my picture twice on your followers it's because I thought that I had forgotten to join as your blog didn't show up in my list when you posted. I'll have to check that up to see if I missed it. It's difficult with so little time and so many blogs to keep up.

    I'm so glad that you are all better and are back to normal. I wish that I was close by to sample your cookies. Have a great day and don't over do it. Hugs. JB

  6. I read this before my little trip but I wanted to come back today and comment. I've been thinking about you and SO HAPPY you are doing better!!!

    I loved reading about your husband's upbringing and how his Grandpa basically took the place of his Dad. What a difference that apparently made in this life. Makes me realize how powerful a good example can be.

    What a busy and happy Thanksgiving you will have this year!! Don't work too hard.

  7. I am so happy you are feeling better. If you are up and ready to make cookies that is a sure sign you are doing well. I am really glad to hear about the reason for not putting a wrap around your ribs. I can see that this makes sense. I like learning a little bit more about your hubby.
    Your holidays sound fun. We are going to Missouri for Thanksgiving with oldest daughter and the next oldest daughter is coming up too. At Christmas time our youngest daughter and her family are coming. It will be a busy time this year. I am excited by it all. I guess I had better get busy making cookies too.
    Thanks for a fun read; sending you some hugs!

  8. So glad you're feeling better. I'm secretly hoping you'll share some fabulous recipes with us.