End of year hunt

Our son-in-law, Dave, and grandson, Eli (10) took this opportunity to hunt on Sunnybook Farm.

We went from foggy to snowy in two days.

And rain in between.

So good to see father and son having this special time together. They were out in all kinds of weather, bonding.

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Inside Bob’s head

Almost exactly one year ago, Bob’s cancer reappeared. We were able to get it to back down with cancer medicine, but now it has reared up again.

There are issues throughout my husband’s body, but the first thing to address is one particular tumor in his brain. Quite soon this one will be removed in an operation and the others will be zapped with radiation. Eventually, medicines will be used to attack the cancer spots in his body.

Today we got to see a view of the inside of Bob’s brain and the issues he/we are facing.

The tumor affecting Bob’s speech will be taken out soon. Hopefully Friday morning. Bob will stay in the hospital until Monday and then come home again.

We are so lucky our children are so supportive. Too bad snowy weather can make their travels to be with us difficult.

We all have a positive outlook and more often than not you’ll find us laughing. Being positive, having great support, wonderful doctors and a good sense of humor will get us through these tough days.

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Meringue Kisses

I had extra eggs so I made Meringue Kisses today.

3 large egg whites

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

Pinch of salt

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Beat room temp. egg whites until frothy; add cream of tartar and salt; beat; add sugar a little at a time while beating to form stiff peaks; add vanilla.

I use silicone baking sheets. Drop a dollop of batter on sheets, leaving a bit of room between. They don’t really spread.

Bake at 275 F for 25 minutes. Cool a bit and remove from the sheets–I pick them up with my fingers and then put on the rack.

Enjoy.

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Cheese Blintzes

Over the holidays I like to make Polish pierogies like my grandmother used to make. She made all different kinds: plum, kraut, cheese, and more. My favorite was cheese.

I’ve made these a few times but found them to be a lot of work, even with Bob’s help.

I came across a recipe for blintzes while looking at Allrecipes.com. The cheese filling was very close to the pierogies I had eaten in the past so I thought I’d give it a try.

Pierogies have to be boiled before they are fried. Blintzes do not have this step.

This is the recipe I used.

I ended up not putting as much cheese mixture in my crepes so needed to make more crepes, but not more cheese.

They were yummy and ALMOST as good as pierogies. At least it didn’t take me all day to make two pans full.

The blintzes I made

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Snowstorm photos

I wandered around outside early December 1, taking in the beauty of our snowstorm. There wasn’t any wind and the temperature was about 32, so nice for winter/late fall. Here’s are some of my photos.

our home
Barn cats on front porch, actually out of the snow.
Photo shows snow blowing between them and camera.
Cat prints heading to the house.
Flowering crabtree
At the birdfeeder
Bob and Susan’s 46th-anniversary photo

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