Saturday, October 23, 2021

Small Things - October 23, 2021

 "Life is not, for most of us, a pageant of splendor, but is made up of many small things, rather like an old fashioned piecework quilt. No two people have the same, but we all have our own, whether it be listening to Beethoven's fifth with a beloved friend, or seeing a neighbor at the back door with a basket of white dahlias. Or after a long, hard day, having the family say, "That was a good supper."


In no particular order, here are six small things that inspired me this week.

1. Does anyone remember the Ideals seasonal and holiday publications? My grandmother had many copies, but as a child they didn't really hold a lot of interest for me.  There are a number of them available at The Archives, and I've been reading through the Thanksgiving editions this week. I've copied down several of the sweetest poems and read some delightful essays. If you're looking for something warm and cozy to read on a cool, rainy afternoon, I'd suggest spending some time in them.

2. If you've been hanging around here long enough, then you know I have a fondness for cartoons. They are a comfort to me at times, beckoning me back to the days when Saturday mornings from 8-12 were a reprieve from the world.  While I do subscribe to Boomerang through my Prime membership, there are some lovely cartoons to be found on You Tube as well. If you have littles in your life, pour some warm milk and maybe some freshly baked cookies and and enjoy!

Guess How Much I Love You
Based on the book by Sam McBratney, this cartoon is one of my favorites!  The beautiful illustrations come to live on the screen, and are just so sweet and lovely!

- Autumn's Here
- Autumn Warmth
Playing in the Autumn Leaves

3. And if you enjoyed those, here are a few others.  

Little Bear
Based upon the Little Bear books by Elsa Homeland Minarik, another beautiful children's book, come to life!

Clever Cricket / Leaves / Big Bad Broom
The Rain Dance Play / Your Friend, Little Bear / Fall Dream

4. I made these Chocolate Cayenne Cookies on Thursday and I absolutely LOVE them! I will tell you that I opted for 3/4 tsp. of cayenne, but something I've noticed is that they get a bit spicier the longer they sit. So I'd suggest 1/2 tsp. the first time. I've got my eye on these next, Maple Bacon Cookies, perhaps I'll make them today!

5. After coming to the conclusion some months ago that my coffee creamer was what was causing some of my gastro-intestinal problems, I've been looking for alternatives.  I've been making some simple syrups, and while they taste wonderful they are loaded with sugar! Then this week I came across this recipes for Snickerdoodle Coffee Creamer and I'm going to give it a try! I also found several other recipes, including Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer, here.

6. This time last year my husband and I were in the van and traveling the east coast.  We were in Woodstock, Vermont around this time, truly one of the most beautiful little towns I've ever visited. I came across this book, Hill Song, A Country Journal at the Archives this week.  It is set on a farm in Vermont and I'm looking forward to reading it.

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