We wish everyone a joyous celebration on this special day.
Today was the day for the BIG Easter egg hunt and grandson Bobby and granddaughter Ellie were all set.
Sampling treats found in the hunt was Ellie's favorite part — can you tell that she's a chocolate lover ?
Egg coloring was the next important event with help from Grandpa Grenville as it was Ellie's first time.
Ellie has as much color on her hands as on the eggs; Bobby is more experienced now.
All in an afternoon's fun . . .
It's that time of year — the Easter holiday which for us includes a road trip with several family visit stops. Our last "grand" road trip was post-Christmas, so we've been quite the home bodies the past several months. Nothing has been happening as far as interest in the house, which seems the same with other places too in our area. We figure that St Joseph (the statue) buried in the front yard for house-selling success may be waiting out the very long winter season this year — just like everyone else.
So on the road we go and checking out gas prices too . . .
This trip will include fun stuff with grandson Bobby and granddaughter Elizabeth, including an egg hunt and egg coloring — Ellie's first time. We may have to tell her not to drink the pretty colored water. We remember giving Bobby this same advice his first time; thankfully, some things may never change.
And, while we have had fun doing egg coloring at home, sans grandkids, it's WAY more fun doing it with these two.
What are your Easter plans ?
From Wikipedia: The advice "Don't kill the messenger" was first expressed (very obliquely) by Shakspere in Henry IV, part 2 (1598) and in Antony and Cleopatra: when told Antony has married another, Cleopatra threatens to treat the messenger's eyes as balls, eliciting the response 'gracious madam, I that do bring the news made not the match'. Prior to that, a related sentiment was expressed in Antigone by Sophocles as "No one loves the messenger who brings bad news".
Leftovers are great and while we both enjoy cooking, it’s nice when there’s extras for another meal, preferably NOT the next night.
Our recent pulled pork dinner was great as was the crockpot chicken stew two days later. We had invited friends to join us for both meals, but still had leftovers, we combined them for a different meal.
Both the pork and the chicken were already cooked; the pork was shredded and so we did the same for the chicken. This prep time was
relatively very easy.
Our new meal — pork and chicken burritos.
First, the oven was preheated to 375 degrees. Using a package of corn tortillas, Grenville added shredded pork in two and shredded chicken in another two, then rolled and folded both ends. Leftover sauce from the crockpot chicken was spread on the bottom of a baking dish and on top of the tortillas. This was all covered with
some a LOT of shredded cheddar cheese and oven-baked for 30 minutes. Coleslaw was leftover from another meal (finished in this one).
These were filling enough to only have one, so again leftovers for another meal, plus the extra tortillas made great breakfast wraps.
Do you have a favorite way to use certain leftovers ?
Folks in other parts of the country, especially in the Midwest and New England are getting hit with yet more winter snows. Other folks in neighboring southern states have gotten lots more rain, including the VA eastern shore where we live.
Here at The Frog & PenguINN on the VA eastern shore, we had very little snow, but MORE rain Sunday and Monday. First, there was a (very) light wet snow. Grenville’s shovel was ready on the back porch; the penguins were snow-dancing on the front porch.
As you can see, no shoveling was needed, the rains washed the snow away within a few hours.
Maybe that PA groundhog needs to find another gig cause his forecasting was WAY off this year.
That’s first word describes my feelings a couple of weeks ago as I picked up several reserved books at our local library. One of these, A Week in Winter, was the final novel written by Irish writer Maeve Binchy, who passed away unexpectedly in late 2012. Ms. Binchy was among my favorite authors; an earlier post had more details on her writings.
When her death was announced, there was also mention of this recently completed book, and months ago, I placed a library hold request and forgot about it. So, it was an unexpected delight that this one was waiting for me. A Week in Winter is full of Ms. Binchy’s trademark humor and characters you come to know all about — as if they’ve become good friends.
This book one was no exception.
Stoneybridge is a small town on the west coast of Ireland where everyone knows everyone. Chicky Starr returns home after spending 20 years in America, pretending she's been widowed by an American husband she never married. She plans to convert Stone House, an old mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, into a bed & breakfast seaside holiday resort. Her staff includes Rigger (bad boy turned good who becomes the house manager, marries and fathers twins) and Orla, Chicky’s niece who needing a lifestyle change, becomes an accomplished chef. After months of work, Stone House is ready for its first guests: John, the American movie star, who thinks he’s travelling incognito; Winnie and Lillian who were talked into taking a holiday together; Drs. Nicola and Henry, who have been shaken by seeing too much death; Anders, a young Swede, who hates his father’s business, but has a talent for music; Miss Nell Howe, a retired schoolteacher, who criticizes everything; the Walls, a contest entering couple, who are unhappy at winning a week’s stay at Stone House as first prize was a Paris stay; and Freda, the librarian, who is afraid her psychic visions have a way of coming true.
Binchy's stories are sketchier in this final work, than in previous books, perhaps due to a rush to complete this final book. Nevertheless, it was good to settle down for a final read with a favorite author one last time.
J.K. Rowling is best known for the Harry Potter series beloved by young and older readers alike. A Casual Vacancy is her first novel solely for adults. Its setting is Pagford, a suburban West Country town, and begins with the death of Parish Councillor Barry Fairbrother. Subsequently, a seat on the council is vacant and a conflict ensues before the election for his successor occurs. Factions develop, concerning whether to dissociate with a local council estate, “the Fields,” which Barry supported an alliance with. However, those running for a place soon find their darkest secrets revealed on the Parish Council online forum, ruining their campaign and leaving the election in turmoil.
This novel was not to my liking; I quit reading after only 3 chapters.
The Clifton Chronicles is Jeffrey Archer’s ambitious series of which the first two out of five books, Only Time Will Tell and The Sins of the Father, have been released. The third book, The Best Kept Secret, is due at the end of April.
Only Time Will Tell includes a cast of characters that span the Great War to the outbreak of the WW II, when Harry Clifton must decide whether to take up a place at Oxford or join the navy and go to war with Hitler’s Germany. From the docks of working-class England to the streets of 1940 New York City, it paves the way for future volumes, which will bring to life 100 years of history to reveal a family story.
The epic of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words “I was told that my father was killed in the war.” Harry never knew his father, a Bristol dock worker, but he learns about life on the docks from his uncle Stan, who expects Harry to join him at the shipyard once he’s left school. An unexpected gift wins Harry a scholarship to an exclusive boys’ school. As he enters adulthood, Harry learns how his father really died, but the truth only leads him to question, if he is the son of Arthur Clifton, a stevedore who spent his whole life on the docks, or the firstborn son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line.
In Sins of the Father, it is only days before Britain declares war on Germany. Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of a family scandal, and realizing he can never marry the woman he loves, Emma Barrington, has joined the Merchant Navy. When a German U-boat sinks his ship, Harry and a handful of sailors are rescued among them an American named Tom Bradshaw. When Bradshaw dies, Harry seizes a chance to bury his past, by assuming the man’s identity. But after landing in America, he learns his mistake, when he finds out what was awaiting Bradshaw in New York. With no way of proving his identity, Harry Clifton becomes chained to a past that could be worse than the one he had hoped to escape.
In the Best Kept Secret, the drama will continue with the marriage of Harry Clifton and Elizabeth Barrington for Harry Clifton and bring this family saga into the 1960s.
Thanks to the recommendation of fellow blogger Rebecca of Shenandoah Gateway Farm, I just finished my first book by Robert Crais, author of the popular Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novels. This new book is a stand-alone novel and not part of a series, which is what attracted me to it. Of course, the characters may very well turn out to be featured in future Crais novels.
Scott James is an LAPD officer whose partner, Stephanie, was murdered and he was seriously wounded. Maggie is a USMC-trained German shepherd patrol dog who lost her handler, Pete, in Afghanistan and also was seriously wounded. Both Scott and Maggie suffer from a form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Now, as part of an LAPD K9 team, they learn to help each other trust and love again and investigate the case no one wants them to touch, the identity of the men who murdered Stephanie. What they learn is nothing like what Scott has been told. The journey takes them through darkest moments of their past.
This was a fast read and,while I am not a huge fan of novels of this type, I may try one or two more works by Mr. Crais.
How about you — any books to recommend ?