Recipes Today!

new tableclothMmm… Last night, we had the most delicious dishes! I didn’t take a picture of them–to tell you the truth, they tasted a lot better than they looked–but here is a picture of our new tablecloth. Charlie says it’s too busy, but I think it’s cheery. It has so many things I like on it, too: the color yellow, fruit, flowers, preserves, baked goods, happy little eggs, pictures of friendly Mrs. Cow, spoons…and knives Bwa-ha-ha-ha-haaaaaa!


Boil potatoes (small or else large cut in quarters), celery, carrots and anything else kind of tough. You can use sweet potatoes, parsnips, whatever. I included chunks of zucchini and yellow squash, but I should have saved out the yellow squash and the interior of the zucchini, because they got too soft. Boil the vegetables for 20 minutes. Drain. Add any soft vegetables, like onion chunks, bell peppers, tender squash and mushrooms. And garlic, if you like (I like). Add some oil and some seasonings (I use olive oil and Jane’s Crazy Mixed-Up Salt) and stir gently to coat veg. Put into shallow open pan in a single layer. Bake at 450 for about an hour. Stir occasionally, if you think of it. MAN, is it good!


I had my mouth all set for Waldorf salad, but I was out of mayonnaise AND out of home-grown chicken eggs so I couldn’t make any. So I cut up apples and celery, added raisins and chopped walnuts, and dressed it with equal amounts of peanut butter and honey.

We’re having a family birthday party tomorrow for the three of us with birthdays in September. There will be cake!

WRITING PROMPT: Describe your main character’s tablecloth. Does he/she like it or not? Why or why not? If not, what would he/she rather have?


I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Recipes Today!

  1. Shirley Raymond

    September 18, 2010 at 8:02pm

    I love your table cloth. I have one that is a genuine oil cloth (like of old), a gift from a friend that I LOVE. I have lots of vintage 50’s ones that are quite colorful and go with my 1940″s enamel and chrome table…. (get the picture?) When I retire I will use them more frequently and iron the napkins.

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      Marian Allen

      September 19, 2010 at 8:52am

      “Iron”? What means this word, “Iron”? Is this a folk-singer?

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