Saturday, March 23, 2013


I'm jumping in with Susanne and the Friday Favorites Gang to look back at the week and count some blessings!

1.  I mentioned in an earlier post that I had some precious free time to get caught up on my photo albums.  Double blessing:  doing a creative project, and reliving some happy memories!

2.  Finishing one book for Lent and starting another.  The Return of the Prodigal Son is a book that can be read over and over, and I'm enjoying it just as much the second time through.   I'm reading both books for a book club with friends -- another double blessing.

3.  Lunch with Dan.  On Monday, he suggested we go out to lunch (love it when he does that:)  We went to one of my favorite places, Panera Bread.  I love the lunch combo -- soup and half sandwich.

4.  On Sunday, we had a dinner to celebrate St. Patrick's day.  Invited a crowd of family and friends.  In addition to the traditional corned beef and cabbage, I made Emeril's Apple Cider Braised Chicken and Cabbage, potatoes, carrots, sauteed sugar snap peas and homemade Irish soda bread (my Aunt Mary's recipe, which is so delicious).  We had brownies and mint chocolate chip ice cream for dessert.

5.  Beautiful, purple crocuses that popped up earlier in the week.  Of course, now they're buried under ten inches of snow, but that's okay.  After each Spring snow, everything turns out a bit more green.  Spring is working hard to stay.


Kara Claflin said...

I love Panera too. We are freezing here as well and desperate for spring to stay..we'll be ever so nice to her if she just comes back.

Dewena Callis said...

I printed out the chicken and cabbage recipe as it seems like all my chicken recipes have been used so many times. Time for something new and this looks good.

Mereknits said...

Sounds like a beautiful week, Hugs to you Karen,

Melinda said...

Is it EVER going to stop snowing?

We are getting some of your weather
right now.

Take care!

Willow said...

Oh beautiful--purple crocuses!
I love Panera--they have vegan options so it's easy for me to eat there.

Willow said...

Oh beautiful--purple crocuses!
I love Panera--they have vegan options so it's easy for me to eat there.

Susanne said...

Your weather sounds close to ours. We had another bunch of snow the other day but it is already starting to melt up a bit. I'm telling myself the ground will love all the moisture and soon it will all start turning green.

We don't have Panera here but I hear it's delicious.

Your St. Patrick's day sounds yummy. I totally didn't make anything special this year.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

This is so sweet! Taking the time to be thankful for blessings is so important!
hugs, Linda

Gattina said...

I also love to sort out my pictures, put them in folders etc. and as you say it's so nice to see them all again.

Happy spam cleaning, lol !

Lea Culp said...

Oh, I love working on photo albums too, so theraputic and captures a lot of wonderful memories. I use Shutterfly and love it.

Yea, to Panera Bread. Wish we had one, but just have to enjoy them when we travel.

Can't believe it is still snowing in some parts of the country. We don't have snow, but the temps are still way to cool for my blood.

Happy week!

barbara Clark said...

You are back!!

barbara Clark said...

You are back!!