Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

I have some kind of cold, flu, fever thing now, so I’m too woozy to go searching through my pile of photo CDs to come up with the perfect photo for this week’s challenge.  The “Storm of the Century” is raging outside too, so I’m bound to loose my power any minute now too.  So instead I’ll just have to include a couple of recent photos, which are at least somewhat related to the subject.

My 3 year old son’s favorite thing to do right now is to “make a house” wether it is with sofa cushions, Legos, wooden blocks, a pile of shoes, or a giant cardboard box.  Here he is in his latest creation, looking through the custom window.

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For me, I suppose “Home” means a good meal with family and friends.   We had some friends over for brunch recently, the photo below shows just some of the food we had.  For five people we had;  muffins, cranberry bread, waffles, sausages, eggs, coffee, juice.

I always make too much!

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And here’s what that table looks like after I’ve been sick for a week and haven’t had a chance to clean much.   We spend a lot of time at this table, reading the paper, listening to each other’s stories, playing with Mr. C,  and lots ad lots of eating of course.    There’s a matchbox car, a jar of honey, today’s news, maybe yesterday’s news too, a few magazines, at least one toy catalog, a few empty glasses, and a clean plate.    I like that table.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Home — 13 Comments

  1. Hi Peter,
    Many Thanks for your visit on my blog. I hope that you are feeling better.
    Ah, looks like we arrived at the family HQ! What a great breakfast spread you put on. Making some special people happy :).

    Lots of courage with the snow(it was melting snow for us yesterday).

    Barb

  2. Peter, hope you’re feeling better soon. My table gets cluttered even when I’m not sick. Sometimes I’m just sick of clearing the table!

    • Thanks! The pile of newspapers absorbed a glass of spilled milk this morning, at least it went there instead of into a crack onto the floor!

  3. I hope this blizzard treats you kindly…

    That cranberry bread looks absolutely delicious. Where did you get the recipe?

    As for your table, it looks very lived, just like ours. Right now I can see colored pencils, homework waiting to be done, tons of Lego toys, and my computer and pile of papers. Oh, and my digital cameras. It’s good we have a big table…

    • Seems like it was much worse further south of us, in MA and CT, and on the coast of NH and ME. We did get about two feet of snow, but it’s very light snow, alot has already melted.

      Since I don’t tend to follow recipes as closely as I should, Miss J is the baker in the house. Though that cranberry bread is the one and only baked thing I make. I don’t remember where I found that recipe. I’ll try to get it and write it down for you. It’s kind of a combination of a number of different recipes. Some recipes I’ve seen call for oil instead of butter, some call for orange juice, some orange zest. So I’ve come up with a version that uses the ingredients I prefer – I do know I use an entire stick of butter!

    • Found it, here’s the recipe:

      2 cups flour
      1/2 teaspoon salt
      1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
      1/2 teaspoon baking soda
      1 cup sugar
      3/4 cup orange juice
      1 stick of butter – cut into small bits
      1 egg
      1 cup chopped walnuts
      1 teaspoon orange zest
      1 cup chopped cranberries

      Stir together the flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and sugar in a bowl

      in a separate bowl beat the egg, and then add in the butter, juice, and orange zest

      Mix the wet ingredients with the dry and then mix in the cranberries and walnuts.

      Just mix until everything is combined, it won’t be smooth at all, it’ll be a big lumpy mess.

      Bake in a 9 inch loaf pan for 75 minutes at 375 degrees.

      I’m guessing this is just a popular New England recipe, I see variations of it alot in the Fall. The oven temperature will depend on your oven, sometimes I see recipes call for a low temperature of just 325. That’s just too low for my oven, so I go with 375. I also see some recipes with a lot more leavening than this, I tend to like it a little denser so I tend to use less baking soda and powder than some recipes call for.

      It’s usually best to let it cool off before eating it.

      With the long cooking time, it would seem that it would dry out. But with so much butter, it’s just moist enough, but with a chewy crust.

    • It’s funny, I didn’t really intend to write about the table, but by time I got to the end that’s really what it’s about I guess.