February 13, 2011

The Kitchen Window!

The Maine House had an incredible week. Sunday evening is approaching and we reflect on what blessings we have been given. Of course, we had snowy days and very cold temperatures. I believe you must have to be somewhat bipolar to live in New England. During the winter months you must become reflective and introspective and then when Spring and Summer arrive, you enter a manic phase of being out of doors and going as fast as you can to experience all the beauty and warmth this area offers. However, in the mornings, when I have gazed out of the kitchen window (having learned to keep my camera close by) I was greeted with not only squirrels, Blue Jays, Cardinals, and Chickadees, but the most beautiful red fox and our family of deer! We first saw the deer last Sunday afternoon, after a year of living in the village. I did not have the camera at hand, but squealed with glee when Darling first spotted them out of the living room glass doors. There were two....so very  beautiful! Then, lo and behold, Mr. Fox arrived on Wednesday morning darting quickly in and out of the back woods with his large bushy tail and the most beautiful black leggings.  Friday morning rolled around and as I  sipped my second cup of New England coffee, came the deer, one by one...until there were four. I snapped away while Mae Mobley wondered what all the commotion was about! Oh happy day! They were all blessings.....it is definitely a WOW factor.....out our kitchen window! 

A Maine House Mosaic

Sometimes on Sunday evening, we have a light supper fare at Estelle's! As it is again snowing, I felt it was just the setting for a little old -fashioned treat Mother used to make. It was a perfect ending!

Tapioca Pudding
1/3 cup sugar
3 T. Minute Tapioca
2 3/4 cups milk
1 egg, well beaten
1 t. vanilla

Mix sugar, tapioca, milk and egg in saucepan. Let stand 5 minutes. Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture comes to a full boil. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pudding will continue to thicken while cooling! Estelle's adds golden raisins and a sprinkling of nutmeg!

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