Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sunday Quotes....Cloudy...Foggy..chilly

Ode to November

O sing of November, a beautiful time,

When the sound of the wind seems to whisper in rhyme.

When the trees drop their leaves in a golden spray,

And ever shorter grows the day.

O sing of the fall time, when dew turns to frost,

When the roses of summer are but sleeping, not lost;

When the world shows around it a gorgeous array,

And ever shorter grows the day.

O sing of the autumn, when falleth the cold,

When a wintery feeling begins to take hold;

When the world's chilly breath blows your sorrows away,

And ever shorter grows the day.

O sing of the season when the wind chills the bones,

When the soft, fertile ground freezes harder than stones;

When a bittersweet feeling envelopes the gray,

And ever shorter grows the day.

O sing of November, when the year groweth old,

When the wind whistles stories that haven't been told;

When in joy to the Maker of autumn we pray,

And ever shorter grows the day.
                                                       ©2015 JonquilJunction

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup Cake  (Prepare to be surprised!)

2 cups flour
2 tsp. b. powder
1 tsp. b. soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 can(10oz.) tomato soup
1/2 soup can water
1 cup nuts
1/2 cup raisins

Put all ingredients except nuts and raisins into large bowl and beat
with mixer for 2 minutes. Dust nuts and raisins with flour and stir
into batter. Bake in 8x8" or 9x9" greased pan in 350* oven for about
45 minutes. Test for doneness. Let cool a little and serve warm with
butter or cool completely and frost as desired.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sunday Quotes....Sunny...cold

Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow.
The shadow is what we think of it;
the tree is the real thing. 
                                        Abraham Lincoln

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Almost Lasagna...clear...windy....29*

 If  you are like us and love the flavor combinations of Lasagna, but don't like all the work of preparing it, this pasta dish is a wonderful substitute! And a welcome one dish meal  on a cold day (just add garlic bread!)

1/2 pound Hamburger
1 onion, Chopped
1/4 cup, wine (Optional)
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1 can pasta sauce, any flavor
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. granulated garlic
1 cup frozen spinach
1 cup small curd cottage cheese
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 (16 oz bag) bow tie pasta
1/2 cup shredded Italian blend or Mozzarella Cheese

 In large pan, Sauté Hamburger and onion together till all pink is gone, add wine if using , stir, add next four ingredients, simmer for 15 minutes. Meanwhile in large pot cook pasta according to package instructions.
When pasta is almost done, add Spinach, cottage cheese & parmesan cheese to sauce, stir well, cover and turn heat off. Drain pasta, stir sauce again and add pasta to sauce, stir well, sprinkle with shredded cheese and cover let sit 10 minutes before serving.

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Journey continues....Sunny

Some of you may know today is our Third Anniversary here on Facebook! We just want to say "thank you" for everyone's support and welcome to our newer followers! We'd love to hear how you found our page and how long you've been following us For those who may not have seen it before here's a bit out our story

Yesterday as I was sorting through my snippets, listening to the wind howl, and thinking spring couldn’t get here soon enough! I remembered another winter day a few years back when, while having similar thoughts, I wrote the following:
No matter where you roam here, through hollers or over ridges, you will find jonquils growing. Usually the cabin is gone or turned into a hay barn, the stone "chimbley" has tumbled down and the well's gone dry, but the jonquils still bloom.
How many years ago were they planted? No one knows. But they are enduring, just like the first people that settled these hills. They came and stayed when roads and electricity, telephones and yes, even the Internet didn't exist.
To raise a family in these surroundings a woman must have had character, strength and stamina. I'm sure every spring after the long dreary winter ended, the sight of the blooming Jonquils must have lifted her spirits and given her hope to carry on.

From that “seed” of an idea, and a lot of time and effort, in between everyday life and chores, grew Jonquil Junction’s Blog, Facebook page and Etsy store.
First a bit about the name. We live in the rugged Ozark mountains, and like I said in  the snippet above, scattered about all the old home places the jonquil’s still bloom each spring.
Jon-quil n.) A fragrant flower with yellow or white blooms
Every spring after the long dreary winter ends, the sight of these long ago planted blooms still brings a smile to our face and gives us hope to carry on just like those women who planted them so long ago.
 I wanted a place where we could all meet :

 Junc-tion  n.) An act of joining; A place or point of meeting
A place to find ‘country wisdom’ , unique crafts, recipes, and memories of a simpler time.
When people told stories, still wrote in cursive, put puzzles together, made quilts, crocheted and braided rugs, raised chickens, goats, pigs and a garden.
Along the journey I’ve found I'm not the only one who loves these cheerful harbingers of spring!
 I’ve heard stories from women in Florida and British Columbia that would love to grow them and have them come back reliably like we do, but due to their climates, they just enjoy them in pictures most years.
And from a lady who plans to replant  as many times as needed, in spite of her neighbors goats removing them from the ground bulb and all! ((Those of us who own goats know there is no such thing as a ‘goat proof plant’! ))
From a teller of folk tales ,why he thinks there are so many scattered about in our neck of the woods. As the story goes ‘back in the day’ when the farmer went to town to get his field corn, potato starts and such the feed store owner would throw a few jonquil bulbs in for the ‘lady of the house’. What farm wife with a bare yard and no money to spend on flower seeds is going to turn that down!
So we are this far into our journey,  wondering where it will take us next, and what wonderful story or memory will be shared with us next........... Won’t you come go with us and see where it leads?

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sunday Quotes....Sunny..

Poetry is just the evidence of Life   
                                  Leonard Cohen

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Banana Split Cake.... Clear and Chilly

Banana Split Cake

Pineapple or Strawberry Cake Mix
2 cups fresh strawberries, small whole ones are best. Can use frozen, drain well
1 cup pineapple chunks
2 bananas, cut into chunks
Chocolate Syrup
Vanilla Ice Cream or Whipped Cream
Finely Chopped Nuts

Butter a 9x13" pan. Arrange 4 strawberries in circle with spaces in
between each berry. Put banana chunks in spaces and pineapple chunk in
center of circle. Repeat until all fruit is used. Form a pattern about
a serving size as you will serve cake pieces upside down. Make cake
according to pkg. directions and pour over fruit. Bake until tester is
clean. Let cool and then refrigerate. When ready to serve whip cream,
or soften ice cream. Carefully lift out each piece and turn upside
down. Top with cream and drizzle syrup over all.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Farm Adventures........Cloudy....cooler

A.Wyse Ol' Goats' daughter Thimbilena is carrying on the tradition of  Goat training school!  Showing the kids the joy of eating paper, and how to get it also. (In case the caregiver tries to HIDE it from you) !

                       I'll bet she wasn't sharing by choice, though.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Sunday Quotes.....

 Do we ever think about those
  Living in tents?
  Who are told to be content
  With lots of beans and rice
  And not to be thinking
  Beef stew would be nice!
                      by Bonney Bresko

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Homemade Waffles.....Cooler... Sunny

Buttermilk Waffles

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 T. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
3 large eggs
3 T. sugar
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup butter, melted

In large bowl beat eggs and sugar, until light and fluffy. In another bowl combine, flour, cornstarch, baking powder & soda, stir to mix with a whisk , alternate adding flour mixture and buttermilk into egg mixture stir lightly with the whisk after each addition. Stir just until mixed Don't beat, add vanill and butter,stir to incorporate.
Cook in a HOT greased waffle iron, do desired crispness. Serve with your favorite fruit syrup! For a special treat serve with our Pear-licious Preserves Recipe HERE


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Farm Life..... Windy.... cooler


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