Thursday, 28 January 2016

Blooming January!

Being Thursday it was of course Mother and Toddlers.
We had one of our grandmothers come back with her two great grandchildren, it was lovely to see her again and she was so happy to be back amongst the chaos of toys and tots!
It was then back home, a bite to eat and next door for some cleaning.
Next it was time to prepare dinner, tonight we are having a pasta dish called Pasticcio.
If you like pasta, but are not keen on the usual tomato based dishes, this is a great alternative.
The recipe calls for over a dozen ingredients, but over the years I have whittled it down to just a few.
Savoury mince...made however you usually would make it
Add some veg of your choice...carrots, sweetcorn, peas etc ( frozen mixed veg is good in this)
Cooked pasta ( recipe calls for macaroni...I use whatever shape I have)
Mix the cooked meat, veg ( cooked if using fresh) and cooked pasta.
Add to a dish then cover in white sauce.
Sprinkle with grated cheese then bake until bubbling hot.
It's a great make ahead dish.
I have been itching to get out and sort the garden out for a few weeks, but when I have the time the weather has been atrocious and when its sunny I don't have the it was neither excuse... the sun was out....I had some time....but not the energy!
So instead, I  surveyed the rather sorry scene and hoped for some weather and energy colliding in the near future!
However, I was surprised to see so many splashes of colour....
the geraniums  (or are they pelargoniums ?) were still flowering...
...the "orange blossom" tree was still in flower here and there....
...the deep red flowers on this bush ( I really need to gen up on my horticulture!) are not usually out at this time of year...
..and if you have good eye sight you will be able to pick out a pink rose in the centre of the picture!
January really is blooming!
Daily Blessing
Thursday January 28, 2016
Today's Verse:
   And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.


  1. As it happens I made a similar meal last week with mince and fusilli but didn't realise that it had a proper name - Pasticcio eh?

  2. Have you tried chilli but replacing chilli powder with cinnamon? Not sure what Chris calls it but it smells disgusting. Never one to waste food, she has frozen it for another day - something to loon forward to (or not...)

    1. Hmmm cinnamon in place of chilli...that's novel!

  3. Isn't it amazing how wonderful nature is, always something growing. It won't belong before we have a burst of colour.

  4. I think the plant is called Scimia Japonica. Pretty but subtle.