Seasonal Sundays (Week 2) Mid January

An inside look at roasting vegetables, big pots of soup to banish the winter chills. Plus is anyone else stress baking again?
Seasonal Sundays ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

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About the Photo By Popular Request, a Little Insight into the Top Image:

We are stewards of land in the northern reaches of the Ozark Mountains, a wild place of timber and meadow, glade and holler, river and pond. During the winter months, we carefully burn the meadows, rejuvenating the vegetation that in turn encourages wildlife and a healthy, diverse ecosystem. One year, our "prescribed" burn in the Big Meadow got out of control. (Imagine contemplating whether to/how to breach a fire line to reach my now-husband last seen on the other side. Whew. He pulled up in the pickup, safe, in the nick of time.) The meadow had been cut for hay so burned off fast if furiously. But for hours, we fought the inexorable creep of fire circling the meadow and burning through packed leaf cover in the surrounding woods. The fire had n-o-t-h-i-n-g on the big fires of California, Colorado and the West but was frightening nonetheless. There was simply no stopping that slow-burning fire until dark and damp fell after sunset. The next summer, the Big Meadow produced a profusion of wildflowers never seen before ... nor since.

This week, the U.S. Capitol was obscured by the "smoke" of smoke grenades and tear gas. Will the summer bring wildflowers? Or will the fire continue to burn out of control, an inescapable crawl toward the demise of democracy?


Pick One is for those of us overwhelmed by life's unending choices. If that resonates, then check out this one recipe and then call it a day. It's one that I think could make the most difference, the one I hope will become a regular in your kitchen, as it is in mine.

Roasted Veggie Enchilada Casserole ♥, a Master Recipe, layers of roasted vegetables, salsa verde, corn tortillas and fresh spinach with a little cheese. One for dinner, one for the freezer.

Seasonal Showcase: Roasted Vegetables

How to Roast Vegetables, 21 Tips & a Master Recipe ♥ A Veggie Venture.

Roasted Green Beans with Rosemary & Walnuts ♥ A Veggie Venture. A Fall Classic. Just Five Ingredients. Simple Enough for Everyday, Sumptuous Enough for Occasions. Low Carb. Vegan. Naturally Gluten Free.

Creamy Brussels Sprouts Gratin ♥, first roasted, then braised in cream or half 'n' half, turned dark and luscious. My favorite way to cook Brussels sprouts during cold weather but also a Thanksgiving favorite! Low Carb. Rave reviews!

Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple ♥, familiar ingredients somehow create unexpected layers of flavor and color. Festive for holiday buffets and tables.

Big Pots to Banish Big Chills

White Chicken Chili ♥, spicy-but-not-too-spicy, just chicken, spices, chilies and white beans.

Scandinavian Split-Pea Soup ♥, the classic Scandinavian recipe made with dried split peas on Thursdays across Sweden and Finland. Hearty comfort food, great for a crowd or a houseful, either meaty or vegan. Weight Watchers friendly!

Beef Barley Soup with Mushrooms ♥, hearty, meaty soup packed with root vegetables and earthy mushrooms and the addictive nuttiness of barley.

Stress Baking Again? Yeah. Me Too.

Our Daily Bread: My Easy Everyday Bread Recipe ♥, the one I make again and again, every few days. It's an easy bread to make often, to fit into small spaces of your cooking life.

Soft Sandwich Rolls (NOLA-Style French Rolls) ♥, soft insides with crispy crust perfect for sandwiches of all shapes and sizes, even from the same batch.

How to Make Swedish Rye Bread in a Bread Machine or By Hand ♥, the traditional recipe, slightly sweet, bright with orange, anise and caraway. Recipes, many insider tips, nutrition and Weight Watchers points included.

Homemade Bread recipes ♥, yeast breads to flat breads, quick breads to crackers, biscuits to muffins.

Digital Housekeeping #2 ... Photo Management

January 2021 seems like the perfect time to clean out our digital closets. Anybody in? Over the years, I've found a few ways that fit into an otherwise busy life. Will something work for you, too? Look for more ideas throughout January, just one per week because who has time/energy/inclination to tackle every closet at the same time?

PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT sponsored, it just works for me.

Acccck. The selfies. The screen shots. The reminders. The kazillion cute-kid cute-dog beautiful-sunset shots. Sooooo many photos. So so sooooo many photos.

My mom was an avid scrapbooker, she filled several books with family photos. "They're my memories for the nursing home," she'd say. She made personal scrapbooks for her then-young grandsons too. While Mom was undergoing cancer treatments, we turned the dining room table into scrapbook central, Mom on one end, me on the other, cutting and pasting and embellishing.

Me scrapbooking with my mom in 2000

A few days before she died, my dad and I sat with her walking through a scrapbook. The lung cancer had metastasized to her brain, so the photos were like an unseen movie of her life. "This is Matthew, he is your first grandson. And this is Alex, your second. And this is Sadie," we explained. "And this is the house on the river where you and Dad lived." It may sound tragic but really, it was a sweet time: the pictures made real that she'd lived a sweet life, even if her brain had been robbed of its memories.

The funny thing is, though, that Mom turned to me and even with garbled, confused words, managed to relay that her scrapbook had "too many pictures". Fewer, she advised, would be better.

And that's the thing with allllll our photos. We do have too many. And they're too hard to dig through. And they're too apt to be lost forever, even when we need them for our own nursing home times.

So let's attack, shall we? Here's what works for me. One of my major goals before the end of the pandemic is to get my photos all current ...

Please do share your own ideas, how you manage photos ... or maybe, even why you don't ...

  • TACKLE SOMETHING MANAGEABLE For me, this is usually a month at a time.
  • DELETE DELETE DELETE Start with your phone. Go through a month's worth of photos, deleting all the obvious unnecessary images, screen shots, etc. Delete the duplicates of the same/similar shots. You needn't be ruthless nor suffer with deliberation. If it's hard to delete, just keep it and move on.
  • UPLOAD THE KEEPERS TO A SAFE PLACE iCloud and Amazon and other third party services will store your photos for free but really, do you want your memories in the cloud? subject to a service that may not exist in a couple of years? Me, I've made my laptop "central storage" in part because it's backed up every night via iDrive.
  • AUTOMATE THE UPLOAD I use the DropBox phone app to upload photos from my phone, just by plugging in my phone and opening the app. DropBox keeps track of what's already been uploaded, very useful. A free DropBox account will hold quite a few photos. The photos are in the cloud but it's a temporary stop, just a convenient way to copy/upload photos.
  • FOLDERS After a month's worth of photos have uploaded to DropBox, I move them out of Dropbox (in the cloud) to a special photo folder on my laptop. From there, I create subfolders for organization, one for each month's photos at minimum. If there's a group of photos, I put them in a special folder, "2021 Twinzz Birthdays". The idea is to make this a quick sort, a quick organization, then to move on without getting bogged down in detail.
  • STOP THERE? Just establishing the high-lever folder is a natural stopping place for organization. But of course, you can go lots further, deleting even more unwanted or duplicates photos, organizing them into more specific subfolders, cropping/editing, naming files, tagging, etc.
  • FAVORITES But I do recommend creating at least one more folder, a special spot for a few very-most favorite photos. For example, if you have 200 photos from a vacation, pick out a small subset that are the very favorites to into their own folder; in my mind, it's better to copy the favorites vs moving them but that's personal preference. I go even further with a folder for all the very-most favorites for an entire year. Some times it's 10 shots, some times it's 50. But it's just the very favorites, the ones that I most want for later to remember the entire year.
  • GO BACK TO YOUR PHONE? While that month's worth of photos is fresh in your mind, take a few minutes to delete most of them from your phone, you don't have to delete them all, just the ones that are now safely stored and backed up elsewhere.
  • EXCEPT If you keep certain photos on your phone as records/documents, think about creating an album to access quickly. What to put there? Photos of auto license plates, drivers licenses, credit cards, passports, insurance cards, prescription lists.
  • PHOTO BOOKS Extra credit?! I guess I'm my mother's daughter because while I no longer "scrapbook" I do created printed photo books. For some years, I've used Blurb (not sponsored, just me, a regular customer) to create one-off hard-cover photo books to remember special vacations, special subjects, etc. For example, when I lost my dog Lady, filling a book with photos of her helped me deal with the grief of losing such a sweet long-time companion. For Christmas this year, I gave my husband a book of favorite photos converted to "watercolor" with the photo app Waterlogue. Since he paints with watercolor, he was really fascinated by the look ... We don't peruse the photo books every day or even every week. But we do every so often. I keep them on the bottom shelf of the coffee table in the family room so they're handy. Some times the grandkids will even settle in with one, turning the pages, looking, looking, looking. Don't tell but I have big plans for three books this year ...

Veggies Forever

To mark A Veggie Venture's 15th anniversary in 2020, I took a hard look at the first 365 vegetable recipes from the first year to select just 15 which, all these many years and recipes later, remain ever so useful. The result is a fascinating collection of recipes, 15 Favorite Vegetable Recipes, Still Useful After 15 Years. Here's just one.

Roasted Cauliflower, another vegetable classic ♥, recipe plus tips and tricks. Vegan. Gluten Free. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly.

PS Who's noticed? I'm big on "usefulness". See? Best-Ever “Most Useful” Recipes 2002 – Present, just one recipe per year from Kitchen Parade.


Who else loves seeing old photos pop up, quick memories from years past? Welcome to a recipe timehop ...

Microwave Creamy Oatmeal with Peanut Butter ♥, my morning ritual, oatmeal cooked in the microwave with a swirlful of peanut butter.

Homemade Minestrone Soup, another light but filling soup ♥


My Top 10 Recipes are predictable, hello Should Cooked Pork Be Pink? and Weight Watchers Zero Points Garden Vegetable Soup. But every week, seasonal recipes catch the internet's attention and start to trend.

Rethinking Fruit for Weight Watchers, how and why to count points ♥ WW works but free fruit doesn't work for everyone. If your weight loss journey is stalled, fruit might be the culprit.

Spinach Quiche with Red Pepper & Feta, another classic spinach recipe ♥, creamy custard packed with fresh or frozen spinach in a homemade or refrigerated crust. Budget Friendly. Company Worthy.

What's New?!

Low Fat Vegetable Soup ♥, all-vegetable soup, packed with flavor, no added fat, lots like to the famous Weight Watchers Zero-Point Soup. Low Carb. Whole30. Gluten Free. Vegan. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Just Updated!

How to Lose Weight with Weight Watchers ♥, practical tips, resources and recipes.

Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies ♥, a coffee fix and a chocolate fix both at once.

Perfect Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes (Party Potatoes) ♥, rich, fluffy mashed potatoes, perfect for parties and family gatherings.

Easy Everyday Bread for the Stand Mixer ♥ Keeps for Days. Adaptable & Budget Friendly.

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