Saturday, November 5, 2016

Cozy Day Cooking

It was a perfectly cozy, rainy day. I had planned to go out;  I felt that I should. (It was Day 3 of being alone without going anywhere or talking with anyone.) Sometimes I must force myself to get in the car and go somewhere anywhere because, quite frankly, I am such a homebody that I could stay here until I run out of coffee.

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Anyway, since I was staying home, in the morning I began making some apple butter. Talk about instant home aroma that lasts and lasts...heavenly!



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↑See how dark the apple butter is (in the jar)? That's just what you need. Oh yum!



I needed the apple butter to create *this delicious sandwich*
Thanks to Susan at Savoring Time in the Kitchen.



Wait, something's missing...


 That's better!

Yes, it was a lovely, cozy day.


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(No, I am not early. This Christmas bubble light stays out all year long.)

Perhaps Monday, I'll share the progress I have made on organizing and cleaning the garage. Or not. ☺

Have a fabulous weekend...




41 comments:

  1. The sandwich looks delicious, I am certainly ready for something to eat now. Beautiful lighting.

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  2. Apple butter, ham and cheese sound like a wonderful combination. I'm alone this week and my eating has deteriorated into crackers and cheese so today I forced myself to make a salad. It did taste good. But I'm craving those potato chips alongside your sandwich now. Good thing it's very late!
    I don't know that I've ever had apple butter. I can imagine the concentrated flavour would be wonderful!

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  3. Good Morning, I have always loved apple butter but never thought of adding it to ham/cheese sandwich. This looks delicious. Your bread looks especially tasty. The warm glow of the light in your window is so cozy. I like a rainy day sometimes. Of course, it's been a LONG time since we've had rain here! Wishing you a blessed Saturday, Vee.

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  4. I love bubble lights ... always makes me think of my Granny. Apple butter ... YUM. This must be the perfect post ... apple butter, ham and cheese and bubble lights!

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  5. I can almost smell it here. It smells so good! That sandwich looks wonderful, too. Cozy stay-at-home days are so nice. I'm a homebody, too, but that doesn't seem to be the life I have these days.

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  6. I haven't eaten breakfast yet and I am longing for your sandwich! Yum! I love these homey days. I will have half of one, as I am going to meet my mother for an open house at a country store this morning.

    Your window is beautiful and cozy and warm. Delightful.

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  7. I just love your new blog header, Vee....running behind in blogland...enjoyed your post, sweet friend. Thank you for the smiles.

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  8. I must say you know how to create a very cozy cooking day. The second from the last photo is positively dreamy. I can just imagine the delightful smell of apple butter cooking in the background.
    I am taking note of this sandwich recipe. Just this week I was telling Brett how tired I'm getting of our lunch rotation.
    I am most impressed that after all of your hard work at the Ponderosa you have also cleaned your garage. Secretly hoping you'll share that endeavor as I could use some motivation to get mine cleaned out.
    From one homebody to another. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  9. Wow - that sure looks cozy!!! Homemade apple butter - Mmmmm. I love "homebody" days - in PJs!

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  10. The apple peelings look so lovely in your colander! And your finished apple butter is just the right color. The window looks so charming and cozy, who would want to leave that pretty sight? I am glad you do venture out, though. Enjoy another one of those yummy looking sandwiches. ♥

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  11. That sandwich sounds so good! I think everyone should keep a little bit of Christmas out all year round.

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  12. ahhh...your photos are so pretty...and I can almost smell the apples cooking. I've never made Apple Butter...and, yes, coffee (or lack of) will drive me out every single time. :) Like you, I can go days without leaving my home.

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  13. Vee, The pictures make your home look very cozy. :):) I love apple butter. It goes well with ham for sure. Blessings for a fun weekend, xoxo, Susie
    p.s. good luck clearing and sorting sweet girl.

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  14. I really like cozy food. That open face sandwich looks delicious. Our Katie is quite the homebody and can be content there. Once she pulls out she becomes a chatterbox. Our daughter in law makes apple butter but I never had. Don't forget to turn your clock back before you go to sleep tonight. :)

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    1. Oh that's right! Who am I going to trick into doing it for the living room clock now that John is off to better things? Wonder if I dare try?

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  15. I'm always happy to be at home, too, Vee. I have never made apple butter, but what a cozy thing to do. I'm not sure what would be better...eating it, or smelling the aroma while it's being made. Your photo of your window was such a homey scene that made me sigh. Happy weekend to you!

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  16. What a delicious sounding recipe for a sandwich....Apple butter and dijon mustard together with ham and cheese. My DEStevenson discussion list has just been talking about apple cake and I guess this is the season for apple everything. What a blessing! And how cozy your house looks on what seems to be a rather gloomy day. I love that curtain with the oak leaves and acorns on it. Have a good and cozy and tasty weekend!

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  17. Thanks for the mention, Vee! I am so impressed that you made your own apple butter and I'll bet it made your sandwiches extra special. Yes, we had chips with ours too :) Love the view from your cozy window!

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  18. Sounds like a perfectly lovely day! I love ALL things warm and cozy! And I especially love that photo of your window. It's just now cooling off here. Not really cool enough even for a sweater but at least we don't have to run the A/C! Our back elm has lost a good bit of leaves but the front pecan trees are still green for the most part. We don't have much color here. It's green and then it fades and goes brown.
    Ruth Ann makes Apple Butter in her crock pot. I think I will make a batch next week. Louis Dean has been keeping a ham in the fridge. Once one is gone, he buys another and it makes great sandwiches!
    As always, Love and Prayers from Texas!

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  19. A rainy day at home sounds wonderful--especially with the scent of apple butter! I have the same bubble light only just clear not with color. Love bubble lights.

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  20. Oh, is that a sheer valance with oak leaves, etc, on it? I've been trying and trying to figure it out -- actually thought it might be cut paper or something, but just couldn't think how that could be. Beautiful! Where does one find such a thing, if you don't mind my asking?

    And yes, what a cozy post! Perfect for a rainy day! That sandwich looks positively scrumptious.

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  21. Mmmmm...I can almost taste it now! My mom always made apple butter and it was on the table nearly every meal. My dad called it axle grease...hers was also very dark, maybe that's why :) He actually called many things weird names. I really do like that window of yours and I was wondering about the leaves valance too...it's lovely.

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  22. Don't you love cozy rainy days when you have a wonderful smell from the kitchen filling the house with yumminess? As long as there aren't TOO many rainy days in a row, of course...

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  23. That sandwich looks very interesting! Apple butter is something we have only ever tried to make once. It came out pretty well, but my hubby loves the apple butter from the Apple Barn in Pigeon Forge, TN best of all. We have only been there a few times, but if we are ever near we make it a point to pick up a jar. May you have a blessed weekend. :)

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  24. Oh my doesn't that look good!!!
    Here's what it says on that gravestone I was telling you about that is kind of like the one you saw.
    As you are now,
    So once was I,
    As I am now,
    So you must be,
    Prepare for death and follow me.

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  25. Glad you had a good day, we sure need rain.
    We had spam ham sandwich for lunch, good with chips.
    Sure got our salt in take for the week.
    The Bennie makes good Apple Butter will see if
    I can get him to make some, sounds good on your sandwich.

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    1. Thanks for letting me know that you tried them! Did you get the low sodium? (I did.)

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  26. By gosh that sandwich looks tasty Vee! I can imagine how easy it could be to stay indoors and not see anyone to talk to for a few days, if I didn't have a couple of classes a week I might be in the same boat.
    Your window looks cozy with the muted lamplight and the plaid shade is reflected nicely in a couple of places.

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  27. Oh Vee, that is one delicious looking sandwich!! I checked out the recipe, and I'll definitely be pinning that one. Thanks for sharing! I bet your house does indeed smell wonderful. :)

    I smiled when I read your first paragraph because I, too, am a bad one for staying home all day without talking to a soul. Too content with my own company sometimes. ;) Have a good weekend, my friend.

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  28. Wow Vee, that sandwich looks absolutely delicious!!! I too am a homebody, especially this time of year when it gets dark earlier and there's a chill in the air. Hope you are having a nice weekend and not overdoing the cleaning, organizing, etc.
    Linda

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  29. That is comfort food making to the max.

    Wish I could teleport myself there to spend a weekend with you enjoying one another's company - talking or not - discussing books, movies, etc.

    You know you can come to Columbus, Ohio and visit me here any time you desire! I know I sure would love to visit Maine again - love that state so much!

    Hugs! ♥

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  30. The sandwich looks very good! I never thought of putting ham and apple butter together. We've been eating Honey Crisp apples and a few Caramel Apples here. Yum! I'm a homebody, too, and have the cats to talk to when BG's at work. Like...Get Out of There! or Get Off the Table! ha.

    It's been busy around here the last few days, BG was off work again yesterday and I've been trying to help him and our son came in today for a visit, so I haven't had a lot of time for reading the news. Have I missed anything important? :)

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  31. Well they say home is where the heart is.
    Merle..............

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  32. Cozy! Just a cozy New England kitchen with a lovely lady making apple butter! This just is so perfect!

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  33. You certainly had a productive day! That sandwich sounds yummy.

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  34. Oh, love, love Apple Butter and yours looks delish! I recently found some Cranberry Apple Butter in Branson and it is double delicious! Can't wait to see the results of your organized garage. Happy week!

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  35. Yum!! I also made apple butter this weekend, but mine is watery. Tomorrow I plan to put it in the blender and then cook it down some more.

    Because I MUST make that sandwich. Wow.

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  36. i'm planning to make applesauce soon but seeing your apple butter and remembering how much my hubs loves it, i best make some of that as well. and the recipe. i'll make that too. :) your home looks *so* cozy - love it.

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  37. I love the ease of crockpot apple butter, and the results! That sandwich looks delish. No worries, sometimes I feel I could stay home until I run out of coffee too. Home is a nice place to be :)

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  38. I'm like that, too, Vee; there's nothing like home for true comfort. I think Jane Austen said that. And it's true. Especially when there's good home cooking! Blessings, Deborah

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  39. Vee, you sound just like me, except I could stay home until I run out of tea! I especially love being home on a rainy day, so I can fully enjoy it. I remember working in buildings with inoperable windows and feeling, on rainy days, that I was really missing out. Love the apple butter!

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