Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Simply Perfect Day

Our weather was much warmer today with the temperature hitting around 70 degrees.

Jingles joined me outside while I watered plants and swept both balconies.

Birds were flitting overheard filling the air with their birdsong.

I collected an eggshell, different colored dried leaves, flower petals and a feather. I always wonder where the birds build their nests here.

A couple of months ago, I spied this tree with a little clump of twigs in its center. They were so perfectly positioned, I knew it had to be a nest. It is the one and only time I have ever seen one around here.

After a bit of cleaning inside, I sat down to make a couple more covered jars.

And then made cream of zucchini soup for dinner.

Saute 1 small chopped onion, 4 cloves of minced garlic and 6 diced zucchini in a little bit of olive oil til soft. Add 8 cups of vegetable stock, salt and black pepper to taste and about a tsp of curry powder. Bring to a boil, then simmer til tender. Add 4 TSB of sour cream and blend in batches til smooth. Serve with a sprinkling of paprika powder.

Hope you are having a simply perfect day, too.


Diane said...

Look at that cat smile!! What a cutie she is. Very interesting about the birds nests. Have you ever thought about the rooftops? Have a great day and thanks for the comments Tammy. Diane

Gracie's Cottage said...

Thanks for taking me outside for a bit of's been cold here so I enjoyed your post very much!


blessedmom's simple home said...

We've warmed up a little too, but not to 70, and our nights have been very chilly. That soup sounds delicious. Perfect cold weather food :)
Have a wonderful weekend!

Grateful4Crochet said...

What a lovely day!!

Becky~ said...

Oh Jingles looks so cute,lol.Gorgeous day there if it stayed that temp all year right?? lol

Tammy you are the worlds best soup recipe person lol.This recipe sounds tooo good as well.Im jotting that down to.

Beautiful brisk and windy day here.Just like a December day.All my Christmas decorating is done,now is the best time to sit down and enjoy it all.


Susan said...

Jingles is a "movie star" cat, Tammy. He just knows when that camera zooms in on him that he is the Cat's Meow. Soooo adorable. He's a very handsome cat, too.

Glad you had a nice day. Susan

Nancy said...

I love that name, such a face in the first pic :)
Thanks for the recipe, it sounds lovely and would be good on a day like today...we are getting a little snow. But, it looks pretty with the outside Christmas lights :)
I'm going to make one of those jar covers, my friend has a jar of pens and it would look nice with a cover,

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Mmmmmm that zucchini soup sounds so very good... wish I hadd a bowl of that right now. I love perfect days. I am happy I finished a big project I was under the gun to finish for a friend's birthday! Still have to block it, but made my day to get it done. Wishing you week to be just as perfect as your day... blessings ~ tanna

Kay said...

Cute kitty

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tammy,

Jingles must really love going outdoors with you on the deck.
You have been flat out crocheting all those lovely things. The soup looks so good too - aren't soups a great meal.

Hope that you are enjoying the weekend

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Dearest Tammy,

Jingles is lucky for being able to enjoy the outdoors with you. Interesting things you swept up on your balconies!
You have missed my post from yesterday about our daugther Liz who flew back home on Friday... We're now back to just the two of us.
Love to you and a happy week and thanks for another great soup recipe!

The English Romantic said...

Oh what a happy cat Jingles is, a warm place to sit and entertainment too.
Love your jars and the soup sounds delicious.
Hugs, Angela.

Heather - The Good Life said...

Jingles looks so happy outside in the sunshine. Sounds like you had a peaceful and pleasant day. :-)

Sheila R said...

Jingles just says it all with his look. What a beautiful day! Love your crocheted pieces, especially your delicate snowflakes in an earlier post. You creative crochet reminds me so much of my beloved Grandma that crocheted for hours.

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas season.

Julies Knit and Sew Corner said...

Hi Tammy, lovely to see pictures full of sun and warmth,jingles looks quite happy. Thanks for sharing.
best wishes Julie.C

crafty cat corner said...

I love JIngle's superior look in the first picture.

Becca said...

Your soup sounds wonderful! We've been enjoying nice temps too...for a few more days anyway. I love seeing photos of your "Jingle" so cute!

Serena said...

Jingles looks very content in the first photo. Cute!

I love spotting birds' nests. You made quite a nice nature collection and your covered jars are lovely!

Your soups always look so delicious and I appreciate the recipes too.

Have a great week!

~ Serena xo

K @ Aurora Blythe said...

I totally need to get back to working on several jar covers myself. Glad to have popped by today. Have a happy day!

Anonymous said...

It is impossible for me to see Jingles and not smile. I don't think I have ever come across a cat with so much personality written all over everything she does!
Thanks for making me smile!!

Love you,

Linda said...

I like that you notice the little things in life - I appreciate people like that. :)

Jingles is adorable and 70 degrees sounds nice, but at the same time I wish our warmer weather here (which is upper 40s to 50s) would leave so that we could get some snow for Christmas. Looks like it's not going to happen, but never can tell.

Hope you have a great day,

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