Thursday, January 1, 2015

2015

Happy 2015 Everyone! 

 I'm still amazed that there is so much green around our house at this time of the year.  Here is our thyme still thriving along the newly painted door to the garage. (note that the grass in the background is still green, too).

 On the other side of the fence are 3 varieties of lavender we planted this past Spring, one of which is blooming.  Pure craziness for a Midwest girl's mind to get wrapped around.

 There is one tradition that remains the same here in Virginia as was in Ohio, fresh-squeezed orange juice.  Lee's mom and dad, who lived near Tampa FLA, would send us a bushel of oranges each Christmas from a local orchard.  They have passed on, but we still enjoy fresh OJ.

 Of course, it just wouldn't be the Holidays without some Ginger Cake.  My recipe includes orange zest.
 My kitchen smells pretty darn good right now, and we're looking forward to the OSU vs Alabama game this evening -- go Bucks!  I hope this finds you all enjoying your first day of 2015, as well, and that the coming year brings you Health, Blessings, Prosperity, and all the good things life has to offer.

So, until next time....

                                    ~~ Karen ~~

16 comments:

  1. yum! the cake looks great! love your fence and greenery, too. :)

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  2. Now that cake looks yummy and I am amazed you have Lavender blooming. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU.

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  3. I would love to grow Lavender! Your cake looks delicious! Great fence shots! I wish you and your family a very Happy New Year!

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  4. Wonderful shots, how lovely to have so much green still. Great looking cake and you can't beat fresh squeezed orange juice, especially that sent from your parents. Happy New Year!

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  5. Fresh orange juice. What a great way to start the year. Happy New Year. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Your cake looks yummy! Great images on view here. Happy New Year!

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  7. Fresh orange juice it is not available at my place. I can buy oranges only at store. I am jealous of you your green grass. I wish you a fantastic, prosperous and healthy New Year. Gosia from Poland

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Gosia k. Wishing you a healthy and Happy New Year, as well :)

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  8. All fine things in your picture, love them.
    But now I'm hungry ;)
    Wish you a very happy New Year!
    【ツ】Knipsa

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Knipsa Passtscho, and your sweet comment. Happy New Year!

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  9. Mmmmm Ginger cake sounds good and looked pretty yummy. - Nice shots of your fence and the thriving Thyme. I love OJ and freshed squeezed would be awesome. Happy New Year.

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  10. The cake looks scrumptious and fresh orange juice must be delicious!

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  11. I like that little fence and they cake looks scrumptious.

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  12. Yum - please share your ginger cake recipe!! We love fresh squeezed OJ too. Green all year is easy to get used to! ;)

    Happy new year to you and Lee!

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  13. I bet you are feeling mighty fine today. The bucks won but the Tide did not and they were the ones I was rooting for. I mean, I am a corn-fed youngen' from Bama so how could I not. By the Way, that cake... I swear, I just got a whiff of it.

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  14. Hello Dear Karen; Beautiful fence with greenery and yes, Lavender blooming is amazing♡♡♡
    Happy New Year and may the new year be the bright, healthy one for you and all of your loved ones!

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*

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