Friday, November 28, 2014

New England Clam Chowder Recipe



We will be celebrating the First Sunday of Advent on November 30. Some friends will gather with us at our home, have a small Advent service and eat a meal together. Everyone will most likely bring some dish to share, and I am planning on making my favorite recipe for New England Clam Chowder.  (In case you missed it last week, you can find a list of my favorite Advent resources HERE.)

In the weeks to follow, I'll be posting a few of my favorite Christmas  recipes. These will be repeats for those of you who have read this blog for a while, but I tend to get in a rut enjoy traditional recipes. This recipe for New England Clam Chowder has been a tradition in our family for many years. Now that our family includes more people, however, not all of whom grew up eating clam chowder on Christmas Eve as our own children did, we'll probably have something else for dinner at that time. I understand that not everyone is a fan of clam chowder.

My mom's Christmas dishes


New England Clam Chowder Recipe, my version:
10 slices of hickory-smoked bacon, fried crisp, broken into tiny pieces
Hormel® Natural Choice® ham can be substituted for the bacon. It has no preservatives and is 100 percent natural with no artificial colors or flavors, and no added nitrites or nitrates.

4 small potatoes, skin on, diced
3 small carrots, diced

4 ribs of celery, minced
1 med. onion, minced
1 Carmen red pepper or red bell pepper (sweet), diced
1 jalapeno pepper, minced

3-4 cans of clams. Do not drain. If minced, use as is. If chopt, run through food processor first. This is simply a preference. I don't like big, rubbery hunks of clam. Ew!!!Also, I prefer Gorton's brand.

2 quarts of whole milk
3/4 c. flour

1 bay leaf, broken in pieces
1-2 t. thyme (I used 2 t.)
black pepper
sea salt to taste

Open 3-4 cans of clams, pour all (incl. juice) into saucepan. Add potatoes and carrots and cook til they are just tender, not mushy.

In a skillet, saute celery, onion, peppers in a couple T. butter until tender.

In a separate bowl, whisk flour into a couple cups of the milk. Add remaining milk little by little, whisking as you add so there are no lumps.

Pour all (including the liquid from the potato/carrots/clams) into my large Martha Stewart stainless steel pot which doesn't let anything stick on the bottom. Heat on Low, stirring. Add seasonings.

Bring to near boil, but DON'T BOIL. At this point, you can then cool the chowder and keep refrigerated overnight OR (if you're going to eat in a couple hours,) let sit covered, then bring back to temperature and serve.

A great accompaniment to my clam chowder: popovers   (an old post, but the recipe is still good).



Misty, Christmas 2003


I'm thinking that today might be a good time to get the Christmas tree that will go on the front porch. I like to get a tall balsam. Maybe we'll get another very small, tabletop tree to put in the house. Do you get a large tree? small tree? When do you put up your Christmas tree? What kind of tree do you prefer? Did you eat too much Thanksgiving dinner yesterday?


Front Porch Christmas Tree, December 2013


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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Eve




Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

 He's thankful that his mommy is nearby.

I am thankful that this little guy is so easy going!



He's thankful for his first taste of popcorn.
(Recent test by the allergist showed that he's not allergic to corn.)

Sitting on the living room floor, watching Despicable Me. 
'Just like people in a movie theater do, Mom!'
(Made me cry.)

I am thankful for every new thing that child can enjoy.
(and no, he's not going to be eating all of that.)

I'm thankful for all our grandchildren.

I'm thankful for their parents.

I'm thankful that I'm the grandparent.

Praise God, from whom
all blessings flow!

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We will be traveling to our daughter's home, a couple hours away, to celebrate Thanksgiving with them.  I hope all my fellow US bloggers will have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I hope my other blogger friends will eat a piece of turkey and think of us (in a good way)  ;-).

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Evening and Morning at the Bird Feeders


 Juncos at the Bird Feeder
See the little fella perched on top?

What? A lamp in the bird feeder? I took this photo about 4 PM. Check the photo below to see 'the rest of the story.'


 I loved how the sinking sun threw light onto the glass of the bird feeder, and of course I had to grab my camera. Late afternoon light is fleeting, and a few seconds makes all the difference.

Finches, Junco, and Chickadee
They're eating what the others kick from the feeder.

 You two can actually eat together?
Desperate times call for desperate measures, I guess.
Bluejay and Cardinal


Red-bellied Woodpecker




The four preceding photos were taken early morning.

Do you feed the birds?  It's not exactly cheap, but our first real snow arrived November 10. Where else would the birds find food with all this snow cover? Birds are such beautiful creatures.  I'm so thankful that our loving and generous God gave us birds to enjoy. I'm also thankful that my husband has never called bird seed 'shredded money, ' as he has nicknamed the dog food. Grrrr.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Vintage Farmall and Standing Corn

Golden corn in the late afternoon light

Does she smell deer in that cornfield?

Ready to go indoors
where there's a good fire going in the living room
(Yes, Calvin, in the stove!)


 Keeping the house warm

I am thankful for sunshine, south-facing windows, and fire.

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