Wednesday, October 14, 2020

A sweet Wednesday Hodgepodge


 It's time again for the Wednesday Hodgepodge, where Joyce asks the questions and bloggers provide the answers.  It's usually a lot of fun -- though sometimes a challenge -- and a great way to come up with an interesting blog post.  If you'd like to join in,  just head over to From This Side of the Pond and get the questions from Joyce, then answer them on your own blog. Here are the questions for this week:

1. Let's start things off right...Wednesday is National Dessert Day. What are we having? How often do you  make/serve dessert? Store bought or from scratch? 
I'll have to think about what we're having.  We don't ordinarily have dessert on weekdays and usually only serve dessert when we have folks over for a meal -- which is several times per month.  However, since this is a "holiday", and since we're starting a 40-day sugar fast on Saturday, I will probably bake something today.  Probably something with apples.  I seldom serve a store-bought dessert other than ice cream.

The Apple Crisp Pizza above is one of our very favorite fall desserts, especially to serve to company or to take to a potluck.

2. Slow as molasses, icing on the cake, that's the way the cookie crumbles, have your cake and eat it too, half-baked idea, that takes the cake...which phrase might be applied to something in your life in recent days? Explain. 

Slow as molasses is the way I feel most days.  But on a more upbeat note, my hubby and I enjoyed a recent getaway.  It's always a blessing to just get out of town and spend some uninterrupted time together.  The "icing on the cake" was finding some new-to-us hiking trails, exploring a little town we'd never visited, and trying a couple of new restaurants.  Even more icing was the fact that the fall foliage was at its peak of color in the area we visited.

One of our hikes took us around a remote pond.  The last quarter or so of the route or so was all uphill on a class 6 road seemingly paved with rocks.  I was moving as slow as molasses by the time we reached our car.

3. Something that's 'easy as pie' for you to do?

I'm trying to think of something in that category.   Let's see: It's incredibly easy for me to eat far too many potato chips.  That would be just one example.

4. Are you someone who likes to 'sugarcoat' news you think might not be well received, or are you more of a tell it like it is and let the chips fall where they may? Do you like to receive your news the same way you give it? 

I'm not really one to "sugarcoat" things, but if I had difficult news to share I would approach it as kindly as possible.   When I receive news of that type, I would appreciate being told kindly as well.  I've received a lot of news delivered in other ways, and it is most distressing.

5. Something you did recently that made you feel like a 'smart cookie'? 

Located a beautiful, reasonably priced Airbnb for our recent getaway.  I didn't feel all that smart -- I prayed, God provided.  But my hubby (who was well aware of my answered prayers) must have raved a dozen times about me finding this place.  It really was lovely and fit our needs exactly. 

The photo above shows a delightful touch at the Airbnb -- a tree wrapped in white lights, with a lovely wind chime made from silverware.  I've seen this type of wind chime before, but this is by far the nicest one I've seen.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Random indeed, but I found it fascinating.  We visited a very old cemetery while out and about on our getaway.  Some of the stones in this cemetery are so old that the inscriptions were written with the fs in place of s. 

The cemetery was out back of the church above.  You can just glimpse the cemetery off to the right.

And there's the Hodgepodge for this week.  Happy Wednesday, all!


  1. Good morning Mrs. T. So nice to read about your getaway and the lovely B&B you found. A nice bonus to see some beautiful color. I enjoy poking around old cemeteries. Your fall dessert sounds yummy. Hope you have a great Wednesday.

  2. Your fall pictures are beautiful! I love little getaways like that with my hubby. We usually try to at the beginning of December.
    Have you done a 40 day sugar fast before? How hard is that to do? I'm sure it would be difficult for me!

    That's a cute little windchime.

  3. Gorgeous framing on those beautiful foliage shots. Stunning!

    I am still fretting about that 40 day sugar fast and Thanksgiving. 🙃

    1. Can't have you fretting, Vee! The sugar fast is ending the day BEFORE Thanksgiving. We timed it pretty carefully to fit in between the couples’ retreat and Thanksgiving. Don’t worry, we can have maple syrup! We learned a lot the last time around.

      Speaking of maple syrup, I recently happened upon this recipe, which I will be trying during the sugar fast:

      And yes … my hubby did a great job with those foliage shots. We had so much glorious color and beauty to work with!

    2. Well amen! We can't have you sugar fasting on Thanksgiving. I didn't know that you could enjoy maple syrup on a sugar that also true for honey?

    3. Yes, honey can also be used as well as other natural sweeteners. We try to use them sparingly, however, since we don't want to indulge our taste for sweets too much. But when I need to make a dessert for company, I'll do something with maple syrup.

  4. What a beautiful Hodgepodge! Your getaway sounds delightful. Even a couple days really helps, doesn't it. And that apple pizza looks amazing. I wish we had company over several times a month, but until the Covid thing gets solved, I guess company time is limited to never. :-((

  5. Hi. I'm visiting from the Hodgepodge.

    Oh my. Your photos were spectacular. I love all the fall colors. Thanks so much for sharing them.

    1. Welcome, Shannon! I'm so happy you stopped by from the Hodgepodge!

      I'm so glad you enjoyed the photos. We took a ton of pictures on our getaway and I hope to share more in the coming weeks.

  6. the fall leaves are so beautiful! The leaves in Alabama are just beginning to change. The temp here today is in the low to mid 80's!

  7. Oh, what a lovely getaway you had! Love the views of the pond and the leaves...and that church and cemetery are so perfect! Love to find really old ones like that. The inscriptions on the tombstones are so interesting. Love that windchime too! Such a fun idea. Your applecrisp pizza sounds like a fun dessert that would definitely be a hit! I love anything apple, especially this time of year. Thank you for sharing some autumn beauty with us color starved southerners!!

  8. I would love the recipe to the pizza apple crisp. Loved all the pictures. I like to look at churches too when I travel.

    1. Thanks, Susan! The link to the apple crisp pizza recipe is in the first sentence below the picture. Just click on the words "Apple Crisp Pizza" and it should take you directly to the post with this recipe in it.

  9. I just hopped over and copied your recipe for the apple crisp pizza. That sounds so good! So glad you enjoyed your fall getaway. Looks lovely!


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