Wednesday, March 08, 2023

Taking a break for the Hodgepodge


  So it's Wednesday again, so time for the Hodgepodge -- the linkup where Joyce, at  From This Side of the Pond, asks the questions and bloggers provide the answers on their own blogs.  This week's Hodgepodge questions have a fun "spring break" theme.   Here goes:

1. We're in to a season students call 'spring break'. Did you/your family travel over spring breaks when you were growing up?  Tell us something about a 'spring break' you remember (from childhood or adulthood, either one). 

As I remember, many of our spring breaks from school were spent in the production of maple syrup.   And as very little kids, we also spent a lot of time in the sugarbush or my grandparents' sugarhouse.

You can read ALL of my maple memories here.

2. Last thing you broke? Was it a big deal? 

A tooth, and it's turning into a very big expensive deal as a crown is going to be the solution.  As my dad always said ...

3. March 7th is National Cereal Day...are you a fan? What's your favorite? If not cereal what's your favorite breakfast? Your typical breakfast? 

Not a fan of cereal in general because it really is best with milk and I don't care for milk.  Also trying to eat far fewer carbs, so that lets cereal out.  If I could be said to have a favorite cereal it would probably be homemade granola.  

My favorite breakfast would likely involve sausage and eggs in some form.  At a favorite breakfast spot I usually order the All Country, which involves sausage, sausage gravy, biscuits, eggs, and a breakfast side (I most often choose the cinnamon apples).

With intermittent fasting, our breakfast is more likely to be lunch. 

Just for fun though, a vintage Kellogg's cereal advertisement from my collection!

4. Break ground, break of dawn, break down, break the bank, break one's stride, break the ice, break a law, break a habit, break bread...choose one of the idioms listed and tell us how it applies to your life currently.

Hmmm ... the broken tooth isn't going to completely break the bank, but it won't be cheap.  And I'm going to need a second crown for a cracked front tooth, later on.  That one was going to be first until this one happened.

This jolly piggy bank is a 1940s birthday card available in my Etsy shop.

5. Where do you go to connect with friends and family? What do you like to do most when you're home alone? 

Well, I connect with some friends and family at church.  I connect with some on Instagram.  I connect with some at our house or theirs.   Mr. T and I love it when we can connect with friends and family at our little cottage.

While home alone, I guess that depends on the time of day.  If daylight hours, probably I'd prefer either getting caught up on some household task, or working on a sewing project.

In the evening, I might spend time on a cross-stitch or other needlework project, or maybe do some blogging.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Last night I adapted a "burger bowl" recipe I'd seen on Instagram -- burgers, salad greens, roasted cubed sweet potatoes, onions and a special sauce.  I had to leave out the cherry tomatoes and the dill pickle slices because we didn't have any.  What a wonderful meal!  So many great flavors that all mingled so well.  I think some variation of this may become a weekly meal for us.

That's the Hodgepodge for this week, friends!


  1. I really enjoyed your answers this week! I didn't even think about biscuits and gravy when I was answering the cereal question. I don't remember the last time I ate them but yum!!

  2. I LOVE all your vintage pictures...and the Kellogg's ad sure brought back memories. It's been a long time since a quarter would buy milk...or anything else for that matter! I am like you...I don't care for milk at all, unless it has Ovaltine in it and is heated up! (That's my choice for "hot chocolate"). What I do for cereal is sprinkle granola cereal on top of yogurt, with some fresh berries. Makes a great breakfast or snack. I use "Nature's Path Organic Pumpkin Seed and Flax Granola". Sorry to hear about the broken tooth/crown situation. I know how expensive that is and it's no fun going through it either. So sorry. Oh, I wish I could come up and get some real Maple Syrup again. I haven't had any real Maple syrup since we left New England. It's just too expensive to buy down here. I can imagine the fun you had growing up with the maple sugaring season going on. It's a lot of work, but so worth it. I love the picture of the men around the campfire at your little cottage. That would be a favorite place for me, that's for certain. I enjoyed your answers and stories. I will have to go back and check out the Maple Memories you linked. Thank you for sharing with us. This was delightful.

  3. As we aren't eating carbs, our burger bowl consists of ground meat and a baked egg on a bed of lettuce, tomatoes with a wallop of avocado. Enjoyed all your vintage pictures.

  4. Oh I am sorry about the unexpected expense of a broken truth. Bummer! My grands just finished up February break. It'll be another six (five?) weeks before spring break. We used to call it Easter break, but it rarely lands around Easter. Will you and Mr. T be tapping your trees?

  5. Your post brought back memories of when I was little and lived in a mining town where some of the residents tapped trees behind the housing and made syrup. They used to drizzle sap over snow and give it to the kids who were always hanging around watching the process and begging to help.

  6. I also said biscuits and gravy but can't due to keto and IF. I feel what you're saying!

  7. A broken tooth does not sound good. Sorry for the aggravation and the expense. It's interesting how many hodgepodgers do not eat cereal. That hidden sugar content can't be good. Hope the rest of your week is good!

  8. I also broke a tooth just recently so I certainly feel your pain there, and the effect on my bank account too! I love your dad's saying about being true to your teeth! That made my day. Hope you have a great week!


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