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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A Four'easter Hodgepodge

Hello, dear friends.  I feel like a sitting duck awaiting the arrival of an unwelcome guest, the Four'easter.  Don't you love when meteorologists make up pet names for storms?  No, neither do I.  In any case, the weather guys have been circling my area with a bright red pen.  That's never a good sign.

I don't know about you, but it's been a slow week around here.  Even slower for Chowdah who spent a good part of it in time out.

     If it's Wednesday, it's time for Hodgepodge.        

1. On this first official day of spring tell us something (besides the weather) you're looking forward to in this season of the year.

I am looking forward to celebrating my Father's 100th birthday with friends and family in Austin, Texas.

2. When it comes to spring cleaning would you rather wash windows or wash baseboards? Clean out closets or clean out the garage? Dust ceiling fans or dust bookcases? Wipe down the patio furniture outside or wipe down the light fixtures inside? Any of these tasks recently completed?

my san

Really? We're supposed to do all that stuff?

I have a couple of things to catch up with in the kitchen before I can begin all of those chores.

3. Your favorite thing to make/eat that calls for cream cheese? 

When I lived in The Woodlands, my buddy Martha served the most delicious dip at one of her fabulous parties.  It only requires five ingredients which is right up my alley. The main ingredient is Rothschild Raspberry Salsa.  I've been making it for about 20 years now, and always receive rave reviews.

It's a rarity when I get the compliments on my expertise in the kitchen.  You can find the recipe right here.

Sour cream?

Here's another favorite recipe of mine.  This mouth-watering Sausage dip only has three ingredients and is so yummy.  Just don't look at the calorie content.
The recipe can be found here.

* I put this on early this AM and just realized there is no sour cream in this recipe.  Oh well, it's delicious anyway.

Whipped cream?

This is another one of my favorite recipes, and it only needs two ingredients - a spoon and Reddi Whip.

I really should write a cookbook.

4. I read here a list of commonly mispronounced words. What is a word that gives you trouble when it comes to pronunciation?

I tend to give this word a few more syllables than is required.

5. What's a song you love with the word 'rain' in the title or lyrics?

I always loved this song.

* If you've never heard of Barry, you're reading the wrong blog.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Last Friday night, the eve of St. Patrick's Day, I received my results from my AncestryDNA testing.  

I knew I was Irish... but not this Irish!

I was excited because I just assumed that I would be eligible for discounted drinks on St. Patrick's Day due to my strong Irish lineage.

Sadly, I was mistaken.

Until next time...

Preppy Empty Nester
Preppy Empty Nester

I'm Katie. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am an empty nester meandering through my middle-aged years while entangled in the never-ending process of renovating an antique home on the South Shore of Massachusetts. I love to write about books, movies, TV, celebrities, decorating, and weekend adventures. My favorite writing material is derived from my family: the Mister, my girls, #1 and #2, and my two untrainable, rambunctious pups, Chowdah and Chili.


  1. Oh my goodness, your father is turning 100?! You come from some great genetics (Irish or not). Alas, I think my spring cleaning can't quite match that list you provided. -Jenn

  2. Congratulations to your father. That's awesome! Thanks for the raspberry salsa recommendation. And I do like that Barry Manila (alas, predictive texting doesn't even recognize him!!) Manilow song. Have a great Wednesday!

  3. First, the fact that your father is turning 100 is wonderful! I love Barry. I went to his concert twice in college. That was a really long time ago, but it was so good.
    Now, I don't know who I am sadder for about the snow: me or you? My daughter and I were planning to fly out of sunny northwest Florida this morning for cold New York. We were so excited for our mother/daughter trip. Our flights are all canceled and can't get one until Friday. We will have to try again this summer. Actually, I am sadder for you. I would be so over snow by this time. Y'all have a had a rough winter. I guess if you like being inside a snow globe you are happy.
    Anyway, you need to get a ticket to the sunny south soon. As for Lindsay and I, we are probably going to take a road trip for a day or two locally.
    Take care!

  4. I am hungry, the raspberry salsa looks amazing, can't wait to try the dip. I have no school today so going to check a few things off my list: taxes, studying for an exam, cooking dinner, and because I am a multi-tasker the TV will be on at all times.

  5. Your daddy is precious, so cool. I will be getting that raspberry salsa and making that dip for sure! I don’t even need a spoon for the reddiwhip. Can with my name on it, lol. Hope Chowdah is a better boy this week and no time outs!

  6. Very Happy Birthday to your Dad!! How awesome to have your dad for so long. I hope I do too. :)

  7. Wow! Your dad turning 100! How fabulous! I hope that's lifting your spirits while your enduring snowmegeddon the umpteenth sequel. And may I tell you again that I miss your blogroll--your blog friends are my blog friends too.

    1. Maggie... I've heard that from several people. It may be coming back.

    2. Maggie.. one other thing. If you hit the button on top with Blog Friends that will take you to a list of the same blogs with the links. The only drawback is I couldn't get one that updates. I follow all my blogs through Bloglovin' which sends me an email when one of the blogs has a new post.

    3. I tried your Blog Friends but I don't think it's as complete as the blogroll was, plus I'm incredibly lazy :) Hope you're maintaining sanity in the ridiculous weather. xxxooo

  8. Oh no, more snow! I know that's not what you want to hear in your spring forecast! I'm clicking over to get that cream cheese dip recipe - sounds delicious and we're having friends over for dinner Saturday so that will be perfect! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

  9. Wow - Happy Birthday to your dad! I hope we don't get as much snow as they predict. It already started here and we are in the 12-18 inch section. Ugh. My kids are happy but I am definitely ready for spring now! I just heard Copacabana on the radio the other favorite of Barry's. Enjoy your day!

  10. Wow! 100! That is awesome! That raspberry salsa sounds interesting. I might have to give it a try. We were circled in red yesterday, too and I think our weather dudes were disappointed things didn't develop into more than severe thunderstorms. Crazy nut cases. LOL

  11. Happy birthday to your, that's quite the milestone! How lucky you are to still have him in your life. Your recipes sound great all except the one for whipped cream....not a fan overall. OH I forgot about Barry's song! My friend who is a die hard Barry fan would wag her finger at me. I like Barry's music very much but he's not my #1.

  12. I love that Barry Manilow song!!

  13. Happy Birthday to your father on turning 100! You are blessed to still have him! I miss my parents everyday. I am over 90% Irish also as both my parents were Irish-love it! I am going to order that raspberry salsa right away and make that dip. Love Amazon prime!💚🍀🌈🇮🇪

  14. As always, I enjoyed your answers :)
    Wow, happy 100th birthday to your father! That's awesome.
    Yeah, I know and love Barry Manilow, so I guess I'm at the right blog :)
    Take care (and stay warm),
    Kathy (Reflections)

  15. Bless your hard having storm after storm when it is SPRING!! Thanks for sharing your DNA results. I want to do mine. I think it will be pretty much English but who can tell?

  16. Oh crack me up! I can only imagine how YOU must feel about the weather you have been having. And what a blessing to be celebrating your dad's 100th birthday this year...that's amazing! Did you get your good Irish genes from him?? Thank you for the dip sound awesome and we love the sausage dip too! You got one thing wrong though when it comes to the whipped cream...who needs a spoon? :D Stay safe and warm, my friend!

  17. I am SO sorry for your snow -- past, present and future. Enough is enough!

    Thanks for the sausage dip recipe. I'll blame you.

    And three cheers on your dad's birthday! I'll bet that will be a fabulous celebration!

  18. The weather is definately getting the best of us. I love your illustration with the abomidable snowman. Although I think I would need some chocolate as well.

    How wonderful to be celebrating your dads 100 birthday! I hope that I am blessed to have my parents until they are 100 or older. I am sure it will be a fabulous day!

    I have never heard of this dip or the raspberry relish for the top, it looks delicious. I wonder if it would taste good on Brie cheese as well.

    I hope that you have a great week. Prayers that your power stays on.

  19. Yum! Raspberry salsa on nachos sounds delicious. I never thought of putting anything even remotely fruity on top of or with chips. It's wonderful that you can celebrate your dad's 100'th birthday with him, a dad is one of the best things a girl could ever have. I hope your week is a blessed one!

  20. The first recipe sounded good until I saw "black beans" - the second recipe is more my taste - and with only 3 ingredients, more my energy level!! I will definitely try that one! Hope the storm passes by quickly!

  21. I don't know what it says for your chances with the storm, but I'm down here in SW Pennsylvania (granted in the Appalachian ridges) and they predicted about 3-6 inches for us and we have at least a foot. I hope it doesn't dump double the forecast on you!

  22. A HAPPY 100TH to your Dad...I hope you interview him on his life secrets..wonderful picture! You poor dear in all that snow.....this too shall pass. Thank you for the recipe..sounds delish!

  23. Yay for your dads big birthday...I would give anything to still have mine and hear just one more story from him. Breathe in Breathe out....soon your spring will come and you will truly appreciate every day of it! Easy for me to say from the south, right??!
    Agree on blog roll. I miss finding my friends from YOUR blog roll! It’s like not knowing anyone’s phone number anymore!!!

  24. I never realized how many words I was saying incorrectly. Thanks friend!

  25. I can't imagine what Chowdah could possibly have done to earn Time Out. He is so adorably cute that he should be forgiven of all sins.

  26. Wow, your dad will be 100, how incredible! I have been to a few Barry concerts, always great! The DNA test can be quite interesting. I use to love cleaning, not so much anymore! Stay warm!

  27. I'm so sorry about your weather. Ours isn't much better but at least no snow. When I was 12 my extremely cool grandma took me to a Barry Manilow concert. Then she got the brilliant idea to wait for his car backstage and follow him to get his autograph. Pretty sure we'd be arrested for that today. Anyway, we followed a limousine all around town - and when it finally stopped - no Barry. We were so sad! But it was a great memory. Hope the snow melt asap!

  28. What a happy year (other than the weather) to be celebrating your Dad's 100th! He is still quite a handsome man -all the best to him in this year! My dad would have also celebrated his 100th this year.
    #2 - laughed out loud. I could barely choose any of those options - I'm with you....are we really supposed to??
    Pinned the recipe with the salsa - yum, and thank you!
    Have a good rest of the week. I know each time you likely say, "surely this is the last one", but it's bound to be, right???

  29. Well, at least you have kept your sense of humor through out the snow/bomb/noreaster ordeals. That first little cartoon was perfect. I showed it to my husband, and he exclaimed, "That'll work!"

    Your dad looks wonderful, and I wish him a very happy birth-year. At 100 he is entitled to that, not just a birthDAY.

    My mother was a serious creme cheese freak, and I really should go look at her recipes again. I always keep some, and never use it without thinking of her. Her creme cheese pound cake is seriously fine.

    I didn't know, eithe,r about all that Spring cleaning. I find the best time to wash the baseboards is when I am going to repaint a room. The rest of the time the Little Oreck vacuum does a fine job. The main thing here is to keep the doors closed right now because of heavy pollen. When it rains, it leaves very heavy deposits of yellow everywhere,like the gutters in the street or the sidewalks, etc.

  30. Happy 100th birthday to your father. How wonderful. I am ready for winter to be kicked out the door. xo Laura

  31. Happy Birthday to your handsome dad. Love Barry Manilow and especially that song. Thanks for sharing it. Am listening right now. I am waiting for my DNA test results, but it's taking forever. How long did it take you to get yours in and how did come? I think I'm 94% English, but it will be interesting to see.

  32. Golly, I would have suspected we had more than 1% of Brit in us, Sis. I shall show the photo of your Pops to my mom. Whenever I comment that she's doing swell for 95 she always comes back with "Nonsense. There are plenty of with-it 99 year-olds here!" Your dad will give her more ammunition.

  33. Happy Birthday to your dad! I love Barry Manilow and actually got to see him in concert once. Hubby and I just sent our test kits into a couple weeks ago. Can't wait to get the results.

  34. Congrats on your dad turning 100! How awesome. I hope the storm wasn't too bad at your end. I'm in NH and we got nothing. Barry Manilow is such a great entertainer.

  35. Congratulations to your dad on his 100th birthday! I hope we’ll have a full report (post) on this momentous event! Searching for Barry’s greatest hits on my Sonos right now. I must have worn out 3 of these cassettes back in the day. Anyway, I Made it Through the Rain is my theme song since moving to the Pacific Northwest. But I can't complain, snow is worse. Four’easter is hilarious though. I get it that you’re less amused.

  36. Hi Katie, First, a big Happy Birthday to you daddy, I know he has to be a sweetheart! Hope the storm has passed without any damage. Both recipes sound yummy and easy, I'm saving to try for my next party. Hope you won the wager with your Chef over the DNA testing. I am so eager to do that! I wonder if my Irish number will be that high. Have fun in Austin........

  37. Wow you are Irish! I have ben thinking about you this week as you get hit by another storm, so sorry! Spring is coming I promise, and you will be warm in Austin! Congrats to your dad for hitting the 100 year mark!

  38. Happy birthday to your father! Enjoy the celebration! I have saved all 3 of your recipes. They are right up my alley: high impact, low effort...especially the cool whip and spoon recipe. Brilliant!


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