FOOD! 11-22-23

This group is made up of great cooks! I can tell because of the menus you sent – wow! I wish I liked to cook better but I can think of so many other things I’d rather be doing. The variety in your menus is over the top and sooooo much food and so many choices. Several of you asked for the Swiss Vegetable Medley. Here you go:

Preheat oven to 350 – use 9 x 13 pan

1 bag frozen broccoli, carrots, cauliflower – thaw and drain

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 cup shredded Swiss cheese

1/3 cup sour cream

1 can onion rings

Combine all except 1/2 cup cheese and 1/2 can onions

Bake covered 30-40 minutes.

Uncover and top with remaining cheese and onions

Bake 5 minutes longer

I’ve tried to double this but it took forever to cook. Next time I’d just make two pans

This morning when I opened the barn Dot scurried over to a spot under the stairs, laid this egg and ran out to play. It was so warm when I picked it up. Notice Spottie in the photo below.

Then Spottie walked or, I should say, struggled to walk by me. Something was wrong. I picked her up and her back end was so stuck shut with manure that I took her to the house and put her bottom in warm water in the utility sink. (Don’t worry, I cleaned it with bleach afterwards.). As I cleaned and trimmed her bottom an egg popped out!!! Here she is all clean and drying off before I took her back to the barn.

And back with Twin Sister – much more comfortable, I’m sure.

Of course we drove the wilderness trail – Hazel wanted to drive!

Reader photos


Kathy and I think they’re twins!

Fluffybun getting comfy!

This is my design wall – guess who’s been climbing it!!!!! Grrrrr.

So many great college basketball tournaments this week that I’ve been very entertained. My shift at the community meal starts at 10 am. That alone should tell you how much I dislike cooking. And Rick won’t go out. So….

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

43 thoughts on “FOOD! 11-22-23

    1. Jeanne in Co.

      Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Mary, your blog,, your farm pictures, and the readers shared photos and stories are among the many things I’m thankful for, not just on Thanksgiving, but every day of the year. It’s a bright spot in my day to see messages from all over the world, and all because of the work you do to keep the blog posted. Thank you from all of us.
      What a blessing to help serve the communities Thanksgiving dinners. My husband and I used to do that for Christmas Day when our married children could not be with us. It was such fun serving them as the dinners were for anyone who didn’t have a family to share a meal with them. You never knew who would show up. Great memories. Yesterday was bitter-sweet for me. It was the 5th anniversary of my husbands death. So many happy memories of times we shared. God truly blessed us with 68 Happy Thanksgivings together. Jeanne in Co

  1. Nancy Finch

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
    My cousin’s wife breeds and show chickens and was at a competition in Ohio recently and shared pictures of all the breeds. I wish I could figure out how to show you. There was some really weird ones.

  2. Kris in WI

    No rants today, just checking to see if you had anything to share after your long rehearsal, Mary. Hazel driving, that’s hilarious! I’m enjoying the lovely quilts, chicken tales, and pets and glad Spotty has recovered from her “issues.” Happy Thanksgiving to all and to all a good night…um, morning. Kris

  3. Sandi

    Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone! I’m not much of a cook anymore either. Everyone is grown and they do the big portion of making dinner. We keep it simple. Beautiful quilt pictures from Julie. I always love the pet pictures. Hugs,

  4. Sharon G.

    Mary – I can’t believe a person has to use 4 parking spots for one pickup truck. Honestly how do people live with themselves?! Great photos of the animals.
    I agree Squeak and Millie could be twins. The quilts are magnificent!
    Thanks for your blog!
    Have a good Thanksgiving.
    Take care everyone.

  5. Viv in Idaho

    Happy Thanksgiving to all!! I love the quilts and pets this morning. I don’t love cooking anymore. I am putting a turkey breast in the crockpot so I can have turkey sandwiches – I do look forward to that!

  6. Sharon Eshlaman

    Love today’s post….can’t wait to try your recipe. Just know, there’s one blog I follow daily, faithfully…..YOURS! I admire your endless energy, humor, love of antiques and your love of animals❤️
    Keep my smiles coming…

  7. Carmen M.

    Thanks for the recipe, can’t wait to try it! I don’t care much for cooking anymore either, but when it’s a holiday and my kids come I do basics, nothing fancy anymore.
    Love all the pet and animal pics today and great quilts! You did a very nice thing helping out Spottie, I use to have an indoor rabbit named Scooby Doo that had similar problems of course not with having an egg, but I often had to take him to the sink and clean him up, he never minded me doing it, he was an awesome rabbit, loved to be petted, just like a cat but he chewed furniture and wires always had to be watched when he was not in his crate!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your readers!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Carmen – I rescued a rabbit in a Chicago library years ago and kept him as a house rabbit and he also chewed cords!

  8. Angie from Baltimore

    Happy Thanksgiving to all. As we sit around the table we need to remind ourselves that our opinions are just that ours and be glad that we are gathered together because many of us will be missing dear ones that aren’t there. That as CB bad as crime is there are places in the world that have no table to sit around or family to even share stories or opinions. I am grateful and Blessed May you feel as blessed.

  9. Vicki Ibarra

    Love Julie B’s quilts. Spottie had quite the problem. Fluffybun looks so comfortable, but what a naughty girl with your design wall. I made a pumpkin dump cake yesterday. Recipes abound on the internet and I wanted something pumpkin, but easy.
    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Vicki – I should have identified Gracie who was the guilty party climbing the design wall.

      1. Vicki Ibarra

        If I had looked better, I would have seen Gracie in the picture. Sorry. It is so special to see Fluffybun looking content. Yay for you!

  10. Maggey

    Happy Thanksgiving Mary and Rick
    Your post mean so much, love hearing bout anything you post.. love all the animals and admire you for all you do for them,
    Please keep posting because your post mean so much to all of us
    Thank you

  11. Sally J. Mi.

    I love all your quilts Julie!!
    Cooking today and my daughter and family are coming for the feast.
    Thanks for the recipe Mary.
    Counting all my blessings today and wishing all my blog friends a Happy Thanksgiving!
    Sally J.

  12. Marilyn Cook

    I have that vegetable medley recipe and made it years ago. Will have to bri g it back.

    Happy Thanksgiving

  13. Kathy in western NY

    Watching the Macys day parade and all the enthusiasm. The floats, the music of Broadway, Harlem Globetrotters with the kids, it’s all fun!
    Mary I had a cat who decided to climb a large wall quilt and shredded some blacks. It came down that day and we put up a picture!
    Happy Thanksgiving to all and be safe. So much to be thankful for. Gratitude to all who share your pictures and Mary who keeps us all together.

  14. Fran

    Have a nice Thanksgiving. I am cooking today but barely. A daughter and her hubby here to share that chore. I have fond memories of Thanksgiving with family way back when I worked two days to get a fancy meal on the table and in 20 minutes it was devoured and then coping with leftovers. Family is spread out again and I don’t mind it if I am alone. There is a community dinner but I have never gone. I spent yesterday long arming. I enjoy your posts so much. Eye candy is the best.

  15. Joy in NW Iowa

    Happy Thanksgiving! To clarify the list of food on my families menu….every family contributes. The hostess sends out a group text and everyone responds with what they will bring. One person does not have to make it all. One year Jay had type A flu….no one wanted to come. I ordered the meal from HyVee. It was a really good,
    Naughty Gracie has made a real mess of your design wall. Yikes.

  16. Tama

    Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. I’m thankful for you and all you share on this blog!! THANK YOU!!😊

  17. Linda in Michigan

    Fluffybuns is the Queen of the pics today. Enjoyed the Spottie story, and I’m glad she’s all cleaned up now.
    Turkey is stuffed and in the oven, will make mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts later. Pumpkin pie was made last night. Just my husband and I, but this is my favorite day of the year, and I actually enjoy the cooking. Watching the Macy’s parade, as a high school band near us will be marching. Later will watch the Lions play the Packers. Go Lions!
    Happy Thanksgiving everyone, blessings to all.

  18. Launa

    Had some SNOW last night, Mary!

    Thanks for all the pictures….Macy’s Parade is showing here….I set the 49er game for later!



  19. Sharon F

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Love all the pictures today but especially the one of Fluffybun looking so content. The quilt behind her, with the 2 sizes of 9 patches is so pretty. Would be nice to see a bigger picture of it.
    Going to friends for Thanksgiving dinner, taking a pecan pie and grateful to not have to cook today.

  20. Lynn

    Happy Thanksgiving! I really enjoyed reading the comments the past couple of days. The other day I stopped at the General Store in Clear Lake, when I got out of my car I noticed I was on the line. I corrected it immediately as I didn’t want you to see it if you would have driven by!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Lynn – oh, that’s too funny! Becky was with me recently and I didn’t park as good as I should and Becky said I should have taken a picture before I moved it! Haha!!! Oh, I’ve created tension for all parkers!

  21. Rhoda Ebersole

    Happy Thanksgiving to you Mary and Rick . I thank you for your blog. We have much to be thankful for in our country as a previous author mentioned.
    Being thankful is good for all kinds of reasons.
    May we help the people less fortunate and quilters are very good at doing that!❤️

  22. Jan Hebert

    Haha! I love Lynn’s comment! I’m much more aware of how I’m parked now as well! It’s like the silent “parking police” are watching, haha! Kinda like the quilt police!? Quiet but beautiful day here today. Just Peter and I, the kids are coming Saturday. We had a turkey and home grown squash and potatoes with gravy. I forgot to make stuffing! Oh well, I’ll make some for Saturday to go with the leftovers. I love seeing Fluffybun looking so happy and content. I hope none of my hens get bound like that – I have no utility sink! I’ve had to use my powder room sink in the past to take care of things like that. It’s funny how they struggle until they feel the warm water, ha! Mine have loved it! Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Jan in MA

  23. Betty Klosterman

    Hope everybody had a good Thanksgiving. It was cloudy all day and then snow this afternoon, but not much. Streets are wet and temp is supposed to be 13 tonight….. slippery tomorrow. Looks like the storm is going south of us.

    I’m guilty, except I don’t really know what happened. First Fluffybun is right next to the picture of a quilt I made. It is so simple and really striking to see. I don’t remember her name, but a lady asked the name of it and was interested on how to make it, which is Tokyo Dome and I saw it on Pinterest. The big 9-patch is 9″ finished. The smaller 9-patch makes up to 4 1/2″ (half the size of the large block) with background strips of 2 3/4″ added to make it 9″ finished. I ended with enough blocks for a twin and lap quilt for Project Warmth. When laying out the blocks, I discovered if the large blocks were darker and the small blocks were lighter, it looked better. Now the problem: I was replying to the lady who asked and her blog and my answer were GONE! I’d been hoping it might come back, but not so far. Sorry, except I have no idea what happened. Spooks? Hopefully this will help the problem, maybe?

    Hope Dot’s problem is solved. I remember when Mom got baby chicks, she was always checking to make sure their butts were blocked! Gotta poop?

    In the meantime, we can’t solve the problems of the world, but some of the smaller problems are fixed? Have a good time and enjoy your quilting adventures.
    Betty in Rapid City

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Betty – your photo is on my little cork board on my sewing island and Fluffybun was sitting right in front of it. I saved the picture because I loved your quilt and I have so many plans to make so many quilts! Ha! I’m so glad you saw that comment and answered with the measurements – thank you!!

  24. Cynthia from SW MN

    Guess it’s time to say this in regards to parking, ‘We all do better, when we do better’! I did the same, backed up and moved over to be more centered in the parking space. And when I took my sister to an appointment, I had to back out and center up again so she could get out of the car. No more sluffin’ offfor me.

  25. Diane, Squeak, & Buddy in Central Ohio

    We had a great Thanksgiving cooked mostly by Bob Evans. I would recommend it!! I am another grateful blog reader, Mary. Thank you! I am also grateful for all my family and friends. Those of us who live in a free country do not realize how much we have! I try to be grateful every day for quilting, Honor Flights, food on the table, a roof over my head. and people who are kind.
    At the funeral calling hours yesterday was a young woman from Decorah, Iowa. She is a friend of our daughter’s and also a friend of the mother of the boy who died. She came a long way. Squeak and Millie do look like they came from the same litter! Even those little black dots under their eyes are the same! Thanks for a great Fall and Christmas quilt show—beautiful and the kitties! Even naught little Gracie😹😹

  26. Sunflower from Michigan

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! My husband and I took thanksgiving dinner to my mom today. We’ve had 40 plus people at my parents farm in years past for Thanksgiving dinner. Just shows how far and wide people can go. I put up the Christmas village and decorations for my mom also. She can’t do it anymore but does enjoy her village collection. She doesn’t put up or want a tree anymore. My sister will take the village down in January and I’m thankful for that!
    I’ve been enjoying the basketball tournaments this week also, Mary. Embroidering quilt squares but almost done! Finishing a fall quilt top…will have it new for NEXT fall, I guess! 🙂
    I’m thankful for your time and effort in this blog Mary. The comment section is a huge bonus, really connecting us. Thank you. Mary!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sunflower – I recently heard two people say to me that they don’t read the comments and I told them they’re the best part. Why don’t they read the comments? They said don’t want to take the time. Hard to believe.

  27. Sunflower from Michigan

    Oh, I meant to tell you my rabbit story! We kids begged and begged for a pet rabbit growing up. My dad finally gave in and we got a big black silky rabbit. It lived in our hay mow and one day it chewed on the electrical wires and nearly burned the barn down. Luckily my dad was able to put out the fire but the rabbit didn’t make it. Needless to say, we never had another rabbit.

  28. Diana in Des Moines

    Friday morning and I survived. Making stock from the turkey carcass today, putting away Thanksgiving decor, and the tree is going up.
    Still having trouble with my left eye – blurry, pain, burning. Hoping it will get better over the weekend so I can sew. Return trip to the eye dr Monday.
    Julie’s quilts are absolutely beautiful! She has been busy.
    More seasonal weather today. I need to pick up prescriptions for us all today. Mom’s is at WalMart! YIKES!!
    Today is gotcha day for my Pepper. Animal Rescue League shopping on Black Friday! Prettiest cat in the whole place and she chose me!
    Safe travels for all you heading home.

  29. Sue Hoover

    I just LOVE Julie B’s red & green table mat/wall hanging. It’s beautiful in its simplicity. Happy Thanksgiving to you & Rick.

  30. Susan K in Texas

    My Thanksgiving has been broken into three different days this year. My oldest son the priest was here for a funeral on Tuesday so we had our meal with him Monday. We went out with two sons and my husbands mom and sister. We went to Saltgrass as my sons and I don’t care for turkey. My MIL had a dizzy spell that required a call to 911. She was fine after a bit and we got our meals after they had been under heat lamps.
    The second was yesterday – I spent it doing laundry and stitching on a cross stitch angel for my new grandson’s stocking. My husband went to his mom’s as she had another dizzy spell. His sister brought a turkey meal for them to share.
    The third thanksgiving is tomorrow with my family. Six of seven siblings and my parents will be there. We all bring a dish and a dessert. A brother and sister in law are bringing the turkey and my parents are bringing German sausage. I prefer the sausage over the turkey.
    So many things to be thankful for this year but I want to tell you that your blog means so much to me. I enjoy reading the blog and the comments. And I always like showing off the quilts I make.
    Hugs to you Mary!

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