We recently returned from a visit to see family in Staunton, Virgina in the Shenandoah Valley. Allegheny Mountains to the west, and Blue Ridge Mountains to the east, the 140 mile (225km) valley is one of the prettiest drives in the country. Here was our view one morning. By the way, one of my favorite films, Cold Mountain (2003) was filmed in Virginia, not North Carolina.
I wait for it each year. The annual snowstorm transforms our dusty region into breathtaking beauty as at least four inches of snow fell overnight in the Verde Valley and our next-door neighbors in Sedona. Driving around Boyton Pass, here are a few shots of our morning. Which one do you like the best?
This year is a quiet holiday season. The grandchildren in my life are elsewhere and no one is visiting due to Covid. I made pecan sweet rolls and wonder who will eat them all?
Blogging buddy John inspired me with his recent post showing off his meat pies. I have never tried to make them and was up for the challenge. I made steak and mushroom pie for Christmas Eve dinner. While the filling was delicious, the crimping was non-existent. No worries. The crust was flaky and puffy. I’ll keep practicing making it look as good as it tasted.
Last week I was in the hospital. After receiving transfusions, I’m starting to feel a bit stronger. Taking advantage of the peace and quiet, I heal. Here is a toast to you! I pray your holiday is bright.
Love & Friendship,