Tuesday Tidbits #169 It’s Our Special Corner

Hello Friends

The sweet fragrance of spring blooms can be intoxicating here in our garden. Places like this is where I can find peace and joy…

Myrtle Leaf Milkwort (Sweet Pea Shrub)

As well as our backyard oasis.

Here in our home sweet home…

And right here in BlogLand…

In this crazy and upsetting world it’s times like these where we need to come together and support each other where we find beauty, peace and kindness. When we do so… we can confront the atrocities. We must stay true to who we are so that beauty, peace and kindness stay put in our neck of the woods. That way our minds can stay rational and balanced.

Queen Elizabeth bloomed showing off her beauty and her royalty.

Therefore, I shall stay put here in BlogLand and share the little Tidbits of Two Trails One Road. Our special corner of the world. And I will specifically look for your special corner of the world to also bring me Beauty, Peace, Kindness and Joy! It’s how I can stay sane.

Let the Tidbits Flow

Last week I was reminding sweet man all about Paczki. Basically, I was letting him know we needed to go out and see if our local grocery store had them. He had a few errands to run and would be back home in a jiffy so that we could go out to hunt down the delicious Paczki. (If you are not familiar with them… they are a Polish treat that is specifically eaten on Fat Tuesday.) I am not Polish and neither is Sweet Man but it’s an excuse to eat a yummy treat.

Well, he went and did it… it’s why I call him Sweet Man. He came walking through the door with fresh… made that morning Paczki!

Custard filled PaczkiI think they were still slightly warm from the bakery! They were delicious with a capital D!

From Paczki to Clouds… no segue. I just love clouds!

Whispy Clouds make me smile…

And from clouds to more roses…

Another rose joined Queen Elizabeth in the garden. This one is named Montezuma. It’s a pretty coral shade.

More Tidbits and Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan is behind the piano.

We had Bob Dylan on our Bucket List of Concerts. He came to Phoenix so off we went. The picture is somewhat blurry as I had to take this quickly. Security was crazy about taking pictures. They were threatening many people of taking their cell phones away …so I snapped this one and put my phone away. He was okay… he didn’t sing any of his famous songs, not a one. He stayed behind the piano all night. He did not chat with the audience. It was short and no encore.

Spring at the LakeHouse

Snowdrops planted by my Mom over 50+ years ago!

Our neighbor at the LakeHouse sent me the above picture. When these little delights, called snowdrops, show their little blossoms… you know spring is on its way! Planted by my Mother 50+ years ago! I remember my Mom digging a few up and wrapping them in paper and laying them in a box for me to plant at my house in Ohio. I wonder if they are still coming up in that yard?

Speaking of Delights

A delicious Reuben Sandwich from a local watering hole was for lunch the other day. We started celebrating St. Patrick’s Day earlier then usual!
Why not make yourself an Irish Coffee… it’s simple and quite delicious. Coffee, a wee bit of Irish Cream and top it off with whipped cream.

If you are even more daring you can make your own homemade Irish Cream. I share how by Clicking here.

Since we are talking about St. Patrick’s Day I thought I’d share my little Irish Coffee area…

I always need to add some garden blooms.

My Walks

I love sharing the beauty I find from my walks around the neighborhood.

Myrtle Spurge
Beautiful landscaped yard.
Those clouds coming up from behind the mountain.

Gardening Tip

Have you heard this one tip when growing basil?

Fill a mason jar with leftover coffee grounds, and a banana peel. Then fill with hot water. Let it steep for two days. After two days strain the liquid into a leftover gallon milk jug. Fill the rest of the milk jug with water. Discard the banana peel and coffee grounds. Use the banana coffee liquid diluted with water, a few cups at a time, on your basil.

Best basil I have ever grown!

A nice ending to the day and a nice ending for Tuesday Tidbits.

Thanks for Reading Tuesday Tidbits

Sending well wishes to all of you for a wonderful week to come.

35 thoughts on “Tuesday Tidbits #169 It’s Our Special Corner

  1. Happy Tuesday to you! Your colorful garden images made me smile this morning! You reminded me it’s time to plant my basil! I made gumbo for Mardi Gras and will be cooking up a few Irish goodies soon. Luck of the Irish to you!

  2. Yes, in these unsettling times, we do find some peace and joy in each other’s blogs, Nance. Thanks for sharing the beauty you find as we have our much of our hearts with the tragedies over there.

  3. Nancy, you are more than doing your part to bring beauty in our most troubling times. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. Queen Elizabeth rose is truly a beauty. You and Sweet Man are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with the perfect Irish cream Coffee and a delicious looking reuben. I am now thinking I need a reuben sandwich for lunch. Thanking you for a beautiful and thoughtful post. Keep doing what you are doing! Love, hugs, and prayers!

    1. That Reuben was darn good… and for the price I could not replicate it any better or more reasonable. .
      Thank you always for your kind words. This place called Blog Land is a pretty special place.
      Have a lovely Tuesday dear Pam.

    1. They are! It’s amazing what still comes up in the LakeHouse gardens planted by my Mom! You should see the fall crocus… beautiful and they are abundant as well.

  4. Good morning Nancy, and thank you for your thoughts and words about our little corner of blogland, it’s important that we have a safe place to keep our sanity during these troubled times. Your flowers are gorgeous, and I always love seeing your desert cacti. I’ve never heard of Paczki, sounds yummy, and that reuben sandwich looks amazing! I love your little Irish coffee station, you really are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in so many delicious ways! Sounds like the concert was a little disappointing, how old is Bob Dylan anyway, he’s probably pretty tired of performing! I hope you have a lovely Tuesday~☘️

    1. He is 80. We googled it. I give him credit for getting on stage but darn… I just wanted to hear Blowing in the Wind or Like a Rolling Stone…
      I have to say Paczki is much more famous in the Midwest. Chicago has some of the best bakeries making them. Cleveland did as well. They are similar to a filled donut but not quite… and it’s why you want them to be fresh by someone who knows how to make them.
      Thank you for always stopping by… its always good to hear from you.
      Enjoy your Tuesday!

  5. Nancy, my sweet friend, what a beautiful post…..and I am definitely going to use the basil watering tip as my basil is looking a bit bedraggled. I am all for food for any holiday and now that my doctors tell me eat anything and everything that I want…(never thought a doctor would tell me that, haha) nothing is off limits and I LOVE a good Reuben sandwich and a soft ooey-gooey pastry. Your flowers and cacti are giving me yearnings for my days in N.M….as well as the Spanish architecture of many of the homes and the majestic mountains. thanks for that view.
    Blessings always and God Bless the Ukrainians.
    Kari @ Me and My Captain

    1. Kari… I have to share with you this little Tidbit… whenever I see your name or blog posts I have the biggest smile on my face. Because it is you that gives me the miraculous hope and faith that prayers WORK!
      Thank you for enjoying todays post dear Kari. Now go out and eat a big slice of cake with lots of frosting!
      Happy Tuesday!

  6. “stay rational and balanced”
    The more rational I stay about the present war in Ukraine and its possible outcome(s) the less balanced I get.

    1. I hear ya Pit… but I was not talking about Ukraine. Nothing rational about that horrible war! What I was talking about was my own brain… my own sanity. Looking at beauty keeps me a bit more calm… and lets me go to a quiet place to pray for the Ukranians.

      1. It’s really difficult to keep one’s own sanity in these troubling ties, isn’t it?
        Take care,

    1. It’s a Midwest tradition… quite popular in the Chicago and Cleveland areas and perhaps Pittsburgh as well. I have a friend who lives in Chicago and she sent me a picture of hers… it was a cassata paczki. Oh! My! Word!
      Happy Tuesday Dorothy!

  7. You made my Tuesday–maybe even my week! I love learning new things and you did that with your paczki. I doubt if it is available in OK, but I’m going to be looking for it. The other thing is your basil water. It sounds crazy, but based on your picture it seems to work well. Your pictures of the beautiful outdoor world make me smile and shake my head at the fact that cacti are pretty. It is an oxymoron to me, but they are! I am a sucker for anything tea related so I love your Irish tea setting, and I hold out hopes that we can find some good Irish food on St. Patrick’s Day. Your Reuben looked amazing! Have a wonderful week, Nancy!

    1. Well…Well…Well… I am starting to make you see that cacti are beautiful in a “different” way! We love how cacti are like a sculpture…especially if there are lots of arms.
      Thanks for enjoying this post… and I hope you find a fabulous Rueben!
      Enjoy your week.

  8. Thank you for the beauty and encouragement to share it. These times are very disturbing.
    I love your backyard oasis! A balm for the soul!
    How sweet your Irish Coffee station is! I love your mugs and pretty vase with shamrocks. I am a fan of Irish coffee and haven’t had any in a while.
    Thanks for the tip for growing basil. I pinned. At the moment I don’t have any but love to cook with it.
    Have a great week, Nancy!

    1. Bonnie… your comment was in Spam… Good Grief!
      I am so glad you enjoy our back yard and the Irish Coffee Station.
      The basil has been growing very nicely since October… here in Arizona!
      Happy Spring!

  9. I meant to comment on your carrots post above- well my comment for this post is that I really enjoyed it and appreciated found how this uplifting post really reflected your intention of focusing on beauty, peace and kindness. thank you

  10. So many great tid-bits, Nancy! Hugs to you for sharing each one!! I most especially enjoyed the tip for growing a healthy basil plant – and just may share it with my own readers one day. 🌵

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