Saturday Snippets…21st November 2020…


Welcome to Saturday Snippets…It has been a mixed week for us here which I will tell you about further down the post…we had Lily’s birthday… she was 8 yrs old …my mummy was 90 years old and sadly a dear neighbour left this world for the next…

Today is National Cranberry Day and National Peanut Butter Fudge Day… tomorrow is Stir-up Sunday time to make your Christmas cake and puddings.

christmas Baking Cakes and Pudding

It is also National Pomegranate Month…I love the pomegranate it’s just those dang pips   I do however absolutely adore using Pomegranate molasses it makes a fabulous sauce to pair with a lamb dish…

TODAY I am going to be making the fudge so will share the recipe maybe tomorrow in my roundup or next week…It would make an ideal Christmas gift wrapped in cellophane with a pretty bow or in a nice little box with a made in my kitchen label…

Wellness Corner with Sally Cronin…

I do hope you are all enjoying this series as much as I am… this week Sally is looking at the versatile oil of Lavender which is one of my favourites as it heals wounds brilliantly, great for skin care, headaches and those pesky fleas that animals can be prone to…Lavender!

Did you know?

On November 21, 1980, 350 million people around the world tune in to television’s popular primetime drama “Dallas” to find out who shot J.R. Ewing, the character fans loved to hate. J.R. had been shot on the season-ending episode the previous March 21, which now stands as one of television’s most famous cliffhangers. The plot twist inspired widespread media coverage and left America wondering “Who shot J.R.?” for the next eight months. The November 21 episode solved the mystery, identifying Kristin Shepard, J.R.’s wife’s sister and his former mistress, as the culprit…

Were you a Dallas fan? I can honestly say I never watched one episode of Dallas…

Environmental Corner…

The good news…the bees are bouncing back…Honeybees to be precise. Many insects are very susceptible to changes in climate and sensitive to chemical pesticides that are used on crops, including honeybees. They are very important creatures that most people don’t think much about.

Different types of blossoms impart different flavours in the honey, and it is said that the sophisticated palate can differentiate them. But not only do bees provide honey for humans, but they also pollinate most of the food crops we need to survive.

From corn to potatoes, apples to tomatoes, we need honeybees in a big way. Unfortunately, in recent years their populations have been crashing with no end in sight until this year.

In 2019 the USDA honeybee colony report shows a significant increase in bee populations – up 14 per cent over the last year. Great news!

November 21st  1931 Horror film “Frankenstein” is released, starring Boris Karloff as the monster, directed by James Whale and based on Mary Shelley‘s 1818 novel “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus”

Let’s have some music…

I think it’s time and I can slip in a Christmas song… Tis the season to be jolly (almost) and nothing says Christmas like some new festive tunes…after all this could be a very weird yuletide season…In previous years we have had classics from Josh Groban, Maria and Michael Buble.

This year we have  Kelly Clarkson – Under The Mistletoe ft. Brett Eldredge, Beverley Knight -A Christmas Wish, Meghan Trainor – I Believe In Santa, Dolly Parton – Christmas Is ft. Miley Cyrus, Ava Max – Christmas Without You, Jonas Brothers – I Need You Christmas, Liam Payne – Naughty List feat. Dixie D’Amelio, Delta Goodrem – Only Santa Knows / Merry Christmas To You ft. Olivia Newton-John …

After listening to all of these none of them hit the spot for me …How about you?  I love Christmas Carol’s and the golden oldies for tunes…like Rockin around the Christmas Tree, Last Christmas, White Christmas…Bing Crosby(1942), Blue Christmas…The king, Santa Claus is coming to town and many more some of which will be featured on here…Like the Pogues…

I think I prefer the Christmas adverts…

That’s all for this week and Saturday Snippets…xxx

Thank you for reading….enjoy your weekend, stay safe not only from Covid-19 but the wildfires around the world…xx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

That’s all for today…Enjoy your weekend and stay safe and well xx

33 thoughts on “Saturday Snippets…21st November 2020…

  1. Jennie

    Happy Birthday to Lily and your mom! I was glued to “Dallas” and bit my nails for eight months, waiting to find out who shot JR. Love the Christmas commercials, too!

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  2. Norah

    Good news about the bees, Carol.
    I was a Dallas fan. I watched every episode and couldn’t wait for the next episode the followeing week. Larry Hagman was fantastic as JR, and yes, we did love to hate him. When the season finished with that cliff hanger, it was such a long wait for the following season. But I think the show lost some of its attraction after that.

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  3. petespringerauthor

    Peanut Butter Fudge—two things that go together so well. Yum!

    Honeybees—I’ve always appreciated their role in nature. They have an undeserved bad reputation as they seldom bother humans.

    Coca Cola Commercial—I hadn’t ever seen it, but I thought that was what the girl’s letter was going to say.

    Dallas—I hardly ever watch television, but back in the day, I used to watch this with my wife. .

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I love the Christmas commercials…as well as peanut butter fudge…and I have been so good this month…sigh…so far…
      I didn’t know they had a bad rep…Bees rarely sting unlike wasps…

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  5. OIKOS™-Editorial

    Congratulations to Lily, and your mom too. I hope you had a lot of fun with celebrations, even you have lost a neighbour. Love pomegrades too, but with Sally’s Alexander technique for more body flexibility i have to deal over some years. 😉 I remember the series “Dallas” from old recordings, but i am sure J. R. Ewing never had been beaten by the two Bush’s, or now DJT. Lol
    Have a beautiful weekend, Carol! Best wishes, Michael


  6. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen

    Love this little scrapbook post! A good reminder to pull out my Christmas CDs. On my list this year is Dolly Parton’s “Holly Dolly Christmas.” I’ve admired her Black Lives Matter statements, and thought it might be good to support her this year. P.S. Good honeybee news! XXXOO

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  7. Erica/Erika

    Wow, quite the week, Carol. We have a Lily in our family, too. OMGoodness, Peanut Butter Fudge day? A guilty pleasure for more than one day a year. I did not watch Dallas, yet I heard all about it. Thank you for brining into my radar, Christmas music. I will make into a playlist to boost the mood this year. Thank you for sharing an interesting and fun post.🙂 Erica

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