Good morning,

What a beautiful morning! The sun is shining and the sky is blue. The ground and the roofs of buildings were white with frost. The laundry that was hung outside froze stiff, but now at 39° it is thawing and hopefully will dry.

There is not much birding going on for me at this time of year in Ohio, except I did hear the soft warble of a bluebird as I was coming in from hanging out the laundry. Lord willing, I will be doing some birding next week, but then I will be in Florida.

The ladies make use of this time to get their sewing needs done and perhaps find time to piece and knot comforters.

The church ladies have plans to sew a quilt on the 8th for a benefit auction that will be held later this summer.

The job for the farmers right now is getting barn chores done, taking care of the animals, grinding feed and hauling manure. It will soon be time to start plowing.

The 28th annual Air Works consignment auction will take place Thursday through Saturday, Feb 16-18 at the Mt. Hope Auction.

The employees at the greenhouses are busy already. Today, it sure feels like spring is just around the corner.

Some folks have already topped their maple trees with anticipation of cooking the tasty syrup. The buckets can be seen hanging on the trees as you travel past wooded areas.

I found a recipe for meat balls that I enjoyed and want to share it with you.

Festive Turkey Meatballs

1 large egg, beaten

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup dry bread crumbs

1/2 teaspoon curry powder

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 lb ground turkey


1 cup honey

1/4 cup dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon curry powder

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Preheat oven to 350°. Combine the first eight ingredients. Add the turkey; mix well. Shape into 1 in. balls. Place meatballs on a greased rack in a 15×10 in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, until cooked through and juices run clear, approx. 20-25 mins.

Meanwhile, combine the sauce ingredients in a saucepan; whisk over medium heat until heated through. Brush meat balls with 1/4 cup of sauce; return to oven for 10 minutes. Serve meatballs with remaining sauce for dipping. The sauce is a good honey-mustard dressing for other things as well.

-Taken from the Taste of Home magazine

Quote from a flip calendar:

“Live one day at a time and make it a masterpiece.”

Have a good day!