The stories of my life on a little island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea ... and my occasional adventures beyond these shores.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

A Roller Coaster Week

It has been one of those weeks. Since Thanksgiving in not a public holiday over here (and I have an American husband) we decided to celebrate the  holiday on the weekend prior to the actual day. We spent all of Saturday cleaning and cooking and and between us managed to come up with quite  a feast. My husband, who always cooks meat much better than I do, roasted a smoked ham with a Dr Pepper glaze. I was in baking mode so I made a plaited loaf and an orange cranberry cake. We also had greens and a side of smashed sweet potatoes. At times like these, I find the recipe centre at Better Homes and Gardens a good source of information and inspiration.
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The evening went well but the next morning my son woke up with a fever of 103F and I spent most of Sunday nursing him. Thankfully he was as up and about on Monday.
Work has been super-busy with one thing after another. Thursday I woke up with a swollen throat and half-way through the day I started shivering one minute and boiling the next. I was  pretty sure I had a fever but had to stay at the office as I was the only one left – my manager had his car wrecked and our assistant is on reduced hours – so I had to hold the fort. Once I got home, I found out that I had a fever of 101F. I spent Friday at home - sleeping, reading and setting up a page on Facebook for my blog. I an not sure how that will work yet but I hope it will be a way of giving my blog more exposure. If any of you have already explored this avenue, let me know how you have found it.
This week will see me decorating the house for Christmas and doing some shopping in between work, cooking and keeping up with all your posts. I hope you all have a wonderful week.


  1. Wow Loree...what a ride you have been on...hugs!!...wishing you all feel better..and all sparkly and shiny and new..and things all harmonize again! Beautiful photos..yum..looks fab! Cool about your FB wishes! have a great week ahead!

  2. I usually just link my blogposts to a facebook post, so if you figure out a way to automatically post it to FB, I'd love to know too how to do it!! xxoo

  3. Loree your dishes look so tempting!
    I hope you will be back in good shape very soon, take care and keep warm... here in Asti Italy it's very cold and we have snow.

  4. Hi Loree, I hope you're feeling better. I enjoy facebook for keeping in touch with others and sharing information. I might even like Facebook more than blogging, which perhaps is why I haven't tried very hard to promote my blogs. Some of my friends' blog posts do automatically get posted on facebook and I'm sure that does give their blogs more exposure. Have a great week. :)

  5. Hi Loree, very delicious pics. I don´t use facebook or any other social networking. Only blogging and this is enough for me:-)) Hugs from Luzia.

  6. this seem very good !
    mmm I feel the good smell of here !
    I like your beautiful and work on your photos ! :))


  7. I wish you feel better, and have a sweet decorating time - my favourite weeks of a year. I do not use facebook, so cannot help you in that regard :-( Take care and have some rest sometimes.

  8. I hope you feel better now, so far I escaped colds ! I landed up in Facebook because my son had published holiday pictures there so I had to become member. But I don't use it, suddenly I had 100 people who wanted to be my friends and I still don't understand the rules. I only accept those I know and kept the rest private.Blogging takes already enough time !

  9. ok, you must share that recipe for the smoked ham with dr. pepper glaze.....i am drooling just thinking about it!

    so sorry you've been sick :-(
    hoping you are feeling better soon - not fun to be sick at all, let alone with all you've got to do over the holidays!

    btw - congrats on your facebook page for your blog! i'm planning to do the same thing soon!!

  10. Wow, looks very good and im sure that taste good!!!!

  11. Yummy! What a beautiful way to capture the photos too! Lovely!

  12. Howdy Loree
    I wish you and yours a very healthy December !
    Your dinner was amazing ,loved the photos .
    I'm looking forward to visitng you on FaceBook .
    Thank you so much for dropping by my blog .
    Life has been really tough lately and my Mom recieved more bad news from the Dr. today so I have not been in the best of moods .
    Your fabulous blogs certainly help me to stay focused on the future and not bound by the present .Thank you Loree and please keep sharing your gift of words and images.
    Big Hugs from Texas
    Until next time
    Happy Trails

  13. Oh my, I have been away for a few days and you went on a roller coaster ride...

    I hope your son gets better... or that he has already- Loree.

    Sorry, haven't been around much... but trying to catch up.

  14. Loree, I'm glad you and your son are both better now, but that was a ride..

    My blog posts are automatically published on FB, but as far as getting visits, it's very far and few to count on. Look into creating the Like thread instead..

  15. Everything looked really good. It was just us at home for Thanksgiving this year and my husband and I cooked a tasty feast ourselves. Usually we go somewhere with family where the food is always good, but not exactly the way we like it. My husband makes a stuffing that is so rich it should be illegal. So sorry you're sick. I've been sick since Sunday with a head cold and cough, but I haven't had a fever. I hate being sick. Hope you're feeling better soon.

  16. Hope you are feeling better! I didn't know you had a American Husband! So you are balancing that same mix of cultures in your household. The one bit of Thanksgiving we were missing was cranberry sauce, your cranberry bread sounds delicious!

  17. everthing looks delicous! My husband is also a specialist on meat:)


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