December in Bloom

I hope everyone enjoyed some good times and good food this month.Caught another SpaceX launch, this time with a sonic boom.Downtown Tampa all festive.My favorite days are the ones I spend outside with this guy. Spotted a beautiful Florida scrub jay. I wasn’t quick enough to get a photo.
Vivid railroad vine bloom.A pair of Great horned owls spent some time in our oak trees and filled our bedroom with trills and hoots each night.Aloe flowersFirst banana bloom.Santa takes the East Coast Railway.Transporting warm Danish braids on my lap for Christmas brunch. Raspberry almond and blueberry lemon, both with cream cheese and a lemon icing to drizzle on when I got there. They were devoured in minutes. I’ll make them again.Recipes from one of my favorite cookbooks, Coconut & Sambal. Balinese fish and shrimp satay skewered on lemongrass stalks and green beans and homemade peanut sauce. We all need more Indonesian food. And here’s my stove right now. Getting my black-eyed peas ready for New Year’s. Yes, there will be collards and cornbread, too. We need all the luck we can get, right? One of my resolutions is to share more recipes here, and to finally fix a couple glitches on this old site. Now that I’ve said it, I know you’ll hold me to it. 

Wishing you all a very happy new year! Cheers to 2023! 

17 Comments December in Bloom

  1. Julia December 30, 2022 at 4:33 pm

    Beautiful pics and yummy food as always. Happy 2023!

    1. suwanneerose December 31, 2022 at 8:39 am

      Happy New Year to you and the family, and good luck with the cottage renovation!

  2. Dorothy December 30, 2022 at 4:34 pm

    We definitely need to eat more Indonesian food! Good resolution…

    Happy New Year!

    1. Scott December 30, 2022 at 5:13 pm

      My friend, Peter DeJong, is a master at Dutch/Indonesian cuisine. He also was the Dutch Master Pastry Chef three years running.good groceries!

    2. suwanneerose December 31, 2022 at 8:37 am

      Feel free to use that one.

  3. Valora December 30, 2022 at 4:50 pm

    Yes, more Indonesian and yummy cuisine in general! Thank you for all the lovely photos from 2022.

    Happy New Year!

    1. suwanneerose December 31, 2022 at 8:37 am

      Thanks so much, Valora! Happy New Year!

  4. Scott December 30, 2022 at 5:14 pm

    My friend, Peter DeJong, is a master at Dutch/Indonesian cuisine. He also was the Dutch Master Pastry Chef three years running.good groceries!

    1. suwanneerose December 31, 2022 at 8:36 am

      I need to know this guy! All my favorite foods.

  5. mm December 30, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    you made satay and didn’t invite me ? ;-(

    1. suwanneerose December 31, 2022 at 8:32 am

      You were in Atlanta. 🙁 This was just a test run. I’ll make again.

  6. Pat Deas December 30, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    Great variety of photos this month… I love the owl shot,it looks mystical…

    1. suwanneerose December 31, 2022 at 8:33 am

      Thanks so much, Pat. We’re hoping the owls will stick around.

      1. Cheryl December 31, 2022 at 6:00 pm

        Wishing you and your family a very happy New Year. Can’t wait to see more recipes.

        We are still slowly getting our place back in order. I think we are ready to order sod and mulch. Avocados is gone, the little Beverly mango is gone. The big Keith mango might not make it. It does have a few leaves. The cold snap kind of curled up the bananas. But the pink hibiscus is going strong. The little Sun Dog sailboat is still stuck in the lift. John got the Mako and its lift working.

        1. suwanneerose January 3, 2023 at 10:01 am

          Thanks for the update, Cheryl! We’re thinking of you guys and often wondering how things are going in St. James City. It breaks my heart to hear about the avocado and Beverly mango. I know you’ll have that yard beautiful again. Good luck to you and John, and wishing you all the best in 2023.

  7. Janet Loveland January 2, 2023 at 9:21 am

    Beautiful photos. What or whose recipe did you use for the Danish Braids? Looks complicated but worth it for a holiday brunch. I made Lucky New Years Day soup but didn’t think about cornbread to accompany. I’ll send soup and cornbread now to a sick friend. Thanks! (Good thing I proofread. My comment said “duck friend!”

    1. suwanneerose January 3, 2023 at 9:56 am

      Happy new year, Jan!
      The Danish braids were fun and pretty easy. I used store-bought puff pastry, lemon curd, and jam and made the cream cheese filling the day before. I googled a couple different recipes and combined what I liked in each one. Here’s one I referenced
      Hope your duck friend is feeling better! 😉

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