A-Z Archive: I! Challenge…Ivy
This week’s topic for our “A-Z Archive” photo challenge: the “I” archive: introduce one photo of your archive with a “I” Keyword. – I’m sure you’ll find a picture: tag with “A-Z Archive” and put a link on your page to FrizzText, so we’ll get a trackback-list including your post!
This green Ivy covered wall is an incredible contrast to the golden rod painted walls…I snapped this shot last February on a day trip into Houston, Texas. I love the contrast of colors and textures. But my favorite thing in the shot is the little window…
A-Z Archive: I Challenge
Other I! Challenge submissions:
Zippity doo dah, Zippity aye,
My oh my what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine coming my way,
Zippity doo dah, Zippity aye.
Mister blue bird’s on my shoulder,,
it’s the truth,
Zippity doo dah,
zippity doo dah,
The Blogging from A-Z April Blogging Challenge Zoomed by as I zipped through the alphabet.
The month started off with Amaryllis, Birthday, Carvings, Decorating, Easter and Faith. I continued on with Happiness, the I in prIde, Junktiques, Kindness and Lift-off. I dug in with Merchandising, Nolagirlatheart, Oh Boy and Pale Pink Perfection. Then I hit the half way mark and things got a little more difficult. I shared Quilts, Quilting and Quiet Time along with the Rhode Island Red Rooster. Finally the home stretch; Slow Sauteed Squash, Trending and Un, Une, Unique. Then I saw the light at the end of the tunnel with the veritable V for Vendetta, Weeds, Woods and Wabbits, well the were wonderful. Finally Xenia, Yellow and Zippidydoda!!!
I truly enjoyed every minute of creating every post!
The Blogging from A-Z Blogging Challenge is Zipped up!
Thanks to the A-Z challenge I learned something new!
Xenia is the Greek concept of hospitality, or generosity and courtesy shown to those who are far from home. It is often translated as guest-friendship because the rituals of hospitality created and expressed a reciprocal relationship between host and guest.
There are three basic rules of Xenia.
The respect of host to guest. The host must be hospitable to the guest offering them food, drink and a bath if required.
The respect of guest to host. The guest must be courteous and not be a burden.
The parting gift from host to guest. This is to show that the host was honored to have received the guest.
Spiritual assessment tests have shown that I have the gift of hospitality. However long before ever taking one of these tests I knew that entertaining family and friends was my sweet spot. I find great joy in welcoming them into our home and then making sure they are well taken care of. The greatest compliment I have ever received is when a friend told me “I love your home, it is so comfortable.”
I believe hospitality is a gift I was born with but it was also nurtured by my family. My Grandmother had the gift of hospitality. I remember that she always had a cake and a pot of coffee ready everyday at 3pm for whomever showed up at her door, and show up they did. She had 9 children and dozens of grandchildren and on any given afternoon her kitchen was filled with people and laughter.
My parents know how to add that special little touch to any gathering, good conversation or a special dessert or two. They never show up empty-handed or let you leave without a gift from the garden or the freezer. They are some of the most hospitable people you could ever meet.
My Sister is a great party planner and hostess with the mostess. She has an annual Halloween party that people start planning to attend in July! That is a testament to her gift of hospitality and thoughtfulness.
I know that I could show up unannounced at any one of my Cousins or Aunts homes and they would welcome me with open arms. And if it so happened to be around 3pm I am almost positive I would be offered a fresh hot cup of coffee and slice of something sweet!
Our family has been practicing Xenia for generations and we just thought we were being hospitable.
Now how often does that happen? Today’s A-Z challenge is the letter “W” and it is also Wordless Wednesday photo challenge day. What a great combo! Really it is…for all of us busy bloggers.
Today the A-Z challenge is dedicated to the letter “U”. This weeks WordPress weekly photo challenge topic is “One”. I decided to roll them together into a little package.
The words Un and Une are the masculine and feminine words for the french word One.
This morning I prepared breakfast for Une, a little french bistro breakfast; blackberry croissant, fresh fruit drizzled with vanilla agave syrup and une tasse de cafe!
Small pattypan squash, each the size of a golf ball, can be halved and sautéed very slowly to make them especially sweet-tasting. Because of their small size and high skin-to-flesh ration, they hold their shape better than other squash. You might think that the onion would overpower the delicate sweet flavor of the squash. However, the low and slow cooking process caramelized the onions which is the perfect complement to the squash.
Serves 4 as a Side Dish
2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive OIl
1 Medium Onion Minced
1 1/2 Pounds Small Pattypan Squash, Halved
2 Tablespoons Minced Fresh Parsley Leaves
1. Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and saute over medium heat until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the squash and stir to coat well with the oil and onion. Sprinkle generously with salt. Reduce the heat to medium-low.
2. Cook, stirring occasionally until the squash is tender and golden brown in spots, 20-30 minutes. Stir in the parsley and adjust the seasoning. Serve immediately.