Monday, January 14, 2019

A Fresh Start to the New Year

Happy New Year Friends!
I'm here to announce the lucky winner of the Kindness & Salt Cookbook, and share some snippets of our 2019 happenings. In the photo above, I was cross country skiing on California Road (seasonal), which is about an hour north of where I live. We have very little snow at our house, so I have to go find it for my outdoor activities. 

As luck would have it, I had all the ingredients to make Limoncello for New Year's day. We put a splash of it in a glass of Sanpellegrino sparkling Blood Orange beverage and it is so tasty. 
This little princess has stolen our hearts. Our seven month old grand niece Lily. Joe and I were lucky enough to spend New Year's Eve with her and her parents. She is special beyond words to us. 
And this little guy, our grandson Xavier, was the ring bearer in our son's wedding (his Uncle Cory) on January 5th. He makes my heart go pitter patter, and cracks my husband up. He will be three in March. 
I only have phone photos of the bride and groom (Cory and Maria). The winter wedding was beautiful, in our Catholic Church, the altar decorated with white and red poinsettias. I promise to show pictures soon. They are moving to San Antonio, TX, and I am very thankful for airplanes.

Sausage and Bean soup, another tasty recipe that we love from the Beekman 1802 cookbook. I am still cooking my way through the cookbook. Come back in December 2019 to see the progress. LOL
We started the New Year being naughty. We ate whatever we wanted, and got our fix. These mustard and butter pigs in a blanket are fantastic. I'll make them again for the Super Bowl, that's how good they are. Thank you Jenna at Painted Apron for sharing this recipe. They are like crack! 

    Mustard Butter Pigs in a Blanket

1 can, 8 count crescent roll dough
24 little smokies or any smoked sausage pieces
1/2 cup melted butter
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Unroll dough, separate triangles and cut each triangle into 3 dough pieces.  Roll up each sausage piece in a dough piece and place into a small shallow sprayed casserole dish, with a small space in between them.  Mix sugar and mustard into melted butter along with Worcestershire sauce and stir to combine.  Slowly drizzle butter sauce over sausage stuffed dough in the pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes until puffed and golden.  Serve warm

We have TWO winners of the Kindness and Salt cookbook. I wish everyone that left me a comment could have received one. It's fabulous! 

Monique from La Table De Nana 


Susan (Checkered Sox) 

Please send me your address, and the company will ship the books to you.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. I can't wait to see what goodies are between the covers of this Kindness and Salt cookbook...maybe a Bloody Mary or two?! Thank you so much Debbie❤

    1. Congratulations Susan! I'm glad you will put the Bloody Mary pages to good use. ❤ I need to find some additional bloody lovers so I can do a bloody bar for a weekend brunch. I know you will enjoy the cookbook.

  2. I haven't had pigs in a blanket in a long time, they sound great:@)

    1. Me either, in like 20 years! I honestly ate too many and got my fix on these, but can't wait to make them for a party for others to enjoy.

  3. What a great beginning to the new year you're having, Debbie! Getting the most out of life and living. That snow day photo is just beautiful. We are in the midst of much gray and dirty winter weather, but plodding along, getting out most days to at least get some fresh air. Congrats to your winners.

  4. Geesh I am so surprised..and pleased:) And I'll always emeber it appeared on this post with that fab pic of you..Oh the Littles on this page♥And I know how beautiful the wedding cake was..your family is growing in leaps and bounds.
    That my wealth.
    Thank you so much:)
    I think the crack wraps sound great! Different than the usual!

  5. You have the cutest family! And WOW! All that snow! How far north was that photo taken from your home?

  6. Mmmm the limoncello looks so sunshine-y and cheery! The little ones, Lily and Xavier are so adorable. I'll bet Xavier was an adorable ring bearer. Congratulations to the beautiful married couple!! Yes, you'll be visiting in SA very soon, I'll bet. Hooray for the winners of the cookbook, Debbie. I think I need to make those sausage wraps very soon.
    p.s. You look so beautiful in the snowy picture!

  7. Debbie, the photo of you in the snowy scene is such a pretty sight. It almost makes me want to plan a trip to the mountains, but then I step outside and remember I like to be warm and cozy. Ha! Ha!
    Great post! Happy January!

  8. You have had a busy and exciting January!! Those "littles" in your family are so precious!! I am going to make Jenna's piggies!!

  9. Looks like you've had a very exciting end to 2018 and start to 2019, Debbie! Wonderful photos and congratulations again on Cory's nuptials. Congrats to Monique and Susan!!

  10. You should make Christmas cards with that photo of you in the snow Debbie, so gorgeous!! I'm so glad you loved the pigs, they are like crack aren't they! Xavier is a doll, and congrats on your son's wedding. San Antonio will be a wonderful getaway for you, such a cool city with so much to see and do!

  11. Such a beautiful photo of you Deb, in the snow. Happy New Year to you and Joe. Sorry I'm late commenting but glad I didn't miss this post. Wow, your niece is so adorable and little Xavier has grown so much and is a darling little boy. I know you are heartbroken over your son and his bride moving away. But, I know you will be making a lot of great trips to TX! Great food and the bean soup sound delicious. Have a great week.......hugs.


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