Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Hodgepodge A La Mode

Slowly but surely getting back in the groove here at home. More slow than sure, but that's how cross country travel always goes. In the meantime here are my answers to this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge. If you've answered today's questions add your link at the end of my post then leave a comment for the blogger before you. Here we go-

From this Side of the Pond

1. Best place you've been lately?


The Evergreen State. There will be a blog post just as soon as I get my act together in The Palmetto State. 

2. What's something you should say yes to today? Or this week? Or even this year?

Today? A cup of tea. Or a nap. Or maybe both. 

This week? Making a start on the spring cleaning. I'm feeling motivated. After my nap I mean. 

This year? More writing. 

Do I say that every year? Seems like it. 

3. Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day in any way, shape, or form? If so tell us how. In Western cultures the color green is typically associated with jealousy, nature, good luck, and growth. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word 'green'?

As far as St. Patrick's Day...some years I make corned beef and cabbage and hubs will drink a Guinness. Does that count? We've never been to a parade or party on the day. When I hear green I think spring aka nature. It's greening up here nicely and there will be plenty of yellow too. In this part of the country we accumulate pollen the way northeasterners accumulate snow. 

4. What's a product or service you love so much you'd happily be their spokesperson? Tell us what makes you such a fan.

I thought of all kinds of answers like J.W. Marriott hotels, Pimms, Ann Taylor, Minted, and England Tourism, but how about we go with something simple and delicious (see I really could be the spokesperson)-Palmetto Cheese. I used to make my own pimento cheese but this one tastes homemade and is every bit as delicious with none of the work. I could even find it in my NJ supermarket so it's not just a Southern thing. 'Palmetto Cheese...the pimento cheese with soul.'

5. March 14th is Pi Day. How are your math skills? What's the last thing you did that required math of any kind? And most importantly do you like pie? What's your favorite kind? With ice cream, whipped cream, or please hold the cream?

I'm okay at math but I think we all know words are more my thing. The last thing I did that required math was just this morning as I sorted out the checkbook and recorded receipts from our trip out west. Words are way more fun. 

And I like the second half of this question better than the first-ha! 

I do like pie, but it's hard to pick a favorite. Cherry or coconut cream would both rank high on my list. Also I don't have a list but if I did they'd be near the top. I'll have a small dollop of ice cream on the cherry and my coconut cream pie recipe is already topped with whipped cream so no need to add anything else to that.  

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Most of my random thoughts today relate to my trip to Washington so I think I'll save all the extra words for a Thursday blog post. See you there! 


  1. A great big YES to the Palmetto Cheese. Before our new lifestyle alteration, it was my go-to for lunch. Do I miss it! And yes to the pollen that is already covering every outdoor surface. Love spring, but could do without the pollen. Can't wait to read about your trip and time with your little Man Cub.

  2. The first sign of spring ! Daffodils ! Nothing here yet ! Winter is longer each year at least it seems so to me !

  3. Those photos are great. I especially love the daffodils. They are one of my favorite yellow flowers. :)

    I haven't seen Palmetto Cheese out here, but I will definitely be on the lookout for it. I love pimento cheese, but in small doses.

    I look forward to your Thursday post and have enjoyed your Instagram feed. Your grandson is totally adorable. I love his sweet smile. :)

    Have a blessed day.

  4. I can't wait to see some daffodils popping up around here! Have a great week.

  5. Pimento cheese. wondering if that's the stuff I'm remembering that my grandma would put on rye bread and then lay sliced green olives on top. If so, I loved that stuff.

  6. Oh, those daffodils definitely speak spring. We have the same taste for pies and the checkbook is about the only math I care to do these days. Thanks for doing the Hodgepodge. I look forward to seeing your Thursday post about your trip ... and lots of new pics of your sweet boy.

  7. Thanks for writing our prompt questions every week!!

  8. Although I've heard of pimiento cheese, I've not heard of Palmetto cheese till your post. Thanks for the Hodgepodge questions, especially after having been out of town so recently. You really do a good job of it!

  9. Math and I have never been BFFs as math gives me a headache. It's so frustrating. So glad y'all had a wonderful trip and made it there and back safe and sound. Can't wait to read your Thursday post!

  10. Seems you had a nice trip! Thank you for the hodgepodge and a chance to meet new friends. Welcome back!

  11. Palmetto Cheese. Never heard of it. But sounds like something I would like to try. YOu did a good job promoting it. :)
    Good to know you are home again and you had a good trip. Thanks for hosting the hp every week!

  12. Welcome back from your vacation! I have not heard of Palmetto cheese so I'll have to look at the deli department and try some. Sounds interesting.

  13. Know you all had a wonderful time with that little Tommy. He's at such a cute age and before you know it, he'll be jabbering and talking. Hope you get that nap today. :o))

  14. Looking forward to your post about your visit to the Evergreen State!

  15. I don't know if you say it every year but I know that I'm a broken record saying the same thing year after year. I guess it's time to get moving!! (Me that is, not you) Your flowers are beautiful....welcome Spring. I enjoyed England's tourism. My husbands first choice would be coconut cream and it is very delicious.

  16. Oh, my! Your spring flowers are gorgeous! I'm not familiar with Palmetto Cheese, but I do enjoy a good pimento cheese sandwich.
    I know you had a wonderful visit with your daughter's family, and can't wait to hear about it and see a picture or two.
    Kathy (Reflections)

  17. I am looking forward to tomorrow's post! That little guy is growing so fast!! Thanks or this fun Hodgepodge!!

  18. Hi Joyce,
    I have never heard of Palmetto Cheese. I will have to see if the cheese makers of Wisconsin make it. I will be visiting one of my favorite creamery in a few weeks.
    Looking forward to hearing about your time with you family.

  19. Glad you're back and can't wait to hear all about your trip.

  20. Welcome back from your sojourn. Thanks for another fine Hodgepodge. You'll be happy to know that SWMBO has begun blogging again. Her new blog is listed at #17 above, A Retired Life Through Bifocals. I am sure that she would love a visit. Have a great week.

  21. Meant to participate this week, but got laid low for 48 hours with the flu. So much to catch up on!!

    Nature is what I think of first too, when I hear 'green'. Grass, leaves. I look out the window at white {sigh}

  22. Looking forward to pictures, as well. We celebrate St. Patrick's day all year long, in one way or another. Will make some Irish brown bread tomorrow.

  23. Glad you had a good trip...welcome back! Oh yeah...pimento cheese...I love it on a grainy, sturdy bread! I am certainly ready to see some green around here! Have a great weekend and as always, thanks for hosting Hodgepodge!