I am SO thrilled to be putting up Christmas decorations. Circumstances last year made it that we only pulled out a couple of holiday quilts that happened to be handy. Going through the boxes of decorations is like visiting with old friends. This tree is in our bedroom. All of the ornaments are animals including special ones that represent each of our pets. Hoping to find the tree topper in the next box. Fa la la la la la la la!
Thursday, October 31, 2013
In the last year, I have been asking myself, "If not now, when?" Our life here is fleeting, so it is a good question to ask. Since I was a girl, I thought it would be fun to be 'the house' that passes out full-sized candy bars to trick-or-treaters. Happy Halloween everyone. Only take treats, no tricks.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Meatless Monday mise en place. Tonight we are having mushroom barley 'risotto' with broccoli. (I like to call it faux-sotto) A dish best served immediately, I have everything in place. When Hubby sends his 'launch' text, I start cooking. It is a delicious ballet of timing.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
Maple vinegar, ever heard of it? I had not. Even with the great popularity in the last few years, balsamic vinegar is not a flavor I clamor after. But I've given up creamy dressings like blue cheese and ranch to make way for healthier vinaigrettes.
I stumbled on the maple vinegar by accident just a couple of weeks ago. You can see from the photo how much I have enjoyed using it.
My new, go to dressing that adds the flavor of fall to a green salad or a quinoa salad is equal parts good olive oil, maple syrup and maple vinegar. Bon appetite!
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Last November, Hubby was released from the hospital on Thanksgiving day. By the time we got home and got settled there was no time or energy left for getting a turkey dinner with the trimmings on the table. I punted with a few Thanksgiving-like items that we had on hand. We enjoyed brown rice, roasted butternut squash, cranberry sauce and we were THANKFUL for so many things. It has become a favorite meal, making several appearances in the months following.
Now fall is upon us and the time seems right to bring it back. A year ago I would have never believed the 'Convenience-Food-Eating-Little-Girl' in me would ever be ready to let go of the canned, jelly cranberry sauce that I love SO much. But I am.
I stopped at the grocery store today and picked up a bag of fresh cranberries and this is what happened next . . . .