Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
The Little Prince is a book that amazes me every time I read it. As a child it was a cool adventure with a sad ending. As an adult it plumbs the depths of our souls and speaks truths that are difficult to put into words.
This is from my favorite prayer. If you are a long-time reader, you may have noticed that I admire Mother Teresa greatly.
This song just slays me. Right to the heart.
I grew up Methodist. The doxology is part of me. It may be my favorite hymn (besides "In The Garden," which I like to sing with a country twang, and "The Old Rugged Cross," which I used to sing to William when I was nursing him).
That's all I have for tonight. If you've never designed one of these, you crafty bloggers you, I encourage you to do so. It's lots of fun. What would your picture-quote say?
Friday, November 25, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
istock photosThanksgiving dinner is over, my parents and aunt have gone home, all is well. We actually ended up eating with very little turkey as my turkey breast was quite on the pink side even though the meat thermometer said it was done. With all of the side dishes the lack of turkey wasn't missed.
Which means that I have a huge amount of leftover turkey. This isn't a problem that I'm used to dealing with and I'll be trolling the recipe sites for leftover turkey suggestions that go beyone sandwiches, tetrazini, and hash. Anyone out there have any great recipes?
The dessert was met with much enthusiasm. Yesterday was my mom's birthday and I decided that I would make her a strawberry bavarian cream cake. I saw one on $40 a Day with Rachael Ray and thought "I could make that" and the rest is culinary history. My son ate about half of it and everyone else raved. I'll share the recipe with you soon!
istock photoI also served blueberry cobbler, which my dad took home, kentucky derby pie (super recipes for this are available all over the web; I left out the bourbon), and pumpkin pie (which didn't get eaten at all). It was nice to sit at the table with my parents and aunt chatting for hours, watching everyone enjoy my cooking. I really do enjoy hosting Thanksgiving, even though it is a lot of cooking.
I hope you all had wonderful holidays and to all of you braving Black Friday, Good Luck and Godspeed!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Love has a hem to her garment
That reaches the very dust.
It sweeps the stains
From the streets and lanes,
And because it can, it must.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Alright. So this isn't really a cassoulet. You don't bake it, it's a one-skillet dish. And there's no duck confit; instead smoked sausage and prosciutto add depth of flavor. BUT it utilizes classic elements of French cooking such as a mirepoix (a blend of carrot, celery, and onion), thyme, bay leaves, there are beans, and so it's a sort of faux cassoulet. A cassoulet a faux-faux!
You will need:
One length of smoked sausage, sliced in bite sized pieces
8 oz of finely diced prosciutto
1-8 oz can of tomato sauce (NOT Italian, plain tomatoes)
1-8 oz can of cannellini or Great White Northern beans
1-8 oz can of navy beans
1 large carrot, peeled and sliced
2 ribs of celery, sliced
1 small red onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, finely diced
2 bay leaves
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp black pepper
1 TBSP dried parsley
Salt to taste
1. Saute carrots, celery, onion, garlic, and prouscioutto in a dollop of olive oil until onion start to clear.
2. Add smoked sausage and continue to fry until the sausage starts to render its juices into the pan, about 5 minutes.
3. Add everything else (except salt) to the pan, stir, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes.
4. Remove the bay leaves and salt to taste.
I like to serve this with naan or a similar flat bread to sop up all of the delicious tomato sauce from the bowl. Hope you enjoy it!
Monday, November 14, 2011
So the dishwasher and garbage disposal or in BUT the dishwasher was plugged into the same line as the garbage disposal and, therefore, the dishwasher cannot be run unless the disposal is on, too. It will be fixed very soon, I am assured. So today I had to do a HUGE load of dishes by hand. I also have been engulfed in moving around everything in the kitchen since I lost a large cabinet and drawer and have to find a place to put all of the displaced bowls and mixing spoons. The kitchen is still a bit typhoonish, so no picture yet.
I also was given the green light to go YARN SHOPPING(!) Hubs is letting me go buy expensive yarn store yarn for a few Christmas presents. I am so excited! I have a randomly striped scarf, ssimple pattern, in grey tones and a Jacques Cousteau hat in mind (but not in red, probably also in a coal or slate grey), but I can't say for whom. I think I'm going to use Brown Sheep Company yarn, but of course I will have to check out all of my options! I'm also involved in another project that I can't say a thing about but you can get details on Ravelry (I'm droppedstitches72, feel free to friend me!). Will post some photos of YARN after I go shopping!
What are you knitting right now? I'd love to know!
Saturday, November 12, 2011
About 4 months ago a church friend of ours found a brand new FREE dishwasher and asked my husband if we were interested in it. My 1961 kitchen wasn't built with a dishwasher in it so for the last 10 years we've been doing the dishes old school- by hand. Things also tend to break in old homes and ours is no exception. We haven't had a garbage disposal for about 7 months and have had to close off that side of the sink because there was a large leak below the dead disposal. We've had a new disposal for several months but it hasn't been installed for one reason or another.
Today is installation day. The sink and area where the dishwasher will go has been gutted. The entire kitchen looks like a tornado went through it. And it's dusty and dirty. Just look at those pictures- I know, they are scary!
BUT, I will feel like I am living in the lap of luxury when the job is done. No more hand washing the dishes! A working garbage disposal! Two sides of the sink to work with! I'll make sure to share photos of the finished product.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Saturday, November 5, 2011
I'm a little late on the Halloween post due to Dad Days, but here is my boy, all decked out in his cowboy gear. He looks like he belongs in the 50s with Howdy Doody. Do I have to tell you that I love it?
Friday, November 4, 2011
Ben Moffat of The Angry Scot
Justin Mannato, writer of Daddy Knows Less
Barry Silver of A Life Well Lived Concludes with a Smile
Mark Perlman (not pictured), from an excerpt of the book Caring For Your Newborn
Richard Monroe, author of The Butterbottom Blog
Steve Birkett of Above The Static
Matthew Peregoy, The Real Matt Daddy
John Willey, writer of Daddy's in Charge?
Alex Walsh, author of Daddacool
Josh Solar of The Happy Family Movement
To all of you