Friday, September 23, 2016

Quinoa Salad

Picture of my quinoa salad (that  I pretty much have almost every day for lunch - I call it crack)

First make a batch of quinoa and let cool (I put some rosemary and thyme in the water to flavour the quinoa a bit0  Then in a mixing bowl I put some vinaigrette (today had sundried tomato vinaigrette) toss in some steam fresh canned corn, shredded carrots, radishes and celery (quick whirr in the food processor) diced cucumbers, fresh parsley. toss then add quinoa and toss.  Keeps in a tupperware in the fridge just fine for a week.  So yummy. Pretty healthy too.

ETA:  I totally forgot the diced yellow and red pepper - they are sitting very undiced, very not in my salad, on the counter right now :(  will add tonight and take a new picture and post tomorrow. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fall yarn ready to go

If only the weather would cooperate!  I have Wabbit Season, Duck Season - going to make camo mitts with orange trim and orange socks with camo trim:

And fall mini skeins for more hexis, all from Gnomeacres:

Trying not to cast on anything new until either I finish the Philosopher's Stone or Oct 1st (new Nerdopolis tournament starts)


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Last Kingdom

The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Stories, #1)The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I need more stars!!! I accidently picked up "warriors of the storm" last spring, and it was book 9 in the saga of Uhtred of Bebbanburg, I loved that book so got book 1 to read. This book takes Uhtred from a 10 year old Christian boy whose father gets killed in a battle with the Danes, and whose uncle wants to kill him off so he can legally have the title of Ealdorman of Bebbanburg ( he took the title anyway, but Uhtred's death would be convenient) He amuses/impresses Ragnar - when he attacks him with a child's sword after his father is killed and Ragnar takes him and raises him as another son in the ways of a pagan Viking warrior. After Ragnar gets killed because of Danish political treachery is when the spinners of fates at the bottom of the tree of the world, Yggdrasil, really start making his life and choices interesting.

We know he lives through the shield walls and battles, because the book is told as a memory by an older, judging by the commentary wiser, Uhtred, and I know some things that will come to pass in the first 8 books because I read book 9 (still want to know what happens with Bridda) Book ends with Uhtred, 20 years old, proven as a warrior ("one in 5 men are true warriors in the shield wall, one in 20 love it - those are the most dangerous") married, and the book ends when he sees his son Uhtred for whom he wants to one day reclaim Bebbanburg .

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Curling (For the Love of Sports)Curling by Annalise Bekkering

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It is a 23 page "book", pretty sure it's written for kids. Keeping that in mind, it does explain the basics of the sport (which I've watched, but didn't really know what was going on - I saw it as shuffle board on ice) So now I know the basic rules, scoring, positions, the fact that the ice is colder, thus harder, than hockey ice, the "pebbles" are actually ice droplets from water misted onto the ice, the ancient formation of the sport (apparently we can blame Scotland for this sport as well as golf)

Since I'm being sucked into trying the sport, potentially joining a league, at least I will have a clue. Wish me luck!

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Monday, September 19, 2016


No posts last week, got hit with some serious vertigo ( I always thought the "room spinning" was figurative, nope through my eyeballs the floor was up then it wasn't then it was sideways and then I was down)  I spent a few days sucking on  ginger root because the world was still a bit rocky and I was making myself "sea sick"  ugh.

PSA:  the next person who says something about it happening to "women my age" will be in the ER on a gurney.  The only 4 other people I personally know that have had the issue are men. So hmmmf.

Friday, September 9, 2016

zucchini calzones and eggplant calzones

Got the recipe from The Chew -- Mario Batali Calzones with eggplant and zucchini. (Two separate recipes - the eggplant is stuffed with an eggplant caponata filling, the zucchini sit with some salt to pull water out and is mixed with a ricotta mixture) I needed a good eggplant recipe, because one of my plants makes prolific chocolate brown eggplant about 3-4" long and about 2" in diameter - but 7-8 ripen at a time. And lets face it everyone can use another yummy zucchini recipe! Served up with a tossed balcony garden salad and some tomato/basil sauce to dip in.  Came out really good - have leftovers in the freezer.