Saturday, May 4, 2013
Today was our first one. A is for Argyle!
Friday, May 3, 2013
My mom wanted me to meet her after work today, and since receiving was jammed, I didn't get out until after 2. By time I was done with her it was after 5 and Curt called saying he was leaving work late. Since there was going to be horrible traffic on the ride home at that time, he detoured around and met me at work so we could have dinner while traffic dissipated. (my mom said he spoiled me... And I really can't argue)
We went to Bahama Breeze. Had never been there before. We sat out on the deck. They actually had Smithwicks! Sure an island themed restaurant carries my default Irish beer. We split an appetizer of empanadas, I had mahi mahi tacos, he had jerk chicken and we split coconut bread pudding.
There was a guy on the deck playing steel drums, so I sent the Angie a 15 sec clip to make her nuts. ( she decided at 5 she wanted steel drums at her wedding and says she still does:
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Yes, for my friend Benne I am now stalking birds at the lake. This geese couple is apparently the first to hatch their eggs, the rest of the geese don't have whatever baby geese are called.
I really hope the swan's matter is sitting on eggs some where. Last summer they had 5 whatever baby swans are called, but this spring I've only been seeing one swan on the water, I'd hate to think something bad happened over the winter.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Since Curt was away at his computer Geek conference, I decided to experiment with Spaaghetti Squash yesterday. Since I have a bad habit of not measuring - it's usually tough for me to share my recipes. Also it means if you like something I cook, you better savor every bite as I probably can never reproduce it. I'm going to try to appease my friends a little and blog photo recipes once in the while - so here's the first:
I took one small spaghetti squash - not much bigger than what fits in my cupped hands, cut it in half, sprayed some olive oil on the cut half and put it cut side down in the oven at 375 for a half hour. I like my veggies and my pasta to have some bite - so if you want it really soft you may want to give it 5 more minutes.
While this was baking - I chopped up a link and a half (had them leftover) and started browning them on medium heat in olive oil with added omega3.
I cut up some baby bellas (always have - buy 3-4 packs at a time 2 or 3 times a week) and asparagus (looked good at the farm store) to add once the sausage started browning.
I also sliced half of a smallish green squash.
Once these started to soften I added about 2 or 2 1/2 cups of baby kale I chopped.
I then took the squash halves and pulled a fork lengthwise - the strands almost fell out of the squash - I really didn't have to invest much scraping action.
I tossed the strands with olive oil and basil - oh my god yum.. next time I may just do this and add some parm.
I added a bit of stock, savory, marjoram and thyme to the veggies and let the stock simmer down.
I put some of the squash at the bottom of the bowl, and topped with veggies, then added some grated parmesan and asiago cheeses. The small squash I got is a good full two servings. The carbs in spaghetti squash have a nice low glycemic index of 41 - so 2 hour post prandial blood glucose was nice and stable!
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
I had to have Curt take pictures before he went off to his computer geek conference, so at this point there is no zipper and the ends are all still loose.
One thing I wish I realized - arms are always too long when I buy sweaters and sweatshirts (actually mine are 2 short - you know how your wingspan should equal your height?? And both Curt and the Angie's exceed theirs? Mine comes up 2 1/2 inches short ... sigh) I should have made shorter arms.. but then again - I wouldn't know what to do with arms that fit!
Monday, April 29, 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Anyway - here is the cool stuff Christine sent me. ( I ate the chocolate one day before the gym - you can ask Grace - that's my new m.o. if I really want something with too much carbs or sugar - I eat it right before the gym... I'm pretty sure this is a weird form of bulimia or something - but as long as my blood glucose numbers are good, I'm sticking to it) I'm going to use the yarn and some of the shamrocks to make my "hopefully" soon to be born nephew a St Patty's Sweater Vest for next year. (He will be getting many of these - I've never seen my brother in law without one - except for the wedding day when he wore a regular vest with his morning suit)
She also sent a cool ribbon ball ornament, a wrapped vase and shamrock, tissues and a rubber ducky!! Love it all! Thank you Christine!!!
I was also in another caffeine addicts swap. My swap partner MADE ME A MUG!!! Seriously!! She made me a mug!! My brain is so blown away by this!!
Also a very rich French Roast coffee roasted near her in St Louis, a Kermit pez dispenser - can not have too many pez dispensers, and a bunch of owlie stuff. I seem to be falling into the collection of owls!! Totally blame the Angie!!
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The second Book was another of the Blossom street series - So yarn was in it! AN overworked laid off lawyer and a grouchy Doctor,.... enough said.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
I'm not a bouquet of flowers kind of girl. I mean the florets are already dead, they just haven't turned black...yet. Chocolate is good. I like really really dark chocolate. The kind most people think is too bitter. But with my sugar issues, I can have chocolate, but it's a pain in the ass to balance out the day. There is one way, fool proof actually to show me love. Coffee, dark roast, rich, deep ... If it's brewed don't even think about cream or sugar... I like my coffee black. If it's good coffee you don't need to cover the flavor.
Daniel is my #2 guy at work. ( Carl is #1 - and I doubt anyone could bump him from his spot in my heart) he recently ordered some DEATH WISH COFFEE. Google it. The most highly caffeinated beans out there. And in a dark roast (caffeine is heat sensitive, so darker roasts actually have less caffeine) the beans are so potent, that even with the dark roasting process, there is still way more caffeine. Daniel brought me a whole tupperware container full!
If that doesn't say love, I don't know what does.