11-21-14--MORE WOW


photo from Dinner With Julie
Dinner With Julie. I might actually make these.
These are parmesan, panko and two other ingredients. They are baked and not fried. Go visit and see what you think. I think WOW.


I might make this Sweet Potato Avocado Soup from the LunchBoxBunch. I think bacon would be a great garnish, but I do not have any.

The photo is by Kathy Patalsky, but stupid blogspot won't let me caption it correctly. At least you can see her copyright at the bottom left.


GimmeSomeOven's photo makes my mouth water

GimmeSomeOven has this five ingredient white chicken chili. I hope I was successful in begging for this for Wednesday's dinner.





11.20.14--AV-O-CAD-WOW



Not just for guacamole anymore.
Photo: Jeanine / Love and Lemons
My SouthFloridaFamily sent 12 avocados from their avocado ranch. No, they don't really have a ranch, but in the very few spare moments they have on a very tiny piece of growing space, they have managed to grow a farmload of produce. I received 12 of these on Monday, and promptly ate the last one out of the box almost before it was unwrapped. Did you know avocado can replace butter in baking recipes? These are very mild and I can imagine they would be great in one of these.  The links will take you to the recipes.
photo from DETOXINISTA--chocolate avocado truffles
Of all the chocolate in the world (remember, I am not really much of a chocolate fan), truffles are my favorite. Detoxinista features healthy for you recipes. Go visit her site and find out how to use avocado in place of the heavy cream in truffles. These look very easy to make.


HowSweetEats is a FUNNY, FUNNY person. This is her
photo from her site. I am going to become a regular reader.

HowSweetEats made avocado BROWNIES! If I enjoyed cooking in any way at all, I would definitely make these for family and friends because everyone I know adores chocolate. 














Photo and recipe from EndlessSimmer
If only I could remember this for summer...Avo-Rita from EndlessSimmer. I can imagine that avocado and tequila make the perfect margarita for an evening of salsa and chips with friends. But right now, looking at this drink is making me want to find my sweater to put on over my two shirts. Come back tomorrow and see what else I would cook up if I liked cooking.


















11.19.14--CELL PHONES AND TURKEYS

Most people know not to call my cell phone, EVER. I simply do not get a signal. I switched from Verizon--where I COULD get a signal and could usually rely on texting, at least. Now I use Consumer Cellular which uses an AT and T signal, so I can not even get my voice mail when I go into town unless it feels like revealing that I actually HAVE a voicemail. But it IS $130 less a month. 

Still, I realize cell phones are an American habit. Every meeting I go to, within five minutes of the speaker asking that phones be turned off or set to vibrate, someone's phone goes off. Usually, the more annoying the ring tone, the more likely the phone owner thinks she is the only one in the room and the rest of us are just part of the video she is watching. I have even been in meetings--WITH A GUEST LECTURER-- where the "lady" answered the phone and had a conversation with the person on the other end as if the rest of us were not even there. Well, she probably does not read my blog so she will miss this great video. But you are here, so enjoy! 

Then look at the video below that if you could not see my "pet" turkey video on FaceBook Monday.






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11.18.14

TEA TIME TUESDAY
It can be seen HERE , in Italy

I could do this. They are mounted to a board, which is painted the same color as the wall. I don't have a wall in my kitchen or dinning room, but I could put it in the bedroom...no kitchen utensils, though. Maybe scarves.









11.17.14

MONDAY MANTRA


Haha! Every day is Saturday, but I do enjoy that first cup of coffee in the morning.

I found it on Pinterest. 























11.14.14

I am still searching for the perfect mug. Tomato soup in a mug sounds just right, doesn't it?
Too bad this one by Morales Pottery in Miami is reserved.










Then there is this one by Barbara Robertson Pottery in Virginia.

I was concerned that it might not be big enough on the inside, but her listing says it holds roughly 13 oz. That makes it just about perfect, doesn't it?
I am enjoying the hunt from behind my laptop since if there ARE any art shows in the area, it is too cold to venture out. Our temperatures are in the low to mid 20s and it is quite possible that the debris in the roof gutters will be blown away before I decide who to hire to take care of it for me.
I like window shopping. Wallet is in stasis,  none of the artisans will be disappointed when I move on to the next booth, and it is very unlikely that I will break anything.

11.13.14

We are having some real, comfort food weather at our house. 

Whole grain only, please

For the longest time, as long as I can remember, tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches have been at the top of my list for generating a sense of well-being.  Now that I am "mature" in experience (years), I find I do not care for "American Cheese Food Products", but cheddar, Muenster, or smoky Provolone will do the trick quite nicely.

Campbell's canned soup is a good choice in a pinch, but I really prefer Pacific's Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup. Since Pacific Soups are hard to find in the area, and the Roasted Red Pepper is the rarest, once again I will be making my own. And even though you know I do NOT like to cook, I  DO like to eat.





11.12.14


Having tea this afternoon. Fixed it for myself.


The Republic of Tea's Good Hope Vanilla. Thanks, Mom and Dad!














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11.7.14

Mugs were in my care package from my parents last week. I have used three so far. I always had an appreciation for hand-thrown pottery, especially mugs, because the perfect mug was the "prize" we used to look for at art festivals. 

Some of the above I remember looking for with my parents. I remember using the one with the shell impressed in it so many, many times.

I know the one with the stars is not really part of the group, but my mother knows it is the shape I like best and for a time, she collected the Polish pottery. I will be moving aside my more mainstream, factory made mugs and bringing hand-thrown pottery back into my kitchen. It is like having tea with old friends.

11.6.14

When the going gets rough, cast-on yet another project.

This is one of a number of patterns called the Noro Striped Scarf. There are lots of incarnations of scarf knitting that call for a yarn with a long color repeat. The one I am using is by Jared Flood. In his version, he uses two colorways of Noro yarn, four balls, total. His scarf costs about $40 or so. 

I had two balls of a very SHORT color repeat (Rustic Wool) and two balls of Vista in two shades of gray.
I don't know what size my needles are. In my upheaval, ALL of my gauge finders are lost. I vaguely remember putting them together one time, instead of running the risk of having to search through every project to find one. Now I have to search through every box to find ALL OF THEM.

LOVE working with this. I think it is
Classic Elite Vista ASH
It is a great "Dummy-Knitting" project. It has NOTHING going on in structure--really--just two rows of purple, two rows of the gray worked completely in the cliche KNIT ONE, PURL ONE pattern. 

When I run out of the lighter gray, I will be finishing with the darker one. 

Love this one, too. Probably
it is the Beaver Grey. I have
always enjoyed natural, gray wool.


I have about 14 scarves in various stages all around the house. Today is a great day for knitting.

If you are entertaining the idea of a striped scarf but don't care for the alternating knit-purl stitches, try Susanne Pietzrak's Noro Scarf



Entirely garter stitch with a clever little INC and DEC to make it come to life with a diagonal energy.

Pretty excitng. Also reversible
and FREE on Ravelry

















11.5.14

On difficult days, I wear his wedding ring on a chain next to my heart. Or, one of Oregon-Sister-in-Law's scarves. Today, I wear both.

This afternoon, I will go for a walk. If it is raining outside, I will be on the treadmill.

At the end of the day, I will have a hot cup of tea and I will say, "Today was a good day." And I will believe it.












11.4.14

TEA TIME MONDAY

My old hometown has a tea store! It is called TEA WORLD, and I am going to go there next time I go to Florida. I guess businesses in the Central Florida area have not given up on naming EVERYthing after Disneyworld.

I have not had time to photograph some of the treats I found in a care package from my parents, so here is a picture sent to me by my SouthFloridaSister-in-Law.
I am almost CERTAIN that this once belonged to Jane Jetson



Isn't she lovely? I enjoy fond memories of 
the Jetsons and so many other cartoons of the 60s. If you are in MY demographic, do you have any favorites? Thanks, Hannah-Barbera, Biggers and Stover (Underdog), Jay Ward (Rocky and Bullwinkle). I would gladly pour a cup of tea from Jane's tea pot and rewatch some of my favorites.

11.3.14

MONDAY MANTRA



I am going for a walk.

















10.31.14

I think I am ready for the furniture. I expect to take delivery of it some time next week or the week after.

Here is what I ordered.

          This is a queen-sized, cherry bed with storage drawers.


                                                        Cherry nightstand.


Cherry high chest. It is almost as tall as I am. I will have to have a step-stool to dust. D19" x W38" x H62"


A second cherry dresser, also, fairly tall. D19" x W56" x H51 1/2"


I did not find drawer liner paper that I liked so I ordered bulk-rate gift wrap; ivory with a glossy finish. It was economical and it says it is from recycled paper. I got it from NASHVILLE WRAPS.



10.30.14

Paint is done, carpet might be in by the time you are reading this. Here are two samples that come close to color and design for the carpet.


Well, not THAT close. The bottom sample was carried by the store that is in my county. I would like to have done business with them but they never called to come measure the room I wanted to carpet. After two weeks, I took their samples back and went across the state line to the place that did the original carpet for this house. 

I can't wait to see what I ordered.



10.29.14

PHOTO by SANDRA HARRISON 
A lot of you did not know I was going to Italy tomorrow, October 30. 

The plan was to go and spend a couple of days in Spain, take a Mediterranean cruise, and visit Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, then go back to Florence for a few days, and then head home sometime around the middle of November. 

All through the planning, I never thought it would actually happen, so I told very, very few people. 

BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS
It turns out I was right. 

The trip is cancelled and refunds have been refunded. 

Instead, I am painting, carpeting, and re-outfitting the master bedroom.

When I finish drafting this post, (last Sunday afternoon) I will be getting ready to apply primer to walls I suspect were never really painted. I will post this Wednesday. 




These made the final four, even though it looks like there are five of them. I put my second favorite under the first favorite, just to see. There are huge splotches on every wall and I have looked at them at various times during the day to see how they fare in different light. It is amazing to me how different the tiny "chips" are in the store when compared with home light.

(Edited to add: Quilty Friend helped with the color application and the final room looks GREAT)


Valspar Scent of Coconut
as seen online
I finally chose Scent of Coconut, which looks very lemony to me when I am at Lowes Depot. Over here to the right, it looks like dingy-white.

I had to make two trips to choose color samples because I came home with some very school-bus-ish ideas of warm color. Well, they looked nice in the store, that is all I have to say.

I chose flat paint, rather than the satin that the samples came in. I doubt I will care that the walls are more washable the glossier they are. Because I was just a little concerned that the color was a touch too pale, I wanted all the light to sing with the color and not reflect back. This may be the first time I did not chose satin, eggshell, or semi-gloss for paint.


Photo update

"Cutting in" of primer began around 2:00 p.m., 10.26.14. It looked surprisingly gray while wet but when I checked in the a.m. of 10.27.14, the whole room looked great.

The walls drank the primer like they were parched and it took three times to cover all the sample-splotches.

Quilty Friend showed up the next day and "cut-in" the color.

Great color, yes? I had the dehumidifier going all night and all day. Must have emptied about three quarts of moisture so far. The paint sets up GREAT when the dehumidifier is going.

10.28.14

TEA TIME TUESDAY
I would love to give credit to the maker, but I can not find the origin of this photo I found on Pinterest. I looks like the body is knitted and embellished. The leaves seem to be cut from felted, knitted fabric. It is a dandy one, isn't it?







10.27.14

MONDAY MANTRA



10.21.14

TEE TIME TUESDAY

I am not a golfer, by a long shot.
Tea time with real tees
But I do enjoy miniature golf. It is  silly, fun, and the worse you do, the funnier it is. My small town (actually, the next bigger town--I have to travel through a place called LICKLOG to GET to the next bigger town), has two miniature golf courses. One is called Butternut Creek Miniature golf and Ice Cream Parlor (I am not sure, but it may be closed) and the other is part of the Jim's Smokin' Que experience. I have not been to either one but If I have a houseful of multi-generational folks, you can bet I will suggest it.

10.20.14

MONDAY MANTRA

Each day is new. There is no need to begin to live it the day before.

10.18.14

I can:
Grill food with an 85% rate of success

Find and fix the problem when the auger system fails on the pellet production component of the grill's smoker unit

Replace a sealing ring below the kitchen drain

Remove a pee-trap, clean it, replace it WITH the required water (but I remain unsure about how to correctly SPELL pee-trap--I mean, it's PLUMBING, so, PEE, right?)

Go to the dump alone, although playing Guess That Smell by myself is not that entertaining

Make coffee with a broken coffee maker (but I can't fix the thing)

Install a Command Hook suspended shampoo holder in a bath enclosure













10.15.2014

I went to Friendship Group a week ago. I haven't been since May and it was a nice way to get back in the rhythm of socializing. I am several months behind in my black and tan blocks. Country Stitches Quilt Shop has a program each year for Friendship Group participants. This year Priscilla has a fat eighth of Kona black and a fat eighth of a tan print as a monthly offering. I can't remember if I have shown you what I am making with mine. I will take some pictures today if the sunlight cooperates and put them in at the bottom of this post.

I haven't been doing anything quilty at all, but I have been doing a little dummy-knitting. You remember, my term for that knitting process where only your hands have to be engaged, not your brain? I have pulled some yarns and rededicated them to short, simple, dummy work. I can always find homes for scarves. I might even branch out to hats since the only thing that really takes any brain work is the decrease and there are several ways to get around THAT.

10.14.14

TEA TIME TUESDAY


I was lucky enough to visit the STASH TEA store when I was in Portland in June. 

This one does not smell very much like chocolate and does not at all taste like Nutella to me. 







This one smells faintly like caramel but doesn't really taste very much like it.


This one, I actually like, though I have had Chai that I thought was stronger in flavor. I am not really sure what Chai is, but it makes me think it should be spicey and taste like a 1920s luxury cruise in the Indian Ocean. With orchestra and a tartan "rug" wrapped around me as I recline on a teak deck chair.























10.13.14

MONDAY MEANING?


I know it is difficult to read but it says THE UNIVERSE IS UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO MAKE SENSE TO YOU and it is attributed to Neil DeGrasse Tyson. 

I don't really have a mantra today but I can back up Neil's claim as stated above. I do not even feel the need to CONSTRUCT meaning from the universe. 

Maybe it is because early on, my parents gave me space to wonder about it. Thanks for that copy of The Epic of Man, Dad. I mean, Santa Claus.













10.7.2014

TEA TIME TUESDAY

I had FIVE cups of tea yesterday. Five. It was rainy, windy, and cold and tea seemed like a great idea several times during the day.

When I was in Oregon in June, I was lucky enough to spend some time in the STASH Tea Store. I bought as many of the flavored teas as I thought I might like. My small town grocery does not stock much in the more exotic tea flavors, although I have to admit, they have an amazing selection of brands compared to when I first moved here about four years ago.

Yesterday's teas included some of those flavored tisanes as well as a decaf chai and some of that green tea I discovered. 

The first time I made the green tea in a small one serving pot, I had the water too hot. Did you know green tea must not be made with boiling water? No wonder I never found one that tasted good to me. I do not believe I ever made it correctly.


This  Breville electric kettle has five settings and will brew at the 
exact temperatures for green, white, oolong and black teas, as well as
the correct temperature for French press coffee makers. The HOLD
button keeps the temperature for 20 minutes for your second cup.

This makes tea making almost TOO easy, doesn't it? How do you suppose the ancients made green tea without this contraption?