Friday, March 18, 2011

The Walk




Since warmer weather is upon us, a couple of us really need to get busy with the exercise. Seems as though the winter season made us....shall we say.....a bit wider? Romeo and I have been back at it, walks each evening and he is in DOG heaven!









He didn't want to stop for this break but I wanted a picture of the cutie-pie. I couldn't get him to shut his mouth though. Oh well, his profile is just as sweet. Now if the trees could just start budding, it would really feel like Spring. Hope these last few days of warm weather gets them stirred up.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

My little Leprechaun



I fed him green milk for breakfast. :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Guess what.......

........I had for lunch today:

Sushi!


I was very proud of myself I must say. But before you get grossed out, it was vegetable sushi so it did not contain any raw fish or eggs or nasty eel (like the menu disclosed). It was very tasty! I shared it with a co-worker along with some other items. One of the rolls contained sweet potato and the other had asparagus and avocado. That little blob of green and orange is fresh ginger and wasabi. I even ate it!
I would definitely have vegetable sushi again. It was very light and fresh and I always love to try new foods (except for fish eggs and eel) so I'm glad I gave into my fears and gave it a taste. Have you ever had sushi? If so what type do you like? Please don't say eel.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Lettuce

Have you seen the fairly new Flea Market Style magazine that hit the stands last year? I didn't pick up their first issue but today while visiting the grocery store on my lunch hour I spotted the 2nd issue.

Sometimes when I forget to pack my lunch for work I run down to a local grocery store and grab a salad. They have a salad bar that you pay by the ounce and they always have lots of yummy toppings (beets). So I get my salad, bottle of water and spot the magazine while checking out so I decided to buy it too so I can look at it over my lunch hour.



The nice lady rings me up and says "That will be $17.52 please". I look at her, look down at my salad and think to myself "Dang, I know I got a lot of lettuce but holy cow!". I forgot I grabbed the magazine too. :) It was $10.00, not a cheap magazine but so far, ohhhhh so worth it. I guess the lettuce was cheaper in the end.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

New Present for ME!


I was in Target the other day and saw the most adorable picture. I called my Sissy right away to tell her about it because I knew she would love it. She kept telling me if I liked it so much to go back and get it. So today....I did. I already have it hanging in my craft room.


My Sissy sent me a new blog to look at with all kinds of cute ideas. I scraplifted a tag she made because I love butterflies. I like hers better than mine, but I'm still happy with it. The blog is called Bursts of Creativity. Check it out!
I caught Colin's cold and now I feel crummy. Need to go to bed early but that is no fun. :)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Soup for the Soul

Colin came home last night from an overnight church event sick with a cold so I decided to make some homemade tomato-basil soup. Colin won't eat it, but it made me feel better even though I wasn't sick. I thought it was very yummy and much better than the canned stuff.

Here's the ingredients. Wish my basil was from my own little herb garden, but it's still too cold to grow basil here. Soon however it will be warm enough!


Canned tomatoes
Tomato Juice
Fresh Basil
Unsalted Butter
Whipping Cream
Salt/Pepper


Dump tomatoes, in pot along with their juice and extra juice.


Crush tomatoes with your hands. There is something so grossly fun about this (until you blast juice across your counter and splatter your flour jar). Simmer tomatoes and juice for 30 minutes.
Blend tomatoes to puree and add fresh basil. Be careful with hot ingredients in your blender because they do expand a bunch when you blend and it will spew out of the container. Learned this from experience....uh yeah.

Return to pot.


Add room temperature butter....yum.

Add cream.....yum, yum.


Swirl-o-round. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve!
And now on to the next yummy for my tummy recipe that went fabulous with the tomato-basil soup. I saw this recipe months ago in a Food Network magazine and knew I wanted to make it some day. First, you need some good Artisan Bread.

I already had this Roasted Garlic loaf, so it worked perfect (actually bought it at Walmart). Can you see the cloves of garlic?


Here is a closer shot. :)


Slice the bread, melt some butter in you skillet. Add sliced mozzarella cheese, sprinkle Parmesan cheese and add some jarred spaghetti sauce left over from dinner last night. Add the other piece of bread and crack some pepper over top. I have learned that nothing tastes better than grating your own cheese. When you buy it shredded, it has a coating on the cheese that changes the taste. Today our local IGA had cheese blocks for $1.00 so you can't beat that over a bag of that other grated stuff. I used a vegetable peeler to slice the mozzarella.

While they are grilling, continue to smash the sandwiches down with a wooden spoon so it becomes more like a panini. Call your Dad to come pick up leftovers and share the yumminess.

To serve, add some garlicky croutons and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese to the soup. The panini doesn't need anything else. It is Yum-o as is.


Here are the recipes:
La Madeleine Tomato-Basil Soup
4 C tomatoes, peeled, cored and chopped OR 4 cups canned whole tomatoes, crushed
4 C tomato juice
12-14 washed fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 C whipping cream
1/2 C unsalted butter, softened
Salt and Pepper to taste
Combine tomatoes and juice in saucepan, simmer for 30 minutes. Cool slightly, place in blender to process. Add basil and process to puree; this will have to be done in batches.
Return mixture to saucepan. Add cream and butter. Stir over low heat until butter and cream are Incorporated. Stir in salt and pepper before serving. Serve with crusty bread, croutons or whatever else you feel like. Makes 8 servings.
Italian Panini
Spread pasta sauce between 2 slices of crusty bread. Top with any Italian cheese, cook in a buttered skillet or panini press.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Hoops for Heart


Colin's school is participating in the American Heart Association Hoops for Heart Program. He was so excited yesterday to come home from school to have me help him create his homepage and e-mail all family members asking for donations. We even added a little picture of him and Romeo (of course). Here is his link:


He asked me to get him up early today so we could go to the coffee shop to see Papa and the "more knowledgeable" friends of Papa's that hang out every morning. When we walked in the coffee shop all of the men started hollering "There's that basketball star!". Colin smiled from ear to ear. He told them all why he was there and asked if any of them wanted to donate. Before we knew it, money was flying everywhere. He just looked up at me with wide eyes and scrapped up all the donations. He set a personal goal of $100.00 last night and he is $7.00 short as of tonight (not all of his donations how on-line). Not bad for 24 hours. The fundraiser goes a full 2 weeks so maybe we need to increase the goal!

I'm proud of him for being so excited to participate in a program that helps children who are ill. We are blessed to have healthy hearts so it's only fair we spread the love to others not so lucky.