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Sep
26
2010

It’s going to be a busy Sunday around here.

We finished painting the window boxes yesterday and I will have two flats of pansies left to put into pots.

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I love their little smilie faces.  One of my favorite flowers.  I would have loved to have some of the faceless pastels but after seeing these…they are perfect against the light green of the house.

The little man Sam is down visiting us and a friend called first thing to tell us his picture was on the front page of the Shreveport Times AGAIN today.  Cool.

bildeAnd going to do a little entertaining tonight.  Jerry is making Vodka Rustica and Ciabatta – I have no idea what’s for dessert.  What sounds good? Pie? Pie always sounds good.

Tomorrow Benjamin has to have oral surgery to remove to baby teeth that are embedded in his jaw.  Don’t ask.  I have NO idea how that would happen.  And my kids have some strange dental issues.  He’s not looking forward to it but hopes to have all the good meds people have told him about.  I have never had oral surgery…plenty of other surgeries.

Speaking of surgery, for those who have had gall bladder removal, is your tummy ever right again?  I know the most common complaint, so I won’t go into any detail of that.  Yuck.  I don’t have the common issues, because well, I refuse to have anything easily diagnosed or treated.  Everything I eat seems to get stuck under my right rib cage up top where my gall bladder was.  Not really indigestion as much as pain.  Like it hurts for my bra band to touch.  And you know I am careful about what I eat because of my allergies so I was thinking it isn’t what I am eating, so much as the fact that I AM eating.  How do I still weigh this much??!!  I am starting on some enzymes today to see if I can get some relief.  I did eat two helpings of spaghetti last night but come on, pasta?  Is there anything easier to digest?  So this lead me to the internets where I realize that my wheat gluten intolerance  may be getting worse.  Like it was one that I ignored because well, what am I supposed to eat?  Bread, chocolate and coffee.  Back to the allergist I guess.  Please don’t let me develop a full blown gluten intolerance.  That would be horrible.  I like gluten.  But you know thinking back, bread has been really bothering me lately.  It is one of things I could specifically say felt like it got “stuck” in my gut.  Good grief.  So what can I eat?  Safely I mean. Could be worse.  Always.  It just really sucks because we all love food and cooking.  But I know how serious sensitivities to food can be.  Jerry and I went to lunch last week and he got fried shrimp.  They smelled so good.  And I hadn’t had any seafood for about 3 years so I took one tiny little bite and chewed and savored the flavor and then couldn’t bring myself to swallow it.  So I spit it out in my napkin and within a minute or so the inside of my mouth was swollen and my lips were raw.  Geez.  But it sure tasted good.  So happy I had sense enough not to ingest it.  That would have been a mess.

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Okay, I am done complaining.  See you all tomorrow!  Happy Sunday!

Sep
25
2010

Simply Saturday ~Something to Smile About

First of all it’s Saturday, I am home again after enjoying a couple of days away with Jerry.  Granted, we didn’t spend the whole time together but it is still nice to have the time away together.  And then I check the weather and while I would really like to get my pansies in the flower boxes, I find this at weather.com:

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I love it when those start showing up in our forecast, even if it is likely they will change it by then.  I personally think 50 is the perfect temperature.  If the rain doesn’t hamper me today I will plant pansies in my window boxes and have some pictures for you later on.  But I have some computer work I HAVE to finish today.  It’s nipping at my heels!  Have a happy Saturday day, and I will meet you back around here later.

Sep
24
2010

Favorite Foodie Magazines

We are magazine poor at our house.  I don’t know, I think it is something from my childhood.  My mom LOVED magazines.  And I am going to blame my obsession with them on heredity.  But this time of year, starting with the Sept-Oct issues is my very favorite time for the printed page.  All the fall foods, decorations and then before I can get these read, the holiday issues will be arriving in my mailbox and newsstand. These are the ones I brought to read while Jerry is in class.

IMG00006-20100924-0822There are so many cute decorations and so many recipes I want to try. Here’s one that really caught my eye.

Skillet Granola Apple Crisp

By toasting a bit of prepared granola with butter, you can keep this dish light and healthy while still providing a delicious crunchy topping to sweet spiced apples.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups store-bought oat granola, (Maple Pecan sounds good huh?)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, plus 1/4 cup
  • 5 crisp apples, such as Fuji or Gala (about 2 1/2 pounds), peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Melt the butter in a medium nonreactive and oven safe skillet over medium heat. Add the granola, 1 tablespoon of the flour and 1 tablespoon sugar and toss until the sugar is dissolved and the granola is well-coated. Transfer to a bowl; set aside. (Reserve the skillet.)

3. Pour the apples into the skillet; toss with the pumpkin pie spice, lemon juice and remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are juicy and slightly softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon flour. Scatter the reserved granola mixture evenly over the top and transfer the skillet to the oven. Bake until the crisp is bubbling and the apples are tender, about 35 to 40 minutes. Serve warm.

And how about something savory? This sounded really really good to me.  Of course I am pretty hungry right now. I had a honey bun for breakfast.  I don’t like honey buns.  I thought the hotel would have room service breakfast but Noooooooo! But they had a “shop” next to the front desk.  So I bought a honey bun and a package of Alka-Seltzer.  But I think this chicken would sound good anyway 🙂

Brick Chicken

  • 3 chicken halves, breast and rib bones intact (1 1/2 to 1 3/4 pounds each)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 5 to 6 sprigs thyme

Partially debone the chicken halves, removing the wing, backbone and thighbone. Rinse and pat dry. Refrigerate, uncovered, at least 30 minutes to dry out the skin.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat a large nonstick skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium heat and add the oil and butter. Lay the chicken halves, skin-side down, in the skillet and scatter the thyme around them. Wrap a slightly smaller skillet with foil and place on top of the chicken. Set a large brick or 2 to 3 heavy cans in the skillet to weigh it down.

Cook the chicken 3 to 5 minutes, then remove the top skillet and check the skin; adjust the heat and rotate the pan as needed so the skin browns evenly. Replace the top skillet and continue to cook until the skin is golden and crisp and the chicken is cooked about three-quarters of the way through, 20 to 25 more minutes. Remove the top skillet and carefully flip the chicken. Cook, uncovered, until the chicken is cooked through, 8 to 10 more minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 5 minutes. Cut each piece in half to serve.

Alrighty, y’all have a great weekend.  I know it is actually fall-ish where some of you live.  Enjoy some of that for me please.  Still pretty hot here.  I am going to work on my Autumn Newsletter a little – hope to have it to my subscribers on October 1.

And yes….still working on “Knock Your Socks Off!”