Monday, March 1, 2021

A new month....

 Rabbit, rabbit!  A new month!  Is March coming in like a lamb or a lion where you are?  May the month ahead be filled with all good things for you!

I have read that this is National Nutrition Month!  It is always a good time to take inventory of our eating habits, just to be sure we are receiving the nutrition we need.  A good rule to follow is to “eat the rainbow!”  How colorful are your choices when you plan your meals?

This has green and yellow covered nicely.  These veggies are prepared for roasting.  This was a generous amount, and there are leftovers to enrich our meals for a couple of days.  I used what was on hand and really wish I had been able to add some purple onion and some cherry tomatoes!  Now, thinking of other colorful foods to add to the shopping list!

Sending wishes for good health to you!  Take care, be safe, and stay well!

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Special days....

 While February is the shortest month of the year, there is no shortage of special days during the month.  As February winds down, I’ll review a few of the special “food events” that weren’t covered in the last post.

I have never considered the groundhog to be a reliable predictor of much of anything, though it is fun to recognize Groundhog Day on February 2.  This appeared in Susan Branch’s blog early in the month....

As I had never honored Groundhog Day with anything special on the menu, I decided to correct that lapse this time around!  This Punxsutawney Pudding was delicious!  In fact, it was so tasty to me that I chose to use some of it a couple of mornings later....

It was an ideal “bed” for a fried egg for breakfast!

The Lunar New Year also came in February....the Year of the Ox.  For that celebration, we enjoyed this....

Shrimp Stir-Fry!  In my opinion, stir-fry dishes are an excellent way to work in lots of extra vegetables!  This one even included some cauliflower florets!

There were even fortune cookies following!  Happy to send you some!  Have lots more!

Of course, our favorite day of the month is Valentine’s Day!  Not an ideal time for going out to eat in a restaurant, that’s for sure.  This was a good substitute....

 Bacon wrapped scallops and cheese front of the fireplace!  Quite cozy and relaxing!

Shrove Tuesday gave an opportunity for this....

Pancakes for dinner!  This brought back memories of years past of youth pancake suppers on the night before Ash Wednesday.  

Our vaccine immunity “kicked in” earlier this week, and we have made a gradual reentry into the general public.  Following the same safety precautions is still necessary, and that’s what we’re doing.  So far, so good!

I send good wishes for your health!  

Thursday, February 18, 2021

In the kitchen....

 ....that’s where I’ve been!  The long absence in posting on the blog might indicate that I somehow became stuck behind the stove. LOL  Never fear; all is well.

This may....or may a long post, full of pictures, and “peppered” with a little dialogue.

As we continue to follow pandemic protocol, we’ve been staying home.  For almost the past year (this is Day 344), we have kept ourselves out of stores and the general public.  I have filled my time with efforts in the kitchen....such as these:

 Cook once, eat least!  From a Sunday roast chicken came these two more meals....chicken noodle soup and chicken pot pie.  Even the cranberry casserole was worthy of an encore!  

Using a recipe of several years ago from the Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg, TN, this has become a new addition to our favorites.  It was the perfect addition to our Sunday roast beef dinner!

Then, that Sunday roast beef reappeared as a classic “leftover....”

Beef and gravy over mashed potatoes with peas on the side!  True comfort food, and a perfect example of that “Cook once, eat twice” philosophy.  

While not huge professional football fans here, I will confess that we watched a bit of the Super Bowl.  It was a perfect excuse for some special snacks.
Cheese tortellini and ground chicken meatballs for dipping in marinara sauce, along with lightly steamed cauliflower and carrots for dipping, too!  Some strawberries and chocolate, also for dipping!  Some of these “leftovers” reappeared as this:

The tortellini and meatballs, blended together with more marinara sauce and topped with mozzarella cheese, created a dinner later in the week. 

There is still more, though I will save it for another time.  

I hope you are continuing to be well.  Double-masking is the order of the day, and that’s a policy we follow even when we only go for curbside pickup....and definitely also when we go for medical appointments.  The good news is that we’ve been able to receive both doses of the vaccine, and we plan to gradually re-enter the public in a few days when immunity is said to be effective.

Take care, and be safe and well!

Monday, February 1, 2021

A new month....

 Rabbit, rabbit!  It’s late in the day, but better late than never!  That expression is a wish for a month of good luck ahead!

We were greeted with a slight ground cover of snow this morning.  At this point in the day, it has almost completely disappeared.

This is looking down our street when I went for the newspaper this morning.  Do you have snow where you are?  Do you have a favorite treat for a snow day?  I think hot chocolate is a good choice for a snowy day!  Have you ever added a scoop of ice cream to your cup of hot chocolate?  It might be a tasty experiment.:-)

We celebrated by making this a “Muffin Monday!”  Also, tried my hand at creating my own sausage by adding herbs and spices to ground pork!  All the way around, it was a great way to begin the day!

I came across a recipe that had been in my files for a number of years....Lemon Raspberry Muffins!
Fresh raspberries went in these delicious nuggets!  
Using ground pork from the meat department of the market that takes care of our curbside pickup orders, and adding seasonings as desired, gave us a sausage that contained less sodium and was leaner than usual sausage.  Not a bad breakfast for the first day of February!

Special appreciation for workers who clear the roads in snowy/icy conditions!  Be safe if you have to travel!

Be safe, stay well, and follow necessary precautions!  Then, remember to choose joy!

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Wacky Cake and Waffles....

 Today is National Chocolate Cake Day!  Is that something you think you could celebrate?

We celebrated Wednesday with waffles for breakfast this morning, and that has made this day feel very special!

Have you heard of Wacky Cake?  I may have featured it on the blog some time ago.  Hoping the steps will stay in the correct order with this one.

This is such a simple recipe that I don’t know why I don’t bake it more often!  Ingredients are sifted directly into the baking dish; little “hollows hold vanilla, vinegar, and oil; then, a cup of cold water is poured over all.  It can be frosted, though we prefer it just like it is, adorned with ice cream!  Sometimes I will sprinkle powdered sugar on top. 

Anyway, Happy National Chocolate Cake Day!  The recipe needs 1 1/2 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 tsp soda, 3 Tbsp cocoa, 1/2 tsp salt sifted all together into the baking dish.  One Tbsp vinegar in one “hollow,” 1/3 cup oil in another, and 1 tsp vanilla in the other. Pour the water over, stir well with a fork, then bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes!  Enjoy!

Sending special thoughts to all our healthcare workers!  Let’s do our part to help make their work less demanding!  Remember to wear a mask....and I’m hearing that it’s time we might want to wear more than one!  Be safe, and stay well!

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Winter light....

 We have had a series of grey days here, with the sun trying valiantly to appear.  

Grocery store tulips add some color and cheer.

The January tree, trimmed with snowmen, snowflakes, and stars gives special light in the evenings.

We lit candles this evening in memory of those who have passed away due to COVID.  Did you see the display in Washington, DC?  Very moving and sobering.  

I send you wishes for good health.  Stay safe!  Be well!  

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Winter wonders....

 We were greeted by this lovely light snowfall on Monday morning.  The snow changed over to rain, however, and the snow was quickly washed away.

This morning, we woke to freezing fog.  The landscape was beautiful, and these pictures don’t do it justice. 

Winter wonders!  Such a treat!  Around 2:00, the sun decided to appear, and we have clear, blue skies!

Sending encouraging thoughts to all!  Take care!  Be safe!  Stay well!!