Saturday, October 24, 2015

Long time away!

The last post on Blogger was in October of 2011. The reality is that I posted a lot more on the WordPress site, but it seems those posts were lost to cyberspace. Okay, not lost, just misplaced, and with all that's gone on the last two years, I haven't taken the time to find them. Someday I will (because that is several years of history people!)

The last two years have been a whirlwind of graduating from school, selling a home, remodeling a home, moving into a much smaller (half the size) remodeled home, going back to work full time, quitting said job, and going back to work from home part-time (mostly.) Meanwhile, everyone is a little older, a little wiser, and a little more slowed down (except me!)

My faithful hub has now been out of work on a medical leave for nearly two years. I think he's enjoyed the break from working so hard, but I also think there are times he misses it. The boys, Snoopy and Joe, are now senior citizens. Still trotting along at almost 11, but definitely a little bit grayer and slower. The two-legged child, Kyle, has been living on his own for a year, working and going to school.

All in all, life has been pretty good. As with everything, change is constant, but we've hung in there and made the best of what life has thrown at us. 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Lunch today

Didn't know what to make for lunch today.  Scanned the contents of the household and found:

  • Wildflower Bread Bakery Sourdough Bread (mmmm, the very best bread, but if you don't live here in AZ, any hearty sourdough bread will do)
  • pesto
  • grape tomatoes
  • goat cheese 
  • shredded mozzarella

Know what I did with it?  Made a caprese (sort of) sandwich.  One of my fave restaurants, The Living Room, makes an amazing pressed caprese sandwich.  I figured I could try to mimic it even though I don't have a sandwich press and I didn't have fresh mozzarella.

I buttered one side of each slice of bread.  On the other side I spread a heaping teaspoon of jarred pesto sauce (I happened to have Classico in the house because my basil plants all croaked over the summer.)

Took a couple of slices of soft goat cheese and crumbled them over the pesto on one slice of the bread.  Then I filled in the empty spots with some shredded mozzarella.  

I sliced about a handful of grape tomatoes in half and carefully placed these on the cheese.

Then I put the second slice of bread on top and placed the sandwich in a really hot grill pan (heated mine on 8 on my cooktop.)  Because I needed it to look like a pressed sandwich, I flipped a dinner plate over the top of the sandwich and sat my tea kettle, half full of water, on top.  Took about 4 minutes to toast the one side, I flipped the sandwich, and toasted the other side for about 2 minutes.  But your timing may vary.

Voila!  Yummy yummy yummy.  I ate it with sea salt & cracked black pepper potato chips, because that's what the Living Room serves.  Now where is that glass of Infamous Goose Sauvignon Blanc I usually have with it?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Time Flies....

When you're busy with school.  Sorry folks.  Lots of good food being made here inbetween the Photoshop projects, HTML coding and now reading about business & society.  Eeesh.  Not to mention Ron and I took a short jaunt to Reno/Lake Tahoe/Truckee this past week.  I have lots to post about that. 

Will definitely get some recipes uploaded this week too.

And some knitting projects.  It's been busy busy around here and I've been neglecting you.  No longer.  This week!

Enjoy your Sunday night

Friday, September 30, 2011


Decided to make Joy the Baker's Avocado & Edamame Salad for lunch today.  Can I just say YUM again?  Joy may be an incredible baker, but when she ventures out into "real" food, she comes up with awesome recipes there as well.

Super easy salad to make.  Some slicing and chopping and grating, but nothing a novice can't handle.

Very healthy ingredients.

One note - I did increase the avocado from one to two.  I love avocado and it seemed with the number of edamame in this salad, more avocado was needed.  But you can do it your own way.  One less avocado probably would have been healthier!

It's such a pretty salad too.

I could eat the entire darn thing, but that wouldn't be such a good idea.  One quarter of the whole thing was plenty to fill me up.  Still, the rest is hiding out in the fridge waiting.....

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


I am sitting on my couch watching my dogs sleep and listening to my husband snore. 

It's making me tired.  At this rate I'll be sleeping before 10. 

And that's not really such a bad thing, is it?