Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Happily, I just bought the last book in the "Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman" series and have been glued to it's pages, and so it has distracted me perfectly from my condition. These are the best books! Last I mentioned them here, I was on the second book: "Duty and Desire" It was a good book but the first and last are masterpieces in my opinion. This last one is called, "These Three Remain" and I'll remind you all that the first one is called, "An Assembly Such as This."
Pamela Aidan writes beautifully and seems to keep amazing accuracy to the original spirit of jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice." These books delve into the mind of Mr. Darcy, the mysterious, in such a convincing way that keeps loyal to what I have always thought to be the Darcy way. Plus she adds some characters into Darcy's life who we would never see in P&P. Some characters introduced are Darcy's valet, and his friend Dy Brougham, from his university days. These addtions don't change the story, but just add insight to Darcy's life and social circle during those times when he's absent from Elizabeth. In addtion, the books add substance to Georgiana's character and also his cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam. If you are a die-hard Pride and Prejudice fan, like so many of us out there, these books are a must read!!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
My friend Laurie sent me this picture from her camping trip of a sunrise in Joshua Tree, CA-- such a great spot for camping.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
I found the dinner recipe on the back of the Calrose rice bag and it was quick, easy and delicious!
I think they called it something Verde Rice, but it was like a spicy Spanish rice dinner by the time I finished with it. Only serves 2.
2 chicken breasts seasoned with salt and pepper
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 can of Rotel (recipe called for can of green chilies, but I like Rotel's diced chili and tomato mix-- adds more flavor and spice. If you don't like spicy, Rotel makes a mild version)
1 vegetable bouillion cube (recipe calls for chicken, but my veggie cubes don't have MSG and taste just as good in my opinion).
1 1/4 cup of water
1/2 tsp. oregano
3/4 cup or rice
oil (I use grapeseed because it's less fattening than veg. oil and doesn't break down at high temps. like olive oil).
1 can of pinto beans
Dissolve boullion in water and set aside.
Coat a large saucepan, or deep frying pan with a lid, with the oil and heat to high temperature. Add chicken and brown on each side, cooking about 6 minutes. Remove chicken breasts and saute onion and garlic for about 30 seconds in same pan. Add the boullion water, can of rotel, oregano, rice, and add the chicken on top. Cover, bring to a boil and reduce heat, simmering for 20-25 mintues. Serve with pinto beans on the side.
Happily, I had time to finish the curtains while dinner was simmering, and one ball of wool was completed after dinner. Trish, it'll be on your way to Oregon before you know it!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
This past Saturday was Paul's birthday, and was the first big cooking day in the kitchen. When he was in Sweden I didn't bother cooking dinner- it was mainly cereal and leftovers and one indulgent night of Taco Bell. I made Paul a meat and potatoes meal-his food of choice- and got a fantastic recipe from my new Rachel Ray's Just in Time Cookbook. I learned to not count on it taking 30 minutes as she says, because by the time you add in all the chopping, you've added 15-30 minutes if you're a slow chopper like me.
By golly the recipes are good though. This was a grilled steak, thinly sliced and topped with sauteed mushrooms and green onions with a side of warm potato salad with bacon and dijon mustard and scallions. This was a hit! I made broccoli too to get some veggies in.
I also made a birthday cake on Saturday for Paul....
Monday, February 11, 2008
Loading up the first load on Saturday morning. It took Paul and I two days to get this first load packed, starting Thursday after signing and getting our keys. Saturday, some people from my church, who I had never met, came and helped us unload at our house and carry furniture upstairs, which took all of about an hour! Then we all went back to our apartment, loaded up load #2, had pizza, and unloaded again at the other end. We don't know what we would have done without the 5 extra helpers!
I have some more pictures from this weekend, but will post later... lunch break is over!