February 6, 2016

Breakfast for Dinner

I was looking for a recipe to use up a couple of apples that will only last another day or two. A video for fried apple rings on Facebook caught my eye, but I was looking for something more virtuous. Pinterest did not disappoint. Choices were narrowed to hasselback baked apples or apple cinnamon baked oatmeal. I decided to go for the latter using craisins instead of raisins.

It's a winner! Great texture and delicious. The recipe made enough for two healthy portions of workday breakfasts (jars) as well as a treat (bowl). It would go further with smaller portion sizes. Go make some now and serve it up warm with ice cream and maple syrup. You won't be disappointed!

January 31, 2016

Where is my super suit?!?!

Name that movie!

How is it the last day of January?! Slow down already. I'm going to chalk up the fact that I don't remember much of the last five months of my life to grad school, holidays and family (dys)fun(ction).

I dreamed of cleaning night before last. Me! You'd think it would have been a nightmare, but for some reason I woke up with an excitement to get sh!t done. I did at least three loads of heavy laundry, vacuumed including baseboards and ceiling beams as well as nooks and crannies, made granola, polished the floors, polished the baseboards under the cabinets as well as the cabinets themselves, broke down boxes and steam cleaned the beds. I feel so accomplished (and tired, therefore I took a three hour nap this morning after my regular duties). Today I've already started two more loads of laundry, made potato salad for dinner (sloppy joes) and blogged. I still have more vacuuming and polishing to do. Tonight is good TV - Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, Downton Abbey and Mercy Street - so I've got to get it all done by 7pm. I'm thinking about even walking on the treadmill during Madam Secretary. I'm on fire people!!!

December 26, 2015

Reading Railroad

I did a post in July (where did summer and fall go?!) about my love of audible.com here. Safe to say I'm still loving it as I've managed to read 7 more books and am half way into my eighth.
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - Oh my stars and garter belts is this good! Suspense and intrigue in a modern 'who dunnit?!' This will be made into a movie which won't do it justice. English narration is excellent.
  • Yes Please by Amy Poehler - gritty, witty and charming
  • A Fine Romance by Candice Bergen - I love Candice's voice and how open and honest she is in this book. I'm thinking of reading her first one about her childhood as well. If I met her I would ask if "romance" reference is ultimately to her daughter :)
  • Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns - I don't remember how I came upon this but I'm glad I did. Set in the "old" south, it's a lot like Fried Green Tomatoes with a great storyline and good amount of sass. Awesome narration. 
  • Happily Ali After by Ali Wentworth - sarcasm abounds and Ali seems like a girl I could easily hang with, but the reading was a bit "off"
  • The Rocks by Peter Nichols - Love, love, love this! It starts in current time and works backward so there's a rich tapestry of how the main characters' lives intersect and the root cause for what occurs. Bittersweet.
  • Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid - Fun read, a lot like Sliding Doors with a decision point where things go in different directions by alternating chapters if Hannah had said yes vs. no.
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr - I'm a little glad Christmas is over because I found myself struggling between listening to this and my beloved Christmas music. It's set in WWII about a blind girl and a young Austrian soldier. 
Queued up next are:
The Traitor' s Wife by Alison Pataki
The Book of Joan by Melissa Rivers
The Sexy Years by Suzanne Somers
The Japanse Lover by Isabel Allende
Is Everyone Hanging Out with Me by Mindy Kaling

December 22, 2015

So this happened!

It was a lovely ceremony, all two and a half hours! I think there were close to 300 graduates in attendance - associates, bachelors, masters, doctorates and certificates. Only 8 from our class of 15 attended - I'm so glad I didn't skip this milestone ritual. Three of our instructors are also in this photo - the one with the velvet beret and blue "scarf" has a PhD - I think I want one ;)

December 16, 2015

TV Shows

We are "upgrading" our cable (I'm convinced it's a scam but hubby says it's the greatest thing ever) so losing all our current settings and recordings. The good news is we'll be able to record multiple programs at once. One of my current issues is there are 5 programs I like that all air on the same night - if football delays on one station then two shows compete with the others and I have to choose which to record and watch later vs access on demand and be forced to watch commercials. It's house of cards. #firstworldproblems I may or may not have ever stayed up and watched all five in one night by recording in different rooms #pathetic

The bad news is I've confirmed that I watch entirely too much TV. I made a list of shows to program into the new system - 30+! In my defense many of these air only 2-3 months each year and I don't watch all the cooking shows if the menu is "weird". It's a weak defense. 

The Great Holiday Baking Show (seasonal)
Downton Abbey (ending 2016)
The Good Wife
Madam Secretary 
The Walking Dead
Modern Family
The Goldbergs
The Big Bang Theory
Odd Mom Out
Real Housewives BH
Real Housewives OC 
Real Housewives NYC
Fixer Upper
Lip Sync Battle
The Tonight Show
Project Runway
Cedar Cove
Pioneer Woman
Daphne Dishes
Southern at Heart
Valerie’s Home Cooking
The Leftovers
Game of Thrones
Ray Donovan
Masters of Sex

December 6, 2015

Khalil Gibran on Children

“Your children are not your children.
They are sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. 
They come through you but not from you.
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the make upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness.
For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He also loves the bow that is stable.”

October 4, 2015

Life Lately

I have been drowning in school work and work work lately (plus hubby stuff). I love my job and am excited to see light at the end of the school tunnel (November thesis presentation and December graduation dates are on the calendar!), but let's face it ... I'd rather be cooking.

Joining a CSA has really challenged me to eat more veggies (and herbs & melons!). I love that the farm provides links to recipes every week that relate to exactly what's in that week's box. This week was arugula, parsley, kale, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, cauliflower, radishes, celery root (celeriac) and jester winter (aka carnival) squash.

For supper tonight we're having Sauerbraten (German-style pot roast), mashed potatoes/celeriac, roasted maple walnut squash, savoy salad with apple and walnut (and bonus radishes), and nutty cardamom bundt cake with bourbon glaze! I'll get at least two work lunches of squash + salad (and cake!) out of this as well.

And make these if you want the taste of summer to last a bit longer, they were winners with my picky family -

Veggie Tacos

Strawberry Lemonade bars