Showing posts from September, 2011

On Our Menu: September 26 - October 2

While at the library on Friday I spied a new cookbook: Real Simple Best Recipes: Easy, Delicious Meals. Every recipe includes a full page food photo. Now that's my kind of cookbook! I brought the book home and as I was paging through it, I realized that some of my favorite go-to recipes are in the book. Over the years I had forgotten that I had copied them from Real Simple magazine. I really need to get better at listing the source when I transfer a recipe to an index card. This week I'm trying out 2 new recipes from the cookbook. Hopefully they become favorites as well.

LAST WEEK'S MENU IN REVIEW (View the original post here)
Monday: This In-A-Hurry Tamale Pie is delicious and it's so easy and quick to make. My only problem was finding a polenta roll. Sheesh! I guess people in this part of Wisconsin don't eat polenta. World Market saved the day.
Tuesday: Peanut Tofu & Veggie Soba is a favorite recipe from the Power Foods cookbook.
Wednesday: I love portobello burg…

Gearing Up for Our Annual Autumn Trip

In a few more weeks Christian and I will be heading up to the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness area in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Every autumn we hike the leaf-littered trails past tranquil rivers and astounding vistas. This year we'll spend 4 days in the backcountry, backpacking close to 11 miles a day and spending our nights in cozy rustic cabins. I'm counting down the days until our boots hit the dirt. In the meantime, I pulled up some photos from previous trips to reminisce about our time in the Porkies.

Do you have a favorite place to visit as the leaves change and the weather cools?

On Our Menu: September 19 - 25

Even though I don't have a menu to review from last week, I want to mention one of the new recipes I tried: Dairy-Free Spinach Stuffed Shells. I love stuffed pasta shells but only make them about once a year because they are so unhealthy. Not these babies! I didn't feel like stuffing shells so I made a 3-layer lasagna instead. After we finished eating I asked Christian what he thought of the lasagna. He said it was "great!" and that's when I informed him that it was tofu. I'm serious, you cannot taste the difference!

It's Bead Soup Blog Party Day!

It's time to reveal what I made with the beads I received from Sally, my Bead Soup Blog Party partner. These are the beads that Sally so graciously sent me:

When I saw the little jade pieces, I immediately thought of leaves. The brown cylinders reminded me of tree trunks and the square focal made me think of 2 different places we visited in the Canadian Rockies while on our honeymoon. The first place that came to mind was a waterfall in Johnston Canyon, Banff National Park. Next to the falls was a cave that we went into and got blasted by the cold mist.

The second place that I thought of was Natural Bridge in Yoho National Park. The icy blue Kicking Horse River flows under a sturdy bridge of rock.

The beauty of those jagged peaks and glacier-fed rivers is still so fresh in my mind and heart. I think my necklace reflects my love for the mountains and their many cascades. First, I started with a sketch of my necklace. I knew what I wanted to do, but I wasn't sure if I could pull it…