Showing posts from April, 2013

On Our Menu: April 29 - May 5

Warm weather has finally found us! Little patches of snow are still hiding in some of the northern shadows but you have to look very hard to find them. I spent a lot of time over the weekend getting the garden and flower beds ready for another season of growing. While I was trimming back some old flower stalks I found this cute little birds nest hiding under a pile of leaves. 

I wonder what kind of bird nestled into the comfy little cocoon night after night...
Onto to the food - last week I tried one new recipe: Asparagus & Ham Stuffed Potatoes. Christian complained that it didn't have enough ham. I tried to explain to him that meat is not supposed to be the focus of the dish; it's only an accent. Whine, whine, whine. There's never enough meat in a dish for him. I was completely happy with the dish and thought the potatoes tasted great - just the right balance of flavors and texture. There was way too much filling to stuff back into the potatoes but we just took that for…

Meet Winston

Christian and I added another fur-baby to our family on Tuesday. Winston was a stray that was brought into Oconto Humane Society and I first saw him posted on (WARNING: Do not go on that site if you have a soft spot in your heart for pound puppies!)

He is the biggest sweetheart - loves cuddles and is very laid back. (A nice balance to Buster's crazy.) He's estimated to be about 5 years old and a border collie/retriever mix. He's all black except for a small patch of white on his chest and his fur is very curly. He's a bit overweight but we'll whip him into shape :)  He enthusiastically made it the whole way on our 2 mile walk last night but crashed out as soon as we got home. LOL.

Just 2 days after bringing him home, he already has a huge hold on my heart. 

On Our Menu: April 22 - 28

For my BSBP 7 reveal, please go HERE.

Life suddenly got a little crazy. My car needed repairs so we dropped it off at Christian's friend's auto body shop on our way down to Madison for the weekend. (photos to come.) We figured it would be no big deal not to have my car for a week, that is, until Christian's car broke down yesterday at the most unfortunate time. (more on that later this week). So now we're down to the monster truck. (It's not really a monster truck but it's jacked way up, rumbles loud, and is impossible to get into when you've had a few to drink.) Not the most earth-friendly thing to be driving 100-some miles per day to get to and from work. That's life though, right? Just have to roll with the punches sometimes...

Even though I didn't post a menu last week I did try out a yummy new recipe: Rice & Bean Casserole with Guacamole. Very easy to throw together but it takes 90 min. in the oven so plan ahead... or pig out on chips and sal…

Happy Earth Day

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.
John Muir

BSBP 7: Reveal Day

My Bead Soup Blog Party partner, Christina, sent me a collection of earthy beads that are so my style.

I could have just strung these beautiful beads all up together and they would have made a lovely piece but I wanted to think outside the box. I spent a lot of time thinking about the Kazuri Bead Pendant, mulling over what to do with it.Then one day, while sitting at my usual table in front of the fireplace at one of my favorite coffee shops, I looked over and saw this artwork hanging on the wall. 

And suddenly I had my inspiration for my necklace.

I added a Diane Hawkey "dream" bead that I picked up months ago even though I had no immediate plans to use it. I also strung on some black lava beads and cracked turquoise glass beads.

To the pendant I added a copper flower made by Kristi Bowman.

And the leaf toggle was much too pretty to stick in the back so I positioned it on the side of the necklace. (In retrospect, I wish I would have flipped the toggle 180 degrees.)

Since I still …

On Our Menu: April 8 - 14

Last week I tried 3 new recipes (click the title for the recipe link)

Home-Style Tofu & Rice
The "30 minutes or fewer" claim on this recipe is a complete lie. We ended up eating dinner after 7:00pm because it took me over an hour to put this dish together. And in the end it wasn't even that good! After 30 min. of cooking, the rice still wasn't done. We were so hungry that we just went with the slightly crunchy rice. The dish also seemed very salty. Perhaps too much hoisin? I will not be making this again.

Slow-Cooker Pinto Bean Stew with Jalapeño-Corn Dumplings
I'm always looking for new yummy slow-cooker recipes. Sadly, this one is not a keeper. The stew turned out bland. After adding a lot more chili powder to each dish we ended up with something that at least had some flavor. The dumplings were even disappointing. I could taste lime in a few of the bites but otherwise the dumplings were about as tasteless as the stew. 

Sausage & Peppers Baked Ziti
Finally - …

Spring Migration

Christian and I were outside this morning around 8am (we both have off work today) and we could hear "honking" in the distance. We waited with our heads tipped toward the heavens. A little while later wave after wave after wave of birds trailed through the sky. I have never seen so many birds. There were THOUSANDS! Tundra swans? Snow Geese? I have no idea what they were but I feel so blessed that out of all of the places the birds could have flown over during their migration, they picked OUR farm. How cool! 

I know these pictures are really terrible but at least you can get a little idea of what we saw. The streams of birds flying by lasted for at least 5 minutes. I was amazed how well we could hear the honking despite how high up the birds were.

Yarn Along: The Way of Women Seedling

I'm linking up with Ginny for this week's Yarn Along.

Over the weekend I was taking photos of my knits to update my Rav page. Christian's comment, "How many things are you knitting right now?!!" Guilty, as charged.

I told myself I wasn't going to start another project until I finished a current one. Well, I lied. Next month I am attending a fund raising auction for a local environmental group. I usually donate something to the auction and this year I decided to knit something. When I saw the Seedling hat pattern at my LYS, I knew it was the perfect thing to donate to nature-lovers. 

Knitting: Seedling Hat
To donate to the Fox Valley Sierra Group auction in May.
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Rustic in Colorway 003
Pattern: Seedling by Alana Dakos

Reading: The Way of Women by Lauraine Snelling
I picked this up at my library's book sale for 5 cents. I'm only a short way into it but so far it has a nice collection of characters and the story is revolving around the eruptio…

On Our Menu: April 1 - 7

Like a lot of men, Christian likes meat. Me - not so much. I would never go to a restaurant and order a steak. Although, I do love BBQ ribs. When Christian asked what I was making for dinner last night and I replied "meatloaf" he was immediately skeptical. And for good reason. I was making a vegetarian meatloaf with walnuts, lentils and loads of veggies. And you know what - he liked it! He probably would have liked real meatloaf better but his arteries (and the planet) will thank me later. 

Here's what I'm cooking this week: