When humor goes, there goes civilization. ~Erma Bombeck




October 12, 2012

It's Coming



 
I love Halloween!

August 23, 2012

Love my front porch. The dogs are o.k. too.

April 8, 2012

April 3, 2012

Vegetarian Ragout over Cheese Polenta with Red Pepper Coulis


Don't let the title of this dish scare you off.
This recipe does take some time. However, it is very well worth it.
Unlike the stinker I have in the oven right now.
I don't think it will make the blog, not looking too swell.
(Damn it)

Here goes:

Ingredients:

Red Pepper Coulis:
3 TBS corn starch
2 Cups veggie or chicken broth
1/2 cup butter
2 roasted red bell peppers, seeded and peeled
1 clove garlic

Polenta:

2 cups veggie or chicken stock
2 cups milk or cream (i think the cream makes this too heavy. i know i am usually all about cream)
1 cup cornmeal
2 cups grated Italian blend cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Vegetable Ragout:
1/8 cup canola oil
1 onion medium diced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 carrot, peeled and diced medium
2 zucchini, medium dice
2 yellow squash medium dice
1 small can tomato paste
1/4 cup kalamata pitted black olives, cut in 1/2
1/8 cup kalamata olive juice
1 t. parsley
1 t. Italian spices
2 tsp. sugar
32 oz. pureed bottled tomatoes
salt
pepper
(to taste)

Whisk the cornstarch into the broth. Melt the butter over medium heat in a saute pan, and then add the chicken broth mixture, red peppers and garlic. simmer 30 minutes. Pour hot mixture into blender and blend until smooth to make red pepper sauce. While the pepper sauce is simmering begin the polenta.
( Try not to drink the pepper sauce, it is soooooo good)

For the Polenta:

combine broth and cream in a large heavy saucepan. Heat to a gentle boil over medium heat, being careful not to burn. While whisking constantly, gradually add the cornmeal. Once cornmeal is incorporated, keep heat low and continue to whisk until mixture is slightly thickened and cream. Stir in cheese, and season with pepper.
The cheese is salty so taste before adding salt.

For the Ragout:

Heat oil in a saute pan. Saute onion, garlic, carrot, zucchini, yellow squash until they begin to soften. Stir in tomato paste, parsley, Italian spices and sugar and kalamata juice. Season with salt and pepper as needed. Add pureed tomatoes. Incorporate  and let cook another 10 minutes until flavors are fully incorporated.
(i typed this really fast. i hope it makes sense)


To Plate:

Place cheese polenta onto serving plate, makin a well in the center. Top with vegetable ragout in the center, and spoon red pepper coulis over the top.

March 16, 2012

Braised Kidney Beans and Sweet Potato

This is a yummy satisfying meal. I thought I had a pic. but, I do not. I will get you one.
I got this from "The world's Healthiest Recipes" web site.  I have found some really good recipe's there. As I said in a previous post we are trying to cut back on our meat in take. This recipe is a good one for that.

I have tweaked it a tad. Nothing new there.

Here goes:
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 TBS. fresh ginger, grated
2 carrot's sliced thin
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 cups sweet potatoes, cut in 1 inch cubes. I usually can get 2 cups out of one big potato.
2 cups crimini mushrooms, sliced
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. red chili powder
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 can tomato paste ( small can)
2 Cups or more (whatever you desire) chicken broth, or veggie broth. You may want more broth.
1 15 oz. can kidney beans, drained
Salt and pepper to taste.

Directions:
Chop garlic and onions.
Heat 1 TBS. oil and saute onion in a large pot over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until translucent. Add garlic, ginger, carrot, pepper, sweet potatoes,and mushrooms. Continue to saute for another 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add spices and mix thoroughly. Mix tomato paste and broth together. cover, and simmer on low for about 30 minutes stirring occasionally. Add beans, salt, pepper and continue to cook for another 5 minutes on medium heat uncovered, or until vegetables are tender.

Serve over rice. I use Basmati rice.

There you go Taylor. My daughter wanted this recipe. ASAP. So that is why there is no picture.

What the What?!?? Google Adsense Is Really On Top Of Things!

I was just informed by google that my AdSense ads have been disabled.
The reason?
My comments from my friends are full of filth. Thus they can no longer allow themselves to be represented on my blog.
You see in 2008 I posted a chicken recipe, and then, in 2010 someone from China posted a comment.
The comment was in CHINESE for the most part. There was one word in English. That word was sex.
I did not catch this particular comment. I read it last night. As mentioned before it was in CHINESE.
As mentioned before I posted the recipe in 2008.
The comment was posted (as mentioned before ) in 2010.
Let's see, what year is it? Oh, 2012.
Way to be on top of things GOOGLE.
I have myself deleted comments from people that have posted things in another language. I have done this for my own protection because I don't know what they are saying.
Well, friends go back and check your comments. (Right!!!! I can see you all rolling your eyes)
Anyway,
I will miss the hundreds of  dollars I have made since 2008 from Google AdSense, or should I say the many hundred dollars I have made from Google AdSense.
Yes, since 2008 I have made a whole $100.00.
I realize that is not Goggles fault.
What I find baffling is, if they are going to be so tough.(which they should be) Shouldn't they be a little more on top of things. I mean C'mon!!!!!!!!
It only took 2 years for them to notice.
What a joke.

March 3, 2012

Viva Las Vegas

First I want to show you two of my girls.
Izzy made a pillow fort.
Then she played games with Chloe on Chloe's ipad.
They are so sweet together.



This is what we do in Vegas.
We had a road trip to Vegas. One of my daughters and her family live there.
We were hoping for great weather. It was great but it was kind of cold. During the day we did venture to a couple of parks.
At night however, we really partied.


The kids liked our room.
Of course they constantly had to crawl all over each other like a bunch of worms.

This is on our way back from Hoover Dam. I can't remember the name of this cute little town.

This is as close to an animal as Will will get. He's the one on the butt end.

On our way to the bridge. I told Izzy we had to leave her behind.


If there is dirt any where kids will play in it.

Zeke.

Great acting guys. They wanted to look like they were running.
Izzy didn't pay attention.

Hoover Dam

The bridge.

Last but not least.
We lost Jamie to Vegas.
He is working in some club as an Elvis impersonator.
(Elvis, the creepy years)

March 2, 2012

Carrot Coconut Soup


I will be honest with you.
I LOVE this soup.
Papa however, says it is alright.
I have been trying to find some healthier recipes and I LOVE this one.

 Let me know if you agree.

This soup is also rich in vitamin A

Here goes:

1 large onion
1 to 2 TBS. canola oil
3 cups chicken or vegetable broth (I use chicken)
2 TBS. fresh ginger, grated
4 medium cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp. curry powder
2 cups sliced carrots
1 cup sweet potato cut into cubes
5 oz. can of coconut milk
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Chop onion. Heat oil in a medium soup pot. Saute onion in oil over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often. Add garlic and ginger and continue to saute for another minute. Add curry powder and mix well with onions. Add broth, carrots, and sweet potato and simmer on medium high until all vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes. Add coconut milk. Blend in batches making sure blender is not more than half full at a time. Add salt and pepper to taste. Return to soup pot and reheat.
Serves 4

February 26, 2012

Hello, Hello

Well,
I  have decided I have been away from the blog world long enough.
As I mentioned before I have been taking some classes and have been busy,  just like the rest of you.
Except when I am busy I tend to go into overload, get very dramatic and can only do one maybe two things at a time.
I am going to try harder and add a third thing (blogging) to my activities.
I have been learning the art of  Foot Zonology. Which I must say is changing my life.
Many of you know I suffer from migraines. (the reason I decided to get zoned in the first place, I was in San Francisco, so what else do you do there but find some hippy dippy thing to do) I jest I DO NOT think foot zonology is hippy or dippy or I would not be doing it. I do however realize it is something different.
It also is helping me very much!!!!!!!!!!!
I am still in the middle of my classes so I probably won't be a great blogging commenter but, I wanted you to all know I am still alive. I know at least one of you may have been wondering. (hey I know I am reaching there, but whatever)
I have lot's of new recipe's I need to post.
Plus I may discuss foot zoning or zone balance now and again.

There is not a cell in your body that doesn't have a signal on your foot. Some of you may be familiar with this mode of thinking. Some not so much.
Any way I could not find a decent picture of the feet in regards to what I have been learning.
The one below is o.k.
At least it gives you an idea as to what I am talking about.
Also, this will come as a shock to some of you.
I no longer drink Pepsi.
I know that was my drug, er um drink of choice for many, many, many, years and to be honest I have fallen off the wagon twice. I have realized though there is this drink called "water" that is very refreshing. Who knew?
I also do not take a lot of the med's I used to.
I still need my Imitrex but, I take less than half of what I used to.
Pretty amazing.