Sunday, September 30, 2007
Bexar is now a sweet-smelling clean Boof and my muscles are telling me it's time for the hot tub!
Have a great week! TTFN
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
There...the orange is much better. And isn't Bex cute?! It's actually a picture from last year, but it's one of my favorites!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
You really need to read this! It's crazy. It made my stomach turn this morning. I'm seriously considering not ever eating fast food again...yet one more chalk mark toward my organic eating!! It wouldn't surprise me if all of the chemicals that we're eating cause so many diseases...cancer for one. Just my two cents.
EDIT: Just remember, he is a lawyer and his job is to mislead people. I don't know how accurate his "facts" are.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
I've been going crazy since the Biggest Loser came back on, seeing as how I have no way to watch it. The 2-minute summary clips provided on the website just aren't enough for me! A super big hug to my friend Codie, who's been taping it for me and sending me the tapes. Now Nathan has to figure out how to hook the DVD/VCR up to the computer (if it can even be done)! Or, I will have to find an alternate place to view it.
I'm off to finally unpack our winter clothes. It's been dipping into the 50s at nights, which gets pretty chilly. It seems to be extra fun to slide into the hot tub with the cooler temps.
(I hope Mindy doesn't mind, but I've copied her "Recent Reads" as a list on the side bar. I thought it was a great way to keep up with the books that I've read. I've also added "Movie Reviews" to the side bar with my recommendations. Hope everyone has a great weekend!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
On a side note, it was wonderful to come home to the hot tub and soak my sore feet and legs. :) Its newness still hasn't worn off and we're still enjoying it just about every night, especially since it's getting down in the lower 50s at nights now.
(I'll post pictures after I get them developed.)
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Thank you to all of those that do remember. Thank you to our armed forces that are stationed all over the world, fighting for our country. Thank you to their families for the sacrifices they too are enduring on behalf of us at home. May we always remember...and pray.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Strawberry-Tarragon Salad with Aged Balsamic Vinegar
(from Food to Live By by Myra Goodman (The Earthbound Farm Organic Cookbook)
2 pints small ripe strawberries, rinsed and hulled
1/4 c good-quality balsamic vinegar*
2 T aged balsamic vinegar (optional), preferably at least 6 years old
3/4 c extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 t Dijon mustard
Pinch of salt
4 oz (5 to 6 c) mixed baby greens, carefully rinsed and dried, if needed
1/2 c fresh whole tarragon leaves
1/4 c toasted pecans (To toast, simply warm in skillet over medium heat until warm, lightly colored, and fragrant, about 5-10 min.) - I think toasting really adds to the taste.
1/2 c (2 oz) crumbled blue cheese
1. Prepare flavored vinegar by mashing three strawberries against the side of a small bowl with a fork. Add the 1/4 c of good-quality balsamic vinegar and stir to combine. Let the vinegar stand at room temp to absorb strawberry flavor for 1 - 2 hours.
2. Meanwhile, cut the remaining strawberries in half lengthwise so they are bite size (or quarter if larger). If using aged balsamic vinegar, place the cut berries in a small, shallow bowl, add the aged vinegar, and stir to coat. Let the berries marinate at room temp for 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally. If not using aged balsamic vinegar, no need to marinate the berries.
3. Strain the strawberry-flavored vinegar through a sieve, pressing down on the berries to extract all of the liquid from the fruit. Discard the solids. Place the flavored vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, mustard, and salt in a glass jar and seal the lid tightly. Shake the jar vigorously to combine. (I put everything in my food processor and mixed it. It worked perfectly.)
4. Just before serving, place the mixed greens and tarragon in a large bowl and toss. Add 3 T of the vinaigrette. Toss to lightly coat the leaves. (I plated the salads before drizzling it over individual plates.) Leftover vinegar can be stored, covered, in the refrigerator, for up to 3 days.
5. Divide greens evenly among salad plates, arrange strawberries on top, and sprinkle with pecans and blue cheese.
*She says authentic balsamic vinegar comes from Emilia-Romagna in Italy and is aged in wooden barrels, so the older it becomes, the more smooth and syrupy, and the better and pricier it is. The highest quality ones will list only grape must, which is unfermented juice from wine grapes, in the ingredient list. (Note: I used plain old, cheap balsamic vinegar and it was great.)
This may sound a little difficult, but it's actually quite easy and quick. The dressing was very easy and came out very tasty! We had friends over and I served this with Portuguese soup, and a main course of pecan-crusted salmon and blue cheese mashed potatoes. No recipe for the taters...just threw in some blue cheese crumbles, about 2 T butter, a sprinkle of garlic salt, and a little milk. Then, topped with real bacon bits, made fresh that night. Yummmo. Ma would be proud of me for just throwing stuff together without a recipe! :)
Friday, September 7, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Monday, September 3, 2007
Happy Labor Day!
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Saturday, September 1, 2007
BA in front of the Sound; "Green eggs & ham" pig; and "Disco" pig
"Picture Me Perfect" Pig; Don't remember this name but funny; Pirate Pig
Last night, N and I went on a date night. We tried a new restaurant called "Cosi" which is basically Italian fast-food. It was actually pretty good. I had a chicken bake (chicken with lots of cheese) and a tasty salad. In fact, it was just like the Greek salad I made earlier this week. :) Apparently they're known for their flatbread, and it was pretty good. All in all, not GREAT or FANTASTIC but I would stop in again. The service was great; I think they were really bored, as there were few people there. :)
The movie we saw was "Becoming Jane." It's about the life of Jane Austen and I had wanted to see it since it came out. Finally, after we had watched everything else, N gave in the chick flick. LOL It was a great movie, except the ending was sad. But I guess in life, things don't always have a happy ending. I can't speak for N, but I enjoyed it.
TTFN - Off to pick-up BA and head downtown.