Thursday, July 31, 2014

Corn-Zucchini Saute

Sandra at Diary of a SAHM is hosting Cooking Thursdays again.  If you like trying new recipes like I do, check it out. 

This is a recipe I've had in my file for a few years.  It's especially nice to make in the summer when veggies are in season here.
3/4 cup chopped sweet onion
3 Tbs. olive oil
2 cloves minced garlic
3 medium zucchini, quartered and sliced
1 plum tomato, seeded and chopped
2 ears of fresh corn (I have used canned corn)
1/4 c. water
1 Tbs. dried parsley
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 cup shredded cheese
 (I like to use crumbled Feta, but cheddar or Monterey Jack is good, too)
Saute onion in oil until soft.  Add garlic and cook for one minute.
Add zucchini and tomato.  Cook for 5 minutes.
Stir in corn, water, parsley, salt and pepper.
Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes.
Sprinkle with cheese, cover and let melt for a couple minutes.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Daybook

FOR TODAY. . . July 30, 2014
Outside my window . . . very cool, (just 61 degrees), with a slow, steady rain.
I am thinking . . . how nice it is to have the day off. 

I am listening to . . . piano music on Pandora.
I am thankful . . . for a visit from some college friends earlier this week.  The kind of friends where you just pick up from where you left off the last time, even if it's been a year or two or three.
In the kitchen . . .Sweet Pork Slow Cooker Chili or as close to a version of this as I can get with the ingredients I have on hand.
I am wearing . . .denim capris, peasant top and sandles.
I am creating . . . a new planner using this system.  I love it!
I am going. . .to stay home all day and get caught up on my lessons for online classes and desk stuff.  And reading:)
I am reading. . .Hawaii by James Michener
I am looking forward to. . .seeing my brother and my niece tomorrow.  Having lunch with them and my dad and aunt.  A weekend with the house to myself.  Dan is going to our friend's cabin for a weekend with just the guys. A brand new month of summer that begins on Friday.
Around the house. . .things are in good shape.  I cleaned for my friend's visit earlier this week, so I'm all caught up.
A favorite quote for today. . .
"We shape our dwellings and, afterward, our dwellings shape us."
Winston Churchill
Some of my favorite things. . .orange tea, a special gift shop in a town that's up the road, an occasional rainy day.
A peek into my day. . .


The Simple Woman's Daybook is hosted by Peggy.  Click on here for the link to join in.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Favorites

I'm joining Susanne today and listing five things that blessed my week.

1.  I'll start out with a trip to the dentist.  Yes, it was a blessing for me.  I don't particularly like going to the dentist, but growing up my parents made sure we had regular checkups, so I'm faithful about going every six months for cleaning.  When our insurance changed over this year, there were a few months that we carried our own policy, so we really pared down our benefits to bare minimum.  We're back on a full plan now and the first thing I did was make an appointment.  

2.  After the dentist, I went for a pedicure.  It's all about the foot massage.  Ahhhh.

3.  Free online classes offered through our public library.  I may have mentioned this in another FFF, but I'm taking a new class on journaling and enjoying it so much. The instructors are always well-qualified and you meet the nicest people in the online classrooms.

4. Religious freedom. I know, it's a big subject for such a little blog post.  But, as I walked to church one day (another blessing, that we're so close), I couldn't imagine living in some parts of the world where I would be fearful to do so.

5.  Dan and I attended my nephew's piano recital last night.  The teacher is the same one who taught my kids.  It brought back a lot of memories of past recitals.  I am always in awe of people who are musically inclined, because I am so NOT.  Music and the gift of those who share it, is a huge blessing!

Do you have any favorites this week?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Last week, I went to lunch with Carol, my favorite stepmom.  We ate at one of our favorite restaurants and afterwards browsed at a thrift shop where we both admired some beautiful antique Fiestaware and liked it so much that we each bought ourselves a service for eight.  With all the matching serving pieces.
Well, not really, about that last part.  But, one can dream, right?
After the thrift shop, we went and clipped some yarrow to use for dried flower arrangements.  It grows wild along the sides of the road in one of the nearby neighborhoods. This variety is bright yellow, but there is also pink, yellow and red yarrow.
When it's fresh, it has a strong, lemony aroma.  We cut a big bunch for each of us.  At home, we took the leaves off while they were still soft and let the flowers dry out.  If you wait until the plants are dry, the leaves are sharp and stickery.  When they're soft, they just peel right off.

The color will fade as they dry.

We've had such hot weather lately, that it's hard to imagine Fall being here anytime soon.  However, when it does, I'll have a nice arrangement of dried wildflowers and memories of a sweet summer day.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Recycled vintage

I was poking around on Pinterest the other day, and came across some ideas for repurposing vintage jewelry.  (If you go there and search "vintage watch bracelets" there are some really fun ideas that pop up.)

I got to thinking about some pieces I have that are meaningful to me, but I rarely, if ever, wear.  So, this is what I came up with.  This was my grandmother's wrist watch, given to her by my father when he was on leave from the service, back in the 50s.  I took the band off and put it on a chain.  The little tassel was picked up at Hobby Lobby.  Amazingly the watch still keeps time!

I saved the band, in case someday one of my nieces might like to have the watch in its original form.

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Daybook

FOR TODAY, July 14, 2014
Outside my window. . .the sky is blue and the air is cool from last night's rain.

I am thinking. . .that writing this blog post is so much easier than trying to figure out iCloud.

I'm wishing . . .that I had Joe help me last night, when he was here for dinner.

I am thankful. . .that setting up iCloud is the biggest problem I have right now!

In the kitchen. . .leftover potato salad from yesterday. . .enough to feed a family of six for a week!  We grilled moose burgers last night!  I was a bit hesitant to try them, but they were really good.  No, I did not hunt the moose myself, we got them from a friend.

I am creating. . .a backyard garden plan. Still.

I am going. . .to lunch with my stepmom, Carol, today.

I am happy. . .that the grass seed I planted a couple weeks ago is coming up nicely, and that I'll have time to go by my favorite antique shop after lunch today.

I just finished reading. . . The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker.  It was wonderful.  I don't do a lot of book reviews on my blog, because I'm kind of lazy that way, but I really should review this one.  It's my favorite read of the summer.  

I am looking forward to. . .book club this Wednesday, and a picnic this weekend.

Around the house. . .caught up with most of the laundry, the fridge is stocked, menus planned.  In pretty good shape, for the most part.

I am pondering. . .why I have so many passwords in my not-so-top-secret life.  Between work and home, and requirements to change and update them, I have gone through every street, dog, child, birthday, I know or have known in my life.  And, my son chides me for my record keeping skills and not being secret enough. 

 A favorite quote for today. . .Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something. (H Jackson Brown, Jr.)

Some of my favorite things. . .baby bunnies, Dove chocolates, Crab Tree & Evelyn's Pomegranate, Argan & Grapeseed lotion

A peek into my day. . .a Fourth of July selfie of 200-plus years of friendship!

Thanks to Peggy, for sponsoring A Simple Woman's Daybook, where you can find joy in every day.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Favorites


I know it's been a good week when I have to pare down my favorites list to just five.  In no particular order, here are five things that blessed my week:

1.  A letter in the mail.  So rare these days, it was a real treat to get a handwritten letter from my aunt. I also enjoy writing letters, and if you do too, here's a great website that asks for letters of encouragement. You just might make somebody's day. 

2.  Our neighbors have a new puppy.  Oh my gosh, she is a golden retriever and she is just a doll.  Like us, our neighbors are way past the new baby stage, so a puppy is the next best thing.  Dan and I went to pay a visit, and the four of us stood out in their front yard oohing and ahhing, and at one point we were all doing that 'rocking thing' you do when there's a baby around, while I held the puppy.  So silly!

3.  Watching my nephew play soccer and having lunch with him at soccer camp.  I love being around kids, watching them and listening to them.  They are so carefree and what I've read about kids laughing or smiling 400 times a day, compared to adults 20 or something like that?  I can see how that is really true.

4.  Dan and Luke had their last softball game of the season on Tuesday night. For the first time this season, I went to watch their games -- a double header.  It was a beautiful evening, they made some great plays together as pitcher and first baseman. 

5.  Coffee with my brother.  He just amazes me with his perspective and insight, and never fails to help me put things in perspective.  Who'd a thought, my 'baby brother' would grow up to be so smart?  And he is one of the funniest people I know.  Love that guy.

Thanks to Susanne, for encouraging me to take a look back each week and soak up the good things!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Belated Friday Fave Five

Just a few photos, looking back on some good moments from last week.  I should call this Sunday Fave Five.  I'm a couple days late, but I didn't want to miss posting again this week!  Here's the link if you'd like to check out some other FFF posts, or do one of your own.

1.  This little guy was checking out the flowers with me at Home Depot last week.  I've never seen such a colorful Bumblebee.  So pretty!

2.  Dan and I suffered through watching the Rockies lose yet again to see the fireworks after the game. 

3.  Clouds.  Man, I don't know what it is, but I'm so aware of the awesome clouds we've had this summer.  I'm sure it has something to do with late day storms, highs, lows, (meteorologist, I am not), something, but everyday it's something different.

4.  I've been changing up my journaling techniques with some art journaling, inspired by this wonderful blog.  It's a lot of fun, playing with watercolors and 'watercolor pencils.'

5.  This boy -- he's a lot friendlier than he looks in this picture!  He keeps me laughing.  Every day.

Always something to celebrate. . . wonder what good things lie in the week ahead?

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Watching grass grow

This morning, I woke up really early and decided to tackle an outside project while the day was still cool.  I headed off to Home Depot, glad for its 6 a.m. opening time, and was one of the few customers not driving a pickup truck or wearing a shirt with a contractor's logo on it. 

The sidewalk in front of our house is (now was) bordered on either side with wood mulch -- a real pain to mow next to, not to mention all the wood chips that end up in the grass or on the sidewalk.  So, we've taken up the mulch and today I put down topsoil and some grass seed.  I realize that this isn't the best season to start grass, but you do what you can.

Then, I went to get my hair cut at one of those inexpensive walk-in salons.  The young woman who cut my hair was so sweet.  At first, I wondered if I should be worried.  My normal person was off for the day, and this woman had a colorful personal style.  The small shaved patch of hair on one side of her head was dyed blonde.  The rest of her hair was long and jet black.  Her fingernails were long and painted in various graphic designs, and she had some pretty, floral tattoos.  I felt almost Amish beside her, and I wondered if we would both have the same "vision" for my hairstyle.  She gave me a great haircut.

Then, I met a friend for lunch at Applebee's.  We both had strawberry-avocado salad.

After that, I went to Michael's where all the 4th of July stuff is 50% off.  Score!  I bought a few things to decorate the tables on Friday.  I followed this up with a trip to the grocery store for hamburger meat and buns and deli macaroni salad.  Which we (Dan, Luke and I) had for supper on the back porch.

I realize this post is about as interesting as watching grass grow.  Which brings me back to where I started. 

The End.