Thursday, December 31, 2015

So long 2015! But, first, one more (big!) thing . . .

Look who snuck in in the last minutes of 2015?! Sawyer James was born on Monday, December 28th at 3:03 p.m. He tipped the scale at just 6 lbs even. 

 
 
Love this first family photo. . . 
 



What a year this has been! More happiness than my heart can hold and loving every minute of it. Congratulations, Miranda and Luke and Siefer!

Happy New Year to all!



 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Eve

I've always loved this day before Thanksgiving.  Typically, the house would be busy with preparation for a big dinner tomorrow and filled with yummy smells from the kitchen.  I love doing Thanksgiving dinner, but this year I love even more that my stepmom is doing it.  She and my dad gallantly offered to have the whole crowd at their place.  It's been such a busy couple of months for us, that I am only too glad to hand it over.  Two of my kids will be with their in-laws, so there will be no babies.  Instead we'll get to focus on our eldest son who has good-naturedly taken a back seat this year at our family gatherings.

I'm going to work for a few hours today and Dan will, too. Later, we'll take in a movie, something we haven't done in ages.  Something light and fun, probably the new Diane Keaton and John Goodman Christmas movie.  Tomorrow morning, I'll watch the parade while making the dressing to take for dinner. Dressing is my favorite recipe to make on Thanksgiving.  I found it in our newspaper years ago, and it became my father-in-law's favorite.  I always think of him while I'm making it.  My dad likes raisins in his, so I make two batches.

With a snowy forecast for Thanksgiving and the weekend, several of our neighbors put their Christmas lights up early this week.  I love seeing the bright lights through the windows and sharing in their anticipation. This will be a good weekend to start the new Jan Karon book.  My friend Christine gave me a copy of it, and I've been saving it for a time when I can neglect housework, laundry and chores, and read it through in a couple of sittings. 

If you're someone who has to work tomorrow and Friday, many thanks to you for keeping everything going while the rest of us have a few days off.  Happy Thanksgiving to everybody, whether it's your first, or one of many!


Friday, November 13, 2015

Snow, grandkids and more blessings

It's been a couple of weeks since I've participated in Friday's Fave Five.  As always, it's so nice to reflect back on the week and be intentional about remember blessings, large and small.

1.  The first snow of the season.  Mother Nature wasn't shy.  No light dusting here, but instead a half foot of heavy wet snow that piled up on fence rails and turned the bird bath into a pedestal bearing a lovely cake made of snow.

2.  Arriving home on Monday afternoon and having the kids and grandkids come over for pizza.  Such a huge treat to see those baby girls!

3.  Having a few hours to work at my desk yesterday.  There's an enormous satisfaction in seeing the piles dwindle.  Bills paid, cards written, lists checked off.

4.  Last weekend, when we were in New Orleans, we visited the National World War II Museum. After seeing and hearing the stories of so many of the men who served, Veterans Day felt more poignant than ever this year.  I'm thankful for our veterans and those who have shared their stories.

5.  Seeing the WWII museum was a profound experience. As I've read the headlines this week of the horrors that continue throughout the world, the men and women in our military -- and those of our allies -- have been heavy on my heart.  I'm so thankful for each and every one of them, and their families who sacrifice for our country.

~~~

Friday Fave Five is hosted each week by Susanne at Living to Tell the Story

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Hello Again

It's been a couple of weeks since I've written anything here, so I'll just jump right in.

Dan and I got home Monday after spending a few days in New Orleans for a family wedding.  We stayed in a lovely historic hotel in the French Quarter, ate in some fabulous places, went to a picnic at Audubon Park, took cabs all around the city, and attended the wedding in a lovely old mansion on St Charles Avenue.

Yesterday morning I woke up, put on my favorite yoga pants, an old tee-shirt and some well-worn Sketchers, and felt a bit like Cinderella must have felt the day after the ball. I poured myself a cup of coffee and started on this blog post before taking on the pile of papers on my desk.

The best part of the weekend was getting to meet my step-mother, Carol's, extended family.  They are the loveliest, kindest group of people. They are a family that adores one another and there's lots of good natured bantering and story-telling.  Dan and I felt so welcomed and embraced by them all.  The groom is Carol's oldest son, she also has a daughter and another son, who both have families.  Since we all live in different parts of the country, we only see one another occasionally, so it was a nice reunion.

As always, it's good to be home again. After a quick trip to the supermarket and a few necessary chores, I worked yesterday afternoon.

And now, it's already Wednesday, and Thanksgiving is in just two weeks. Two weeks. But first things first. This Saturday, Emily and I are giving Miranda a baby shower. I'm so grateful to my daughter for pushing me to get most of the preparation done before I went to New Orleans.

Each year, I promise myself that I'll keep the holidays a little bit simpler than the year before. At the rate my family is growing, it's even more important to do so, or things will get crazy in a hurry. I've been learning to say 'no' to more things (including myself) and 'yes' to being more intentional about enjoying the simple pleasures. Hopefully, I can keep this going in the weeks ahead.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Pumpkin Patch

Sunday afternoon we gathered up the kids and grandkids for a visit to our local pumpkin patch. 
 
 We started at our house where Emily and Marcus's sister Ashley made caramel apples.  It was a first for us and so easy!  I used the little caramels and melted them in a sauce pan with a little bit of water. After dipping the apples, the girls rolled them in mini m&ms or chopped nuts -- the kind you buy for ice cream sundaes.
 


Then it was off to the pumpkin patch with these two little pumpkins:) 



 
We spent the rest of the afternoon on the back patio carving the dozen pumpkins we found -- well, the rest of the group carved pumpkins.  It is probably the ONLY holiday activity that I don't enjoy doing and was always happy to have Dan take charge when our kids were small.
 
Despite a small skirmish between my two younger "children" that involved the throwing of pumpkin guts at each other -- ahem -- it was a lovely afternoon with some cool results!
 

And someone even carved his freehand, can you tell?  (lol)
 

 
Aah, such a fun afternoon! Today the skies are gray and it's been raining nonstop.  Love having these memories to keep me warm.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Friday Favorites

It's been a beautiful week, here on the Front Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Sharing some moments of gratitude. . .
 
1. Gardens in the fall.  There are still a few die hard flowers that are giving us lots of pretty color.  I thought for sure the clematis was done for the year, but this poked up yesterday.
 

 
And aren't clematis cool after the blooms fade?
 


 
This bouquet of daisies and yellow roses came from our garden, too.  The daisies have put on quite a show!
 



2. Driving home from water aerobics this morning, I saw something that made me rethink how impatient I get with people.  There was a flock of geese crossing the road, taking their sweet time.  Another car coming in the opposite direction and I slowed to let them waddle their way across the street.  The other driver and I smiled and gave the palms up, whatta ya gonna do? gesture, as we passed each other.  And I wondered, why am I patient with these pea-brained creatures and yet I wanted to dunk the person next to me in the pool this morning, who kept drifting over into my space?  The person wasn't being thoughtless, I don't think.  Just lost in the moment.
 
3.  I hadn't seen my grandbabies for two weeks! so, when our kids brought them for dinner on Monday, it was sweeter than usual.  I had Brooklynn for the day, so we went for a nice long stroll and it was a beautiful day.
 
4.  The weather has been a real blessing this week.  So, so perfect.  Unfortunately, what's good for us has been hard for others.  Our mountains are sorely in need of snow and the whole state could use a bit of rain.  But, I will focus on the positive, because you can't change the weather.
 
5.  A new recipe for minestrone soup that I found on allrecipes.com.  Of course I tweaked it a bit, as did the other 1,000 cooks that said it was 'the best ever.'  So funny, how we all have to put our own little mark on our recipes.  That's what makes cooking fun.
 
How was your week?  Do share below or, better yet, link up with Susanne at Friday Fave Five.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Tulsa


It's been a couple of weeks and I've been off gallivanting again.  A few days after Dan and I got back from Red Cloud, I hopped a plane and went to visit my friend Pamela who lives in a suburb just outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Pamela and I go way back. I can't even recall the exact moment when we met in high school, but our friendship solidified during third period study hall when we would sneak off to the cafeteria and buy Cheetos and chocolate pudding from the vending machines.  That was back when they sold that kind of thing in the high school cafeteria and considered it lunch.
 
We packed so much into my three day visit and did all the stuff we would do together if we lived closer.  Target, Starbucks, talking, sharing recipes, talking, Hobby Lobby, sharing stories, sitting in our robes until late morning and talking, pedicures, watching The Good Wife together.  I swear, in the evening it was like we hit the 'pause' button, went to bed, and woke up the next morning to pick up where we left off! Pam's husband, Jim, is a gem, but even he couldn't have kept up with us, so he left town for the weekend;)
 
We also spent a gorgeous, beautiful afternoon at The Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa.  An Italian Renaissance villa on 23 acres, it was built by oilman Waite Phillips in 1927, as a home for his wife and two children.  In 1938, Phillips gave the house and grounds to the city of Tulsa to use as an art center. (According to friends, he build the place so his children would have a place to entertain their friends.  I guess, once the kids moved out, the place just seemed too big for him and the "Mrs." -- LOL!)


The mansion is filled with all kinds of artwork.  It is absolutely beautiful.  We also enjoyed walking the grounds. It was such a lovely fall afternoon.

 
 
I'm so glad to have my friend just an hour flight away, versus the four-hour flight to the East coast where she lived for the past 20 years! There are many adventures ahead for the two of us!
 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Cather Country

 

Last Friday, Dan and I left early in the morning for a three-day trip to Red Cloud, Nebraska.  It seemed a bit counter intuitive to most people, when the color in the Rocky Mountains is at its peak, to head east to Nebraska! But, it was a trip that I've been wanting to make for a long time, to see the country where Willa Cather, one of America's famous novelists, grew up.

Willa Cather is the author of a dozen books and many short stories, much of them based on the little prairie town of Red Cloud and the people who lived there. She lived in the town from the age of nine until she left for college.  Even though she never returned to Red Cloud to live permanently, she was forever moved by the land and the story of its people and settlement. 

On our six-hour drive, Dan and I listened to one of her books, O Pioneers!, to set the mood for our trip.  Among the highlights of the trip was staying at the Cather's Second Home, a Victorian house that was purchased by the family in 1903 and is now a bed and breakfast. Our room was next to the room that was reserved for Willa when she came to visit for holidays and in the summertime, and it was on the balcony just off of her bedroom that she was often seen writing.


The house is charming and we enjoyed our evenings on the porch, reading and sipping wine, listening to the music of the crickets, and imagining what the town must have been like back  in the day, when a horse drawn street car ran up and down in front of the house, stopping at the courthouse across the street. I imagined the porch filled with friends and family, Willa upstairs doing her writing and, in the afternoons, taking tea.  She loved having tea, and her nieces often had the pleasure of making up the tray and serving it to her.

The main street in Red Cloud is crowded with buildings that became the settings for her stories.  One of them contained the offices for the local doctor, who Willa came to know and would sometimes accompany on house calls.  He eventually became the prototype for Dr. Archie in The Song of the Lark.



On Saturday, we took a tour with a young woman from the Willa Cather Foundation, which is housed in the Red Cloud Opera House.  It has a bookstore, art gallery, archives and Foundation offices.  Upstairs, the Opera House is still used for programs and seminars. The Foundation is a mainstay for the town, and its recent purchase of a block of buildings will allow for its growth and the establishment of the National Willa Cather Center.

The summertime is busy with visitors, but that morning we were the only ones on the tour.  We saw houses and churches and the train depot -- all significant in Willa's writings. 


My favorite building was the original Cather house, described in detail in The Song of the Lark. The upstairs attic is where all the children in the Cather family slept, and off to one side is Willa's room, papered with the original wallpaper that she earned by working at the local drugstore.  Just like Thea, the character in the book, it meant so much for Willa to have her own room, in that tiny house with all those people, where she could read and write and stay up as late as she wanted!


Another highlight was seeing the house that belonged to Anna Pavelka, the inspiration for My Antonia. That afternoon, we bought some sandwiches and drinks and had lunch in the park, then headed out to the prairie reserve outside of town.  The 600 acres of native prairie have been returned to its pre-1900 conditions and are much like the way the prairie looked when the first settlers came to Nebraska. We walked through the grasses that were six-foot high in places, trying to imagine what it was like to tame that land and start a farm.


"My grandfather's homestead was 18 miles from Red Cloud. . . I shall never forget my introduction to it. We drove out...one day in April. I was sitting in the hay in the bottom of a Studebaker wagon, holding on to the side of the wagon box to steady myself. . . the roads were mostly faint trails over the bunch grass in those days. The land was open range and there was almost no fencing. As we drove further and further out into the country, I felt a good deal as if we had come to the end of everything. . . ' (Interview with Willa Cather).


It was all so peaceful and beautiful and serene.  I tried to imagine what the country must have been like when it was first settled, then in the years that followed as horses were replaced with automobiles, when the town was so full of life and bustling with activity. 

 
Red Cloud and the little farming communities that surround it have become but shadows of themselves in recent years.  But the town still draws scholars from around the world who are interested in the life and work of its most famous resident.  Being there was like going back in time, and it was hard to leave. It was a wonderful weekend, a glimpse of a time and place that will live on through the books of Willa Cather.

 
"When the road began to climb the first long swells of the Divide, Alexandra hummed an old Swedish hymn, and Emil wondered why his sister looked so happy. Her face was so radiant that he felt shy about asking her. For the first time, perhaps, since that land emerged from the waters of geologic ages, a human face was set toward it with love and yearning.  It seemed beautiful to her, rich and strong, and glorious. Her eyes drank in the breadth of it, until her tears blinded her. The Genius of the Divide, the great, free spirit which breathes across it, must have bent lower than it ever bent to human will before. The history of every country begins in the heart of a man or a woman." 
(O Pioneers!)
 

 


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Road Trip

Dan and I are heading out for a short road trip tomorrow morning.  Lilly is happy that her favorite boy will be housesitting for us. The one who lets her sleep on the bed with him.

So, I won't be here for Friday Fave Five.  Which is a bummer, because I had so many good things happen this week, that I won't get to tell you about.  Like the gorgeous weather we're having and on the last day of summer I spent a couple of hours cleaning up the garden for fall.  And when I went for my morning walk, there were two beautiful hot air balloons hovering overhead, and a hawk perched on a post nearby. 

If I were doing Friday Favorites, I would include Lilly's groomer who is as sweet as they come.  She knows Lil doesn't like having her nails clipped, but if they sit on the floor together and Judy puts Lilly in her lap, she's not so nervous.

Another favorite would be a phone call with a dear friend, who shared with me the experience she had the night before of her father's passing.  It was peaceful and beautiful, and my friend felt so blessed by how everything fell in place so that she could be with her dad.

And I would certainly include dinner with my dear 'Soul Sisters', the name we've given to our spiritual book group.  I love each and every one of these women, who have been my friends since my oldest was in kindergarten. 

I can't wait to share our adventures with you when we get back!

Monday, September 21, 2015

The Gift of 100 Days



As of September 22nd, which is tomorrow, there are 100 days left in the year. 

It makes me stop and think.  I'm so used to time rushing by, that I'm already starting to panic about how busy the next few months are going to be.  We have two milestone family birthdays to plan and celebrate, a baby shower, and a couple of trips out of town.  Oh, and then there's Thanksgiving and Christmas.

But 100 days! What a gift.  Just as all the activities that we're planning and the holidays and every single day of those one hundred days, are all Gift.

Yet another reminder, and I do need lots of them, to be grateful for each day and be thankful for the gift of that day.  To enjoy and savor and appreciate it, whether it's a special occasion or an ordinary day.  I love the ordinary days and the moments of grace that they bring.

Enjoy your wonderful gift of today!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Fish Tacos


One of the recipes on my mental list of "food I want to find a good recipe for" is fish tacos.  I've tried making them a couple times, mostly just flying by the seat of my pants.

Over the weekend I was cleaning out the pantry and came across a package of chipotle lime tortilla panko breadcrumbs. Yes, I just happened to have some in the pantry, LOL.  I'm sure I bought them for a recipe and forgot about them. There was only one package in the box -- I do remember that when Joey housesat for us, he used the other packet to cook something or other.

Anyhoo, using the recipe on the back of the box as a guide, I cooked up some pretty decent fish tacos.



Fish Tacos
First mix up the slaw:
1/2 cup sour cream
2 Tbs. lime juice
fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp sugar
salt & pepper to taste
4 scallions, thinly sliced
1/4 head of thinly sliced red cabbage
Mix the first six ingredients in a small bowl.  Toss cabbage and scallions in a medium-sized bowl, then toss in the sour cream mixture.
THEN:
1 lb. firm white fish (I used cod) sliced into 1/2" thick sticks
1/2 cup flour
4oz package chipotle lime panko bread crumbs
2 Tbs vegetable oil
8 flour tortillas
sliced avocado
In three separate bowls: put flour in one, about 1/2 cup of water in another, and the bread crumbs in the last bowl.  Dredge the fish sticks in flour, water, crumbs. 
Heat the oil in a skillet, medium-high heat.
Cook fish until golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side.
Heat the tortillas.
Assemble tacos with fish and avocado slices, cover with slaw, and serve with a lime wedge, if you have it.
I had an ear of cooked corn leftover in the fridge, so I cut off the kernels and gave them a quick stir in the hot skillet, then added to the slaw. 
I don't see this as something that I'll make all that often.  Kind of like Chinese food, it created a lot of cleanup!  But it was fun to put together, especially on one of those evenings when I just felt like taking my time in the kitchen.
Bon appetit! 



Tuesday, September 8, 2015

A Daybook

 
"Every day is a blank page."

FOR TODAY, September 8, 2015

Outside my window . . . blue, cloudless sky. My view is of our street, which is a main road to the local high school, so it's busy this time of day. The daisies in the front yard are in full bloom, the roses look good. It's also trash pick up day, as evidenced by all the garbage cans at the curb.  Just keepin' it real.

I am listening to . . . James Taylor radio on Pandora.

I am thinking . . .I'm going to write this post in 10 minutes and then go for a walk with my friend Joan!

I am thankful . . .for a wonderful weekend with family.  We went to my dad's on Sunday and yesterday we had an impromptu barbeque with two of my kids and their families.

In the kitchen . . .lemon cucumbers and cherry tomatoes galore!

I am wearing . . .shorts, tank, sneakers.

I am creating . . .order from chaos.  Finally unpacking some boxes in the basement and finding lots of treasures! Now, where to put everything?

I am going . . .

I am wondering . . .what name my son and daughter-in-law will choose for their baby boy, due in December? It was the topic of conversation over the weekend. They are wondering, too!

I am reading . . .Song of the Lark, by Willa Cather

I am looking forward to . . .getting my sewing machine back. It's in for cleaning and tune-up.  I have so many projects ready to go!

I am learning . . .lots of things, watching PBS these last two nights.  Ken Burns' re-run of The Civil War, for one.

Around the house . . . In a kinda-fall-cleaning mode. 
 

I am pondering . . .how I let myself fill up my week to the brim.  Why do I do that??

A favorite quote for today . . ."When in doubt, just take the next small step."

Some of my favorite things . . .James Taylor songs, cheeseburgers, the way my granddaughter Siefer calls our dog "Lillian."  It just makes me laugh, because her name is Lilly, but I call her Lillian as a term of endearment.  Siefer has picked up on that.

A few plans for the rest of the week . . . take a package to the post office, make appointments with eye doctor and dentist, scan some photos, (I'm reading my to-do list), watch Brooklynn, brunch with friends this weekend.

A peek into my day . . .
 
wine and books! Two more favorite things.
 
 
 

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

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Monday, August 31, 2015

"A Failure of Imagination"

This is an incredible essay on the sanctity of life, and our responsibility to teach future generations that children are not intrusions or something to be fit into a well-planned life, but precious gifts from God.  Sarah Clarkson speaks the Truth so eloquently.

 It is the best response that I have read, by far, to the Planned Parenthood debacle.


"I am convicted, as I encounter the Planned Parenthood debacle, that one of the best ways I can affirm and defend the value of the unborn child is to create a narrative in my action and words that affirms my belief that children are a gift from God. I hope that these undercover videos will provoke, not just outrage and anger, but a renewed commitment to lives, homes, and creative works that celebrate children, make room for them, affirm their value not just as infants but at every stage of growth. I hope that we embrace anew the hard and beautiful work of raising, training, educating, watching, and caring for the children in our lives with love, grace, and verve. And I hope that we learn to invite those who have never tasted the beauty of childhood into the stories we create." Sarah Clarkson

Friday, August 28, 2015

My Friday Favorites

The month of August is quickly coming to a close.  Even all the more reason to slow down and take a look at the last week of summertime.

1.  My MOST favorite thing this week:  My granddaughter Siefer said, "Grandma," for the first time! Ah, my heart!  I still get tears just thinking about it.  Silly, I know, but so precious! Now, I feel that I am 'officially' a Grandma.

2.  Earlier in the week, I met a good friend for coffee.  She is someone I worked for years ago, and we became friends.  Though we are not that far apart in age, she's someone I always looked to for advice in being a mother. She is a bit further along on this motherhood journey than I, since her kids are a few years older.  I'm so thankful for long-lasting friendships, especially those where you might not see one another often, but can just pick up where you left off.

3.  I have been working on a writing project and I finished my first draft. (Insert trumpets here). The real blessing here is my writing coach. I appreciate her so much.

4.  Black-eyed Susans.  This has been an incredible year for them, and they're blooming like crazy all over town.  Big, huge, bunches of them.

5.  Celebrating the life of someone who passed away this week. She was a young woman with special needs, and the love and devotion shown by her parents during her life was a testament to how we should care for and love one another.

Any blessings you would like to share from the week?  Link up with Susanne, or share in the comments section below.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Costa Rica

We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect. ~~ Anias Nin
 
I added this quote to my blog header, because it expresses, so well, why I like to write. It also could be said that it's why I like photography. The peril in both is that it's easy to get caught up in watching life through the eye of the lens or with a pen in hand, and miss being in the moment.
 
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Over the weekend, we got together with our friends Pam and Rick, to share pictures of the trip we all took to Costa Rica last May. I told Dan afterward, I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard. It's like that with good friends, the smallest things can set you off! We had dinner at my favorite Mexican restaurant, then went to our house for Pam's peach crisp and vanilla ice cream and to look at pictures.  Dan set it up so that we could view the pictures on the t.v. screen.  It reminded me of watching slides when I was growing up.
 
View from our balcony.
 
 
The gardens at our hotel.
 

 
 Arenal Volcano -- this is an active volcano that blows smoke pretty much all the time!

 *photo credit, Rick, w/o his permission ;)



The adventurous ones.
 

 
 
Exploring the countryside with ATVs.
 


 
We visited a monkey sanctuary and got to hold a monkey with a baby. So cute!

 
Capuchin monkey


 
Rick, asking directions from the locals.  Donde esta . . . ??? (One of the pictures that sent us into gales of laughter, remembering that day, driving through the countryside).
 

 
 
The flowers were beautiful and unusual.
 
 
A local hangout.
 

 
This church was so simple architecturally, but the hand carved altar and fresh flower arrangement made it beautiful.



Beautiful beaches.
 

 


Sunset on the beach.
 
 
 
It was such a fun evening, sharing memories of a great trip!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday Favorites



 
Is it Friday already?  It's been a good week!  I'm looking through my calendar, amazed that I accomplished lots of things that have been on my list for quite a while.  It's such a good feeling.  A look at the week. . .
 
1.  I took Lilly to a new vet.  He's a very kind, gentle man, and very understanding of Lilly's 'quirks' (aka, she can be a real headcase when she's nervous).  The vet's son works there, too.  They have a nice practice and I feel that we are in good hands.
 
2.  I had an appointment with a new dentist, another big change.  I'm still seeing the same hygienist, however, which is even more important for me than the dentist. . . I spend more time with her, whereas I see him for a two-minute cursory exam.  The hygienist is great. 
 
 
3.  I discovered senior discount day at ARC.  Woohoo!  Found this little table for just a few dollars.  It fits perfectly in our entryway.
 

4.  In the past few weeks, I've met some new bloggers. One of the best things about blogging is getting to know so many nice people.  Sometimes I think blogging is like having lots of pen pals.  (Did anyone else have a pen pal growing up?  I had two, both in Japan.) 

5.  We've had the loveliest weather this week with one day that barely climbed out of the 70s.  Our street is busy in the mornings with kids walking to school (I still wish it didn't start so early; there's plenty of summer left).  It's been so nice and cool.  Great sleeping weather.  We turned off the AC and opened all the windows at night.

How was your week?  Share a favorite thing in the comments below, or link up at Susanne's place, here.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

In the kitchen

I'm always on the lookout for recipes with fish that are easy to make and successful.  Dan and I both love all kinds of fish, but I'm just not used to cooking it, so we never know what we're going to get!

This one is so simple and delicious. I found it in the September 2015 issue of Rachel Ray Magazine.

 
Butter-Basted Cod with Tarragon Corn
 

2 cod fillets (5 oz. each)
3 Tbs. butter
1 1/2 cups (or two ears) of fresh corn kernels
3 Tbs. chopped shallot
2 Tbs. fresh tarragon leaves
2 lemon wedges
 
 
In a large skillet, cook cod in butter over medium-high, basting, 2 to 3 minutes per side.  Season with salt & pepper; transfer to plates. In same skillet, cook corn, shallot and tarragon over medium-high, 3 minutes. Season with salt & pepper.
Serve with cod and lemon wedges.  Be sure to give it a nice spritzing of the fresh lemon juice!
Serves  2.
 
Yes, I used more butter.  I just can't help myself! And I didn't get a picture of it all cooked, but let me tell you, it's a pretty dish with the fish browned slightly and speckled with pepper, golden corn and deep green tarragon leaves.  Yum.  You can use frozen corn, but in the summer, I like to figure out any way I can to use fresh sweet corn, because it's available for such a short time.
 
Bon appetite!