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.
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