Wednesday, December 30, 2009

From Dead to Worse - Charlaine Harris

From Dead to Worse (Sookie Stackhouse, #8) From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Another great Sookie book.

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Mittens for Pat

I made some really cute ones for Jill but forgot to take a picture.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Lifestyle Motor Company

It's an exciting time. We're in business! Pat & Joel are busy purchasing cars for our inventory and looking for cars for customers. If you need a car, please call 971-244-2160. Pat will hook you up.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Weekly Menu #8 - Darla

I've enjoyed sharing menu ideas and have enjoyed some good food. Here's some ideas for the coming week.
Lentil and Spinach Warm salad.
This is one of my favorites I got from Martha Stewart. Delicioius and easy and all in one meal.
1 quart of water
1/2 cup lentils
1 carrot finely chopped (1/2 cup)
1/4 onion finely chopped
2 garlic cloves minced
1 dried bay leaf
Coarse salt and peppper
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 ounces baby spinach

Most of the time I double this recipe of feeding four. The recipe above is good for two.
1. in a large saucepan, combine lentils, carrots, onion, garlic, and bay leaf. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to boil. Lower the heat and simmer partially covered until lentils are soft. 15-20 min. Drain discarding bay leaf
2. use a paper towel to wipe out any water from the saucepan. Add oil and return pan to medium heat. Stir in the lentils, vegetables and spinach.
3. Cook stirring occasionally until spinach is wilted, about 2 minutes. Taste and adjust for seasoning. use a slotted spoon to transfer to bowls.

Day 2
Pesto-chicken calzones
1 pound purchased pizza dough. ( I got whole wheat dough at winco)at room temperature
1 1/2 cup shredded mozzy
1/2 c pesto
1 cup cooked broccoli
1 cup cooked chicken
(about 4 oz)olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 450 on a lightly floured surface divide dough into four equal piecesusig a lightly floured rolling pin roll each piece into a 6 inch round. if dough shrinks let it restabout 5 minutes and roll again
2. Divide mozzy among the dough rounds then top equally with pesto, broccoli and chicken
3. Gently pull half dough over filling to make a half moon shape. pinch edges to seal Brush tops lightly sith olive oil. Tranfer to large baking sheet
4.Bake calzones on middle rack until golden brown 20-25 minutes. let cool 5 min then transfer to plates Serve with tossed salad with pesto ranch dressing. Just add a little bit of your pesto to your ranch dressing.I get the pesto at Costco. I freeze in small containters and that way it keeps longer. It actullay freezes quite well.

Day 3
Since we have the pesto lets try a hearty soup. Serve with our famous crusty 5 min bread. yeah!

Tomato soup with chickpeas and pesto
1 T olive oil
1 1/2 cups sliced onion
1 cup finely chopped celery
2 cups water
1/4 t salt
1/4 t pepper
3 (5.5 oz cans) V8 juice
1 (15 1/2 oz) can chickpeas (garbonzos) drained
1 (28 0z) can finely chopped tomatoes undrained
1/3 cup uncokked ditalini (very short tube shaped macaroni)
1/3 c pesto

1. Heat oil in soup pan. Add onion and celery. Cover and cook 15 min stirring occasionally
2. Add water and next 5 ingredients (water through chickpeas) bring to boil.
3. Add pasta. Cover and reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.
4. Stir in pesto and serve.

Day 4
This is one of my favorite pasta recipes. It sounds odd but the mixing of these flavors is awesome
8 oz Angel Hair pasta
1 T oil from tomatoes
1 lb skinless chicken breast ( or drained tofu cut 1/3 inch thick in square)
1 t each of salt and pepper
1/2 med red onion sliced in thin rings
1 6 oz bag baby spinach leaves
1/2 cup golden raisens
3/4 cup undraind Sun dried tomatoes in oil
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

Cook pasta reserving 1/4 cup water.
Heat oil in very large skillet over med high heat. Brown tofu or chicken with salt and pepper. 5-6 minutes ( longer for tofu, probably 10 min on med heat)
Reduce heat to med. add onion, cover and cook 2 minutes or until softened.
Add tomatoes, spinach and raisens. stir until spinach is wilted.
Stir in pasta, pinenuts and reserved water as needed to moisten. Serves 4

Friday, December 04, 2009

Stargirl - Jerry Spinelli

Stargirl Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Such a cute book to start, but it had a sadness to it that left me not wanting to read the sequel. Recommend, with reservations.

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Thanksgiving Cruise

For the first time in years, I didn't have to cook Thanksgiving dinner. The family went on a Mexican Riviera Cruise, and by family I mean Joel, Jill, Nathan, Bill, Darla, Pat & me. This time, we were back on a Princess ship and boy were we glad. The food, service, rooms .... everything was better than Royal Caribbean. Of course, having family along made it even better.

We sailed out of Long Beach on the 21st, spent two days at sea lolling about the deck with our books and beverages, then stopped in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas, and finished up with a final day at sea.

As usual, I enjoyed the sea days most. The weather was beautiful and I had a pile of books to choose from. The men were a little more active and roamed about the ship partaking in activities. In fact, Bill was rarely seen except at meals.

High, food, food, weather, balcony cabin, Sky walker lounge, hot tubs, walking around the promenade deck, food, being with family. Low points...poor waiter and Jill lost her camera. That's it.

Puerto Vallarta was great. Nathan and Bill went fishing, the rest of us went to the beach and had tacos, chips and guac and beverages. I love Puerto Vallarta, would like to stay there again sometime.

Mazatlan had us worried. Last cruise we were unimpressed, but this time headed to the beach where we hung out at Joe's Oyster bar, watched people, the guys did a fair bit of water activity, and of course ate Mexican food and had a little something to wet our whistle.

Finally, Cabo. It was a short day, but Pat and Bill negotiated a great price on a glass bottom boat trip. What fun. After the boat, headed to a restarant for refreshments. Had to be back on board by 2:00. The afternoon was spent in a hot tub and getting ready for Thanksgiving dinner.

Sadly the cruise was just about over. One last day at sea, hanging out in a lounge that had a great view of the ocean. Spotted some whales and dolphins, read, talked, played poker, sigh. So fun.

Saturday we arrived back in Long Beach early in the morning. After dropping Darla and Bill at the airport, we headed to downtown Disney to catch the movie New Moon. Nice way to return to the real world.

Pat, Joel and I stayed in California until Tuesday. It was fun being home with Jill & Nathan. We cooked, golfed, ran errands and finally, went to the Riverside Auto Auction to buy cars for our new business, Lifestyle Motor Company.

All in all, a fun and productive trip. Now, on to planning Christmas in Sunriver.