Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Conner and Leon and Madeline

Grandpa and Madeline
 Madeline in Michael's hand
Contented Madeline
Give them the old one-two punch!
All clean

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Decorating Over My Doors

I have discovered a new to me blog site.
It's called
Balancing Beauty and Bedlam.
I went through and was reading some of her old posts.
There was one that posed the question;
do you decorate over your doorways?

I never thought about it 
I suppose I do!

But now I am left asking myself;
why is all that empty space
left there?

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Cooking Soothes The Soul

Or at least mine it does.
It's been a rough month or so for me.
I've been "cooking" but not 
Today I created and I feel a bit better for it.
It's a gloomy day here, and for once it's not
just my mood.
So gloomy screams soup to me.

Mom and Big bequeathed a butternut squash 
to me a couple of weeks back.
I scoured around my vegetable bin and came
up with:
said squash,
a sweet potato,
a couple of carrots,
a red onion
and 4 garlic cloves.
And did this to them. 

I left the garlic cloves in their paper, 
it's supposed to protect them while roasting 
but still have them get all mellow and buttery.
It did, and they did.

I drizzled olive oil over the whole mess, 
threw on some salt and pepper, 
and then roasted them at 425 degrees for 
30 minutes.

My house smelled amazing!

Once they were all roasted up put them in batches
 in my handy-dandy Vitamixer with some
chicken stock and made this:
It tasted as good as my house smelled.
Here's a little idea I had, know how you 
deglaze pans when browning meat?
Well, I deglazed the roasting sheet with
 some of that chicken stock. 
I didn't want to lose one bit of the stuff that
smelled that good!

I may toast up some chopped pecans in butter
to put on top......
or I may just grab a spoon and start eating right out of the pot!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

More Tomatoes

And here we have 
Pearl Couscous With Olives
And Roasted Tomatoes.

I, like Ms. Smitten, am a sucker for
Israeli couscous.
And I have a plethora of tomatoes.

I think what intrigued me the most about this recipe 
was the dressing you make using some 
of the roasted tomatoes. 
It's primarily a combination of 
tomatoes, roasted garlic and olive oil. 
The possibilities for that alone are interesting.

I did veer from the recipe as written in that my box of
couscous only had 1 1/3 cups of couscous
(as opposed to the 2 1/4 cups the recipe called for)
and I left out the mint.
I did add some finely chopped red onions
and a hit of cayenne pepper.

From the looks of it I had plenty of couscous.
And while I did get some mint past 
Mike a couple of days ago, 
I felt it was best not to push my luck.

PS, it's a keeper.