Sunday, June 30, 2013

Somebody left the heat on! YIKES.  And I know it's not nearly as hot here as it is in other places.  I have been giving Larkin a little cooling treat in the afternoons.
We have to take the water dish outside because she INSISTS on fishing out the ice cubes, one at a time, and taking them elsewhere to eat.
 
This results in a drippy mess across the floor that I am not interested in cleaning up - even if the mercury were not soaring.
In my last post, I shared a link to a new recipe I found.  I've heard the terms 'clean food' and 'clean eating' and decided to explore a little more.  I went to the library and checked out the book from which the recipe came.  After reading it and scanning the recipes, it seemed like something we could easily fit into our heart healthy plan.  So I ordered a copy for my very own from Amazon and then proceeded to test another recipe

Sprouted Quinoa with Strawberries and Lime.  Maybe not quite as yummy as the black bean salad, but I made a substitution of peach for apricots.  Also I juiced a VERY ripe Valencia orange for the dressing.  These things combined to make the salad a little 'wetter' than it probably should have been.  Sprouting the quinoa was fun and we really liked the flavor.
That success produced an Internet search for other 'clean eating' ideas.  
This morning we enjoyed Egg 'n' Baked Potatoes for our breakfast.   It turned out delicious.  I followed the recipe exactly but forgot the yogurt/chive sauce which would have made a nice addition.  One of my MANY quirks is that I don't care for my breakfast meat to be mixed with my eggs.  Next time I plan to substitute mushroom for the bacon.  This will satisfy my 'quirk' while keeping up the protein and reducing sodium.  Win-Win-Win.
The next time we meet, I hope to have some quilting content.  In the mean time, remember to keep yourself hydrated in all of this heat!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Summer is now officially here.  Now matter how you go about marking its arrival - Memorial Day, the start of June, the end of the school year, summer solstice - it is summer.  Hooray!!!  Beautiful weather means lots of time outside.  It also means an abundance of fruits and vegetables are making their way to our kitchens.  Oh, I know, food is abundant all the year long.  But this is the time of year when so many delicious things are at their peak.  Sadly it's a fleeting season.  I am determined to make it last well into the darkest, coldest days of winter.  Currently the freezer is my best friend.
It started with bananas.

I buy them at Costco.  We eat what we care to and allow the rest to become ripe.  I then line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, peel the over-ripe (but not banana bread ripe) bananas, break them in half, place on the sheet and freeze for several hours before transferring to zip top freezer bags.  We then have bananas on hand to make Yonanas whenever the mood strikes.
Plenty of other fruits can go into the mix.  Last night Costco had a great supply of raspberries.  So I loaded them up in the cart and started freezing them today.
They will be added to the strawberries that were abundant earlier in the spring and the peaches that are just perfect right now.  I'm sure some blackberries and blueberries will join the mix soon.
The fun doesn't end there.  When Cinco de Mayo approached, I was a tad overzealous in purchasing limes for margaritas and fish taco garnish.  So I pulled out my trusty silicone cupcake cups and started juicing those limes.
They hold two ounces of liquid and peel away from the frozen 'hockey pucks' readily. 
Why stop at lime juice?  You know those annoying recipes that call for a 1/4 cup of chicken broth and you only have a 24 ounce container on hand with no plans to use the remainder anytime in the foreseeable future?
*voila*  Two ounce portions of chicken stock whenever you want.
So where is all of this going?  I was blog reading this morning and I found a post for a recipe that I wanted to try out for dinner tonight.  I had everything on hand but no limes.  And then I remembered my little stash.
Black bean salad - it's what's for dinner.








Monday, June 24, 2013

We've got us a birthday girl!
We met when she was 4.5 weeks old, but not yet ready to leave her first mama.
Minnie ears for a mini-doggy.
Christmas elf tryouts.
Ringing in the New Year.
  
She's very photogenic.
Loves playing with her friends at camp.
  
And playing in her own backyard.
  
She's grown into a very good quilting buddy.
 And this morning after she 'opened' her presents, she was absolutely exhausted from the merriment.  Looking forward to many more birthday parties with our girl!  Happy Birthday, Larkin Calliope Estelle!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Celebrating the sweet pea!  The fragrance of this little bouquet can transport me back to a simpler time and place - one that now exists only in my memory - but that place in my heart is forever secured.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

It's the hap-happiest season of all!

Monday, June 03, 2013

Monday again.  The laundry hamper over-floweth, again, but the weekend that was was a good one.  We met some new people while out on a walk.
Being children of the 70's, Hubby and I got out the Frisbee for a little backyard fun.  Larkin was intrigued.
She didn't quite work out how to catch it in flight, but she did manage to pick it up and bring it back.
Once the lure of snacks were added to the equation.
 It wasn't all fun in the sun.  Quality time with my sewing machine lead to finishing Churn Dashes, #5 in the Fat Quarter Project.
I wonder what our dear Fearless Leader has in mind for project #6?