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I collect to create a mystery…

I collect to create a mystery….

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Radio Silence

Well – it happens to everyone at some point. My beloved laptop that I bought in 2009 black screened on me over a week ago and I finally have my new laptop up and running thanks to my dear friend Kelsey. I am back – the question is – did cyberspace even know I was gone?
Considering all those bits and bytes flying through the webosphere – it is doubtful but I missed you!

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It started with a box of Couscous

Last week, I was looking through the contents of my closet pantry and I found a box of Couscous. I called out to my daughter that we should look at making something Mediterranean for diner over the weekend. That led to purchasing lamb stew meat, which to my surprise came with bones. That is another story.

This morning I defrosted the lamb in the micro wave and put it into my crock pot to cook the meat off of the bone. I poured a half of a cup of Italian red wine in with the lamb and let it cook on high until the meat fell off, which took about 2-3 hours. Note to self, never buy stew meat with bones.

When I finished separating the lamb from the bones, I discarded the liquid in the crock pot which was very fatty. I put the lamb back into the crock pot, and added a 14 oz. can of diced tomatoes, a package of artichoke hearts, a half of a white onion diced, two, two-inch diameter portabella mushrooms, also diced, and a half of a cup of red wine. My daughter added coriander, rosemary, 5 diced cloves of garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. We let the stew cook another 2 hours.

We served the stew with the Couscous to which we added rosemary, garlic powder, and lemon olive oil.

The result was rather tasty and there are left overs for lunches next week. I love when cooking works out well. 🙂

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Sunday Brunch

If you are like me, you get up and go on Sunday morning with maybe a piece of toast and coffee. This weekend Sunday started that way, but after a hike at the local preserve, I whipped up French Batard French toast with simmered blue berries and turkey bacon.

The Bacon:
Cover an aluminum tray with parchment, arrange the bacon, and cook at 350 F until as crisp to preference.

The Berries:
Cook in a sauce pan with a tablespoon of water an a teaspoon of sugar [or not :)] Cook until the berries emit their juice.

The French toast:
I discovered French Batard at a local store that sells fresh baked goods. I sliced the batard, about 3/8 inches thick.
I whipped up the egg white equivalent of two eggs, half a cup of milk, a pinch of sugar, and a teaspoon of cinnamon.
Dip the bread into the mix, and cook on a buttered flat skillet until brown on both sides.

Smother the French toast with the berries – Enjoy!


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Thank You, to my Care Giver

Having been the care giver for my husband in the late nineties, I know the strain and stress of taking care of someone. More so when taking care of someone you love. I wanted to say thank you to my daughter who has been my care giver since 6/9. I know this rollercoaster has been very stressful, but there is no one else in the world that I would want by my side. Thank you for being there. I love you.

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Tuesday Night Dinner

I tend to come home and just whip things up.

So here’s the menu:
Boiled Shrimp with cocktail sauce
Saffron Orzo
Kale chips

So the shrimp is just boiled until cooked. Serve with cocktail sauce.

Cook the orzo per the package label. To change things up I added mascarpone and saffron to the Orzo and salt to taste. [yes, I have a love affair with orzo.]

The Kale chips I credit to a dear friend, Karyn

Wash kale leaves and arrange on cookie sheets – I use parchment
Season with salt, black pepper, and red pepper
Broil in oven until crisp – and that is the tricky part because they do burn if not watched.


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With Great Sentiment comes – Great Clutter

Here’s an example. I have a REI rain jacket I bought in the late 1970’s with my then boyfriend, now late husband at the REI store in New York. I don’t even think that store still exists. But he was so enthusiastic about getting me the proper equipment for suburban survival.
It isn’t just about coats,although between my flat mate and me, the hall closet is brimming.
Don’t get me wrong, every 6 months I reexamine my home and start donating – but simply put, I am not there yet. I am not in the place where I can look around and say “Perfect.”
But I am working on it. 🙂
Wish me luck!

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I am still here

And I hope to be for a long time.
But Monday night shook me up when I experienced a mild heart attack. If that was a mild heart attack, I shudder what a full attack would feel like.
Props to the firemen, EMTs, and the staff at the local Cardio facility for all their work to get me back on my feet.
Special loving recognition to my daughter who drove through a severe thunderstorm to be at my side and who did everything she could to assure I was well taken care of. You will never know how much I appreciate you.
I have a lot to be thankful for. And I am.


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Salsa Pizza


6 Savory Olive Oil [Rosemary & Thyme] Tortas
Classic medium salsa
Mexican Blend Shredded Cheese

Pre heat oven to 375 F
Place parchment on a cookie sheet
Arrange Tortas on the parchment
Spoon the salsa on each Torta
Sprinkle the cheese on the salsa.

Bake for 10 minutes and enjoy,

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Quick Supper Steak and Orzo

Driving home I had this inspiration for supper.
Start with steak strips and cook in wok with lime olive oil, 3 closes of garlic, and chopped small white onion. Cook until beef is to your preference. Prepare half a box of Orzo until al dente’ While everything is cooking, dice one tomato, slice a cucumber, and carrots. Pour Greek salad dressing over the vegetables and mix. Add steak to veggie mixture and then add the Orzo. Enjoy!

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