Category Archives: Food

July, July!

Where does the time go?

I cannot believe its already Mid- July.

I have much to fill you in on.

Kitty was in need of some new climbing ground. I put up some shelves for him to sleep, and feel like a king. Renny’s dad also built this incredible cat tree, which kitty was very excited about. He is getting so big, and quickly out grew his previous set ups.

My garden is going through seasonal changes, I have had some hibiscus blooms and wildflower blooms.  My beans and peas succumbed to a plant illness. (powdery mildew)

The snails and slugs are also back, there was a time that my plants were safe from them.

I do have some peppers coming out.

A jalapeno, and some bell peppers.

I also have two small cucumber plants coming through.

Cilantro has another cycle beginning, it dropped it’s seeds about a month ago and new little sprouts have made their way through.

The hanging pots are doing well, they are filling out nicely.

And of course tomatoes are starting to pop out (I think they are late)

 and cat nip… kitty has yet to discover this.

Just before the Holiday (4th) I was asked to photograph a Quincinera! My first experience ever with this tradition, and it was interesting, but very beautiful.

And on a side note…

If your a S’more lover like myself, and don’t always have access to a campfire, I came across this recipe on one of the food blogs that I read.

(although I layered mine differently)

S\’more Bars!!!


Coast to Coast

Welcome back!

I hope you are all still interested…

Where should I begin?  Before the holidays things were getting hectic. I was trying to get some running in despite the lovely California weather forecast. I know all of you east coasters can handle days of rain, but out here…. its like the end of the world!  Needless to say, it down-poured for a week straight.

The office had a nice little holiday cookie exchange and a cubicle decorating contest!

The Green desk is mine……Festive huh?

I decided last minute to make cookies for the exchange. Last year I made almost 10 different kinds of cookies…this year….JUST ONE!  Chocolate Peppermint cookies (Courtesy of Martha Stewart). I love peppermint….I love chocolate…..I love white chocolate……YUMMM.

My cookies were a hit, along with a ton of other recipes!

Christmas at home was wonderful, as usual. I love going home to see everyone. We had the traditional Christmas Eve party at our house (always entertaining).

More cookies: Baked by Soph, and decorated by many!

more lovely decorations… Thats Soph’s reindeer horse hybrid.

Here are mom’s cookies!!

One of many attempts to get the family together for a photo……I don’t think this is easy for any family.

 

 

On to the next portion of my Christmas travels!!!


Saturday Shopping

Most Saturdays are my grocery days. Reason being, I go to the Farmer’s Market.

This is an adventure for me every time.

I feel fortunate to live in an area where fruits and vegetables are grown year round. They do go by seasons, as they should. But the varieties are endless. I find something new every visit.

They always display their products so beautifully.

Such delicious bread…Multigrain is my choice!

Who couldn’t buy carrots this amazing….Seriously.

So, my advice to you is to take advantage of the fresh markets when they are available to you. Do not pass up a chance to help a farmer and get some great healthy produce for yourself. Its a win win situation and don’t ever pass it up!


Recipes on the Rise!

Before I continue the rest of my trip through Colorado I want to get these recipes posted because I am proud of them.

The first thing I made on Friday was a complete experiment. I had tons of vegetables that I wanted to use and I also wanted to try working with dry beans.

I picked up a dry bean mix at the store. At home I chopped up three carrots, two parsnips, 1/2 an onion, 1 sweet potato (not a yam) 1 green bell pepper, 1 red bell pepper, 2 cloves garlic, 3 stalks of celery, 1 large can of diced tomatoes, 1 small can of tomato sauce, 2 small cans of tomato paste, 3 cups of veggie stock. I soaked and cooked two cups of bean until they were almost finished. I wanted them to cook fully in the chili. Then of course chili powder, cayenne, salt pepper, and a little TJ’s 21 seasoning salute.

My next adventure was in the field of breadmaking!

I have done well with pizza dough and soft pretzels. Rye bread was a little bit of a hassle (but so worth it). Pita bread was pretty good, so I decided to try my hand at Foccacia bread! I found a recipe online (allrecipes.com) and I altered it slightly.

2 3/4 cup flour, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp sugar, 1 packet yeast, 1 tbsp 21 seasoning salute, 1 tsp thyme, 1 tsp dried oregano, 3 tbsp olive oil, 1 cup warm water (possibly a little more depending on the consistency of the dough) I mixed all the dry ingredients first (spices, flour, yeast) then I added the water and oil. Let it rise for 30 minutes and then form into flatbread shapes, about 1/2 inch thick. On top I spread a little Garlic Gold flakes and oil, along with a generous sprinkling of parmesan cheese. Baked at 450 for 15-20 minutes and your good to go!!