Friday, December 9, 2016

Goals for the Week of December 11 - 17, 2016

Spiritual 
     ABF/Church
     Daily Bible Reading
     Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales 

Physical
     Exercise DVD
     Vitamins
     Go to bed early 

Quilting - finish piecing the top of the baby boy quilt

Reading
     The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer (So far it is excellent!)
     Cravings by Chrissy Teigen
     Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by F.B.M. de Waal

Cooking
     Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore 
     Shrimp Jambalaya 
     Chicken Tenders, Beans, Cole Slaw
     Pork Tenderloin, Sweet Potato, Spinach
     Apple Pecan Muffins

Home
     Order New Year's door wreath

Personal
     Dental cleaning
     Lunch with P&W&C&B 
     




     

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Birthday Trip



Birthday Trip

We took a 2 day trip to the Lower Rio Grande Valley to do some birding and to go to the National Butterfly Center.  Joe took his super-duper camera and took some beautiful photos.  I will post them when he finishes with them and sends them to me.  
This was a perfect birthday present.  One of the things I enjoy most is meeting other people who are as fascinated with birds and butterflies as we are.  When we were at the South Padre Island Nature Center, we met a couple who had never been to the National Butterfly Center in Mission.  It was a pleasure to tell them about it and since it was only an hour and a half from where we were, they indicated that they would certainly go.   

There really isn't anything I can say or do about the embarrassment that is about to be inaugurated as our President.  I hope that his narcissism doesn't get us into a war or rather any more wars.  It's going to be a long, disastrous 4 years. All I can do is support our local food pantry, make quilts for the Salvation Army, and give what I can to the Nature Conservancy.  I anticipate inflation to kick in if * goes through with lowering taxes and increasing spending on infrastructure.  This is going to be hard on the poor and the elderly.  

Winter seems to have finally arrived.  It will be down in the mid 30s and highs around 50.  I know what a wimp I must seem to those up North but for the Texas Gulf Coast, this is cold!! My cats are ever so affectionate in cold weather, especially if I have the heating pad on.  



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Around OakMeadows


Around Oak Meadows

I am finally about 95% over my cold.  Still have some sinus drainage and cough but I feel better, can sleep at night, and have my energy back. Well, at least more energy.  

We have been to see two movies recently.  We saw Arrival first.  I thought it was well done and appreciated the lack of blowing things up.  It presented the problem of communication with aliens and our human reaction to them in a very thoughtful manner.  Amy Adams was just perfect.  The second movie was Fantastic Beasts and it had enough things being blown up for at least two movies.  JMM like it more than I did; I was ready to leave about 45 minutes into it.  YMMV. 

Thanksgiving was quiet with just JMM and I.  We cooked our turkey and dressing, corn, and sweet potato. JMM spatchcocked the turkey and it was okay but I prefer it cooked in the roaster. The sweet potato didn't get cooked because I had it in the little oven and JMM unplugged it not realizing that I had the sweet potato in there.  Oh well.  Pecan pie for dessert.  JMM did all the cleaning up and putting away as I was just exhausted.  

I am reading two really good books: The Hidden Life of Trees  by Peter Wohlleben and The Strange Case of the Broad Street Pump  by Sandra Hempel.  I will try to finish them and get reviews up next week. Both are excellent.  

I took my Scrap 9-Nine Patch quilt in to be machine quilted.  I'm not in any hurry to get it back and I know she is busy with things that people want finished before Christmas so I don't anticipate getting it back until after the first of the year. The baby boy quilt is almost cut out and I am looking forward to getting to work on it.  

We've had record warm weather here but a cool front is supposed to move through today.  We still have Monarchs in the milkweed and lantana beds.  I don't think we've ever seen them this late. Lots of Queens, Gulf fritillaries, and Cloudless Sulphurs.  We may take a drive down to Galveston Friday to do some birding if the weather is good. 

Going to lunch today with a group from the neighborhood.  We are all retired and like to get together about once a month.  

That's about it from OakMeadows where the cats eat Fancy Feast and the people are still eating leftovers.  

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

December Menu


December Menu

1. Leftovers
2. Out
3. Bacon Sandwiches, Oven Fries
4. Pancakes and Sausage
5. Baked Fish, Carrots/Thyme, Corn
6. Chicken-Rice Bake
7. Steak, GMP, GB
8. Leftovers 
9. Out
10. Stuffed Wieners, Corn
11. Slow Cooker Chicken
12. Shrimp Jambalaya 
13. Chicken Tenders, Beans, Cole Slaw
14. Pork Roast, Sweet Potatoes, Spinach
15. Leftovers
16. Out
17. Corned Beef Hash, Cream Style Corn
18. Schlotzsky's
19. Tuna Salad Sandwiches 
20. Chicken Parmesan 
21. Pizza
22. Leftovers
23. Las Vegas
24. Las Vegas
25. Las Vegas
26. Las Vegas
27. Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Toast
28. Seafood pasta
29. Spaghetti and Meatballs 
30. Leftovers
31. Out

Friday, November 25, 2016

Goals for the Week of November 27 - December 3, 2016

Spiritual 
     ABF/Church
     Daily Bible Reading
     Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales

Physical
     Healthy breakfast 
     32 oz. water daily
     Exercise DVD daily

Quilting -- I am finally going to get the baby boy quilt cut out!

Reading
     The Strange Case of the Broad Street Pump by Sandra Hempel
     The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

Cooking
      Veggie Soup
      Tuna Salad Sandwiches
      Chicken Casserole
      Spaghetti and Meatballs 

Home
     Take down autumn decorations
     Put out Christmas decorations

Personal
     Finally get over this aggravating cold.
     Make donation to Food Pantry 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Dressing


Dressing

Half a century ago when my husband and I were dating, we had Thanksgiving dinner with my family. It was the traditional turkey and dressing. It was the dressing my mother made every year and that's what dressing was to me.  Afterward, I asked Joe how he liked the turkey and dressing.  After much evasion, he finally admitted that he liked his mother's dressing better. I was sure that I was going to marry him in spite of his not knowing what proper dressing was.  So the next year we had Thanksgiving dinner with his family.  Oh my, my future MIL really did make a dressing that was way better.  I never got the complete recipe from her because she didn't make it from a recipe, she just put it all together and it was just perfect.  So here is the recipe for the dressing closest to hers that I have ever found. 

2 pans of cornbread 
2 pounds sausage (Owens regular)
4 cups chopped celery
3 cups chopped onion 
1 cup chopped bell pepper 
1/4 cup dried parsley
1 1/2 teaspoons rubbed savory
1 1/2 teaspoons dried sage
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 tablespoon salt (or less if you prefer)
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 can chicken broth
3 eggs, slightly beaten

1. Make cornbread, 2 pans. 
2. In a large skillet, brown the sausage. Lift out with a slotted spoon. 
3. In the pan drippings, sauté celery, onion, and bell pepper, until tender--about 8 minutes. 
4. After cornbread has cooled, crumble it into a very large pan. Add sausage, vegetables, savory, sage, parsley, thyme, salt and pepper.  Gradually, add broth and eggs, tossing and mixing thoroughly.  
5. Cover tightly with foil and bake at 350 for 1 1/2 hours.  Remove foil and bake another 15-20 minutes to form a nice brown top.