Monday, September 1, 2014

September Cooking 1


September Menu

Coconut Banana Muffins

1.  Baked Fish, Carrots/thyme, cabbage
2.  Farmhouse Chicken and Corn Chowder SCR p.10
3.  Spaghetti and Meatballs
4.  Leftovers
5.  Olive Garden
6.  Bacon sandwiches, Oven fries, Veggie tray 
7.  Schlotzsky's 
8.  Fish chowder
9.  Chicken and Snow Peas Stir Fry
10. Meatloaf, GMP, GB 
11. Leftovers
12. Texas Roadhouse
13. Bacon sandwiches, Oven Fries, Veggie tray 
14. Schlotzsky's 
15. Baked Fish, Carrots/thyme, Corn on the Cob
16. Chicken-Rice Bake
17. Beef and Bok Choy
18. Leftovers
19. Papasito's 
20. Bacon sandwiches, Oven fries, Veggie tray
21. Schlotzsky's 
22. Tuna sandwiches
23. Fruited Chicken Salad
24. Spaghetti and Meatballs
25. Leftovers
26. Luby's 
27. Bacon sandwiches, Oven fries, Veggie tray
28. Schlotzsky's 
29. Shrimp Jambalaya 
30. Chicken stew with Sausage and White Beans

Saturday, August 30, 2014


it's a smile, it's a kiss, it's a sip of wine ... it's summertime!”
― Kenny Chesney

Saturday Poetry

Antichromatic by Pamela Alexander

A few people had gone out to see if the trees
were still there, and they were, which made us feel safe
for a moment. Then they said (panting, because the had hurried)
that the trees were no longer lit by sunlight
on their tops and sides, nor were they green any more. 
We knew that the animals has left long ago, quietly,
species by species, the way they board the Ark
in the ancient story. What we didn't know, hadn't seen
with our color vision and convolutions
of our blue-grey brains, was when the birds left---
the toucans and yellow parrots, the cockatoos
and scissor-tailed fly-catchers--they took all the colors. 
Of course we should have known, we told each other,
it's reasonable, they had the most to lose.  Then
we didn't know what to do. 


1. Spiritual
     Daily Reading

2. Physical
     Healthy Lunch and afternoon snack
     Exercise 14 minutes 6 times

3. Quilting - Make lattice corner blocks

4. Reading
    The Guns at Last Light by Rick Atkinson
     The Catalan Family Saga by Lewis Weinstein
     Poor Economics by Abhijit Banerjee

5. Cooking
     Farmhouse Chicken and Corn Chowder
     Spaghetti and Meatballs
     Baked fish, Carrots/thyme, Cabbage
     Banana and Coconut muffins

6. Home/Garden

7. Personal


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Around OakMeadows

The barn swallows are gone, left yesterday.  it is kind of lonely out on the back porch with no swallows zooming in and out burbling their chatter to each other. We had 18 baby swallows that survived and fledged from 3 nests this year. The last nest produced only 2 fledglings. But on the whole a pretty successful year. I wish them a safe trip to their winter home.

The departure of the barn swallows means about 10 days before the migrating hummingbirds start arriving.  I have only 1 feeder up right now but can put up 3 more if needed.  Sometimes they arrive in crowds and sometimes in small groups.  We have had stragglers until mid-October. 

No camera until this Friday so an old photo.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Cooking August 4


Texas Chicken Tortilla Soup 
3 Tablespoons butter
½ cup oil, divided
1 onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 carrots, chopped
6 ribs celery, chopped
5 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut in bite size pieces
1 teaspoon each: ground cumin, chili powder, salt, & pepper
1 teaspoon red pepper sauce
½ cup flour
1 can Rotel tomatoes
3 cans chicken broth
8 corn tortillas, cut into slices
Grates cheddar cheese 
Heat butter and ¼ cup oil in large kettle over medium-high heat.  Add onion, garlic, carrots, celery, and chicken.  Cook about 10 minutes, stirring frequently.  Stir in cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, pepper sauce, & flour. Add tomatoes and chicken broth.  Simmer 1 ½ hours. 
Just before serving, brown tortilla strips in ¼ cup hot oil until crisp; drain on a paper towel.
To serve, place tortilla strips in the bottom of bowls, cover with soup, top with grated cheese.
Makes about 8 servings.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Meditation August 4

“Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.” 

Yoko Ono