Saturday, June 24, 2017

June Thoughts

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.
     Mahatma Gandhi

June Poetry

In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.
I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown up people's feet
Still going past me in the street.
And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?

Robert Louis Stevenson, Bed in Summer

Friday, June 23, 2017

Goals for the Week of June 25 - July 1, 2017

     Spiritual Reading

     Exercise DVD 
     Healthy Snacks

     Work on strips for scrap Quilt 

    A Thousand Days by Arthur Schlesinger 
     Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave 
     The Sum of Small Things by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett 
     Delivering the Truth by Edith Maxwell

     Saturday -- CB Hash, CSC, Veggie Tray
      Sunday-- Slow Cooker Chicken Stew
      Monday-- Tuna Salad
      Tuesday -- Oven BBQ Chicken, Beans, Cole Slaw
      Wednesday -- Spaghetti and Meatballs 
      Thursday-- Leftovers 
      Friday -- Out
      Lemon Sours 

     Put out July 4th decorations 

     Trip to Kimball Museum in Fort Worth

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Sent an email through the Sierra Club website to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, opposing the elimination of protection of the Bears Ears National Monument. 

Sent emails to Senators Cornyn and Cruz and Rep. Pete Olson opposing the elimination of protection of the Bears Ears National Monument. 

Sent email to Senator Mitch McConnell opposing the secret dealings on healthcare. 

Sent thank you to Senator Kamala Harris for her tenacious, focused questioning in Sessions' hearing. She persisted!!

Sent a thank you note to Rep. Mike Quigley for sponsoring the COVFEFE Act which will make a permanent record of Presidential tweets. 

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Called Senators Cornyn and Cruz and left message opposing closed door discussion of the AHCA. 

Sent thank you to D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine and MD Attorney General Brian Frosh for filing a lawsuit against the president for emoluments violations.

đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Called and left message with Senators Cornyn and Cruz urging them to oppose S335 which would relax federal oversight and allow corporations to extract natural resources from our public lands. 

June Poetry

A something in a summer's Day
As slow her flambeau burn away
Which solemnizes me.
A something in a summer's noon --
A depth -- an Azure -- a perfume --
Transcending ecstasy.
And still within a summer's night
A something so transporting bright
I clap my hands to see --
Then veil my too inspecting face
Let's such a subtle -- shimmering grace
Flutter too far for me --
The wizard fingers never rest --
The purple brook within the breast
Still chafes it's narrow bed --
Still rears the East its amber Flag --
Guides still the sun along the Crag
His Caravan of Red --
So looking on -- the night -- the morn
Conclude the wonder gay --
And I meet, coming thro' the dews
Another Summer's Day.

Emily Dickinson, A Something in a Summer's Day

June Thoughts

Here is your country.  Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children.  Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.

Theodore Roosevelt

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day

My Father, Capt. William Hart

My father was in the Merchant Marines during World War II. He made the North Atlantic run to keep Britain supplied and to deliver tanks to the Soviets.  He never, ever said a word about his service during the war. It was only after his death that I discovered a Presidential Citation for his rescuing seamen whose ship had been torpedoed. He never said a word. 

Goals for Week of June 20-26, 2017

     Spiritual Reading 

     Exercise DVD
     Healthy Breakfast

     Finish strips for Scrap Quilt

     A Thousand Days by Arthur Schlesinger 
     The Sum of Small Things by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett
     Delivering the Truth by Edith Maxwell

     Slow Cooker Beef-Noodle Soup
     Schwan's Popcorn Shrimp, Oven Fries, Corn on the Cob
     Stir-Fry Chicken Lo-Mein
     Beef Pot Pies
     Applesauce Raisin Spice Cake

     Buy new faucet for kitchen sink

     Tuesday-Routine Dental cleaning
     đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

More Butterflies

These are photos from our trip to the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Tx last December.  I love the Rio Grande Valley especially in the winter. 

Around OakMeadows

One of our (well fed) resident raccoons. 

We met T&C at the Cheesecake Factory for dinner yesterday. Then TSMR came home with us and spent the night. We came home and read a bit and then went to bed early as we were all tired.  TSMR was so tired that she went back to bed this morning for a morning nap. 

This morning Angie was outside with JMM but when he came inside, she was no where  to be found. Evidently, Angie had seen some joggers go by on the street in of our house and decided to go jogging with them. All three of us went searching for her and found her way down the street.  She was happy to see us and to come back home with us but it was a good lesson to us that she needs to be on a leash.

TSMR and JMM went to see Wonder Woman and both enjoyed it. I liked it but not enough to see it again.

The summer heat is settling in. Our electric bill was only $99 last month but it will be twice that this month. No complaints -- thank goodness for air conditioning!!

The butterfly garden is spectacular, especially the milkweed. The lantana isn't blooming as much but everything else is gorgeous. We have had more Swallowtails, especially the Giant Swallowtail and the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, than we have ever had. And the Monarchs! At least 8-10 every day. 

I am taking a news fast for a few days. I just want to focus on how beautiful things are. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

June Cooking

This recipe originally called for kale, but kale is just too tough for salad.  IMHO. Also, it called for only 1/4 cup feta cheese and that is just not enough feta.  IMHO. It is almost fresh peach season here in Texas and I can hardly wait!!

Grilled Peach and Apricot Salad with Spinach and Prosciutto 

1 bunch baby spinach
Kosher salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
1-2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 oz. Prosciutto, thinly sliced
4 peaches, halved
4 apricots, halved
Vegetable oil for brushing
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Crusty bread, for serving

1. Heat the grill to medium-high.  Tear spinach leaves into bite size pieces and place in a large salad bowl.  Whisk together oil and lemon juice, set aside. Tear or cut Prosciutto into bite sized pieces, set aside. 

2. When the grill is hot, brush the peaches and apricots with vegetable oil and grill, cut side down until deeply caramelized, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate. 

3. Toss the spinach with the dressing and the feta. Add the Prosciutto, followed by the peaches and apricots, letting the juices seep in. If there are any extra juices on the plate, add those too. 

Enjoy with crusty bread. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

June Thoughts

A nation that destroys its soil destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.

Franklin Roosevelt

June Poetry

It's beautiful the Summer month of June
When all of God's own wildflowers are in bloom
And sun shine brightly most part of the day
And butterflies o'er lush meadows play.

Lighthearted skylark songster of the wing
High o'er the quiet and lonely moorland sing
Above her nest cloaked by the tangled heath
Her charming song so exquisitely sweet.

So mellow the gentle breath of June day breeze
The birds rejoicing on the leafy trees
And dappled trout in dappled bed of the stream
Bask in the sun, their spotted skins agleam.

Francis Dugan, June 

Goals for Week of June 11-17, 2017

     Spiritual Reading

     32 oz. water daily
     Exercise DVD

Quilting-- Work on Scrap Quilt top 

     The American War by Omar El Akkad
     Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
     The Transition Handbook by Rob Hopkins
     Saturday -- Macaroni and Cheese 
Sunday-- Slow Cooker Beef
Monday-- Schwan's Popcorn Shrimp, Oven Fries, CoC
Tuesday -- Chicken-Sausage Casserole
Wednesday -- HB Pie
Thursday-- Leftovers 
Friday -- Out

     DD comes for a visit
     Father's Day at House of Pies (early)
     Angie bath and trip to vet

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Around OakMeadows

I had a lovely recipe for a grilled peach salad and Blogger ate it. It was there and then it was gone. So instead, I will show you the photos of my latest Sampler Quilt which Blogger wouldn't let me post last week. Oh well, just go with the flow. 

We went to see Wonder Woman. Actually, JMM dragged me to it because I do not like comic books, much less movies about comic book characters. I was all settled in to be miserable and possibly to take a nap through it but to my absolute amazement, it was really good. Nice story, good characters, fun. Worth seeing. 

Lots and lots of rain. No complaints though, I'd rather have the rain than a drought. The butterfly garden is gorgeous and lots of butterflies, especially Monarchs, Queens, and Swallowtails. Unfortunately, following the rain come the mosquitoes.  

I finished reading two really interesting books. I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong and Miller's Valley by Anna Quindlen. Now I am reading Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave. So far, so good. 

That's all the news from OakMeadows where the dog is happy and the cats are biding their time. 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

June Thoughts

The journey is what brings us happiness not the destination.” 
― Dan MillmanWay of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives

Well, Damn. Just Damn.

I just read Ronni Bennett's blog, Time Goes By.  She is just home from the hospital with a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. I'm too upset to say any more.

Friday, June 2, 2017

June Poetry

Mine is the Month of Roses, yes, and mine
The Month of Marriages! All pleasant sights
And scents, the fragrance of the blossoming vine,
The foliage of the valleys and the heights.
Mine are the longest day, the loveliest nights;
The mower's scythe makes music to my ear;
I am the mother of all dear delights;
I am the fairest daughter of the year.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Goals for the Week June 4-10, 2017

     Spiritual Reading

     Exercise DVD

     Finish Scrap Quilt top

    A Thousand Days by Arthur Schlesinger 
     Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
     Finks by Joel Whitney

     Baked Fish, Oven Fries, GB
     Chicken-Rice Bake
     Beef Pot Pie 
     Chicken Lo-Mien

     Clean Garage Windows

     Resistance. Every. Day. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017


đŸ”¥Resistance. Every. Day.đŸ”¥

Contacted Justice Department online to oppose Sessions' tougher sentences for low level drug offenders as a waste of money and lives. 

Sent Thank You to Senator Lindsey Graham for suggesting penalties for Russia's aggression. 

Sent Thank You to Rep. Walter Jones for signing discharge petition in support of releasing 45's tax returns. 

Thank you notes to Senator Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Adam Kinzinger for calling for and independence commission or special prosecutor. 

Called Rep. Pete Olson, Senator Ted Cruz, and Senator John Cornyn to express my concerns about ICE. This agency needs oversight and accountability and clear deportation priorities. 

Sent emails to Rep. Pete Olson, Senator John Cornyn, and Senator Ted Cruz expressing my concern about the integrity of our leadership. Jeff Sessions failed to reveal meetings with Russian diplomats during his security screening process. I would like my Representative and Senators to join with Senator Schumer and Rep. Lieu in calling for his resignation. 

Called Rep. Olson, Senator Cornyn, and Senator Cruz to oppose A/G Jeff Sessions stricter penalties for low level drug offenders as a waste of money and totally ineffective as a deterrent. I would like support for S.1127 / HR 2435 to give judges more leeway and authority in sentencing. 

(BTW, I have always been able to at least speak to someone at Rep. Olson's office but I have never once gotten through to a person at either Senator Cornyn or Senator Cruz's office, always leave a message.)

Thank you note to Rep Walter Jones (R-NC) for voting for the release of 45’s tax returns. Americans appreciate you voting for transparency rather than party. 

Thank you note to NY AG Eric Schneiderman for taking Exxon to task. Corporations that are complicit in global warming should be held accountable. 

Thank you note to Chellie Pingree (D-ME) for reminding Sec. Zinke that 45 does not have jurisdiction over national monuments; Congress does. Thank you for your advocacy for America’s people, monuments, and wild places

Thank you note to Mark Meadows (R-NC) for his understanding of the risks facing Americans with pre-existing conditions. Thank you for honoring the memory of your sister and father in your advocacy for affordable healthcare for all Americans.

Around OakMeadows

Around OakMeadows 

Our sweet Angie has settled in just like she was meant to be here. We've found a food that she likes and is good for her. She pees and poos outside. She loves to go in the van or with JMM in the truck. While the cats are not pleased with this new invader, everyone is respectful of the other's space. 

JMM and I celebrated our 49th wedding anniversary with DD and DSIL at Taste of Texas as we usually do. But for once, instead of steak, I had the salmon and it was probably the best I've ever had. But everything at Taste of Texas is just wonderful. Next year I hope we will be in Yellowstone for our anniversary. 

I got my Sampler Quilt back from being machine quilted. I will post a photo when Blogger decides to cooperate. My current Scrap Quilt has come to a screeching halt because I don't like the way it is going together. My 3 choices are: 1. Just do it and get it done, like it or not. 2. Rip it down to the pieces where it starts to get weird. 3. Trash the whole thing and start again (which I know that I really won't do.) decisions, decisions. 

I finished Miller's Valley by Anna Quindlen. It was excellent, one of those books that just gets better and better, the farther you get into it. I'm almost finished with I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong. It is about symbiosis between bacteria and its hosts. Another excellent book that gives one a real appreciation for bacteria. 

Our butterfly garden is in full bloom and we are still having more Monarchs than ever before. We have had 4 different species of Swallowtails. They are so big and so gorgeous that I am just dazzled by them. Lots of the usual birds--barn swallows are on their second nesting, cardinals, blue jays, collared Doves. We've had lots of rain so the wildflowers in the back two acres have been extra nice this year. 

We are planning a trip later this month to the Kimball Museum in Fort Worth to see an Impressionist exhibit. 

I'm still doing my Resistance cards, calls, and emails 5 days a week. Have no idea if I'm making any difference at all but it might and it makes me feel better than just weeping and wringing my hands.  Nevertheless, she persisted...

That's all the news from OakMeadows where the people love the dog and the cats...don't. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

June Menu

June Menu

1. Leftovers 
2. Out
3. Bacon Sandwiches, Oven Fries
4. Slow Cooker Chicken
5. Baked Fish, Carrots/Thyme, Cole Slaw
6. Chicken-Rice Bake, Salad
7. Steak, GMP, GB
8. Leftovers 
9. Out
10. Mac and Cheese
11. Pancakes and Canadian Bacon 
12. Shrimp Jambalaya 
13. Chicken and Snow Peas Stir Fry
14. HB Pie
15. Leftovers 
16. Out
17. Scrambled Eggs, Canadian Bacon, Toast
18. Slow Cooker Beef
19. Tuna Salad
20. Oven Baked Chicken Tenders, Sweet Potato, Salad
21. Pizza
22. Leftovers
23. Out
24. CB Hash, CSC, Veggie tray
25. Veggie Soup
26. Schwan's Popcorn Shrimp, Schwan's Oven Roasted Veggies
27. Oven BBQ Chicken, Beans, Cole Slaw
28. Spaghetti and Meatballs, Salad
29. Leftovers 
30. Out 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Memorial Days to come

On this Memorial Day let us pause to think of those who are still living but will be maimed or killed in the coming years and decades in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, et al. Let us think of all the children who will spend their lives without that parent so that the government in Afghanistan stays in power. Let us think of the widows and widowers who lost the love of their life so that Libya and Somalia are free of despotism. Let us think of the parents who will bury a child in pursuit of democracy in Iraq.  Let us carefully consider and count the cost of what we are doing. 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

May Thoughts

People use drugs, legal and illegal, because their lives are intolerably painful or dull. They hate their work and find no rest in their leisure. They are estranged from their families and their neighbors. It should tell us something that in healthy societies drug use is celcbrative, convivial and occasional, whereas among us, it is lonely, shameful, and addictive. We need drugs, apparently, because we have lost each other. 

Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Around OakMeadows

Around OakMeadows 

We have a new family member. She is a little 8.8 pound part Maltese who (I believe) was dumped in our subdivision. She was dirty and in need of a haircut but very friendly and very people oriented. I found her in the street by the mailbox and she willingly came inside for food, water, and a bath. We took her to the vet the next day and found that she has been spayed and has a chip. We contacted the chip company's register and got 2 phone numbers and an address. All attempts to contact them failed as the phones were not working and the house was empty. She is a sweet, happy little girl and we are so pleased to have found her. The cats...are not so pleased...

Last night we had a bad storm move through. Although we didn't lose any shingles off the roof, we had quite a bit of tree damage. JMM has been out all morning with the power saw cutting up broken limbs. The huge acacia and one of the elms were badly damaged. The big oaks were not harmed.  The wind was as bad and maybe a bit worse than during Hurricane Ike. And we had some pea sized hail. But all is well and just a bit of cleanup is needed. 

That's about all the news from OakMeadows where the people are happy with the new dog and the cats are thoroughly p.o.

Monday, May 22, 2017

June Cooking - Salad

Grilled Peach and Apricot Salad with Spinach and Prosciutto
(Serves 4)

1 bunch baby spinach
Kosher salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
1-2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 ounces prosciutto, thinly sliced
4 peaches, halved
4 apricots, halved
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Crusty bread for serving

1. Heat the grill to medium-high. While the grill heats, tear spinach into bite sized pieces and place in a large salad bowl. Whisk together olive oil and lemon juice. Cut prosciutto into bite sized pieces and set both aside. 

2. When the grill is hot, brush peaches and apricots very lightly with vegetable oil. Grill cut side down, until deeply caramelized, about 5 minutes. Transfer to plate. 

3. Toss the spinach with the dressing and feta. Add the prosciutto, followed by the still hot peaches and apricots, letting their juices seep into the spinach. If there are any juices left on the plate, add those too. Enjoy with crusty bread. 

May Cooking - Salad

Shaved Asparagus with Burrata, Radish, and Cucumber
(Serves 2)

8 ounces asparagus 
6 ounces radishes, thinly sliced
6 ounces cucumber, finely diced 
4 ounces Burrata
Microgreens for the top
Crusty bread, for serving

Lime vinaigrette 
1 tablespoon White balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice, plus more if needed
1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest
5 tablespoons olive oil
3 stalks garlic ramps, minced  
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Snap off the bottoms and tips of the asparagus. Using a vegetable peeler, shave the spears lengthwise. 

2. To make the vinaigrette, in a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, lime juice, and lime zest. Gradually whisk in the olive oil until smooth. Stir in the green garlic and season with salt and pepper. 

3. Divide the asparagus, radishes, and cucumber between two plates. Dollop the Burrata, drizzle the vinaigrette, and scatter the microgreens. Serve with crusty bread. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

May Thoughts

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr., A Testament of Hope

Resistance. Every. Day.


Email to Senators Cornyn and Cruz: Please sign the FY 2018 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) Dear Appropriator letters. These programs amount to more than $210 million in federal funding for libraries and protecting them has never been more necessary.

Thank you note to Senator John McCain for opposing the firing of James Comey and for advocating for a select committee to investigate 45. 

Thank you note to Senator Patty Murray for stating the obvious: It matters to have women at the table regarding healthcare. 

Called Rep. Olson, Senators Cruz and Cornyn opposing the new, federal Commission on Election Integrity as an unnecessary huge waste of taxpayer money. 

Wrote note to Senator Mitch McConnell reminding him that 51% of the population is female, 37% is non-white,19% has a disability, and 3% is LGBT. A healthcare committee of all white males could harm those excluded from the conversation. 

Wrote a thank you note to Senator Susan Collins thanking her for her work on alternate healthcare plans and for reaching out to moderate Democrats. 

Registered my opposition at the EPA website to allowing any tolerances to the toxic chemical chlorpyrifos because it is a neurotoxin and causes birth defects. 

Sent thank you post cards to Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Susan Collins for voting against the repeal of methane gas emissions protections. 

Sent thank you to Senator Lisa Murkowski for supporting an independence investigation following the firing of FBI Director Comey. 

Sent a thank you to Senator Mike Lee for questioning the value of A/G Sessions plans for tougher sentencing for drug-related crimes. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

May Poetry

Tis like the birthday of the world,
When earth was born in bloom;
The light is made of many dyes,
The air is all perfume:
There's crimson buds, and white and blue,
The very rainbow showers
Have turned to blossoms where they fell,
And sown the earth with flowers."
-  Thomas Hood

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Goals for the Week of May 21 - 27, 2017

     Spiritual Reading 

     Exercise DVD daily
     32 oz. water daily

Quilting -- Finally finish Scrap Quilt top
                Pick up Sampler Quilt

     I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong
     The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck 

     Scrambled Eggs, Canadian Bacon, Toast
     Veggie Soup, Sourdough Toast
     Tuna Salad Sandwiches
     Schwan's Chicken Pot Pies
     Cutlets, GMP, GB

     Clean garage windows and blinds
     Put up summer door wreath
     Finish planting corner garden

     Lunch with P&W&C&B 
     Duffy to vet
     Angie to groomer

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Option B by Sheryl Sandberg

Two years ago, while on vacation in Mexico, Sheryl's husband, Dave, unexpectedly died while exercising.  Suddenly, she was a widow with two young children. This book is really two books. It is the story of how she worked through the fog and the grief with the help of family and friends. It is also about how we, as a friend, as a community, as an organization, can support each other in times of overwhelming tragedy and the ensuing grief. 
It is definitely a book worth reading because at some time, we all are buffeted by the hard winds of life

May Poetry

The air is like a butterfly
With frail blue wings.
The happy earth looks at the sky
And sings."
-  Joyce Kilmer, Spring

Friday, May 12, 2017

Resistance. Every. Day.

I called the White House message line and expressed my disapproval of the unconstitutional executive order allowing religious organizations to endorse and donate to political candidates 

I sent a thank you to Mike Pence (never thought I'd do that!) for leaving Planned Parenthood in the omnibus budget bill. 

I sent a post card to Paul Ryan's home address shaming him for the AHCA. 

Called and left voice mail for Senators Cornyn and Cruz to support an independent investigation of the Trump campaign ties to Russia. 

Called Rep. Pete Olson's office to urge support for independent investigation of Trump campaign ties to Russia. 

Wrote a note to Sec. of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to oppose his plans to make school lunches less healthy. 

 I wrote a note to HUD Sec. Ben Carson stating my support for safe, clean, adequate housing for all citizens and that I was appalled to think anyone, much less the Secretary of HUD, would find anything less acceptable. 

I called again today the offices of Senator Cruz, Senator Cornyn, and Rep. Olson to urge their support for an independent investigation into the Trump campaign ties to Russia. 

I wrote a thank you note to Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) for publicly opposing the revised ACHA plan, that would "severely harm the health and lives" of her constituents. Putting people over party makes a great leader.

I tried to contact Senators Cruz and Cornyn but could not get through. Nevertheless, I will persevere and continue to call. 

May Goals

     Spiritual Reading 

     Exercise DVD 
     Salad for lunch 3x

Quilting -- Finish Scrap Quilt top

     I Contain Millions by Ed Yong
     Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
     The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

      Macaroni and Cheese, Corn
      Pancakes and Canadian Bacon 
      Popcorn Shrimp and Oven Fries
      Chicken Parmigiana 
      Schwan's Beef Stir Fry


     Resistance Every Day

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Around OakMeadows

Around OakMeadows 

I made a dreadful mistake when I didn't insist on my daughter becoming a veterinarian. To make a long story short the cat at the vet today cost $970. Yes, he is worth every penny of it but still, if I had a daughter who was a veterinarian, she would most likely have given me a price break. Cat is recovering nicely but we are exhausted. 

My quilt top is progressing very slowly but I am pleased with it so far.  I hope to finish it up this week. 

I have 3 good books going right now: Option B by Sheryl Sandberg, I Contain Multitudes  by Ed Yong, and Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman. They are all very different but very good.  

The Orange One fires the FBI Director who is investigating him. Hmmm .

That's all the news from OakMeadows where the cats are resting and recuperating and so are the people. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

May Cooking -- Lemonade Muffins

Lemonade Muffins 
Makes 12 muffins These tender muffins get a bright kick from frozen lemonade concentrate, giving them a wonderful, if very sweet, flavor. Don’t use sugar-free brands, made with artificial sweeteners, or the muffins won’t rise very well. 
Nonstick spray or paper muffin cups 
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
 1/3 cup sugar 
2 teaspoons baking soda 
1 teaspoon baking powder 
½ teaspoon salt 
1 large egg, at room temperature 
¼ cup buttermilk (regular or low-fat) 
One 12-ounce can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed 
6 tablespoons (¾ stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled 
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest 

1. Position the rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 400°F. To prepare the muffin tins, spray the indentations and the rims around them with nonstick spray, or line the indentations with paper muffin cups. If using silicon muffin tins, spray as directed, then place them on a baking sheet. 
2. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl until well combined. Set aside. 
3. In a large bowl, whisk the egg and buttermilk until well blended. Whisk in the lemonade concentrate, melted butter, and lemon zest until smooth. Stir in the prepared flour mixture until moistened—do not overmix. 
4. Fill the prepared tins three-quarters full. Use additional greased tins or small, oven-safe, greased ramekins for any leftover batter, or reserve the batter for a second baking. Bake for 18 minutes, or until the muffins have lightly browned, flat tops and a toothpick inserted in the center of one muffin comes out with a crumb or two attached.
 5. Set the pan on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Gently rock each muffin back and forth to release it from the tin. Cool them for 5 minutes more on the rack before serving. If storing or freezing the muffins, allow them to cool completely before sealing in an airtight container or in freezer-safe plastic bags. The muffins will stay fresh for up to 24 hours at room temperature or up to 1 month in the freezer. 

Lemon Glazed Lemonade Muffins: Top the cooled muffins with Lemon Drizzle. 

Limeade Muffins: Substitute limeade concentrate for the lemonade concentrate and lime zest for the lemon zest. 
Raspberry Lemonade Muffins: Gently fold ½ cup raspberries into the batter just after adding the flour mixture. 
Strawberry Lemonade Muffins: Hull and thinly slice 8 large strawberries (about ½ pint). Add them along with the lemon zest. 

Lemon Drizzle 

Makes about 1/3 cup, enough for 12 muffins 
Acid keeps sugar from crystallizing, so the lemon juice in this recipe keeps the sugar in a semi-liquid form. It’s perfect for drizzling designs on the tops of baked muffins. 
¾ cup confectioners’ sugar 
1 tablespoon lemon juice 
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest 

1. Stir the confectioners’ sugar, lemon juice, and zest in a small bowl until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is smooth. Set aside for 15 minutes to firm up a bit. 

2. Drizzle approximately 1 teaspoon on top of each cooled, baked muffin. Alternatively, dip the cooled muffin tops into the drizzle, allow all the excess to drip back off, then turn the muffin right side up and allow the drizzle to set.