This is where I get to say anything I feel like saying and you get to agree with me.
We will also share stories and chocolate if you have any.
Naps are also encouraged, if shopping is out of the question.


How to Cope .. When there is no Chocolate

Friday, November 14, 2014

Pizza ? on Naan ??

From a blog I was reading recently :


Naan Pesto Pizza
Ingredients:

  • 1 garlic naan (you can usually find this ingredient in the bread aisle)
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of pesto sauce
  • 6 tomato slices
  • 5-7 mushrooms
  • Sprigs of fresh basil
  • Chunks of fresh mozzarella

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Place the naan on a baking sheet. 
  • Spread the olive oil over the top of the garlic naan. Top the oil with the pesto sauce.
  • Place the tomatoes, mushrooms, basil, and mozzarella over the pesto sauce.
  • Place the baking sheet in the over for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the naan is slightly browned.
My weekend visitors might be my guinea pigs for this.
Or we will have Chinese food .. or Mom will make potatoes and eggs and tell them to eat and be quiet.

One never knows what will happen at the moment when there are hungry grown children and no culinary inspiration. So make Naan Pizza.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Grab the Clutch !


I used to hate carrying a clutch.  You are one handed when you carry a bag in your hand.
But These Days ... the clutch has some sort of strap usually and I find that I am not always needing a huge bag, just the keys and lipstick and oh ... a mirror and my wallet and maybe a piece of hard candy in case ones sugar levels drop and well, I don't need a huge bag anymore.

So from the Old Days when I would hit Saks 5th Avenue with my husband on the day after Christmas, I have a fine collection of Clutch handbags.
Right now I am carrying something new .. a Clutch that is also a wallet from Coach.
It is called a Wristlet . But it is the gathered leather that made me want it.
It is so interesting looking, I had to have it.
You know what I mean, I know you do.


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Spiders

I have spiders.
Big .. ugly .. brown ... obviously man eating and poisonous spiders.
They don't have to poison me, the sight of them will make my heart stop beating.

So I have had this Spider thing most of my life .. as long as I can remember, I am terrified of spiders.
Luckily for me, I was married to someone who had no qualms about smashing them and getting rid of the bodies. He would sometimes be a comic and make noises like the spider was fighting back or that the spider was begging for mercy. He was funny but he killed the spiders for me.

Now he is gone and the spiders found out.
They are visiting every day.
Tonight.. just a few minutes ago ... I almost put my hand down on one, in the kitchen, on the counter .. where there should have only been white tile, there it was  .. ugly thing. . now a dead thing but do you know how hard it was to kill ????
I sprayed it with Windex.
The damn thing is very shiny and squeaky clean but kept coming !!!
So I drowned it and then I smashed it then I smothered it.

It is now a mummy wrapped in Saran Wrap.

I am saving it for the Exterminator who will not have the excuse of not knowing what kind of spider to aim for.

I want to go live in a bubble. A nice pest free bubble with the kitten.
shuddering .. ugh ... I hate spiders.

I had a photo from google but I can't stand having it here on my blog .. ugh ... ugh ... ugh ..!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Life in the Country .. what to wear ??

With all the things that happened to my life this past year, I have had a very lax way of thinking about what to wear and how I look.
Of course, I still wash my hair and wear makeup and perfume and dress nicely ( better than the average around here, due to the lack of country clothes and overabundance of city clothes) ..
I do wear skinny jeans and Chanel quilted work boots ... funky but nice.

But I don't and as my husband had told me once, I will never blend in.
Funnily, I blended in pretty well in Buenos Aires. As long as I did not speak.
I had people coming up to me all the time, in Spanish or English, asking me for directions.
I was so flattered, half the time I wanted to walk them to their destination, I was so happy to be taken for a PorteƱo ..

Now I look like a Weekender. . . or a foreigner ... someone who obviously did not grow up here..
Apparently someone who still does not know her way around and has no idea what to wear .
My dressed down is generally the dressed up for this area.

I don't see people in the street like you do in the city, so I have no idea what to wear some days.
The lady next door goes out in a blizzard with a sweater on so I can't go by her.
All the men I see around here are hearty and wear things like lumberjacks wear or outdoor workers.

All this leads to the fact that I have to 1- move somewhere that I will blend in  2- buy some new country clothes..
Personally I like option number 1 but I think 2 might be the one I will have to take.
Although. I am keeping my mind open .. if there was the right offer, the right place to go to .. I am willing.

So I look at online websites where people in the street are featured or magazines that have people in the countryside ... what are they wearing ?

It is like having homework but no one will grade it.
Got to get back to studying.

Don't feel sorry for me though, this is the kind of study that I excel at . And I do want to blend in .. sort of.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Soup

COCONUT BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP WITH RICE
recipe type: Soup
prep time:  
cook time:  
total time:  
serves: 4
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 large butternut squash (about 2 lbs)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, grated
  • 1½ teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped plus more for garnish
  • 1 15 oz can of light coconut milk
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ cup jasmine rice
  • ½ tablespoon butter
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Cut butternut squash in half lengthwise. Peel both halves, remove seeds, 
  2. then cut the round bottom off each half (where the seeds start). 
  3. Chop the long neck part of the squash into 1 inch square pieces.
  4. Bring a little water to a boil in a medium sized pot. 
  5. Place a colander with the squash bottoms in them on 
  6. top of the boiling water, cover with a lid, and steam the squash
  7.  for about 15 minutes. 
  8. This will later be mashed and used to thicken the soup.
  9. In a different large pot, heat sesame oil. 
  10. Add chopped squash, onion, garlic, and ginger and 
  11. cook until onions are translucent.
  12. Stir in crushed red pepper, turmeric, and cilantro. 
  13. Next add coconut milk and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, 
  14. and simmer for 20 minutes.
  15. When steamed squash is done, transfer to a food processor. 
  16. Add ½ a cup of liquid from the soup and puree until smooth. 
  17. Once soup has simmered, stir pureed squash into pot.
  18. In a small pot, cook rice. 
  19. Once rice is cooked mix with butter.
  20. Serve soup over rice with a s little bit of lime juice 
  21. and some extra cilantro on top.
From Tastespotting : Things I Made Today