Monday, March 29, 2010

The Happy NewlyWeds

Bob & Fran Taylor

Baby Plants

Peppers, tomatoes, basil & eggplant (thus far....)

A Stop Along the Trip to My Mom's Wedding

Somewhere in the foothills of Georgia

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Another Beautiful Spring Morning

A sure sign of spring is the return of the ospreys. I've been awakened almost every night this week at 3AM to their mating cries. It finally stopped and peaceful nights have resumed.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Yes Man!

If you've seen the movie Yes Man, you'll appreciate where I've been coming from recently.
In the past 24 hours, I've had 3 social invitations, all of which I automatically have excuses to turn down.
What's up with that?
I complain that I am stuck in a rut and can't get out. Turns out, it's me keeping me in that rut. It's MY fault!
So, I'm going to make a conscious effort to put an end to this. Every time I feel like saying "no" to something, I am going to reevaluate it and try to determine why I am saying no. Is it a fear of trying new things? Of being inconvenienced or uncomfortable? Do I really think I don't get enough time to myself? Really??
(This will not mean I am changing my mind about any snow-based activities)

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Polenta Tex Mex Lasagne Casserole

Borrowing (stealing) Mr. Sutton's dinner creation description from last night, I concocted my own version. Layered polenta slices in bottom of casserole dish, layer of refried beans (fat free veg, of course!), then a layer of Rotel tomatoes with green chiles, and then a layer of sauteed (in sherry) onions, mushrooms and green peppers, followed by a repetition with the polenta, etc. Used topping from a Pumpkin and Black Bean Casserole that I printed from Fat Free Vegan's website last October that is no longer available for some strange reason, but is essentially:
(lite) soy milk, nutritional yeast, cornstarch, mustard powder, spanish paprika, and optional tahini *which I did use. Baked, covered, at 405 for 20 minutes and then uncovered for another 20 or so minutes. Tasted awesome.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Rachel & Mel Try My Pizza

A great time was had by all!!! They each brought wonderful wines. This one, Match Book, a fabulous one I hadn't had before.....

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

bombay braised cabbage with tofu, peas, and corn

From Lorna Sass's "Short-Cut Vegan' great taste in no time
Served over basmati rice
Last night was Posole, from the same cookbook (oil left out of both recipes)

Monday, March 1, 2010

Roasted Kale

Great snack as alternative to chips or popcorn!
Roast kale leaves at 350 for 15 minutes - lightly salt (and/or sprinkle nutritional yeast) - very good! According to web searches, it also stores well, but this didn't last long enough to test that.