Moroccan Tagine with Sweet Potatoes and Yum

I’m one of those people who just loves to collect stuff for the kitchen. Anything from orange peelers to woks to decorative pots… Sadly, I’m limited by the size of my kitchen. GEEZ. When we moved to this house, the kitchen was about 50% smaller than the previous one, so I had to selectively discard…

2014 is the new cool

I wasn’t sure how to write this post… Or if I would. For obvious reasons, 2013 kinda sucked for me. Everything changed. But putting that aside, I made myself focus on the good things – because that’s all that really should matter, right? So here’s my list of the great things from 2013: – I’m…

The Holiday Grinch

This year, we didn’t put up the big tree – it was all the way in the back of the attic, and had a bajillion boxes in front of it because we thought we were already going to have moved by now, so had packed up half the house already. Anyway, we still needed something……

Merry Festivus!

Elvis singing Christmas songs – it’s the epitome of this holiday season. It’s not Christmas unless Elvis is with us. 🙂 This year, it’s just M and me; we decided not to travel, and stay home. Try to find new traditions, maybe revamp some old ones. I’ll be working on the Czech Christmas cookies today…

A Trip to Napa

M’s birthday was this past weekend, and we decided to head to Napa for a few days! Hence my not posting anything for a while – we were too busy enjoying the sun and warmth! We found a lovely house through VRBO to rent, and it was up in the mountains, about 20 minutes east…

Red Lentil Stew of Deliciousness

It’s brrrrocious outside! And with the heater going 24/7 inside, I wake up each morning with a scratchy throat. By the end of the day, I’m always chilled and ready to get back under the covers. So what’s a gal to do? Make a big pot of comforting, warm soup, that’s what! Looking in the…

The Breathtaking Sunset

The sunset after a long walk this past weekend. A stop to sit and watch was called for. The picture doesn’t do it justice – especially since in person, Mt. Rainier is much larger and seems to just hover over the skyline. But, this is the best I could do with panorama mode on my…

At the Riding Center

Another cold day!! It reached maybe 29 degrees outside?? I know some of you are like, “pshaw! 29? That’s warm compared to <insert insanely cold temp here that is <29deg>!” To which I will reply, “Umm, that’s uninhabitable. 29 is uninhabitable. Why am I not in Hawaii?” Alas, I’m not in Hawaii, and with my…

Fancy Pants Smoked Salmon Crostini

After salivating over the previous “how to smoke your own salmon” post, you might be wondering how best to serve the lovely fish. Well, I’m always a fan of the eat-it-straight-from-the-bag method, but sometimes you want something … more. Well, look no further! Fancy pants is here to save the day. We had an early…

Horsies, Day 1

Yesterday was a good day. I showed up to get my horse ready – today it was Gigi. She’s a sweet girl, and sports an awesome mohawk (as you can see in the pic!). The picture is from after the lesson, during lunch time, so hence her not paying me much attention, but she did…

Volunteering

HORSES!! I have always loved horses. They are magical creatures with an incredible ability to heal. I grew up only riding horses every now and then – on vacations and such. But every time I’d see one, I’d smile. I’ve always wanted to do more, learn more about them. Since getting laid off, and our…

Down Home Country Cookin’

M has NEVER liked collard greens. I was sad about this, as I always liked a good, pork-ful, slow-braised collard green. Since the CSA delivered a couple bunches of collards in the last week of delivery, I decided to go all in and make a full meal of collards, blackened fish, and black-eyed peas, hoping…

Pickles and Kimchi

Winter time is when you get out the flannel comfy pants and sheets, and say goodbye to the mass amounts of fresh produce. The CSA’s stop delivering, some of the local farmer’s markets close up until next year, and it’s the time to batten down the hatches and hole up for a few months. Right…

Not Today

Here’s what it’s like to live with an invisible disability. An article I found today where the author describes living with IBD. It’s a raw, honest look into how life can be when you look/act “normal” most of the time, but you have an incurable disease, which is apparently considered a disability. The author shares…