Is it just me or does it really seem like time moves at a faster pace, after you pass 40?
For those of you who haven’t reached and waved goodbye to that particular milestone and beyond, trust me, it really does….It’s already the weekend again and last week is one big blur of 14-16 hour days and not as much accomplished as I had hoped.
If you weren’t reading Veggies…during last year’s flu season, when I was also
ranting touching on this topic, I am definitely against this annual ‘ounce of (in my opinion, misguided) prevention’. What are your thoughts on the flu shot? It certainly is a topic that stirs up the discussion/dander and continues to do so….
On to a much more fun topic…..
The ‘kid’s’ are continuing to make progress, at least they seem to be BUT only when it’s nap time and Ms. Mitz is sleepy and Mr. Cheddar comes a callin’ ! Now at least they can be on the same sofa without a snarling/hissing match insuing.
Note the watchful cat in the background, on the blanket. Maybe he/she is the silent referee? 😉
I’ve been trying to find a nice men’s hat pattern to make for Joe, knit or crochet but the ones I’ve tried so far have either been waaaaaaaay too small (and Joe does NOT have a big head LOL) or just plain goofey. So, I’m giving it a go, trying to design my own toque pattern. I’ll let you know how that works out. Any other pattern designers out there? I think it’s so cool to design anything from scratch, what an accomplishment it is!
Speaking of designing, I guess recipes qualify too, don’t they?
It’s been great to ‘fire up’ the oven again and spend more time in the kitchen, now that the intense heat of summer is truly over, amen to that. It was record-breaking temps. here in BC this July and August, day after day over 30C, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too hot for me and certainly much in the way of cooking (food that is!!!) was out of the question.
Made one of my fav. comfort recipes this week, Mac and Cheese with a Twist. Simple and delish… I’ll include the recipe at the end of this post. Aaaahh…the simple yet special things in life…..
Speaking of which, can we ever have enough of the simple pleasures, in all forms? These seem more meaningful and precious to me as time goes by.
A few of mine ……
*A beautiful fresh untouched snowfall and being able to take a walk in it, before anyone else, preferably with someone you love (for me, that’s Joe).
*Memories of good times and people to be cherished (and so many days now my thoughts of these are with my beautiful mom…shopping together, going out for lunch, working on a sewing or craft project together, or just sharing a really good laugh). My way of getting through the loss of her not being here.
*Reading something that is truly inspiring and beautifully written.
*Admiring a special painting or photograph
* A song that touches the heart and conjures up a special day/night.
* Waking up to the smell of fresh-brewed coffee.
What are some of your ‘simple’ pleasures?
And with November 11th tomorrow, it truly is a time to savor and appreciate all we have. To honor and never forget all those brave people who have fought in too many wars, in so many places and gave so much.
We will be attending the Memorial Service here tomorrow.
I will sign off with a favorite poem and wish you all a wonderful week.
Lest we forget….
In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep,
though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
by John McCrae (May 1915)
Poppy Photo courtesy of Flickr
YUMMMMMMY MAC AND CHEESE, WITH A TWIST
Delicious, satisfying and oh so good. Serve with stewed tomatoes or salsa to top this satisfying ‘comfort food’ entrée. You’ll never settle for KD again!!!!
3 C. uncooked pasta, preferably whole wheat or multi-grain (try a new shape-spirals, wagon wheels, shells, penne etc..…)
2 T. butter or margarine
2 medium onions, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
1 small red or green pepper, diced (optional)
3 T. unbleached flour OR 1 1/2 T. cornstarch
2 C. milk
1-10 oz. can cream of mushroom soup
1-2 T. Dijon mustard (to taste)
1 ½ C. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (no subs.)
2 T. finely chopped fresh parsley
1-2 teas. crushed dried thyme leaves (to taste)
¼-1/2 teas. freshly-ground pepper, to taste
In a large cooking pot, cook the pasta in a large quantity of boiling salted water until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain thoroughly and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350. Grease a large (8C.) casserole dish and set aside.
In the same cooking pot (saves on dishes) that pasta was cooked in, melt butter over medium heat. Add the diced onions, green or red pepper and celery and sauté for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low, add flour and stir to coat vegetables. Add the milk, mushroom soup and mustard, continuing to stir until sauce is smooth and thickened. Add cheese and continue to stir until cheese is melted. Remove from heat.
Combine the pasta, parsley and seasonings with the sauce. Pour into prepared casserole dish.
Cover and bake for 40 minutes. Remove lid from casserole for last 5 minutes of baking time.
Recipe adapted from: Not Just for Vegetarians by Geraldine Hartman. All rights reserved.