I just noticed that I haven’t blogged since May 31, and here it is June 9! Oh, my…

When last we “spoke”, I felt compelled to share a wonderful day in photos. Since then, we have had lots of planting days, with a few days of mama nature taking care of my watering.  The veggies and annuals are all in…I have a final few perennials to pop into the ground today and then I will be done until it is time for the second sowing of things. Well, now that I think about it, that’s not quite true…I’m expecting a yard of garden soil tomorrow so I can fill my 2 x 8 raised bed and then plant our asparagus! Excited to get that in.

We have a digital picture frame in our bedroom that contains every photo I have of my favorite granddaughter (ummm…ONLY granddaughter)…shhhh, don’t tell anyone, but I spend a lot of time in or on my bed…it is comfy, I have a little nest for my computer on my lap, and it is where I often blog and share photos…more importantly, it is where I always have the baby with me…we live far away and I’ve only visited in person twice. However, my daughter and son-in-law are INCREDIBLY generous when it comes to sharing with me, supplying me with endless photos and frequent hangouts, so I never feel deprived. Love me some baby girl.

When I moved up here to my heaven, I left behind a lot of friends in a lot of places. Yesterday I had the chance to catch up with four dear friends in Portland…we brunched, we walked, we shopped, we sat on benches, we had snacks and libations onboard a vessel and then we left each other for our respective long drives home. It was wonderful! Aren’t friends refilling/refueling/refreshing? Can’t wait to try it again with other friends!

I get in food ruts. I am currently in a HUGE food rut. For breakfast, lunch or dinner these days, you might see on my plate a tomato, salt, pepper and mayo sandwich on good bread OR chicken and avocado with salt, pepper and mayo on good bread…as a matter of fact, I am going to use the last of the chicken I roasted a few days ago and the last half of an avocado for my breakfast in a few. I wonder what my next food rut will be?

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I have been having some pretty intense food cravings lately…I’m thinking maybe I am channeling my 26 week pregnant daughter…when I was pregnant with her, my cravings changed month to month; apples, celery, grapefruit…I swore I was going to turn into whatever it was of which I could not get enough…

My cravings this month are random. I have been inhaling a pound or more of the fresh, plump pod peas at a time…I don’t shell them all and then eat them all; no, I shell them with my teeth right into my mouth and down my gullet. It isn’t pretty, but they sure are delicious.

And then there are cheeseburgers…every now and again I ache for a restaurant cheeseburger (cheddar, lettuce, tomato and raw onion with heaps of mayo)…right now those cravings are coming about once a week…I try to fend them off with home-ground, home-grilled patties, no bun…but sometimes, nothing else will suffice.

It is berry season here in New England…dessert these days is often a bowl of mixed berries (some or all of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries) lightly sprinkled with powdered sugar and immersed in milk…mmm…I have also used my Natural Bliss sweet cream flavored coffee creamer in place of the sugar and milk and that was delicious, as well.

And let’s not forget lobsters steamed in ocean water and fresh sea weed, and colorful beets (usually roasted, as what can beat a roasted beet?), and cheese plates and crudites and cherries!

Some regulars on our menu are surprisingly missing from our current rotation. We make a really tasty thin crust pizza, topped with carmelized onions, prosciutto and mozzarella, raw tomatoes and, on hus’ side of the pizza, chopped olives, finished off with a sprinkle of parmesan over the top…oh, to die for…but not right now…also missing are smoothies, yogurt, corn on the cob (we still eat it, but not in the same quantities we normally do in the summer), sweet potatoes and any type of squash other than butternut.

I am a creature of cravings…I tend to follow them as much as possible (well, I hardly ever eat liver and onions, which I used to crave occasionally, mostly because hus blanches at even the mention of liver)…I find that as long as my cravings are reasonably healthy, my body knows what it wants and when and deserves to have attention paid to it.

Monday, Monday…

February 27, 2012

It is another picturesque morning in paradise…another day without snow…sigh…

I do feel a bit guilty complaining, so I try to limit myself, but as winter approached, we kept telling Boo about snow…feet of snow that would be as tall as he is…and so far, he has had to content himself with wispy flakes falling from the sky…an inch here and there that disappears within moments. We promise, Boo, you WILL see snow someday.

I’ve mentioned before that while I follow politics obsessively, I do try to keep my mouth shut on my blog. I don’t begrudge anyone else his or her opinion. This year, it has become increasingly painful to watch and listen. If one follows the principle of “do unto others as you would have done unto yourself”, one would think that we are an angry, ugly, intolerant people. It is as if the Republican candidates (and I reference Republicans because they are the party with a choice this year) are trying to tell us what to worry about, rather than we the people telling our politicians what we want them to worry about. Who would have guessed that the often aggressive rhetoric would be on religion and contraception rather than jobs and poverty. Very sad.

Whew! Off my soapbox now…

We have been on another cooking jag lately…roasted leg o’ lamb with roasted potatoes and carrots, homemade spaghetti sauce and meatballs, coconut milk lamb curry with leftovers, chocolate chip and walnut and sea salt cookies, lush salads replete with jicama, avocados, shredded red and napa cabbage, green onions, cauliflower and radishes…yum! We are doing a bit better with portion control and I fill myself up as much as possible on the aforementioned salad (which I could eat for 2 meals a day without blinking an eye) and other veggies…so far, nothing gained…nothing lost, but nothing gained.

Monday is laundry day, so off to sort clothes…do you sort clothes or just dump them in the washer willy-nilly? I sort…my current piles are jeans, colors, lights, sheets, towels…amazing how much less laundry there is now that the two kidlets are grown and gone…

In my refrigerator…

January 20, 2012

I am going to spend the weekend “off the grid”…spending time with friends and I want to enjoy every moment fully.

Our refrigerator has been brimming with leftovers, which we are managing to eat our way through…leaving some behind for hus, the leftover-eating prince (the two kings of leftover-eating are my other dad, Michael, and my bro-in-law, Terry…they are worth paying to see as they eat their way through a refrigerator!)…I know hus will take advantage and cook for himself things my plain palate can’t tolerate…our leftovers are:  An amazing pot roast with sweet potatoes, potatoes, onions and carrots; lentil stew with onions, carrots, spices and, late, a boneless, skinless chicken breast which simmered in the crockpot with the lentils; spaghetti and home-ground hamburger and sweet Italian sausage meatballs; and pea soup with ham…yum! I love cooking in the winter.

I realized this morning that I haven’t showed off my favorite puppy lately…oops! He went to the groomer a couple of weeks ago and they blew out his curls! He looked like a show dog with soft hair sticking straight up…it has taken all this time to get him back to looking almost normal.

I should be back online next week and will catch up with all my favorite bloggers and friends…stay safe and warm!

Empty nest holidays…

December 21, 2011

There are certain specific holidays which to me are Family Holidays.  We are not religious, so most holidays for us have been centered around family. We have always lived too far from family to spend time with anyone other than the four of us, which simplified our holiday lives. Christmas and New Year and Easter were times for spending time together, cooking warm and festive meals,  laughter and love, peace and harmony.

I was one of those people who shopped all year round…any sale I found on whimsical, fun items for sending to sisters, parents, nieces and nephews were snapped up and stored in my Christmas closest.  I stockpiled Christmas! Then we sold our big house, gave away a lot, dumpstered a lot and packed up even more for our move into a tiny, two room house on the Coast of Maine. And there went my Christmas closet.

Here, I have no space nor need for a Christmas closet.  My kids are grown and live far away, so there is no need to hide things anymore.  Plus, we now make a donation to Heifer International in the names and for the love of our extended family (this year, we donated geese, chickens, honeybees and trees), so there is no need for stockpiling.

As much as I love packing up the Christmas boxes and mailing them to my kids, I miss the days of early morning feet down the stairs, our girl and boy giggling and poking and dancing around the pile of presents under the decorated Norfolk Island Pine that served as our Christmas tree.  Empty nest holidays just aren’t the same.

Oh, yes, that’s what I’m having…and not just ANY peppermint ice cream…it is Ree Drummond/The Pioneer Woman‘s peppermint ice cream…full of half and half, egg yolks, sugar and heavy cream…breakfast of champions!

Mmmmm...

OK, now that we have that out of the way…what the heck is going on with the weather?  It is now halfway through December in Midcoast Maine and we have no snow…not only do we not have snow, we have 50 degree days and are still finding ticks!!!  I still have pansies blooming outside…

Pansies in December?

Then there were yesterday’s skies…not complaining, but it is a puzzlement…

A cooking frenzy…

November 7, 2011

Despite the fact that hus and I are seriously heavier than we have ever been, and despite the fact that we don’t get enough exercise, we have been cooking up a storm in the last few weeks.  I think I mentioned earlier that I made a killer pot roast…we followed with a delicious and creamy butternut squash and granny smith apple soup…and the amazing, incredible chocolate chip/walnut cookies (the next time, we used heath bar bits instead of chocolate chips, also to die for) which received a sprinkling of sea salt as they came out of the oven…ohmygosh…you can’t even imagine…

Yesterday was just over the top.  We went grocery shopping, so anything was possible.  Hus was craving homemade macaroni and cheese and many bean salad (I make however many different canned beans I have to decide what number bean salad I make), and I was hoping for more cookies (and peanut butter cookies went on the menu).  For the mac and cheese, I made my roux, added cheese and cayenne and nutmeg, poured over cooked macaroni, topped with my toasted buttered bread crumbs, baked for 45 minutes…’twas quite tasty, if I do say so myself.  We haven’t tried the bean salad yet, as it needs to marinate for a day or more, but that was just opening cans of black beans, dark red kidney beans, Great Northern beans, garbanzo beans and black-eyed peas, mincing some homegrown shallots and finely chopping a bell pepper and dousing the mess liberally with a tasty, zesty Italian dressing (sometimes I make a balsamic vinaigrette version).  That will probably be lunch, afternoon snack and dinner today.  Then there were the peanut butter cookies hus made, using chunky peanut butter…mmmm…

All right, my challenge today is to turn my head of hydroponic Boston lettuce into a tasty salad for dinner…I’ll revel in the creating of that recipe for the rest of the day!

Cookies and bean salad in the making

Peanut butter cookies...