Anyway, I am glad my husband is compassionate and sympathetic, but draws the line at feeding into my occasional over-the-top woes. ;) Just the right balance. I only hope I am the same logical balance the days he suggests Taco Bell for breakfast. not even kidding.
I'd say the highlight of my weekend was that first bite into warm, cinnamony, soft, sweet goodness that filled my house with warmth Sunday morning. I took a few pictures and will post them, along with the recipe as soon as I figure out how to get the pictures off Eric's high-tech phone onto the computer.
Also? I am falling in love with our foster kitten, therefore adoption bells have begun to ring. I fear any more attachment and she will bear the last name 'Shilling' before long. I caught a special moment between her and my Marzell (who, when others are watching, pretends to hate her, but she is working her way into his heart too!). I will post that later too.
One more complaint? This morning I wanted to be sweet to the cat farm and got out some wet food (which they hardly ever get and is a major treat when they do!) I also got out the little dishes I spoon it onto for them. They are perfect little individual sizes for them - nevermind that they are my hand-painted-Italian-William-Sonoma-olive oil dipping bowls that match accompaning bread plates. Ok, I realize at this point, you are thinking, 'why, again, do you let you cats eat off them??' but they are the perfect little size and easy to wash! Anyway. I got those out also, and set them on the counter. I then went over to get my coffee going so it could brew while I dished out the wet food....+C-R-A-S-H+!!!!! Marzell had batted one of the mini-bowls off the counter and being made of porcelain, it smashed on the floor below. *GASP!* "NOOOOooooo!!! Marzell!!!!!" I immediately scooped him up, and threw him into the dark guest bathroom for a 'time out'. Did I just say I put my cat in time-out?! Yes! Because how do cats respond to being smacked or scolded? They get madder and mean! So the only way I could "punish" him was to isolate him and take away the treat he was about to receive. UGH, anyway, I let him out again before I left, but I just hate that 1) one of my beautiful dipping bowls is broken!! (yes, I realize its my fault for using them, thank you very much!) 2) Started the day off frazzled, mad at myself and the darn cat 3) still crabby after having to sleep alone last night!
I need more coffee this am! I'm thinking the rule, 'If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all' is about to apply to me ASAP! Have I already missed my cue??
Oh, another plan for the weekend is taking care of Snoopy, my beloved childhood dog, who at this point, is hobbling around, the poor thing, due to arthritis and allergies. I really feel for him, he used to love walks, chasing squirrels, and would give my cats a run for their money! But now, he is pretty sedentary due to the pain in his poor little legs. Anyway, I hope I can show him a little affection this weekend like the good ole' days when he was my sweet puppy dog.
Eric has a soccer game tomorrow in Charlotte, which means a day long event, leaving at 9 am, not to return until probably 4-5 pm. Doesn't getting up early on Sat. to ride on a bus for 2 hours with hyper & nervous underclassmen excited for their game, then coaching the big game, then having to sit around to watch the varsity game, then riding back home on that same bus with now sweaty, stinky, either very elated and more hyper (from a win) or crabby (from a loss) junior-varsity players, sound like a blast? Can't say I envy his plans tomorrow! but he loves it and only the Lord knows why! ;) I secretly wish he was going to be home with me and my marvelous plans of filling the house with the sweet aroma of warm yeast and cinnamon...and with the 70% chance of rain after a drizzly down-pour all day today, my odds of him being home after all are looking pretty good. I do realize that is a selfish desire on my part...but... but, what can I say? I love when he's home! Is that so bad??
If the recipe works out as well for me as when Maria made the world's best cinnamon rolls, I will share the magic of gooey goodness with all.
Zucchini with Quinoa Stuffing
1/2 cup quinoa (wonderful grain if you haven't had it yet! You can find it at most health food stores, and who knows, maybe a regular one...it is very inexpensive, delicious, and known as "gold of the Incas"- google it, you will be amazed)
4 medium zucchini
1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed (can substitute navy beans or white northern beans)
1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, quartered (1 c. canned diced tomatoes works too!)
1/2 cup almonds, chopped (can use less if you prefer)
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3/4 cup grated Parmesan (I only used 1/2 c. total)
2 tablespoons olive oil
Heat oven to 400° F. In a large saucepan, combine the quinoa and 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender and the water is absorbed, 12 to 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, cut the zucchini in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Arrange in a large baking dish, cut- side up.
Fluff the quinoa and fold in the beans, tomatoes, almonds, garlic, 1/2 cup of the Parmesan, and 1 tablespoon olive oil.
Spoon the mixture into the zucchini. Top with the remaining tablespoon of oil and 1/4 cup Parmesan. Cover with foil and bake until the zucchini is tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake until golden, 8 to 10 minutes.
Yield: Makes 4 servings (or in my case, more than that! They are pretty filling!)
Go, make and enjoy! Then invite me over for the leftovers... ;)
Ok, so after that long-winded story, here is the picture of what roly-poly 'Betsy' looks like now!
The other little one that joined us is named Samantha - she was found at 3 weeks old in the trunk of a car in a junkyard, and had to be bottle-fed. She is the sweetest thing ever, slept right through the night with me snuggled under the covers against my stomach. Makes it hard to get up in the morning when they are all purring a storm up and its so cozy! ;)
What a fun event to kick off a great weekend of relaxing!!
Last week, Moo-Moo, A-Pie, and Meg came over for a little walk and dinner while Josh was away on business. Meg and me got to chat while throwing together a delicious (and easy) dinner. ;)
Eric was perfectly content to just settle in on the couch to enjoy a little Princess Jasmine (Aladdin) with the girls. I now have 2 major draws to entice Moo over... my kitties and Princess Jasmine.
Uh-oh - the scary tiger is on!! (not Raja, but the sand tiger) Even Annie is pulling that blanket a little tighter...what's going to happen, Uncle Eric??
Whew - Aladdin and Jasmine are ok! Good thing.
A stanza from the lyrics, "Another aeroplane, Another sunny place, I’m lucky, I know, But I wanna go home, Mmmm, I’ve got to go home" I hear you Michael, I feel the same way.
Yaay! Dr. Sara Tancredi is re-united with Michael Scofield- what a great start to season 4 Prison Break!! I'm once again interested in the story line - the Sara/Michael duo really makes the show for me! :)
Here is the birthday boy with his surprise guest who flew in from Colorado to be there! What a joy to have Grandpa Parrett there, it had been way too long since Eric and I had seen him!
Aunt Sandy, Erika, and me (thanks Aunt Sandy for taking all these pics!!)
Cousins pic! Its so fun when we all get together (we missed you Megan!!). Notice anything about the color of my husband's skin? My goodness, he looks about 5 shades darker than the rest of us!
Here, Eric is lighting the many candles that went on the cake (haha, just kidding Marty!) ;) No, actually it wasn't a cake, it was a traditional English trifle....FRIENDS fans anyone?? I got to help Debbie put it all together - it was so delish. Nope, no 'beef sauteed with peas and onions' made it in...just the layers of jam, custard, and angel food cake. Oh and fresh raspberries. It was heaven on a plate. Aunt Kari and Jena stand by to make sure Eric doesn't set the whole thing on fire... :)
Debbie getting to relax and enjoy the party since all the work and prep was done ahead of time!
Thanks for having us!! What a fun weekend! We love you all!
What was for lunch today? Peanut butter sandwiches on dry bread from the freezer. Sheesh, I need a grocery list almost as bad as clean laundry. Except that I would rather have a full tummy than a clean shirt so scratch the laundry list. Groceries are number one priority whenever I get around to that to-do list. Otherwise the menu for tonight is mustard, pickles, and liquid aminos. Anyone want to come eat at my house tonight?
Are we nuts?!? I mean, who in their right mind drives towards a tropical storm?! This weekend we are trying to get to Jacksonville, FL to celebrate my father-in-law's big 50th birthday - we have been looking foward to going and seeing everyone for weeks!! The latest twist on our plans, however, is the fact that we are now in a race with a tropical storm. If 'she' makes it there first, we are toast on our drive. It would make a 8 hours drive to Jacksonville into a ... well who knows how much time it would add, that is if we can even continue safely!! BUT, if we make it there first, we can 'scoot' past before she makes landfall. Let's see, we are leaving GSO at 5:30 pm and it takes approx. 4-4 1/2 hours for us to reach where 'Hanna' is headed (as of 8 am EST this morning according to http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/). She is expected to hit at 2 am and we will be passing at 9:30-10:00 pm...Is 4 hours enough time to 'beat' her by?? Hmm...I think I'll let my husband make this call. I love that he gets to be in charge of the major decisions that have a lot of pressure to them - I'd rather be along for the ride. I trust him implicitly, and quite frankly, prefer not to have such pressure on my decisions. My prediction? We'll be sitting on the highway at about 9:30 pm tonight wondering why on earth anyone would try to drive through a tropical storm.
Pray this isn't us tonight!!...
Latest update...at 11 am..."Isolated tornadoes are possible tonight over the coastal areas of South and North Carolina". Considering we hug the coast on good ole I-95 most of the way, I'm thinking that doesn't sound so good....
Another update: Hmm....
WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 6 AM EDT SATURDAY...
WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO BEGIN INCREASING OVER THE AREA THIS AFTERNOON AND OVERNIGHT TONIGHT AS TROPICAL SYSTEM HANNA NEARS THE COAST OF SOUTH CAROLINA. WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 30 TO 40 MPH...WITH HIGHER GUSTS BEING POSSIBLE.
A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WINDS OF 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT... USE EXTRA CAUTION.
No, in reality, I am very content here, love the proximity to ocean and mountains, enjoy the weather most days, and love love LOVE the seasons. Fall is beautiful and crisp (especially when I get out of sniffling stage around the end of Sept), winter is delightfully chilly enough for a hot bowl of soup next to the fire, but then spring comes and the city blossoms with new beginnings for the year. Summer is hot, sure, but compared to previous residence in WPB, FL? At least there is a light at the end of the tunnel and I know come autumn, it WILL cool down! :) BUT, having said all of that, I do not welcome the allergies that I have acquired here. How I have sympathy like never before for others who share in this frustration! Now, I know I have much to be thankful for and mine are managable (most days) without the help of Claritin, Zyrtec, etc! But! I seriously have begun to wonder how many times a body can sneeze in one day?!
I found this link online when I was wondering how in the world could a person just suddenly 'develop' allergies...
Check out your city - good ol' GSO is big number TWO on the top 100 worst US cities to live in for allergies! There is my problem!!
Good thing its got everything else going for it...!