Friday, February 19, 2010


we've been doing so much better lately--cooking to feed the available tummies instead of a now absent army...BUT every so often it sneaks up on us again--FABEC (food acquisition beyond eating capability). at these times it seems we have filled the fridge with food only to let it "mellow" until it's a NOW or NEVER situation.

so last night jerry was too wiped out to cook and we had about 20 tired mushrooms, a slightly pooped pepper (red sweet), maybe 15 brussels sprouts that were fast approaching the other side of the hill, and some leftover asian peanut sauce jerry had made (mitigating the peanuttiness with mashed beans--pretty darn good).

i cleaned and sliced the sprouts and mushrooms, diced the pepper and half a lb of super firm tofu, and peeled several cloves of the staff of life, er, garlic.
sauteed (olive oil always) the sprouts with a lot of squashed garlic and dumped 'em out. sauteed the mushrooms on high to keep 'em dry, added the peppers after the moisture was under control and then dumped it on the sprouts. dry sauteed the tofu and finished with a nice splash of tamari and recombined it all. topped each plateful with a big dollop of peanut sauce. 'twas an excellent refrigerator reclamation project. i'll probably make it again on purpose!

Thursday, February 18, 2010


for some of the world it is lent. i wasn't raised in a liturgical church, nor do i set much store by religious forms--but taking time to examine and reflect is a good thing. several small things are coming together to encourage me to "observe lent" this year---where i am in life, my budding yoga practice, a book that was waiting for me at the thrift store, how my body is doing with the physical aspects of playing the violin, the ruts i'm in that are not so healthful...examining and dismantling "auto pilot" and "multi tasking" in most settings...and THE SUN IS OUT AGAIN TODAY!

Monday, February 15, 2010

blue skies...

it's still winter, with belly dragging ruts in the alleys and cars parked so far out in the street as to make rearview mirrors kiss upon passing... BUT...BUT...after 5 pm and the SUN is still out and the sky is BLUE and this is GOOD! in honor of such an encouragingly illuminated firmament, a few sky pics--from ireland, missouri, minnesota...

Friday, February 12, 2010

one fish, two fish...

these are the hats i made and sent to our girl and her roomie at school in pittsburgh. only a blind follower am i--the idea is here. and even better--one of the intended victims, in fine fish face fettle!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

food for the bod...

we've been ovo-lacto vegetarian for at least 25 years and finally cut out the rest of the animal products this past summer (except for our trip to ireland--more on that another day). my main motive, having become familiar with what really goes on in most dairy barns and egg operations, was to decrease my participation in unnecessary suffering. being a vegetarian, of whatever persuasion, can be a walk in someone else's moccasins--how most of the world lives. but we get to do it with a foodie flair most of the world can't afford. it's not about self-denial--it's DISCOVERY! next frontiers--wool, leather shoes.

"don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good"

this is a recent fave

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

dogs and cats living together...

jerry had me take a pic of all the fuzzies at mealtime. i showed him the result, of which he approved--but said what was missing was the sound track---munch, munch, crunch, crunch! here are manny and miles (tabbies have "M" monogrammed on their foreheads), jack (breed--unique jack hound of inscrutable cuteness), and dizzy (he came labeled "standard poodle", but compared to our last poodle, max, i'd say he was an "irregular poodle"--we love him dearly anyway...)
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Monday, February 8, 2010

settling in with snow...

having shoveled twice--so far--and having received cancellations from most monday students (private violin lessoners), i am turning my attention away from anything i needed to get done before the kids started arriving and toward a new venture. a well, i do run across things i find interesting. i love sharing..."thank you for sharing"...perhaps this is a tool for extending and expanding--as opposed to retreating and contracting (so easy to do in a long minnesota winter). so here, for your perusal, is something i enjoyed very much yesterday...episode 3 is by gene roddenberry...