The things I’ve been wanting to write about lately are that there have been a few positive changes in our (mine and Jody’s) families recently. First off, my dad has stopped drinking and has sought out help to work on his recovery from alcoholism. Alcoholism is something he’s been struggling with for a long time and I’m so proud of him for taking what had to be a huge step for him. I hope and pray that it continues to go well. I love him and would love to see him improve his quality of life in this way. One day at a time. And,Read More →

My husband installed some shelves for me in our office this weekend so I can get my photography stuff organized, my little girl is currently napping peacefully, I have a pot of yummy vegetarian chili simmering on the stove, and the temperature here in CO reached 70 degrees today. Life is good. :) I’ve got some things to write about in the near future but I’m waiting until I have some more time and more information before I do it. In the meantime, I have to say we had a nice weekend around here. I got my shelves put up that I wanted (and didn’tRead More →

I’ve had these Saifun bean threads sitting in my pantry for months and months now. I bought them by accident, thinking they were rice noodles, and then wasn’t sure what the heck to do with them. So when I decided to make some sort of tofu stirfy for dinner last night, I thought I’d give them a try instead of brown rice. They look really weird after being boiled, as they are these clear noodles, looking almost like soapy bubbles. (I found this site that has descriptions of various Asian noodles including bean threads.) The meal turned out pretty well and was quite tasty, thoughRead More →

Thanks to my friend Sonja for turning me onto polenta and sharing this recipe with me. Polenta Lasagna Ingredients: Tomato sauce Polenta (I used the kind with sun-dried tomatoes and garlic) Basil Vegetables (optional – I used red Swiss chard and black olives) Cheese (I used Monterrey Jack) Instructions: Put a thin layer of sauce in the bottom of your dish to prevent sticking. Spread a layer of polenta (you can soften it in the microwave first). Add a layer of sauce. Sprinkle some basil on the sauce. Add the vegetables (which should be cooked a bit first to prevent crunchy vegetables in the lasagna).Read More →

I’ve been home for two days, but just haven’t had a chance to do much blogging. Yesterday was spent doing tons of laundry, cleaning up the house and getting caught up on various things. And last night was a ladies’ night out for my AP group. A group of seven of us all got dinner at a local restaurant. The food was delicious, but they made a mistake on my order (Mediterranean wrap with sundried tomatoes, hummus, olives, spinach) and put chicken in it! And, what’s even worse is I ate a few bites before I realized it. :( Ugh. I thought something tasted offRead More →

OK, I know I’m doing this totally backwards (working on pics from our drive home tonight first), but I’m left-handed and tend to do things a bit differently. I’ve also been known to read magazines backwards. Honestly, I took a ton of pics on JUST our drive home tonight (Jody was driving – phew!) ;). I filled my memory card and even had to go back and delete some pics so I’d have more room to play. After reading a bit in a couple photography magazines (backwards, of course), I got inspired and decided to play around with exposure using the sunset and then withRead More →