Monday, February 17, 2020

Off to a good start!

I made one of the Blue Zone Kitchen recipes from Sardinia and it was amazing!  Who would have thought that some roasted vegetables with some herbs could make your house smell heavenly and taste that way too!  It is called Veggie Cassola.  I am including the recipe for you with the hope that you will like it as much as I do and it is so good for you!  It is from the cookbook The Blue Zones Kitchen and if you like it you can go buy the cookbook.  This is the only recipe I've made so far but it is a winner!  I took this picture before I cooked it and I forgot to take a picture after it came out of the oven.

"Total cook time: 70 minutes   Makes 4 servings
Talana, like the other villages in the Sardinian blue zones area, is located a day's journey from the sea (and until 1960, a two-day round-trip trek was required to reach the coast).  To avoid the travel, villagers produced their food in the highlands around their homes instead of relying on seafood.  During the summer, when their gardens offer a bounty of fresh vegetables, this hearty dish appears on the dinner table of Sardinian shepherds most nights of the week.

1 zucchini cut into 1/2 inch dice
1 large onion, chopped
2 large red or yellow bell peppers, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 Italian eggplant, cut into 1/2 inch dice
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
salt and pepper (optional)
1 bunch parsley, washed and chopped
5 leaves basil
1 sprig thyme, stemmed and minced
1 sprig oregano, stemmed and minced
3 bay leaves

Preheat oven to 300 F.  In a large bowl, toss all vegetables with olive oil.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Toss with herbs, then spread out evenly on a large roasting pan.  Roast for 1 hour.  Remove bay leaves, then serve with crusty bread."

If you make this I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

It was Cleaning Extravaganza again and this week is my hallway.  I dusted walls and woodwork on one side and all the pictures and frames.  The pictures here are hung with no particular order.....I  just wanted them off the floor and used nails that were already there!   I removed a defunct doorbell chime and went through a box of papers and miscellaneous "stuff"
By the time I went through this box I refilled it with lots of papers to burn.  I put away the other items and that was it for today in the hallway.
I went for my walk and filled my new battery container.  I tested all the batteries before putting them in the container.  The tester worked great!  I have yet to put my AA's in there but I could use 2 of these containers!

 I had these left over.................
I keep it in one of my dresser drawers so it is handy especially in the middle of the night during a storm!  I do like it a lot!
 I worked on my scarf but guess what?  I ran out of yarn!  I hope Walmart gets more of this color in as I really like it and I like this pattern too.
 I've made Betsy's French Onion Slow Cooker Chicken is cooking away and I have potatoes cooking for mashed potatoes.  I'll have the veggie cassola also but eventually I will be using it for a main dish.  I hope you've had a wonderful Monday!
Here are your "tidbits" for today...........
This would be great for Spring! Here's the link
I happen to love math but I know not everyone shares that feeling...........

Happy Trails!!!

Sunday, February 16, 2020

YOP Week #33

This has been a really good week for me.  I feel like I have made progress in many different areas of my life.  Some of which have been my YOP projects!  Remember last week I said I was "going back in time" to YOP 2012-2013 and there was the crocheted rug that I hadn't finished?  Well, I dug around and found it and started back on it and now I realize why I stopped.  It is way too painful for my hands.  It will also be too slippery on my floors so I frogged it, rewound the yarn and will use the yarn for another project.  As for the Seeing Stars blanket; I ordered the yarn from Knit Picks and Deramores and lo and behold the Knit Picks yarn arrived yesterday! This is Brava Worsted acrylic and very soft!  I can't start until the Deramore's Stylecraft Special Worsted arrives as the colors in the first block are contained in that order.  It's Join As You Go I'm pretty sure so I'll need to go over the instructions and get all my colors laid out.
    I have some "finishes" this week.........I finished the crocheted hearts for my Valentine tree although it could use more those will come next year.........
I finished the Feather and Fan dishcloth and I'm pretty sure I have the pattern down pat now...but I did forget to put the 3 knit rows on the end to complete the border!  Duh! 
The charity knitting is coming along very well!  I'm on the thumb gusset of the 2nd mitten.....I think this will be the year of the mitten! 
  I went to Walmart this week and replaced my reading glasses so I could do my cross stitch and I worked on Stars and Stripes Saturday.................1 more row of red and add the white to the blue section and it will be a done deal!
While I was at Walmart I also "enhanced my stash"...............
and started a crocheted scarf with this yarn that I purchased at the same time.............

We'll see how it goes.....there are dc4tog and dc7tog instructions which require paying a lot of attention!  No t.v. watching with this one!  I like the fabric it is creating but not sure I am picking up the right stitches.  You only really know when you get to the end of the row.  It is a super bulky too which I have never worked with before.
I have been watching A Wooden Nest podcast on You Tube with Lindsay Jewel and I love her! She knits and crochets and botanically dyes yarn.  So, of course, I went down that rabbit hole!  I've been researching botanical dyeing of yarn (and fabric) using natural materials.  I will be ordering some undyed yarn to try it.  She has come up with some beautiful yarns.
In other areas that I have made progress: I have been walking every day and now I am not huffing and puffing when I go up the hills!  I have also been preparing healthy foods except for Valentine's Day or any holiday where I get to do and eat whatever.  Last night I fixed  "overnight oats" and topped them with blueberries and banana this morning.  Easy, healthy and quick!  Just Google "overnight oats" and there are all kinds of recipes out there. I used almond milk and chia seeds in mine.  The "cleaning extravaganza" is going well.  So far, my bathroom, my closet, and my bedroom are done.  This coming week will be the hallway.  I am reading Marley and Me, a very good book! I'm also reading an antique book called Jerry Todd and the Up-the-Ladder Club written in 1937.  It's a middle school book probably but actually, it is well written and interesting.  I got both these books at a library sale.  Plus, I am reading Blue Zone Kitchens which is about the 5 zones in the world where people live the longest.  They have attributed it to their diet.  I will be cooking some recipes from Sardinia this week.  
Here are your "tidbits" which are really things I have come across that I find interesting or inspirational or just plain funny!



Happy Trails!!!

Friday, February 14, 2020

Beautiful day with blue skies and sunshine but 30's

It got really cold last night.  The coldest all winter so far.....16 F.  But it was nice when I took my walk this afternoon.  This morning  I made out my menu and my grocery list and went to Walmart.  I got home safely, no shooters and hopefully, I wasn't exposed to a killer bug.  Who knew that one would be taking their life in their hands to go to school or church or to the grocery store?!?!  I enjoy myself while I'm there as it is my only outing unless you count going out to the highway and filling the car with gas!  LOL!  Which I should do but I am too tired now.  I got some treasures for Valentine's Day from me to me!  BTW  Happy Valentine's Day!!!
Here's what I got for myself for Valentine's Day.............some sweets for the sweet! LOL!
 A little ladybug filled with sweet tiny flowers....................they're not roses either.........

 I also nabbed this beautiful houseplant.....I don't have too many............but they're good for keeping your indoor air clean.........
 and who could resist these beauties?  I am not de-stashing, I am enhancing my stash!
 and finally, I got some new reading glasses so I can do my cross-stitch!  If I find my other ones that's okay as then I will have a spare pair.  I don't use them for reading just cross-stitch.
When I got home I was starving so I made myself a sandwich on my homemade bread with peppers that had been cooked in olive oil and garlic.....yum!  Healthy and tasty too! 
I've been reading The Blue Zone Kitchen that I bought a few weeks ago.  The blue zones are the 5 or 6 areas in the world where people live the longest.  They attribute their longevity to their diet.  This book visits each area and has recipes and stories from them.
My menu this week and probably next includes recipes from that book, a few print offs and some from the Farmchicks cookbook.
Here's my menu:

1)  French Onion Slow Cooker Chicken (from Betsy Queen on my sidebar)  she said it was very good so I am going to try it. (printout)
2) Spinach, feta and beet salad (The Farmchicks in the Kitchen)
3) Margaret's Special Oatmeal Cookies (The Farmchicks in the Kitchen)
4) Veggie Cassoula (Blue Zone Kitchen)
5) Quick Greens and Onions  (Blue Zone Kitchen)
6) Minestrone (Blue Zone Kitchen)
7) Blueberry muffins (printout)
8) Avocado toast with egg (printout)
9) Blueberry Almond Overnight Oats (printout)

Last but not least I got this yarn and started this crocheted this yarn.......the pattern calls for a bulky or 2 worsted held together.  This yarn is super bulky but I got it anyway as I love the color and the feel of's Lionbrand Hometown USA....100% acrylic and machine washable and dryable.  It's a free pattern and I will put it on my Ravelry projects page.  If you want it sooner let me know in the comments.  I don't have it in front of me now and I am too tired to get up and go get it! LOL!  After unloading all the groceries I even took my walk!  What was I thinking?  I am really toast now!
I'm"tidbits"....I got a phone call and it is now almost 6:30!
Happy Trails!!!