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She Redeems Herself With Roasted Vegetables

Last week I recounted my disaster in the kitchen with chicken stir-fry. This week I will redeem myself with not one, but two, super easy recipes that are not only delicious, but good for you!

The first recipe is one of my favorites. Last week, Keetha and Larramie suggested roasted veggies, and yes ladies, I love them too. In fact, roasting is the only way a reluctant veggie eater like me can stand to eat things like brussels sprouts....hate them boiled, but love them roasted with garlic and olive oil.

The great thing about roasting is that you can really use anything you have on hand, which makes it a great way to clear out the vegetable drawer. In this case, I had a small bag of broccoli and cauliflower, beautiful cherry tomatoes, a small log of pepper coated goat cheese, and some extra virgin olive oil.


Combine all of the above in a oven-proof dish, sprinkle with the olive oil and roast at 400 F for twenty minutes or until the veggies are tender.


While the vegetables are roasting yo…

Unpacking

Today the movers arrived with the truckload of boxes and furniture that I've had in storage in some form or another for the past fifteen years.

As I mentioned in my last post about this 'stuff', originally brother John and I had planned to do this move ourselves. After seeing how many boxes actually arrived, and the effort it took FOUR men to unload and distribute the boxes and furniture over three levels of house as well as putting together two large beds...well, let's just say it was money well spent.


The driver and the movers who actually carried each box to its directed space, were so incredibly professional, so kind and patient, that they made what could have been a very stressful event, nearly a pleasure.



Honestly, I don't think John and I would have been able to handle it on our own, and I doubt the twenty-six foot truck we'd planned to rent would have held everything. And what a relief it was instead to simply have to open the boxes that were already in…

Good Recipe, Gone Bad

Originally I had big plans for this post. I took lovely pictures as I made the meal. I figured it had been a long time since I'd done a recipe post and I wanted to share what I was going to call "Cooking with Mom". Only it wasn't cooking with Mom....while I was busy making this chicken stir-fry, she was concentrating on her forte, chicken stock.


Which is probably why things went horribly wrong.You see, over the past several months, Mom has become a much better cook than me, thanks in large part to her patience, her willingness to follow directions, and her ability to take a slow, methodical approach to cooking. All of which is exactly the opposite of my philosophy toward cooking, or just about anything else.
Which may have a great deal to do with the disaster that soon ensued.


Earlier in the afternoon, we'd been at our local 'Natural Grocers' where Mom started up a conversation with a woman who described a quick and easy chicken stir-fry recipe. Since we ar…

Moving On

photo credit: Ken Goudy's Moving Vans Collection


Last week I unpacked my last box and breathed a sigh of relief. What I should have done was laid down and taken a nap...because that last box was simply the end of Round One.

You see, I've got THREE storage lockers, representing fifteen years of nonsense that are now on their way to me from Florida. Yet, I've never left my desk. Magic? Well, we'll see when and if they get here.

At the very least it's been quite an adventure.

Originally, I'd planned to fly down to Florida, meet up with my brother John, rent a big truck, and do the move ourselves. And then we remembered that we're not the spring chickens, that John's business is picking up so he actually needs to stay in Tampa and not take off for Colorado for a week, and that we're not spring chickens capable of lifting and moving THREE storage lockers full of furniture, boxes filled with heavy books, and yes, assorted nonsense.

Plan B: I was still goi…

The Sky Here is Beautiful

We have been on an 'outdoors' theme this week. I thought I would end the week with a few pictures of the amazing sunsets we are lucky to experience here in Evergreen.



I'd always thought that nothing could beat the spectacular color show of the Florida sunset in summertime.


But I'd say these are in the running.


The depth of color, the big open sky, the pattern of the clouds. It's incredibly breathtaking.

Have a great weekend!

More Snow Pictures

As promised, here are pictures taken after we received twelve inches of snow on Sunday.


It's actually been a real treat, because for the past three days it has remained cold enough to keep the snow on the ground.


So we get to enjoy the beauty of this winter wonderland.







One of my favorites images is the contrast between the blue of the sky and the green and white of the snowy pines.








As you can see, the steps to our front door are buried under the snow...


As are the steps leading up to the deck. Just saying.

Unfortunately, it's going to be 60 F by Friday, which means that this is probably short lived.

Darling Deer in the Snow!

I was going to upload pictures from out latest snow, as per a request from my brother John.


And then this afternoon, I looked out the kitchen window and saw these five adorable little ones, looking for lunch among the bramble.


After I took their pictures and then loaded them onto my computer, I knew today's post had chosen itself.


What is so incredible is that the deer were not bothered in the least when I stepped outside to photograph them.


Mostly, the ignored me.


Except for this little one. Who either really enjoys getting its picture taken.


Or is going to come to my door and ask me for compensation the next time I try to take a picture.


P.S. John, I'll have those 'woods in snow' pictures up tomorrow.

Elk in My Backyard: Part II

Last fall I posted pictures of a small herd of elk in the backyard of the house we were renting on Gray Hawk Drive.



I was so thrilled because I've always considered elk a good luck talisman, so to have them in my yard, was a good omen! Plus, beyond the superstitious stuff they are simply majestic and incredibly beautiful.



Which is why I was thrilled the other day when I saw not one, but three, gorgeous male elk just outside our front door.



These are pictures from my latest sighting. They've shown up twice now. Which makes me feel really lucky!



Instead of the Year of the Rabbit, I'll call this my Year of the Elk.