Thursday, April 10, 2014

Grilled Cheese-Jarlsberg, Mozzarella, Arugula, Tomato

Is it time for lunch yet?
Yesterday I was craving a grilled cheese sandwich, 
so I checked the fridge and saw I had just what I needed-
jarlsberg, mozzarella, arugula and tomato-perfect.
I can't remember the last time I had a grilled cheese sandwich,
this was sooo good.
What's your favorite grilled cheese combination?

Hmmmm, after looking at these photos,
I'm suddenly craving another grilled cheese.
Maybe I'll add a few slices of avocado today!
(Did you notice the bite out of the sandwich?)

Hope you're having a great day.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Pretty Johnny Jump Ups

Every year I look forward to buying the first flowers of the season-
Johnny Jump Ups.
The local nursery had a pretty display out front so I had to stop.
I bought a few containers for the planters on my front porch, 
but now I'm thinking I should have bought more to brighten up the deck.
Well, I can always run back during the week.

Have you started planting in your area?
These are the only flowers I can plant right now-
still too cold for everything else.
We still have patches of snow!
Although I do see the daffodils peeking out around my tree :)
Hope you're having a great week!


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Good Morning!

Good Morning!
It's been raining here for days and isn't expected to stop
until Tuesday. Well, I guess we need it for the flowers to bloom.
Thought this curious little friend would brighten your day rain or shine:)
I know that face makes me smile :)

Hope you're enjoying your weekend.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014

Pasta, Scallops, Broccoli & Sun Dried Tomatoes-Simple

This meal is so simple! 
Who doesn't like that?
I don't really plan meals ahead of time,
but I make sure to keep my kitchen stocked with all things healthy and tasty.
That makes it easy to whip up dinner in no time.

Pasta, Scallops, Broccoli & Sun Dried Tomatoes

Pasta, 1 lb. box, I used Barilla White Fiber Spaghetti
Sea Scallops, 1 lb.-saute in olive oil
Broccoli, 2 cups-saute in olive oil
Sun Dried Tomatoes-I used about 6 large slices and sniped them into small pieces
Lemon Juice, fresh squeezed, I used 1 whole large lemon
Kosher Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
Garlic Powder, to taste
Olive Oil

I usually chop my broccoli and cut up the sun dried tomatoes first, then set aside. Prepare pasta according to instructions on the box. While the pasta is cooking I saute the broccoli, add salt and garlic powder to taste. Then I put the broccoli in a large bowl, one which will hold all the ingredients. Toss snipped sun dried tomatoes in with the broccoli. Rinse scallops well and pat dry with paper towel, saute for about 1 1/2 minutes per side. I add a little salt to the scallops. Toss in with broccoli and tomatoes. When Pasta is done drain and add to bowl. ( I reserve about 1/4 cup of the pasta water and add to bowl.) Combine ingredients, add salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil until lightly coated and squeeze lemon over dish and give another toss.
Simple, quick and healthy!



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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Snow Day! Time To Create

What are you up to today?
Another storm has passed through, 
looks like about a foot of snow, topped with freezing rain.
Of course I couldn't go out, so I spent some time in my art room.
A good day for taking some photos, rearranging my supplies,
 rethinking a few pieces of jewelry in the works.

Spending my day dreaming about future creations, hmmmm....
What are you up to today?

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Napping In The Sunshine

Is there a better way to spend a freezing Sunday?
My little friend Bud E. found a bit of sunlight this morning,
of course it was on the bed...
I think he has the right idea.
Don't you?

After breakfast, it's time for another nap!
The sun is really shining now.

 Who doesn't like a little nap in the sun?

Ahhh, a dog's life.
Isn't he cute?
As I write this post, he's back on the bed cuddling up in the blanket :)
Hope you're having a relaxing weekend too.


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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Pasta, Shrimp & Veggies-Easy, Healthy And Quick!

Looking for an easy, healthy and quick meal?
I know I am.
 Although I love to cook, there are definitely days
when I look into the cupboards and groan "What am I going to make for dinner?!"
This pasta dish is super easy and tastes great.
And, it's healthy.
Another family favorite!
I hope you enjoy it too.

Pasta With Shrimp And Veggies

1-12 oz. box pasta (I use the high fiber pasta), boil
1 lb. shrimp, saute
2 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced, saute
1 onion, chopped, saute
1 cup orange peppers, sliced into strips, saute
1 cup red peppers, sliced into strips, saute
2 cups broccoli, chopped, saute
Olive oil
Fresh shaved parmesan (to taste)
Garlic powder (to taste)
Hot pepper flakes (to taste)
Kosher salt (to taste)

Wash and prep veggies. Heat oil in pan (I used a wok for this) and saute garlic on high heat. Turn down to medium high and toss in broccoli. I don't cook the broccoli long-we don't like it soft! When finished, put into large bowl and set aside. At this time boil your pasta according to the box instructions. Saute the remaining veggies-onion and peppers, on medium high, to desired consistency. Add salt, garlic powder and pepper flakes to veggies while cooking. Add veggies to bowl. Saute shrimp on medium high until pink. Add shrimp to veggies. When pasta is done, drain and add to wok along with veggies and shrimp, over medium high heat toss and add parmesan. Turn off heat when ingredients are combined and serve.

Buon Appetito!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Farro-A Simple Meal

Farro is one of my favorite grains. It's easy to cook and versatile. 
I usually prepare it like risotto and toss in whatever fresh vegetables are in my kitchen.
Once in a while I'll add chicken, but that's not often. Typically I stick with grains,
lentils, nuts, veggies and fish. So, it's up to you, add what you like!

Farrotto With Chicken, Broccoli, Onion, Peas and Spinach

2 cups pearled farro
6 cups (approximately) broth-vegetable or chicken, your choice.
1 cup white wine (approximately-Plus a glass more to enjoy while cooking! I use Chardonnay or whatever is opened)
2 garlic cloves-thinly sliced
2 cups broccoli-chopped & sauteed
2 small onions-chopped
1 cup peas-steamed
1 cup spinach-steamed
1 cup sauteed chicken breast-cubed
Kosher Salt
Grated Parmesan
Olive Oil

Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a stainless steel pot. Add thinly sliced garlic and chopped onion, saute until translucent. Lower heat to medium and toss in farro, stir until coated with oil. Add broth 1 cup at a time, stirring until it absorbs and farro begins to soften. Stir in wine 1 cup at a time. I usually cook this for about 45 minutes in total. Once farro* is ready toss in vegetables and chicken. Top with parmesan and serve.

*Farro has a chewy consistency.

Remember, you can make this dish your own. If you don't like broccoli don't use it, if you love it use more. Experiment!

Enjoy and have a good week!