…an oh life reminder

Have you ever heard of Oh Life?  It’s pretty cool, but I’ve been lazy about using it lately.  Naturally, I received an email today saying that 176 days ago I had written this:

// Wouldn’t you know it, my pen ran out of ink while in the midst of writing a letter to Peggy, and of course, I only managed to find a bright green pen to use for the rest of the letter.

It’s been a rough day today, so I don’t really want to talk about it. I just want to pretend it didn’t happen. Ha! I’m sure I will by tomorrow. Or maybe tomorrow will be much worse and I’ll wish to relive this day instead. It can go either way. //

I never claimed I had an exciting life! Haha. 🙂  Here’s to a great weekend everyone! 

Yarn Along || The Unfinished Hat

First of all, can you believe we are still receiving snow?  That groundhog wasn’t messing around! 

This is the hat I started for myself this winter but have yet to finish.  I have knitted so many hats this season that I’m a little burnt out on them making the allure of new project that more tempting.  I have been mulling on the idea of knitting pillow covers for the couch.  Like these.  Maybe one day I can make something like this for the kids room.  What do you think?  Any other suggestions?  I’m looking for something simple and not time consuming. 

I don’t have a book to read at the moment and I’m open for suggestions on this as well.  Have you read any good books lately?  What were they?

Flour || The Beginning Of Something Great

 Picture of Joanne Chang from Flour Bakery website http://flourbakery.com/team/joanne-chang
Picture of Joanne Chang from Flour Bakery website http://flourbakery.com/team/joanne-chang

I read cookbooks like they are a work of great literary fiction.  I can’t get enough of them; especially the author’s who weave their life stories into the recipes.  It makes me feel warm and cozy inside.  As fate would have it, one day I rushed through the library shelves eager to find a particular cookbook that was said to be checked-in, but I wasn’t seeing it.  Frustrated, I did that bit where you keep going over and over the books, sliding your finger across each spine hoping you’re missing it.  Turns out I wasn’t, the book wasn’t on the shelf, but my finger did land on a different book that piqued my interest. 

It is called, Flour

The cookbook was well used and included splatters of food across its pages.  This is always a good sign.  As I read through the first pages, and then flipping through each recipe, the book began to stir something inside me.  I could tell that this book had a collection of recipes that could take my ho-hum baking skills to the next level while still appealing to the the bakery style baked goods I love. 

I was in. 

I tried making one of her recipes that very day and failed miserably. Twice.  At 11:00 at night, the third time trying, I was successful and it was worth every error to get it right. 

I learned that weighing ingredients really is important.  Because of Joanne, I have a scale and oven thermometer stored in my kitchen and use them regularly.

Enough of that though.  I’m really just building you up to tell you that I have decided to cook my way through this cookbook.  Every recipe.  As best as I can.  I look at it as a challenge that can only improve my knowledge and skills in my baking. 

Much like Julie Powell did.  I’ll document each recipe here and hopefully inspire you along the way;  So stay tuned.

-Liz

 

 

 Picture Source from Amazon Books
Picture Source from Amazon Books

winter | please stay

I’m not eager to let winter go yet.  I wish it would stick around longer.     

I’m aware this statement just caused a rampant amount of foul language under the breaths of my northern friends who are still sitting in ceiling high piles of snow drifts and wearing two pairs of pants just to chip ice off their cars:  but…I can’t help it.  The summer months in the south are long (6 months), humid, and sweaty.  Even in the air conditioner I sweat because it is so humid.  It’s ridiculous! 

In fact, I was scolded yesterday for having the air conditioner running.  I couldn’t help it!  It was 74 degrees in the house and if you know me, anything that surpasses 70 is cause for a fan or air conditioner.

My entire neighborhood emerged from their winter holes this weekend too.  We all had squinting eyes from going awhile without the sun last week.  This is a tell-tell sign that the south has told winter to move over and welcomed spring in its place.  

With that being said I suppose it’s time for me to wave farewell to winter.  The longer days and the already ten degrees hotter than average weather says spring has arrived.  

But a girl can always wish. 

Here’s to a toasty 76 degrees today!

WEEKLY MENU || vol 002

Once in awhile I like to share what we eat.  It’s something we all have to do every day and sometimes, when we are trying to think of something to make for dinner, it’s nice to have ideas thrown out there for us to use. 

We live on a very tight grocery budget so our meals are usually simple and kid friendly.

Chili Turkey Mac

Southern Fried Chicken with Mashed Potatoes & Buttermilk Biscuits

Chicken & Rice with Roasted Veggies added

White Wine Pasta with Chicken

Loaded Chicken Nachos

Loaded Chicken Salads with Roasted Chick Peas

Pot Roast with Potatoes, Carrots, & Bread

you can find last week’s weekly menu HERE.

 

Knits

This darn blanket is taking forever.  I didn’t realize how much monotonous work it entailed.  I have grown so accustomed to quickly producing hats. 

Anyway, this blanket is discouraging me a little with how long it takes to knit just one row!  Thank goodness I am fairly stubborn because this blanket will be finished one day!  I’m actually a little further than what is shown in the picture…but still a loooong way from finishing. 

As for my reading, I checked out The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen.  So far so good.

Linking up with Ginny at  Small Things today for her yarn along.

Until next time!

-Liz

Weekly Menu

Once in awhile I like to share what we eat.  It’s something we all have to do every day and sometimes, when we are trying to think of something to make for dinner, it’s nice to have ideas thrown out there for us to use. 

We live on a very tight grocery budget so our meals are usually simple and kid friendly.  I use a plethora of online recipes, my own, and from cookbooks.  I’m not claiming that they are healthy or nutritious, but they are definitely edible. Ha! 

Anyway.  I hope our list helps to inspire you for the week.

fajita style quesadilla’s  (made with marinated skirt steak, monterey jack/cheddar cheeses)

loaded baked potatoes (cheese steak fries with fruit for the kids)

maple glazed salmon with fingerling potatoes and veggie rice

flatbread pizza – southwestern style for the adults

breakfast for dinner: homemade cheddar biscuits, eggs, gravy, and turkey bacon

baked rigatoni with meat sauce and toasted baguette

baked chicken with roasted veggies, edaname, and toasted baguette