Monday, February 8, 2010

Shame on me!

Oh the shame!!... Did I eat meat? No, silly - I've been a bad blogger! It's been, what, almost 2 weeks? But I'm back, with lots to tell. First, I've been swamped with school - and school comes first (just in case my kids are reading this, lol). Then one of my daughters had to be admitted to the hospital for a severe asthma attack & pnemonia (very scary - 4 days of freaky machines, enough IV's on her arms to look like a Christmas tree, and a fortune in oxygen!). At the same time, we had a loss in our family (kids grandfather), and a birthday (I now have a 13, 15 [birthday girl] and 16 year old in the house - the 18 year old has her own place). I had my first real 'test' - and yeah, got a 97/100!
Everything is back to normal now (what the heck is normal?). I'm sitting on my wonderful, newly redone bed sneaking looks at my math I need to work on while I type this. About my bed - it was very autumn-y, with rust/gold/sage/forest/bronze colors. My window sheers were topped with a sage scarf. A few days ago, it was all just too much for me. So dark, and dreary. I'm tired of the rain, gloomy days, and cold weather. So, I decided to make spring come early (at least in my room!). I found a gorgeous pure white dobby-striped comforter, 500 thread count ($35), perfectly matching white bedskirt ($12), luscious plum square pillows ($10 ea.), classy white ornately embroidered king pillow cases, 700 thread count ($12), a pastel turquoise satin throw pillow ($7), new plum scarf to top my white window sheers ($20) and a couple of plum colored queen size solid colored pillows ($4 each). I already has some new sheets I had bought a few months ago but never took out - that turned out to be my inspiration. Once on my bed, I realized the color was Tiffany blue - that beautiful pastel turquoise! All together, my impromptu remodel was $114! Did I mention that I have a king size bed? This is the cheapest re-make I've ever done! Where did I go? Well, I started out at Ross - found a few pillows, the gorgeous embroidered white pillow cases and my beautiful white comforter. From there I went to Anna's Linens and found the rest of my pillows as well as my bed skirt - all marked down I might add... I'm not the sort of person who likes cheap bedding, so suffice it to say that my new look is not only crisp, clean and fresh - but also very soft, well made and classy. All for $114!

I do all my homework now on my bed - it's like sitting on a cloud, surrounded by spring! And my dogs are not allowed on my bed anymore, lol. Now I just have to finish cleaning my room!!

Ok, now that I've purged and shown off, time to talk veggie. I have to admit, this is a very easy lifestyle for me to follow. I'm not sure exactly why, but I think it has something to do with all the research I've done on meat processing plants, dog food, etc. I haven't been terribly creative lately in the kitchen, but here are a few things I threw together:

Quick breakfast for everyone: tortillas (the homemade ones from LaTortilla Factory) with scrambles eggs, cheese, grape tomato and a little hot sauce.
Lunch - french bread pizza: french bread (fresh), sun-dried tomato pesto sauce, artichoke heart brushetta, grape tomatoes, feta cheese, cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese.
Mini-pizza's: homemade tortillas, sun-dried tomato pesto sauce, portobello mushroom, zucchini, pizza cheese. This was very good!
I realize there is a theme to the above dishes, but honestly, those are the only ones I have pictures of, lol. Some other things I've made are brown rice with veggies on the side, steamed cabbage with rice, fruit salad with marshmallows and cool whip, and just a few days ago I made some Jagacita (Cape Verdean rice dish) for my daughter who was giving a speech at school about Cape Verde. This is one of my favorites - and it turned out incredible! Basically, you saute sliced onion and garlic in olive oil with paprika, add to boiling water, add rice (I usually use Uncle Ben's), add a few bay leaves (very important) and some frozen baby lima beans (1/2 to 1 cup - depending on how much rice you are cooking). Everyone in my house loves this dish and there is never left-overs! My ex-mother-in-law is Cape Verdean so my recipe comes from the source, lol.
Well, that about wraps it up for today. It's grocery day, so we'll see what's on the menu in the coming week!

1 comment:

  1. I like the new bedding looks nice and relaxing! The food looks yummy too


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