Walking around in a small town, seafood at the coast and
a toss-together casserole.

It’s only Tuesday but the good news is….only 3 more get ups! I live for the weekend and time off but then again, who doesn’t?

 Well I have already posted about us walking around Havana and the display of lights. That was fun. There were so many people bustling around, many of them walking dogs. Since it gets dark so much earlier now we can’t take Aja to the park after work. They close the gates at dusk.  But Havana isn’t too far for us and Aja loves walking on sidewalks and checking out new places.

 I like this display outside the police department. I’ve never seen a light display in the shape of a policeman.  We only saw two other people in the streets....Havana is dead at night from Monday through Wednesday.


 This window dressing reminds me of the ones I saw when I was a child. Chester Pennsylvania was once a vibrant town where you could shop and walk. It is so run down now and from what I hear, you take your life in your hands going there now. Christmas in Chester back in the 1960s had window displays like this one and decorations everywhere.


We decided to get the little tree out earlier than usual.  Since we don't get gifts for anyone but our son and his family we won't have much under the tree.  But I will get their gifts wrapped and placed under there soon. We usually get something big and this year we bought ourselves a new bedframe.  Obviously that won't go under the tree.

Here is Doug looking up the recipe for a Manhattan.  It's been ages since I wanted one so he was making sure of the ingredients.  Aja awaits her treats as we sip a cocktail.

tuesday1 Over the weekend we managed to get a ride in and head towards the coast. Highway 98 is lovely with the Gulf waters bordering the road. We ate at The Pearl in Lanark Village. No ambiance but wonderful seafood. I had the grilled shrimp basket with sweet potato chips and grilled vegetables. Doug had the grouper basket. Lots of food.

The weather is turning cooler now and so we get the opportunity to wear jackets on the bike.  The cooler weather is rather fleeting though.  It's hot to the point of being unbearable most of the summer months then we get cool....for a while.....then it's downright cold for a few months.

Recently I made a throw together casserole that came out very well.  We had it for dinner two evenings and brought it to lunch today.  It saves well so it wasn't an issue waiting a few days before having it for lunch.


All I did was saute some onions, corn, mushrooms and a can of diced tomatoes in a frying pan.  The herbs I used were oregano, basil and thyme. Then I tipped it in a casserole dish and mixed in a cup of rice with 2 cups of broth, shoved some fresh spinach into the mix and grilled tofu.

We saw the grilled tofu in our local grocery store, in the produce section.  It was very good.  Lots of protein in this.  Cover this and bake for an hour and 15 minutes.  After that uncover, sprinkle with cheese and place it back in the oven to get melty.  That's an easy meal.

That's my little update for this week. 

 I'm linking up with Beth Fish Reads for her Weekend Cooking Series. Weekend Cooking is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, quotations, photographs. 


Vicki said...

I love all the Christmas decorations, especially the policeman! That casserole looks good!

Tina said...

Thanks, Vicki, that casserole was indeed a good experiment. The grilled tofu was surprisingly tasty. It takes on the flavors of whatever it's cooked in.

Beth F said...

Tis the season for throw-together casseroles!

Love the look of that shrimp basket. YUM. We haven't decorated for Christmas but I *am* going to a cookie exchange tomorrow.

Tina said...

BFR this was an accident of a casserole but when I want to use up veggies in the fridge, it's always casserole time. Happy Christmas.

Mae Travels said...

Casseroles like yours or Beth F's enchilada casserole are so incredibly flexible, and so often come out delicious! I'd love yours except I'm committed to meat (so no tofu for me). Adventure at the dinner table!
best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

Love reading your recaps! The casserole sounds good.

Tina said...

Mae, you are so correct, you can substitute anything you like in casseroles like this.

Jackie, thank you so much!

Vicki said...

I'm not a real big fan of cooking with tofu, but my oldest son and his family are vegan so they eat it a lot. I have liked it in everything I've tried that she's made though.

Melynda Brown said...

Wow, those sweet potato chips look great. Love the idea of a throw together casserole, but we would sub out for the tofu, we just can't get it past the nose.....

jama said...

What a fun post. Love the light displays (esp. the policeman), and your casserole sounds like great comfort food without too much fuss. Drooling at the shrimp basket too. :)

Carole said...

Love thrown together dishes that turn out well. When it happens to me I usually have forgotten to take a pic. Have a great week. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

Tina said...

Vicki, you could substitute a meat but we just wanted to try the grilled tofu. It honestly was good, it takes in the flavors of the other ingredients.

Melynda', the sweet potato chips are very good. Addictive!

Thanks so much, Jama, we love the seafood at the coast.

Carole, I do that too...or rather, I forget the photo many times so I don't post.

(Diane) bookchickdi said...

I just pinned this recipe, I'm on the lookout for some vegetarian dishes and this one sounds terrific.

Seven Hour Lamb with White Beans <br>{ make that less than 2 hours in the Instant Pot}</br>

It's good to get back to posting about food after a short break. Next year I will be getting a flu shot; this bout knocked me for a loop...