Saturday, August 15, 2020

Mid August updates

My friend Stacy posted something I agree with - There are just three words every Southern wants to hear.  I love you Low Humidity Today.  That's the truth!  Funny and very true 😉

What is going on in your part of the world?  I haven't posted here for a week so thought I'd update. No new projects here but I did think it might be cool to get a world map and put it on corkboard.  Then use pins with numbers or some identifier and plot out where all my foodie and bookish friends are. Let's see if I can get motivated!

Here's the scoop from the kitchen and entertainment world in our home.


Gnocchi is one of those pantry staples I love having around.  With zero meal planning you can get a package, from the fridge or on a shelf or, if you are industrious you can make your own. Then you can have it as a main dish or side, add various veggies and change out the sauce to suit your mood. 

I bring this up as the gnocchi with peas and mushrooms was an inspired dish from The Silence, the last novel I read. 


Santa Fe Chicken from SkinnyTaste.  This is one I will post later this week.  So. Good.

An experiment I tried was using my dough cutter and made empanadas with black beans, cheese and rice. I should have used pizza dough or bread dough but this came out visually pleasing.  

  Wordpress/Blogspot changes / Well...I didn't much like it when Blogspot decided to switch to a new format and thought about moving the foodie blog to WP.  And then....{cue ominous music}... Wordpress did the same thing!  Well, they haven't changed the editor as yet but they have been pushing their new improved Block Editor as they will switch to it in the near future.  
Never mind if you'd rather have the classic editor (which I Love) so I went ahead and tried the block edit version and it’s very... no, extremely confusing. 

I may try and bring the book site to Blogspot. Anyone else loathe the latest “improvements “ on either site? Oh, funny observation (I thought) was all  my foodie sites on my sidebar primarily use Blogspot and the Novel Meals site links/friends uses WP. Huh.

Reading and Watching / My reading picked up again after a sluggish period. We either listen to music in the evenings, watch a DVD or, weather permitting, dine outside and watch the changes of the sky and wildlife.  In the daytime I read and lately I have finished:
The Silence by Susan Allott
When we Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O'Neal (lots of food in this one)
The Darkest Night and Missing in Wales by Jenny O'Brien ( a series new to me, police procedural set in Wales)

Last night we watched Three Days to Kill with Kevin Costner.  Lots of action and a comedic element here and there.  We have tried a few new things from the Library such as Life on Mars (a British police series) and an old Star Trek movie from the 1990's - those weren't good so they were popped back in the library bag.

Looking forward to the second season of Jack Ryan once it's out on DVD.

That's a quick update for me.  Coming up I have my Harry Potter creation ready for the Food 'n Flix event this month.  The SkinnyTaste recipe and camping plans.

Hope all is well in your world!

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  1. Your gnocchi ideas look good. I have a ready-made package of them in the freezer, maybe will try it your way!

    No one at all seems to like the new blogger interface. I try it for a while and then get frustrated and go back to the "classic" and I dread the day when they remove the old option. I'm slowly figuring out how the new one does the things I need to do. I'm especially frustrated by the way they display the HTML code, which I often edit directly to position images in my posts.

    be well... mae at

    1. Mae, I didn't thhink I was the only one who was dissapointed in the new editor on Blogspot but you echo my frustrations too. Sometimes the improvements are not user friendly. But, it's a free hosting site and I will have to roll with the punches.

  2. I need to start keeping gnocchi in my freezer! I love them and so does my daughter. Need to add a few more recipe ideas to the file though. That Santa Fe Chicken has been a hit in my house, too, but I haven't made it in a while. Will have to pull out the recipe.

    I'm not thrilled with the new blogger, but see there is still an option to revert to the classic (old!) format. Am wondering whether I should take it before the option disappears.

    Chucking about your humidity saying. We've 'escaped' to CT for August and September, but it was very cool and rainy today... I was missing the heat, lol!

    1. JoAnn, I liked your update about travel and books. The gnocchi is definitely a keeper meal and it's versitile in soups or sides.
      The classic editor will go away in September anyway, alas.

  3. Ugh! I HATE the new Blogger interface and returned to the old, although I understand that only stays around until September. We all need to bitterly complain until them and get it to last longer. :-(

    Your empanadas on the other hand look amazing and I very much LIKE them! ;-) Thanks for sharing with Souper Sundays this week.

    1. Deb, it's always pleasure to join in Souper Sundays. I think anyone I speak with hates the new editor- wish we had an option.

  4. I love gnocchi but don't get it very often - usually only at restaurants. I need to put it on the grocery list because it's such a tasty meal. I don't mind the new Blogger too much though it took me a bit to find where everything is - though I keep things super simple so I might not be the best judge. I owe you an email! Things are fine I've just been frazzled but I'll catch you up soon. Hope things are well!

    1. Katherine, don't you worry about emails right now, you have your hands full. I am hoping all is going well with your family.

      Maybe I ought to simplfy the blog and the new editor won't make me so irritable. Oh, don't get me started on the Wordpress new editor!!


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