Every once in awhile we pick up Chinese takeaway and come home and watch a movie. Since General Tso's chicken has been one of Doug's favorites we tried it make it at home and saved a little time and money.
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
July has gone by fast, so it seems to us. It’s been a good month for books and we also discovered a television series and a few movies we enjoyed. Here’s the wrap up.
Birds / Thanks to Gregg, Mae, JoAnn and Deb for their suggestions about apps/books to identify birds. The Audubon Society app is now installed on both my phone and tablet. Going to add iNaturalist too. We see so many birds when we camp and a good guide can be hard to find.
Foodie stuff / We have had some good luck with movies lately and had a pizza night to watch one of them. A salad of romaine with fresh parmesan, tomatoes, toasted bread crumbs and a creamy dressing was a good accompaniment.
Movies and Books / I know I’ve mentioned enjoying the book News of the World. The movie was very good as well with only slight changes to the story. It’s a movie I could watch again one day. I'll also be looking for more books by Paulette Jiles.
Lisa Jewell has a new mystery coming out in September called The Night She Disappeared. Netgalley kindly gave me an advanced copy and I liked that one, told in different timelines and perspectives.
The police procedural Dead Man’s Grave by Neil Lancaster left me wanting more in this series. Lancaster was a police officer at The Met in London for 25 years so he has quite a bit of material for the series. This is set in Scotland.
A movie I can recommend, if you like true stories, is The Courier starring Benedict Cumberbatch. After the ending a script comes up telling what happened to all the people. The time period is the 1960’s during the Cuban missile crisis. Amazing.
Weather / Hating on this intense heat but it’s only July so... we better suck it up!
I hope wherever you are you are safe, healthy and happy!
Friday, July 23, 2021
This was the first time the Blackstone griddle was used to prepare fajitas and it was a hit. The original "recipe" (which I haven't prepared in ages) is from Cooking Light. You can see that post HERE. This was very similar. Instead of green bell peppers we used only the yellow and orange this time. Also onions as they are an intregal part of the veggie mixture.
Friday, July 16, 2021
I need advice for a good basic bird book so if you have a suggestion it will be most welcome. These birds here have recently arrived in an area in Tallahassee.
Could anyone help me identify this bird? We hadn't seen them before and it started with a group of four. Three white birds and one dark gray. Then a few days later more arrived.
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
This week I am revisiting the SkinnyTaste cookbook before the library wants the copy back. So far we have liked all recipes we have tried with the exception of a chili mac dish. Mongolian beef and broccoli was next on the list to try.
The recipe may be found HERE. It's meant to be a serving for four people and I think we will get two dinners out of it. I just need to steam and sautee more broccoli as we ate so much of it the first night.
Monday, July 12, 2021
A few people asked about the flooring and bathroom remodel so...here it is!
Photos of the remodel in a before and after series of photos. I posted about the kitchen changes HERE.
Before: In the upstairs bathroom we had wallpaper, a fat sink sitting atop the vanity & a clunky light fixture. Also there was carpet in the upstairs bedroom which ran into the bathroom.
Thursday, July 08, 2021
Here is a one pot meal I want to share from the Skinnytaste cookbook. It's easy and flavorful. We got home from our daily trip to the park about 6:30 and this was on the table before 7:15. That includes the prep work of chopping and boiling the pasta as well as my usual distractions of looking at a book and messing about with Loki.
Aff the pasta into the tomato mixture and stir. If it becomes too dry add some of that saved pasta water. Add chicken and toss well, remove from heat then add fresh basil and cubed cheese.
|One Pot Meal|
You could use different pasta such as penne or rotini or ziti, depending on your taste. Even gluten free pasta would work here.
Sharing with Marg at The Intrepid Reader for Weekend Cooking.
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Finally we are (mostly) unpacked and things have been put in cabinets and drawers. It's amazing the things you collected over 30 years in a home. You find many items that were dupicates or not needed so...off to the charity shop. Here are some before and after photos of the kitchen.
I tried to get photos taken at the same spot so you can see the changes. The inside of the house is T 111 paneling and while it would look good in a mountain cabin, it's rather dark for a Florida home.
After - this is so much brighter and modern. We kept the brick floors. Love the brick.
The former countertop was butcher block laminate. This was replaced with a light colored granite.
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Reading / I very much enjoyed News of the World by Paulette Jiles. Planning to get more by this author, once I catch up on books around the house. I'm trying to catch up on series so I finished The Moth Catcher, a Vera Stanhope mystery, by Ann Cleeves.
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