Monday, November 30, 2009
Babycakes got her yearly vaccination and didn't even flinch so Mommy told her she could have a present, whatever she wanted. Of course, she wanted to go to the pet store.
Say hello to Sally Dorothy---or sometimes Judy. I guess all the names are so fabulous, she couldn't decide.
We spent Thanksgiving at my parent's which nice and quiet, laid back. Then on Friday, we had Part II at the Politi house featuring 36 of the loudest people I've ever met.
I made home-made eggnog, I guess it was a hit.Then, Uncle Bobby busted out a harmonica and the children instantly transformed into Irish step dancers.
It was like a Dolly Parton Christmas special, but highly entertaining.After stuffing their faces full of gingerbread and dancing their pants off, the girls quietly farted their way to sleep.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Our cousin Mary Loves chicken!
Those chicken feet are great tools for kicking up leaves...
Pop-Pop teaching our little butterball to play the organ.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
My favorite ways to eat them:
Butternut Squash Soup
Macaroni and Cheese with Butternut Squash
Lasagna with Butternut Squash and Sage
Cranberry Bean Salad with Butternut Squash and Bacon (mmm...bacon)
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
Yes, the good old Little League Fair behind my parent's house...ahh the memories. This was the first year that MaryJane could actually ride the kiddie rides and she was thrilled. She rode these motorcycles about 15 times. My neighbor, JoAnn, said she was monopolizing them so the other kids couldn't ride. There were new sponsors this year so none of the fun stuff was offered (beer tent, big wheel gambling, etc.), but it was enjoyable for all intensive nostalgic purposes. And we got fried dough!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Lobster rolls courtesy of my friend Martha. I had always seen them at festivals, but they were so expensive and I was afraid they wouldn't be of great quality. I knew Martha wouldn't let me down. The hot buttery toasted rolls stuffed with lemony lobster salad...sorry I'm slobbering on the computer screen...
Friday, June 26, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
More likely, you're asking, "Why does asparagus make my pee smell bad?"
Good question... Asparagus contains a sulfur compound called mercaptan. It is also found in onions, garlic, rotten eggs, and in the secretions of skunks. The signature smell occurs when this substance is broken down in your digestive system. Not all people have the gene for the enzyme that breaks down mercaptan, so some of you can eat all the asparagus you want without stinking up the place.
Unfortunately, I am not one of the lucky few, but I do eat all the asparagus I want because they're loaded with B vitamins and potassium which, in my book, negates the stinky pee.
Here is a delicious recipe that I love to make in the spring (above pictured), courtesy of my friend, Martha.
Morel and Asparagus Sandwiches with Poached Egg
1 cup best-quality whole-milk ricotta cheese
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
10 ounces asparagus, trimmed
4 ounces small morel mushrooms (halved or quartered if large)
1/2 cup homemade or low-sodium store-bought chicken stock
3 tablespoons heavy cream
4 teaspoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
4 teaspoons finely chopped fresh chervil
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
4 very fresh large eggs
4 slices ( 1/2 inch thick) rustic bread, lightly toasted
Stir together ricotta, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pinch of pepper in a bowl; set aside.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add butter and oil; heat until butter has melted. Add asparagus, and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Stir in mushrooms. Add stock, and bring to a simmer. Cover, and cook 2 minutes. Uncover, and cook until asparagus is tender and bright green, about 2 minutes more. Add cream; cook until reduced and slightly thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in herbs and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper; remove from heat.
Bring a large shallow saucepan of water to a simmer. Working with 1 egg at time, break into a cup, and slide egg into water. Cook the eggs until whites are set, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer eggs to a plate lined with paper towels to drain.
Spread ricotta mixture over bread slices, dividing evenly. Divide asparagus among slices, and drizzle with sauce. Top each with a poached egg. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Imagine it the way you want it to be so that your
vibration is a match to your desire.
When your vibration is a match to your desire,
all things in your experience will gravitate
to meet that
match every time.
New Book--Cradle to Cradle
Sunday, March 29, 2009
So my beautiful daughter turned two on Saturday---the party was a success, even though my cake was kind of wack. She really likes that show, Mighty B, so I decided to make her a cake in the shape of a beehive. It seemed like a great idea...marzipan dyed yellow and rolled into ropes to wrap around a giant dome shaped cake. I used brownie mix and baked it a lower temperature for a longer period of time, so the middle wouldn't be too gooey. It ended up sinking anyway and MJ really liked ripping the marzipan off while I was putting it on. It was her birthday, so I let her.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
MJ and I are trying to break our winter doldrums and get started on veggie and flower garden, so on Sunday we planted our little seeds landing more dirt on my patio than in the little trays. In the end we succeeded and I schlepped them in to the beautiful little greenhouse at NRHS. Grow little babies, grow!
Here are some fabulous links for the amateur gardener that teach the best organic and frugal ways to do things:
-5 tips for beginner vegetable gardeners
-Learn About Organic Garden Design on a Budget and Reap The Benefits of Cheap Healthy Food