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Well, we’ve been in our new house for about a month now. I’m thinking I’m going to link this blog to some sort of new home-garden-food blog… I just need a name and a bit of extra time to get it set up. We’re finally doing some semi-regular cooking and grilling (yeah – new grill for the Mr!). We’ve already done some big yard corrections and a bit of gardening, along with some interior painting. And that’s where our focus will continue to be… the house, the yard, the garden, the kitchen. That’s the idea that I’m toying with, at the moment, blog-wise, anyway…

Stay tuned… 🙂

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We haven’t really been in the mood for anything, food-wise, lately… We’re in the process of buying a house, so cooking and kitchen days have taken a back burner for now. I will add, however, that our new kitchen is very roomy, with lots of cabinets and pantry space. 🙂 I’m looking forward to playing in there…

So, tonight I went with a ‘homemade’ pizza. The pizza dough was of the Pilsbury variety, and the pizza sauce was of the Classico Alfredo kind. I sauteed some mushrooms, garlic and artichoke hearts in a bit of olive oil. The cheese was both mozzarella and white cheddar. It turned out as expected… tasty, somewhat light, and quick… perfect!

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Sounds Good…

Scrambled pasta something sounds good again for this week. I also think I’ll do a chicken, roasted red potatoes and asparagus meal. I’ll have to plan a bit, and maybe hit the grocery store tomorrow, or the next day. We’re doing some house hunting now, so the cooking is going a bit by the wayside. We’ll see how it all goes….

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Mixmygranola.com
Interesting site. You can make your own granola mix or order pre-mixed batches. I’m not sure that I would add candy corn to my mix, but whatever. 🙂 Batches come in 16-oz. sizes.

Walkerswood Traditional Jamaican Jerk Seasoning
Normally, I do not prefer hot and spicy things, but this jerk seasoning is delicious to me! Years back, a favorite dish was jerked tofu, zucchini, and cabbage over couscous. I need to order a jar of jerk for the pantry now, as I’m thinking it would be delicious on chicken breasts. A little bit of seasoning definitely goes a long way. 🙂 I’m not sure why I like this… maybe it’s the allspice, thyme and nutmeg combination in there. Anyway, it’s good…

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Olive Oil
OK, so this one is nominally food-related… It’s a suggestion for taming and smoothing your dry and frizzy hair by working olive oil into it. Being that I had some time to try it today, I did. Apply olive oil, put hair in a scrunchie and leave for 30 minutes, shampoo and rinse. I would not recommend this. My hair is still frizzy, and, as probably should have been more obvious to me, it’s quite difficult to completely rinse the olive oil out of one’s hair in one shampoo session. I’ll stick to cooking with olive oil and leave it at that. 🙂

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Just a Quick Note…

Obviously, I have not been here lately. We started on a healthier eating kick, and while we do feel much better eating in such a way, it’s not so conducive (yet) to trying new recipes and writing about them. It started with going back to good-for-you (but can-be-boring) meals.

Of course, then came the holidays. We began celebrating the first weekend in December, since that’s when my parents came out for a visit to share Christmas with them. Then the rest of the month flew on by…

Next, we are leaving soon for a long weekend getaway to sunny San Diego, where we’ll be celebrating my upcoming ‘milestone’ birthday. I am very much looking forward to that! 🙂

So, once we return home and get back into our more ‘normal’ routine, we’ll return to our new-ish ways of healthier eating for a spell. (It was just the holiday season, after all…) Then, I do hope to play in the kitchen more and incorporate more of the good-for-you-ness into our meals and cooking fun…

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Much cooking this weekend, but I was wrong…  D. and kiddo decided on a cookfest for today and tomorrow, and that is, of course, fine by me!  🙂  I’ve got to finish getting a CD together for her, as she is putting together recipes and pictures for a cookbook.  I really enjoy having her in the kitchen with us, since we’re all foodies, it’s such fun.  Here’s what we did today, followed by our plans for tomorrow…

  • Pasta Salad
  • Ham
  • Herbed Cream Cheese Spread
  • Cheese Straws
  • Chocolate Crepes

Tommorow:

  • Baked Artichoke Dip
  • Buffalo Chicken Pizza
  • Creamed Corn (with Bacon)

I do have pictures from today, so I will be posted those recipes and tales eventually.  We’re still going out of town Wednesday night, but it’s nice to have some material for when we get back home.  🙂

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Jumping Cat

I somehow managed to capture the cat jumping over a strainer of lettuce last year. She enjoys scampering along the countertops, and green produce is a particular interest for her. 🙂

I’m still on a pseudo-hiatus here for another week or so. But I’m using my fresh balcony herbs in some cooking, and pondering making some pesto very soon. We’re headed out next week on a mini-vacation, and hopefully we’ll find some good eats too!

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