Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Peanut Butter


I have an obvious obsession with www.101cookbooks.com ... These have been on my list to make for a while now. After much procrastination I have chosen the busiest time to finally make them; with all the moving, holiday stuff and freelance work, all I want to do is bake and eat, and eat. But these little distraction cookies were great; whole wheat flour, maple syrup, no white sugar, no eggs and really tasty... So, make them.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Holiday Sale - December 13th


This last Saturday some of us gathered at Zephyrs to sell some hand made items. We sat around and chatted while customers perused, it was an enjoyable time. The very talented Lisa organized the event; she brought with her her collection of pottery and some Antibody fair trade products to sell. Jen brought with her her cool bags made out of vintage fabrics. The photo above shows some of what we sold:

the vintage fabric bag - made by nuf
the succulent pot, peace sign magnet and necklace - made by lisa
the postcards - by me

If you were unfortunate enough to miss this holiday sale, fear not, we are having another one on Saturday December 13th from 11:00am-2:00pm. Stop on by.

The Flowers


I love this time of the year for many reasons... one being that I get to take lots of family photos.

I learned a trick to photographing 3 year old triplets... put them on a wall, so they can't move.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Comfort Food


I love comfort food. I went on a 5 mile run yesterday, came home, and craved something filling and warm... I love this cool weather. So, I made spaghetti with a lentil-tomato sauce... and it was amazing. Justin and I sat on the couch making noises as we ate it. Justin makes these funny moaning/eating noises when he enjoys what he is eating. At first, it would drive me crazy, now I take it as a compliment.

I have one more run tomorrow before the big day on Sunday... Am I ready? ... No. But I will do it, and dang it, I will have fun doing it.



Lentil-Tomato Sauce:


Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped carrots
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups lentils, rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 can (28 ounces) whole tomatoes in puree
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2/3 cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 1/2 pounds spaghetti or linguine
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
Directions
  1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, carrots, and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add lentils and thyme; cook, stirring, until lentils are coated, about 2 minutes.
  2. Break up tomatoes using your hands or a spoon and then add along with puree. Add 4 cups water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover tightly, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until lentils are tender and starting to break down, about 45 minutes. Season generously with salt and pepper. Remove from heat. If eating right away, stir in yogurt.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente according to package instructions; drain. Toss with sauce and top with grated Parmesan if des

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

It's a long, long drive up the 5...



Almonds, pistachios, lemons, cotton, carrots, onions... and more almonds...



Rolling hills, wind mills, brown grass, trucks, and powerlines...




Monday, November 10, 2008

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

A few images from today...

A symbol of today:

Our next president...


We had an election night dinner with friends. Maybe I should rename my quinoa soup: "Obama Soup" "Quin-bama Soup" "O-quin-bama Soup" ...

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Sunrise



I think this is the last time I am going to see the sunrise on my walk to work for a while (time change tomorrow).