Are we all done eating now?????

Yiikes, my stomach is smaller yet I am bigger.  How does that work?  I even used my grandmother’s dishes this year.  I received them in 1969 when my Nana passed and you know, those dishes are so much smaller than what we use now.  Well, we loaded them up,  reasonably I think, and I still couldn’t eat it all.  I was so stuffed!  At 7 p.m. I was looking at our guests really wishing I could EXIT, so I did, they all went home.  I felt kind of rude but you know when you get to that I’m overdone mode – that is what it is! Fini.  That cooking, planning, cleaning for days on end can grind you down.  The unfortunate part (tiny unfortunate) was Turkey Day was my Birthday so suddenly I’m this creepy age and I’m overly full and tired.  Not a good match.  Next year will be different (without the impact of another year tacked on to me).

So, how about if I put some more food up????

I’ll start with some rice we just got yesterday.  My friend Carol who lives in Louisiana came by to exchange our Christmas presents….we don’t see her very often but every Thanksgiving this is what we do.  She brought this fabulous purple rice, developed by an LSU researcher Milton Rush.  He crossed a Cypress variety of rice and Sri Lankan Hitan Kitan rice.  Apparently his quest was to create one with the health benefits similar to blueberries, green tea and red wine…high in antioxidants and it remains purple as you will see with my photo.  Carol teaches and does research at LSU also.  Her specialty is breast milk; not something you find in the ground out there, hopefully.

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Fabulous taste!  I washed the rice quite a bit then cooked it as it said, easy, water, rice, boil, 15 minutes.  Then I sauteed chopped onions, peppers, spinach, s & P and hot sauce with the rooster on the label.  I was wishing I had some tortillas but it was right as is.  The name of the company is Blanca Isabel, Purple rice.  purpleblackrice.com will get you to it.

We had an interesting dessert/appetizer during the week.  It was in Sept.Food & Wine, page 82 Goat Cheese Cakes w/Rosemary and Honey. 

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Absolutely delicious.  I’d rather it be an appetizer and with the crushed gingersnaps it was more of a sweet.  Next time I’ll crush up some savory crackers for the base, skip the honey and perhaps put some really thick balsamic vinegar or chutney on top as a garnish.  A keeper for sure, just with alterations.

On the same page is Moules Farcies recipe.  Seems complicated, it’s not.  Mussels dry cooked for a bit then a touch of wine, garlic, 3 minutes, done.  Put them out on a baking sheet (2 bags makes 2 sheets) get rid of the empty shells, keep the muscles you have in the half shell, put some pesto on top, crumb garnish, broil, done, nice appetizer with toothpicks.  Unlike other shell things these are easy as the mussels don’t stick to the shells so it’s just a little cute cup thing.

Ruth, that bad girl, wanted me to make Paula Deans sons Salty Pecan Pie.  I did.

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It starts with a pretzel crust (ick in my books) but then you cook the butter, brown sugar, sea salt and pecans together which is what you see.  That was yummmola, all warm, sweet, salty.  Once baked…..too salty, darn, it had such potential.  I wouldn’t bother with this one.

I got a bit of sewing in just before Ruth and Matt arrived.  I wanted to make some pillow cases to go in their room in the Apartment.

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I love making these crazy things.  I’m always such a goof ball regarding what I think goes together.  They look just awesome on the bed over there.  The white duvet they sit on has a slightly similar pattern to the larger cuff on the pillow so it kinda ties in and I have a large turquoise corduroy bolster on the bed……see, I’m not that far off.

Yesterday I went to Paul’s Leather Man.  This guy at JustLeather.com (not leathers) sells all this absolutely beautiful scraps and hides, half hides from a garage on his property, online usually but he does take walk in’s if you make an appointment.  I did.  Geech, I was so overwhelmed but not so much I didn’t totally endulge.  DARN, I just realized I hadn’t downloaded the pictures but…in your mind, picture fairly large, like 28″ x 40″ squares of turquoise (surprised?), orange, green, pinks, blues, tans and even a shiny metallic and then picture a heavier leather scrap burgundy color, larger, like 1/4 hide.  All for $30.00 total.  Next, a half large hide of a soft grey to upholster an old chair Paul has restored with a purple/mahogany finish with a nice loud pillow it should be totally amazing.  $75.00  All the leathers I got were soft as I was hoping to make some bags, etc. I didn’t want that heavy stuff which he has plenty of.  He had these squares the size of tiles, all different colors, patterns, etc. all the same size…..my mind is going crazy on what I could do with those????  I’ll go back, once I settle down a bit and mess with what I have.

No hunters out there today so Luna and I are off to the woods to collect mosses, bark, scraps, anything else sort of winterish.  I bought a $10.00 turtle tank the other day to make a Terrarium for our porch table.  It’s my Christmas tree this year.  I made one when my Mom was here and it was sooooo cool.  I still have the round beach rocks so I’ll glue gun them in a stack to look like a tree then stick those stars I’ve mentioned before that I never got as a kid, you know, the ones we wore on our foreheads?  I can’t wait to get at this project.  It’s fun.  I’ll post when done.  I’ll line up our Nutcrackers and that will be our big festive decorations.  

I’m pretty close to actually weaving those bath towels I’ve been trying to thread up on the loom.  Paul’s x-mas present so I’m on it now that the holiday is past.  Pictures soon of that one also.  Have a lovely day fellow dieters. ciao

 

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