Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Book Club - tiny beautiful things by Cheryl Strayed


"The best thing you can possibly do with your life is to tackle the motherfucking shit out of love."

"Addiction is a tunnel that wakes you up in the middle of the night.  Everything else happens out here in the light."

"You cannot convince people to love you.  This is an absolute rule.  No one will ever give you love because you want him or her to give it.  Real love moves freely in both directions.  Don't waste your time on anything else."

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Breakfast Tacos

We are a taco family, and that extends to breakfast time too - 
Breakfast Tacos! 
Super easy to make and to customize how you like. 
This meal we cooked up some sausage, scrambled some eggs, 
and piled them on the tortillas along with 
salsa, avocado, cheese and sour cream.


A fast meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner in minutes.  
And sometimes, the kids will eat some too!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Mighty Life List - Let's Get Crafty - Make a T Shirt Grocery Bag

This was a cheap T shirt that was not (ahem) fitting me well. 
Too short and very unflattering. 
So it was time to go! 
I cut the back of the neck off to match the front. 
Since the sleeves were very short, I left them. 
It makes for thicker handles, but I am ok with that.


Turn the shirt inside out and cut the bottom into strips.  
I discover that none of our scissors are very sharp.


Start tying the strips together, back to front.  
Then, side to side.  And doubled knotted. 
 It got pretty confusing to keep the strips in 
an orderly fashion, but I did the best I could.
 
A bag!

I turned it right side out and peeked inside.  
I could see light from two fairly big gaps, 
so I did some extra knots over those areas.


Here`s the bag loaded with some light bulbs.  
I wouldn`t load this up with anything heavy, 
but for light jobs, it`s perfect!


See the tutorial here at Hello Glow.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Our first attempt at zoodles

I jumped on the veggie noodle train back in 2015 by buying a handheld spiralizer, then 
going home and shoving it in a drawer and forgetting about it. Go me. 

But I really want to try all these interesting ideas for spiralized foods, so I hauled mine out, 
found a recipe for zucchini noodles with chicken and tomatos and went to work. 
Luckily for me, I changed my mind and didn't make it for family Sunday dinner, 
because good wasn't a word I would use to describe the end result. 

Here's some of the ingredients for our tasty sauce.


Here is the spiralizer.


Zuke noodles!


The problem is - the spiralizer I bought only has one setting and it is very, very thin.  
We managed to cook them to just tender-crisp, but adding the sauce weighed it down and 
turned the noodles to much.  It tasted ok and was edible, but it didn't look good and
 wasn't what I wanted.

So my veggie noodle dream is on hold right now until I can find a reasonable replacement to buy and justify spending the bucks on it.

If you have a recommendation for me, drop me a line!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Sunday dinner - Swedish Meatballs and cookies

I made Swedish Meatballs out of my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook from the '90's - and what a winner. 
 Total comfort food, and pretty easy too. 
I had to bake some treats for a cookie exchange at work, 
so I made a double batch of Baci di Cioccolati and boom!  Dessert was done.

I found these bags at the back of a cupboard in the kitchen - they were a Target purchase.  RIP.  



I know I've said this before - but these are just the best cookies.  
Very rich and the dried fruits add a lovely chewiness.  
As the kids today say, 10/10, would recommend.