Saturday, September 26, 2015

Spend the Day With Me?

A lazy start to a lazy Saturday...

Sammi loves a belly rub!

Coffee outside...yes!
Such a nice, crisp morning.
Let's walk down to the library and get some books for later...

Nice haul!
(Look what I got, Meredith!)

Let's take a bike ride down to the river now, wanna?

Oh, wow! Nice.

Leave your bike at the top of the hill and we can walk down to the river.

The river is low enough...let's go walk under the bridge...



Okay, time to head back home.

One last look at the water.
We'll be back soon!

Gobble-gobble, Mr. Turkey!
Where's Harvey and Gladys today?

Oh, there they are.
Y'all get on home! That's where I'm headed.

Home Sweet Home.

Let's sit out front and have coffee and read...

It's a little chilly.
You'll need a light jacket.

It's a beautiful fall day and the leaves from the maple tree are falling.

The view from my chair...

The sun is sinking lower and lower on this pretty day.

Time to go in and make supper...

Oh, those burritos look good!
Is that fresh pico de gallo on top?
Yes, yes it is...with lots of fresh lime juice!

Wow, it got dark outside so fast!
That happens when you live in the mountains and the sun drops behind them.
Night falls in the blink of an eye.

Night-night, all.
Thanks for a lovely day.
♥ Love you ♥

Monday, September 21, 2015

Foodie Week & Weekend

Early last week I made this carrot cake.

I wanted to try one of these Duncan Hines Decadent cake mixes.
This one had dried carrots and raisins in the box.
The frosting was my own homemade cream cheese icing.
It was a good cake, but homemade carrot cake is much better.
You could tell it was a mix.
I gave half the cake to our neighbors.

Hubby has had the dehydrator out all week drying things for us to use in the winter when we may not be able to get out and drive a long way to a grocery store for fresh produce. So far he's done green peppers, jalapenos, mushrooms, beef jerky, and pears. 

Below is some of the Pioneer Woman stuff I got at Walmart. I've seen others showing things from her collection too. It's really popular.

I adore these teal Adaline goblets.

On my second trip, I got the chef's knife and kitchen shears, both of which I love.

The main thing I was after was this 5-qt dutch oven in teal.
It was so tempting to buy a butt-load of the stuff they had in this collection, but I refrained. I really don't need it and have nowhere to store it unless I just stuck it in the basement which would be dumb. So I'll just enjoy my few pieces and be happy. I also got one coffee mug which you'll see later in this post.

Fabulous recipe below!
I mean FABULOUS too!

All ingredients except the cheeses (ricotta & Parmesan)

Turkey Sausage & Zucchini Pasta

2-1/2 cups dry Penne or ziti pasta
3 cups sliced zucchini (3 large)
1 can Hunt's pasta sauce (about 2 cups), divided
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup roasted red peppers (I used a jarred)
1 lb turkey smoked sausage, sliced
1 15-oz Ricotta (1-1/2 to 2 cups)
1/2 to 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Garlic powder, dried basil, dried oregano, salt & black pepper

Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. While pasta is cooking, chop zucchini, roasted red peppers, onions, mushrooms, and sausage. Spray a 9" x 13" baking pan or casserole dish and set aside.

In a large skillet, add 1 Tbsp olive oil and cook onions until soft (3-4 minutes). Add rest of chopped veggies and spices and cook 10-15 minutes until zucchini is soft (or done to your liking).

When pasta is done, drain and add about 2/3 of the pasta sauce. Combine well and add to the bottom of your prepared baking pan. Spoon ricotta evenly across the top of the pasta. Add your cooked veggies on top of the pasta and ricotta; spread evenly. Sprinkle the rest of the pasta sauce over the top and add the Parmesan to the top.

Cover with foil and store in refrigerator until ready to bake. Bake at 375 degrees F. for about 30-40 minutes until heated through. I baked mine right away and it only took about 20 minutes as the ingredients were already warm from previous cooking and the cheeses just needed to melt.

I'm telling you this is delicious! I thought it would just be okay and something different to make, but we both really loved it. The leftovers are just as good if not better. Try it! You won't regret it.

And then...

I sat in my sweet little kitchen and sliced the last of the apples from the orchard.

And made a Sour Cream Apple Pie.
Recipe HERE.
I doubled the topping.

It's our favorite apple pie recipe.
It's eggy and creamy and apply and delicious!

I crocheted a few hours this weekend on my doily.
Then I discovered an error and had to rip out about two hours of that work last night.
Ugh! I hate when that happens! Oh well.

I painted my nails, drank hot tea, and watched the Emmy's last night.

Fun. I did switch back and forth between that and the Packers/Seahawks game. The Seahawks have lost two in a row now. I think they might suck. My true loves, the Cowboys, won yesterday, but Tony Romo was injured and is probably out for several weeks if not the entire season.

See ya.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Tah-Dah and Lots of Photos

I finished this thread potholder this morning.

It's from the same collection by Bella Crochet I linked to a couple of posts back. It was fun. Not sure what I'm going to work on over the weekend, but I'm going to start something in a few minutes. Maybe I'll finish the peach dress or work on the doily I have started.

We went for another drive yesterday and went and looked at that little camper again. We've decided not to buy it. It's just too frivolous a purchase for right now. I want my new kitchen and outside deck first. It was fun to look though.

Here are some of the best pics I took yesterday. It was overcast again most of the day and very cool. We saw TWO separate bears! Amazing! I only got a photo of one as he was running away. You'll see it in these pics. Enjoy.

Run, Mr. Bear! Run!

He was little. The other one we saw was BIG, and we were both out of the car. I didn't have my glasses on so I couldn't see that well. I stayed in the parking lot while Ken walked down by the lake to poke around. I saw something in the treeline that was black, and I thought I could see the outline of some ears, but I wasn't sure. It wasn't moving so I thought it might be one of those black metal silhouette cut-outs you see, maybe of a wolf.  I said, hey, what's that black thing over there? It was about 50 yards away from where Ken was standing. He said, It's a pine cone.  LOL!  Not that!  The BIG black thing in the trees! Oh, THAT! IT'S A BEAR!  And we both scrambled and ran to the car. We laughed so hard after we were inside with the doors firmly locked. Guess I better bring my glasses with me on these trips! A pine cone. Ha!

Then as we were leaving the area, this little guy ran in front of our car across the road. This was the only picture I got before he disappeared.

Most of these pictures were taken around Lake Roosevelt.

We went in this cute little German bakery, but it was late in the afternoon and they were sold out of most everything. We didn't get anything, but we'll remember it next time we're there earlier in the day.

Have a great weekend!
See ya.