Saturday, January 12, 2013

Signs of Spring!

It's an unseasonably warm 49 degrees this afternoon in New England.  The overnight lows are only expected to bottom out at 41 around here, and tomorrow will be quite nicely in the mid- to high-50s.  It's looking like Mother Nature is a bit confused, as are the bunch of red breasted robins I just saw.  We normally don't see them until all foul weather is behind us but these six fellows were eagerly dining in this yard today.

Four robins in this photo.

He looks like he's waiting to cross the street!
Robins on January 12th!  I'm guessing they found a lot to eat.  They stayed until after I walked on by.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Food experiments

I've started this new year off right by experimenting in the kitchen again and I'm darned pleased with the results.  After being in a bit of a food rut...same old, same was time to try some new things.

First I started making my morning green smoothies again, but I have stepped it up a bit by switching from spinach to kale.  It's a much stronger taste but I'm sticking with it and it's growing on me.

But I also tried a carrot cake smoothie....yum!  I won't link to any one recipe because I found so many of them.  (You can search carrot cake smoothie online)  Basically, you use approximately one-eighth cup of uncooked oatmeal, some carrots, milk, banana, and cinnamon.

I've seen variations that included protein powder or an egg but I'm enjoying it in the plain and simple stage.

A few times now, I've stumbled across Faith Middleton's radio show "Food Schmooz" while driving back from my mother's on Saturdays.  (You can hear the archives online here.)  Faith has some interesting guests and this week there was a great discussion that included a soup recipe made from  blending some roasted beets, apples, fresh ginger, and chicken stock.  I bought some beets and tossed this together, adding a tiny bit of lemon juice to the apples as they cooked. (I didn't realize that there wasn't any stock in the house so I just added a bit of milk for thinning)  This is a definite repeat-able recipe!  I loved it. 

Photos taken before thinning.  It's that beautiful purple beet color!

I'll be bringing it for lunch this week alongside a barley/kale/red onion salad.  And to go with it, there's a fresh loaf of beer bread coming out of the oven.

It's going to be a great Sunday....laundry's done, food prep is done, house is semi-clean, and tonight Downton Abbey returns!  I'll be at someone's house watching tv tonight.
* smile *

Saturday, January 5, 2013

After hours, 1/04/13

"After hours" was a photo topic I enjoyed two years ago, and I've decided to bring it back.  I love the shapes and shadows created by light in the darkness.

Have a wonderful Sunday!