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Delicious Snack - Parsnips

Things are busy here as they are busy everywhere I am sure. It is pretty amazing how freezing temps makes you productive in ways you could not imagine. I found a solution to a sensory type blanket I have been working on for my godson. I am embarrassed that it has taken me as long as it has, but believe it or not, I had an epiphany and will now be able to complete it, hopefully by the weekend.

This past Sunday I was lucky enough to meet a dear friend at our favorite tea house which was wonderful.

Now it is Monday and routine is back.

Let's talk food shall we?
I had some parsnips hanging out in my bin and wanted to do something with them other than a soup or gratin or cook them with maple syrup. Deborah Madison, I am looking at you. See: Breakfast Parsnips

I did a search and came across Baked Parsnip Fries with Rosemary on Bon Appetit.


They were not necessarily crispy and I did not care. They were damn delicious and I am looking forward to making them again. They would …

Movies and a Meal

In the past few weeks I finally got to see two major classic films I have always had on my list, but never got around to watching. Ironically, both pictures starred Jack Lemmon. First one I viewed was "The Apartment" and I LOVED it!! Loved Jack and Shirley MacLaine and everyone else in the film.

The second movie was "Some Like It Hot" and I am ashamed I have never seen it before because it was a pretty good laugh riot.

So we are due for some big time winter weather tomorrow. Snow, snow and yes, more snow.  I normally do not mind winter, but for some reason this year, I am pretty much over the bitter cold and want to see the daffodils. Not yet MissFifi, not yet.
Anyway, winter does mean delicious, hearty meals and with that I figured I would share a few soup recipes that I have not yet tried, but hope to at some point.

Sweet Potato Quinoa Stew with White Beans and Spinach from Dishing Up The Dirt looks so yummy and warm.

Fat Free Vegan has this tasty looking Vegan Cr…

Not In My Kitchen

Trends do come and go as most of us know. A few that I would like to see fade away in the design world are antlers EVERYWHERE, Eames Chairs, stainless appliances, the word "curated" being used for items in homes when you really mean "collected, hoarded or purchased" and the ever dreaded open shelving.

Now, I am not saying you cannot have these things if you find it suits your needs. What I am saying is why does everyone think HGTV, Houzz, Dwell, Architectural Digest or Apartment Therapy should tell you what to do and like? They are merely there to suggest and perhaps inspire. Unfortunately, people see is as the "written word" and have made certain elements mandatory.

I found this post on Just Me With... called "An Argument Against the Open Floor Plan" and I have to say I agree with a lot of her points. It is pretty amazing how most have been convinced that your house has been laid out incorrectly and you must rectify the matter immediately.

Black Bean and Tofu Dairy Free Enchiladas with Homemade Sauce

Sometimes I like to get ambitious in my cooking. What that really means is that I want to make something and am missing a key ingredient or two or a whole jar of sauce. Not to be daunted by my lack of jarred enchilada sauce, I searched until I found one I could make and went forward. First off, I do have dried ancho chilies but was in no means prepared to go all authentic. I decided to save that for the weekend and amusingly, chose a sauce listed in the comments in one of the recipes I was looking at. The reason I chose the sauce I did was I had all the ingredients, no tomato paste was used and it seemed like it was a no fail.

There are the enchiladas right before they headed into the oven.

They were fantastic and the sauce pretty much burned had a heat that would make Arizona do a double take. My stomach is like steel, my husband's, not so much. Because of that I would ease up on the amount of chili powder next time, but hands down, this sauce came out superb and now I never have…

Toddlers and Kindles, Purchases Happen

For some unknown reason I decided to turn my Kindle on for a moment. One of the things I truly enjoy about owning one is being able to download samples of a book and then decide if I want to read more.
My two year old got hold of it and in the fears of him ordering some $35.00, I grabbed it put it on the Table of Contents of one of my sample reads. He held it while I changed his diaper then went about his merry way. I put the Kindle back on the table and that was that. About half an hour later I get a text from my husband that read "Just wanted to make sure it was you that ordered Kindle book."

Oh crap.

Of course I replied with "What Kindle book?"

He sent me the Amazon "Thank you for buying" page and saw it was Carolyn Jourdan's Medicine Men: Extreme Appalachian Doctoring. Thankfully it only cost $3.20, but more so I was grateful that he had not clicked on my little erotica sampler from Joey W. Hills' Knights of the Boardroom series, Controlled Re…

And the Query Letter Process Begins

One thing that most trying to get published writer's hate with a passion is writing a query letter. It is a wretched process because you basically have to condense 70 to 95k words into about one to two paragraphs and hope you sound like yourself and not some demented Alfred Hitchcock introduction. Or maybe that would work? Hmmm...

Anyway, my darling husband suggested that I try getting my bounty hunter book looked at again. And me being a lover of all things torture I agreed. I looked up examples of query letters and began to panic. (Please see "How to Write the Perfect Query Letter" on Writer's Digest.) I have no writing degree, have never been published and could not survive at times if it was not for the spell check. Every agent wants a small bio. Do I say I am a stay at home mom? Shall I list my past jobs as Executive Assistant and Oncology Massage Therapist? Do I mention that I have entered numerous writing contest and have been rejected by every single one with…

LeapFrog, Never Again

A few years ago someone was nice enough to give us a My Pal Scout from LeapFrog. Our son liked it and played with it and I programmed it to say his name and what not.
Recently I decided it was time for me to upgrade the information in the toy and lo and behold, it is not compatible with Chrome OS or iOS since those systems do not use.exe files. A Word program.


I contact customer service informing them of my dilemma and that I was hoping to not have to throw out the toy. I clearly got someone from a far off land as they could not understand my issue. They sent me links on how to do LeapFrog Connect. Uh,  did that already buddy hence how I knew there was an issue. I explained again what computers I was using and after a few more misses, I was told the toy would not work and they were sorry for any inconvenience. Okay, well, will there be any upgrades to these toys at some point to be used with those systems?

Not at this time.

Well that sucks. I contact them again since it states …

Not Bad

My duvet idea has helped a lot in our son's room. We also ran the heater in our son's room last night so it was a warm night's sleep for everyone.  And that means we allowed our elderly cat in with us as well. We have held back due to her proclivity for vomiting on carpet when a wood floor is a few inches away. Can't have the new bedroom carpet get ruined, but can't let her not share our body heat either. Go ahead, say it...Suckers.

Weird having this extremely cold weather since the last few winters have been mild in a sense. I was able to walk our son almost everyday when he was born, Dec 2011, which makes being housebound so odd. Snow is not even the issue, it is the damn wind chill that keeps us inside. I would like to take this moment thank PBS iPad and Reading Rainbow for being able to entertain my child when I need to cook or take care of something. He does a lot of his own imaginative play, but there is no questioning the power and awesomeness of Curious Geo…

Snow Day

Outside right now it is quite pretty. Silent with lots of snow. Not ideal to many people but I have seen our tax dollars at work. Sand trucks and plows keep everything pretty functional here so folks will be able to drive around with no problem soon enough. Today's temperatures will keep most of us indoors. It is 12F as I type and will be going "up" to a mere 13F with tonight's temperatures at a -7F. I cannot remember the last time it was this freakin' cold.
Since there is a serious lack of insulation throughout the house, our new bedroom not included, I looked up ways to help keep our son's room from turning into a full fledged ice box. One thing I found was doubling up layers on the windows. So last night I hung a duvet cover over our son's curtains hoping to keep his room warm. I have my fingers crossed that it worked. When I went in to check him last night the room did not feel cold as it usually does. As for tonight, he will sleep in layers with two …