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A Delicious Casserole

I decided I wanted to cook beans, shrimp and kale, but I knew I did not want a soup recipe since we are a little souped out in my house. After seeing some typical recipes including using pasta, I was lucky enough to find this unexpected casserole recipe posted below. It won the seal of approval by my two men and I can't wait to actually make it again because it was that delicious.

Shrimp, Kale and Cannellini Bean Casserole from The Perfect Pantry.

I did not have Parmigiano cheese so I used what I had on hand which was extra sharp cheddar cheese.
We did have the wine and had a glass to share as well. :)


Wintry Wednesday

Things are much better here. Let me just say I am very fortunate to have the husband I have. I could not imagine being married to someone that I was not able to talk to or be honest with. My writing will continue, just not yet. There a few things that need to be taken care of that have been stalled here due to lack of time or lack of interest. Once that is done, the writing can commence!!

Just got informed that my 2005 Saturn ION is part of a massive recall. Good times there. Seems there is a slight ignition problem. If your key chain is a touch too heavy, the key can turn into the off position, causing car to shut down and you get in an accident without the luxury of having your airbags work because the car is technically "off". Apparently they knew of this issue for about TEN YEARS and yet did nothing. On my I can see the lawsuits now.

It is snowing. Again. I know it is still winter, but man, I am so done. Like, done beyond done. I do admit,  as I look out the window, the …

Tomorrow Never Knows

Since I am still in a funk, accepting my decision is like going through the stages of grief a la K├╝bler-Ross, I have been listening to a lot of music. One song in particular is easing my mind and that would be The Beatles tune: Tomorrow Never Knows. Not everyone loves The Beatles, but I have found some of their less mainstreamy songs to the be the ones that reach out and heal you. Music is my way of coping and all types of songs and genres are being blasted through my computer. Good thing I am not a heavy drinker.



I Quit

The gym and I have parted ways. I went in yesterday and worked out for the first time in months and while it felt fantastic, I still had to quit. They give you three months to keep going then that is it so I have until May 5. I did it to save us some money but in a weird way, it made me feel pretty crappy.
All my life I have been a procrastinator, a dreamer, a quitter, a half asser. Sometimes I would follow through and feel good about my achievements, those A's I got in anatomy and algebra class will remain my crowning achievements. Most of the time, be it school, a business or an attempted career, I could give it my all and then just fall short. I blame no one but myself here.

Whether it was bad timing due to the job market or no customers or just naive grandiose thinking, things did not go as planned.
I remember believing my handmade, one of a kind jewelry business was going to do so well that we would be featured in magazines and stores. We tried all sorts of shows in NJ and ou…

Cabbage Salad Recipe and a Wine Bar

I think I may have posted this recipe before, but so what? LOL
I made a stunner of a cabbage salad yesterday. I did not have all the ingredients so took the posters advice and just did carrots, cabbage and chickpeas. I also lacked limes so used lemons instead for the dijon-lime dressing. Dare I say it was quite yummy and a lovely accompaniment to my Basic Salmon Loaf dish.

Cabbage Salad with Dijon Lime Dressing

On a side note, my husband is converting a closet into a wine bar. One of the more entertaining things about my husband is if I happen to mention something along the lines of, "Hey I was looking at Houzz and saw this neat banquette seating area." He will begin to measure things before I can say, "That we can do one day." Or "It looks nice, but we do not need one, etc."
Before we bought a house he had also talked about one day getting more hands on with tools. (Get all of your minds out of the gutter.) And I have to say, the man is becoming skilled. …

DIY Laundry Room For Only $157?? Nice Job!

In my mind I am a brilliant DIY-er. In the real world, not so much. I can knit, I can somewhat sew but if you asked me to build a table I don't think I would be doing that with much grace. What I am really very good at is finding projects for my husband who aspires to build furniture one day and feed that desire as much as I can. Not always a solid plan, but trust me, the man has come a long way since we bought our home. Whenever I come across something I think he can handle I email it to him and suggest he file it away. I will definitely post pictures of the projects he has undertaken so far. This is all due to my hunting and gathering of things that I myself could probably make, but prefer to delegate to the man who is eager to improve his building skills.

Now, I do love a good DIY blog and there seems to be quite a healthy amount out there if one is in need. ViewAlongTheWay came to my attention and at first glance I was like, "Ugh, another person with serious skills who ca…

When is Good Design, Bad?

Like a lot of people, I enjoy looking at beautiful things. Whether it is a home or a photograph of a secluded spot somewhere or a piece of pottery someone made, I can appreciate how things can enhance the world around it and make it prettier or even at times ugly.
Be that as it may, one thing I have noticed and do not like is how a lot of home design sites are pushing the unattainable.

I know, this is nothing new, but it is getting out of hand.

Recently on Houzz, what I consider a high end design site if there ever was one, there was a feature on a twenty something couple that bought a house in San Francisco. Right there, that one bit of information told me we were dealing with tech money. This young couple had no furniture so they hired an interior designer to fill their space in four days and give it life. Now while the designer did a superb job, which you can see here, I found myself troubled by young people who stated they have no books. Listen, I like my Kindle, but holding a boo…

Strep Throat

Yup. That is what I have. I had woken up this morning with my throat in even more pain, a headache and a little dizzy. I knew something was not right. Called the doctor's office, got an early appointment and voila! Interestingly enough I have no fever, or pus in my throat or chills. Just a really raw and red throat. So sexy. I am on a fabulous regimen of Amoxicillin twice a day for ten days and Mucinex D twice a day for ten days. Good times. I am really, really, really hoping that the little man and the big man do not get this. We really do our best to stay healthy in my family, but hey, germs can't help but get passed around. So fingers crossed and prayers said. Plus it looks like I am definitely the walking petri dish, not the child. LOL

I went to CVS to get my prescriptions filled. I asked the pharmacy cashier if he needed my prescription card but he said no. I figured  it was in the system already then. When it was time to pay, I thought the price of 72.99 for the Amoxil w…

16 inches and Spicy Roasted Parsnip Soup

That is now the newest total of snow we should be getting here in Northwest NJ.


Here is what it looks like outside right now.

                                                                          Thanks Google for the effect, but not needed right now.
Note the beautiful Cardinal hanging out in the tree.

This is our porch. This storm brings some nice winds with it today.

And here is a shot from our back door. Please note that my bird bath has snow half way up to the top and will most likely get covered completely by end of storm.
So folks, that is it. Here we are, in a honest to goodness winter storm. My son is watching "Curious George" and "Motor Week", my husband is working from home, I am knitting and wondering if I have a sore throat and stuffiness because I may be getting sick or because I have radiators which give us lovely dry heat. All in all, a good day. 
For lunch I am having leftovers. A delicious spicy roasted parsnip soup made from a recipe I f…

Leave Her To Heaven

I had never heard of this movie until I read about it on Hooked on Houses. So I did a little search and found it on YouTube.


I kid you not when I say that is is a fabulous and intense film. Gene Tierney is beautiful and beautifully psychopathic. I was mesmerized by her every single time she was on the screen. Everyone in the film was great and not for nothing, why have I never seen or heard of Jeanne Crain before?? She was terrific as Ruth and is also a serious looker.

Apparently this movie is based off the novel of the same name which I may need to add to my long list of things to read one day.

So my dears, grab a drink, sit back and enjoy this superb film noir any way you can get hold of it.  Here is the trailer.


Hello, Hello

Yes, yes, a big chubby hello on this sunny, snow free Tuesday! I say that because on Thursday we may getting up to 12 inches of snow.
Welcome to the Northeast bitches.

Anyway, in spite of us all getting up early this morning thanks to one senile kitty vomiting, then meowing to be fed and replace what she had just purged, I have chosen to be chipper. My son, well, he is working on that.

The swimming lesson went okay. He loved being in the water until we had to do actual swimming movements  and practice safety techniques. He cried out "No", cried and clung to me. I decided we would persevere because he would probably eventually enjoy himself, at least I hope. Later on I realized this was the first time he had ever been in an actual pool. The teacher said "hello" to him and scooped him into the pool. He liked that, but he did not like putting on the necessary floaty devices. We figured it was a good thing they just have the kids dive in so to speak. We have a total of…

Just Another Snow Day

Yes I know it is winter, but this snow and ice shite has got to stop.  
This was what it looked like out my one window yesterday. You can't see it, but it was raining when I took this picture. Things warmed up, but then got cold again so that everything that melted refroze.  I admit it does look somewhat pretty, even though the plants are all bent over from the weight of the ice. 

I had to dig a few pathways for our little Miss there so she can do her business.  Luckily she has loved the snow since she was a pup so taking her outside is not a hassle. We just really have to make sure she does not ice skate across the patio. Which is sort of funny ;-)

I got my seeds a few weeks ago from Victory Seed Company and I cannot wait for spring. I may have said this already and I will keep saying it until I see the first crocus.

Oh, because I am a masochist of sorts, I am taking our little man to his first swim lesson today. That's right, in February. They claim their indoor pool is 88 …

Working Out At Home

I have a gym membership. I used to go three times a week. Even more before and when I was pregnant. Ever since we had construction done on our house, which started back in late September, beginning of October, I found it difficult to get there so I just stopped going pretty much.

Now, heart disease and cancer are the top dogs in my genetic makeup so I need to do whatever I can to keep those from inevitability happening sooner than they should, if they even are going to occur. I also actually care about what shape I am in so I needed to search for a solution.

I figured I would work out at home, but was not sure how to proceed. I started with looking up old work out videos I had used back in the day. (Hey Cindy Crawford!) But I wanted something else. Lo and behold, I came across a choice channel on YouTube called Lionsgate BeFit filled with what looks like thousands of work out videos. Oh yes, it has been a godsend of sorts. I can wake up, go downstairs to the living room and work out f…