July 22, 2010

Veggie Vavoom!

Who needs meat when there is a bounty of fresh vegetables to be had.
With the variety of veggies available at your local Farmer's Market... 
or perhaps in your own backyard...
vegetables can be the staple of tonight's summer dinner!

Use whatever fresh vegetables you have on hand to create this healthy fare.
First I cleaned a head of green cabbage and cut it into wedges.
Then I put the cabbage in my steamer.
While the cabbage was cooking I took shredded carrots and a sliced yellow squash and began to saute them in a splash of olive oil.
As they began to cook I added sliced mushrooms and some beautiful small tomatoes cut in half.
I let these lightly saute until just done...
Since my husband adores spicy food...I added some chili sauce and some lemon pepper.
Finally I sprinkled the mixture with kosher salt right at the end.

TIP: When you add salt at the beginning it contributes to the breaking down of the tomatoes, adding the salt toward the end flavors the dish but allows the tomatoes to retain their texture. Your choice!

I served the veggie mix over the steamed cabbage wedges.
My husband didn't miss the meat at all...and when my daughter stopped by the house later...she ate all the leftovers!
~ Darn...I could go for those today ~

July 20, 2010

Berry Berry Fun for Rednesday!

I love to go "Berry Picking" ...it's such a wonderful, relaxed way to spend a lazy summer afternoon!
We picked berries...

(My daughter Shannon, myself and my daughter, Taryn)

Visited the Country Store....

....and then had a little picnic at Champoeg Park.
(my silly daughter Taryn and my niece Meagan)
Midway between Portland and Salem, Oregon, Champoeg is almost like stepping into rural 19th-century America. A walk will take you along the Willamette River, through forest, farmland and prairie, and past the site of an important pioneer town that was swept away in the great Willamette Flood of 1861. 

It was a beautiful day!
When we got home....we made some homemade "red" raspberry sorbet
...in my ice cream maker!


Go here for more "red" fun sponsored by Cherry at '"It's a Very Cherry World" 
It's Rednesday - Red Hot Summer!

July 12, 2010

Beach Bound...

I am off for a few days to our place at the Oregon Coast.

I will be spending the first couple of days by myself and then I will be joined by my husband.
Ahhh...nothing like the beach for rest and relaxation...

I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful summer too!

Be Back Soon!

July 6, 2010

...the little things...

~sometimes it's those little things that put a smile on 
your face
and make you go...hmmmmm~

Like my new cup warmer I keep on my craft table.


July 2, 2010

Hooray for the Red, White & Blue!

I found this black stand at the Goodwill for 99 cents and knew it would just be perfect for holding some 
Paper Party Cones!
I filled them up with some star sprinkle cookies that my sister bought for me at...
Christmas time from Trader Joe's!

We never opened them and they were still fresh, yummy and adorable for the 4th!
 Wishing everyone a happy & healthy 4th of July!
(which happens to be my favorite holiday!)

I salute all the men and women who have fought, died,
and are still risking their lives each day
so that my family and I can live in
one nation, under God, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all!
Thank you!


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