Sunday, July 24, 2011

Green Thumb Sunday & Sunday Breakfast Recipe

Due to budget cuts, the plants in our office have either been removed or are no longer maintained by a service. They really didn't announce it to us, at least not to my knowledge, but eventually I noticed the decline of the health of this plant that were left in my area of the office. It was absolutely parched after neglect and I found it with all the leaves down, below the pot. I thought it was probably doomed but slowly tried to rehydrate it and, not only did it respond within a couple waterings, it is now healthy and blooming! Now I've moved on to some other plants on our floor that I notice are in decline too. Geez, they are living things and I hate to see them just die the slow death due to budget cuts.

There is a recipe going around our office, more like a procedure than a recipe, for making an omelet without using any oil/fat and without using a pan. Basically you crack two eggs in a zip-loc bag and add a couple teaspoons of several fillings (i used red bell pepper, vidalia onion, ham, and a mixture of shreadded cheeses). Smooch it all up to break and distribute the yokes. Then put the bag in a pot of boiling water for 15 minutes. The photo above is shortly after adding the bags (i made two omelets) to the boiling water.

Here they are after 15 minutes. It seems like 15 minutes is a long time but i understand from other folks who have tried this that anything less it is too wet.

Photo above is just out of the boiling water. It pretty much looks like an omelet but I wasn't sure until I took it out of the bag.

On my plate! You could dress it up with a little cheese and/or chopped veggies on top but it actually looked better in person than this photo. I dont' like eggs cooked in oil or butter so this was great for me - i usually eat poached eggs but ever notice it takes forever in restaurants when you order them poached?

This is the inside. I did a better job of the squishing process in Jerry's omlet so he didn't have areas of just egg white in his like in this one.

My favorite fruit - papaya! Actually my favorite food. I bought a really big red caribbean one from publix yesterday and we had half of it with our breakfast this morning. It was fabulous. Apparently this fruit is serious about procreation, lol.

My friend Vivian, from when I lived in Seattle, taught me a little trick to squirt lime juice on papaya. Wow - what a difference it makes. Papaya is very good on it's own but with lime it is the best thing - my favorite even above scallops and I love scallops (having them for dinner tonight).

We also had home-made blackberry jelly courtesy of my friend Kim from Georgia who I met in person for the first time two weekends ago in Kentucky. Meeting my online rat-terrier friends was awesome, especially when they bring homemade jam and dog toys, lol.

The fruit that is plentiful supply around here right now is the mango. Lots of people have trees in their yards and it is interested to hear of the mango wars going on (ownership disputes, fruit stealing, etc.) A coworker brought in some from her tree to share. I don't eat mangos but jerry does. The first one was super juicy but he is waiting on this one to ripen a little more. The flesh looks a bit like papaya but is taste nothing like it to me.

I'm going to make tomato pies tonight - one for dinner and perhaps a couple for sharing. If you've never had tomato pie you have to try it! Kinda tastes a little like pizza but "eats" more like quiche. The few people who have tried it as a result of me bragging, have loved it. Seems pretty healthy too. I got my recipe from the blog Deep Fried Kudzu here.

It's been a long time since I've done a Greenthumb Sunday since my own garden is a mess but with all this fresh produce in my kitchen, I just had to share!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Pic From Vacation

We are back from vacation almost a week ago and I'm just finishing up resizing and culling my photos. With my new camera I was inspired to take lots and lots photos. Since it was a doggie meet up I thought i would post pooch photos. There might be a couple humans thrown in just because they were in the frame, lol.


Jubilee "aka Lee Lee"

My Eddie


Amos & Buster (or is it Moe?)



My Daisey

Katie Scarlett

Sonic "aka Moose"

Katie Scarlett & Beau

Katie Scarlet

My Eddie

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

**Sneak Peek** Ratbone Raffle Quilt Blocks

Here are the two Halloween blocks that will be included in Ratbone's 2011 raffle quilt. Stay tuned for more details ;)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Kentucky Quilt Barn 2

We tried to get photos of quilt barns today and decided it was almost impossible. We got a few but they were all so far away that the photos really do not do the barns and the artwork justice. I did zoom but these are on private property and I'm not the type to trespass for a better photo.

This one was on a fence in Garrad county and near the friend's house where we were visiting.

Somewhere between Danville & Lancaster.

In Boyd county.

Kentucky Quilt Barn

We're in Kentucky attending a lake party with some rat terrier friends (more on that later when I'm home with faster internet service) and i'm fascinated by the barns with quilt blocks painted on them.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

RIP Caylee Marie Anthony

Finally, right or wrong verdict, rest in peace.
My heart breaks for this family that's been torn apart.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

First Photos With New Camera

Eddie on my laptop

Daisey - the band on her leg is from her dental and cyst removal

My old flamingo's family has come to visit. I've invited them to stay for a while.

Updated my old wreaths today

Neighborhood Muscovy

Broke Wing So, back in March a mama Muscovy showed up with 14 ducklings in the pond across the street. These ponds are retention pond...