Thursday, May 29, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
May sock - finished!
Friday, May 23, 2008
The Hydrogen Murder
The Hydrogen Murder is the first book in a series by Camille Minichino that features elements in the periodic table. I picked up this book because the idea of a murder mystery based on chemistry and physics sounded interesting, and because the sleuth is a 55-year-old woman scientist who relocated from California to her home town of Boston.
In this book, a young physicist doing research on turning hydrogen into metallic form is murdered in his laboratory. Gloria Lamertino, a colleague of the victim who knew him in California, is called by the police to assist them in understanding the significance (if any) on the case of the murdered man's research.
While it wasn't the best mystery I've enjoyed, it was still an entertaining way to spend a few hours last week. And good enough to prompt me to get the rest of the series - as many as are currently available - to read this summer.
Modern Quilt Wrap - a few more blocks
Thursday, May 22, 2008
May sock - heel
I'm now on the heel flap of the Lily of the Valley sock. Marley and Sam had to see the dentist today and that gave me the perfect opportunity to work on this sock in the dentist's waiting room with no distractions and no interruptions. Maybe I can finish one sock in this pattern by the end of the month!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
A Prisoner of Birth
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Marley at the museum
Marley came to volunteer at the museum with me today. We had no visitors, but it was a pleasant way to spend a rainy morning. I knit on my May sock, and Marley read, studied, and then looked at various displays. Her favorite place is the schoolroom area. She likes to look through the old textbooks and sit on the students' bench and at the teacher's desk. At noon we locked up the museum and went to the library. Perfect day.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
May sock - Lily of the Valley
Monday, May 12, 2008
Mother's Day was great
Abbey, Madyson, Amy, and Hayley - all so beautiful!
Page with Madyson, Abbey, and Hayley. I love how the wind blew their dresses and hair.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Tom is 21 and other important news
When Steve saw Tom's Glock, his eyes lit up, and he had this goofy grin on his face as he handled the gun, and he said to me, "I always wanted one of these and a permit to carry a concealed weapon... ."
I never knew that.
Happy Birthday, Tom! And be careful with that thing around the rest of us!
Friday, May 09, 2008
Red Beans and Rice
Seven years ago I bought Robin Robertson's cookbook, Rice & Spice. I've used it a lot and even loaned it to several friends. It's one of the best cookbooks I own. The recipes are tasty and most are simple, with easy-to-find ingredients. For some of the ingredients that are more difficult to find, Ms. Robertson offers suggestions for substitutes. Best of all, the recipes - all of which are vegetarian - can easily be adapted to the preferences of my family, either by adding some kind of meat or dairy or by serving them as side dishes.
One of our favorite meals is red beans and rice. I make it often, but always use my mother's recipe. This week I decided to use the recipe from Rice & Spice.
Louisiana Red Beans and Rice
1 T. vegetable oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 small bell pepper, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes, drained
3 c. cooked or canned kidney beans, rinsed if canned
1/2 c. water
1 t. file powder
1 t. Tabasco sauce
1 t. dried thyme, crumbled
1/2 t. salt
1/8 t. cayenne
1 bay leaf
4 to 6 cups hot cooked long-grain white rice
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat until hot. Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic and saute until tender, about 10 minutes. Add tomatoes, kidney beans, water, file powder, Tabasco sauce, thyme, salt and cayenne. Cover and simmer until flavors have blended, about 10 minutes. Serve over hot rice.
I also cooked sausage in a separate pan. Then I divided the red beans into 2 pots and added the sausage to one. Amy, Jacy and I ate the vegetarian red beans and the rest of the family had the beans with sausage. I did not have file, or bell peppers, but it was delicious anyway. (And the vegetarian red beans are only 2 Weight Watcher points per cup serving!)
Next time we go to the lake I'll get some sassafras leaves and make my own file powder.