Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
From season to season, it's always fascinating to see the changes on 'our' Manzanita beach. Not too many years ago this rock was about 15' high, now it's only visible at minus tide. It's easy to see that this particular spot caused some notable shipwrecks.SOLV [Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism], that encourage beach clean-up's so that generations can enjoy the beauty here. Not to mention that many people pick up beach trash on their beach walk. Maybe someday the sea life will return.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Ever had an amazing, fun night with your girlfriends?
About four years ago, at our Riverdale School Auction, my friends, Martha, Barb and I bid on a Queen Party. Everyone who attended was to dress up as a Queen, so I was the Queen of Clubs. There was an Egptyian Queen, Anne Boleyn, Queen Elizabeth, a Queen Bee...you get the picture! Then there was Velma! (my friend Barb's alter ego).
The husbands were recruited to keep up the libations, and announce the names of the Queens as we entered the party!
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Signs of Spring are showing up everywhere. We dragged up the patio chairs to the top deck, and I planted the last of my tulips. OK, I know it's a long shot, but I found a bag of bulbs starting to sprout in the garage, so I figured I might as well plant them. I'll share what turns up! Meanwhile, don't you just love the profusion of daffodils you see everywhere?
more signs of Spring...
Friday, March 12, 2010
It was my turn to host our watercolor meeting. I had missed our last gathering and it was fun to catch up with my art buddies and see what everyone's been up to. At our last session (which I missed), everyone taped a photo to a piece of watercolor paper, and then painted an extension of the photo. Dinah painted a garden scene that reminds me of 'Where's Waldo?' It's hard to see where her photo ends and the painting begins:
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
This morning I had on the Today Show, as I often do while I'm working on some mindless task like editing photos, or listing jewelry on my Etsy site. Mario Batali was on talking about pork, but since I wasn't paying attention, I thought it was chicken. The recipe that he was preparing sounded interesting and I spent about 30 minutes searching the Web for it before I realized that I was looking for the wrong thing! What I really wanted was Lemon Chicken, and most of the recipes that I found just called for a combination of lemons, herbs and chicken. What I had in mind, had a little more depth of flavor.
When I was a child in California, lemons were plentiful and grew in our yard with a little help from my Dad who loved to garden. I used to walk outside in the yard and pick them whenever I wanted. Of course, I didn't cook back then, so I took their availability for granted!
I ended up adding my own ingredients to a basic recipe, and this is what I came up with:
Cut up a whole chicken and leave the skin on. Make up the following ingredients, add to chicken and marinate in a large Baggie for an hour: The juice of three Lemons. 3 pressed cloves of Garlic, and 1/4 c. Capers.
Add 1/2 c. cooking Sherry, salt and pepper, 1 tsp. Dill, and 1 tsp. Rosemary. Place in a roasting pan, adding 4 pats of butter to the chicken. Bake for 30 minutes, and then baste with the pan juices and sprinkle with sweet Paprika. Bake for another 20 minutes, and then let sit for 10 minutes, add Italian Parsley and serve.
Great with fresh Pesto Pasta, and steamed Asparagus, and a glass of Chardonnay.