Thursday, October 29, 2009

Drunken Shrimp and Less than $10 for Dinner

And it will be dinner again for two and at least 2 lunches, so dinner last night will be very economical despite the addition of shrimp.

One of the recipes Texter had marked in the Sandra Lee’s Semi-Homemade Weeknight Recipes (mentioned in earlier post) was Fettuccini Alfredo with Shrimp.  So I got the missing ingredients and off we went.  My most expensive purchase for it was the shrimp.  I bought salad shrimp, frozen, for $4.99 on sale and used that rather than larger shrimp. 

I started putting it together and in came Texter who took over after I chopped the onion and garlic.  The rest of a bottle of white wine went into the recipe so I didn’t have to buy wine.  A bottle of wine in my house lllasssstttssss for months.  I open it, have one or two glasses and then forget I have it.

No pictures were taken of the final results.  We were too busy eating it.  Really easy, especially if you buy your carrots already shredded like I did.  Fairly inexpensive, less than $10 for every (without counting the wine) and it will last through at least 6 servings if not 8.  So I am looking at something really tasty, easy and quick for about $1 a serving.

Texter did get tickled.  She pulled the cork out of the bottle for me.  See, I can have something over than screw top wine!  And dumped it in the mixture with the shrimp.  She kept calling them the “drunken shrimp”.  So we are renaming the dish “Drunken Shrimp Fettuccini Alfredo”.

Did I mention I finished off the dinner with one of the napoleons?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Texter is Cooking!

Slowly, but surely, Texter is doing a little more cooking.  She does fix an awesome breakfast.  Hash browns are her favorite to fix.   Right down to peeling and shredding the potatoes herself.

So when I gave her a new cookbook of easy dishes to go through and mark what she might be interested in eating (I am soooo tired of the same old dishes and am looking for new ones.), she came across  Black Forest Napoleons out of Sandra Lee’s Weeknight Wonders.  (I know the library hates me right now because I have asked for all their latest cookbooks.)

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Anyway, here are the results….


Aren’t they beautiful!  And the proud cook….


Only problems…….(1) they are GOOD! and (2) they are so high you can’t bite it easily.  But I will suffer so as to not hurt her feelings…lol.

She has developed an interest in cooking later than her sister.  Of course, Savvy did have Home Ec in middle school which prompted her along.

Oh, Savvy, too bad we can’t save one for you.  But they do have those nasty RED cherries on top!  And we have a whole, BIG jar of them to go through in the refrigerator!  (Texter and I can stand in the door of the refrigerator and eat them straight from the bottle.  It’s a thing I’ve done my whole life, so I have to just not buy them.)

Last weekend, Texter fixed No-Knead Chocolate and Coconut Rolls – minus the coconut.  We didn’t take pictures, but here is the picture from Better Homes and Garden…


She will admit hers were not quite as perfect as these with regards to roundness and “rollness”, but they were good.  She really doesn’t like cinnamon, so when I found this recipe I thought it was a good replacement for when we wanted cinnamon rolls.

Creamy Shrimp Fettuccine is going to be her next attempt later in the week.

I have found if I cut the recipes in half, then there is enough for the two of us and then a little left over for my lunch the next day.  This way I don’t have to eat on it for days and days.


Saturday, October 24, 2009

Looking Down – Walk in the Park Part II

(October 11, 2009)

Started out on my walk with the intention of taking pictures of leaves and such.  Instead, I found myself looking down as there were hundreds of mushrooms everywhere.


Some that were round and puffy and looked like a moonscape.

Some looked like a dark moon.



Some were red and white.







There were blue mushrooms….


Groups of ‘shrooms…..










Tiny ones…….




Big ones…..




Ones on logs…


Brown ones….



Purple ones….



While I wish I knew more about mushrooms, because I could have filled a wagon quickly, I did not touch a one. 

Where’s a mushroomer when you need one?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Walk in the Park

(October 11, 2009)

It is cool and cloudy this morning.  I decided I wanted to take a pre-fall picture walk.  With Sarge.  We both needed out of the house and Texter was still sleeping off the flu and pink-eye.


So I loaded up with both digital cameras (haven’t given Savvy hers back yet).


Leaves are starting to change.





Then the sun came out.


A nice fall day.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Collages, not College

Playing with some pictures I’ve taken over the past year or so.

There is “Orange”


And “Green”


And “Harvest Moon”


And “The Many Faces of Savvy”

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Brief Catch-Up Moment

Between work and school, there is nursing the teen with “flu-like” symptoms.   Which then turned into pink-eye…in both eyes.  I have managed a walk through the park with Sarge.  And managed to capture this.


This is a reflection of the clouds in the water, not of the sky itself.

Some days I just feel like a reflection of the real thing myself.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Cat in the Hat and the Spider and the Moon

Took a break from studying and work (and making chocolate pudding) to take a couple of pictures……


This is what happens when you don’t push in your sock drawer all the way.  You get a “Cat in the Sock Drawer”.

Today is the Harvest Moon (or rather October 4 is) and I was trying to take pictures of the full moon.  Much to my surprise I got a little more than the moon.


Oops…spider web complete with the spider!  Is the moon caught in the web?

Thursday, October 01, 2009

1100 Miles and Counting

Well, as of 01 October I have gone over 1100 miles walking and biking.  This is in less than a 2 year period which started on 07 November 2007.  So now my goal is to get 1000 miles by the first of October, 2010.

Let’s see how it goes.