Saturday, August 29, 2015

for the weekend

My "happy place" will always be near the ocean... the sea... the water... the coast. it a rocky shoreline or a sandy beach... the water is what is key for me.
The photos for today's post are from Pigeon Point Lighthouse in Pescadaro, California.
I went there a few years ago ((although I just edited these photos a couple nights ago)... with the intention of helping out a friend
(which I did)... but my "take-away" from it... really... was to see that glorious west-coast ocean view.
I miss the ocean... and I must get back there someday... hopefully, soon.

But hey... it's the weekend... and we're here PA... and there are lots going on this weekend.
From small festivals.... to just enjoying what may be some of the last vestiges of summer here...
who knows... but I hope you are all having some fun in the sun.

And here are some links I've gathered this week to share with you:
*It was National Dog Day this past week
* this past week... being off the computer a bit more, I read 6 books! and watched 8 movies. Go figure! This was one of the movies (which was a sad story... but really interesting) ... and this was one of the books (which was ---while disturbing --- really, really well written)
*an interesting take on the whole minimum wage debate
*wow. This looks awesome.
*this lady ran through our town this week.... here is her story.
*a different view on autism.... a long, but interesting read.
*I just discovered that these might be some of the birds I have up here on the hill flying about
*holy crap. These are REAL!  --DEA badges from the 70s-90s
*a super awesome herb that is probably in your yard (it's all over mine)
*there is nothing quite as wonderful as a fresh garden tomato sandwich on a summer day

*and some sites on my reading list:
-Amanda Louise Spayd
-Andrea Joseph
-Noel Badges
-Flowerz in my Brain
-Bohemian Hellhole

I hope you all have a great weekend... and I will see you all back here on Monday for my "foodie" post
featuring local produce I was able to get at the Farm Market.

Friday, August 28, 2015


Today is a busy, busy day... and I've lots to do...
not the least of which is a quick trip to my local library... and a stop at the local farmer's market.
I feel, in many ways... that sometimes this merry-go-round of life is spinning just a little too fast for my liking... and yet... it's completely scary to jump off... so you cling to it... and ponder whether to wait it out til it slows down... or to take a leap.
I was reading that (astrologically) it is a time of stopping and really thinking on whether you are still on your path... that now is the time to make sure you are still heading towards your goals... or if you need to change gears and change directions. And... in a lot of ways, that completely fits me right now.
And so... I am going to concentrate this weekend on just that.
Onward and upward folks!
See you all tomorrow.

Thursday, August 27, 2015


"Sorry I'm not home right now
I'm walking into spiderwebs
so leave a message
and I'll call you back
a likely story, but (yeah) leave a message
and I'll call you back..."

Some days... I just can't seem to get it together, so to speak.
Pain, fatigue, lack of appropriate sleep... all things common to Lupus... but annoying nonetheless.
Today is one of those days... finding myself having worked on things all day; but with relatively little to show for it. 
And so... I am on my third cup of coffee... and will take some Motrin or Aleve... and carry on.

Photos for today... are ones I took the other night around the yard here.
The top photo... I believe is Cowslip plant.
We seem to have a plethora of bugs and such (which probably explains all the birds and snakes here as well too).... including these rather impressive looking spiders. They make big webs... and I've seen some that are almost half dollar size (legs included). 
I'm assuming it's a common grass spider, but I am not sure. Either way... he is welcome to eat all the flies he wants.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


So, yesterday I did a post on the making of "Stuffed Scallop Squash," 
but I also made a vegetable lasagna of sorts... using essentially the same ingredients.

I had that same bowl of chopped, fresh items from the farmer's market: 
One (chopped up) large Zucchini, a large red heirloom tomato, 3 small purple onions, a sweet green pepper, and a (smaller) spicy hot pepper (minus the seeds). I also added a tablespoon of chopped garlic, and some leftover sweet corn that I had cooked the other night and chopped off the cob.
I stirred this mixture in a large bowl, and started layering it in small lidded Dutch ovens that I have.

I did one version as a vegan dish, layering this mixture, along with layers of yellow pattypan squash (sliced thinner), and layers of beet greens in a small white ceramic dutch oven.
To the top, I added some coarse sea salt and fresh ground black pepper.

The other Dutch oven, was a vegetarian version with cheese.
In a perfect world, I would have used ricotta... but alas, I had none... so I used cottage cheese instead.
I then added thick flakes of Parmesan cheese on top... along with coarse sea salt and fresh ground pepper.

I baked both of these at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.
Dang. They were good.
My daughter did note that some folks don't like the seeds; and that if that is the case... 
to remove the seeds from the layers of yellow pattypan squash.

I would also note, that my husband; who is not a fan of cottage cheese... liked the dish alot; 
and was surprised it was cottage cheese and not ricotta or mozzarella.

~in short... it was SUPER good... and I recommend it.
see you all tomorrow...

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


This week's foodie post; is all about Scallop Squash.
These are a cute, interesting squash that sort of resembles a flying saucer. 
Scallop Squash is an ancient heirloom squash, grown by North American Indian tribes for hundreds of years. 
It's been seen as far back as 1591, but has noted a popular resurgence lately.
These are a variety of summer squash (also called Patty Pan or Pattypan Squash and sometimes Sunburst Squash); 
and essentially you treat it like a less-moist-inside zucchini.

So. For today... I made a "Stuffed Scallop Squash." I used the "ghost" variety... (white) of these squash; which I picked up at my local farmer's market on Friday. My daughter cut off the tops, and scooped out a bit of the flesh and seeds.
I then started chopping up ingredients (also mostly from the Farmer's Market) that I had on hand.
I chopped up a large Zucchini, a large red heirloom tomato, 3 small purple onions, 1 sweet green pepper, and 1 (smaller) spicy hot pepper (minus the seeds). I also added a tablespoon of chopped garlic, and some leftover sweet corn that I had cooked the other night and chopped off the cob.
I stirred this mixture in a large bowl and scooped as much as I could into each squash, then sprinkled coarse sea salt and some freshly ground black pepper on top.

Initially, I intended to put this in the oven on broil... which I did for a couple minutes... 
until I realized it was way too hot and things might not cook well enough.
So I added a little water to the dish (not in the squash) and reduced the heat to 350 degrees.
I cooked it all for about 30 minutes.
(and I would recommend avoiding the broiler altogether, as it charred the top bits a bit too much for my liking)

It was really, really good.
This dish is completely vegan, but would also be good with a little butter or shredded cheese on top.

*tomorrow I will have another "foodie" post... 
as I made a back-up alternate dish with essentially the same ingredients... that turned out well.
See you all tomorrow.

Monday, August 24, 2015


You never know what is going to happen... and that is probably a very good thing.
Instinct and intuition can guide you (if you let it)... but all things considered... you just never know.
So when I logged off of the computer on Thursday with the intention of resting... little did I know I would be going to a meeting on Thursday evening... that would get me so upset that I threw up for 24hrs... and then that I would get some sort of stomach bug that would cause further distress all weekend.

I suppose, one would take in the lesson that you should never take time off... but that is ridiculous.
The bottom line, is that I did have a small window of feeling slightly better on Friday when I went to the Farmer's Market...
so I did purchase lots of fresh & local goodness to do a "foodie" post for today.
The crux is... that I didn't feel well enough to make something special, photograph it, edit it, and about it.
I will try to do that today... and do my "foodie" post tomorrow.

For today... I went back through my photos from previous years... to some photos I have never edited or put here on the blog.
This is from our move to PA back in 2013... and going through Conway, Texas.
It was definitely another time, when I had no idea what was going to happen...

Much love to you all... and will see you tomorrow.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

for the weekend

It's the weekend!
And I'm sure you've got lots of things to see and do... so I'll let you get on to it.
But it's the weekend, and per my routine... I've got some links to share with you all:

*who knew? "This Old House" has been on the air since 1979. Here is the website.
*here are some fabulous uses for everyday things
*how the creative mind works differently
*this is a cool site I just came across
*interesting art from Katrina
*ever think about going naked?
*the amazing artwork of Hope Kroll
*and here is some cuteness overload
*ever wonder what new inventions people are coming up with?
*as I mentioned on my Facebook page, we had an encounter with a nest of snakes in our basement this week... and someone asked about the meaning of snakes as a totem animal. So here are some links to that info ... here... and here... and here

* and some sites from my reading list to share
-Smog Ranch
-Spirit Cloth
-CLJ Farm
-Cathleen Delia Mulrooney
-Fate-Filled Times
-A Yarn Spun Soft
-River Garden Studio

I hope you all have a great weekend, and I will see you all back here on Monday for my "foodie" post,
made with items I've snagged at my local farmer's market.