I was planning one of those introspective posts that are so popular at the start of a new year, but I have the rest of my life to subject myself to analysis. Instead, I’m giving away two vintage aprons! Here they are:
My grandmother, Lila, is one of those old school cooks. She’s from that generation where they made due with what they had and learned how to squeeze rich, flavorful foods out of every possible part of the garden haul. (Proof of this is the fact that the only reason I love cabbage is thanks to her. She’s found ways to make the lowly cabbage plant blossom into delicious dishes that has elevated the vegetable to my most favorite.) She’s also of the generation that never wrote a single recipe down. Her macaroni and cheese is incredible and the most-requested thing she makes and when I originally went to get the recipe from her, the response I got was, “Well, let me think about it for a minute. Get a pen.” So now, Mamaw’s recipe is written down. I make it whenever I can and, since I hosted Thanksgiving dinner here yesterday, I got to make it. I thought I’d share it here.
I’m taking a break from dinner preparations to get this post up. I’m having a “Transplant to Seattle” Thanksgiving dinner today at my house, and I’m hosting a few of my co-workers and their spouses who also uprooted their lives this year and moved out here to join our team. Being two thousand miles from home means that, if we let ourselves, we can become very insulated out here. With no family and no “community” to speak of, it would be very easy to say that we live here, but do we live here? Continue reading “Christmas trees, musicals, and making a community”
I’m catching a flight to Seattle in less than 6 hours and I’m breaking one of my cardinal rules, which is to never, ever take a real book on a plane. Real books are too heavy and clunky and they limit you to just one thing, whereas my Kindle offers a world of books in a teeny little device. There’s only one thing that will make me break that tried-and-true rule and that’s a new book by MaryJane Butters.
If you aren’t familiar with MaryJane Butters and MaryJanesFarm, I have to ask you – what are you doing with your life?! Put down your iPhone, log off Facebook, and listen up.
We’re blessed to live down the street from a major farmers market, and last fall, I purchased several pounds of ground lamb. Tim refuses to eat it so it’s taken me a while to get through it all, but since he was away for the weekend, I decided to put it to good use.
The following was quick, easy, and completely delicious. Use what you have on hand, but if you have some lamb, definitely try it out this way!
Last Thursday was my last day on day shift. After about six weeks, I’m transitioning back to my beloved night shift. I’m also moving to a new building, a much, much more intense building, so I’m a bit nervous about what is to come beginning Monday. I’ve spent my weekend slowly transitioning back to night shift hours. As a result, I’ve taken on a few projects!
I made this chili this weekend and it was so delicious that I wanted to share. And it makes a lot of food (as you’ll see from the pictures below), so you’ll be eating it for a few days!
I’ve been very sad all week. Coupled with what was already going on in my life, the death of Cory Monteith just really made my weak heart break.