Sunday, March 4, 2012

Philadelphia Flower Show

Exquisite displays at the Philadelphia Flower Show.  Lunch in Chinatown.  A run through the Reading Terminal Market.  And ending that day at Big Lots to use my 20% off coupon.  Whew!  : )

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Photos for Wednesday

Not a whole lot going on in my head today (it was raining all day and kind of dreary) so I thought I'd share some of my recent photos taken at a friend's horse farm.

On a side note - one of my floorcloths at Bellefonte Arts sold on Sunday!!  The one on top with the Jacks.  I'm so very excited!

And now for your viewing pleasure . . .

Juan the Farrier's anvil and hammer

Juan doing his thing

Setting the shoe

Reclaimed lumber waiting to be re-purposed into furniture

Berry the Cat

Chair - in repose
Peace out, yall!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

For the love of scallions

Hey Ya'll!

I came across a blog a few weeks ago (sorry that I didn't keep track of it) where the poster showed that you can regrow scallion greens.  Yep - your heard me right!  Cut the green part, place the white part with the roots in a glass/jar/bottle of water on your windowsill and watch the magic happen. 

I find this to be a fascinating what to get the most out of a bag of scallions and it is kind of nice to have a little green on the windowsill during the winter months.  I know - winter hasn't been all that plentiful in along the mid-Atlantic coast this year but . . . it's the thought that counts. 

Please see the photos below for my humble attempt to provide a photographic log of my own personal scallion revolution!  (I have since realized the error of my back-lighting ways.)

First cut and submersion in water

A few days and several scallions later.  I have also changed the water about every three days to keep things fresh.

This is the progress about 9 days out.

This is just a really cool picture . . .

Peace out, Ya'll!!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Welcome to Bellefonte Arts!!!

 Hey ya'll!  I now have my floor cloths for sale in an artists' gallery - Bellefonte Arts in the historic Bellefonte section of Wilmington DE.!

Check the photos below for a quick walkabout in the gallery and some photos of "my wall"!  Please leave a comment if you are interested in ordering a custom floor cloth!!
And please stop by if you are in the area . . . and be sure to hit the First Friday Shop Hop - every first Friday of the month in downtown Bellefonte.  Whoo Hoo!

Entering the gallery

That's the coolest headboard in the first room - hand painted with three rabbits playing instruments. There are also photographs, paintings, jewelry and other goodies throughout the gallery.
This is the room I am in . . .

Taa daa!!

Taa daa . . . again!

Peace out, ya'll!

Friday, February 24, 2012

New exercise regime . . .

I think I'm on to something here . . .

Move 1 - Sit at computer in 2nd floor office
Move 2 - Think of something I need in basement
Move 3 - Go down two flights to basement
Move 4 - Move laundry from washer to dryer
Move 5 - Apply poly acrylic to two floor cloths
Move 6 - Go up one flight to kitchen and make tea
Move 7 - Put dishes away from dishwasher
Move 8 - Go up one flight to office
Move 9 - Sit in front of computer
Move 10 - Remember tea in kitchen
Move 11 - Go down one flight to kitchen to get tea
Move 12 - Go up one flight to office
Move 13 - Sit in front of computer
Move 14 - Remember item not retrieved from basement
Repeat series starting at Move 3

Peace out, ya'll!!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Can you say Satay??

Oh My Gosh!  
Last night, G and I collaborated on creating Satay Chicken with Peanut Sauce.  Let's just say . . . great googilie moogilie, it was good.
We started with a Pork Satay and Peanut Sauce recipe from Food Lover's Asian - a great little cookbook that Sister and B gave to G for Christmas.  We modified a bit to suit our taste and prepared it with . . . chicken.  We devoured it with brown rice that was cooked with a bit of coconut milk, chicken broth and Thai red curry paste along with broccoli steamed in chicken broth with slivered garlic.  Are you drooling yet?  It was all I could to not to have thirds!!

Chicken Satay
1 lb chicken breasts or thighs - cut into 3/4" strips
4 minced garlic cloves (the recipe called for 2)
1 tbsp minced fresh chili pepper of your choice - we used a jalapeno
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground coriander
2 tbsp soy sauce

1/2 c coconut milk
2 tbsp oil
Salt & pepper

Cut the chicken into 3/4 inch strips.  (I pounded them flat with the side of my chef's knife for more even cooking - see photo below.)   
Mix the remaining ingredients to make marinate, mix well with chicken strips and marinate for 1 hour - or up to 24 hours.

Meanwhile - prepare your sauce
Peanut Sauce
2 tbsp oil
4 minced garlic cloves (the recipe called for minced shallot but we're BIG garlic fans so we switched it up)
1 c peanut butter
1 heaping Tbsp Thai Red Curry paste
1 lime - 1 Tbsp zest and juice
Pinch of sugar - or splash of mirin (sweet Japanese cooking wine)
1/4 c coconut milk
1/4 c chicken broth

Heat oil in pan over medium heat.  Cook garlic until translucent and beginning to brown.  Stir in peanut butter, curry paste, lime zest and juice and sugar / mirin.  The mixture will be very thick at this point.  Stir in enough coconut milk and chicken broth to produce a creamy sauce.  This will thicken as it sits so be prepared to thin with more chicken broth or coconut milk - to taste.

Back to the chicken . . . 

Remove from the marinade and either thread on water soaked skewers.  Grill or broil briefly on each side until cooked through - turning frequently.  (I didn't have skewers so I broiled on a foil covered pan.  Still delicious!!)

Serve with peanut sauce.

2 notes - (1) We didn't do the peanut sauce in the same order as the recipe but it was still delish and (2) you can use pressed tofu in place of the chicken or pork and skewer then grill or broil as directed.  Also delish!

Chicken Strips
Flattened chicken strips
Mincing garlic for marinade and peanut sauce
Ingredients for peanut sauce - the wine in the juice glass went into the chef rather than the sauce

Adding garlic for peanut sauce
Peanut butter lusciousness

Coconut milk going in

Chicken broth going in
Lime zest going in
Lime juice . . . yep . . . going in
Stirring . . .
Too thick . . . adding more chicken stock
Mmmmmmm . . .
Broiled and delicious - pieces on the left have garlic and peppers from the marinade while pieces on the right . . . don't
Broccoli steamed with slivered garlic
It was delish!!

Peace out, ya'll!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Teaser . . . 

The plan for dinner tomorrow is Chicken Satay.  I will take photos and post tomorrow (Saturday) or the next.  It should be scrumptious!!

Peace out, Ya'll!