sunday morning--got me a new cookbook!

Sunday, February 09, 2014

hi everyone--well, its sunday morning and the road is once again covered with snow. I think rob is outside shoveling. to make it a little more bearable, the sun is shining with that raw, crisp winter light that catches on the facets in the snowflakes lying on the ground. my yard is dotted with brilliant flashes of diamond between the cold blue shadows. did you know that is why the shadows on snow are blue? they reflect the color of the sky, the same as a body of water does. I must confess its very pretty to see all the spent flower tops outside the window festooned with fluffy little caps of snow. the trees and vines on the pergola are dancing as the birds scuttle back and forth to and from the feeder. I'm sure I need to go out and fill it again. we live in a beautiful world--even when its so cold--the cold has a brutal beauty of its own.
so yesterday we took the day off and ran away--just to a nearby town to bomb around and have lunch at noodles and company. just a FYI--you can get what is called a "side" size of soup there--my favorite lunch is a regular med salad and the small side of tomato bisque. its slightly higher than most of my lunches, but I can easily account for the uptick with a lighter breakfast or dinner and make it work.
so we went to menards and I got paint chips--and we looked at some tile in home depot to possibly redo the fireplace hearth. I have paint chips taped on the walls in the living room--think I am close to figuring the color scheme out.
lots of nice greens and one deep chocolate wall. I always have at least three colors in my living room--along with the ceiling (never white).
then it was on to the bookstore--I always browse the bargain books and came away with a very nice find--a cooking light book called "the complete Quick Cook".
in the spring my lifestyle changes dramatically--I basically go outside when the sun comes up, and come back in at suppertime. if I am feeling especially good I go back out after dinner and do some more stuff--other times I just collapse on the couch until rob wakes me up at 10 pm and I stagger into the bedroom. the thing is this--I am always very preoccupied and physically tired so food prep goes on the back burner--which leads to subway and a lot of quick eating out or deli food. not good--my body can handle the extra food, because I am working so hard-- but it always messes me up at the end of the season when I shift back into a lower gear--the food intake always stays in a higher gear than the rest of me does.
I found a little "taste of home" book at the checkout a couple years ago--lots of nice super quick recipes with calorie counts included--and I refer to it a lot. so I was pleased to find a book full of similar ideas--very quick, easy and healthy foods that don't take a lot of prep work and don't use a lot of esoteric ingredients that I don't normally have in my house. for example--there is one page that suggests like 6 different ways to make a nice meal using frozen mixed vegetables.
there are a lot of uses for rotisserie chicken and a number of very tasty looking salad dressings. not a ton of meatless stuff--but many of the recipes can be adapted if I just sub a meatless protein or fish for myself.
its a nice big book--about 300 pages of recipes--nice photos and calorie counts for everything. I like the cooking light recipes I have made in the past--I have a Mexican butternut squash soup recipe that I ADORE--but a lot of them have a ton of ingredients and the prep time is extensive. this book should be a nice addition to my library.
and did I mention I REALLY want to incorporate a cookbook shelf or cabinet in my kitchen someplace?????
sounds like a new build project!
have a great sunday!
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