Thank you, all y’all, for your positive comments regarding my photos. I guess I just inherited my daddy’s knack for “seeing” a photo before I shoot it. You should see the masses of slides my father owns! He spends his free time scanning in old slides to put onto CDs.
We’re a snap-happy family, I fear.
Oh, boy, am I full!!! I bought this recipe book over the weekend from Barnes & Noble* that features recipes from old pamphlets published by various food manufacturers over the years. A couple nights ago, I made a salmon recipe from this book. Take thick salmon steaks, layer thinly-sliced lemons over the steaks, and mostly cover the salmon with mayonnaise (not low-fat). Bake until done.
OK, maybe that doesn’t sound too good. But let me tell you, it was awesome. The lemons had released all their juices over the salmon, and the mayonnaise added just enough of a creamy texture. And I don’t like salmon, normally!
Tonight we tried another recipe. It featured hollowed-out bread slices that are brushed with butter and toasted in the oven, and then you make creamed mushrooms (saute the mushrooms till they release their juices, sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of flour and cook, and then add 2 cups of milk and simmer till thickened) and fill the shells with the mushrooms. Oh. My. Goodness. *drools* It was heavenly.
For a side, I had a salad while Kurt and Grace had raw broccoli, and we even had an appetizer! Kurt sliced up a tomato and some fresh mozzarella cheese, and drizzled it all with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and parsley.
Yes, I made my husband eat a vegetarian meal. The guys on the ship would never let him live it down if they found out.
Question for my meatless friends: What level of vegetarianism do you practice? I know some vegetarians will eat dairy, some won’t. Some will eat eggs, some won’t. Some will eat fish, some won’t. I’m just curious because I’m nosy like that.
* I generally don’t like to shop at Barnes & Noble, as I was ripped off by them during my four years in college. Our college bookstore was owned by B&N. I understand that textbooks are extremely expensive, as they are printed in very small runs normally. But when you buy an $80 math book that you hardly even crack, receive a mere $15 for it when you sell it back, and find it for sale used by that bookstore for $60 the very next semester, that’s just uncool. That said, the only large bookstore in my county is B&N. I’m sort of screwed. *wink*
Time for the family meme (
stolen errr borrowed from The Purple Chai)!!!
1. Who’s the oldest living member of your family? I’m guessing that would be my cousins Betty & Myrtle. They are my first cousins, twice removed (making them my grandpa’s cousins, if you were wondering). They were born in 1919 and 1921, I believe. I can’t remember which is older; they’ve just always been “cousins Betty & Myrtle” my entire life. My stepmom’s Aunt Edna died in 2005 after reaching her 90s, so she was the oldest member of my family until then.
2. Who’s the newest? That would be my daughter Grace, born in October 2004.
3. If you could spend a two-week vacation with one family member, who would it be? My first choice would be my sister, but a very close second would be my mom because we’ve only ever had three weeks to ourselves since my parents were married in 1985, and those three weeks were awesome.
4. The old saying goes, “you can pick your friends, but you cannot pick your family.” if you could choose one of your friends, who would you ‘elect’ to become a member of your family? That’s an easy one! My best friend Caroline is already very nearly a sister to me, and her daughters are my honorary nieces and Grace’s honorary cousins.
5. Who in your family can you just NOT stand? Another easy one, and one I’d rather not post here. But anyone who knows me, knows of whom I speak.
6. Do you have a member of the family who is currently suffering an illness? My grandma’s little brother has Parkinson’s, and my grandpa is getting more and more confused by the day. No one has actually said the dreaded A word, but I’m sure most of the family is thinking it. The rest of us have been spared serious illness, for which I am incredibly grateful.
7. Do you have a family member that you’ve lost contact with? Who are they, and why do you not currently have contact? There is one person I don’t have contact with, and that’s by my own choosing. (See the answer for question #5.) But I don’t have a whole lot of contact with most of my family. Growing up in the Navy, we kept moving away from what little family we have. I don’t really talk to any of my cousins, although I wish I had more contact with my cousin Aubrey because she’s just rad like that. My uncle Steve will call me every few weeks, and we’ll have a lengthy discussion about anything and everything, but he’s pretty much the only relative outside my immediate family that I talk to.
8. Do you have any famous family members? Well, supposedly someone on my dad’s side owns the Rite Aid chain, or they did. And another one of my dad’s relatives was a speechwriter for Nixon or something like that. But famous-famous? No. We’re fairly low-key folks.