Friday, September 30, 2011
Good Morning, it's a wonderful morning, Good things from the past are coming to the present..meaning a step daughter ask to be my friend on Facebook...and through her I found other people family..very nice. well our weather is crazy out there looks like rain sunshine all mixed up. . My plans for the weekend are to stay home and do whatever I feel like doing...specailly not get up and go anywhere maybe just be a bum lol..for at least Sat Morning.. Vee is having company over well Saturday she will go out with her friends to a Quinceañera, that's when a Latino girl turns 15 and they have a huge party for her..and they all plan to spend the nite at our house. And Sunday morning I will cook breakfast for them and then they will go off to one of the girls house to study for final grades. It's good for her I just need to find what I will be doing by myself.
Well don't feel much like writing today so have a wonderful weekend...God bless...with love Janice.....
Thursday, September 29, 2011
gOOD AFTERNOON MY FRIENDS, IT'S ANOTHER WARM FALL DAY...FEELING A LITTLE BIT LESS TIRED TODAY.. SO GLAD I'M DONE WITH MY TESTING. I DIDN'T LIKE IT MUCH. IT WAS FOR COLON CANCER. I DIDN'T WANT TO TAKE THE OTHER ONE SO THIS WAS THE LAST RESORT... COULDN'T EAT ANY BEEF PORK OR LAMB FOR SIX DAYS. THE FIRST DAY THAT I WAS SUPPOSE TO START I FORGOT. SO I STARTED LATE BY ONE DAY...PHEW IT'S OVER WITH..I'M MAKING BEEF STEW RITE NOW AT MOM'S HOUSE AND WE WILL STAY FOR DINNER SO I DON'T HAVE TO COOK AGAIN AT HOME. PLUS MOM LIKES THE COMPANY.
SO I STARTED OUT WITH SOME BEEF STEW CUBES CUT THEM A LITTLE BIT SMALLER IN SIZE, BIT SIZE... GOT ABOUT A CUP OF FLOUR AND FLOURED THEM UP AND SALT AND PEPPERED THEM..GOT A FLAT WIDE 8 INCH TALL POT... PUT FEW TABLESPOONS OF OIL HEATED IT UP ADDED THE MEAT AND STARTED BROWNING IT. IN THE MEAN TIME SLICED A WHOLE MED. WHITE ONION AND A LARGE CLOVE OF GARLIC. LEAVE THE ONION SLICED AND CHOPP UP THE GARLIC. AFTER THE MEAT IS ALMOST BROWNED ADD THE ONION AND GARLIC BROWNING FOR A MINUTE. THEN ADD A FEW TABLESPOONS OF FLOUR TO MAKE YOUR GRAVY... SPRINKLE IT ALL OVER THEN STIR THE FLOUR IN KIND OF COOKING IT FOR A COUPLE OF MINUTES SO IT DON'T TASTE LIKE FLOUR LATER. THEN SLOWLY ADD WATER A LITTLE BIT STIR THEN MORE STIR TILL YOU HAVE SEVERAL CUPS MAYBE FIVE NOT SURE NEVER MEASURED IT. BUT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO TELL.
THEN ADD SALT PEPPER, THREE BAY LEAVES, LIKE TEASPOON OR SO OF KITCHEN BOUQUET AND SOME WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE PHEW THAT WORD..HAD TO GET THE BOTTLE TO SPELL IT LOL KEPT SPELLING IT WRONG. BUT yEAH THAT STUFF.
THEN ADD A SMALL AMOUNT OF BEEF BOUILLON LIKE TEASPOON OR SO..TO GIVE BETTER FLAVOR. TURN DOWN THE HEAT AND SIMMER FOR ONE HALF HRS FOR SURE MAYBE TO... THE LAST TWENTY MINS. HAVE YOUR CUT UP CARROT READY AND YOUR LARGE CUBE POTATOES AND GREEN BEANS OR PEAS WHAT EVER YOU LIKE I'M PUTTING CARROTS PEAS AND POTATO TODAY..EAT WITH BUTTER FRENCH BREAD AND STEAM RICE IF YOU LIKE...I HOPE YOU ENJOY IT. I HAVE BEEN MAKING THIS FOR 30 YEARS NOW..WOW LONG TIME... MUCH LOVE HAVE A GREAT AFTER NOON...JANICE.
NICE COZY DINNER WITH A LOVELY CUP OF TEA AFTERWARDS AND A SWEET..............WINK.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
I have just been sitting here at Mom's tired as could be...I don't know whats going on with me. This morning I woke up at 6:30..full of energy..hung out laundry to dry for the day. Some how are Autumn has been overtaken by a summer warm day.. It must be the ones we hadn't seen. It's a lovely warm day..but at the moment I'm just tired out. Maybe it's all the running around...who knows but I have been stuck to the chair in front of the computer for hours now.............
Thinking maybe it would be nice if I was just sitting in the garden ... day dreaming the day away............maybe it's the stress of all the Social Security things and the doctors things and Mom's things..maybe it just all caught up to me...
I think I should start taking my liquid vitamin B's...they are good for stress and energy all at the same time... I haven't taken them in a long while ...
I'm already thinking of the weekend ... Mom asked me what I was going to do..I want to clean the other half of my storage and get everything into plastic bins. And have my sons friend come over and see what we can do with it ... Do you remember the Landlord left me purple paint ... well yesterday I was thinking maybe it will look nice who knows ... lol ... but I had imagined it ...
A picture of my winter carrot seed packet ... aren't they just too cute can't wait to plant them...
Apple Upside Down Cake
Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
Pumpkin Waffles with Maple Walnut Apples
A list of Autumn things to bake................
5 tablespoons butter, softened
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease or line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake papers.
2. Cream the butter and sugar together in large mixing bowl. Add molasses, eggs and milk and blend well.
3. Sift together the flour, spices, baking soda and salt.
4. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and stir until just combined.
5. Pour the batter evenly into the prepared tin.
6. Bake at 350 degrees 18-20 minutes. Remove cupcakes to cooling rack. Frost when completely cooled.
~Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting~
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
Cream butter and cream cheese together. Beat in the confectioners' sugar and lemon juice until fluffy.
Thank you BWC for sharing the recipes........
Vee is out with her friends which I'm glad for her ... I was thinking this morning I was out on my own and it's now her time to see the world so to speak with her friends from school ... I'm so glad we have reached this step ... therapy went well yesterday we moved up a step so to speak ... maybe will find our ways ... Me and Vee...God bless you my dear friends...wishing you a lovely afternoon.................with love Janice
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
First of all it's going to be a very warm day..so lemonade sounds wonderful for the menu. After that I have no clue what to make for today. I'm taking a test so I can't have no beef or pork lamb only chicken fish turkey..so maybe I will just make a pasta for this evening. Last nite I made a wonderful Italian soup. I have a lot of running around to do today..taking Mom to the bank, then an appointment then pick up Vee and we have therapy but for some reason I'm not looking forward to it today..I'm still very tired and not sleeping good though I did sleep better last nite. Worked some more on my bedroom. Got my tall dresser cleaned off dusted it and but fresh new linen and doily's on..Ironed and crip..the more I do with the blue and white the more I like it..I feel settle with it. Fall is surely in the air even though today is suppose to be hot. I still can feel it. I love this time of year. My garden is so delayed and these little white flies have attacked my string beans and now the cherry tomato plant. I finally got tomatoes but they aren't turning yet..hopefully real soon.
this is what I got from the green beans but I guess it's better than none they nearly destroyed my plants,...
Here is the soup I made last night and the croutons...
I made these with left over bread..two pieces of buttermilk and two potato I cut them up and sprinkled some sea salt and Italian seasoning I recently found that I really like they came out awesome...I always wanted to make my own but never got around to it...finally did..
O no darn photo thing stopped working this is so frustrating at times...well got to run now will try to finish up the post later..sorry..
by the way here is the recipe for the soup
This isn't like making a cake where you have to be exact in the quantities, so feel free to change or add/subtract whatever ingredients and quantities you prefer.
1 large onion, minced
6 cloves garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
3 carrots, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
swiss chard, about 20 leaves chopped and stalks sliced
Tuscan kale, lacinato kale, dinosaur kale (same thing) - about 16 -20 leaves, chopped up
1/2 savoy cabbage, chopped up
2 small zucchini, chopped
8-10 plum tomatoes, peeled and chopped (canned is fine and you can add more if you like a stronger tomato flavor)
2 14-ounce cannellini beans
1 parmesan cheese rind
16 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
fresh or dried thyme and basil as you like
a hearty, stale bread for ribollita
olive oil to drizzle on top
Saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil until limp. Add all the rest of the ingredients except the beans and simmer for about a half hour. Add the beans and cook another half hour. Serve immediately as vegetable soup with some parmesan sprinkled on top. Or layer some soup and bread in a bowl or pot and let it sit overnight in the refrigerator. Reheat the next day and you've got ribollita. Serve with parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Didn't have the time to make up my bed this morning and I always make it up...I woke up late the alarm didn't go off. Well the good news is we got to school on time this morning isn't that funny ...we have been getting there like two minutes or so late everyday. Vee had me under the impression she was to be there at nine..It's suppose to be like five or ten before to be considered not late. I got up late like 22 minutes late but we made it on time. My room is coming along now. finally found a lamp to but in there. I had this crystal one up in Mom's attic but for the life of me I can't find it. So I found this one. It will have to do..I did though find the old blue rose lamp shade and then I decide to put this crocheted collar around the bottom..I think it works fine.
I think I just love blue....and white.....it's something about it..I love blue in the kitchen window the way the sun shines through it. It intrigues me ..I realized it last nite when I was fixing the lamp...I have made my room every color under the sun...and I wasn't satisfied at all. everyone else like the colors but I didn't..the only two comforters I have left are my burgundy or my purple stuff. That's the other color I was thinking that might go well in my room..but the blue looks good. I just need to get those antique dresser painted white and I will be good to go..I should be getting my Social Security Money soon then maybe I can buy it. I've got the primer already.
My blue ceramic
candle stick ....I have had it for 20 years.
I just be feeling so tired these past few days...haven't been sleeping good..I hope you have a great day..It's a wonderful day here in San Francisco...with love Janice...
Sunday, September 25, 2011
I often think I want to be skinny like a Victorian Woman..well for the most of my life I was thin..not quite like that but close..any how that is my goal rite now. I want to lose at least 30 lbs by Jan..It's just about to be October so that will be four months. So Starting today seriously I will start the process. I think I'm mentally ready now!..And the other thing that has been tolling in my mind is to get baptized, so I have two goals now..and these are them. So putting my mind in a better mind set is what is needed much concentration. My bible study has been regular now and I was thinking yesterday I have much more understanding then I have ever had now. I do have a couple of things I need to work on. It's a huge decision but one I definitely want to make. There is not one doubt in my mind at all.
Im some what disappointed that I have followers but no one speaks but for the most part I love writitng in my blog. I do hope that my readers enjoy it as well. So what will I be doing today going home to change my comforter and clean the birds up...Camellia and George is what their names shall be. I think they are fine names. I didn't really like greeneyes and jay..I have some Weight Watcher books I want to read and get into. I want to go to Church and I'm not sure in my brain will allow it but I surely will listen in on the landline..I have to get consistent with that as well. It's not that I don't want to be there but my panic disorder make it hard for me..I question it all the time. I'm just three blocks away. well we will see and I suppose I will leave you here. Have a blesset day with love Janice..see you again Monday Morning for school......
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Time to say good-bye to the summer garden and get ready for the fall and winter...I just can't believe it..In three more days I will have been here for one year in San Francisco, we moved back last September 26,2010. Was in the garden last evening and things are still growing the cherry tomatoes are finally there but still green so I don't know what I will get like I had said they should have been red long time ago..my zucchini is still coming as well. This has been the most funniest year. I'm so happy Vee has signed up for this program she learned about at school. It seems like a great opportunity for her. It is so she can work with the community and state parks etc..and learn skills and make a little bit of money it's on Saturday's she is getting ready now and I have to drop her off. Her other friends from school are going to and one of their Dad's is taking them..So happy for her. She is doing so well and making good decisions. I woke up around 3:30 this morning and couldn't go back to sleep rite away so I went online for a while then went back to sleep around 6:15am..only to have this silly dream about the man I was with for eight years. He called on the phone and was drunk and asked me who was I with and I was so dumb founded I couldn't answer and then he told me He was disgusted with me and hung up leaving me with my mouth hanging open then the alarm went off. That was scarey and crazy all together. Hummmm
well last nite I was fooling around with a black and orange well melon color yarn..
I thought it was rather pretty the two together, though I'm not sure where I'm going with it..here is the beginning of it.
ending so far with this...will have to wait and see what happens. I'm kind of tired today, which seems to be my new agenda these days..not sleeping properly I guess will make that happen. It's wonderful fall. love this time of year for sure..but today's fog I don't..one more day of sunshine would have been nice. o well...Mom's kitchen is a total mess and there is so much stuff I don't know what to do with it. but it's over whelming...It's so sad when people are like this. I decided to make my room totally blue and white. I got another comforter up stairs It's like patches baby blue and white and I didn't have time to take a picture..but I will so I have one more dresser to clean and change up..then some other things on the wall. And maybe my shelf will get dropped off to. My brother's friend said soon as he gets a chance he will do it for me.
I feel so lazy don't want to do a thing today.. except be lazy..lol..wishing you all a great day today and a lovely weekend..with love Janice....
Friday, September 23, 2011
Can you believe it's the first day of Fall, I can't the days just fly by rite under your nose...The crisp clean air of Fall is so wonderful...the leaves turning colors and falling off little by little. You can just feel the air change. I simply love it the most!
I didn't feel much like talking the other day, therapy was not so hot. It was indeed kind of difficult for the both of us. But about a half hour after we left we both came back to earth and went to Walgreen's together to hang out and drop off my medicine and the way smoothed out. I have been working on some doilies for a friend of mine, they are like small coasters, and she wants one star. I had found this thread a while back, it's an old thread from probably the 50's it's a sage green with gold running through it.
This what I have been up to besides running around. Today I'm at Mom's house I decided to stay last nite to be here without running back and forth. I had Vee walk to school today. I'm trying to make her independent as much as possible she seems to be doing well. It leaves me alone but I also have to find my independence as well again. since I had gotten sick I lost everything about me. Slowly though I'm gaining me back to what extent I'm not sure. I just love Fall and I'm thinking of so many things to come...wishing you all a grandeur day... with love Janice.
OUR BEAUTIFUL SUNRISE TODAY.....................XXXX HAPPY FALL...........