Pumpkin Dilemma

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We are reaching the end of Fall.   I, like many others, have used pumpkins as part of making our home more inviting over the past months.  Now that we are about to pull out all things red and green, we have a pumpkin dilemma!

A few years ago, it dawned on me instead of tossing the lovely pumpkins into the compost bin and buying canned unusually orange pumpkin, I could give the ones I already bought a second life.  Yes, I am a little slow sometimes!

I looked up how to purée pumpkins.  The first year I did it, Hubby said it looked like something from Fargo.  Every since then, the weekend before Thanksgiving I gather all pumpkins and chop, purée, and freeze for upcoming soups, muffins, pies, and smoothies.

For some reason I love this weekend.  I love knowing that we enjoyed looking at them for over a month and now we are going to enjoy eating them over the Winter.  No waste!

 

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Nice selection.  I still love the beautiful colors of nature!

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After going thru the food processor….

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These are resting in my freezer.  I ended up with more pumpkin purée than last year.  Now, we are set.  I’m thinking pumpkin soup is in our near future!

Happy Thanksgiving week everyone!

 

 

To Do Weekend

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Weekends are suppose to be about relaxing from the work week.  Of course, we have our errands to run, our clothes to wash,  and our house to pick up.

This weekend will be a little different for us.  Our to-do list has been created and prioritized.  We will be like a busy CEO!

Whatever we will we doing?  Ah……  A lot.

It is suppose to be a chilly weekend here.  Yea!   It is perfect for the things we need to get done.  The not so much fun things about life.  For example, cleaning out the frig or rotation all the ‘thicker’ blankets to the beds or change out wardrobes.  Busy and vital things you just have to do.

We will turn up the 80s music loud and get it done.  We will stop each evening in time to have a wonderful dinner and finalize our Thanksgiving plans.

See, even the not so fun things can be fun!

Have a fabulous weekend!

New Opportunities

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Oh boy!   Hubby bought me some goodies!

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I love books.   I really love cookbooks!  As I have stated before, we do not follow a ‘plan’ .  We like to explore different cultures, different ingredients, and have fun at the same time.

I cannot wait to sit down and explore each beautiful page.   I am a very visual person.  I need pictures.   I need to see if my dish looks like it is suppose too!  Yes, I can rationalize anything!

We love to entertain friends or just cook a fancy meal for ourselves.  Having options is amazing!   It is like a kid in a candy store.

So this weekend I will be sipping some mint tea (my current favorite) while making menus in my head!

 

Why?

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I love the holidays just like the next person.   Right now I am focused on my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving.  When I walk into a store however, I am bombarded with Christmas music and decorations.  Why?

I loved going into German stores in November’s past.  No Christmas until December.  Most Germans still put their tree up on Christmas Eve.

I do not know what has happened. Holiday decorations are everywhere!   Why?

I will be ready for Christmas 1 December.  I am one that enjoys savoring the holidays.  One at a time.  Am I normal?  Ok, do not answer that….

Thanksgiving is a time to look around to see what treasures we have in life.  A time where we share our appreciation for what we have been given and what we have not.

I will remain a traditionalist.  I will celebrate the holidays one at a time.  Why not!

Venus and Mars

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This past weekend I was under the weather.   Hubby was in charge of grocery shopping.  I made the menu and the list.   On it I put ‘a couple’ of tomatoes.   I was thinking two, maybe three at the most.

This is what Hubby brings back…..

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Tomatoes anyone?

Boy, we will be eating tomatoes on everything this week.

I asked Hubby why so many tomatoes.  His response was, “Hey, they looked really good.  There was this lady that was going on about how beautiful the tomatoes were.”

We then had a discussion about what makes a tomato beautiful…..

Hubby as always was wonderful this weekend.   Even though we have a bunch of tomatoes!

Snowball Effect

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Over the past couple of weeks, I have known it was coming.   I knew it was just a matter of time before I crashed.

The one thing I do not like about Fall is about this time of year I always succumb to change of weather.    The runny nose, the coughing…need I go on?

This weekend it hit.  I crashed.  I slept.  I walked around in a dazed state.   It was my body telling me to slow down and take care.  The thing is I do not do sick well.  Laying in bed on a weekend is just criminal to me.

Hubby told me every time I got up to do something to go back and lay down.  I understood, but I did not like it.  At all.

So two days of meds, rest, and doing nothing I am feeling better.  I guess that is the good thing.  I will not think about the missed opportunities of the weekend.  I will just focus on the work I have to do and enjoy, this week.  With my focus being on the upcoming weekend, I will do what I need to to keep healthy.

Happy Monday!

Speciality Shops

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Make no bones about it, we love our wine.  We watched a documentary on American wine makers a couple of weeks ago.  One statement that stood out to me was every time you open a bottle you uncork a history, a story, a culture, and a future.  Man, that was beautifully said.

Ever since I heard that statement,  I consider that when buying a bottle of wine.

We love dry wines.  We love wines from all over the world.  So when we saw this shop in our travels, we had to stop.

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This is a store that specializes in wines from South Africa.  The owners were so friendly.   We were able to sample and compare years.  We asked about pairings for a meal we are planning.

We ended up with a couple of bottles of Shiraz and a couple bottles of Sauvignon Blanc.  We left happy and excited about our upcoming dinner.

You can bet when I open a bottle of the wine I will be thinking of a history, a story, a culture, and the future.

Have an amazing weekend!

Perfect Fall

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Fall is in full swing over here.   The leaves are bursting with color.  We have broke out the sweaters.  We are also breaking out our Fall dishes.

Hubby makes a pretty mean chili.   We love chili.  Cool temps just beg for chili.  The first chili of the season is  like a rite of the season.  We even have special bowls for the occasion!  I bought them years ago at a flea market.  They were perfectly imperfect.

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Nice, right!

Hubby is nice enough to allow me in the kitchen when he is cooking.

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All veggies were fresh.  No canned stuff for us.

My contribution was cornbread.

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The  treat…

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We had a wonderful meal.  With the colder weather, more bowls of chili will be gracing our table.

Happy Thursday!

Good to be back.

 

 

More fun in the kitchen!

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We had an amazing weekend!  The weather was in the low 70s.  A little odd for this time of year, but we went with it!  (No worries, it has since dropped to a more Fall like feel.)

As I have stated before, weekends are about relaxing and cooking.  Since Hubby and I do not work in the same city anymore,  we do a lot of catching up over home cooked meals and wine!

This weekend I make Chicken and Red Apple Curry with Couscous.  I will go ahead and say, I did good!

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With it being apple season, I could not wait to try this recipe from the magazine,  Clean Eating.   Love that magazine, by the way.  Paired with a chilled Chardonnay, we reached heaven!

The upcoming weekend will be quite chillier.  I am already thinking it is starting to look a lot like chili!

Have a fabulous Tuesday.

 

Prague, part 4

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Aw….the Charles Bridge.  The first thing I always pictured when I thought of Prague before our trip was the Charles Bridge.  It was the one sight I could not wait to see.  I envisioned us strolling hand in hand looking at each of the statues.  Yes, I knew there was going to be people on it.  Still my imagine was serene.  As we were coming up to it, I was getting excited.  Not kid in the candy store excited but pretty darn close!

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Hi there lovely bridge!

Then we got there.  Can you say a lot of people?

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Actually the people did not bother me.  They were just out enjoying the beauty.

What bothered me was this…

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Why did they have vendors on this beautiful historical site?  Yes, I know that people have to earn a living.  But why on the bridge.   I was so upset that I only took a couple of pictures and made my way quickly to the other side.  Hubby said we could come back at night and walk across in the moonlight.  I said no!  I know I should not have reacted that way.  I was disappointed.

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I will just appreciate the views for what they were meant to be.

Right after the bridge I saw this sign.  It made me smile.

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You cannot get much better than that!

Prague is known for its crystal and porcelain.  This was the place that started my love of dishes all those years ago.  Before we left, Hubby made me promise that I would not buy any plates, bowls, or platters.  He is under the impression that we have too many dishes.  I do not get it!  I did keep that promise.

Here are some of the goods in the shops.

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I did a lot of admiring, but only walked away with a gorgeous piece of  crystal, a set of salt and pepper shakers out of the blue porcelain you see up there, and a Christmas ornament.  Not too shabby!

We had an amazing time.  We would go back again.  However, we have a lot of other places that we need to see first!

Thank you for coming along this week.

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