Friday, April 24, 2015

Inspiration

I have received some inspiration from a blogging friend (I hope I can call her that).  Karen, over at Life is Good, takes daily walks and posts pictures of her walks.  I always love looking thru the pics, as though I am right there with her, walking along.

Yesterday I decided to go on a walk.  There really isn't much to look at out here where Stephen lives.  He lives in a housing development right outside of a small Oklahoma town, very near Oklahoma City.  In fact, on a very clear day, I can see the buildings in downtown OKC from his yard.

I started off on my walk thru the neighborhood.  We are towards the back of the development, so it was a half mile walk to the main road.  I didn't feel like taking pictures of his neighbors' houses.  They may have called the po-po on me if I did.  lol...

Once I got to the main road, I took a few pics.  Not much to look at.


Here is an old shed.  Looks abandoned.  There is a stream off toward the back, where the first line of trees are.



These beautiful yellow fields are abundant here in Oklahoma.  It's canola!  I would have never guessed it.  The flowers are very vibrant, especially up close.

The best part about where Stephen lives is what is near his back yard.


Hello there horsey!  Would you like an organic carrot?


This is Stephen feeding the horse.  I wasn't quite that brave.


As soon as I gave the carrot to the horse, it snapped it right in half as I was trying to take a picture.  I quickly moved my hand so it wouldn't get devoured and got this great shot of the carrot snapping in half out of the horse's mouth.  Ha!

So much thanks to Karen for giving me some inspiration in getting out yesterday and walking around the countryside.  I walked a little over 2 miles.

No walking today.  I just got back from grocery shopping for Stephen so he has plenty to last him the next 3-4 days. I won't be back until Friday night.

I have all of the laundry done and am packed and ready to go tomorrow morning back to the ICT.  I have a hair appointment at 10 so I will be leaving here around 7:30.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Laters.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Foodie

I love food.  Everything about it.  Where it comes from, how it can be prepared, what it tastes like, what food pairs well with other food.  My foodie love covers a wide variety of areas.  My first love is cheese.  Oh, how I love the fromage!  Comte, Crottin, Brie, Camembert... and the list goes on an on.   I don't think there is a cheese I don't like.  The horrible thing about this foodie love is that I believe I am becoming lactose intolerant.  The horror!

I also love fresh fruits and vegetables.  I have tried all kinds of them.  Finding local fruits and vegetables has become a hobby and new love of mine.  Whenever I am buying local, I know my food is fresh.  It is also helping my fellow neighbors and keeping our money close to home.

As for preparing food, I like to keep things really simple.  I don't add a lot of "stuff" to food.  A little olive oil, salt and pepper is usually all that is needed.  Cooking brings out different flavors of food.  Sautéing food and grilling gives food different flavors.  I love the spring/summer months because we use the grill more.  There is nothing better than roasted Brussels sprouts!

Here are a few pics from last night's supper.


These beautiful Brussels sprouts came from the farmer's market.  These were cleaned, halved and rolled around in ESP (Extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper).  I put these in a foil packet and Stephen put them on the grill.


We also grilled some yummy butter baby yellow potatoes.  These were thrown into a grilling basket with ESP.  Super tasty!


Next up were the portabella mushrooms and onions.  I didn't add anything to these as we love the smoky flavor they give on their own.  The onions get super sweet!


Here is the nice filet of sockeye salmon we got at Sprouts.  I try to buy fish that are wild caught.  Make sure to take the bones out with some needle nose pliers.  This salmon lasts us two days.  Again, it has ESP on it.

 
 
And lastly, here is my famous everything salad.  It has a mix of three different salad mixes.  We used Organic Girl baby spring mix, buttery mache mix and the romaine hearts.  I added grape tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, mini sweet peppers, all of which are organic.  Not shown are the strawberries  and avocado I added to Stephen's bowl and the pear and avocado I added to mine.
 
We also grilled fresh corn, but Stephen threw it on the grill before I could get a good picture.  It was a hearty meal full of vegetables and some fish.  We have plenty of leftovers for today, which we will enjoy for lunch.
 
As mentioned earlier in the post, my love for all things foodie is something I dearly enjoy.  The pictures are totally amateur, but it's not about that.  I just wanted to show you a glimpse of foods I love to eat and prepare.
 
Hope you all have a good day.  I have to go back to work on Saturday.  Boo!  lol...
 
Laters.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Rain Showers

We had a nice rain shower early this morning in the wee hours.  I just checked on our tomato plants and they are doing just fine.  The strawberry plants are on the back porch, so I didn't worry about those.  It looks like we got several gallons of rain water in our tub.  I know it sounds so weird being excited about something like that, but using the rain water will really cut down on how much water we use from the house.  Oklahoma is in a major drought right now.

I made breakfast this morning along with my tasty decaf Gevalia coffee.  We had pancakes and scrambled eggs.  It was delicious!  Stephen is making his "juice" right now.  We both have the Omega 8005 and he likes to have a large cup of organic juice every day.  It makes him feel good.  I guess I should start doing that as well, but I really like my morning cup of coffee.

I don't think we have much planned for today.  We may venture out and look for more sustainable rain catching devices and go for a walk later.  I will try and get some pictures today.  I love posting pics of what I am doing or cooking.  Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Laters.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Art Festival and the Grill

Today we went to the Oklahoma Festival of the Arts.  It was a lot of fun!  Stephen and I both got something.  I will have to post a pic later for you.

We also went to the farmer's market and bought some plants.  I got two cherry tomato plants, a Best Boy and a Beefsteak tomato plant.  We also got 6 strawberry plants.  We came home and repotted everything into big pots.  We are trying container gardening this summer to see how well it will do.  Stephen wants to make a raised garden box by the back porch.  We also have a way to capture rain water so we won't have to use so much of the house water.

After we finished planting and watering, I came in to get dinner started.  We decided to grill again.   We had blueberry sausages on the grill along with a wide variety of vegetables.  We had corn, onions, portabella mushrooms, zucchini, yellow squash, Brussels sprouts and baby yellow butter potatoes.  I also made a kick ass salad!  Dinner was super yummy!  I had seconds of the salad, corn and Brussels sprouts.  The sausage was very good.

We grilled yesterday too.  Last night was sockeye salmon, sweet potatoes, zucchini, onions, Brussels sprouts and salad.  Roasted Brussels sprouts are the absolute best.  I could eat this at every meal.

I am halfway caught up on blogs.  I should be fully caught up by tonight.  No big plans for tomorrow.  Hope you are all enjoying your week.

Laters.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Forever And A Day

It feels like it has been forever and a day since I was last here.  I have been so busy.  Last week I covered another store while a store manager was on vacation.  It was a lot of fun.  That store now has a store manager opening as the current store manager is transferring to another small town store.  There is another store opening about 45 minutes from where I live.  I have applied for both locations.  Hope I here something positive, but if I don't get it, I love where I am at now.

I worked yesterday and have Monday thru Friday off for vacation.  I am in OKC and plan on doing some fun stuff with Stephen while I am here.  I believe we may go to a museum today and sometime this week we are heading to the arts festival downtown.  I would also like to get some planting done.  I brought down some flower pots, so maybe I can get a few strawberry plants and herbs going.

I know there are a bunch of blogs I need to catch up on, so I better get to it.  I sure missed being here!

Laters.