We have an egg!

One of the ladies laid an egg last night, or yesterday, we aren’t sure.

The hubs found it this morning…

As you can see, he was thrilled that I made him take a picture with the egg.

Unfortunately, it had a hole and a wee bit o blood in it.

But I’m a proud mama of my chicks. They’re becoming chickens. Or whatever the woman equivalent of a chicken is.

Do you have any plans for the long weekend?

To my friends up north – Happy Canada Day!

Tonight we have friends, Annie and Brendan, visiting and tomorrow is SIL#2’s* baby shower. SIL#3* is visiting from San Diego. Tuesday I start teaching summer school….where did my summer go?!

*SIL= sister-in-law, #=birth order.

Oh, hey, here I am.

I’ve been a bad blogger. Neglecting you blogettes, neglecting the ever growing collection of photographs on my card, and neglecting my blog-improvement to-do list. But guess what?  I don’t care. One of the reasons I started this little blog was to stop letting my life live me, and lately I’ve really been living my life. Last week’s disappointing news threw me for a curveball, but I’m back on top of things and very excited that it is flip flop weather!

Ahhhh, glorious, glorious sun.

And what does this wonderful weather and extended daylight hours bring? Some fabulous flower blossoms and fruits and veggies sprouting their leaves toward the sky.

Heirloom tomatoes

(The Hubs transplanted the tomatoes from our indoor garden today…)

 

sweet onions


forsythia

Peonies!

 

tulips



no idea, but it sure is pretty


daffodils



Knowing I would want to enjoy as much time in the sun as soon as it finally decided to pop its head out for a while, I prepped my freezer to create effortless dinners.

Tonight was the first freezer meal we’ve enjoyed from my new challenge to bulk cook. I first learned about bulk cooking on my friend Alanna’s blog. She was doing a little bulk cooking before she had her baby, and used lots of recipes from Once a Month Mom (OAMM). Since my interest peeked last spring, I’ve read a few cookbooks, including Don’t Panic, Dinner’s in the Freezer, revolving around the bulk cooking method/process. My friend Kelly, whole foods contributor to OAMM, has also been a wealth of information. Read her guest post here.

Tonight’s freezer meal was one of my favorites: black bean burlattas. I baked a double batch of these back in March, and froze the second one. I assembled the second batch in a foil lined pyrex dish (two actually – a 9×13 and an 8×8), flash froze them (uncovered, in the same dish I would bake them in, in the freezer, for 30-60 minutes), and then wrapped them completely in aluminum foil. Then I added a slip with the day-of cooking directions and syran wrapped them.

Last night I pulled these babies out of the freezer and placed them in the fridge to thaw. This evening I was pleased to discover that the burlattas thawed nicely, with no ice build up (thanks to the flash freezing method).

30 minutes after I pulled them out of the fridge we were enjoying a fabulous home-cooked meal with almost no-effort.

I am definitely going to continue on the bulk-cooking road. Even though this is only our first evening to benefit from bulk cooking, I know it will make our lives so much easier and our evenings much more enjoyable.

p.s. Ethel says hello.

Do you have any experience with bulk cooking? If so, what is your favorite freezer-meal recipe?

The best laid plans…

…often go awry.

I had every intention of trying out new recipes this weekend, cleaning my house, and getting my read on.

Instead this happened.

The hubs finally got his truck. He’s been not-so-subtly hinting at wanting a truck for about 2 1/2 years…about 1 day after we sold his old truck to go down to a one-car family. But more recently his pleas have been louder, as every time we he purchases something to improve our new abode we have to ask his parents to drive a half hour into town, meet us at Home Depot, and drive the load back to our house. It’s been quite the ordeal. (Thanks Rob & Gayle!)

I finally obliged. And I am really jealous at all the fun features (AC seats!) it has.

So instead of fun new recipes I’ve got a photo update of Spring Break (woo!*) 2011 thus far.

*if you haven’t watched Arrested Development yet, you really need to.

Friday night we had dinner at Downriver Grill, still no website available, and I attempted to not eat meat.

The Downriver Grill is veryclose to another fine establishment…

The Flying Goat…seriously, how have we not eaten at Downriver since we moved into this neighborhood? It’s even owned by the same people as the Goat!

After being seated we ordered an app of calamari while I dissected the menu.

Unfortunately, there were hardly any vegetarian options available. I could have a portabella sammie, (which, oddly, I wasn’t in the mood for), a salad, or a tofu curry entree. I mentioned to our server that I was having a difficult time finding a vegetarian option that was appealing because I had given up meat for Lent and he mentioned he gave up booze and Facebook for Lent. I don’t think I could give up Facebook! Could you?

Not impressed with the veggie-friendly options, I opted to have the halibut with mushroom risotto.

In case you were wondering, my “no meat for Lent” only includes red meat, pork and poultry. I attempted no seafood too, but my body is already grumpy enough with me for giving up meat, so  I decided since almost every vegetarian I know eats fish, I am going to as well.

The halibut was pretty delicious, as was the mushroom risotto. But I was most excited about the tender-crisp asparagus.

The hubs only made it 2.5 weeks without meat. He thoroughly enjoyed his bacon-wrapped steak. I don’t really care for bacon or steak, but I was eying both with envy.

I did, however, make him suggest he order the polenta as his side-dish so I could steal nibble on a few bites. OMG polenta, I love you.

The Downriver Grill’s Washington wine list was quite impressive, a was their meat entree options. I am looking forward to going back after Easter when I can enjoy the restaurant to its potential.

The following morning the hubs surprised me with pancakes,

and truck shopping 😉

Saturday night we enjoyed some Flying Goat action with his sister, Kimberly, and her husband, Ryan.

Sunday was more truck shopping. And after 4 1/2 hours at the dealership, we had our F-150.  I mean, the hubs, had his F-150. I’m afraid to drive it. It is ridiculously huge. HUGE.

Sunday evening we drove up to his parents house to show off the new truck visit them, see our cutie-patootie niece,  and have dinner.

Adorbs. Totally adorbs.

My plan tomorrow includes reading for my third book club, (yes, I really belong to three. I have a problem, I know), and to actually COOK or BAKE something new. I’m off to tastespotting to get a little inspiration.

Did you give up anything for Lent? How is it going so far?