25 April 2017

the courtyard the moon the food.

as i choose and upload pictures for this current post, there are two scents vying for attention .. one, the faint reminder of star jasmine. and two, the early morning prep of seasoned taco meat for taco tuesday dinner and leftover wednesday. i'm smack in the middle of both as my desk is near the open door to the jasmine, and equidistant to the aroma of what's in that pan.. and i'm smitten by both. 
the smells are good. very good. 
and i have to wonder if the hubs would notice a smidge of the taco meat gone if i stuff it into a tortilla along with scrambled egg whites 
for breakfast. i might risk it. wink.
yes .. indeed i will!

the other day i snapped this shot of the courtyard area in our backyard. 
sunny and bright with a gorgeous overgrowth the hubs had not yet tended. i point. he plants. he's the plant whisperer. 

that star jasmine... ♥

early morning recent shot of the moon 
and a trio of feathered friends..

patio .. post sprinklers. 
looking forward to dinners at that table
this spring and summer. my mother is flying
up soon .. staying with us for a week.
i dare predict much time will be spent at that very location.

a waterfall of sorts .. angel vine.
for my mother's birthday some years back
the sisters (all 431 of us) and mom spent the weekend together
in a beach side military base rental. we visited a 
special plant nursery .. i bought a small angel vine
and eventually {the hubs} dug a hole and stuck it in
there to grow. and grow it did! covering a large area of
the pretty brick wall in our courtyard.

spring time clouds .. 

and a food picture .. yUm.
enchilada casserole
light on the tortillas
heavy on the yUmmy stuffs.
a healthy serving within my smartypantspoints allotment.

hoping your day offers unexpected delight
for through Him we have our very being.........


"Faith is trusting God even when you don't know His plan."

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24 April 2017

party for 2.

yesterday a smallish party happened
to commemorate a day in my life.
the 25th anniversary of my 34th year.
you do the math cuz it scares me.

i worked at the antique shop until 4:30 then
headed home to enjoy a nice dinner of my choice. 
the hubs offered to take me anywhere i wanted 
to go for dinner. . . . . i chose home.
& i chose wild-caught salmon and broccoli and dessert.

so while the hubs got the grill ready
{the planks were set to go after a long soak}
i slathered some spicy stuff on the salmon,
then cut up the broccoli and got the water boiling. 
{3 minutes in boiling water & it's perfectly done}

the hubs tended the grill and i tended the broccoli.
quick work and a delish dinner for the two of us.

a homemade card from the heart ..
one i can color in with my pretty pencils.

i'm his heart .. and he's mine

flowers for his flower ..
part store bought and part from our very own garden

rose leaves .. beauty 

two desserts .. bought two individual servings the night before:
carrot cheesecake & tiramisu
we shared.
no picture.

the end.

18 April 2017

my love on his birthday.

last week my hubby was in moab, utah for the easter jeep safari. he did things like this... and yes, that's really his jeep and he's driving it. we no longer own that particular jeep.. we adopted it out and bought a new fangled la-tee-da jeep and named it rocky which is my husband's childhood nickname. very fitting since he (my husband and the jeep) do rocky type stuff. it's also his daily driver to his place of employ. i've gone with him occasionally but it's not exactly my 1st choice. but it's probably why my hair is so white. well, that and the other thing that happened. we're putting together a plan to soon visit the 'lost coast' of california, an area that 4WD is a necessary thing. 
will share when that happens. 
if i survive. wink.

well anyway .. yesterday the 17th was my love's birthday. dry humor funny guy. quiet. unassuming. kind. gentle. adventurous. perfectly imperfect. towering giant of a man. my knight. he's the best man i've ever known. and i love him without measure and thank God over and again for blessing me with this good man. 

he wanted tacos for his birthday dinner.
his request was my command.

so i bought a roast and cut it into chunks. after slathering on a mix of dry seasoning (chili, cumin, garlic, pepper etc) i put it into the crock pot with a half cup of water, set it to low, and in 6 hours it was ready to shred. yUm.

about a half hour before dinner i chopped up a red onion, garlic cloves (whole), and bell peppers (red, yellow, orange). spooning about a third cup of the beef stock from the crock pot i mixed it up good and slid the pan into a 425 oven for about 20 minutes. 

this is my taco. lots of cilantro cuz i like the stuff. i could have a cilantro salad if  you let me. i used street size flour tortillas .. a little beef, peppers and onions, cilantro!, avocado, sour cream. and hot salsa..yUm. so good. the hubs enjoyed his meal 
and that made me happy that he was happy.

a few weeks back a friend shared a muffin recipe that is smartpoint (ww) friendly so i made a batch with great results and mmm's. chocolate cake mix and a 15 ounce can of pumpkin. makes 12 muffins. 3 smartpoints each peoples. yUm. i froze the batch and yesterday defrosted 3 muffins to make a birthday dessert for the hubs. 
he loves chocolate so i used the muffins to make trifles.

:: muffin recipe ::

1 box cake mix of your choice 
but chocolate or spice work really well.
1 can (15oz) of pumpkin

mix together well and spray a
12 section muffin pan with
'pam' then fill each section

375 until done .. about 15-20 minutes
depending on your oven

cool and remove. 

:: trifle recipe ::

i chopped up 3 muffins to make 4 trifles.
2 individual servings of sugar free pudding
already made (they come in packs of 4 servings).
1 container sugar free whipped topping.
2 ww smartpoint chocolate treats.. chopped.

fold whipped topping 
(putting 1/2 cup to the side)
into the pudding. 
divide the chopped muffins into 8 parts.
drop 4 parts into 4 glasses of your choice.
top with pudding mixture.
drop 4 more parts on top of that.
top with pudding mixture.
top with a dollop of whipped topping.
and top that with a few pieces of 
ww smartpoint treat.

no candle but i did sing happy birthday to my guy.

and then he ate the trifle. and i ate half of mine.. nearly sugar free and ww friendly but oh so rich anyway. there are 2 more in the fridge so he's a happy guy. 

after dinner was cleaned up we took the pooch for a walk .. went a new route with new smells and her sniffer was busy and she loved it. once home we got into jammies and the hubs put in his movie of choice: a jeep film he made from a trip he was on . . one of his favorites from the northern california sierra nearby. beautiful scenery, plenty of bouncing, and leaning of the jeep to a point that i thought he'd tip over but he didn't. he was on that trip with a brother - greg. greg has his own jeep he named colonel mustard. these guys have fun. wish we lived closer together so the guys can do more 4-wheeling and us gals can do more gal type things with the occasional 4-wheeling excursion in the mix. maybe some day. retirement will provide more opportunity to get together.. but the hubs isn't to that point just yet. soon though. wink.