Monday, March 10, 2014

March Begins

March is off to a nice start. The temperature is rising and the snow is melting. The sun is shining more often. All good.

Last Friday Jack and I went to the Grand Rapids Home and Garden Show. The sun was shining and we thought - Garden - Yes.

One or Grand Rapids finest aiding pedestrians. In my opinion people walking or biking should always get priority over car traffic.

The show had more home than garden, remodeling, windows, etc. But we still had a nice time.

Then Saturday it was time for Soup and Slider Fest at the Post. Don't think mini-burgers. Each restaurant did something different, Reuben, brisket, turkey, etc.

Peoples Choice awards and judges. The judges were from Public Safety, United Way, and the Culinary Institute of Michigan.

A good time was had by one and all.

Meanwhile back at home this week, I made a wonderful salad from a "new" cookbook I acquired on our last trip to an antique store. It is a 1st edition, 1980, radio station cookbook. It is signed by all the staff, on-air and off.

The Freezer Cole Slaw recipe caught Jack's eye - I love Cole Slaw of all varieties. But I started with the Sauerkraut Salad. I had yellow, orange, and red peppers. And I of course I didn't have the brand of sauerkraut recommended, those stores are not here in MI.  I used half the recommended sugar. We both love it. It is super easy, chopping, I love chopping, mix, chill.

 Well that's some of what we've been doing so far in March. Spring cannot get here fast enough for me!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Frozen In Time 2014

Unlike last year, the viewers were also frozen. The temp was in the 20s with a wind chill. The mannequins at least had heat. The heated sidewalks were steaming - looked interesting but I couldn't capture it in a picture. The scenes depicted TV shows this year.

Not frozen, broadcasting from window.



Jack not on bench.

There were 22 depictions. Very nice, but, wish the weather was more like last year.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2014 Begins

For New Year's Day dinner I tried a new recipe that Jack and I really like. Tofu and broccoli in peanut sauce. Next time I'll add more broccoli.


We have had as much snow as would be more normal for most of the season. And we're stuck here for Jack's doctor and physical therapy appointments. 

Jack's new to him guitar. Her name is Ivy. He can't play right now with his shoulder but she is at the ready when he is. Whoever she lived with before didn't play her much. She looks brand new.

Onward into the new year!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas 2013

Wow! It has been some time since I've blogged. We haven't taken any big trips - just some local things. I've been swamped with work - good thing. Jack's shoulder surgery...

But here it is...Christmas 2013.

It is a white Christmas. Way more snow than normal. With Jack unable, and me unwilling, to remove the snow, we have a wonderful person doing it for us. He calls to check after each snow fall to see if we need to get out.

We started the day with French toast. Jack in sling.

Time for presents.

I almost finished Jack's afghan. I started this a while back and messed up. I've spent way too much time trying to figure out what I did wrong. When I mess up I generally get upset and throw a project aside. Jack figured he would never get the afghan. I finally decided what the heck, just go forward. Turns out the mess up wasn't as bad as I thought. But I couldn't get it finished in time, hard when I couldn't knit in front of him. But now he knows and I'll have it done in short order. Jack's favorite pattern - basket weave.

You can see Jack's gifts to me - final additions for my kitchen. Perfect. He said doesn't know what he'll do next year as my kitchen is about complete. We're talking charities.

In the bag under the tree - treats for Sugar.

Then a couple hours of work for me.. and then our now traditional dinner of lentil shepherds pie with Jack's canned cranberry sauce. I added gravy this year - now tradition. Jack helped with one handed potato mashing.

Snow on our palatial estate.

Happy New Year!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Art Walk and Coal Plant

First I'll share some pictures from Art Walk. There was art all over town. In the galleries of course, but also at the library, parks, shops and restaurants.

The A cone outside a shop or restaurant lets you know art is on display inside.

Some of my favorites.

A very nice day during Art Walk. The motorcycles and convertibles were out in force.

On Saturday we went on the coal plant tour. Very nice. We took the free shuttle bus over and walked back. There were workers at various spots to explain the operations.