Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Pictures From My World

After waking up to rain and hail yesterday morning I was happy to wake up to blue skies and  sunshine today. The rain cleared the air so the mountains were all crisp and clear this morning. As long as I live here I will never get tired of seeing these beautiful mountains. How true the words are found at
Romans 1:20
"For his invisible [qualities] are clearly seen from the world’s creation onward, because they are perceived by the things made, even his eternal power and Godship, so that they are inexcusable;..."

Monday, June 13, 2011

Pictures From My World

 Please allow me to introduce two very special members of my family. Besides my four lovely children I also have two fantastic fur-babies. First there is Nani. We rescued her from the shelter five years ago this month. She had been a stray for some time and she was so thin when we first got her.We don't know her exact breed even though a Vet friend of ours seems to think she is part Sheba Inu.  She had also obviously been abused by someone in the past and so she has a few issues with some agression, nothing real serious but just enough to make life with Nani interesting.

Then there is Maya. Just over three years ago DD # 1's pet bird died suddenly. While DD was grieving she saw an opportunity to soften the heart of her dad. She begged and pleated for another pet and he's just such a softy that he told her to find herself a puppy. After a short search we found free puppies in the newspaper and after one brief phone call we had a new family member. Maya is the child of two purebread parents that were used for breeding. Maya's litter was an oops, as Black Lab Dad met up with Beagle Mom. She is the sweetest dog I have ever met and she has an incredible nurturing side to her. Any stuffed animal immediately becomes her baby, she even makes sure to take them out in the yard with her to potty.

Eggplant Parmesan

I picked up some Eggplant last week when they were on sale and so tonight we had Eggplant Parmesan on the  menu. This is a new recipe to me as I have never in my life cooked Eggplant before but I was feeling adventures.

   Eggplant Parmesan
    2 large eggs
    3/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
    3/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese, plus
    2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese, for topping
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    1/2 teaspoon dried basil
    coarse salt
    2 large eggplants, peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch rounds (2 1/2 pounds total)
   2 Jars Spaghetti Sauce, or your favorite homemade sauce
    1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded


    1 Preheat oven to 375°F
    2 Spray baking sheets with no stick spray; set aside.
    3 In a wide, shallow bowl, whisk together eggs and 2 tablespoons water.
    4 In another bowl, combine breadcrumbs, 3/4 cup Parmesan, oregano, and basil; season with salt and pepper.
    5 Dip eggplant slices in egg mixture, letting excess drip off, then dredge in breadcrumb mixture, coating well; place on baking sheets.
    6 Bake until golden brown on bottom, 20 to 25 minutes.
    7 Turn slices; continue baking until browned on other side, 20 to 25 minutes more.
    8 Remove from oven; raise oven heat to 400°F.
    9 Spread 2 cups sauce in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.
    10 Arrange half the eggplant in dish; cover with 2 cups sauce, then 1/2 cup mozzarella.
    11 Repeat with remaining eggplant, sauce, and mozzarella; sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan.
    12 Bake until sauce is bubbling and cheese is melted, 15 to 20 minutes.
    13 Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Menu # 10

The heat is really on around here and that saps me of all the energy to cook. Nonetheless, my family demands food, so here we go. I'm using up some foods from my fridge and freezer this week so here it is.

Pancakes ( DS # 1 specialty)

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

Monday: Eggplant Parmesan

Tuesday: DD # 2 cooks Birthright Lentils

Wednesday: Sweet and Sour  Meatballs, Rice, Noodles for DH, Salad
Thursday: DD # 1 cooks
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Grilled Pizza, Salad
Sunday: Grilled Pork ribs, Pasta Salad, Corn on the Cob

This post is linked to Menu Plan Monday

Friday, June 10, 2011

Pictures From My World

This morning  I had to get some groceries since we were out off quite a few things here at the house.
My first stop was our local Sprouts Farmersmarket

I got:
Seedless Watermelon $.19/ lb
Roma Tomatoes $. 77/ lb
Red Bell Peppers
Cauliflower $.88/ lb
Bulk Lentils $.74/ lb
Roasted Sunflower Seeds $ 2.10/ lb

Next stop was the Family Discount Market

My big scores there were:
Organic large brown eggs $.99/ dozen
2 1/2 pounds whole bean 8 o'clock coffee $ 9.99
12 pack of Strawberry milk $ 2.99

My last stop was Sam's for a few more staples. So here is my whole Loot

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Pictures From My World

In order to become a more regular blogger I've decided to post a daily picture of things I see around me. Some days it will be one picture, other days it might be more. So here we go.
         This morning when I woke up it was raining and after running a quick errand I just had to take a picture of my first open rose. I thought it looked so pretty......