Are some days hard to get a handle on ?
Maybe these will help . . .
Recently, we received these homemade seasoning mixes from Tammy (Simple Southern Happiness). This past weekend, the Super Blend mix was used to season a beef crockpot stew. What a wonderful addition that made this meal quite tasty. We’re looking forward to buying fresh salmon to enjoy the dill-chive-garlic mix soon.
Unexpected surprises like this call for a personal THANKS. We surprised Tammy with a call this past Sunday a.m. and had a wonderful and lengthy conversation. She is recovering from recent surgery and expects a return to blogging soon. In the meantime, drop over and visit her blog for wonderful photography and tasty recipes. And, while you’re there, be sure to check out her pottery and sewing projects – this is one very talented lady !
We hope we can meet this blogger one day when we visit relatives who also live in GA. THANKS Tammy.
At least for us that’s what happens every evening when we sit in our favorite chairs and try to figure out Who Dunnit???
A February post of the same title described our absorption with mystery novels. Grenville was reading novels by Louise Penny and I was reading some by Charles Todd.
We have continued reading – similar and new authors . . .
Believing the Lie is the newest Inspector Thomas Lynley mystery by Elizabeth George. Lynley is mystified when he's sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the request of the man's uncle, the wealthy and influential Bernard Fairclough. The death has been ruled an accidental drowning, and nothing seems to indicate otherwise. Lynley enlists the help of his friends Simon and Deborah St. James. The trio's digging soon reveals that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets, lies, and motives.
Thanks to fellow blogger and mystery reader, AC, for letting me know about this latest tome, over 610 pages in the hardcover edition. It was a 2-week new book library loan, which meant several late night readings to return it on time this week.
In February, I had begun the first book in The Sunday Philosophy Club series by Alexander McCall Smith featuring Isabel Dalhousie, an Edinburgh philosopher who uses her training to solve mysteries. Besides Isabel, characters in the series include her niece Cat, a young attractive woman who runs a delicatessen; her housekeeper Grace, an outspoken woman with an interest in spiritualism; Cat’s ex-boyfriend Jamie, a bassoonist and music teacher; Charlie, Isabel and Jamie’s son; and Brother Fox, an urban fox who lives in Isabel’s garden. I’m reading the 8th (and last to date) book in this series.
Grenville read several of Ms. Penny’s mysteries featuring Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec before moving on to a U.S. based mystery series (also through a suggestion from AC).
Archer Mayor is the author of the acclaimed, Vermont-based series featuring Lt. Joe Gunther of the Brattleboro, VT police department. Mayor’s novels are based on actual experience in the field. He works as a death investigator for the VT State Medical Examiner's office and as a deputy for the Windham County Sheriff's Dept. There now 22 books in this series, which have been appearing about once a year since 1988; unfortunately our local library doesn’t have of them. Soon, Grenville will be running out of Mayor’s mysteries . . . any reading suggestions?
We don’t subscribe to cable or digital services needed for any TV watching in this area. For us nightly reading is far more entertaining than anything currently on the boob tube.
How do you spend your evening down time?
If you’re a regular or even occasional reader of recipes posted on The Frog & PenguINN blog, you may have notices that we cook a lot of main dishes using either chicken or fish. While Grenville and I DO enjoy a grilled steak and barbecued ribs, not to mention a good burger, chicken and fish are more often than not on our dinner menu. Our favorites are easy-to-prepare main dishes accompanied by fresh veggies we have grown or bought fresh.
This a simple (and delicious) meal using chicken breasts and one of our favorite veggies – asparagus. And, aide from the pot used to cook the rice, it’s cooked in one pan – another of our favorite types of meals cause there’s less after-dinner cleanup.
Chicken and Asparagus
While visiting NJ last week, I saw two different examples of parallel parking outside a Panera Bread in Westfield, NJ.
The back right tire of this car was on the sidewalk; the front right was smack against the curb. (The car had NY plates.) Less than a half hour later, another car was parked in the SAME spot – not on the sidewalk or anywhere near the curb – but over the parking space line AND nearly in the traffic lane . (NJ plates on this car.) This is WHY carrying a small digital camera everywhere is handy. You never know what you will see OR where.
To avoid chicken splatters, pound the chicken in a plastic bag or between slices of waxed paper.