Monday, August 31, 2009
4 T. olive oil
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 fresh poblano pepper, diced ( about 1/4 c.)
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp.ground cloves
1/2 c. red wine, plus additional as needed.
1 ( 15 oz.) can chopped tomatoes
1/2 c. raisins, plumped in hot water, then drained
10 pitted green olives, quartered or sliced
Heat 2T. of the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the ground beef and brown over high heat. Set aside on a plate.
Heat the remaining oil in the skillet and add the onion, garlic and pepper and cook for 10 minutes, atirring occasionally over moderate heat. Return the beef and its juices to the pan along with the cumin, cinnamon, cloves,, wine, tomatoes, raisins and olives. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for about 15 minutes. If it's too dry, add some red wine, a little at a time. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serves 4-6.
*** I use ground turkey, whatever kind of green pepper I happen to have and omit the olives. Some nights we have it with tortillas and others with brown rice....yummy!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
(Done on Sat 8/29) This is the way my day has been going! Went to the fairground this morning & found that someone have inadvertently unplugged the answering machine....it's nice not to have lots of calls to return, but not at this time of year.
Now I've been trying to copy the photo of a book to recommend--not having much luck.
I just finished reading " When Crickets Cry" by Charles Martin. Wonderful book! The synopsis from the publisher's website:
A man with a painful past. A child with a doubtful future. And a shared journey toward healing for both their hearts.
It begins on the shaded town square in a sleepy Southern town. A spirited seven-year-old has a brisk business at her lemonade stand. Her latest customer, a bearded stranger, drains his cup and heads to his car, his mind on a boat he's restoring at a nearby lake. But the little girl's pretty yellow dress can't quite hide the ugly scar on her chest. The stranger understands more about it than he wants to admit. And the beat-up bread truck careening around the corner with its radio blaring is about to change the trajectory of both their lives.
Before it's over, they'll both know there are painful reasons why crickets cry...and that miracles lurk around unexpected corners.
I have read one other book by him ( Wrapped in Rain--read it on Isla in Jan. ) and already have another in my pile.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
"To all our loyal friends of the Barracuda Bash: We regretfully want to inform you all that we are postponing the 2010 bash, due to the economy. It will return next year in Feb 2011, bigger and better then ever. We are sorry but their is no other way; many thanks and see you all next year in Feb (2011)."
Amended: We will return next year--we will be on Isla in Jan/feb 2010--see you then--the Bash will be back in 2011
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Maybe a few more cars around, but most of the shops are the same...art galleries & ice cream shops & a few souvenir traps.....
The shack was destroyed during the blizzard of 1978 but an exact duplicate was constructed that same year
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sandia, me & Rosie sitting in the garden--they actually have great tomatoes & I loved the hostas! A great time was had by all! We couldn't stay as long as we would have liked but it was great to see all for a few hours! Thanks, Sandy!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Going to Sandia's this afternoon for a small Isla gathering--can't wait!
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
This boy's cow decided it didn't want to be led around anymore, so it just plopped down on the ground! ( It was up shortly after!)
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
the geese..... The heron....
Thursday, August 13, 2009
No more flowers for awhile...no more to bloom!
This past weekend was the Litchfield County 4H Fair , held at our fairgrounds. There are quite a few active 4H groups in our county which makes for a great fair. I was intrigued when i saw they had a sheep obstacle course...it was fun to watch the kids try to do the course, do each task & hold onto their sheep--and the sheep got a workout--several kids used the same sheep to do the course!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Pale pink tea roses that are trying to grow--a Rose of Sharon has grown right up next to the rose bush so they are competing for space--and the rose of sharon is winning--soon I will move the rose bush!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
The color ids a little different--pale pink, but it's very pretty ! Will have to try & find out the name......