Comfort Food

I follow the blog of a talented woman and wonderful writer.  Cynthia Reyes was one of the first blogs I found when I looked into the “blogging” world.  I was immediately drawn in by her stunning photography and the way in which she “uses” words to explain her posts.

Her recent post Idiot-Proof Comfort Food had me laughing as usual when she shared she made a 2 ingredient recipe and forgot one of the ingredients!  Her book, which is available on her website, is as entertaining and fun to read as her blog.  On vacation last summer, I could barely put it down reading into the wee hours of the morning!

I decided to try this recipe yesterday and while it takes time, it was worth every minute!  The nice part was I was able to do chores around the house while it cooked.

Here are some pictures of how I made the recipe she shared!

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This is the finished dish and let me tell you, for someone trying to watch their diet, this fills just about every food desire you have.  It’s sweet, savory, filling and delicious!

I followed the directions using setting 1 on our electric stove.  I also used about 1 TBSP of butter and 1 TBSP of olive oil when I started the onions.  I covered it as well.  The potatoes do get a bit mushy if you stir it when it’s done but I like it that way.

I portioned mine out into small containers and will use it as my “fill in” snack in between meals this week.  It may not last a week as my mother has already dug in to get herself a bowl!!

Do take the time to visit Cynthia’s blog.  I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I do!

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Tin Score!!!

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TINS!!!!  Yayyy!!!  Ok, I love tins, I can’t help it.  They are a connection to history.  I love to find unique “old time” items from long ago. (See more of my tin collection here.)

Today was a rainy, cold day in Buffalo so we headed to an antique store we had never visited.  It is less than 20 minutes from our house and we drive by it quite often.  I am not sure why I have never stopped in there before but boy am I glad I did today.  The building was quite large and every little consignors area was decorated so nicely.  The prices were more than reasonable which was a treat!  We left with a nice collection of items in the car including these tins, an angel decoration, 2 wreaths, a candle, an antique toy car, and a home baked cookie Grandma bought.

A great way to spend a terrible day!!

This is a true story today…

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I am sure I will pay for the fun we had last night for the next 2 days!!  I posted about a week ago the man of the house had turned 50.  What I did not say was I was planning a surprise party for him!!  Last night was the party and YES!!  I pulled it off.  He had no idea!

My very good friend is also turning 40 next week.  We told Rob the party was for her.   She is the person you call on to plan a party.  She is fabulous and has such a talent for pulling off great parties.  SOOOO…..we concocted a plan to tell her we were planning a party for the man and needed her help.  Little did she know we were planning the party to surprise her too for her 40th.

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After the initial surprise to Rob we let things settle down for a few minutes and then all of the guest for Julie came through the door with her cake to surprise her.  It was AWESOME!!  Although she has told me she is mad at me, she did find humor in the fact she planned and set up her own party!!

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We held the party at a local fisherman club right on the river.  photo 3-2 photo 4-2

The kids had a great time.

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The cakes were beautiful and delicious from two different bakeries in our area and the food was delicious.

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And a great time was had by all.

 

 

It’s Hump Day

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Chance

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Chase rode with a little girl who could not ride alone

And we are off to the Fair again today….. The man and I are attending a concert at the Fair tonight featuring Lady Antebellum so we will head out a little later, have a bbq dinner at the Fair as a family and grandma will take the kids to see the shows they want to see again and watch the laser light show until the end of our concert.  Should be a great day and evening 🙂