this is look I am getting right now.

March 31, 2008 at 5:03 pm (cats, fun) ()

I think it is time to feed the cat

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Did you miss me?

March 31, 2008 at 3:45 pm (domestic life, food, fun, wine) (, , , , )

I wasn’t gone for long, but it was a very good vacation. We did a lot of things that were really good for us: we hiked , we biked, we relaxed , we read, we ate well, and we slept.

We went to Costanoa . It is what I call a luxury campground. There are everything from lodge rooms to cabins to tent bungalows and camp sites. There is a spa, a hot tub, saunas, and a restaurant on the grounds. It is about an hour from home and feels like a different world. Home is urban/suburban. Costanoa is country. There are hiking trails, beaches, and mountain bike trails. And a low key atmosphere.

Highlights:

*Durante’s restaurant in Pescadero,CA . perfectly cooked sunny sides eggs, excellent apricot pie, and soup to die for – green chile cheese and artichoke were the two we tried

* Mountain biking -I figured out about half way through the ride that it had been ten years since I had read on a real trail. Ow. Plus, I watched a snake escape from under DH’s rear tire. go,snake, go. No really, it was fun.

* hot tub

* Jack. A baby/toddler we met that really loved DH’s guitar. Oh yeah, his parents were really nice people to.

* The odd creepiness of the Bonnie Doon winery. We arrived to late to do any tasting, but that’s ok. We suspected the people that worked there might have been zombies.

* Realizing that the beach rocks were full of fossils.

* Sleeeeeeeep.

* Spending a rainy Sat evening in our room reading,drinking wine, and eating cheese. ( no tv , but yes there was wireless)

*Hearing Garrick Davis at the San Gregorio General Store . He is a happy man that can play guitar.

*Spending four day just us.

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vacation

March 26, 2008 at 2:35 pm (Uncategorized)

I could be working today, but I’ on vacation. Home, but I will be escaping for a few days. Anyway I found this picture, which I can identify with :

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Dinner

March 25, 2008 at 8:03 pm (domestic life, food, vegetarian) (, , )

Tonight’s dinner was a simple one –

Chopped salad – meaning romaine, carrots, tomato, can of corn( drained), toasted pecans and a sprinkle of goat cheese. The dressing was jarred pesto sauce thinned with lemon juice and whatever vinegar I grabbed.

cheese – smoked Gouda and a Cheddar/Stilton mix

and Something called San Francisco Polenta Bread  – I made it muffin form

Ingredients:

1 cup flour ( I only had whole wheat)

1 cup Polenta

3 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup sugar

1 egg beaten

1 cup milk ( I used low-fat soy , it was what I had)

1/4 cup oil

preheat oven to 425 . mix ingredients bake 20 – 25 minutes in 8X8 pan or muffin tins

Very yummy – crunchy tops. but notice that last ingredient – oil. I forgot it – completely.Honestly, I never missed it. the left over muffins might be hard – but a little butter and heating them up in the microwave ought to take care of that.

That’s the second time this week I misread a recipe. I tried to make Ellie Krieger’s baked Falafel, but misread the oven temperature. It was tasty, but over cooked. I will try it again, but using the correct oven temperature.

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happy hair day

March 25, 2008 at 12:00 pm (domestic life) ()

I have the best situation; my hair dresser lives next door. This is good, because I am very lazy about getting my hair cut. It can be 6 months if I am in charge. M’s family owns the coffee shop I frequent. Every time she comes in for coffee she looks at my hair. One day,2 to 2.5 months after that last hair cut , she gets that looks – and I know some where in the next week my hair will be freshly shorn and dyed. It isn’t as luxurious as going to a salon, but it easier. It also a good reason to wash almost every towel in the house.

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happy brunch day

March 23, 2008 at 4:09 pm (domestic life, food, fun) ()

That’s what we do every easter – have brunch. And for fun – look at this the Washington Post Peep Show. Fun with food. ( can Peeps really be considered food?)

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