Mostly Spinach

Simple is mostly better. Mostly. Simple spinach is just dang boring. This was my lunch today. My work provides china and silverware. 😀 I like that very much, thank you. Anywho, lunch. Last night we had these wonderful steaks that Mr. Pumpkin grilled. I had a bag of spinach and 2 strips of leftover bacon from breakfast. What to do…. Mostly Spinach Bacon grease, 2 tablespoons, maybe more 1 chopped shallot 3 cloves of garlic, sliced and then chopped. * Continue Reading ››

His Golden Lair of Butter Yellow

His Golden Lair is a lovely Hobbit inspired pattern by Kourtney Robinson. She offered it for free earlier in the year and I snapped it up. This is her description: I read the Hobbit as a child, and I clearly remember the cover illustration. Smaug (the dragon) was coiled about his gold and he had one eye slitted open. This shawl is inspired by that image – the cabled stitches form both stacks of coins and represent that narrowed eye. Continue Reading ››

Chicken and Rice

There are a few things so wonderful that you know God made them just to please us. Chicken is one of those things. It’s a flexible meat, it will do almost anything you want it to do. But, that means it is also bland and boring when you do it wrong. Most people do it wrong. Here, let me show you…. Chicken and Rice – Serves 4 -6 Chicken – white or dark. Just have it. It can be bone Continue Reading ››

Pork and Beans

Pork. I love it. Mr. Pumpkin loves it. Pork. Beans are great too. This is a spicy pork and beans that will rock your world. 2.5 lb pork sirloin roast lardons of bacon or salt pork, about 1/2 lb 3 large carrots 1 medium onion, roughly chopped 5 cloves garlic, peeled 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped 1 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped 1 small can chipotle in adobo 1 packet tacos al pastor salt & pepper to taste 1 Continue Reading ››

Lentils & Sausage Part II

So I went back, a week later, and reworked the Lentils & Sausage recipe. This time I think it’s right, simpler. The Lentils 1/2 pound French green lentils (I got these in the bulk section of Whole Foods) 1/2 box chicken stock (not broth, stock) pinch of salt 1 bay leaf 1 tsp chicken base 1/2 bunch parsely, chopped water (some, maybe another cup or more.) Rinse the lentils, pick out the bits that aren’t lentils. In a pot on Continue Reading ››

French Onion Soup

Sunday afternoon was cold. Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey. COLD. So Mr. Pumpkin suggested French Onion Soup. I agreed. On the way home from church we stopped to pick up the few things we needed and then Bob’s your Uncle and we are starting soup. Mr. Pumpkin did most of the work. Which starts with peeling and slicing up enough onions to make our apartment a danger zone. So he chopped and chopped and chopped. Continue Reading ››

Ding Dong Cake

Again, a food post without a picture. Sorry. For the new year I made a cake. After eating a slice of the cake, Mr. Pumpkin said it tasted like the old Ding Dongs, back from when Hostess was still the original and they wrapped their cakes in foil. So, we figured that we could make it again, but make it like old school ding dongs. That’s another post though. The cake: Pillsbury Devil’s Food Chocolate Cake Mix.  That’s it, nothing extra. Continue Reading ››

Bed Clothes

I don’t mean what you wear to bed. I mean what you put on your bed – the sheets, blankets, coverlets & quilts. There was an article running around Facebook a few months ago with statistics about how often a specific group changed and washed their sheets. Four times a year? Growing up I remember, dimly, that sheets were supposed to be changed weekly. Sort of. There were a lot of kids, 7, and so there were often theories that ran Continue Reading ››

A Tale of Three Hats

  I’ve been knitting hats for awhile. It seems that knitting hats is what I do in December.   First, I knit a hat for my Dad. He had picked out a color sometime last year, I bought the yarn and then never got around to it. Something about getting married and moving to Dallas got in the way. Anyway, it ended up being the perfect travel project. Yards and yards of stockinette are exactly what I needed for the Continue Reading ››

So I haven’t been actually blogging, like I thought I would, or How Lentils and Sausage Reminded Me To Blog

Blogging. I need to do it. I promised myself and some other wonderful people I would do it. And yet, I failed. So, tonight I made a lentil and sausage thing and while I liked it, it needs work before it’s a great dish. So I was thinking about how to keep track of this recipe since storing it in my head means that I’ll just make another with the same mistakes. I think the best place to track the Continue Reading ››