Friday
Apr242015

and the boyos are off!

The boyos are off!  They hooked up the Suburban, loaded the car on a trailer, and left yesterday.  I admit that the whole week felt a bit like getting them prepared.  I did a lot of mending and cooking.  I got a text yesterday at lunch saying they were raring to go.  I was not surprised at all and told them such.  They were off!  I have gotten pictures from the road of them reheating food I made them.  They should be almost to Koda Bear soon.

I, on the other had, did normal things like go to work and clean.  I am reblocking a rug a made so the edges do not curl.  So much easier when there are not people around who wish to use the rug.  It is a grand yoga mat.

I did go out with co-workers last night but I would have been just as happy staying home and working on one of the sweaters I am making like tonight.  I do hermit well. 

I am going to be spending time on this sweater because I would like it done for when I go gallivanting.  The reservation for a camp site is made on the Oregon coast.  Hoping to see my best friend.  Hoping to see other friends but it will completely depend on their schedule and how flexible timing can be.  I just want some time to walk a beach.  It will be much to cold really to put my toes in the ocean!

Wednesday
Apr222015

crispy avocado tacos

When we were at MotoGP, we found a taco place that had better mojitos then margaritas but also had crispy avocado tacos.  Personally, I thought maybe not for me but I decided to give them a try.  Most everything else on the menu was too heavy or too much chicken.  I find chicken just hurts.  I had a fish taco and I had a crispy avocado taco.  Usually fish is my favorite but not at this place.  We went back for more tacos and I just ate the crispy ones.

These I decided to replicate.  I read more then a few recipes.   Came up with a plan and proceeded.  Oh my gosh!  Heaven.  The recipe I came up with is gluten free.  It can also easily be vegan if you so wish.  I just did not have any almond or hemp milk in the house.  I had a very full tummy after two tacos, which is half an avocado.  Very happy but very full.  Just be aware.

crispy avocado tacos

1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced into eighths.  It should be soft but firm.

1/2 cup millet flour

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons dairy or non-dairy milk

1/2 cup almond flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon white pepper

1/16 teaspoon ground chipolte pepper

1/16 teaspoon ground ancho pepper

1/2 teaspoon paprika

4 corn tortillas

1/2 cup black beans

coleslaw, vinegar and oil based

salsa of your choice

avocado crema

goat cheese crumbles

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.  Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a shallow dish, put the millet flour.  In a shallow disk, whisk together the oil and milk.  In another shallow dish, mix the almond flour, salt, pepper, and spices.

Dust an avocado slice in the millet flour.  Shake off extra.  Dredge the slice through the oil/milk mixture.  Dredge in the almond flour mixture.  Place on the baking sheet.  Continue until all the slices are done.

Bake for 20 minutes or golden.

Warm the tortillas.  Warm the beans.

When the avocados are roasted, take out of the oven.  Put a tortilla on a plate.  Smear with a bit of bean.  Put two avocado slices.  Add avocado crema, cole slaw, and goat cheese crumbles or anything else you wish.  Repeat until you have four tacos.

Happy belly!

Tuesday
Apr212015

vanilla brioche

Yes, we like chocolate around here.  But we really like vanilla as well.  My Beloved asked for vanilla brioche so I decided to give it a try.  He really liked the vanilla cream that is used in the brioche au chocolat that I make.  He asked if the brioche could be filled with just that.

I have been liking the little brioche and did not want to make a whole sheet.  The little muffin sizes are perfect for breakfast or with tea.  That became tricky.  How to get the cream in them.  I really did not but they do have a lovely vanilla flavor. 

vanilla brioche

the dough from the chocolate brioche

1/4 of the vanilla cream from the brioche au chocolat

When the dough is at the point for shaping in the chocolate brioche recipe, have the vanilla cream cooled and eighteen small muffin pans buttered.  Portion the dough into eighteen pieces.  Flatten into a round in the palm of the hand.  Push into the muffin form, leaving a well in the middle.  Spoon a teaspoon of vanilla cream into the well.

Cover and let rise until puffy, about one hour in a warm place.

Preheat the oven to 424 degrees Fahrenheit.  Sprinkle the brioche with sugar.  Bake for 20 minutes or until golden.

These are lovely warm or reheated.

Monday
Apr202015

another dress

I had found a really nice piece of wool that was black based but not plain black.

I could wear black every day.  I wear dresses everyday.  This breaks it up a bit.  I read an article about a creative woman who bought herself a uniform so she had an easier time feeling put together at work, white blouse, black slacks. 

I realized my a-line dresses are very much the same.  It has been something I have unconsciously done for a long time just changing the uniform.  Dresses mostly.  Different lengths at times.  As I have gotten older, I do this more.  Find a group of clothes or a single style that is most comfortable.  Currently, a-line dresses.  Just under the knee.  Sleeves.  No sleeves. These might be around for awhile.  I do enjoy not tripping over my hems. 

I break these up a bit with sheaths.  They feel a little bit dressier and even more classic.  I also do not trip over my hems in these. 

I was really tired of tripping over hems.  My last frontier dress I made shorter then normal because I was so tired of tripping.  I really like it.  Now, if I could just find some more lovely flannel.  I think it will be next fall before that happens.  I do feel a bit babbly today.  Oh well.

Saturday
Apr182015

rainy saturday

It has been a rainy day.  Actually, it has been a rainy week.  So rainy that if I go to work in my garden I will be stuck in the mud to my knees.  This has happened in the past so I know I am not exaggerating. 

I thought I might get a chance to build a bed today.  New mattress have been ordered which probably should have been done years ago.  I would like to be off the floor and a bed would actually help.  But the desert walnut we have is not quite long enough and the hardwood wood store closes much too early on a Saturday so I am a bit stuck on that project.

I have been working on a sweater instead.  Part of the reason I was to late to get to the wood store was that the sweater has grabbed me.  The feel of it.  The colors of it.  And I want to wear it today.  But there is two issues with that.  I am spinning all the yarn for the sweater, which makes the process longer.  And to wear it today, it would have to be finished!  Not a work in progress. 

I am hoping it will be done for my gallivanting in May.  I am definitely going to the Oregon coast.  Maybe the mountain.  Having a new sweater would be lovely.  My thought now is that I will put a movie or an audible book on, makes some tea, and work on my sweater while I wait for my garden to dry.  If I get to restless, I will walk over to a store and buy clothesline and nylon thread to make baskets that I can hold spinning and crocheting in.  They are definitely a in thing to make but I can see such uses!