Monday, April 26, 2010

Monday Chit-Chat

Let me start out by saying, you must try this recipe...Cooking Light's Open-Faced Sandwiches with Ricotta, Arugula and Fried Egg. The crispness of the toasted bread, the creamy ricotta with the salty tang of Parmesan, the earthy bite of the fresh greens and the wonderful fried egg made for a delightful supper. And it took all of 15 minutes to prepare.

So easy, so delicious

I finished Stage 3 of New Rules this morning so now I have a week off from weight lifting. I came home from the gym and blitzed the downstairs. Everything is spotless except the kitchen floor. I'm waiting on my cordless sweeper to recharge so I can finish the job. I love starting the week with a clean house.

I just realized that I missed photo Sunday. It was just one of those perfectly enjoyable weekends that I didn't want to miss a minute of it sitting in front of the computer. I've got a few pics for this post to make up for it, though. How about some cookie porn?

Rich, chewy chocolate heaven!
I wanted something straightforward and found this recipe on Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies. I doctored them up a bit, of course. I used dark brown sugar in place of the light brown sugar. I used Bob's Red Mill 5 grain rolled cereal instead of plain rolled oats, the flavor is deeper and it created an amazing chew in the cookies. I used one and a half cups of macadamia nut baking pieces in place of the one cup of chopped walnuts and used one and a half cups of Ghiradelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chips in place of the regular morsels. The Ghiradelli chips are huge and have the most intense chocolate flavor. I baked them a bit longer, too. I just can't eat a pale chocolate chip cookie. I really enjoyed them with a cold glass of the farm fresh milk but the rest are off limits in Rob's cookie tin.

Rob completed the prototype of the first protective cage yesterday. It looks really good but it's unwieldy so I can't lift it on my own. He's going back to the drawing board to tweak his plans for the next one. The veggies are coming along so well, I can't believe it's only been two week. I'm going to do some more planting soon, the next wave of carrots, beets and salad greens along with the summer squashes and beans.

Keeping my veggies safe from critters

And finally, some comic relief. I asked Rob to show me how to use the blower. I started it , put it on my back and got to it. Rob followed me around the taking pictures cracking up laughing, he found it so funny for some reason. I found it dusty and noisy and was very glad when it was done.

I do look pretty goofy

My sweeper is recharged, so that's all for now. Have a great Monday!


  1. Your blog made me hungry and one day I will have to ability to create a garden like that... I think I will need to get a gun to shoot the deer first.

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  2. Looking at the cages for your veggie beds, I wonder if some hinges on one side would make them managable for one person?