Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year

 Success! Thanks to Whole Foods we have our Dungeness crab for News Years Eve.  Dungeness crab in the Colorado snow....that's my idea of fun.

My brother was chief crab cracker. So everything's ready to go for tonight!

                       I got to sneak a bite...aah tastes like San Francisco and the sea. That's a good thing.

                                           Somebody else was interested in crab as well!

It's going to be a stay at home New Year's celebration with family, food, noise makers, and New Years Rockin' Eve....with Ryan Seacrest! haha  Wishing everyone a happy, abundant 2013!

Morning Wake Up Call

Good Morning! Last day of the year. What are your dreams for 2013? This is one of my favorite quotes.
If one advances confidently in the direction of one's dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Morning Wake Up Call

Good Morning! It's time for me to start thinking of post holidays exercise and healthy food. My go to healthy shake has fruit, juice, yogurt, honey, and...
and silken tofu for soy protein.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Sweet Dreams

Good Night. Did you get a view of the December Full Cold Moon last night!

Notes From the City - Crab Season

This is the time of year my thoughts turn to crab. I love crab. Probably more than lobster, which is my favorite special meal on Ocean Drive when we're in Miami Beach. And I'm not talking stone crab - which you can usually get in abundance during the season in Miami - except for this year. I'm speaking of the crab of my childhood. Dungeness. The crab of Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. If you're ever visiting you don't need to go to an expensive restaurant to have it, although that is a treat. Just go down to the wharf and get fresh crab cocktail on the street. Just fresh crab pieces and cocktail sauce. Yum. 

If you're going down to the wharf I suggest going in the morning. If you go early enough you'll get to see the hustle and bustle of the real wharf and avoid the tourists.

You can walk out to where they actually bring in the crabs and walk along the water and the warehouses.

If you're lucky you can just watch them bring in their catch. Tons of crabs!

Crab baskets. I think they're pretty in a fishy, sea faring kind of way.

Of course there are other interested visitors to the wharf!

We usually just buy whole, cooked crabs. They'll crack them for you. And you just take them home, put them on a plate, get some small forks, nutcrackers, lots of napkins and you're good to go.

Restaurants come up with many different ways of serving crab. My suggestion? Fresh boiled crab, melted butter with a little squeeze of lemon, and, of course, San Francisco sourdough bread. Oh, and a glass of nice white wine.

The challenge I have now is that I live in Colorado. But I have found that if I call the grocers that get Dungeness crabs here, and find out when they get it delivered, and go buy one - the day after it is a really expensive tastes...almost as good. Keeping my fingers crossed for this New Years Eve!

Morning Wake Up Call

Good Morning! My daughter brought home these beautiful little chai cups from India. She made us all chai from a recipe she developed in Jaipur where she was doing her internship. It had fresh ginger, pepper, cloves and other spices along with milk and fresh tea she was given in Darjeeling. It was delicious!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Morning Wake Up Call

So my brother made this awesome coffee cake for my birthday brunch on Christmas Eve. It was sooo good. You might want to try it. It had squash in the cake base, a cream cheese filling, a streusel topping, and a coffee sauce to go on top. Oh my.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Sweet Dreams

Of course it's not a rule that you have to have snow on Christmas.....When I get my condo in Miami I'm going to have a pink Christmas tree. Sweet Dreams.

Apron Inspiration

Putting my Mom to work making Christmas cookies - and modeling my Country Apron. Visit my Etsy Shop!

Afternoon Pick Me Up

An afternoon walk in the snow.

Notes From the Country

It is quite rare and very magical for it to snow on Christmas Eve here in our part of Colorado. But that's what it did. We were at church on Christmas Eve night. There is a large stained glass window behind the altar, and we could see it start to snow in the middle of the service. A little Christmas miracle. It was a beautiful drive home in the snow. 

  And at home, everything began to turn a Christmas white - not big, fat snowflakes, but little crystal-like snowflakes that glittered.

 The stockings were hung by the chimney with care. All the presents were finally wrapped, my oldest girl had just arrived home the night before from her semester in Jaipur, India after a few harrowing days and missed flights to the U. S.
 And Christmas morning was beautiful. We always play Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" when the girls come in to the room to see what Santa brought them. Yes, even at 21 and 17 the magic is still alive and well here.

 All in all a fun, relaxing day, with family, new "toys", and lots of Christmas cookies. Oh and grasshoppers in the evening. You haven't heard of a grasshopper? They're a tradition in my family at the holidays. Mix equal parts Creme de Cacao, Creme de Menthe, Vodka (because we make them with Vodka), and light cream. Add 2 parts crushed ice and blend it up! Since this is such a old fashioned, retro drink, I think it best to serve them in vintage glasses. It really is a festive, delicious after dinner cocktail.

 We drank ours while watching our classic favorite "White Christmas" on Christmas Night.

Still dreaming of Peace on Earth Good Will to all.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

Sweet Dreams

Good Night. The snow from our last storm is melting. The next time snow is in the forecast is ....wait for it.....on Christmas Day!

Animals A to Z

Since moving to the country our animal kingdom has expanded...namely to those large animals that sleep in barns and graze in pastures. But I'll start inside. Today I'll introduce my corgi.

This is Bing. He's named after Bing Crosby. I got him on my birthday. On Christmas Eve. In 2003. He's my second Welsh Corgi. He's very loyal, intelligent, loving, stubborn, frustrating, and beautiful. He likes to herd our alpacas and be wherever we are.

This is my brother's dog. Junior. My brother also got him on Christmas Eve of 2003. I chose Bing. Junior was a surprise present. Complete with a red bow. (Not from me) Junior is his second Husky. He's beautiful, gentle, fast, strong, and sits in the middle of doorways or the kitchen floor when you're trying to cook and won't move. He likes sitting in snow.

Here they are as puppies. Sweetest things ever. We had a very cold, snowy post Christmas that year, and we had to take them out every 4 hours round the clock. My brother and I would meet in the middle of the night all bundled up out in the freezing night. (I think he was regretting coming to visit for Christmas that year.)

 Their first ice cream. Our local ice cream store has free ice cream for dogs on Sundays.

 This is when they were teenagers. Junior is mostly very patient with Bing.

This was taken this morning. They're nine years old now. Junior's visiting for the holidays again. He lives in San Francisco and loves running along the beach, but he likes visiting Colorado and playing in the snow in the winter, or running in the mountains in the summer.  Bing has never been to San Francisco. He's a homebody. They have their daily routines of wrestling together, napping, eating treats - currently they're working through a doggie advent calender filled with little rawhide bones. You can still see the little puppies in them.

You'll see plenty more of them.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012