Saturday, October 3, 2015

This and That

It's October and another little front has blown through
leaving a few delightful days of nice temps and low humidity.


I got my flu shot .. the high dose for those of us of a certain age! 


I'm taking part in the Spice of Life Crochet A Long along with 4000+ others!
The crochet a long is being sponsored by Stylecraft and Black Sheep Yarns. 
I've been using yarn in my stash.
As much as I would like to, I just couldn't by more yarn! 
We get new instructions each week.
Here is my first week:

Spice of Life Crochet A Long

And this what the afghan looks like after the second week:
Love those stacking shells!

Spice of Life Crochet A Long

It's been fun, a great stash buster and I've learned a few new tricks 
from the ladies in the FaceBook Group

Cherry Heart


A night out at the zoo to meet the new CEO.
Good friends, good food, and a cute animal ambassador:
meet Winston -- the Juliana Pig.


His tail was in constant motion ... as was his head ... yummies on the floor! 


The Juliana Pig is a small colorful pig originating in Europe through selective
breeding of various kinds of pigs. The Juliana Pig, also known as the 
Miniature Painted Pig, is small and spotted without a pronounced
pot belly or sway back. They have a long snout and are slight in frame.
They have a great temperament as the Juliana pig has been bred specifically 
 to work with humans. 

My weekend!

Last, but not least, it's the perfect weather for

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

I'm joining:

Camera Critters

and the lovely Judith at Mosaic Monday.

Monday, September 28, 2015

On The Menu

I really like stuffed peppers.
I found this recipe on Skinnytaste and had to give it a try.

Stuffed Peppers 
Servings: 6 • Serving Size: 1/2 pepper • Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 160 • Fat: 3 g • Carbs: 19 g • Fiber: 4 g • Protein: 15.5 g • Sugar: 1 g
Sodium: 119 (without salt)  


For the filling:

1/2 lb 99% lean ground turkey
3/4 cups canned black beans, rinsed and drained
3/4 cups frozen corn
1 hot pickled serrano pepper, chopped (or jalepeƱo) more to taste
1 large diced tomato
1 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp chopped onion
2 tbsp chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
1 tsp cumin
kosher salt to taste

For the peppers:

3 red bell peppers, cut in half lengthwise
1/3 cup reduced sodium, fat free chicken broth
9 tbsp shredded reduced-fat Sargento Monterey Jack cheese
1 tbsp chopped scallions, for garnish


In a large skillet brown the turkey and season with salt. When the turkey is browned, add onion, garlic, black beans, cilantro, serrano pepper, diced tomatoes, and cumin. Mix well and simmer on low, covered for 20 minutes. Remove lid, add corn and simmer an additional 5 minutes or until all the liquid reduces.

Preheat oven to 350°. Cut peppers in half lengthwise, removing seeds and stem.  

Place peppers, cut side up in an oven-proof dish. Fill each pepper with 1/2 cup turkey mixture. Pour about 1/3 cup water or chicken broth on the bottom of the dish. Cover tight with foil. Bake 45-50 minutes, or until the peppers become soft.  

Remove foil, top each with 1 1/2 tbsp of cheese and bake uncovered an additional 5 minutes.  Top with scallions and serve with reduced-fat sour cream if desired (optional).

Stuffed Peppers

I rarely make a recipe as it is written.
I didn't have a tomato or a serrano or jalapeno pepper
so I used a can of Rotel Chile.

On The Menu

It was yummy and looks nice on the fall table! 

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

I'm joining the lovely Judith for Mosaic Monday.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

1. Birds

Flamingo collage

Flamingos at the Houston Zoo.
It is baby time and this little grey fluff is the first one of the season.
He was determined to keep his "back side" as his good side! 

2. Beach


This was the closest I could come to one of my favorite places ... the beach! 
I'll just have to dream on.....

3. Bridge


Bridge in the Japanese Garden in Hermann Park, Houston
I love the reflections.

4. Bottom

Mina: Lynx Point Siamese

This is Mina when she first came to live with me (and Teddy and Cassie).
I think her little "bottom" is cute -- with her manx tail!

5. Butterfly

Happiness is a Butterfly

This is from 2009.
Cosmos in Musashi's Garden.
It was a good year for the Monarch butterfly.

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Must Be a Tasty Treat To Go To All That Trouble

You can believe your eyes.
These images are right side up.


The squirrel is upside down.
Hanging from his hind legs.
Chowing down on the leftover, drying blooms of the crepe myrtle.


Must be a tasty treat to go to all that trouble!


Wishing YOU well and much joy!

I'm joining:

Camera Critters

and the lovely Judith for Mosaic Monday.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Unfortunately, Fall Didn't Last Very Long

The weekend brought a hint of things to come.
Lows in the high 60s and highs in the mid 80s.
Low humidity.
Perfect walking weather.
Off to my village I went and breakfast.


A Tex-Mex omelet.
A book.
And a little pocket Buddha.

The Buddha reminds me to slow down and be grateful.
Be grateful for the farmers who grew the corn and beans,
who raised the chickens for the eggs, the wheat for the bread,
the raspberries for the jam, who picked the leaves for tea, 
the chefs who prepared the food, the cashier who took my order,
the nice young man who clears the tables. 

You get the idea. 

Unfortunately, fall didn't last very long ... 
it only lasted two days,
but it was a hint of things to come!

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Little by Little