Sunday, December 7, 2008

Thanksgiving with Friends Continued and I Got Another Award!

Well, Thanksgiving with friends was a success as it is every year. It was a long, relaxing and wonderful day with friends and best girlfriend, Susan, who brought all the animals stayed overnight! My bed consisted of me, two dogs, two cats and one cat on the tree stand next to my bed. We all slept soundly. :)

My other wonderful friend Bryan cooked something fabulous and I want to share it with you. It's called Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli (by Ina Garten). He did a great job! Here's a picture of it and below is the recipe if you all want to try it sometime.

Don't these roasted pine nuts look good? They smelled delicious!

Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli


4-5 lbs broccoli
garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
6 1/2 tablespoons
extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons
kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon
fresh ground black pepper
2 teaspoons grated
lemon zest
2 tablespoons
fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons
pine nuts, toasted
1/3 cup freshly grated
parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons finely sliced
fresh basil leaves (about 12 leaves)

1. Cut the broccoli florets from the thick stalks, leaving an inch or two of stalk attached to the florets, discarding the rest of the stalks.
2. Cut the larger pieces through the base of the head with a small knife, pulling the florets apart. You should have about 8 cups of florets.
3. Place the broccoli florets on a sheet pan large enough to hold them in a single layer.
4. Toss the garlic over the broccoli and drizzle with 5 tablespoons of the olive oil. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper.
5. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes, until crisp-tender and the tips of some of the florets are browned. 6. Remove the broccoli from the oven and immediately toss with 11/2 tablespoons olive oil, the lemon zest, lemon juice, pine nuts, Parmesan, and basil. Serve hot.
7. Serve and enjoy!
Here's a beautiful plate to look at. Yummy huh?

Some munchies beforehand....

A beautiful sunset....

And one tired cat....


Heather over at Family Forever awarded me this wonderful award! She has the sweetest blog and what a sweet family. Her daughter, Ella, is the most adorable girl. The expressions on her face can't help but to light you up. :) Thank you, Heather!!

"This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award."

Now I'm supposed to find eight others to bestow this on. Here goes!

1. Zaroga's Nook

2. A Duck in her Pond

3. House in the Roses

4. For the Love of Cooking

5. A Cup of Joanna

6. Hannah Shaw

7. A Little Dash of This A Little Dash of That

8. My Sewing Serenity

Every one of these friends have been so wonderful! They deserve it. :) Thank you for being in my daily life.


Heather said...

great Thanksgiving photos! yummy! I'm so glad you like your award. you deserve it! Your blog is so unique and fun to read!

Anonymous said...

We love roasted broccoli! Will have to try your recipe. Yum!

If Quincy isn't the cutest baby (uh, cat) ever! I so want to cuddle him.

Congrats on your award!!

The Blonde Duck said...

Awww! Thanks for the award! It looks like you're having fun with all your cats and tree strands! That was so sweet of you to pass it on to me--thanks!

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

Hi Michelle,

Oh yummy! I love pine nuts too! I made them with green beans this Thanksgiving and roasted them first! this recipe looks delicious!! thanks for sharing! and btw, the pics with your cat are so cute!!

CIELO said...

Every thing looks yummy! and thanks for sharing the recipe.... have to try that! and by the way, The House in the Roses is having a party!... Come to the “World of Treasures” and show your lovely treasures... Come see!


Pam said...

I recently roasted broccoli for the first time and I love it. This is a great recipe.

The cat is so darn cute!

Michelle said...


Hope you picked up your award! I didn't get a chance to let you know before you came to my site! Ha! I will definitely come by for the party. :)

a. said...

The recipe looks great!

Personally, I am more of a dog person probably because growing up my mom was severely allergic, and there are very few cats I find cute but yours has to be the cutest I've ever seen.

serenitymeadow said...

Oh Michelle!! What a nice surprise! Thank, thank you so very much for the award. Love your sunset and kitty picture. Your blog is so pretty and inspiring and you are such a sweetheart!

Hannah said...

You are so sweet. Thank you for being in MY daily life! You always bring a smile to my face! Thank you for the wonderful award.
Have a wonderful day!

Joanna said...

michelle, thanks so much for the award!!! i really appreciate it. good thing i took spanish in high school. i actually understood what it said haha

that broccoli dish looks so yummy. broccoli is my favorite vegetable, but my parents HATE the smell of it. when my mom gets home from work at night, she can smell whether i've made it or not. she says it smells like pee. haha i obviously don't agree!!

Michelle said...


and Quincy just lays there while you bury your face into his belly. :)

CIELO said...

Oh my goodness, how could I've missed seeing the award???? Duhh, guess I was too into the party and didn't see it... thank YOU, I'm so honored... I'll post about it after the party.

Hope to see your pic soon


Anonymous said...

As a kid I never really cared for broccoli but now, being at college, I have acquired a love for cooking with it (go figure). I am very excited about seeing that parmesan-roasted broccoli recipe-i'm definitely bookmarking it for future reference! Thanks for sharing :)

Noodlegirl said...

Your food looks good as usual!! OMG I cannot believe you gave me an award I was so excited you have to come to my blog and see my grand speech lol. Thanks so much I am truly surprised! said...

Good food in the company of good friends is always heartwarming! ;-) Looks like a nice meal you had there!

Anonymous said...

Michelle, no kidding?! I would love Quincy to be my forever pillow! 8)


To Ms. Michelle

You are heartily welcome to my blogspace.

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FourOf5zs said...

Thanks for the award, Michelle. I'm so sorry that it took me so long to pick it up.

Yum on the recipe. Would you believe I've never eaten pine nuts?