Saturday, May 29, 2010

Cilantro Rice

My cilantro is growing like crazy so I HAD to make something really quick. I don't know how much quicker you can get than this. Great side dish for any summer meal. There are so many other fabulous cilantro rice dishes, some add lime, some add chiles. I just needed something quick so this is very simple!


3 1/2 cups packed cilantro leaves (about 3 ounces)
3 medium garlic cloves
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup minced yellow onion
2 cups long-grain white rice (or brown rice)
1 tablespoon kosher salt


Combine two cups of rice with chicken broth and chopped garlic cloves and yellow onion. Bring to boil and turn to simmer for about 30 minutes or until liquid is absorbed completely. Fluff rice when done and add chopped cilantro and a dash of kosher salt. Mix well. Rice will begin to take on flavor of cilantro while it's still hot.

I had my cilantro rice with organic turkey ham and yes, that is mayonnaise on the side. I love dipping my ham in mayonnaise. Is that strange? My, look at all that ham on my plate. I must have been really hungry, lol!

Hope you are all having a wonderful holiday weekend. I also hope you were all able to take a moment to thank all our brave soldiers who made a huge sacrifice for all of us and the freedom that we have today. xoxo

Saturday, May 22, 2010


I just couldn't pass up posting these pictures from this afternoon. It was definitely a lazy afternoon here today.

Dreaming of fish flakes and catnip...

I told you to keep your ears! Good thing you have me around to keep you clean Quincy.

All that cleaning pooped me out...

Some big fat orange cat took over my box. :( I'll just lay over here in the corner then, fine.

And that's what lazy Saturday's are all about. Hope you're all having a great weekend. :)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Playing around....

With jewelry, that is. :) I'm experimenting right now. Maybe I will sell? Maybe not. Here are my three "simple" creations so far.

Oh and ignore the trash in the background. In one of my ADD moments I was in the middle of taking trash out then realized I had to drop everything to take pictures. Typical me. Lol!

I should have made this a little more clear. There's a heart, a key in the back and a smaller heart on this chain. :) Could my shirt be anymore low cut? I do have a TANK TOP peaking through...that is not my bra. Lol!

This one should be worn with a more elegant look, say perhaps a long-sleeve elegant fitted black tee or maybe a simple black spaghetti strap dress?

Hmmm..I may change to a thinner satin black ribbon or even a satin cream ribbon.

More posts to come (and faster). I need to catch up! I also got another award, yay! I'll share soon. :)

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Walking Bentley

This weekend was so beautiful. Actually, the last few days have been gorgeous, gorgeous! My new best friend is the sun. :) Aside from the sun, one of my wonderful girlfriend's, Sue, is unfortunately going through chemotherapy right now for breast cancer. Sue has been such a trooper through all her treatments and hospital stays. I truly admire her courage, strength and kind heartedness. The last week or so I offered to help out whenever possible and that included WALKING BENTLEY. Yep, Bentley, Sue's adorable and so-full-of-energy Goldendoodle. Recently we took an invigorating walk through her neighborhood. Bentley got out and I got to spy the beautiful houses along blossomed tree-lined streets. We both had a great time and I got some energy out of Bentley. Lol!

I had to take a picture of this tree. Look at those pink refreshing to see bright spring colors.

Yes Bentley, that's the UPS man. I'll protect you!

The neighborhood that Sue lives in is an older area with one of my favorite style of home, the bungalow.

Yes Bentley, keep going.

Picture time! You mind well Bentley! Good boy!

I do have to tell you all a funny story. When I got Sue home from the hospital (along with Bentley who was being watched by our friend Susan), we got Bentley inside and as I was unloading the car I heard Sue scream for Bentley. He had gotten out! I took off running after him, lol. Unfortunately the neighbor had their front door wide open and in goes Bentley, dashing in at full speed then a few seconds later I hear a woman SHRIEK! Out comes Bentley running as fast as he can. Lol! I'm sure the woman was shocked to see a huge white ball of fur diving into the front door but hey, in my book, you leave your front door open, it's an invitation to all creatures. Lol! Long story short, I was able to get him safely home where he was mildly scolded. How can you scold a cutie like that? Lol!

On a final note, if you can all say a prayer for Sue, I would be ever so grateful. She's doing wonderful through her treatments but it's never easy. Thank you, thank you! Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend and enjoying Spring!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

I have a new food obsession

They're green, small, crunchy and salty. They're teeny tiny but they can be so addicting!

You can tell how many times I've reached for these. :)

What's your snack obsession of the moment?

Saturday, May 1, 2010

A Visit from Mom!

About a week ago my mom came to visit and we had such a great time together! In fact, it's not often I can find someone to swish away to a few antique stores and, of course, girly clothes shopping. Lol!

My favorite antique stomping grounds around my area is called Aurora. Aurora was founded in 1856 by Dr. William Keil who was a Prussian tailor and self-styled physician. He named the city after his daughter Aurora Mills. You can read more about the history of Aurora here

Here's a couple of pictures we took in Aurora. The area is so quaint. I've decided I would really enjoy living in any "old town" in any city. :)

Here's my beautiful mom! :) The flowers were in bloom in Aurora and Spring was definitely in the air.

Notice I'm standing next to "Treasure" sign. :) Lol!

The next day we found ourselves in the antique market in Portland called Monticello Antique of the best in town!

Mom is discovering some treasures...

I spied a mirror and sneaked a picture of myself.

Here's a picture of just me and mom. I love her so much and she really made my week when she came up to have some fun, mother, daughter time! Thanks, mom!! I already miss you. So does Emma. Lol! Emma loved my mom.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. If you can believe this, I have a Spring project coming up. Very cheap and I had all the materials right here at home! xoxo