Friday, April 23, 2010

Busy As the Falling Rain

Now playing: Asia - Who Will Stop the Rain?
via FoxyTunes

Well, actually I like rain.....But it is supposed to turn to snow by tonight. We have had enough snow, save some for next winter please.

Now playing: The Mamas & The Papas - Look Through My Window
via FoxyTunes

That is what is going on outside the window. Inside is pretty busy! We have plenty of spring birthdays, graduations and engagements to celebrate. We had trips to take. Respects to say to a loved one. There are seeds to plant and nurture, projects to complete, dishes to be made and served.

Now playing: Spyro Gyra - Bittersweet
via FoxyTunes

Inside other "windows," on a human level, is feeling the emotions of a lost relative who battled cancer. There is also joy seeing my oldest getting ready to fly the nest- graduating college, she is engaged and moving away to New York state this summer. Feeling yet older as the kids grow around me- my 2nd oldest just turned 19 years old this week and my nephew is also graduating high school. I saw my grandfather in a nursing home, he was so happy to see us. Sigh......

I am really proud of her! :-)

One of the projects aside from knitting, scrapping, card-making etc, etc, was mentioned in a previous blog:

It can now be revealed!

A fabric ball for my niece, who's family is adopting a Chinese boy, named Joshua. Here you can read more:

I owe a special thanks to my friend Lucie who helped with this project with sewing advice and lots of actual machine sewing, the names in particular. She worked hard to make sure they were just right. Thanks Lucie!

Those are the different sections and below is what they form.

In the blog it explains the Chinese legend of the red thread:

"An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break."

The colours and idea for the ball came from the blog page- The words and the little outfit.

I am getting ready for the garden! These seedlings would like for it to stop snowing, ok?

For now they are warm in the house under grow lights.

I haven't stopped cooking!

Champagne Mango Habanero Quinoa Salad w/ Seared, Mixed Nut Crusted Ahi

Mango Habanero Sauce

3 Habanero peppers (put on gloves and remove seeds and membrane) - reserve one for mincing, and adding to the salad.
3 Champagne mangoes -reserve half of one to small dice and add to salad.
1/2 tsp. tamarind paste
1/4 c. rice wine vinegar
2 tbsp. brown sugar
2 dashes fish sauce ;-)

Puree all the ingredients, besides the reserved minced pepper and diced mango. Strain. Let this sit in the frig. overnight to develop and mellow the flavours.

To make the salad- add the sauce to prepared quinoa and sliced spring onions. Reserve a bit of sauce to use on the side. Fold in the reserved minced pepper and diced mango.

My dish is garnished with Lemon Sorrel from the garden, one of the few things growing there now. Sorrel likes it cooler.

1 comment:

  1. YOU are so creative !
    And, congratulations to your daughter. :o)

    We lost 2 neighbors and a family member to cancer last month. I hate it!
    There has got to be more we can do to stop cancer!

    My sympathies to you and yours, Marcie.