Thursday, May 31, 2012

Are we there yet?

Are we there yet? by jpbeth

Are we there yet?, a photo by jpbeth on Flickr.
Day 39 in Beyond Layers and it is a week of words. Today's prompt in the word INTENTION. I saw this quote with the word INTENT and thought it was beautiful. It reminds me that it's not the destination, but the journey.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

To Life

To Life by jpbeth
Day 38 in Kim Klassen's Beyond Layers Class and the assignment is to use the word 'LIFE' as an inspiration.

I just got back from a trip to South Carolina where I attended the wedding of my very dear and long time friend Phyllis whom I've known since the 9th grade. She met her true love Dave at Miami University in Ohio in the 70's and the plan was for the two of them to get married. But circumstances got in the way and it didn't happen. Life went on and they both married others and raised their respective families. A few years ago they had the opportunity to reunite and it came to be that their love for each other had never died.

It was wonderful to attend the wedding and experience their complete joy and true love even at 60 years old. I wish them Mazel Tov and a long, healthy and happy life together. L'Chaim - to LIFE.

Click HERE to see the movie I made of the weekend wedding festivities.

An Easy Peasy Summer Meal

OK, it's not yet summer but seems like the Memorial Day holiday kicked it off.  And last night's evening in southern california was warm and beautiful which is rare even on a real summer's night.  So fire up that grill and get cooking an easy peasy impromptu summer meal.

Appetizer of Manchego cheese and those yummy rosemary bite crackers from Trader Joes.  TJ's J. Lohr Chardonnay was a good accompaniment.  

To make it easy, I bought a package of 4 shucked ears of corn from Trader Joes.  I microwaved them, per the instructions on the package, but finished them off on the grill.  We cut up the vegetables, consisting of zucchini, summer squash and red/yellow peppers, lengthwise and marinated them with some olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes and salt and pepper.  I bought the thin sliced chicken breasts from Trader Joes (yes, I love TJ's) and marinated them for just 15 minutes in some soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger and a bit of oil.  The sliced veggies and microwaved corn went on the grill first and then about 15 minutes later added the chicken which only needed about 12 minutes on the grill.  

Romaine and other lettuce leaves with shaved parmesan cheese to which we added the sliced chicken, cut up roasted vegetables, roasted corn cut off of the cob and toasted pine nuts.  A bit of olive oil and a good vinegar, salt and pepper and voila!

 This was so darn delicious and so easy.  Mix:  sliced watermelon, thinly sliced Bermuda onion, crushed mint, a good feta cheese (buy the one in water), pepper, and rice or champagne vinegar.

No picture but for dessert we had Trader Joe's frozen plain tart yogurt topped with:  grilled fresh peaches, a drizzle of maple syrup, and a topping made in the food processor of:  pecans, crystalized ginger, whole coriander seeds, a drop of cayenne pepper and cinnamon.

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