That Needs to Be a Painting

1956968_10201921834467690_2056121812_oThat was my friend’s enthusiastic comment as she shared one of her latest wedding photographs.

When the young bride agreed, Pam contacted me and asked if I’d be willing to paint it.  To be honest, the photograph just didn’t hit me.  It didn’t matter whether or not the bride was willing to pay.

Painting is like writing.  It has to come from the heart.  And, if it ain’t there, it aint’ there.
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Summer Squash with Chervil

10426685_479318855545928_5864830952549862378_nNow that we’re back home, it’s time to get back into the swing of things.  I’ll admit, the first couple of days I just sat around and kind of got my bearings.  Poor Mr. D had to go back to work the next day.  It always takes me a few days to get back into cooking.  Thanks to someone who posted a delicious looking summer squash recipe, I got my mojo back. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the original recipe to give credit where credit’s due.  I don’t even remember if there was a name to the dish.

I’ll just call it Summer Squash with Chervil.  How’s that?  It’s a simple recipe and is easy to make.

Ingredients:

2-3 summer squash
4 oz log of plain goat cheese (room temperature)
4-6 sun dried tomatoes (slice)
Chimchurri or pesto (1 T)
6 T bread crumbs
sea salt
olive oil (1-2 T)

Directions: mix goat cheese, sun dried tomatoes, and pesto/Chimchurri together in a small bowl, preheat over to 450 degrees, bake for 25-30 minutes.

1.  Wash and half summer squash.  Remove the seeds.

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2.  Brush with olive oil.

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3.  Fill with the chervil mixture

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4. Salt to taste

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5.  I didn’t have any breadcrumbs, so I used Panko.  I grabbed what I thought was the Panko box from the pantry and started to shake it on the squash.  Whoa! It was Tapioca flour.  My bad.  Scrape it off and keep going.  Who will be the wiser!

 

 

Bake!

 

It was sooo good.  Even hubby was getting every last piece off the plate.  This recipe was a definite success.  As soon as I locate the source, I’ll come back and update my page.

If you decide to try it, come back and report, will ya?

 

Fun Isn’t Necessarily What You Think It Is

 

Part 3 of 3 (Photographing Children cont’d) I’m taking a little bit of a different slant with this post.  I blame it all on the book I’m reading.

IMG_0105I’m reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.  I don’t remember the last time I enjoyed reading a book as much as this. Not only has she got me thinking about the little things that I could do to improve my own level of happiness, it’s a fun read. And, what we think happiness is compose of isn’t necessary what we think.  The fact that she was an English major in college makes me love her even more!

For instance, one of the things she touches on is fun and how we forget its importance.  If you’ve been reading my last several posts, you know my husband and I included two of our grandsons (ages 7 and 8) on a month long vacation. Why? Because I thought it would be fun. Continue reading