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This is a great song:
It wasn’t suppose to be a video of Bixby, but the new Ergo Motorized Standing Desk fascinates him, so he makes an appearance. I love it myself, it has a beautiful solid bamboo top and four settings for different heights. It only took me about thirty minutes to put together (minus all the interruptions) and it’s quiet and sturdy.
I’ve been using a modified standing configuration off and on for a while now, but always ran into the same problem, not enough space. My computer was at a good height, but everything else was too low and out of reach. It’s so nice to have everything where I need it and enough room to spread out while standing. I really like standing when I work, I’m so much more energized and I’m hardly ever standing still. A girl has got to dance.
This was my third crowdfunded acquisition and am very pleased.
I started this last night and let it go till this morning. Here it is after the beef roast was pulled apart. Chicago area purists will decry this kind of prep, insisting the beef has to be sliced rather than pulled but after spending the night cooking in all the liquid it just isn’t practicable to do it that way. There are two onions in there, a handful of garlic cloves, several bay leaves, dried oregano, basil, garlic salt and garlic powder, two cans of beef broth, a generous slug of Marsala (there was a bottle right there on the counter, so what the hey, eh?). Also, I dumped in the juice and a few pepperoncini that were left in an old jar, highly recommended addition!It’s best to serve these with plenty of juice. It’ll be a mess to eat but there isn’t any shame in using a fork. I’ve never had one of these in any of the classic Chicago eateries but I understand they will dip the whole sammich in juice if you want it that way. I just ladled extra over this one with a spoon.These homemade rolls were perfect. I baked these a while back and froze them, waiting for a good place to use them.
JeffreyW’s garden bounty
Another week just flew by and it’s time for the recipe exchange. I came home from NE with a car full of fresh vegetables from my brother’s garden. I’m afraid some of tomatoes did not survive the change in altitude very well. But I made fresh salsa with them and all was well.
I gifted my family with Palisade peaches and with the few that were left, my mom made Peach Cobbler (recipe here). At that link you can also see a photo of the 110 year old house I considered putting a bid on before heading out on my trip.
Dinner menu this week was Fajita Chicken & Vegetable Kabobs and another cobbler. For the full dinner menu, recipes and shopping list, click here.
JeffreyW turns his garden bounty into spicy Five Pepper Jelly.
Finally, JeffreyW was showing off his Five Pepper Jelly, and I wish I canned because I LOVE pepper jellies. How he transforms peppers into jelly, click here and what he does with it, yum, click here (warning, click and you’ll want biscuits and gravy).
For the pet lovers, Bixby took time out from his daily adventures to write a diary entry here.
Cooler weather has put me in the mood for fall recipes, especially soups. What are you looking forward to making as fall approaches? What is on the menu for the weekend?
Tonight’s featured recipe has to be all about the peaches again, since it’s a short two to three weeks of sweetness. This recipe is sweet and spicy, great for lunch or dinner.
Spicy Peach Dressing
- 2 large peaches, peeled, pitted and quartered
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 jalapeño or other hot pepper, halved and seeded
- 1/2 cup olive oil
Purée all of the ingredients, except oil, in a blender or food processor until smooth. Continue to blend, on low, while adding oil slowly. Mix until well blended. Refrigerate.
Spinach Chicken Salad
- 3 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
- 1/2 small sweet yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 1 lb cleaned baby spinach leaves
- 1 cup chopped, toasted walnuts
- 1 peach, peeled, pitted and thinly sliced
- 3 ounces crumbled bleu cheese or chevre
Place the chicken in a plastic zipper bag with ½ cup of dressing. Marinate 2 hours in refrigerator. Remove chicken, discard marinade and grill until cooked through (165 degrees at center).
Toss the spinach, onion, walnuts and cheese with the remaining 3/4 cup dressing. Slice the grilled chicken and arrange on top of the salad.
Serving: 4 to 6
That’s it for this week. Have a good weekend and enjoy the last full week of August, I know I will. – TaMara
Tired puppy. He’s spent most of this week sleeping. There was a time when I never allowed my Great Danes on the furniture, much less sleep in my bed. Not sure how the Beast convinced me otherwise. You know that rainbow bridge? There will be 4 Danes giving me the “eye” when we meet, wondering what the hell. BTW, thank goodness for couch covers.
My person says I have to take a break from popping the air pillows in the Amazon box and tell you about my summer vacation.
As you probably already know, my person and I had a fun week earlier in the month, then a few days later, we packed up the car and drove…and drove…and drove. It was sooo boring. When I get restless, I sneak my head into the front seat and lay it on the center console until I fall asleep.
At least there were a lot of walks in very interesting places along the way.
Impossible tasks: Trying to get an 8-year-old and puppy to stand still long enough for a photo
When we finally stopped driving, one of my favorite people was waiting for me. I love her and she’s so much fun to play with…she’s great with tug. But I accidentally made her cry and it really was upsetting, for both of us. Even though she’s grown, I have too and sometimes I forget how big I am. But she’s so cool, she came back and gave me a big hug and all was sunshine again.
I met two of the most unsettling creatures while we were there. My person called them babies and she was all cooing and ahhh-ing over them. I have to tell you they smell funny and make the weirdest sounds. I tried to warn my person by barking my concern and to protect her from them, but she insisted on snuggling them anyway. I finally gave up and went to play with smarter people who weren’t holding these suspicious creatures.
“Scottie, don’t wrestle with the dog, it won’t end well.” No one listens to me.
Despite that experience, I had a lot of fun. So much in fact, all I want to do is sleep now. Maybe by the weekend I’ll be ready for more play. Bring on the kids. Well, except for those little things.
TaMara’s notes: I’m sorry to say we had so much fun while we were away, I took all of three photos. So I had to hold this post until I could take a couple of shots today.
Funniest thing to happen on the trip – we arrived at my brother’s house and everyone was at soccer practice, so we let ourselves in. My brother’s cat, Gus, was not having it. He was on his chair, took one look at Bixby (who he has hated since day one) went into full-on hiss mode. I managed to get Bixby past him and into the bedroom, only to find Gus had followed us down the hall and was not going to let me out of the room, hissing and jumping at me. I texted my brother that we were being held hostage by his attack cat. Luckily, without Bixby in sight, Gus remembered he still loved me. Their other cat, Jasmine, not so much, every time she saw me she went full on hiss/attack mode. As far as she’s concerned I’m in league with the beast.
In the picture at the top of the post, you might notice a couple of things – Bixby has blown his baby coat and is actually bald in several places. And he’s covered in bug bites because of it. I was surprised they were so big they showed up in the photo.
My cats all survived having us away, probably happy for the quiet. It’s not easy having a rambunctious puppy around. Although I think Z-Man really missed him, he’s been hanging around him more than usual.