Showing posts from November, 2012

Do Over, Please!

I missed it!  I missed Thanksgiving and my Mother's birthday.  How can that be you ask?Well, it started on November 16th with pain in my neck, my back, shoulder, down my arm, and numbness in my left hand.  After 3 days of pain that escalated to unbearable my dear husband took me to the doctor.  The doctor immediately put me in the hospital via ambulance ride.  After x-ray's , CT scans, and an MRI the diagnosis was a herniated disc in my neck that is rubbing against my spinal chord and an enlarged left kidney. I was released from the hospital on Thanksgiving evening with a bag full of medications and instructions to do follow-up appointments. 

So, there you have it I missed it all.  I did get to my parents the next day for a visit and to deliver my Mother's gift.  But, I had promised her marble squares for her birthday and was unable to deliver that request - which I will fulfill at a later date.

Even though I could not make them for my Mom I can share the recipe here and now…

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

I know Halloween is over but I wanted to share my favorite recipe of 'Roasted Pumpkin Seeds'.  This was a 'Martha Stewart Recipe' from October, 2002.  It is sweet and spicy at the same time and it's very hard to stop eating them once you start.

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds makes 1 cup
1 cup pumpkin seeds from 1 medium pumpkin (about 5 to 7 pounds)
5 tablespoons sugar 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste 1 1/2 tablespoons peanut oil 
1. Heat oven to 250 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a sil pad.  Cut pumpkin open , removing the seeds.  Separate the flesh from the seeds and discard.  Spread

A Book Review and Recipe (Sort Of)

It is hard to believe that we are into November with Thanksgiving and Christmas just a hop, skip, and a jump away.  I have had so many wonderful things happen in the past 4 weeks I don't know where to begin.  But, for this post I am going to be short and sweet.  It is a book review and a recipe (well, sort of).

I have just finished reading this wonder full book about a freelance food writer and blogger.  Her qualifications are many and she is a wonderful writer.  (Oh, and she is also a new Mom.)  This wonderful person is 'Molly Wizenberg'.  Her book is "A Homemade Life".  If is a culmination of stories and recipes from her life.  

Because I want you to go out and get this book and I don't want to spoil any of the reading I am not going to write any excerpts.  But, I will tell you that her love life before she was married was extremely comical.  There are two chapters that really stand-out for me - one was called 'The Hardball Stage'.  At the end of the …
Happy Halloween!

It was a great Halloween! I had 111 Trick-or-Treaters
While I was handing out candy I made sweet and spicy pumpkin seeds (Martha Stewart recipe):

Ingredients: 1 cup pumpkin seeds from 1 medium pumpkin 5 Tablespoons of sugar 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger Pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste 1 1/2 Tablespoons peanut oil
1. Heat oven to 250 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Cut pumpkin open and remove seeds.  Separate flesh from seeds and discard flesh.  Spread seeds on parchment in an even layer.  Bake until dry, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour.  Let cool.