Sunday, May 30, 2010

Saturday, May 29, 2010

lentil deliciousness...

I just wanted to share this healthy goodness!


Cooker: 3 quart
LOW for 7-9 hours

1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 oz pancetta, chopped
¾ C brown lentils, rinsed and picked over
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
4 C water
2 Tbsp tomato paste
½ bay leaf
½ tsp crumbled thyme or marjoram
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
1-2 Tbsp red wine vinegar (or more)

1. In a medium-size skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the pancetta and cook until translucent, 5 minutes.
2. Place the lentils, onion, carrot, celery, water, tomato paste, bay leaf, and thyme into the slow cooker. Use a heat-resistant rubber spatula to scrape the pancetta into the crock; stir to combine. Cover and cook on LOW for 7-9 hours, until the lentils are completely soft.
3. Season the soup with the salt and pepper, then add the vinegar, starting with 1 Tbsp and adding more if desired. Serve hot.

Friday, May 28, 2010

smith rock for the weekend

so i've heard about smith rock but have yet to go there...
till tomorrow after work

i won't say how long it's been since i climbed last
but harness,
blown-out wabi-sabi thrift store shoes,
chalk bag,
ATC belay device
and beaners are packed
fun friends and new friends to meet
i can't wait for the sun
to continually grace my presence
for the next few days
cheers to the east side of the state
where the sun shines!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

arden & tori's wedding

utah day two:
morning of bagels and close friends

early afternoon:
(my basically brother)
arden and tori's wedding/sealing
at the new oquirrh mountain temple

just beautiful, lovely
and exciting!
arden has such a kind beautiful wife

carolyn (arden's mom) and i
she looked stellar as well...
getting my own shot
his family

wedding dinner down in p-town
memories of college rushed back
in the break between the dinner and reception
mom, dad and i took a lil tour of our own of campus
all the buildings are now built
unlike the years i was there
when there was always a new hole on campus
mom being artistic
blow away hair
was nice to be with mom & dad
laughs at a relatives house
and great stories to hear
always a guarantee at rod & sue's

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

graduation cap & diapers

recap from my utah trip...
two weeks ago
cousin noel graduates with
his masters in mechanical engineering
although totally happy for him...
i wouldn't mind EVER going
to a college graduation again
they're so boring! and long!
at least mine had an acoustic rendition of
and i thought my dean might
have been drunk or stoned
arriving early and right before graduation was
He's adorable!
and Audrey was walking about
like she didn't have a baby two days before...
naturally may i add...
i'd probably still be in bed
sayin' you can come see me... precious!
so many of the cousins covet
Cooper's name...
but in reality Noel won.
he got married first
and had the first great grandchild...
And Cooper seems fitting to such a cute baby...
who knows what the rest "could have been Coopers"
might have looked like...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

new beginnings

zyla graced the world yesterday
to pete and jacqueline
i've been waiting for her
she has wonderful new parents
i, myself am in the mindset
and action mode
of new-beginnings
and have had my eyes/heart opened
and reminded of grace, forgiveness, love, peace
& gratitude vs. entitlement
been reading and pondering a little...
can you tell?

Monday, May 24, 2010

my new favorite place in oregon

in order for me to take you here
you must be able to walk across the log...

even shingles have been added
so no one slips

small hill up
to a piece of paradise

humor me o.k...
i couldn't get enough of this place
lots of pictures to follow... hippies make things nicer
don't you worry
i got in every single one
of those pools
starting at the bottom
working my way up to the warmest...a new hiking outfit
towel with raincoat with chacos
oregon loveliness

and yes it's may
and i was cold
and had to wear a beanie...

Sunday, May 23, 2010

on the road to k falls

on my those that you that don't know...
a great offer at pilot gas stations...

after my meeting they had
their "third thursday"
k falls people even join in zamba in the streets...
who knew they had a market for boutique shops
i love all i can afford is a card on sale
i did find these cute cups at an antique store
but it was a want...
not a need
i am attracted to turquoise
right now though

i did find a great thrift store
and got a shirt
i realized once again that
my favorite clothes
have been good hand-me-downs
for quite a few years

then on the drive back

another way home...
seemed like a good idea
the light snow magically dusted the trees
it was so beautiful...
until the white out...
then a new road

with good old retro signs

and a sign that made me think of karen
i want the little one on the right
to be her logo...