Category Archives: Oggi

It’s a beautiful day!

 

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A Sprig of Spring

 

 

A splash of sun

A sprig of spring

A stunning rebirth

As life goes green

 

Simple and Delicious Tomato Soup (with a nod to Trader Joe’s)

 Ingredients:

Things to chop:

1/2 cup red onion

1 stalk celery with some of the leafy part

1/2 green pepper

1/2 cup cooked mushrooms

1 large garlic clove 

1 tablespoon fresh basil

1 tablespoon fresh parsley including stems

1 cup ounce ounces of San Marzano tomato sauce

1 cup of Pomi chopped tomatoes

Other things to spice it up (give or take according to taste):

2 cups Trader Joe’s Organic Vegetable Stock

1/4 tsp curry

1/4 tsp Trader Joe’s Mushroom & Company Multipurpose Umami Seasoning Blend

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp thyme

1/2 tsp oregano

Salt and Pepper to taste — I sprinkled it in — could be about 1/8th tsp each

Process:

Sauté onion, celery and green pepper in Trader Joe’s vegetable stock

Add in remaining ingredients and simmer for about an hour

I served with some gluten free croutons made from Trader Joe’s gluten free bread along with some saltine crackers

…and it was good.

Upon a Window Pane

April Spice

The spice of life…..

can be risky

and complicated

and even scary

    …and sublime

and hopeful

and stimulating

and even worth it

  … most of the thyme!

 

 

Bread

Bread from McKenzie’ Bakery in Kalamazoo. Pane di como. It is good.

Blue Plate Special

Easy Breakfast Idea for a Vegan

I cut up a half of a banana, sliced in some mango, plopped on a quarter cup or so of Daiya Black Cherry Yogurt…quick and tasty! It barely qualifies as a recipe, more like an idea and an excuse for me to take a picture of something I like liking at. (At which I like looking?)

Chili on a Cool Day

Small batch:  serves two to four depending on appetite!

Got a new pan and I just had to put it to the test — thank you Wolfgang Puck and T J Maxx!

This is what I used:

1/4 teaspoon each:

–Turmeric       –Thyme    –Curry Powder

–Ground Cinnamon     –Ground Ginger

–Salt                –Black Pepper

1/2 teaspoon each:

—Garlic Powder      —Onion Powder

2 tablespoons:      —Chili Powder

Also:

–1 large clove of garlic – smashed and very finely chopped

–1/2 small onion     –1/2 green pepper           –1/2 orange pepper

–1/2 can of pinto beans

–1/2 of a box of rustic cut tomatoes (about 14 ounces or so)

–1/2 box of low sodium vegetable broth (about 16 ounces or so)

This is what I did:

Sautéd onions and peppers in a little vegetable broth

Added beans and tomato

Sprinkled in the spices

Added in the garlic clove

Simmered for about a 1/2 hour or so

I just tasted it because it seemed like the right thing to do before posting this….it was fun to experiment with spices I don’t usually use in chili……..but you never know………. I gotta say:  It is GOOD!

 

 

 

 

I DON’T

Day fifteen of my retirement

and I am still a bit too concerned about what kind of problems are being had……

…….without me there

I have to keep reminding myself

I DON’T WORK THERE ANYMORE!

And I feel good about that fact, but I’m carrying on with a residual sense of responsibility for it all

I’ve had a few calls from them with questions and I’ve provided answers

and I worry that my answer might not be good enough

but I don’t want to get drawn back in because

I DON’T WORK THERE ANYMORE!

And I blame only me — not them– for the fact that I still feel some angst about the whole thing

They can ask anything.  I’m the one with the choices

and I can answer, or not, because

I DON’T WORK THERE ANYMORE!

…..and for my mental and emotional and physical health,

I need to just relax for awhile

and get over this cold, and see what unfolds

as I head down this uncharted road

I have shouldered a lot of responsibility for a hell of a long time

I gave (literally) years of notice as to when  I would be retiring.

I have earned the right to say no and if I hadn’t or haven’t,

it’s still not up to me to fix anything because

I DON’T WORK THERE ANYMORE!

And the people in charge might actually not be expecting anything more of me

This could be all in my own head

because they may understand even better than me that

I DON’T WORK THERE ANYMORE!