I'm finished shopping and now I'm doing a little decorating. Getting ready for a tea I'm having this Saturday for the ladies and girls in my family. It's exciting. I'm reusing my decorations from past years and adding in a few natural items such as feathers and pine cones along with a generous sprinkling of glitter. When in doubt...add glitter! I painted "Merry Christmas" on the mirror with a little acrylic paint. I'm sure it'll scrape off just fine with a razor blade.
The mirror is actually an old dresser mirror I saved from a friend who was throwing it out for his mother. I turned it sideways and painted white first. When I tired of that I gave it a refreshing coat of glittery gold copper paint!
I also plan on making some fun things for the tea...will post on those later as well.
Hee Hee....Looks as if one angel is in trouble!
I'm also harvesting: carrots, cauliflower, cabbage, beets, collards, turnips, mustard, Lima bean, broccoli....hmmm...oh yes cilantro, green onion, Roselle, dill, rosemary....that's about it right now.
I'm planting additional kale, cabbage, and broccoli (transplants), and beets and lettuce (seed) right now.
(I cook from sight so these are all approximates)
Onions (about 1/2 cup)
Garlic (about 3 to 4 cloves)
Bell Peppers (about 1/2 cup)
Celery (about 1/2 cup)
Green Onions (about 2)
small bunch of parsley
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Dried Red Pepper (I use the ones I grow)
Oil (I use olive)
Red Beans (3/4 to 1 lb)
Chop up all the seasonings. Saute seasonings in oil until tender. Add to pot with beans and water (or stock). Cover the beans about 1 inch. If cooking on the stove you may have to add water or stock as needed. Salt and pepper and crumble in dried red pepper (or flakes or ground). Cut sausage into links fry a little while in the pan. Add to pot of beans and simmer beans until done. They should be creamy! Serve over rice. I like medium grain brown rice or short grain will do too.
Some people put a stick of butter in their beans. They claim it makes them creamy. Not sure on this. I'm not inclined to try it personally. You can also throw in tasso, ham, a ham bone (whenever we have a whole ham I always save the bone for red beans), salt pork...hmmm I'm sure there is something else I've missed that some of the elders do. They throw most everything in there.
If you have a variation I'd love to know!
Here's a picture my daughter took of me holding a cabbage and some carrots I grew. She thought the cabbage looked like a wedding bouquet. Lovely hand hmmm?