Friday, March 20, 2020

Friday Doings

Good Morning All!

I hope this foggy in Eastern PA morning finds you well.  Once again I did not sleep well, but thanks to Tyg being outside all night (and therefore not asking to go out at 5 a.m.), I finally fell back asleep after 4:30 and didn't wake up till almost 8 a.m.!  So I feel refreshed even though I was awake for 3 hours or so in the middle of the night.

Yesterday did see the finish on the first Plaid Blanket sock.

I just love the colors in this yarn.  The plan is to cast on Sock #2 today.

Last night's dinner was chicken thighs roasted with fennel and onions.  I had had fennel previously, but never cooked it.  The onions and fennel really caramelized and were delicious.  All that stuff was rubbed with a mixture of coconut oil, orange zest and thyme.  I confess to not liking the coconut oil.  Next time I will use EVOO or even butter.  But, it was nice to have something a little different.  To go with it, I made this:

Yum!  The recipe is for cous-cous, but I used quinoa because first the bag was open and second I wanted to use it up.  It would be equally good with farrow or rice or anything!  Basically you cook your grain.  In a bowl combine chopped radishes, cherry tomatoes, scallions, some slivered almonds, a few raisins and a bit of fresh mint.  Once your grains are cooked add them to the bowl.  Then add some EVOO, some lemon juice and salt.  Toss and eat.  This is good warm or at room temperature.

Tonight we are having chili that I took out of the freezer to thaw and I'll make a salad to go with it.  Fletch will be able to pick lettuce and some kale from our garden (stuff wintered over in our cold frame).  I'm hoping/planning to get outside for a walk today.  It is supposed to be around 78 which seems unbelievable (the weekend forecast is for temps a good 20 degrees less or more).

Time to grab some more coffee and then I have a conference call at 10.  Stay well!

Hoping everyone is doing ok and hanging in there.


  1. That salad looks delicious! I have some quinoa and I am going to try that this weekend! Thanks!

  2. Delicious food and a finished sock - they are both wonderful! I really enjoy hearing about "normal" things, so thank you, Vera!

  3. I love grain salads like that.

    I'm not a fan of anything coconut, whether to eat or to smell. I really don't like it. It used to upset me to no end when my mother would bake her gorgeous vanilla cake from scratch, frost it with her beautiful frosting (also from scratch), then put coconut all over it because my father liked it. What a waste!

  4. YUM! That looks really good, Vera. I think anything with grains is so hearty and comforting -- perfect for ... Now. (I don't like coconut flavor in things other than cookies and certain summer cocktails. . . ) I love your socks. The colors - and the striping pattern - are perfect. XO

  5. That grain dish sounds delicious.

    The sock looks great.

  6. Hello, your dinner sounds healthy and delicious. The plaid sock looks great. We are having a cloudy and drizzly day here, I did my walking at the Tractor Supply and Giant. Take care! Enjoy your day and weekend ahead.

  7. The sun is shining brightly, but it’s COLD (19°) outside. The plaid yarn knit up nicely - I like it.

  8. The grain dish looks wonderful. Hubby doesn't like quinoa or cous cous so I don't get either one very often, only if we're eating out.
    Your sock looks great. I started a pair of Dee's Dublin Bay socks last night. They'll probably take awhile because socks were always my take along project. Now that I'm not going anywhere I have some larger things I'm working on.
    Wishing you and Fletch a great day. I'm glad you're working at home and sure wish Dennis could too. I worry about him being at an office all day with lots of people. I keep expecting our governor to do a lockdown because of all our cases here in Washington.

  9. Fresh lettuce? No kale thank you, but would love to be able to grow this early. Looking into a tiny greenhouse but need to learn a lot more.

  10. How nice that you have lettuce from your garden! We need to start looking at getting serious about a home garden. I hope working from home is going well for you. We're in hunker down mode here. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  11. Yum as always, Vera! and fresh homegrown produce in March sounds wonderful!

  12. 78 wow! We'd be content with 50s and sun! It was 30s and windy today . Needed warm socks, big garden gloves , and heavy coats. Your socks look wonderful