Archive for the 'gratitude' Category

06
Dec
10

What a man, what a man, what a mighty good man!

As I was making the dressing the other night for our dinner salad, I started to think about Katie’s boss, Robert.  Robert is more than just my spouse’s boss, he is also a friend.  We’ve had him over to the house on a number of occasions.

Patty and Mary B. (they are sisters and Mary is actually a SISTER!), my sweet Katie, Me and Robert at our wedding reception

 He was a guest at our wedding. 

The happy brides

 He was one of the first of our friends to play on our pool table last year.  He even gave the table it’s nickname, “Big Pink”. 

Apparently we are the second people in the entire city of Portland to have pink felt installed on their pool table.

That’s right, our pool table has pink felt! And it is beautiful.

So, what brought Robert to mind was maple syrup.  The last time he was over for dinner and pool he brought us a bottle of Coombs Family grade A syrup, “the good stuff”, as he pointed out. 

The Good Stuff

 He always gives us the most thoughtful gifts.

The first thing Robert ever gave us was when Katie and I first started dating.  I’ll never forget it.  It was October 2007 and Katie came to my little Hobbit Hole of a basement apartment with the most adorable little black boxes with orange ribbon that said “Boo” on it.  I’m pretty sure I still have that ribbon.  Inside the box was the sweetest (literally) little ghost shaped truffle.  When Katie told me they were a gift from her boss Robert, I knew we were gonna be friends.  These adorable little confections come from L.A Burdick Hand Made Chocolate in New Hampshire.

A sweet surprise from "the boss"

 

He's "Boo-ti-ful"!

The impressive gift giving continued.  He really wowed us with our wedding gift – A fabulous assortment of honey from all over the world.  The honey from Italy was the most delicious, amazing, delightful sweet nectar that has ever danced across my tongue and slid down my throat hole (Little Nicky fans will get that reference)!  He also presented us with a generous gift certificate for our favorite spa resort, which is where our wedding just happened to be.

Katie and I share the birth month of February (yay Aquarians!) and our natal days are 7 days and ah, ahem, several years apart.  The younger one is on the first and the more mature one is the eighth.  We like to celebrate the entire month, so people can pick whatever day they want to celebrate with us. I don’t recall the exact day that Robert chose this year, but he did take us out to one of our favorite Thai restaurants here in Portland, E San in the Pearl District.  Our friends, Lisa and Angel, joined us there for a spicy treat of an evening.  If that wasn’t generous enough of Robert, he also brought us presents!  A beautiful bag filled with confections from Moonstruck Chocolate.  There was a can of Mexican Hot Cocoa (OMG – soooo good and rich!) and a box filled with hand selected truffles.  Our buddy knows we love coconut, so there were a couple of those and if I recall there were mocha and some Baileys (creamy beige for you “Old Gregg” fans).

Robert has taken us out for lunches for no reason at all.  Nice lunches.  Delicious cuisine and great conversation.  He also plays a mean game of Bananagrams!

I love this game!

Another thing that is so great about Robert is he keeps me writing.  If I didn’t know better, I’d swear he was a Jewish mother in drag ( or is it drab?), the way he can nag me about keeping up this blog for my readers.

If only he had dressed as a Jewish mother for Halloween, this would have been perfect!

 In other words, behind every great food blogger there is a great hungry guy wanting his fix!

Ready for your close up, Bobby?

Dear, sweet Robert, you are a kind, loving and true gentleman. We love you.

23
Nov
10

Everyday is Thanksgiving at our House

We don’t need a once a year holiday to feel grateful or to eat a big dinner.  Katie and I exchange gratitude lists every day and have since the beginning of our relationship of over 3 years.  I often talk about what I’m grateful for at work and my co-workers share in this as well.  It just feels good to talk about the good stuff in life rather than dwell on the crappy side of things.

As far as food goes, I make dinner every night and it pretty much always looks like this.

Dinner is served!

I don’t always have a centerpiece decoration on the table,  but I like it.  There is, however, always a tablecloth and place mats.  I’m just funny that way (Ok, I’m funny in a lot of ways!).  Dinner at our place always has a green salad of some sort, a grain, some sort of vegetarian protein and at least two vegetables.  We’ve cut way back on bread, pasta and cheese, so we tend to eat semi vegan meals.

Tonight I made a quinoa pilaf with toasted pecans and dried cranberries, roasted butternut squash, from our garden, paired with Fuji apple and Field Roast Applewood Smoked Sausage (it’s vegan, of course), steamed broccoli and kale and mesclan salad (also from the garden).

 It was delicious!

A full plate of food, we get full, yet never feel stuffed eating like this

Yummy quinoa pilaf. don't worry, I'll give you the recipe.

QUINOA PILAF

serves 2

1/2 cup quinoa
3/4 cup mushroom broth
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup dried cranberries
olive oil, salt and pepper

In a small pan, bring broth to a boil.  Stir in quinoa, cover and lower heat to simmer.   Steam for 19 minutes or until all of the liquid is absorbed.  Meanwhile, in a saute pan, heat a small amount of oil and saute onion until a bit browned.  Add nuts and cranberries.   Stir and heat through until nuts impart a wonderful fragrance.  Stir into cooked quinoa and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Butternut squash, Fuji apple and Applewood smoked Vegan sausage tossed in olive oil, maple syrup, salt and pepper, place in baking pan, cover with foil and bake for 35 -40 minutes at 350 degrees.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.  Katie and I will probably do our usual routine:  stay in our jammies, make homemade pizza, watch movies, play pool and eat pumpkin pie!

02
May
10

You like me, you really like me!

Yeah, I held the camera up and took a picture of my happy face!

I recently posted my 70th entry on Vampire Gran’s Weblog.  It was featured on the WordPress main page Freshly Pressed.  Completely blown away by the response would be an understatement.  I feel honored and blessed that people from all over the world looked at my photos and read my words.  Many took the time to write amazing and fun comments.  Who knew that a cake would draw so much interest?

Oh, No, You Didn’t drew 2, 355 hits in 24 hours!  As of this writing it has received 3,373 hits.  Wow!  There were 83 comments left,  a few by people who know me, but most by brand new readers from all over the globe.  I even got a comment in French, which I had to have translated.  Thank you, Robert!

I promise to comment back to each and every one of you.  I didn’t want any more time to lapse before I expressed my gratitude to everyone.  Honestly, if there was a way to virtually taste that cake, I would have shared.

Speaking of sharing, several people asked for recipes.  Well, not only am I Vampire Gran, I also have a streak of Evil Queen in me.  Ya’ gotta work for the recipe, people!  The recipes have all been featured in previous posts.  Well, I lied.  I need to post the recipe for the Red Velvet Cake.  I thought the post I Left My Heart….  included the Red Velvet recipe, but it only featured a picture of the cake.  Sorry.  My bad.  I will edit that soon and include the recipe.  Now, is everyone happy?

Thank you all again for your love and support.




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