After 14 months of lockdown/pause etc… super grateful to be able to get away, for a bit….masks, Lysol wipes and spray packed we headed Upstate to the mountains & through small towns . If felt great going up the mountains…. it’s a wonderful experience. We did the ordinary… shopped and walked around. I went into what I thought was a separate Sephora store but it lead into a Mall…whoa, I didn’t expect that! Thankful that nearly everyone wore masks…we spent hours walking around, window shopping (I miss that!). The weather was comfortably warm, breezy and pleasant. Glad to be vaccinated but kept my mask on anytime indoors, or wherever peeps gathered. The Farmer’s Market had more food items than veggies/fruits…not surprising as it’s still early in the Season. A group called F.O.G (freakin old guys) played what I believe was folk/country music…cute. I appreciate the bursting blooms of colorful plants and hanging baskets. 🙂
Feeling hopeful and loving that Spring is in the air (although it’s still cool/cold here in NY)… hearing the good news that all who want a Covid-19 vaccine will be able to get it within the next few months. Hallelujah!!
I just made the very best ever homemade fried rice…simple and easy to add as much as you like, or substitute with your favorite veggies/egg/chicken, etc…you can use any kind of cooked rice as little/much as you want. I used 1.5 cups of cooked brown rice.
1 medium onion, diced
4 cloves of garlic, diced
In a large cast iron frying pan saute the onions & garlic in 2T of Olive oil, until soft. Remove from the pan once soft, set aside until you’ve fried the rice then you can add into the mix.
Add cooked brown (or any kind) of rice to the pan, I used 1 1/2 cups. Pan fry the rice on high, stirring often as not to burn it. Add, the onion & garlic to the fried rice, mix in green onions & add peas. I added a few dashes of powdered ginger, sesame seeds, add a few shakes of Tamari sauce & Coconut Aminos to the rice mix, add the peas and stir until well mixed…serve.
Except for the handful of young kiddies in our life Christmas gifting is very different this year.
The difficult times we’re all living in 2020, during this global pandemic, and all the obvious suffering so many are enduring being out of work, financial hardships, and food insecurity we’ve chosen to Pay It Forward by donating to our local food banks instead of buying gifts. I created a few food baskets, including a Turkey, etc. for a traditional holiday dinner and left it at the doors (anonymously) of neighbors… including a few of my knitted hats/ear warmers & scarves which will come in handy this Winter.
I enjoy knitting/crocheting items for local charities but that too is on hold until we get pass COVID-19…charities are asking for $$$ instead.
I hope all who are able will continue to pay it forward…every bit helps.
My wish for all this year is one of love, hope, health & peace in 2021!
My favorite brand of Chocolate bars, Lillys – Gluten-free, sweetened with Stevia. My fav varieties: Almond Dark Chocolate (love almonds w/chocolate), Coconut, Salted Dark Chocolate, Blood Orange….all yummy. The Blood Orange, Coconut have subtle hints of flavor, the Salted Dark has a nice salty-sweet…not too sweet either.
On my needles, Cocoa color cowl, for my hubby…made with Red Heart Soft Essentials yarn…super soft! Using #8 circular needles.
Police tape surrounds the veggie & fruit stands in this time of COVID-19. In New York, we must all continue to wear a mask, social distance and use the disposable gloves the vendors have offe if you chose to select your own goods…
On this beautiful Fall day all masked up 😷 I go early, move fast, and hope to avoid others….
Heirloom Tomato 🍅, Garlic Chives, Green Onion Scallions.