Wednesday, June 29, 2011

What I'm cooking this week

Somehow when I moved I ended up with a big bag of Northern beans. I'm sure we bought them to make one thing at the house and I thought I'd be more likely to eat thme than the other I took them (if you want them back let me know ;-))

So I went in search of a recipe to make! I like eating beans for the protein...but I also like salads made with beans in the summer because they're just yummy.

Please ignore the "leftovers" that I also ate with the beans ;-)

White Beans & Peppers

1 tsp olive oil
1/4 large onion, chopped
1 yellow sweet pepper, chopped (I used a green pepper because I had it on hand)
1 (15oz) can great Northern beans, drained
1 pinch dried oregano
ground cayenne pepper to taste
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste

Heat the oil in a skillet over meidum heat. Stir in onion and sweet pepper, and cook until tender. Mix in beans. Season with oregano, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper. Continue cooking, sitrring occasionally, until beans are heated through.

Makes 4 servings, 150 calories, 1.8g fat, 0mg Cholesterol, 103mg sodium, 26.6g total carbs, 6g dietary fiber, 8.5g protein

Monday, June 27, 2011

And so it begins

Hello all!

This is the first installment of the redos, reuse, and renews. I am Jeannette, also known as the third. How do I contribute to the world? By day, I am a solid citizen, giving back to the world through my work at a non-profit. Aspiring to make the world a better place for those who need an extra hand! And we are doing it: breaking the cycle of poverty and life at a time. If you can discover where I work from that phrase, I will send you a PF Chengs free appetizer card! Just be the first to post in the comments!

By evening, I still remain a solid citizen. :-) I often find myself doing a great number of things: taking care of my little house/yard, feeding my husband (I LOVE to cook), and doing laundry. However, occasionally, I get to step away from those things (or catch up enough to have a night free!) to do some outside projects or go ride horses.

Since riding horses is more fun to do in person, I have the privilege of sharing some of my outside projects. And since I have a captive audience...

Total cost: $36

Items used:

. Grey Paint ($33, the rest will eventually go on our bathroom walls.)

. Black Spray Paint

. Black Stencil Paint

. Coffee Table ($1)

. Stencil ($2, on clearance at HL)

. Paint Brush

. Tape (masking tape works on furniture. But you have to take it off quickly as it will pull up the paint if left on while it dries.)

I am going to start with a project I worked on just a few weeks ago. I didnt get a lot of in between pictures, but I am trying to get better at that. For now, it is just before and after.

No one else wanted this ugly...i mean understated...little coffee table. So, being a huge sucker for wanting to make things wanted, I decided I would take it home.

Part of the casing around the side was coming off (you can see it drooping a bit at the bottom). So I just had to put that back on. I taped the rest of it up, including the legs.

Then I started painting. I got two coats on an then started taking off masking tape. Some of the paint ended up on the legs anyway, and I was a bit bummed. After it dried fully, I started the stencil. I find it hard to reuse the stencil all in one sitting, as paint inevitably gets underneath it and blurs the image.

After that dried, we took a look at it and knew we would have to paint the legs too. I thought the wood look might be cool, but it just didnt look right.

I thought about this daunting task and started to think of ways to paint the legs. Should if tape down a blanket or something. My genius husband came to my rescue and told me to unscrew the legs. Some days, the obvious is just right in front of you.

So we unscrewed the legs, poked the screws through a caardboard box and spray painted them black.

Putting it back together is always a lot of fun, as you get to see the finished product. I like how it turned out. Modern, yet very classic/romantic.

Now, if we can sell it...then we get to paint the bathroom for free!

Friday, June 24, 2011

What I'm reading now

My Korean Deli by Ben Ryder Howe

This story follows a family (main characters are the man, his Korean wife and her mother) as they purchase a deli (actually, a bodega) in Brooklyn. The story not only touches lightly on the work load, city issues and mundane of owning a bodega in the city - it also weaves in how family and the community become a part of every day life.

Favorite part was when he describes going to to relieve a few things from my Jetro days. Walking through deep puddles, freezing in the walk-in, and fighting for u-boats.

The book was very descriptive about things...and yet I felt it was lacking some depth. It is obvious that the author was changed by this experience (who isn't?!).

I'd recommend it - it's an easy summer read.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Today I'm thankful for safety through the storm! When I got home from work yesterday the tree I've been waiting to fall onto the driveway HAD! Luckily it was a dead branch (shaped like a wishbone) - so while I couldn't get it completely down I could move it so the driveway wasn't blocked.

I'm also thankful for new friends! Went to a baby shower last night and found out about this little store really close to my house! (as I side note I think this is the first baby shower where there were equal numbers of guys and girls)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

What I'm cooking this week

What's a girl to do when she finds collard greens marked down?

Find a recipe on the Whole Food's website of coarse!

Greens with Carrots, Feta and Brown Rice

2 carrots, shredded
2 bunches dark leafy greens (kale, collard greens or Swiss chard), tough stems removed, leaves very thinly sliced
½ red onion, finely chopped
¼ tsp sea salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
¼ pound feta cheese, crumbled
1 (20oz) package of brown rice, prepared according to package directions

Put carrots, greens, onions, ¼ cup water, salt and pepper into a large, deep skillet and toss well. Cover and cook over medium heat, tossing once or twice, until greens are wilted and tender, 10 – 15 minutes. Toss with feta cheese and spoon over brown rice. (Sprinkle with feta?)

Makes 4 servings: 310 calories, 8g fat, 530mg sodium, 6g fiber, 11g protein

In true Heidi fashion I didn't have any carrots to shred. But earlier that week when getting a can opener demonstration (it's own funny story) we opened a can of sliced carrots...which worked fine. Actually I think I liked it better as they were easy to pick up with the fork.

I also sprinkled the cheese on rather than tossing it. I thought it might melt a bit and clumb with the hot greens. Yum, yum.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Crawfish Shack Seafood

After reading about this place in Atlanta magazine as well as 2 national magazines I had to try it! I was excited - it's on Buford Highway, which is pretty well known for yummy food.

Here's what I got:

Others in my group got a catfish po'boy (amazing sauce), tilapia both lightly battered and crispy (crispy is the winner in my book) . Shrimp: all ways (we decided that boiled is not the way to go).

The line was LONG (and confusing as they kept moving us). Go with tea for the drink - it's the only thing with free refills...although I guess you can just get water as well. Seating is at picnic tables.

Overall I thought this place was good. Not sure what is up with the hype...probably wouldn't go back. It's a weird location as it's in a strip mall type place - so the atmosphere is a little weird (you read "shack" and go to a very newly built strip mall.). If I lived closer I would probably return!

Friday, June 17, 2011

What I'm reading now

Maybe it's from living in New York - or maybe it's from dating a NYC Cop, but I really enjoyed this book - all
559 pages of it!

The book is about the author's time as a NYC beat cop. His grandfather was a cop, his father an FBI guy...and he went to Harvard to do something different. After graduating, he joined the NYPD. The kinda nice thing about this book is I couldn't tell when it took place. It maybe started in the 80s? The only thing for sure is that he was still a cop when 9/11 happened. Hardest part of the book to read was his description of his job(s) after 9/11.

The book is laced with "really?" stories and stories that made me laugh. Not sure this is a summer read, but I enjoyed it!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for my local library. So many books, movies and magazines. Great customer service! Thankful for this little gem that I can walk to.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

What I'm cooking this week

Sesame Tilapia
Oven @ 350

2 (4oz) tilapia fillets
¼ cup sesame oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp Italian seasoning
Kosh salt to taste
Fresh ground black pepper to taste

Place the tilapia in a bowl, and drizzle with the sesame oil. Season with the garlic, Italian seasoning, kosher salt & pepper. Cover, and marinate at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

Transfer the tilapia and marinade to a baking dish and bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until fish is easily flaked with a fork.

Makes 2 servings: 359 calories, 28.9g fat, 290 mg sodium, .5g fiber

LOVED the fish...even if it "shrank". Spinach was some fresh that I was going bad and needed to be cooked. Just saute it in a pan with some minced garlic - yum! The green bean salad was made for a get together (thanks Julia!), but it was kinda hot for me when I made it....and WAY too hot for me after it had "marinaded" a bit more.