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September 13, 2009

Forgot Something

6:00 AM -- A much earlier wake up than I'm accustomed to on a Sunday. I went to the bathroom, then climbed back in bed, hoping to return to the same cozy spot and sweet dreams of just moments before....but that wasn't meant to be. My mind started its morning stretches, and was quickly moving on to "race mode" I got up to start my day.

I actually love the early morning when the house is still sleeping. Even the dog lay still as I made my way to the kitchen. The skies were just starting to lighten, so I kept the kitchen lights dim, lit my new "Cozy Home" candle and started a pot of coffee.

As the coffeemaker gurgled and perked, I went about emptying the dishwasher and tidying up the dishes that had been left from last night. A few more morning chores -- feed the dogs, sort through a stack of mail, wipe down the counter -- and I could enjoy some quiet "me time." Just a cup of fresh-brewed coffee and a visit to all my favorite blog sites to catch up with my "blogging friends."

Just before the coffee maker beeped, I grabbed a cup, poured a splash of cream in the cup (my way of saving a step by not having to use a spoon), then waited for beep and that last drop of rich coffee to fall from the filter.

"Beeeeeeeeeeep. Beeeeeeeeep. Beeeeeeeep."

I reached for the pot and started to pour, but to my chagrin the nectar of the coffee gods wasn't the rich black-brown that I'm accustomed to...and rather than turning the cream in my cup to a light brown, it turned it to a watery skim milk. sleepy haze I must have forgotten to add the coffee grinds! So much for my mind doing its morning stretches. Let's try this again.

Ahhhh...much better. Now, let the day begin!

"Forever: The time it takes to brew the first pot of coffee in the
morning." ~Author Unknown

September 10, 2009

A Deal Too Good I Had to Share

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Share this one with your friends -- they'll thank you!

September 4, 2009

Wildtree In a Pinch

I have to admit, when the summer comes I don't do a whole lot of "real" cooking. We grill and picnic and dine out over the summer, but there's not a whole lot of planned meals around the table. However, lately with the chill in the air, I've been thinking that it's time to get back into a better cooking routine. Of course, life is still crazy with back to school, the boys in their fall baseball league, and a busy work schedule - but that's no excuse. Last night I was reminded why I love Wildtree so much.

7:30 p.m. -- watching the final innings of the baseball game. My friend asked me, "So what are you doing for dinner tonight?" (I know it may seem crazy, but with the boys having to be at the field before 5:00, we just don't think about eating until after the game.)

"Great question," was my response. I knew the cupboard was bare -- and I hadn't given dinner a single thought.

My friend invited us to join her family for pizza after the game, but having just done that the night before (after another game) that idea didn't hold much appeal. Needless to say, we headed home to see what we could pull together.

Lo and behold, Wildtree saved me - within 15 minutes I had made fettuccine with a pesto/Alfredo sauce. Sprinkle with some fresh Parmesan and complimented with a salad and we had not only put together an all-natural meal, but we saved ourselves the $25 we would have spent to eat out. And judging by the fact that there were no leftovers, I'd say it was enjoyed!

This isn't the first time I've made this meal, I actually blogged about it earlier this year -- but let me tell you now how easy it was to make.

Step by Step

Boil water and prepare one pound of fettuccine (or pasta of your choice)

While it's cooking, prepare Wildtree's Alfredo Extraordinaire as follows:

  1. Melt 5 TBS butter (be careful not to brown the butter)
  2. Add 1/2 cup milk (or a combination of milk and half and half)
  3. Whisk in 1/2 C Wildtree Alfredo mix
  4. Reduce heat to simmer -- stir frequently to keep from burning (I actually remove it from the stove altogether)
In a separate bowl prepare Wildtree's Basil Pesto as follows:
  1. Add 1/4 cup warm water to 1/3 cup Basil Pesto blend to hydrate
  2. Add 1/2 cup Grapeseed Oil
  3. Mix well

When pasta is prepared, drain well and rinse, return to pan.

Add pesto and Alfredo -- toss well.

Serve with fresh Parmesan if desired.


September 2, 2009

Oh Baby!

Yesterday I went to visit my friends where I used to work. It had been a long time since I'd seen many of them, and some had gone through some significant personal changes in their lives -- specifically in their roles as mothers.

As I drove home from my visit, a hundred emotions were going through my head. Having just returned from dropping off my daughter for her first year of college, the emotions of each of the mothers with whom I spoke played upon heart.

It doesn't matter how old your "baby" -- sometimes the emotions of parenthood are just overwhelming. Despite my best efforts to get passed all those maternal feelings this morning, I knew I wouldn't be able to focus until I got these words on paper.

So dear friends...and dear children...this little poem is for you.

Ode to My Baby

I lived a life
I thought complete
But then I met you
Baby sweet

Precious soul
With angel eyes
My life’s prize

And just like that
I've come to feel
The heart of a mother
A bond so real

I feel your hurt
I cry your tears
I’d move mountains
To calm your fears

Little love
Who touched my soul
You changed my life
You made me whole
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