Boy did my post on Thursday touch a nerve for a lot of us. With over 50 comments in just a few hours, it is clear that most of you love blogs still. Several commenters asked me not to stop blogging, and I want to assure you that I fully intend to keep blogging. I don’t like the Instagram thing, and was pretty much ranting about the demise of bloggers over the past couple of years. But have no fear, I will be continuing to write and post. I just want to find a way to easily read the blogs I still follow. I’m going to try Feedly to read blogs and give up on Bloglovin.
Earlier this week, I picked up an order at the grocery curbside late in the day, and took it home. When I got there, I realized it was too late in the day to defrost something from my impeccably organized freezer. The only meat I had not frozen was the ground chicken I had just come home with. I was really too tired to go through making the Japanese Style Chicken Meatballs from last week’s recipe review from Milk Street World in a Skillet book. But I had another idea. I’d been watching the new series Rat in the Kitchen (hilarious, BTW), and also another new cooking show called The Julia Child Challenge – where contestants watch Julia teach from one of her early French Chef shows, then they have to duplicate the recipe, with their own interpretations. Several dishes over the course of the few shows I watched had what they called ‘de-constructed’ presentations. So I thought, why not? I don’t have to go through all the motions of making meatballs. I’ll just throw it all in the skillet at once, let it cook, and serve it on rice like a stroganoff.
You know, that worked just fine and cut 15 minutes off the prep time. Same flavors, just not in meatballs. I added portobello mushrooms just to amp it up a bit. My Sweet Babboo ate it up. It was served with a fresh spinach salad on jasmine rice.
This past week brought an opportunity that I just couldn’t pass up. A little shopping with friends at a home sale where a fellow guild member is moving and wants her sewing and crafty things to go to others in the guild. Her prices were thrift store cheap. Can’t pass that up, so we went. I was delighted to score this unit, a set of plastic project cases in a plastic rack. Woohoo!!
She was a scrapbooker as well, and sold me these paper packs for 50 cents each. Oh my, hundreds of sheets of gorgeous papers! Could not pass that up. Good thing our Stashbuster challenge doesn’t count paper, LOL!!
Ah, but yes, there was fabric. Bins and bins of it, sorted by color and size.
After over a week of sales, this was what she had left on the shelves. Still, quite a bit. Yes, that little pile on the table on the right is mine. I’ll confess my transgressions on Friday when we do our next Stashbuster check in.
After shopping, we headed to Champa for sushi. Well, two of us had sushi, and one had tempura. Doesn’t this look divine? Well, some of you will think it does.
But this one might appeal to most. Unless you have a seafood allergy, this one is a great choice. The shrimp is tempura fried, rolled with rice and avocado, topped with crab (also cooked), some tempura bits and two sauces – a dark brown umami and a spicy mayonnaise. Yum!! Fresh and colorful, beautifully presented and delicious.
One more thing, I am still taking reservations for a Well Loved Quilt Repair class for sometime in August. Click on Well Loved Quilt Repair Wait List to get your name on the list. So far, it seems like Thursday is the most popular day, but I need at least 5 more students to hold the class.
I heard of a new thrift store nearby, so I might have to check that out. I’m getting a bit of an urge to scrounge around again, still a thrift store junkie. Who knows what might be waiting for me to find? Maybe something to perk up a table, or give me some inspiration for a new project. I picked up the Christmas issues of several quilting magazines off the freebie table at the guild meeting, but so far not inspired yet for a Christmas in July thing. Still, I am feeling a bit lighter with all the things I committed to organize, chair, or coordinate pretty much behind me. This week, I will be having some fun adventures, so stay tuned, and I’ll share that soon!