Thursday, July 19, 2018

Memory of my Brother, a fan of Moroccan food

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From: Vegascruzn
To: Ksquiresnc
Sent: Sun Jul 19 2009 2:28 pm
Subject: Check out – Recipes – Moroccan - Recipes - Moroccan            You might see something you like
                                                             Love Douglas

Who knew this would be the last email my brother Douglas would ever send to me. This was the last email that I ever received from my brother Douglas, although never the last message…
Christmas, Idaho 1998???

Douglas left us 9 years ago. He left us too soon at 53 years young. In 1973 we changed High Schools and he would tell people that we were twins and I flunked a grade, for the record he was born February 14th and me in August, clearly not twins! Oh, how I miss his humor, but he can still make me laugh or cry when I think of him or hear a song, watch a movie, TV show or hang out at the beach listening to the surf roll in and out, we do love the ocean!

Douglas is forever in my heart, part of my soul and I feel him with always, during moments of joy and despair.

You know that I am truly a happy, joyful person, also the cheerleader, the glass not just half full kind of girl, but glass always full!  However, we all have our challenges in this life and when I start to “go down the rabbit hole in my mind” to places best not visited, Douglas is there with all my Guardian Angels pulling me back towards the light.

The significance of the last email was, well so many things but one was Douglas loved Moroccan food, also travel and adventure, so when the opportunity was literally dropped in my lap one Thursday afternoon in April by another angel Ms Betty I said yes to another adventure, packed my bags and was on a flight the following Wednesday night from Charlotte to Madrid, then on to Casablanca, yes, THE Casablanca, “Play it for me Sam” place in Northern Africa!

So today I dedicate this post to my bro Douglas and all my future posts about my amazing, magical adventure to Morocco… Bro, I know you would have loved the Camel ride, the getting up at 4:30 am not so much…which I might add my roomy Linda and I almost missed, again thank you Betty!
And it was truly worth getting up to ride on a Dromedary/Camel to see the sun rise over the Western Sahara, truly magical…

And yes, those camels, actually we rode Dromedary are really really uncomfortable, the good thing was mine was in a good mood and seemed to take to me, no biting!

Stay tuned for my recipes and visit Kongo’s blog, a really fantastic fun writer so click on his link for the most incredible journey, Oh and did I mention an amazing photographer and friend.

It you are still reading my post, we have such short attention spans these days, please take time every day to hug, call, connect with those you love and meet. Stay present in your moment.

“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called Yesterday and the other is called Tomorrow. Today is the right day to Love, Believe, Do and mostly Live.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

Peace be with you! Hugs, Kary

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Shrimp and Rice with Bay Seasoning

I  was rummaging around in the fridge and here is what I came up with. This is so easy and really yummy.

Here’s what I had on-hand:
1 Cup cooked brown rice
1 Lb. cooked, cleaned and deveined, toss with a teaspoon of Bay Seasoning
Green Peppers & Sweet onion
½ cup of diced tomatoes with the juice from a can or jar
Bay seasoning to taste

Just toss it all together, so easy and delicious.

If you don't have Bay Seasoning here's a recipe to make your own homemade.

Just cook something! Cheers~ Kary

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Crock Pot/Slow Cooker Recipes

Happy holidays! If you are like me you are up to your neck in holiday preparations, so I thought I would share some of my Slow Cooker/Crock Pot recipes. 

I do love coming home in the evening  and being greeted by the wonderful aroma of dinner simmering in the slow cooker. Here are some of my favorite slow cooker recipes and also meals you can make with the extra Pork, Turkey, Beef or Chicken. 

What is your favorite slow cooker recipe? Just cook something! Cheers~ Kary


Pork Ribs Slow Cooked

Turkey Breast Slow Cooked

Monday, September 11, 2017

Peaches, Mozzarella, Pacenta & Basil

Fresh tomato season in the southeast is over and one of my favorite tomato dishes is Caprese Salad. 

A couple of weeks ago hubby and I loaded up the car and headed to the 1000 Islands on the Saint Lawrence River in New York state. Doug’s brother and wife have a cottage up there on a lake, which is amazing and a really beautiful part of our country.

I brought fresh peaches with us and Cathy had a new recipe to try; peaches, mozzarella, pancetta, basil, drizzled with balsamic syrup. Oh, wow they were yummy and that easy to make.

Just slice the peaches and mozzarella, then layer with the pancetta and drizzle the balsamic and top with fresh basil. Yep that’s it and new summer favorite!

Just cook something! Cheers! Kary~ 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah with a side of Pizza

"Have you read the book, book club is back! 

We gathered at The Stuffed Olive in Waxhaw, NC to share a meal, laughs and discuss The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah.

“The Nightingale”by Kristin Hannah opens with this statement; “If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: In love, we find out who we want to be; in war, we find out who we are.” This got my attention, did this grab yours?

As I mentioned in my last post about our book club we decided to try something different this year and meet at some of our local restaurants rather than host from one of our homes. We always love getting together and look forward to catching up, sharing lots of laughs, great food and our thoughts about the book.

Meeting and discussing the book at a restaurant has a completely different vibe than meeting at one of our homes. Still enjoyable, but at one of our homes it’s just plain comfy. Also, I love writing about what our host prepared for the evening. Stay tuned we may change back to hosting at home.

We settled in at The Stuffed Olive, ordered pizza and got down to the business of discussing our book.

Kristin Hannah is one of our groups favorite authors and again she does not disappoint us. The Nightingale is set in France during World War II and although we have all read many history books about war WW II, this book is focused on two sister’s perspectives, experiences and about the struggles that the women and children face. Back then women were usually not on the front lines shooting guns, but they were fighting a different kind of battle in their homes and villages. And some women, like Isabelle found a way to join the resistance, I won’t share the details and spoil the story, you will just have to read The Nightingale.

In The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah’s  story tugged at my heart strings, brought tears to my eyes, an ache to my belly and I could almost feel the chill in my bones. The story is about the Women in war and it is set during World War II in worn torn France during the German occupation.

Kristin’s writing takes me to a place where I can only imagine what is was like to experience the screeching of the air raid sirens, the cold harsh winters, the anger, loneliness, hunger and despair that people felt during WWII and any war zone.
To me the story is about the women’s hope for the war to end, for husbands to find their way home and to get back the simple pleasures of life they experienced before the war. Basic survival was the goal for the day. And in war everyone is damaged, some are heroic and some not so much.

I found myself shivering, trying to stay warm while reading about how Vienne tried to keep her family from freezing and not starving.

This was one of those books that continues to haunt me. Kristin writes about the struggles the women face; basically, just trying to survive, to feed their families and avoid freezing during the winter while many of the German soldiers ate their food, took over not only their town but homes and abused the women.

War is truly an awful thing and as I read The Nightingale I was thinking about the horrors of war, but my hope continues to be that someday all mankind will lay down their guns and find peace throughout the world, war does not solve problems. 

A haunting story…. Kary~

2017 Book Selections:
 “Before the Fall” Noah Harvley
  “The Nest” Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  “Dark Town” Thomas Mullen
 “Mister Owitas Guide to Gardening” Carol Wall  

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

4th of July Recipes, Fire up the Grill!

Happy Fourth of July! Let Freedom Ring and thanks to all who came before and who still serve our country so we can celebrate holidays like today. 

 Every 4th of July as I slice up the watermelon, make potato salad and fire up the grill I am transported back to all the great 4th of July gathering so far in my life. So many memories; as a child swimming all day with our friends, grilling hamburgers and waiting for dusk so we could join all our neighbors light up the neighborhood with sparklers and fireworks. 

Beach holidays, celebrating with family and later taking our kids to the pool at Raintree Country Club and other years spending the 4th of July holiday in Myrtle Beach. And then there was the year Doug climbed Mount Rainer while I watched and waited for him to safely make it down the mountain. 4th of July spent in Seattle, Washington and this year just hanging close to home away from the maddening crowds!

Enjoy the day and every day, oh and Just Cook Something! Cheers! Kary~

Mac and Cheese

Poplano Peppers with Cream Cheese and Bacon 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Pesto with Fresh Basil, Walnuts, Garlic, Cheese and Olive Oil

My basil plant is thriving and it is the first of June, time to make pesto!

Yesterday I  made a bacon, lettuce, tomato sandwich with pesto as spread, I usually use mayonnaise, it was scrumptious. Check out some of my recipes with pesto: Pesto Lasagna, Pizza, Crunchy Bread, Pesto Chicken Sandwich, scramble with eggs and as a marinade for chicken and fish.

This makes a about 8 ounces
Pesto Ingredients:

• 2/3 cup of olive oil
• 1/2 cup fresh Parmesan or Asiago cheese grated
• 1/2 cup of walnuts or pine nuts
• 2 to 4 cloves of garlic, remove the skin add depending on how much you like garlic
• 2 cups of fresh basil; about 2 handfuls
• Dash of sugar or honey 
• I like to keep walnuts in my refrigerator to keep them fresh; eat as a snack, add to a salad, sprinkle on broccoli, use your imagination
• Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high for 2 to 4 minutes until the mixture is smooth

• You can store the pesto in the refrigerator for about a week or freeze