Monday, August 30, 2010

A Night Out

While we were in Rapid City, SD, we went to dinner with my cousin Leah and her husband Josh. The babies AJ and Daniel were left with my sisters. Make sure to watch the last 30 seconds or so to see AJ's new skills at getting over obstacles. . By the way, AJ is 16 months old and Daniel is only 10 months.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Pretty. Shiny.

I am experimenting with the Amazon Associate code while at work today (I work for and thought I would leave this widget up because it is for my favorite gadget of all time. So far I have owned the first two versions of the Kindle, and I will shortly be the proud owner of the 3rd generation. We were going to get it anyway for my birthday in November, but a certain person in our house managed to step on the screen and break my current Kindle.

The worst part was that I was still in the middle of a book, but then I remembered that Amazon has reading apps as well. So I downloaded the Kindle app for PCs, found that book in my saved archives (since every purchase is backed up on my Amazon account) and finished it without problem.

The new cover,the Kindle Lighted Leather Cover, (in Steel Blue) will be delivered right away, but the Kindle itself is already on back order for a couple of weeks.

Once it has been delivered, I will do a grand unveiling on this blog, so stay tuned!

Disclaimer: I may work in Amazon Customer Service, but the product review is all my decision because I just really, really love books. So I was not asked to do this or compensated in anyway.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Summer Bounty

We have been really enjoying our produce box every week.  Most items we get around to eating, and some have mixed results.  Thankfully, the guinea pigs help us with the some things we don't care for.

Daniel Jr has discovered that sugar snap peas make for really good teethers:

We also had a nice dinner party with a friend from work.  I made more of the Caprese Tartlets and used fresh basil from my garden and locally grown tomatoes.  I also made my favorite Kielbasa with Brussels Sprouts and Cat made brownies for dessert:

The last couple of weeks we have gotten Swiss Chard in our box, and I decided to try it sauteed with olive oil and garlic.  While it looked pretty good,  it was far too bitter for our tastes.  If anyone has any other ideas for using it where it won't be quite so bitter, let me know.  Here is the chard in the skillet:
To round up my domestic attempts, I harvested all of the basil from my garden, combined it with the basil from the farm, and put it in a blender with a little olive oil.  Then I put it in a freezer bag.  Hopefully, as I need basil, I can break off pieces for cooking.  Today, I learned how to blanch and freeze broccoli and summer squash.  This way we won't waste to much and we will have yummy veggies in the future.  Don't get me wrong, I am still addicted to the mushroom and swiss burger from McDonald's, but all of the fresh produce is a lot of fun to learn about and eat.  If you have ever wanted to expand  your palate, signing up for a farm share is a great place to start!