keep your face towards the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you
Now that the nights are drawing in, we perhaps look for warming, nutritious, comfort food, especially on a weeknight. After a hard day at work we don’t want to spend too long in the kitchen, and these are all easy weeknight recipes.
First this week from Chungah at Damn Delicious we have a warming Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup. If you don’t happen to have an instant pot, this recipe is still very easy to make in your regular stock-pot.
Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup
From Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats we have this Weeknight Maple Turkey Chili. Made with ground turkey and served with sliced avocado and egg, this is a really simple and delicious fall staple.
Weeknight Maple Turkey Chili
Amanda at Chez le Rêve Français has a recipe for a fabulous English staple; Chicken and Leek Pie. I happen to really like this dish, eaten great hot or cold.
Chicken and Leek Pie
Kimchi Fried Rice
From Delish Magazine we have a collection of 80 easiest weeknight dinners, from which I’ve chosen to feature this dish of Cheesy Baked Meatballs.
Cheesy Baked Meatballs
And also this great looking Caprese Chicken Pasta, ready in just 30 minutes.
Caprese Chicken Pasta
if in doubt you could always opt for dark beer, bread, and cheese
you can look right through me, pass right by me…..
This is a little sadder song than the Sammy Davis Jr. I posted earlier today, but perhaps this fits my mood better. From the movie Chicago.
Please listen with a little charity.
perhaps this is the way I feel today
shipwrecked and alone, counting the days
real women are never perfect, and perfect women are never real
I must go down to the sea again
to the lonely sea and the sky
people disappoint, passion is ephemeral, pasta is eternal
A long, long time ago, I can still remember when this music used to make me smile. That was before I started wearing Italian suits, dated an Italian girl, bought an Italian car, and almost married into the Jacionelli Family. Suit Ferragamo, Shoes Gucci, Car Alpha Romeo, Girl Sophia, Ice Cream Jacionelli.
Some say that you can’t ever truly know a woman until you’ve taken her out for dinner to your favorite little Italian Restaurant. And that you will never what she’s going to look like when she’s older until you’ve met her mother. All I know is that I’d rather have an Alpha Romeo sports car than a Morris Oxford.
History may be repeating itself ~ as history does
beautiful, expensive, temperamental
survival is nothing more than recovery
on a cruise, know where your lifeboat station is
Only the very fortunate will not suffer some kind of disaster in their lives. The very unfortunate may stagger from one disaster to another, with barely enough time and energy to get over one catastrophe before they have to face another. Some may be forever scarred by one negative experience in their life, while others will survive and thrive no matter what kind of crap the Cosmos throws at them. One person may never get over a single unhappy love affair, while another will still come out smiling and optimistic after having their heart ripped out by a promiscuous cheating partner. Some may face ordinary adversity and die, while others will live through the most horrible experiences imaginable.
It’s all a question of attitude and preparedness, the difference between surrender and hope. You are not who others say you are, you are the sum of your own beliefs. A man owes very little to what he was born with, a real man makes himself.
Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but for only one second without hope. ~ Charles Darwin
Disasters come in many forms, but disaster recovery has only one shape. Be prepared. Because one thing is almost certain, one day, in some way, most of us will face a disaster; unemployment, being broke, betrayal, divorce, violence, flood, fire, earthquake, terrorism, wildfires, death of a loved one, critical illness….
You might say; ‘how can anyone prepare for all that….’ or, ‘how can you prepare for a disaster if you don’t know what kind of disaster you are going to have to face…..’ That’s defeatism. People who talk, think, and believe in those ways are less likely to recover well from a disaster than someone who knuckles down and optimistically gets ready to face whatever fate throws at them.
There are just three rules;
- Do not delude yourself. If you live in an earthquake zone prepare to survive an earthquake. If you marry a bastard / slut then prepare to end up broke and on the street. If you set sail on uncharted oceans prepare to get dis-masted and lost. If you leave a contractor alone in your home expect it to be wrecked when you return.
- Be as fit and healthy as you can possibly be in body, mind, spirit, finances, and ‘stuff’. Work at it.
- Learn things. Read books such as How To Stay Alive by Bear Grylls. Go to night school to learn car mechanics. Learn about camping. Learn how to grow your own food. Be curious, stop wasting your most valuable commodity; time.
There is a thing called Disaster Shock, and it will kill you ~ the more prepared you are the less likely you will suffer from this and die.
have your important stuff easily to hand, so you can drive away from a wildfire within minutes
fall in the fresh lap of the crimson rose
In a couple of days time we will have the Autumn Equinox, the harvests will be taken in, and the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness will be upon us. I expect that you’re like me and wondering where the year went to, and how come I don’t remember what happened.
I believe that this coming Tuesday September 22nd is a time for me to make a fresh start, throw off the constraints of a summer that didn’t have much good going for it, and begin again.
A good place to start our move into Autumn, or Fall if you will, is with some good food, great recipes, and hopefully some very good company.
First this week we have Chungah at Damn Delicious and her warming, nutritious, delicious One Pot Chicken and Mushroom Orzo. We all like one pan dishes don’t we?
One Pot Chicken and Mushroom Orzo
Slow Cooker Herbed Chicken and Rice Pilaf
To go with your chicken, and for the warmer days still to come this year, from Dana at Minimalist Baker we have a Raw Rainbow Veggie Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing. And, just how pretty is that?
Raw Rainbow Veggie Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing
This is a super collection from Jessica Merchant’s How Sweet Eats; 45 Of My Favorite Fall Dinner Recipes. With so much to choose from how about a Smoky Pumpkin Bisque with Grilled Cheese Croutons? You need to keep this recipe by you for Halloween.
Smoky Pumpkin Bisque with Grilled Cheese Croutons
This might almost be the ultimate fall dinner recipe collection ever; from Delish Magazine 61 Unbelievably Easy Fall Dinner Recipes. From this cornucopia I’ve chosen these Garlic Rosemary Pork Chops. If you think that pork chops only come in the dry and overcooked variety, then you should try this recipe.
Garlic Rosemary Pork Chops
Or maybe this is the ultimate Fall Recipe Collection; 50 Apple Cider Recipes You Need in Your Life this Fall. From this Country Living apple collection I’ve picked a Roasted Butternut Squash with Cider Vinaigrette.
Roasted Butternut Squash with Cider Vinaigrette
if you are lucky you still have rosehips in your garden, and they make up some great medicinal recipes
just when the caterpillar thought her life was over, she began to fly
This post is inspired by my friend Paula Light and her Thursday prompt; Butterfly. If you’re not familiar with this French song and very cool singer, then why not take the time now. If, like me, your French isn’t quite up to understanding all the nuances, then just enjoy the video and warmth of this guy’s voice.
This song is also for a very close friend of mine.
Please listen with the joy of life in your heart.
you are too beautiful
for any ending to end you