Tuesday, August 31, 2010

My Bright Idea

Garbonzo Beans... Chickpeas... whatever you want to call them.....I am swamped!!
Fresh Chickpeas/Garbonzo Beans. They are so yummy and very healthy. Full of Protein,zinc,good carbs, fiber etc. I bought a batch of them at the Farmers Market the other day. Instead of buying them already picked and in a small bag I had this bright idea to buy the batch that was wrapped with twine for $6.00.
I filled 5 bowls so far and still have a lot left

I boiled some the other day and mmm they are yummy. Only problem is that the pods fill up with water and guess what happens when you pop one open!!! Yup, those little things are better than a squirt gun!

I  baked a batch in the oven, nice and crunchy like eating popcorn or corn nuts! I put a few in some foil, drizzled olive oil, garlic salt and pepper wrapped the foil over all and shook them a little bit and grilled them those were REALLY good!

Last night I got another bright idea "why not open them before I cook them" OMG My thumbs are so sore from popping the pods open!
Besides having a sore thumb  another problem with this bright idea they are good raw, taste like fresh raw peas. So it was open one... eat one... open one... eat one..........

So much for my bright ideas!! Next time I may just buy that bag of fresh already picked Garbonzos!!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


See....I told you I found a rock that looks like a turtle
A shy turtle!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

painting again!

For the past few weeks I have been working with polymer clay, paper, decopauge,and other various mediums. During this time my oldest son who is visiting for the summer asked me why I was'nt painting. He is constantly after me to paint. He says "mom, you enjoy it, you are good at it, that is what you should do". I just kinda sorta ignored him and continued on doing everything but paint.  I felt like I was in a slump.
 After a few weeks of this  I said "why am I not feeling creative?" my son said "because you need to get back to your painting" Then, the other day I saw a wooden sled sitting there and I thought.."HMMM I should paint something on that". I saw a picture of a cardinal so..  I got out my paint supplies,and set everything out and began to paint! I was in my own world for 2 days! I was happy! I realized my son is right, painting is what I enjoy. I am feeling  creative again. Now I am looking at other things I can paint!!!!  I saw a rock this morning, picked it up and said "Now that looks like a turtle!"