Friday, April 13, 2012

A Good Friday

Fridays are always good in my book.  The first day of the weekend here when mornings are slow and easy.
Yesterday we woke to dust that turned to clouds and rain.  This morning we woke to clouds that turned to dust.  And it only got worse as the day progressed.  
We were going out for lunch, but after 45 minutes of driving the kids to where they wanted to go, we said to heck with that and came back home where I whipped up a 30 minute meal of Italian vegetable soup, rocket salad and mozzarella garlic bread.
I even threw a sheet pound cake in the oven.  1 cup flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt, 5 TBS melted butter, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp lemon zest, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 2 eggs and 1/3 cup milk.  Instead of the lemon zest, I used orange zest.  And substituted almond milk for regular milk.  For the frosting, I stirred some powdered sugar and orange juice into mascarpone cheese and then sprinkled chopped pecans on top.  Delicious!
Hubby says this kind of weather makes him feel depressed.  For me, it's a good excuse to cozy up on the couch and crochet the day away.
Have a fabulous Friday!


Tina Eudora said...

Tammy you are a lady after my own heart! I was going to "veg" out and crochet in a bit myself.
I have always adored the weekends because PBS shows a lot of British programming and I LOVE British comedies and dramas!
Have a wonderful weekend and I may have to make some soup and bread this weekend!!!
Tina xo

Linda said...

I love what you made for your meal! Everything looks delicious.

I would be like your husband with regards to the weather - cloudy, rainy, dreary weather makes me depressed. It's clouded over here this afternoon and I'm just feeling like going to sleep. That's what it does to me, instead of invigorating me.

But... that being written - we desperately need rain here. We haven't had ANY this spring and are already under a drought. So, it looks like we're going to get some later today, tonight and all day tomorrow for the start of our weekend. I'll either be napping, or maybe we'll venture out despite the rain, ha.

Have a great weekend,

Elna said...

When is the dust going to stop? Well nice food and some crochet is not so bad *smile*.


Stella said...

Could you just stop by my kitchen and whip up a delicious meal. You make it sound so easy. Have a lovely day doing something fun.

Diane said...

You always enjoy cooking a beautiful mean, don't you Tammy? This is lovely. I'm with you, I like a stormy day and I hate to be somewhere else instead of home when we have one. Have a great weekend. Diane

Rizzi said...


Mereknits said...

I wish I could whip up anything!!!! Do I spot some dishcloths? I am still crocheting away at mine, but I am finally running out of dishcloth steam.
Happy Weekend,

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,

It must be hard on most people to live through such days with dust and darkness... And still, compared to half a century ago, how did people cope than?
Great that you went home and created a lovely lunch. So you are able to purchase mascarpone in your area; you're blessed!
Love to you,


Susan said...

Hi Tammy.....Your creative lunch sounded good. Hope that bad weather ends soon. Take care and have a good weekend anyway! Susan

peli said...

hi Tammy!!!! your lunch sounds super yummy and i bet you're a great cook for making all these things in 30 minutes. i'm really happy to meet you and i was amazed when i saw you've visited Greece in the past, hope you liked it.
looking forward to hearing from you...i'll be checking your posts.

Pearlin J said...

dust makes me depressed too.your lunch looks delish.What pattern did you use for the dishcloths?, they look so pretty

glor said...

Oh yay ... another recipe, I love trying your recipes, they're always so good. Adding that to my to do list. Thanks for sharing. Isn't it great that on such days our old friend "crochet" is always there. Makes such a differenc and brings forth treasures. Enjoy, blessings.

Kat @ I Saw You Dancing said...

Loving the crochet owls. You're a girl after my own heart (nothing more delicious than a day on the couch with some yarn and a hook, or maybe a good book!).
I'm new to your blog, so forgive my ignorance, but are you based in Kuwait? I used to travel to the Gulf States frequently in a past life... and miss it terribly. The food, the architecture, the intrigue!
Lovely to meet you, anyway. Thanks for stopping by my blog to say hi.

Rita said...

Dear Tammy,
thank you so very much for stopping by and for leaving you sweet comment. I've missed you and your lovely posts during my long blog break.
It's good to be back in blogland and I know that what I'll enjoy most is my very creative bloggy friends' inspiring posts.
wishing you a great weekend!

Faye said...

Tammy, your lunch seems to have saved the day! I love how you can just whip up an elegant meal like that. I am no cook and eat very simply. Thank goodness my dh goes along with whatever is put before him. I may try making your delicious sounding cake. All the dust you describe sounds like it makes it hard to breathe. I hope this is just a seasonal, temporary thing. Thanks for coming by my blog. I enjoy reading yours each week.

Caterina Giglio said...

looks delicious and who could be depressed with such great food! hope your weekend is wonderful! xo

Anonymous said...

Boy, your weather is unpredictable these days. I would have been HAPPY to stay home too. I did not do much yesterday, and managed to catch up on little things around here. Your lunch looks great! Certainly better than what you could get in a restaurant!!
Glad to see you found time to crochet too!!


Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Oh yum! You make the yummiest of things. :)

Thanks for visiting with me on my blog...I do love the bunnies. I believe like you, the land is for the animals...we are merely caretakers, not owners. I am going to leave a few carrots out for the bunnies and see what happens. They really are adorable.

Blessings to you always :)

Sam I Am...... said...

I love Fridays too even though I'm retired! LOL! They were so special for so long and they still are!
Your meal looked way better than any restaurant could have done. 30 minutes? That's amazing...Rachel Ray move over! I need to have that dinner in my repertoire as there are times when I just don't have the time to spend or I got busy and let the time get away from me. Teach your hubby to crochet and he TOO will love rainy, cozy days! LOL!

Mrs. Micawber said...

I love a bad-weather crochet day (we had one today), when the conditions outdoors make it a positive virtue to stay in.

Thanks for the cake recipe!

val said...

some days are meant for crafting!

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