Friday, September 30, 2011

My new favorite Salad


My new favorite salad is super easy to throw together as I'm rushing out the door on my way to work (usually 5 minutes late.. I might add).

Aunt Melissa's New Favorite Salad

1 handful of pre-washed fresh spinach
1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1 scallion/green onion
1 large vine-ripened tomato
splash of seasoned rice wine vinegar


This doesn't really require directions, does it? Throw a handful of fresh spinach into a bowl. Grab the kitchen shears and snip an inch or two of green onion tops as the next layer, snipping in 1/8 - 1/4 inch snips. I don't even bother with a cutting board for the tomato. Wash tomato, place on top of spinach and onions and slice into bite sized pieces using a small paring knife (being careful not to cut through to the bowl.) Place a large dollop of cottage cheese in the middle and sprinkle with a splash of seasoned rice wine vinegar. By lunchtime, the spinach is wilted and flavors combined to perfection.

Today I paired the salad with homemade samosas prepared by a recipe in Clean Eating magazine. Basic recipe uses whole wheat phyllo dough in place of traditional pastry and is baked instead of fried. I improvised somewhat on the filling, using fresh roasted corn cut from the cob, sauted onions, roasted sweet potato, frozen organic green peas and fresh cooked cauliflower and yellow squash mashed together into an unrecognizeable veggie paste and seasoned with fresh ginger, coriander, garam masala and cayenne, to taste) otherwise, follow Clean Eating's recipe. I love them all!

Happy lunch at your desk.

(Hmm... I think I'll use the time I saved not standing in line at the company cafeteria to sit outside and knit. Why don't you join me?

Happy friday!

Aunt Melissa

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Miscellaneous Musings

I successfully finished a contract at the end of 2010 and decided to take a couple of weeks off. After all, I had been working non-stop without a break for almost 2 years.... (the plight of specializing in contract and project work).

Okay, there is nothing heroic about that in particular, but at the same time I was in night school earning a Master's and driving a little more than 70 miles round trip per day in lovely bumper to bumper LA traffic which means 70 miles=3+ hours/day in the car. Between the homework, homework, homework, writing a thesis, driving and delivering report, report, report (x 60) at work. I wanted just a little downtime.

Let's just say when I opted for a couple of weeks off, I didn't plan to stay at home for more than 2 months, but I have absolutely loved the time at home, not to mention some quality time with my best friend!

The days are very busy, of course, because finding the next job is in itself a full-time job. I spend long hours submitting resumes, studying and picking up new tech skills. I've scoped a home renovation project, interviewed and selected a contractor and I'm very excited about the prospects of beginning a long overdue upgrade to my condo. (Thrilled is a better word.)

All of this to say, I have not knitted, cooked or sewn nearly as much as I would have liked, but in the past 2 weeks I have managed to pull together a few projects in spite of the hours talking to recruiters, perusing job boards and re-writing my resume.

Oh yes, the other thing! I simply LOVE the new bible study group started by a lovely lady I will not embarrass here.... but thanks for opening your home to us, Wendy! =) "Breaking Free" by Beth Moore is the subject, and the daily homework has been SO good for me.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Photo up top was a VERY multi-cultural breakfast this morning.... Irish butter on Indian Garlic Naan Bread, Re-fried beans prepared from instructions passed along by a fellow traveler on Amtrak a few years ago (of Hispanic descent), and a scrambled egg/egg white combo prepared with sour cream, scallions, fresh dill and a little French Gorgonzola cheese scrambled in Irish butter.

Okay, I know it was a crazy combination, but the egg dish was delightful and I will definitely serve again!

Pictured below is a tiny sweater I started many, many years ago in hopes it would be worn by a baby of my own. I am so THRILLED to complete this project for a very special family member ( I will not name here). All I will hint is, "Will this baby will have golden & red hair like its beautiful Mom?!?"























Lastly, biscuits are beautiful!


I actually did sew a blouse last week, but no photos available. Purple silk. Imagine.

Happy cooking, knitting and sewing!

Tomorrow: happy Interview (hopefully followed by: back to the daily grind!)

Aunt Melissa

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Sunday, August 15, 2010

2 short weeks


In 2 short weeks grad school will be over. I walked in graduation ceremony on June 19th, but I'm currently finishing up 1 Project Risk Management class which will end in 2 short weeks.

I'm really looking forward to enjoying weekends and evenings with no homework.

I especially miss cooking and yes, blogging, too.

Hopefully soon you will see new recipes, knitting projects and camping journals. Until then, enjoy this photo of my sweet Bashful Bob at the beach.

Sunday, March 21, 2010