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Roasted Brussels Sprouts, a new favorite

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

This is one of those recipes that is not a recipe at all, simply a process. There are no measurements because none are needed. What you do need is the following.....

Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts, caramelized goodness!
Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts
450 degree oven

Brussels Sprouts, cleaned of outer leaves and cut in half lengthwise
olive oil
salt and pepper
seasonings if desired

Toss the sprouts with olive oil, layer on a flat baking pan. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and seasonings if desired.

Bake 8 - 10 minutes, tossing at about the 6 minute mark.


They turn out full of flavor, tender with just a bit of a crunch. Delicious!

Enjoy!

PS leftovers are wonderful tossed into a salad or make a great chunky salad on their own with some cherry tomatoes, feta cheese chunks and a simple vinaigrette.

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Homemaking after the move.....

We have moved in, and it goes without saying, I have never worked so hard in a weeks time, ever.....

The chef and his crew grace our table in the kitchen dining area.

The unloading took longer than expected. And it seemed like a whole lot more than what was neatly packed in the two storage units.

These photos represent only about half of the boxes.

And as usual no matter what you want/need to move, it will require six other items to be moved first, so that the there is room, to place that item needing/wanting moved.

The dining room went from this,


to this.....

The bedroom went from this,

This pink paint had to go!

We chose two colors for the bedroom to have an accent wall. Above you can see the whale bone and sea blue come together on a corner. 
to this....

The living room went from this,

This black shelf is filled with pottery on the top shelves, books on the bottom. 
to this....

And the kitchen went from this,


At one point in order to eat, we made a temporary microwave stand out of boxes!
to this.....



We moved during a horrible rain storm. The wind was so fierce it drove water under the garage door. The books were in danger of soaking up water, so our first order of business was to bring them in and get them out of the boxes, so they could dry out if they had become damp in storage. At this time, we still have a few books to put away....


The cat who does not like to move (yet has, 4 times prior) took a little longer to come out to say hello once the dust settled....


But all in all it went fairly smooth, and we have a new home to enjoy. Even if I did not have time to bake a pie!


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Over and back, the caravan

Everything household and furniture is now sitting in the house and garage at the peninsula. Oh my gosh we were so tired after unloading. We stopped half way back for some dinner to recharge and then got back to Vancouver at about 10:00 PM. We left at about 9:00 AM for a very long day......



Leaving Vancouver and Clark County.



Crossing the bridge from Astoria Oregon back into Washington state.



Leaving the peninsula after unloading to return the truck to the rental agent.

All of the boxes and furnishings are a complete maze of disorganization with lots of work to be done this week. Fortunately I have vacation time scheduled and hope to leave the peninsula home in organized condition. I even hope to make a sho fly pie!

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The big trip!

Today the trucks and trailers are getting filled to the brim!



In the kitchen I am making a meal that will be easy to serve to the hungry workers that will help us unload at the house on the peninsula.

It is supposed to be a bit cool (but no rain thankfully), so I think a nice bowl of delicious Garage Sale Stew and a slice of Our Favorite Cornbread (with a bit of honey butter!) will hit the spot.

For those that want something else I am going to make a simple casserole of cheese tortellini with red sauce and ground beef. Garlic bread will go nicely on the side.

A fruit salad and cookies will do nicely. All of these choices are easy to make in advance and reheat easily, either on the stove or in the microwave. I prefer to serve home cooked food as a way to say thanks.

See you on the other side!

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The first trip!

Last weekend we took a large load of boxes over to the new house. We (for clarification "we" really means my dear husband) loaded up the motor home, our utility trailer and the GMC Jimmy full of boxes, and I do mean full.

Then we took off for the peninsula. Terry drove the motor home and pulled the trailer. I drove the Jimmy. A new experience for me, but good training as the Jimmy is a mid size between what I drive as a daily driver and the motor home. With our plans to explore the peninsula as much as possible, I intend to help with the driving.

We (for this trip it was only Terry and I) unloaded every box, unpacked every box, and put away the contents every box. Then we got the boxes along with the packing materials, ready for recycling.

We. Were. Exhausted!

But take a little tour of our progress.....

We assumed that we would enjoy a toast to our new home after we got done for the day. Wrong, we were so exhausted that we fell fast asleep on an air mattress, on the floor. That bottle of wine is still in the refrigerator, with the cork intact. Maybe next trip?

Since we took a hodge podge of boxes on this first trip, the actual inventory of what was in the boxes was a bit of a mystery. I did commandeer this wok to boil some water, when we discovered that the water heater had been turned off by the seller. The warm water was appreciated for scrubbing the cupboards, much more so than cold water would have been.

For now the table is sitting cross ways in the kitchen eating area because my husband is tall enough to bonk his head on that light fixture. We are going to change it out for a flush mount that will coordinate if we are unable to match this exact design. And you can see that the house plants are going to be very happy in there new lighted home. This corner is perfect for plants.

We did forget some tools, so the knives and the racks will have to wait until next trip to get installed.

We have a nice desk area in the kitchen, but have elected to turn it into a coffee bar. The space under the desk will have stacking baskets that will hold onions, potatoes and other fine things. My only complaint about the kitchen is that there are only two banks of drawers, these three in the desk and one other bank of four drawers by the dishwasher. I am going to have to really think about storage of some of the kitchen essentials. Personally I think that drawers are the perfect storage unit.....

Behind our new house is a wonderful green way that houses black bears, deer and sometimes even cougar. It also has lovely birch trees (our home is located just off a quiet lane called Birch Place.....). When we were out shopping for a nice piece to hang over the bed, this one literally jumped into the cart, we both knew it was the one. While we enjoyed a beach themed bedroom in Vancouver, we shall change things up a bit, now that we live at the beach.

The bedroom will also have bird decor, but not this pink paint....................


French doors lead to the master bath and we have a walk in closet, with plenty of space for our clothes.

This however is my greatest happiness, the kitchen has three (yep 3, count 'em!) pantries!


The next morning we cooked our first meal. For breakfast we had scrambled eggs with cream and Parmesan cheese. Hubby had a donut with his and I had some whole grain french bread and olive oil for dipping.


And these are just a few of the unloaded boxes, ready for the recycling yard.

And this my friends, is the tale of the first load! We start again on Friday, with a lot of help from family and friends to get the rest done in one day.....

PS, this is the light fixture in the dining room, but not really our style. So the plan is to remount the one from the kitchen here, when we find a replacement for the kitchen.

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Almost Wordless Wednesday, we have signed the papers!


It is true, we have signed the papers, first trip over to get the keys is Saturday! Oh and something else. I have also received a promotion at work. While retirement won't be put off, I will be doing something brand new while I work the rest of my days to life at the coast full time!

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Still looking towards the peninsula


Today is a great day! My family started out the morning with gifts and cards on the dining room table to wish me a happy birthday. And this evening we shall have dinner out to finish this day of celebrations.

But we still have yet to close on our house, at the peninsula. Sometimes these things do take time, but at this point of a project (especially one so drawn out) I tend to begin exhibiting fatigue and grumpy disappointment. (Sorry dear....)

The weather is breaking and blooms are showing up everywhere. A bit earlier than last year, as we did not have a very cold winter. The early blooms are very much appreciated however. I usually feel a surge of anticipation each spring to live as fully as one can, in the sunny days ahead.

And this year is no different.

I have claimed the kitchen for some cooking this weekend and hope to share it all here. One recipe that has caught my eye is titled How Danes Roll Cabbage. Seriously how can that recipe escape my kitchen? Plus the weather is still cold enough to enjoy a great cabbage roll for dinner.

And as far as signing a deed to the new house, I can't wait and will probably pester everyone with a post right here!



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A simple thought for Thursday, March 3, 2016


Life, it's for you too..............

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This and that from far and wide March 2016

Hello, we hope your week is going great on this first day in March. Take a look at what friends and other blogger are cooking up currently or have enjoyed in the past. So much information and recipes from current and older posts on just about every blog, today I am sharing these.....


 Photo courtesy of Oh Lardy!

I have made several fermented drinks, I have yet to master any one however. This Champagne Soda not only looks fun, but looks like something to let the little ones help with. Perfect for a first time fermented beverage. 

Photo courtesy of the Huffington Post

This link is for several conversion charts. These charts are attractive enough to frame, or you can do what I do and keep them handy taped inside a pantry door. Even with a tablet to bring into the kitchen, I still prefer the old fashion way of paper notes, recipes and charts. 

Photo courtesy of eatingrules

If it seems like I am on a fermentation kick, you would be right. As a child we ate fermented foods all the time, I simply did not know it because they were not specifically identified as fermented. This lacto-fermented mustard is on my to make list.

Photo courtesy of tasting table

Condiments are one of my favorite things to make and eat, but especially eat! This herb jam intrigues me. Must. Make. This.  

Photo courtesy of tasting table

The seasoning on the popcorn is call Magic Dust. Ordinarily I don't go in for funky sounding food, but I think I need to try this, if nothing more than for the magic....

Enjoy!

Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

If you like what you see here, we would appreciate it if you told your friends (we would love more followers!), if not, tell us. Our goal is to share relevant information that you will enjoy and use for yourself and your family. You can also sign up for Our Sunday Cafe posts by email. 

Previously from Our Sunday Cafe:

February 2016

January 2016

December 2015

November 2015

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February 2016

January 2016

December 2015

November 2015




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