Thursday, April 3, 2014

Week 13 Thursday (4/3/14)

Recipe Review       

Today’s Recipe and Location:  Penne Alla Betsy
         Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks:  Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl
                  Pages 188 - 190      Copyright:  2009  Harper Collins

I figured out that there are 619 calories per serving, if 6 servings are made. (Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)

The shrimp look so inviting!

         Apparently, Ree is not the only chef in the family. I don’t know if this recipe was created by Betsy or in her honor but it is one heck of a great tasting dish.  The creamy shrimp add so much flavor. I shared this dish with Jenny Anderson at lunch, and we both sat there with smiles on our faces and groaning with pure pleasure. This is one dish that everyone should try out.

Random Reflections              

         When I returned to Somonauk, I tried a new route that helped me learn the town a lot better. I came upon this house. Currently, it has a sad exterior in desperate need of scraping and paint. The house is much bigger than expected. From the front it looks like about 1,200 sq. ft. but when you look at it from an angle it is very large and has tremendous potential.  It is only a block from the main street in the town. There is just something about the house that called to me.  Do you hear it, too?

                                                           It looks small from the front

Surprise! There is a lot more to it than you first thought!

It definitely needs a coat of paint and some TLC.

Irksome Ideas and Images       

         This isn’t really an irksome idea to me but it is something that totally creeped me out. About a week ago our neighborhood was invaded by hundreds of medium sized black birds.  They were on every roof and I had visions of Hitchcock’s The Birds.  I felt like they were just sitting there and watching me. The coolest part was when they all took flight and the sky darkened as they rose to new heights.  I have no idea why there were so many? I have no idea where they went?  I wish I knew if they would be back!

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