|Sic 'Em Bears!|
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Sunday, November 24, 2013
|Chef Duke's Cafe Giovanni|
New World Italian Cuisine
I call the food "New Orleans Italian Art"
|Each morning of our vacation we started our day walking the French Quarter Streets admiring the architecture and how the residents adorned their homes with horticultural art.|
|Stunning views were at every corner.|
|Our vacation had skies filled with streaks of beautiful light|
|and we saw a few rainbows that added to the color of the city.|
|The oysters were the best I have ever eaten, delicately fried to perfection. Again, the food tasted so fresh. We savored every bite.|
|I had to laugh during this meal because my husband even got in on the culinary photography! You can see him in this picture texting pictures of this meal back to his buddies here in Texas!|
|Yes, we ordered dessert! Why stop now? I cannot even tell you what it is! I believe it is a Bananas Foster Bread Pudding. I can't remember the name but I sure remember the flavor and taste! We could only eat a couple of bites of it because we were so full but the texture was perfect and I wish I had a serving of it right now as I sit here writing!|
New Orleans is most famous for Cajun and Creole Cuisine. The foods of New Orleans include roots from many more vast and diverse groups and cultures from all over the world. That is what makes New Orleans so special. When you visit New Orleans next time, you must try out Chef Duke's Cafe Giovanni! Once you step inside you will be transported to Italy and will remain there until you step back out on Decatur Street where you can dance all the way back to your hotel! Thank you Chef Duke for one of the best dining experiences of my life and for making our "Culinary Vacation" complete!
You can find out more about Chef Duke's Cafe Giovanni at http://www.cafegiovanni.com/index.htm
Friday, November 22, 2013
|Cranberry Raisin Brussels Sprouts|
|This is the last little purple onion from our summer garden. I decided if I was going to use the finest of bacon, I would ceremoniously use my last onion that I had been saving for a special occasion!|
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
|Pork Chop Salad|
|I have made this salad before with a leftover Ribeye Steak. It was delicious too! When I made the potatoes that time I sprinkled them with pepper and a little Lawry's Seasoned Salt for flavor.|
|Here is the finished product. It looks a little better than the picture of the lone pork chop doesn't it?|
I used what we had on hand and made a pretty healthy meal to satisfy a hungry husband.
I think my Supper Recycle was a total success!!!!!
Monday, November 18, 2013
The Office Tree
|If there ever was a day to get out and enjoy the fall foliage, today was the day! This Pecan tree stands behind my office. I have parked under this tree five days a week for 29 years. When I arrived at work I could not believe how something I seldom notice completely took my breath away with its beauty this morning! The air was calm and it was just the tree silently standing there for me to see.|
This giant tree has protected me from the harsh sunlight in the summer and it has yielded pecans for me to enjoy for many, many years. I have been bitter with it when it released sap on my cars and I have been infuriated with it when I have had to trample through layers and layers of leaves when they fall each year! I have seethed when it tossed its broken branches in my parking place and I knew it was laughing when I had to get out of my car to pick them up before I could park. I have feared this tree during times of severe weather wondering if it would come crashing down on me inside the office. Still, this tree has remained steadfast in my life and has never moved from its place or ever given me reason to feel it will abandon me. The things that bother me about it are things the tree cannot change and are all part of the years of growing and changing with the seasons. Selfishly, I have ignored this tree so many times and taken it for granted that it will always be there and never really thought about how life would be without it.
Sadly this is what sometimes happens when we take people for granted. We think they will always be there and we stop noticing them and forget to appreciate them. We pay more attention to their faults instead of the way they are always near supporting us.
Sometimes the people we love the most and are closest to us, always lending support, never leaving our side no matter how we treat them, like this tree are unappreciated. We should start looking at those people in a different way starting today and appreciate them. Don't wait until they have to stand there silently hoping you will notice them. Don't wait until they are no longer there. Look at them today, appreciate them for who they are and I am sure they will never look more beautiful than today!
After seeing this tree today I started noticing all of the trees in town and decided to take the long way home for lunch slowing down as I watched the parade of colors. I enjoyed my fall foliage tour and I never left town! I guess when I learned to appreciate the tree this morning and gave it the respect and love it deserved I was able to also notice the beauty in others. Thank you Office Tree for allowing me to really see you for the first time today. Your radiant beauty reflected on my heart and touched my soul. I am thankful for you Office Tree.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
|The natural light coming in reflected on everything in the room. As I stood there I started noticing more and more detail. I simply could not believe this building was 100 years old!|
|Dallas architects Otto Land and Frank Witchell created this beauty with a Beaux Arts Classical and Prairie Home exterior style and Sullivanesque detailing internally and externally.|
|The stairwells even have personality!|
|This is the front of the courtroom.|
|I walked outside and looked at the exterior of the building. The United States Flag waved at me like it knew what I had just seen! It was proudly waving and exemplified exactly how I felt!|
|I admired exterior details and then stepped across the street.|