Archive for February, 2014

Hey! Isn’t This Supposed to be a Miniatures Blog?

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Why, yes. Yes it is.

I have only been nibbling at the edges of miniatures with the move and such. I got a few new things like this super nifty Halloween chair from Kris Compass:

See how nicely it matches the stuff on my kitchen counters!

And Patie over at Minisx2 had a sale – bless her heart – so I was able to get this chair and table set I have been wanting for a while:

I also had a momentary lapse and got the Miniatures.Com contest kit. Maybe, just maybe, I will actually get something completed in time for the contest entry? I didn’t wait until November like I did with the Fascination Station. But, I am making no guarantees.

And I spent some time over this snowy winter (for us) trying to make some sense out of the room that will ultimately be my dollhouse/craft room. This is in the crudest of organizational states.

I am hoping to get it to some fancier place at some point in the future (after the living room, dining room, bedroom, laundry room, etc.). I even have a very rough Live Interior sketch:

A built-in platform for dollhouses with storage underneath, shelves, and a work spot. I have a plan at least.

So, I haven’t completely neglected minis.


Menu Plan Monday February 24

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Happy Menu Plan Monday!

This week’s menu started with a trip to the Oriental Market. I went for some sesame oil and for some fried wheat gluten in a jar (that is just yummy in spite of what it sounds like). If I have the time, and I did last Friday afternoon, I like to just window shop. How I missed this before I don’t know, but there was a great big aisle full of all sorts of  (not expensive) dal.

Now, I usually shop at the Food Lion or Kroger, neither of which is known for an extensive Indian food section (at least where we live). So I grabbed a bag of masoor dal and a bag of chana dal to add to my purchases. Next step – find out what to do with them. After some googling and a lot of “ooh! that’s sounds good” I had a great big bunch of recipes to try. Then I got real and paired it down to just a few for this week.

So on the menu is:

Masoor Dal with Spinach (palak)


Cucumber Raita (no picture – it basically looked like yogurt with green bits – my husband loved it)

Aloo Paneer

And, not Indian “Chicken” Noodle Soup

I followed the recipe here to make the paneer myself. I didn’t have cheesecloth and tried using two yogurt containers to weigh down the paneer to form cubes. Didn’t work for me and I ended up using a kitchen towel and some fiesta ware and bags of beans. So my paneer was a little crumbly (note to self – get cheesecloth). Still tasty.

What’s on your menu?


P.S. Is it too early for St. Patrick’s Day goodies?

Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy – Menu Plan Monday February 17

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Okay, no Shoo Fly Pie, but I did make Apple Pan Dowdy.

I’m really excited about getting a grow light set up – finally. I used to try to start seeds indoors, but they always got leggy even in a sunny window. Thanks to Amazon, I purchased a grow light for this year and I’m hoping it works as advertised. My less than planned garden did well last year and I hope to do even better this year with some planning.

On with the rest of Menu Plan Monday.

The yummies for this week are Black Bean Soup (made with scrap stock), Reuban Casserole, and Kung Pao “Chicken” made with Quorn Tenders.

I like to make the Quorn into Tempura Bits for Kung Pao. This is also great in Sweet and Sour “Chicken” or just by itself.

My Reuban Recipe calls for TVP chunks. I didn’t have any on hand, so I made Corned Beef Seitan. (I found a lot of recipes online and combined a few to get what I thought corned beef should taste like.) Yes, it’s more work, but it was well worth the trouble. So much better in flavor and texture. I highly recommend trying it.

That’s it for this week.

What’s on your menu?


P.S. If you’re tired of snow, warm up with some Spring Flowers Clipart at Bry-Back Manor!

Menu Plan Monday – February 10 2014

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

This is what people do when they live in a place where they know the wall will be torn down.

Conan or Dr. Who with a fez? You decide.

Now on to Menu Plan Monday.

No theme this week – just (hopefully) good eats.

I tried this week to use what I have. So I made a a Spinach Lasagna dish with tofu instead of Ricotta.

My husband received a Broccoli Soup Mix from someone at his school. I made it a little heartier with Potatoes and Leeks.

Some extra Leeks as a snack for me. Yum!

Last, I made Arroz Rojo which basically turned out to be some tasty Spanish Rice with Red Beans and Achiote Paste. I got the Achiote Paste when I was in my wild crazy Mole ingredient buying mode and found a recipe online that sounded interesting. I was surprised to find that it was not as spicy as I had expected it to be. Something tasty and different though.

That’s it for this week.

What’s on your menu?


P.S. If you just come to read the blog, check out the Valentine’s Fun at Bry-Back Manor!

P.P.S. Hey! I actually posted this on a Monday!

Menu Plan Monday – February 3, 2014

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Is anyone besides me just tired of being cold? Okay, I guess not if you are living in Australia. On to Menu Plan Monday!

This will be a week of comforting casseroles.

First on the menu, Shepherd’s Pie. One of my husband’s favorites. I made my mashed potatoes from scratch with Yukon Golds.

I had a great crop of zucchini this Summer. So much that even I got tired of it and I love zucchini. So a lot went into the freezer. Being February, it seemed about time to pull some out and cook it up. (The zucchini has been making a few appearances in minestrone, but not as a main dish.) I looked at some recipes online and did my own variation. Zucchini with white sauce and herbed bread stuffing. Simple and basic.

Eggplant with cheese (just for me since my husband is not an eggplant fan) and plain old pasta with sauce round things out. And since I need (really, I need soup in the winter!) to have a soup for the week, Tortilla Soup is on the menu as well. Instead of the chicken I see in many recipes, I use sliced Quorn cutlets.

Wow! That’s a lot of food!

What’s on your menu?


P.S. If you just come to read the blog, check out the Valentine’s Fun at Bry-Back Manor!