A trip to the grocery store today resulted in an assortment of red, yellow, and orange tomatoes.
It was a perfect excuse to take photographs with my "new" old door I bought from a friend a couple of weeks ago.
I set up my "shoot" on the floor of the garage. The open garage allowed for some decent lighting.
I experimented with a few different angles, but soon I just ended up lying on the floor. I really wish I had swept out the garage first. :) I think the one above is my favorite.
I probably took a gazillion shots of the tomatoes. When I began to hear the mumblings of hungry teenagers, I headed to the kitchen and chopped up a few of my "models", and added them to some mozzarella cheese and a few fresh leaves of basil.
To the tomatoes, cheese, and basil, I added 1/2 cup of red wine vinegar, 1/4 cup oil, 1 tbsp raw sugar, and 1/2 tsp. salt. I let this mixture marinate while I cooked about a pound of pasta. After draining the pasta and allowing it to cool, I tossed it with the tomato mixture.
The multi-colored tomato mixture with mozzarella cheese and basil made a great cold pasta salad, and it made me feel less guilty for playing on the floor of the garage for a couple of hours...
The Distracted Brain....oh, and homemade laundry detergent...and a new craft project...and some cupcakes....
My brain has been running wild lately...darting from this idea to that one....then back again to a different one...and on over to that one over there.... At the age of 44, you would think I would have learned to chase those thoughts down, throw a rope around them, and put them in the barn... But I haven't. What I have learned is that while I am running in the direction of one of those ideas, I then realize I forgot to bring the rope.... On the way back to get the rope, I remember that I forgot where I put the rope. Then I decide to go to the store and buy some new rope... But on the way to the store, another great thought dashes in front of me, and with great excitement I then veer off to follow that one...well, because at the moment is seems much more exciting! Then, I realize it's time to pick the kids up from school....
This past week, all these ideas have been pulling on my brain so vigorously it has reminded me of when the boys were small...and I was trying to talk on the phone. They could be playing happily with some toy, and as soon as I picked up that phone, everything went downhill. They were instantly in need of my attention to the point that they would surely die without it..and, of course, each one thought they needed my attention much more that the other one...and before you knew it, I had two screaming toddlers at my feet, and I'm screaming at the lady from the JCPenney catalog department.... This reminds me of why I did a lot of online shopping....
Now where was I? Oh, the Homemade Laundry Detergent. For a week I have used the homemade laundry detergent that I made last week, and I am so happy to say that I LOVE it! I cannot tell a bit of difference from the Tide that I regularly use. The hardest thing about it is getting used to just using a tablespoonful...I have come to terms with using a heaping tablespoonful...and that is really all you need. And I totally LOVE the fact that it is saving me money, AND keeping me from running to the store to get more detergent. That leaves me much more time to chase those thoughts.... More details here....
Now for the project... Last weekend I had the opportunity to wander through Hobby Lobby for a couple of hours...and I could have stayed longer...while the boys were at the gym. I bought some wooden letters (on sale of course) and some scrapbook paper. I'm covering the letters with scrapbook paper and modge podge.
I'm cutting pieces to fit the letter, then gluing on with modge podge. When the letter is totally covered with the paper, I am brushing on an additional layer of modge podge to seal it.
I'm not finished with this one yet, but so far I am happy with how it's going.
Now you may be saying to yourself...."I thought this was a food blog." This is a true statement...sort of... I did make some great cupcakes this week, so I will leave you with these "Outrageous Orange and Orange Cherry Bomb Cupcakes." I'm still floating from the compliment my son gave me regarding these. "Mom, this may be the best cupcake I have ever eaten." Talk about some major brownie points! ...Or would that be cupcake points?
Gotta run now...I have a few more ideas I have to chase....
Love yourself, and love your food!
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