Thursday, April 09, 2009

Spring Will Come.....

We are now well into April and I am starting to believe that Spring will come!! The snow has almost all melted from our mini-blizzard on Sunday and I am starting to see buds on the trees. The lilacs are blooming in St. Louis... so I know it's just a few weeks and they will start blooming here.

I continue my morning and evening walks in the back field with the dogs. Sumo continues to amaze me with his energy! He even breaks into a run now and then.

I think sometimes Sumo even takes Sophie by surprise! She got a few new toys yesterday, one of them being this new frisbee. She loves frisbees!! She also got some new toys for inside as most of her other toys have been chewed beyond recognition.

Occasionally the dogs even find a scent that is appealing to both of them. I don't go over and look. I really don't even want to know......

Back at home, one of Sophies new toys has sought refuge with Sumo. I guess it really would prefer not to be chewed beyond recognition, thank you very much!

Had a fun surprise on Tuesday this week. Got a call from K that a leadership group that she and SC are a part of were coming into town to hear their leader speak up on campus. I invited them to swing by for dinner if it worked out. 8 of them showed up! So much fun! I miss having this table surrounded by the kids and their friends. Fortunately it will be full again this Sunday when everyone is here for Easter!!!

On the menu that night was chicken enchiladas; Mexican rice; cornbread muffins; kiwi and brownie truffle. I realized I hadn't yet shared the recipe for this Mexican rice. It is very yummy. K got it from her high school Spanish teacher.

Mexican Rice

4 TBSP cooking oil
2 cups rice, uncooked
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cumin
1 8oz can tomato sauce
4 cups chicken broth

1. Brown rice in oil until golden brown. Stir often or it will burn.
2. Add garlic and onion and sauté until onion is clear.
3. Add salt, cumin, tomato sauce and water.
4. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until rice is done and rather dry.

Note: I have tried doubling this with not much success. I think it's best to make 2 single recipes in separate pans if needed!


Until Next Time....


hakucho said...

Congratulations K and SC :)

Sounds like you've been quite busy and shame on Sophie for being a bad could anyone ever be upset with that cute little face ;)

Janice, made your Beer bread for tonight and can't wait to try it :)

happy spring :)

marit said...

Beautiful dogs!
Spring is here- we've got green fields and daffodils, and finally a couple of lambs. And today I picked a few stalks of rhubarb( fresh !!!) and made your Rhubarb Cake- mmmm-delicious!!!

Jknits said...

Yeah - now I know what I am going to cook tomorrow - thank you for sharing :) Love the dog pics. Hoping for Spring right along with you.