Thursday, January 31, 2013

This and That

This and That,

I got some crochet projects done. I made a hat, a pair of wrist warmer and a mug cozy for my daughter and I have already sent it to her in India. The white placemates are finally done.

(Terminei alguns projetos de crochet. Fiz um chapeuzinho, um par de...? (nao tenho a menor idea do que se chama em Portugues mas e como luvas mas não cobre os dedos :) ) e fiz algo pra cobrir o tação de cafe. Ja mandei pra ela que esta na India. Tambem terminei o joguinho Americano em branco.)

In terms of food, here are a  few things that we love in the Winter in this house. We eat lots of chicken, it has less cholesterol than beef and one can make light dishes with it.There are thousands of ways to prepare chicken. Here simple chicken with herb de Provence. Brown rice with herbs from my garden, olive oil and just a bit of safron that my friend gave me as gift. Avocado smoothie is a must some Sundays. Finally , a  nice soup always hits the spot in such cold Winter days! Red lentil soup with coconut.  I foudn the soup recipe through pinterest.  It will get to -40  tonight! Brrrrrh!
In termos de comida aqui esta algumas coisas que gostaos no Inverno nessa casa. Comemos muita galinha, tem menos cholesterol do que beef. Existe muitas maneiras de preparar galinha. Fiz uma galinha simples com o tempero : Hervas de Provence.  Arroz escuro com hervas do meu jardin, azeite de oliva e Safron que uma amiga min presenteou. Vitamina de abacate e imperativo em alguns Domingos. Claro uma boa sopa e maravilhoso nesses dias frios de inverno.  Fiz essa sopa que vi em Pinterest. Soupa de Lentilhas vermelhas com leite de coco.  A receita encontrei atraves de Pinterest. Aqui esta , sei que esta em Ingles mas voce pode colocar no google pra traduzir.  Hoje vai chegar a menos de - 40 Farenheit. Muito frioooo.
Avocado smoothie:
 Red lentil Coconut soup:
Sopa de letinha vermelha com leite de coco.

red lentil coconut soup

Red lentil coconut soup
adapted from 101 Cookbooks
  • 2 cups red split lentils
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into 1/2 inch dice
  • 1 fresh jalapeno or serrano chili, finely chopped, including seeds
  • 1 tablespoon fresh peeled and minced ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 7 cups water
  • 1 can unsweetened light coconut milk
  • 1 15-ounce can of chickpeas
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • fresh cilantro and lime wedges for serving
Heat the tablespoon of olive oil in a dutch oven or large soup pan and add the onions, bell pepper and jalapeno and cook for 5-7 minutes until the vegetables have softened and start to take on some color.  Add the garlic, ginger, spices and tomato paste and continue to cook for 2-3 more minutes until the mixture is toasty and fragrant.  Add the water, coconut milk, lentils and chickpeas and cook uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes adding the lime juice at the end of cooking.  Taste and adjust with more salt or more lime juice if desired.  Serve the soup topped with a sprinkling of fresh cilantro and some extra limes on the side.

Ok, this one ...this is my daughter's cat that we are babysitting. He loves the bathroom which is the warmest place around. He loves the top of the drier so we let him there on his little bed. Wishing you a lovely weekend.
Esse e o gato da minha filha que esta morando conosco por enquanto. Ela gosta do lugar mais quentinho da casa. Ele adora ai em cima da secadora de ropas na caminha dele. Desejando um lindo fim de semana!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Enjoying gifts -gozando os presentes do Natal

I have been enjoying some Christmas gifts. I have finnished the book "Jasmine" and have now started An Everlasting Meal. We got lots of gorgeous chocolates and for some reason I like to use the wrapping as a book mark. It still smells like the chocolate that was inside :) The macaroons was from my dear husband     who heard I would love to have some for Christmas . What a thoughtful guy! Wish I knew how to take good food photos but those macaroons looked good and tasted good too believe me. I am so thankful for all we got. Seeing the children and taking some time to have a nice chat with family is so precious.  Family time is the best present one can get for Christmas! Christmas went by too fast and we are already talking about Valentine's Day. We do not have anything planned for that. What do you usually do for Valentines Day?? I will try to make a nice meal and listen to romantic songs. We usually do not have any shows or any other social events for Valentines Day in such a small town like this. In order to see some broadway shows or a concert you would need to travel a few hours. 
Here it is an activity people seem to enjoy around here. Yes, Ice fishing! No, not me. I would not go in the
middle of a frozen lake for nothing.  However the nice quietness and peace is a gift in itself. My son and husband have been planning to do that soon. 
Macaroons que meu esposo min presenteou e um livro que min deu meu filho e otro minha cunhada e comendo chocolates dado por outra cunhada.  Nesse tempo por aqui os residentes gostam de ir pescar na lagoa congelada. Dirige-se o carro em cima da lagoa e eles fazem um buraco no gelo e pescam.

Thank you all who participated in the drawing for Chasing Lovely CD.
Here is a couple of links and they are having a free song for download.
FREE song download:

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Winners of the give-away

The Winners of the give-away are:

As vencedoras do sorteo são :

I decided to give away two CD's instead of one and here are the winners:
Decedi sortear 2 CDs e aqui estão as vencedoras.

First winner is:
Regina-    Hope you will enjoy their music Regina. They are such hard working girls. I will contact you to get your address to forward it to you as soon as possible.
A primeira e a Regina do

The second winner is :  Francesca!  Thank so much for the visit Francesca.
A segunda e a Francesca do Muito obrigada a todas pela visita e por participar.

I wish I had many more to give away to each one of you but keep an eye around here for other give- away I will have again. Thank you for your visit and comments. Wishing you a marvelous weekend!
My son was the one who picked your names out of the basket.
Gostaria de ter bastante pra cada uma mas não ha infelizmente. Mantenha um olho por aqui que vai haver mais sorteios no futuro. Meu filho foi quem ajudou a pegar os nomes das ganhadoras. Muito obrigada!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A give-away

It's a give-away!!  Um sorteio!!

It is about time to have a give-away. I  know...I don't have a big enough number of followers yet but it is something fun to do. I have a brand new CD from my husband's nieces who lives in Nashville. I really enjoy their voices.
Their band is called "Chasing Lovely" and they are Taylor and Chloe.
Here some facts about this CD that Taylor wrote for me in a piece of paper:

"On Our debut "Breathless LP" We got to work with Martina McBrides band, who consisted of :
-Greg Foresman ( on guitar + Mandolin)
-Greg Herrington ( on the drums)
-Glenn Snow (on the bass)
We also got to work with Bruce Bouton, who has played with Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift. Bruce played pedal steel on our CD.

Lloyd Maines also played pedal steel on our CD. He has played on and produced for the Dixie Chicks (His daughter is Natalie Maines.)

Jenee Fleenor played fiddle on our CD. She is currently touring with Blake Shelton.

Dan Bacigalupi mastered our CD at Georgetown Masters.

We recorded our CD at Marathon Recorders and Blackbird Studios.

Russell Wolff produced our CD. 

David Kasyanyuk shot the album photography for our CD."

their site :
their channel on youtube:
their facebook page:!/chasinglovely?fref=ts

What to do to win this CD:
Just leave a comment and I will draw your name and contact you. Please leave me the best way to contact you if possible. If you like country music you will enjoy this lovely band.

Essas são as sobrinhas de meu esposo e elas tem um novo CD.
Vou fazer um sorteio com um CD delas. Deixe seu comento e como posso contactat voce em caso voce ganhe o CD. E musica tipo country.
Taylor escreveu esses dados sobre esse CDÇ
"No debute desse Brethless EP nos trabalhamos com com a banda de Martina McBride que consiste de :

-Greg Foresman (na guitarra e mandolin)
-Greg Herrington ( nos tambores)
Glenn Snow ( no bass)

Nesse CD trabalhamos com Bruce Boulton que toca com Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks e Taylor Swift. Bruce tocou pedal steel no nosso CD.

Lloyd Maines tambem tocou pedal steel no nosso CD. Ele tocou e tambem produziu para a banda Dixie Chicks. (A filha dele e Natalie Maines.)

Jenee Fleenor tocou of violino no nosso CD. Ela esta currentemente fazendo um tour com Blake Shelton.

Dan Bacigalupi fez a maestria de nosso CD in Georgetown Masters.

Russell Wolff produziu nosso CD.

David Kasyanyuk foi responsavel pela photografia do album pra nosso CD."
Pra concorrer simplesmente deixe um comento e deixe informação de como posso min comunicar com voce em caso voce ganhe. 
Boa sorte nesse ano novo!! Abraços!