New Chairs


Before my sister and her family visited, we finally ordered armchairs for the living room. The photo below is horrible and dark but you can kind of see them in our space. They are comfortable and were affordable through Overstock. I know that they definitely won’t be everyone’s style but they work for us!

living room (2)

Creamed Cucumbers

creamed cucumbers

This is a simple summer side dish that I grew up eating. It would be a stretch to call this a recipe, but I did take the time to measure things today when I made this. I add dill to my version, but my mom and her family usually leave it plain. It’s refreshing and lovely on a hot day! You can use any kind of cucumber, I just usually have the mini ones on hand.

Creamed Cucumbers

Serves 2 or 3

  • 3 mini cucumbers, sliced or chopped as preferred — about 1.5 cups
  • 2 T. sour cream
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 2 T. white vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp. dried dill (optional)
  • pinch of salt
  1. Prepare cucumbers and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the sour cream, sugar, vinegar, dill and salt.
  3. Add cucumbers and toss to combine.

You can serve immediately or refrigerate for a bit to let the flavors mingle. If you do this, I’d get them cucumbers out a bit before dinner so they aren’t so bitingly cold. Also, they’re best if eaten within a day which is why small batches work well here.


Daybook: July 24, 2017

Monday, July 24


Outside my window…….it’s sunny but damp. The streets are pretty quiet right now, although they were busy a little bit ago with everyone heading out to work.

I am thinking…….about what I’d like to get done today and this week.

I am thankful for……good coffee, good friends, good food and plenty of sleep!

From the kitchen…..I’ll be making up a batch of salad base today, and perhaps I will also make some granola. Later this afternoon I plan to make pizza for dinner.

I am wearing…..a sort-of tie-dyed maxi skirt & a white 3/4 length sleeved shirt.

I am creating…..nothing right now.

I am going…….nowhere today, except maybe on a walk.

I am reading……..Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (this was for book club, but I didn’t quite finish it); The Better Angels of Our Nature by Stephen Pinker (audio book in my car), & Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (audible book I listen to while doing chores).

I am hoping……for good sleep this week.

I am hearing…..birds chirping outside, the occasional cat making mischief.

Around the house…….I need to do some laundry and go through the papers I shoved in the spare room prior to book club, in addition to my regular Monday chores.

One of my favorite things……a tidy house — I rarely accomplish this, but it is so much more inviting to see a cleared off table, a neat living room and a made bed than the opposite. We’re reaping the benefits of having had company over, so for the most part the house is tidy right now.

A few plans for the rest of the week…..I have a few work projects to complete and submit, a long paper and presentation to prepare for Thursday’s class and some work related to my volunteering as well. Kind of low-key, really, so I think I’m going to convince Michael that we should try out this new coffee and game shop near us.

Here is a picture I am sharing…….of the sunset at from my mom and dad’s place. We’re headed there later this summer and I am very much looking forward to being back in Pennsylvania!

sunset at mom & dad's


Sunday: Food, Meal Plans

food july 18-22

Above are a few of the things we ate last week; I didn’t remember to photograph everything. But it was a good week for cooking and eating. From left to right:

  • Pasta Pomodoro, using up the last of the cherry tomatoes I purchased at BJs earlier in the month. Served w/a salad.
  • Big Ass Salad: Salad Base, Chicken Breast, Cucumber, Cranberries, Chow Mein Noodles & Cucumber Dill Dressing (we had some version of this several times during the week)
  • My basic breakfast lately: Toasted English Muffin w/Homemade Peach Butter, White Cheddar & Apple Slices
  • Broccoli Cheddar Rice Cakes (that turned into a casserole — this was my new recipe for the week), Sweet & Spicy Roasted Carrots (these were both new recipes, actually, and they were both great, except for the fact that the rice cakes were resistant to forming cakes 😛 )

I also made a large batch of oven fajitas for Book Club, which I served w/rice and black beans, plus assorted toppings. There were fruit and vegetable trays as well and I made salted caramel brownies for dessert — amazing!


Looking ahead, I’ve got a number of items in the fridge that I need to be diligent about using up this week, so my meal plan reflects that, as well as my desire to stay out of the grocery store as much as possible.

Meal Plan: 

  • Sunday: Mushroom Ravioli w/Mushroom Cream Sauce, Carrots
    • Mushrooms, Cream, Carrot Sticks leftover from Book Club
  • Monday: Pizza Margherita, Salad
    • Red Sauce, Basil
  • Tuesday: Tilapia w/Lemon and Vegetables, Baked Sweet Potatoes, Creamed Cucumbers
    • Peppers in Freezer, Sweet Potatoes, Cucumbers leftover from Book Club
  • Wednesday: Egg Roll in a Bowl
    • Cabbage
  • Thursday: Leftovers
  • Friday: Bean and Cheese Tostadas
    • Corn Tortillas, Queso Fresco, Tomatoes

For lunches we will have leftover oven fajitas, big ass salads, and other leftovers as they arise during the week.