sandmansister: (Foodie)
I'm glad to say that the food for the weekend with my folks was a success!

To save a lot of typing, I found links to most of the recipes, which I will happily share.

Dad's Dinner
  • Pork Medallions with Blueberry-Balsamic Ketchup*
  • Mixed Greens with Blueberries, Feta, and Pine Nuts (Note: It's the last recipe listed)*
  • Wild Rice with Barley and Mushrooms (see below)
  • Blueberry-Strawberry Surprise*

    Mom's Brunch
  • Griddled Corncakes with Cinnamon-Honey Yogurt*
  • Brown Sugar Bacon Twists
  • Yogurt Panna Cotta with Blueberries

    * Recipes shared by my birth mother (a.k.a. Michigan Momma, or MM) via the Bay City Times

    Wild Rice with Barley and Mushrooms
    from Angie Alexander

    1 small onion, chopped
    1 stick butter
    1 1/4 c. wild rice
    2 t. pearl barley
    4 c. beef broth
    1/4 t. thyme
    1/4 t. pepper
    8 oz. mushrooms, sliced

    Melt 1/4 c. butter in 3 quart pan. Add onion and saute until tender. Add broth and rice. Cook by package directions or until tender. Add barley so that rice and barley are done at the same time.

    Let stand—uncovered—10 minutes until liquid is absorbed. Saute mushrooms in remaining butter and mix with rice. Note that rice is rarely done by the time indicated on the package. Allow enough time to continue to cook rice until moisture is gone.

    Amy's alterations: I tried this in a rice cooker and it worked beautifully. I sauteed the onions and mushrooms together, and then poured everything in the rice cooker. Voila! That's all, and it was beautiful. However, a 3 cup capacity cooker is almost too small. I suggest 4 cup or greater to avoid any spill-over.

    Other Notes:
    The panna cotta calls for gelatin sheets. I did find them at Central Market, and they were really easy to manage. As the recipe indicates, I soaked them in cold water until they were soft. Not sure I wrung out the excess water quite enough as I didn't want to tear or otherwise damage the sheets, but the panna cotta still set up nicely so no worries there. The beauty of the sheets/leaves as opposed to granular is the smoothness. No lumps, no bumps.

    I loved the pork medallions, but I wanted the ketchup to be just a tad tangier. Still, it was very tasty and there was enough left over for a whole second batch of medallions. The salad was also very plentiful and I couldn't stop eating it! The dressing was so light and really allowed the salad ingredients to come through without overpowering.

    LOVED the Griddled Corncakes, too. They were so light and fluffy due to all the whipped egg whites, and the yogurt in them made them really moist. I bet a fruit garnish on top wouldn't go amiss, either.

    If you try, let me know the results, and I hope you enjoy!
  • sandmansister: (Foodie)
    I'm glad to say that the food for the weekend with my folks was a success!

    To save a lot of typing, I found links to most of the recipes, which I will happily share.

    Dad's Dinner
  • Pork Medallions with Blueberry-Balsamic Ketchup*
  • Mixed Greens with Blueberries, Feta, and Pine Nuts (Note: It's the last recipe listed)*
  • Wild Rice with Barley and Mushrooms (see below)
  • Blueberry-Strawberry Surprise*

    Mom's Brunch
  • Griddled Corncakes with Cinnamon-Honey Yogurt*
  • Brown Sugar Bacon Twists
  • Yogurt Panna Cotta with Blueberries

    * Recipes shared by my birth mother (a.k.a. Michigan Momma, or MM) via the Bay City Times

    Wild Rice with Barley and Mushrooms
    from Angie Alexander

    1 small onion, chopped
    1 stick butter
    1 1/4 c. wild rice
    2 t. pearl barley
    4 c. beef broth
    1/4 t. thyme
    1/4 t. pepper
    8 oz. mushrooms, sliced

    Melt 1/4 c. butter in 3 quart pan. Add onion and saute until tender. Add broth and rice. Cook by package directions or until tender. Add barley so that rice and barley are done at the same time.

    Let stand—uncovered—10 minutes until liquid is absorbed. Saute mushrooms in remaining butter and mix with rice. Note that rice is rarely done by the time indicated on the package. Allow enough time to continue to cook rice until moisture is gone.

    Amy's alterations: I tried this in a rice cooker and it worked beautifully. I sauteed the onions and mushrooms together, and then poured everything in the rice cooker. Voila! That's all, and it was beautiful. However, a 3 cup capacity cooker is almost too small. I suggest 4 cup or greater to avoid any spill-over.

    Other Notes:
    The panna cotta calls for gelatin sheets. I did find them at Central Market, and they were really easy to manage. As the recipe indicates, I soaked them in cold water until they were soft. Not sure I wrung out the excess water quite enough as I didn't want to tear or otherwise damage the sheets, but the panna cotta still set up nicely so no worries there. The beauty of the sheets/leaves as opposed to granular is the smoothness. No lumps, no bumps.

    I loved the pork medallions, but I wanted the ketchup to be just a tad tangier. Still, it was very tasty and there was enough left over for a whole second batch of medallions. The salad was also very plentiful and I couldn't stop eating it! The dressing was so light and really allowed the salad ingredients to come through without overpowering.

    LOVED the Griddled Corncakes, too. They were so light and fluffy due to all the whipped egg whites, and the yogurt in them made them really moist. I bet a fruit garnish on top wouldn't go amiss, either.

    If you try, let me know the results, and I hope you enjoy!
  • sandmansister: (Foodie)
    I'm glad to say that the food for the weekend with my folks was a success!

    To save a lot of typing, I found links to most of the recipes, which I will happily share.

    Dad's Dinner
  • Pork Medallions with Blueberry-Balsamic Ketchup*
  • Mixed Greens with Blueberries, Feta, and Pine Nuts (Note: It's the last recipe listed)*
  • Wild Rice with Barley and Mushrooms (see below)
  • Blueberry-Strawberry Surprise*

    Mom's Brunch
  • Griddled Corncakes with Cinnamon-Honey Yogurt*
  • Brown Sugar Bacon Twists
  • Yogurt Panna Cotta with Blueberries

    * Recipes shared by my birth mother (a.k.a. Michigan Momma, or MM) via the Bay City Times

    Wild Rice with Barley and Mushrooms
    from Angie Alexander

    1 small onion, chopped
    1 stick butter
    1 1/4 c. wild rice
    2 t. pearl barley
    4 c. beef broth
    1/4 t. thyme
    1/4 t. pepper
    8 oz. mushrooms, sliced

    Melt 1/4 c. butter in 3 quart pan. Add onion and saute until tender. Add broth and rice. Cook by package directions or until tender. Add barley so that rice and barley are done at the same time.

    Let stand—uncovered—10 minutes until liquid is absorbed. Saute mushrooms in remaining butter and mix with rice. Note that rice is rarely done by the time indicated on the package. Allow enough time to continue to cook rice until moisture is gone.

    Amy's alterations: I tried this in a rice cooker and it worked beautifully. I sauteed the onions and mushrooms together, and then poured everything in the rice cooker. Voila! That's all, and it was beautiful. However, a 3 cup capacity cooker is almost too small. I suggest 4 cup or greater to avoid any spill-over.

    Other Notes:
    The panna cotta calls for gelatin sheets. I did find them at Central Market, and they were really easy to manage. As the recipe indicates, I soaked them in cold water until they were soft. Not sure I wrung out the excess water quite enough as I didn't want to tear or otherwise damage the sheets, but the panna cotta still set up nicely so no worries there. The beauty of the sheets/leaves as opposed to granular is the smoothness. No lumps, no bumps.

    I loved the pork medallions, but I wanted the ketchup to be just a tad tangier. Still, it was very tasty and there was enough left over for a whole second batch of medallions. The salad was also very plentiful and I couldn't stop eating it! The dressing was so light and really allowed the salad ingredients to come through without overpowering.

    LOVED the Griddled Corncakes, too. They were so light and fluffy due to all the whipped egg whites, and the yogurt in them made them really moist. I bet a fruit garnish on top wouldn't go amiss, either.

    If you try, let me know the results, and I hope you enjoy!
  • sandmansister: (Foodie)
    I'm glad to say that the food for the weekend with my folks was a success!

    To save a lot of typing, I found links to most of the recipes, which I will happily share.

    Dad's Dinner
  • Pork Medallions with Blueberry-Balsamic Ketchup*
  • Mixed Greens with Blueberries, Feta, and Pine Nuts (Note: It's the last recipe listed)*
  • Wild Rice with Barley and Mushrooms (see below)
  • Blueberry-Strawberry Surprise*

    Mom's Brunch
  • Griddled Corncakes with Cinnamon-Honey Yogurt*
  • Brown Sugar Bacon Twists
  • Yogurt Panna Cotta with Blueberries

    * Recipes shared by my birth mother (a.k.a. Michigan Momma, or MM) via the Bay City Times

    Wild Rice with Barley and Mushrooms
    from Angie Alexander

    1 small onion, chopped
    1 stick butter
    1 1/4 c. wild rice
    2 t. pearl barley
    4 c. beef broth
    1/4 t. thyme
    1/4 t. pepper
    8 oz. mushrooms, sliced

    Melt 1/4 c. butter in 3 quart pan. Add onion and saute until tender. Add broth and rice. Cook by package directions or until tender. Add barley so that rice and barley are done at the same time.

    Let stand—uncovered—10 minutes until liquid is absorbed. Saute mushrooms in remaining butter and mix with rice. Note that rice is rarely done by the time indicated on the package. Allow enough time to continue to cook rice until moisture is gone.

    Amy's alterations: I tried this in a rice cooker and it worked beautifully. I sauteed the onions and mushrooms together, and then poured everything in the rice cooker. Voila! That's all, and it was beautiful. However, a 3 cup capacity cooker is almost too small. I suggest 4 cup or greater to avoid any spill-over.

    Other Notes:
    The panna cotta calls for gelatin sheets. I did find them at Central Market, and they were really easy to manage. As the recipe indicates, I soaked them in cold water until they were soft. Not sure I wrung out the excess water quite enough as I didn't want to tear or otherwise damage the sheets, but the panna cotta still set up nicely so no worries there. The beauty of the sheets/leaves as opposed to granular is the smoothness. No lumps, no bumps.

    I loved the pork medallions, but I wanted the ketchup to be just a tad tangier. Still, it was very tasty and there was enough left over for a whole second batch of medallions. The salad was also very plentiful and I couldn't stop eating it! The dressing was so light and really allowed the salad ingredients to come through without overpowering.

    LOVED the Griddled Corncakes, too. They were so light and fluffy due to all the whipped egg whites, and the yogurt in them made them really moist. I bet a fruit garnish on top wouldn't go amiss, either.

    If you try, let me know the results, and I hope you enjoy!
  • sandmansister: (Juicy cherries)
    Since my folks live 90 minutes away, it makes getting together during faire season nigh impossible. To make it up to them, I spend Father's Day weekend—which also happens to coincide with Mom's birthday—and treat them to a meal of their choice. Dad gets dinner, Mom gets brunch.

    I spend a couple hours preparing menu choices, and they select. It's also a fun way to try some new recipes on willing victims conspirators. I do all the shopping, and lead the preparation, though I've been known to conscript sous chef help on occasion.

    Here's what this year's Parent's Weekend celebration will include:

    Dad's Dinner - "True Blue"
  • Pork Medallions with Blueberry Balsamic Ketchup
  • Mixed Greens with Feta, Almonds, and Blueberries
  • Wild Rice and Barley with Mushrooms
  • Blueberry-Strawberry Surprise

    Mom's Brunch (couldn't come up with a clever name):
  • Griddled Corncakes with Cinnamon-Honey Yogurt
  • Yogurt Panna Cotta with Blueberry Compote
  • Brown Sugar Bacon Twists

    Gotta say I'm a little shocked that she didn't select the Apple-Blueberry Breakfast Cobbler with Maple Cream or the Blueberry French Toast. Usually, her choices involve the highest percentage of blueberries possible! Though they still feature in the Panna Cotta, so that's all good.

    Had to buy 4 pounds of blueberries from Costco last night. Good to know they will all be consumed with impunity.

    This is double the family fun for me, as most of the recipes 1) are new to me; and 2) were provided by my birth mom. (She knows of Mom's penchant for blueberries and sends along newspaper clippings to aid the addiction.)

    So... will share the results and recipes for those of you who are interested. With that, off to quest for gelatin sheets, get packed, and head north to Lake Texoma for a weekend of food and wilderness with the family.
  • sandmansister: (Juicy cherries)
    Since my folks live 90 minutes away, it makes getting together during faire season nigh impossible. To make it up to them, I spend Father's Day weekend—which also happens to coincide with Mom's birthday—and treat them to a meal of their choice. Dad gets dinner, Mom gets brunch.

    I spend a couple hours preparing menu choices, and they select. It's also a fun way to try some new recipes on willing victims conspirators. I do all the shopping, and lead the preparation, though I've been known to conscript sous chef help on occasion.

    Here's what this year's Parent's Weekend celebration will include:

    Dad's Dinner - "True Blue"
  • Pork Medallions with Blueberry Balsamic Ketchup
  • Mixed Greens with Feta, Almonds, and Blueberries
  • Wild Rice and Barley with Mushrooms
  • Blueberry-Strawberry Surprise

    Mom's Brunch (couldn't come up with a clever name):
  • Griddled Corncakes with Cinnamon-Honey Yogurt
  • Yogurt Panna Cotta with Blueberry Compote
  • Brown Sugar Bacon Twists

    Gotta say I'm a little shocked that she didn't select the Apple-Blueberry Breakfast Cobbler with Maple Cream or the Blueberry French Toast. Usually, her choices involve the highest percentage of blueberries possible! Though they still feature in the Panna Cotta, so that's all good.

    Had to buy 4 pounds of blueberries from Costco last night. Good to know they will all be consumed with impunity.

    This is double the family fun for me, as most of the recipes 1) are new to me; and 2) were provided by my birth mom. (She knows of Mom's penchant for blueberries and sends along newspaper clippings to aid the addiction.)

    So... will share the results and recipes for those of you who are interested. With that, off to quest for gelatin sheets, get packed, and head north to Lake Texoma for a weekend of food and wilderness with the family.
  • sandmansister: (Juicy cherries)
    Since my folks live 90 minutes away, it makes getting together during faire season nigh impossible. To make it up to them, I spend Father's Day weekend—which also happens to coincide with Mom's birthday—and treat them to a meal of their choice. Dad gets dinner, Mom gets brunch.

    I spend a couple hours preparing menu choices, and they select. It's also a fun way to try some new recipes on willing victims conspirators. I do all the shopping, and lead the preparation, though I've been known to conscript sous chef help on occasion.

    Here's what this year's Parent's Weekend celebration will include:

    Dad's Dinner - "True Blue"
  • Pork Medallions with Blueberry Balsamic Ketchup
  • Mixed Greens with Feta, Almonds, and Blueberries
  • Wild Rice and Barley with Mushrooms
  • Blueberry-Strawberry Surprise

    Mom's Brunch (couldn't come up with a clever name):
  • Griddled Corncakes with Cinnamon-Honey Yogurt
  • Yogurt Panna Cotta with Blueberry Compote
  • Brown Sugar Bacon Twists

    Gotta say I'm a little shocked that she didn't select the Apple-Blueberry Breakfast Cobbler with Maple Cream or the Blueberry French Toast. Usually, her choices involve the highest percentage of blueberries possible! Though they still feature in the Panna Cotta, so that's all good.

    Had to buy 4 pounds of blueberries from Costco last night. Good to know they will all be consumed with impunity.

    This is double the family fun for me, as most of the recipes 1) are new to me; and 2) were provided by my birth mom. (She knows of Mom's penchant for blueberries and sends along newspaper clippings to aid the addiction.)

    So... will share the results and recipes for those of you who are interested. With that, off to quest for gelatin sheets, get packed, and head north to Lake Texoma for a weekend of food and wilderness with the family.
  • sandmansister: (Juicy cherries)
    Since my folks live 90 minutes away, it makes getting together during faire season nigh impossible. To make it up to them, I spend Father's Day weekend—which also happens to coincide with Mom's birthday—and treat them to a meal of their choice. Dad gets dinner, Mom gets brunch.

    I spend a couple hours preparing menu choices, and they select. It's also a fun way to try some new recipes on willing victims conspirators. I do all the shopping, and lead the preparation, though I've been known to conscript sous chef help on occasion.

    Here's what this year's Parent's Weekend celebration will include:

    Dad's Dinner - "True Blue"
  • Pork Medallions with Blueberry Balsamic Ketchup
  • Mixed Greens with Feta, Almonds, and Blueberries
  • Wild Rice and Barley with Mushrooms
  • Blueberry-Strawberry Surprise

    Mom's Brunch (couldn't come up with a clever name):
  • Griddled Corncakes with Cinnamon-Honey Yogurt
  • Yogurt Panna Cotta with Blueberry Compote
  • Brown Sugar Bacon Twists

    Gotta say I'm a little shocked that she didn't select the Apple-Blueberry Breakfast Cobbler with Maple Cream or the Blueberry French Toast. Usually, her choices involve the highest percentage of blueberries possible! Though they still feature in the Panna Cotta, so that's all good.

    Had to buy 4 pounds of blueberries from Costco last night. Good to know they will all be consumed with impunity.

    This is double the family fun for me, as most of the recipes 1) are new to me; and 2) were provided by my birth mom. (She knows of Mom's penchant for blueberries and sends along newspaper clippings to aid the addiction.)

    So... will share the results and recipes for those of you who are interested. With that, off to quest for gelatin sheets, get packed, and head north to Lake Texoma for a weekend of food and wilderness with the family.
  • sandmansister: (GIR spin)
    Just popping in to share a few highlights of life as of late:

  • High expectations on a high-focus project + nigh impossible deadlines = ‘splody me. Developed eLearning overview + 5 job-specific modules on a new workflow/queuing tool in about than 3 weeks... one that was still changing up to 9/14 (which meant almost daily rewrites). It’s done (and so am I). No one died... though at one particularly low point, if the Powers That Be told me to either 1) do that day over; or 2) get Boobonic Plague again... well, I would have had to think hard about my choice ('cuz hell, I know I can beat friggin' cancer...) But things are better now. : /

  • I can tell autumn is arriving. My Inner Betty Crocker is stirring (ha! Food pun FTW!) and I’m mostly content to let her. Made a Tex-Mex goulash based on [livejournal.com profile] wyckedgood’s family recipe, and cobbler last night thanks to [livejournal.com profile] divalace. Felt good after the last few hectic weeks to do something domestic (and let [livejournal.com profile] arbiter_of_cool handle the dishes – lulz).

  • Performed w/QAL at a retirement home on Friday. What a gratifying gig on all levels! The facility is lovely, and the residents really seemed to enjoy (which only egged us on to perform even better). Plus, the acoustics were fab so we could add lots of dynamic contrast without oversinging. I even helped a little old lady—OMG 90 next month!—who needed help escaping the clutches of the metal folding chair.

  • It really is a small world after all. Got the lovely smoked whitefish that MM* sent from the Lixey Fish Market. As we signed for the package, the postman noticed the return address in Oscoda. Guess where he is from?!?!?!!!! He left in 1969, though… didn’t have the heart to tell him that I was just being born…

  • Kids dancing = teh funneh. Kids trying to breakdance and/or stage their own dance battle? HIGH-larious! (Looked a lot like my GIR icon *points up*, in fact.) [livejournal.com profile] jojo_qtpie’s ceremony and reception were lovely, but that bit almost literally took the cake IMHO.

  • Speaking of wedding, I loved that the bride and groom arrived to the space in which they were to wed at the same time. Subtle and powerful symbolism there. Me rikey. And knowing what the Family Welch has endured these last few months, seeing her father walk with her, give a toast, and dance with her was even more schmooble-inspiring than usual (though the original tune written by her uncle for their first dance moved me to tears, too).

  • So sad that I missed Oktoberfest this year. Had rehearsal on Thursday for the aforementioned gig, and a 9am call on Friday got moved up by 30 minutes… had to put on the damned big girl panties. Friday was a friend’s 50th and though we were home at a decent hour, I was fork-in-me done after the work week. In bed before 10pm and slept solidly until 8:30 the next morning. However, there was sausage and kraut and red cabbage of joy at the wedding, so that seemed to balance things a bit. Plus, still have a gift certificate for Bavarian Grill… oms and noms!

  • QAL is heading back to Dunn Bros in Addison on November 7th (see QALace.com for details coming soon). We’re taking up a collection for RESCU, which is particularly timely since we recently heard about Mikael the Mime’s leukemia diagnosis. Hope we can contribute something to help him and other folks in need. We’re also headed back into the studio soon, so there will be *ahem*
    A NEW QAL CD NEXT SPRING!


    More highlights as I think of them… hope you all are keeping yourselves well and in just enough trouble to make life fun.

    * Michigan Momma (a.k.a. my birth mother)
  • sandmansister: (GIR spin)
    Just popping in to share a few highlights of life as of late:

  • High expectations on a high-focus project + nigh impossible deadlines = ‘splody me. Developed eLearning overview + 5 job-specific modules on a new workflow/queuing tool in about than 3 weeks... one that was still changing up to 9/14 (which meant almost daily rewrites). It’s done (and so am I). No one died... though at one particularly low point, if the Powers That Be told me to either 1) do that day over; or 2) get Boobonic Plague again... well, I would have had to think hard about my choice ('cuz hell, I know I can beat friggin' cancer...) But things are better now. : /

  • I can tell autumn is arriving. My Inner Betty Crocker is stirring (ha! Food pun FTW!) and I’m mostly content to let her. Made a Tex-Mex goulash based on [livejournal.com profile] wyckedgood’s family recipe, and cobbler last night thanks to [livejournal.com profile] divalace. Felt good after the last few hectic weeks to do something domestic (and let [livejournal.com profile] arbiter_of_cool handle the dishes – lulz).

  • Performed w/QAL at a retirement home on Friday. What a gratifying gig on all levels! The facility is lovely, and the residents really seemed to enjoy (which only egged us on to perform even better). Plus, the acoustics were fab so we could add lots of dynamic contrast without oversinging. I even helped a little old lady—OMG 90 next month!—who needed help escaping the clutches of the metal folding chair.

  • It really is a small world after all. Got the lovely smoked whitefish that MM* sent from the Lixey Fish Market. As we signed for the package, the postman noticed the return address in Oscoda. Guess where he is from?!?!?!!!! He left in 1969, though… didn’t have the heart to tell him that I was just being born…

  • Kids dancing = teh funneh. Kids trying to breakdance and/or stage their own dance battle? HIGH-larious! (Looked a lot like my GIR icon *points up*, in fact.) [livejournal.com profile] jojo_qtpie’s ceremony and reception were lovely, but that bit almost literally took the cake IMHO.

  • Speaking of wedding, I loved that the bride and groom arrived to the space in which they were to wed at the same time. Subtle and powerful symbolism there. Me rikey. And knowing what the Family Welch has endured these last few months, seeing her father walk with her, give a toast, and dance with her was even more schmooble-inspiring than usual (though the original tune written by her uncle for their first dance moved me to tears, too).

  • So sad that I missed Oktoberfest this year. Had rehearsal on Thursday for the aforementioned gig, and a 9am call on Friday got moved up by 30 minutes… had to put on the damned big girl panties. Friday was a friend’s 50th and though we were home at a decent hour, I was fork-in-me done after the work week. In bed before 10pm and slept solidly until 8:30 the next morning. However, there was sausage and kraut and red cabbage of joy at the wedding, so that seemed to balance things a bit. Plus, still have a gift certificate for Bavarian Grill… oms and noms!

  • QAL is heading back to Dunn Bros in Addison on November 7th (see QALace.com for details coming soon). We’re taking up a collection for RESCU, which is particularly timely since we recently heard about Mikael the Mime’s leukemia diagnosis. Hope we can contribute something to help him and other folks in need. We’re also headed back into the studio soon, so there will be *ahem*
    A NEW QAL CD NEXT SPRING!


    More highlights as I think of them… hope you all are keeping yourselves well and in just enough trouble to make life fun.

    * Michigan Momma (a.k.a. my birth mother)
  • sandmansister: (GIR spin)
    Just popping in to share a few highlights of life as of late:

  • High expectations on a high-focus project + nigh impossible deadlines = ‘splody me. Developed eLearning overview + 5 job-specific modules on a new workflow/queuing tool in about than 3 weeks... one that was still changing up to 9/14 (which meant almost daily rewrites). It’s done (and so am I). No one died... though at one particularly low point, if the Powers That Be told me to either 1) do that day over; or 2) get Boobonic Plague again... well, I would have had to think hard about my choice ('cuz hell, I know I can beat friggin' cancer...) But things are better now. : /

  • I can tell autumn is arriving. My Inner Betty Crocker is stirring (ha! Food pun FTW!) and I’m mostly content to let her. Made a Tex-Mex goulash based on [livejournal.com profile] wyckedgood’s family recipe, and cobbler last night thanks to [livejournal.com profile] divalace. Felt good after the last few hectic weeks to do something domestic (and let [livejournal.com profile] arbiter_of_cool handle the dishes – lulz).

  • Performed w/QAL at a retirement home on Friday. What a gratifying gig on all levels! The facility is lovely, and the residents really seemed to enjoy (which only egged us on to perform even better). Plus, the acoustics were fab so we could add lots of dynamic contrast without oversinging. I even helped a little old lady—OMG 90 next month!—who needed help escaping the clutches of the metal folding chair.

  • It really is a small world after all. Got the lovely smoked whitefish that MM* sent from the Lixey Fish Market. As we signed for the package, the postman noticed the return address in Oscoda. Guess where he is from?!?!?!!!! He left in 1969, though… didn’t have the heart to tell him that I was just being born…

  • Kids dancing = teh funneh. Kids trying to breakdance and/or stage their own dance battle? HIGH-larious! (Looked a lot like my GIR icon *points up*, in fact.) [livejournal.com profile] jojo_qtpie’s ceremony and reception were lovely, but that bit almost literally took the cake IMHO.

  • Speaking of wedding, I loved that the bride and groom arrived to the space in which they were to wed at the same time. Subtle and powerful symbolism there. Me rikey. And knowing what the Family Welch has endured these last few months, seeing her father walk with her, give a toast, and dance with her was even more schmooble-inspiring than usual (though the original tune written by her uncle for their first dance moved me to tears, too).

  • So sad that I missed Oktoberfest this year. Had rehearsal on Thursday for the aforementioned gig, and a 9am call on Friday got moved up by 30 minutes… had to put on the damned big girl panties. Friday was a friend’s 50th and though we were home at a decent hour, I was fork-in-me done after the work week. In bed before 10pm and slept solidly until 8:30 the next morning. However, there was sausage and kraut and red cabbage of joy at the wedding, so that seemed to balance things a bit. Plus, still have a gift certificate for Bavarian Grill… oms and noms!

  • QAL is heading back to Dunn Bros in Addison on November 7th (see QALace.com for details coming soon). We’re taking up a collection for RESCU, which is particularly timely since we recently heard about Mikael the Mime’s leukemia diagnosis. Hope we can contribute something to help him and other folks in need. We’re also headed back into the studio soon, so there will be *ahem*
    A NEW QAL CD NEXT SPRING!


    More highlights as I think of them… hope you all are keeping yourselves well and in just enough trouble to make life fun.

    * Michigan Momma (a.k.a. my birth mother)
  • sandmansister: (GIR spin)
    Just popping in to share a few highlights of life as of late:

  • High expectations on a high-focus project + nigh impossible deadlines = ‘splody me. Developed eLearning overview + 5 job-specific modules on a new workflow/queuing tool in about than 3 weeks... one that was still changing up to 9/14 (which meant almost daily rewrites). It’s done (and so am I). No one died... though at one particularly low point, if the Powers That Be told me to either 1) do that day over; or 2) get Boobonic Plague again... well, I would have had to think hard about my choice ('cuz hell, I know I can beat friggin' cancer...) But things are better now. : /

  • I can tell autumn is arriving. My Inner Betty Crocker is stirring (ha! Food pun FTW!) and I’m mostly content to let her. Made a Tex-Mex goulash based on [livejournal.com profile] wyckedgood’s family recipe, and cobbler last night thanks to [livejournal.com profile] divalace. Felt good after the last few hectic weeks to do something domestic (and let [livejournal.com profile] arbiter_of_cool handle the dishes – lulz).

  • Performed w/QAL at a retirement home on Friday. What a gratifying gig on all levels! The facility is lovely, and the residents really seemed to enjoy (which only egged us on to perform even better). Plus, the acoustics were fab so we could add lots of dynamic contrast without oversinging. I even helped a little old lady—OMG 90 next month!—who needed help escaping the clutches of the metal folding chair.

  • It really is a small world after all. Got the lovely smoked whitefish that MM* sent from the Lixey Fish Market. As we signed for the package, the postman noticed the return address in Oscoda. Guess where he is from?!?!?!!!! He left in 1969, though… didn’t have the heart to tell him that I was just being born…

  • Kids dancing = teh funneh. Kids trying to breakdance and/or stage their own dance battle? HIGH-larious! (Looked a lot like my GIR icon *points up*, in fact.) [livejournal.com profile] jojo_qtpie’s ceremony and reception were lovely, but that bit almost literally took the cake IMHO.

  • Speaking of wedding, I loved that the bride and groom arrived to the space in which they were to wed at the same time. Subtle and powerful symbolism there. Me rikey. And knowing what the Family Welch has endured these last few months, seeing her father walk with her, give a toast, and dance with her was even more schmooble-inspiring than usual (though the original tune written by her uncle for their first dance moved me to tears, too).

  • So sad that I missed Oktoberfest this year. Had rehearsal on Thursday for the aforementioned gig, and a 9am call on Friday got moved up by 30 minutes… had to put on the damned big girl panties. Friday was a friend’s 50th and though we were home at a decent hour, I was fork-in-me done after the work week. In bed before 10pm and slept solidly until 8:30 the next morning. However, there was sausage and kraut and red cabbage of joy at the wedding, so that seemed to balance things a bit. Plus, still have a gift certificate for Bavarian Grill… oms and noms!

  • QAL is heading back to Dunn Bros in Addison on November 7th (see QALace.com for details coming soon). We’re taking up a collection for RESCU, which is particularly timely since we recently heard about Mikael the Mime’s leukemia diagnosis. Hope we can contribute something to help him and other folks in need. We’re also headed back into the studio soon, so there will be *ahem*
    A NEW QAL CD NEXT SPRING!


    More highlights as I think of them… hope you all are keeping yourselves well and in just enough trouble to make life fun.

    * Michigan Momma (a.k.a. my birth mother)
  • sandmansister: (Frieda - bunny)
    Bailed on the SAPA picnic to spend some family time. June is a busy month for both [livejournal.com profile] arbiter_of_cool and me—Father's Day is right around the same time as my mom's & his dad's birthday—so we decided to start making good on our promise of family visits. Finished watching the rest of "Harsh Realm" on Friday night, then hit the grocery store on our way to my folks' Texoma ranch. He has now had several opportunities to see where my silliness comes from, and he's not showing any signs of heading for the hills, so that is all to the good. Seriously, my folks really like him and he seems pretty unfazed by the whole experience.

    Read more... )

    It's just nice to have my life back, and be able to spend time with Arbiter, too. I had almost forgotten what it was like when we both weren't brain dead. Aaah.
    sandmansister: (Frieda - bunny)
    Bailed on the SAPA picnic to spend some family time. June is a busy month for both [livejournal.com profile] arbiter_of_cool and me—Father's Day is right around the same time as my mom's & his dad's birthday—so we decided to start making good on our promise of family visits. Finished watching the rest of "Harsh Realm" on Friday night, then hit the grocery store on our way to my folks' Texoma ranch. He has now had several opportunities to see where my silliness comes from, and he's not showing any signs of heading for the hills, so that is all to the good. Seriously, my folks really like him and he seems pretty unfazed by the whole experience.

    Read more... )

    It's just nice to have my life back, and be able to spend time with Arbiter, too. I had almost forgotten what it was like when we both weren't brain dead. Aaah.
    sandmansister: (Frieda - bunny)
    Bailed on the SAPA picnic to spend some family time. June is a busy month for both [livejournal.com profile] arbiter_of_cool and me—Father's Day is right around the same time as my mom's & his dad's birthday—so we decided to start making good on our promise of family visits. Finished watching the rest of "Harsh Realm" on Friday night, then hit the grocery store on our way to my folks' Texoma ranch. He has now had several opportunities to see where my silliness comes from, and he's not showing any signs of heading for the hills, so that is all to the good. Seriously, my folks really like him and he seems pretty unfazed by the whole experience.

    Read more... )

    It's just nice to have my life back, and be able to spend time with Arbiter, too. I had almost forgotten what it was like when we both weren't brain dead. Aaah.
    sandmansister: (Frieda - bunny)
    Bailed on the SAPA picnic to spend some family time. June is a busy month for both [livejournal.com profile] arbiter_of_cool and me—Father's Day is right around the same time as my mom's & his dad's birthday—so we decided to start making good on our promise of family visits. Finished watching the rest of "Harsh Realm" on Friday night, then hit the grocery store on our way to my folks' Texoma ranch. He has now had several opportunities to see where my silliness comes from, and he's not showing any signs of heading for the hills, so that is all to the good. Seriously, my folks really like him and he seems pretty unfazed by the whole experience.

    Read more... )

    It's just nice to have my life back, and be able to spend time with Arbiter, too. I had almost forgotten what it was like when we both weren't brain dead. Aaah.
    sandmansister: (Default)
    Just passing on a couple things over which I have metaphorically stumbled. First, this piece which really drives home how much our culture has and will shift. Not sure where the stats came from, but even if they're ballpark-ish, well... my mind has been blown.

    Then there's this link from [livejournal.com profile] themadblonde, filled with renaissance & medieval recipes and such. Interesting perusal. Could make the next feast or Character Camp event more culinarily entertaining.

    So... consider yourselves edified.

    Or not.
    sandmansister: (Default)
    Just passing on a couple things over which I have metaphorically stumbled. First, this piece which really drives home how much our culture has and will shift. Not sure where the stats came from, but even if they're ballpark-ish, well... my mind has been blown.

    Then there's this link from [livejournal.com profile] themadblonde, filled with renaissance & medieval recipes and such. Interesting perusal. Could make the next feast or Character Camp event more culinarily entertaining.

    So... consider yourselves edified.

    Or not.
    sandmansister: (Default)
    Just passing on a couple things over which I have metaphorically stumbled. First, this piece which really drives home how much our culture has and will shift. Not sure where the stats came from, but even if they're ballpark-ish, well... my mind has been blown.

    Then there's this link from [livejournal.com profile] themadblonde, filled with renaissance & medieval recipes and such. Interesting perusal. Could make the next feast or Character Camp event more culinarily entertaining.

    So... consider yourselves edified.

    Or not.
    sandmansister: (Juicy cherries)
    ... Key Lime Cheesecake for no apparent reason. Much with the yay and yum.

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