Week in review 4/27/2012

April 27, 2012 § 13 Comments

We’ve decided to start something new.  At the end of every week, we usually have a big cache of pictures, only a few of which have been used for the blog.  So, starting today, we’ll be posting some of these pictures at the end of the week every Friday.  So, here is this week, in no particular order.

We cooked Chicken cacciatore from the Pioneer Woman’s blog.  Her recipes are always very good, although I do admit to spicing them up sometimes to account for our love of red chili peppers and garlic.  This recipe was easy and very delicious.  Dave does not like green or red bell peppers, but he ate it, so that is indeed something.   We used chicken thighs in this recipe, although I think chicken legs would have worked as well.  I cooked the Chicken cacciatore in a big cast iron pan.  We have two of these cast iron pans, and find that more and more they are our go-to pans for preparing our meals.

Long ago, we gave the road crew permission to park on our property.  So imagine my surprise and delight when we arrived home from work one day to find they’d left a backhoe parked next to the barn.  That’s Chief checking it out.  He is completely recovered from his recent escapade.

We grilled sausages and corn outside.  Those leftovers didn’t last long.   We both took sausages to work for our lunches the next day.  I wish we’d grilled more corn.

We had a perfect week of weather.  It was so nice that we left doors and windows open every day.  I captured Otis, our biggest Irish Wolfhound, while he was sitting on the side patio off of our Master bedroom.  He looks rather fierce here, but he is not.  He is the goofiest Irish Wolfhound I have ever had.  He is the only dog I have known who likes to look a person in the eyes.  Otis is also very kind, and likes nothing more than putting his head in a person’s lap…he’d also like to sit in your lap, but at 200 pounds, is much too large to do so.  He attempted sitting in my lap recently, and was so heavy he took my breath away.   If you look behind Otis, and to the left, you’ll see a dog kennel.  It is not for our dogs (which are entirely inside beasts), but is for Chief and his colleagues, Sophie and Pixel.  They are outside cats.  They don’t do well inside.  Although we do ocassionally invite them indoors (i.e. cold weather, etc.), they prefer to be outdoors.  Dave and I worried that the cats needed a warm place to sleep, so we spent an entire day this past winter, looking at doghouses for our cats.  We’re a couple of engineers, and so you can imagine us in PetSmart and Walmart with our Requirements list, checking out every single dog kennel in stock.  It was ridiculous, and I’m sure people thought we were crazy, especially when I made Dave pull every kennel down from the shelf, so I could check its inner dimensions with a measuring tape.  This is the one that we finally decided to purchase.  It is stuffed with old towels that we remove every week to be washed.   At night, it is stuffed with our three outdoor cats, and it is very cute to see them in there, sleeping together.  I worry that possums will decide to sleep in it, but so far they’ve completely left it alone.

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§ 13 Responses to Week in review 4/27/2012

  • viveka says:

    Love grilled corn too … great weekly report. Can see how long the spring has come now in your world, we are just behind. Chicken cacciatore – looks good, will check out the recipe ..
    By the way … have you got the results for your allergy tests ???? Have a great weekend !!!

    • Libby says:

      I haven’t even gone to the doctor yet, but between Dave and several others, I am being “persuaded” to go sooner than later. BTW…the chicken cacciatore was really good. We added more garlic, of course.

      • viveka says:

        You have to look after yourself … allergy from seafood is serious business. Yes, I have picked up the recipe… by the way have you missed my recipe from yesterday … made for you specially, but got a massive response.

      • Libby says:

        Yes, you are right about allergies, and I won’t be neglectful. I just went and checked your blog and saw the recipe! It looks fabulous, and I can’t wait to make it. We actually do have a few zucchini flowers on our plants already…just 3 though. In a few weeks, we’ll probably have hundreds. Thanks for the recipe.

      • viveka says:

        You are so welcome … *smile

  • Yum it all looks good – the dog is too cute!

  • df says:

    Chief is really owning his position on the backhoe – what a cat! Otis is the reason why I can’t let my kids see your blog too often; they’d be on us about getting a dog every minute of the day, and we’re just not quite ready yet. Love the idea of the week in pictures.

    • Libby says:

      You’d best not let them see this comment then: I think those kids need a dog. Maybe not something as big as our three, but how about a Labrador to help with things around the house and fields? They are so smart, and are lovely family dogs. Plus, they are wonderful watch dogs. Ok. you can uncover your kids’ eyes now, so they won’t see what I’ve written.

      • df says:

        I think you are absolutely right and do take a comment from you on this very much to heart. I think we’ll make the leap later this year, and I’m bound to need more doggy advice then.

  • Libby says:

    We can’t wait to hear about the dog you decide to get for your family! We love dogs. However, it took a lot of persuading to convince Dave to commit to our first dog (Addie), because he just wasn’t sure about the responsibilities and hassle factor. In the end, he came around, and now he loves Addie, Otis, and Doodle (our borrowed dog who actually belongs to our friends on assignment in Kuwait).

    • df says:

      You’ll hear before we decide, because I expect I’ll need your help in making a decision. My 14-year just saw this post and has expressed his desire to adopt Otis, by the way.

      • Libby says:

        Otis loves kids, and enjoys a good adventure. He’d love to come and see you. Sadly though, he is not allowed to drive, and he is very bad at hitch-hiking, and so it goes…he is doomed to live with us forever. He is very happy though, to advise you on any dog you decide to adopt.

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