Sunday, February 21, 2010

Amazing India!

India is an incredible place.  A land where you are completely amazed by what you see!  Just when you think you have seen it all, you see something new that makes you shake your head in amazement!  I can't wait to share my experiences... I think it will take awhile!  For now here is a little preview!


the Taj Mahal
Mallallapuram
The Red Fort


The Shore Temple







Thursday, February 4, 2010

Going to INDIA!!

Yes, it is true... in 5 more sleeps I will be hopping on a plane and going to India!  I can barely wait to see what adventures await me there!

I have been spending unbelievable amounts of time in our office, trying to get everything ready for my absence... so I'm doing really well on that New Year's Resolution :)

I have been baking, and cooking and doing a lot in my lovely... backsplashed, kitchen!  On Saturday I baked buns, Sunday I made a turkey dinner for my son's 11th birthday, and tonight I made a delicious cheese steak roll.  Super easy, and super yummy!  I'll try to remember to add a photo of the leftovers... not that there was very much left over!

Cheese Steak Roll

Grab a roll of Pillsbury pizza crust.
Spread it over a large, greased baking sheet.
Layer on sandwich sliced roast beef from the deli.
Add some fried mushrooms.  (I fry my mushrooms with a little olive oil and dried onion flakes.)
Sprinkle on grated cheddar cheese.
Roll length wise in the pan, so you have a long roll.  Pinch the dough closed.
Bake in oven for about 20 min. at 400°F, until golden brown.
Cut into slices and serve.

*note:  This is not a diet meal due to the quantity of cheese!

Reading... I have started reading The Life of Pi.  It is interesting that I came upon this book by chance and it involves the area of India that I will be visiting next week!  I didn't read a "classic" in January, but I did listen to a book on tape  (technically CD)  Kathy Reichs 206 Bones.  It was great.  I listened to this partly on a long road trip, and it was a great companion for the trip!  I'd recommend listening to a book like this if you haven't before!  The last time I did this was when I was painting my son's bedroom in our old house... handy way to read a book and have your hands full at the same time!  I borrowed this one from the library, so it was inexpensive too!

Speaking of being frugal...
We had two parties for my son's birthday.  One with friends and a dinner with family.  At the kid party, my friend suggested keeping the candles, and I told her that I don't do that.  With a bit of convincing I did.  Well, I'm proud to say that I used them the following weekend again, and they were just fine.  So thanks for the nudge in the frugal direction!

Have a whimsically wonderful day!
Alice.