Sunday, May 17, 2015


Not much to report this past week.  I’m just staying busy with chores and routine medical appointments.  Getting older is just soooo very interesting.

Speaking of aging. Doris is.  

Her hearing is fading and she is struggling to adjust. Our sweet, gentle little girl is very clingy these days. At least, when she's awake.  It’s a good thing we love her so much and she doesn’t stink too bad! 

The good news is that she feels good otherwise, isn’t in pain, has good vision, and gets around great. 

We aren’t really sure how old she is.  The estimate when we adopted her was 6-7 years. That was 6 years ago.

Doris always participates in the traditional weekend grill.  Even when we don’t grill.  Last night we had stir-fry instead but .... Big D always gets her bone.  (We grill a bunch of beef bones and keep them in the freezer so she is never deprived).  


Well, maybe just a little.  

Speaking of stir-fry, we love our wok!  

This yummy dish is London Broil, sliced and marinated in soy, fish sauce, sesame oil, garlic, rice wine, and brown sugar.   The addition of the snow peas, carrots, white onion, and my favorite - chow mein noodles - provides just the right crunch.  Oyster sauce and chili oil are added at the end of cooking.

IMO, you just can't beat a light, slightly fruity red wine- like this Beaujolais - with beef stir-fry.

This week, rather than grilling salmon, John decided to bake it.  We usually marinate the salmon but didn’t this time, just added salt and pepper, and it was still brilliant.  

Co-starring John’s garlic mashed potatoes and my roasted asparagus.  

This is my favorite Pinot Noir – with salmon, truly a match made in heaven. 

Also on this week’s menu was the tasty Roasted Roma Tomato Soup we recently discovered.  Accompanied by a homemade grill cheese and bacon sandwich.  Another heavenly pairing!  

And what would a week at home be without a hearty serving of Irish Nachos? 


  1. That little Doris is so adorable! But then John isn't too bad, himself;-)

  2. AB-SO-LUTE-LY!!! Spoil your dog, spoil your husband, spoil yourself!! You'll be glad you did! ;->

    Glad you decided to blog while home - enjoyable to read.

    Virtual hugs,

    Judie < -- lusting after those Irish Nachos!

  3. That first photo of Doris looks like a painting. She's so cute. And of course she deserves a bone every week. I'm with Judie, spoil Doris, John and yourself. Why not? Katie and I are so spoiled! Your photos are really good - crisp, clear, great color. That's a good camera. And ALL the food looks great, too. (And I don't think it's just the camera.) LOL

  4. Hmmm. I was thinking about grilled cheese and bacon earlier today. That was one of Dave's family's meals. Sunday evenings. They had a rotation of meals they ate all week. Wonder if I could do that? Let's see, creamed hard-boiled eggs over Chinese noodles went with lime jello with pineapple in it. Wonder what day that was? :)

  5. You sure put a craving on me. Don't know which to try this evening, and that includes the wine. Great taste. And yes, I think Doris might be a bit spoiled. Please don't mention those bones to Sally.

  6. Everything tastes better on Blue Willow!

  7. Great photos! I like reading your blog now that you are home. The beef stir fry looks wonderful.

  8. Never heard of a grilled cheese and bacon sandwich. Do you fry the bacon first?

  9. I can't read your blog when I am hungry! ;-)

  10. You guys sure eat well! Love the glass backsplash (saw a hint of it there)!

  11. What pray tell, are "Irish Nachos?" ;-)

  12. Is that a copper wok or a well-seasoned wok?


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