Monday, October 26, 2015

Sunday paradelle* # 1



Zzzzz’s; Coffee

I slept fast in a chill room deep under 68 blankets
I slept fast in a chill room deep under 68 blankets
I dreamed of cool McQueen; hypnotic blue eyes; Mustang
I dreamed of cool McQueen; hypnotic blue eyes; Mustang
hypnotic blankets dreamed cool in 68 blue Mustang
slept McQueen chill under I; a fast room of deep eyes; I

I disco napped; woke up foggy - vaguely remembering
I disco napped; woke up foggy - vaguely remembering
I licked Tom Hardy on tempting lips I’ll never meet
I licked Tom Hardy on tempting lips I’ll never meet
vaguely tempting Tom remembering licked foggy up
Hardy napped on I - lips never woke; I’ll disco meet I

I drank double espresso with shots of London and Paris
I drank double espresso with shots of London and Paris
I rinsed my cup; silky brown crema down the drain
I rinsed my cup; silky brown crema down the drain
and rinsed silky Paris of brown shots with my espress
drain down I double London drank the crema cup;

Judith Ann Jennings

Definitely paradelle worthy!

*A paradelle is a poetic form that started as a joke. Former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins published a poem titled “Paradelle for Susan” footnoted to claim the paradelle was a demanding French form from the 11th century. He later admitted it was a parody of strict forms like the villanelle. His hoax resulted in an anthology published by Red Hen Press in 2006 with an introduction by Collins.
(This information taken almost word for word from Robert Lee Brewer’s column Poetic Asides in the Writers Digest October 2015)
They are indeed challenging and amusing to write.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Mexican Cornbread

I am working up some recipes I use a lot with nutritional data. Thought I would share some with you. Here is one for Mexican Cornbread that makes 8 servings and works well with a little salsa and (if you can afford the calories) sour cream:

Mexican Cornbread
Oven on 350                                                                                   
Pour two tbsps Extra Virgin Olive Oil in iron skillet                    
swirl to coat bottom of skillet
Mix in a bowl:
2 cups Self Rising Corn Meal Mix                                  
2 cups low fat buttermilk                                                        
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese                                              
9 oz lean ground beef fried and drained                                  
4.5 oz can chopped green chilies, drained
4 oz jar pimentos, drained                                                
Ladle mixture into the iron skillet. Spread evenly. Put in oven. Bake 45 minutes. Remove from oven  and sprinkle top of cornbread with:
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese                                                     
Put back in oven and bake until cheese on top is melted and bubbly. Cut into 8 pieces.
Total all:                       Calories: 3255  Carbs: 276g  Protein:159g  Sodium:12982Mg
Total (divided by 8) per piece: Calories: 407 Carbs: 34.5g Protein:20g Sodium:1623Mg
          

And since I finally got a smartphone (Samsung 5 Mini - I love it) which will transfer pics from camera to computer - here is a pic of the finished Mexican Cornbread:

It is yummy!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Thomas Jefferson and me



“Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning."  Thomas Jefferson

Playing…

I have a story idea
I have a story idea
The words are not coming
The words are not coming
Miles of walking with weights come easily
Coming easily story idea walks

I made delicious espresso with Fidalgo Bay beans
I made delicious espresso with Fidalgo Bay beans
The sun did not shine today
The sun did not shine today
Miniature golf was the most fun part of my day
Shine today Fidalgo Bay beans golf

Walking with words did not shine today
Golf with espresso are not coming easily.
Sigh…

Judith Ann Jennings

Friday, October 2, 2015

Stay-cation

If you watched the Canadian show Corner Gas you know what I mean by stay-cation. You take a vacation from work but you don't go anywhere.

That is what I am up to this week.

On my stay-cation I am trying to perfect my Flat Whites using my new espresso machine.

I also picked up the latest copy of Writers Digest and got inspired to start a new story and find an agent. I had fun picking out the possible agents I might try for using my Animal Cards.

Now I am putting a story together that has been forming in my head for a while.

The working title may end up being the actual title so I don't want to give it away.

For some time now I have thought I might need to update or completely change my blog. That is in the back of my mind, as well.

It's that time of year again - The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY (45 minutes from my home) is sponsoring it's School Block Challenge. For years now I have helped my grandkids make their quilt block visions a reality. They haven't won anything but we have enjoyed the process and the results and they will both have many blocks to put into a quilt. This is Kat's last year as she is a home school senior this year.

But don't think I am in my head entirely for this stay-cation. I am walking and working out as much as possible.

Flat Whites, writing project, things to ponder, time with my grandkids and lots of movement; the perfect stay-cation for me. Oh, and hemming my new purple pants while searching for the perfect top to go with them.

Doesn't get better than this!