Stop and smell the flowers

Or, more accurately, pause and take a picture of the flowers as I rush to work in the morning.  I’m starting to seriously look into the science of gratitude.  We all need to take a breath and appreciate the beauty of everyday life.  That sounds very Ferris Bueller.

Speaking of movies … I have to agree with Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) in You’ve Got Mail — daisies are the friendliest flower!

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Mushroom gnocchi

I had lunch with my friend Cindy on Friday.  Friday was a bleak, rainy, cold Fall day.  So we both fixated on the mushroom gnocchi:  housemade potato gnocchi, shimeji mushrooms & cream.  It was divine.  Blissful comfort food.

And Cindy, who is not a cook, was telling me that she just learned to make ricotta gnocchi, easy peasy.  (It was a team-building exercise at her company.  I’ll do a blog on what I think about team-building exercises another time.)

My new mission:  to try to replicate our lunch gnocchi, but with homemade ricotta gnocchi instead.

I’ve found one recipe that looks very good:

Ricotta Cheese Gnocchi with Mushroom Sauce

Keep you posted!

 

Does Letterfall! have a complaint centre?

I’m mildly-to-moderately addicted to Letterfall.  For those of you who are familiar with this free app, you share my pain.  For those of you who don’t, it’s a make-a-word game.  Random letters fall onto your screen, and you try to make words.  Words with rare letters (“V”, “Q”) get you more points.  Longer words get you more points.  I got “qualify” recently and nearly passed out.  I was smug for minutes.

Here’s my beef with Letterfall:  The app doesn’t recognize REAL words! Real words like “Monday”, “Motown”, ‘June”, “google”.  Come on, people.  OK, maybe “google” isn’t in the OED.  I’ll have to check.  But Monday is definitely a word (and my least favourite day).  June is definitely a month (a perfectly OK month).  And place names are words too!

Is there a chat board where I can vent?  Are others experiencing this same annoying problem?  Letterfall – update your dictionary!!

This is an experiment

Welcome to my new blog!

I’ve been wanting to start a blog that will encourage me to write about some of my favourite things — cooking, reading, writing, and running my business.  All part of my goal, as I approach that big birthday in just over a month, of trying to get healthy and find some balance in my life.  Trying to find some creativity in my life.

Stay tuned!