READING: Sovereign Ladies: The Six Reigning Queens of England by Maureen Waller (the six reigning queens, in case they aren't front and foremost in your mind, were/are Mary I, Elizabeth l, Mary ll, Anne, Victoria, and Elizabeth ll) Oh, come on, give it a read...it is nicely written and very enjoyable.
LISTENING TO: Jesus Christ Superstar as the Guerin musical crew is putting it on this weekend. We are looking forward to seeing several of Matt's friends performing in it...Matt wanted to try out, but unfortunately play practice and swim practice do not mesh. At. All.
COOKING THROUGH: Back to cooking! Everyone is rejoicing that Mom is cooking! Yesterday I made a wonderful couscous dish that was easy and tasted very nice with Salmon en papillote (cooked in parchment paper). I will try to write it up tomorrow for you. Note: I know you all are always asking for my recipes, but I need to tell you that I have been cooking for 30 years, and at this point, I rarely use a recipe from start to finish...I always add this or take out that, adjusting ingredients to use what I have on hand...which makes it difficult to just give out a recipe. I also have many techniques that would require a bit of explanation for people who do not cook a lot, or with as many years of experience, so that always seems a deterrent to including recipes here. I will try to post the easier ones now and again and hope that satisfies your hunger...and if not, well then you will just have to come for a meal and watch me cook it. Then you can write it up in a way that works for you!
FAV NEW FIND: Speaking of parchment paper, I found Unbleached Parchment Paper at the store the other day and I really like the look of it when cooking something rustic. The White Parchment Paper is nice for things like salmon (and many other fish dishes), but I have some rustic fare that is cooked en papillote that looks just right in the Unbleached Parchment Paper. A fine point, I know...as it doesn't cook any differently and the cost is the same. Justsoyouknow...in case you want to use it for the same reason.
FAV THING TODAY: Why, the beginning of the Big Ten Tournament, of course...see you there! (Unfortunately those baby Hawks just lost to Michigan...Todd is probably thinking, "Okay, it's time to call it a day and start recruiting for next year," as I think he got about as much out of that little team in his first year as could be expected of anyone. Next year, Todd, really...we are right there with you for next year!) The Hoos play Friday night, oh, and so does a little team that resides up the road called the Boilermakers.
SCRAPBOOK PAGES THIS WEEK; Five and counting...tomorrow I get together with Anne, Shelley, Megan, and Allison to see what damage we can do on increasing that total.
GOING TO: Watch a lot of Championship Week basketball...the Big Ten Tournament is in Indianapolis, so how convenient is that? Going to see the opera Tosca at Clowes and Jesus Christ Superstar at Guerin...whatever else we can fit into the weekend. What's going on with all of you?
PRAYING FOR: Appropriate guidance for our political leaders, please join me.