Still reading 800 pages of: Henry Clay: Statesman for the Union by Robert V. Remini...going for all three: Clay, Calhoun, and Webster this fall, someone has to do it, and since you didn't want to, I guess it will be me. Finished Calhoun already but this one on Clay is huge.
LISTENING TO: Neil Young
COOKING THROUGH: Le Cordon Bleu at Home (Le Cordon Bleu School of Cooking), this week's assignment is Beignets aux Pommes, Sauce Abricot (Apple Fritters with Apricot Sauce) pages 160-161; Baking: From My Home to Yours (Dorie Greenspan), this week's recipe is Split Level Pudding on pages 384-385; The Bread Baker's Apprentice (Peter Reinhart), this week's recipe is English Muffins on pages 157-158; The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking (Marcella Hazan), this week's recipes are Pan Roasted Lamb with Juniper Berries, page 411 and Sliced Potatoes Baked with Porcini and fresh Cultivated Mushrooms, Riviera Style, page 522; Mastering the Art of French Cooking (Julia Child), I think Carottes a la Concierge, page 480 will be my choice; The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger, this week's recipe is Chicken Chop Suey, page 207. You can cook/bake along, too!
FAV NEW FIND: University of Iowa is getting a brand spanking new competition swimming pool scheduled to open for next year's college swimming season. I'm just saying, that due to the pool currently in play, we had not even put them on the list of visits. When they built that pool in the 1920's, it was the largest competitive swimming pool in the world. In the 1930's the butterfly stroke was created in that pool at the U of Iowa, so it has had it's day in the headlines for sure, but as far as modern swimming, the attractions of so many years ago were not a heavy draw. I'm just saying....
FAV THING TODAY: Since I am running a little late this week, and it is actually Sunday as I write this, my favorite things on Sunday are watching the CBS Sunday Morning show; fixing a big breakfast for the guys afterward, having a whole day with the family around, and today is a gorgeous sunny day already. Matt has choir rehearsal all afternoon and Alex has family time all to himself, not sure what he will choose for us today.
GOING TO: It's Homecoming week, so game, parties, dance, etc. with all of that; take in all the potted plants, go through the flower beds, etc. to winterize (yikes I don't like the sound of that word); watch Big Ten football games; hopefully get a lot of reading time.
PRAYING FOR: Lauren J who missed all week of school with knee problems, is on crutches, had to miss the homecoming dance (but not a little of the party before), and is possibly looking at surgery which will jeopardize her swimming for this year...Lauren is a Senior National Swimmer and the best backstroker on the CSC girls team...this is serious business, please join me.
PHOTO: Alex planted morning glories along the back fence this year. They are so beautiful, really have enjoyed them, hope he plants them again next year!