Parade remnant

I was out of town this past weekend, and so I missed the annual “practice walk” of the Jefferson City Buzzards.  Not sure what I’m talking about?  Then it’s worth it to click here.  And if you want more, click here.

Alas, I missed it all this time.  But when I parked the car yesterday, I saw this lone flower in the street in front of the house.  I took its picture, badly and blurrily, with my phone.  I didn’t have the heart to pick it up – it seemed to belong there – a remnant of a comical afternoon walk by a very very old marching club.

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Farmers’ market reds

Oh, I know how lucky we are to have gorgeous red strawberries and tomatoes from the farmers’ market in January!  And carrots and beets and lettuce and broccoli and goat cheese and fresh fish.  We are ready for the week!

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Ring around the moon

If you’re in NOLA, or nearby, go look now!

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Camellia season

January means winter in most of the Northern hemisphere, and that means snow and ice and bare trees.  But in New Orleans there’s always something blooming.  Enjoy these two camellias,  both in our yard, one a vibrant fuchsia, one a shy pink.

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A new New Year!

Today is apparently New Year’s Day according to the Orthodox calendar – so if you need another chance to start your resolutions, or you just can’t believe that the first month of the year is nearly half over, or if like me you still have about half of your holiday cards left to mail – well, good news!  Today (or yesterday if you’re reading this on the 15th) was New Year’s Day.

I’ve been doing some re-invigorated clean eating so far in 2013 – to counter the holiday cheese, chocolate and wine festival.  So less alcohol, less chocolate, less cheese and more veggies, fruits, beans, and other yumminess.  I made a couple of delicious roasted vegetable lunches – one of the perks of working from home!  But they reheat nicely too, so you can roast ahead of time if you need to take your lunch to work.

I just set the oven to 400, cut up veggies and toss them on a cookie sheet, spray them with olive oil spray and sprinkle on a little salt and pepper, and roast them until they’re tender and maybe sometimes a little crispy, and often a bit caramelized.  Yum!

Here’s the “orange lunch” – sweet potatoes, shallots and carrots…IMG_2181

And the red and white lunch – cauliflower, shallots and beets.IMG_2192

I picked up a bunch of deliciousness at the farmers’ market – including strawberries in January – a definite perk of living in New Orleans!  That’s fresh fish in the ziplocs.IMG_2190I’m not just eating fruits and roasted veggies for lunch – I’m also including eggs, yummy salads, nuts and sauteed greens.  Like these beet greens!  I love beet greens!

IMG_2191How about you?  Do you crave fruits and veggies in the New Year after all the cookies and candies of the holidays? Oh, and on another New Year’s note, do you have a word or phrase for the year?  You can find out mine here.

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Only in NOLA

Saw this gentleman yesterday at the bus stop.  He had just come from the house across the street that resells Mardi Gras beads and stuffed animals at this time of year.  I love that it’s Carnival season!

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Magical sunset

It rained almost all day.  And then we were treated to this as the sun went down.  It looked like the sky was on fire.  My sweetheart and I were driving home together, which is pretty unusual – typically he’s on his bike.  So we decided to go to the river to have a better view, patiently driving through traffic hoping the sky would still be lit.  And it was.  So orange – so bright! We walked to the edge of the river, watching the barges float past, while flocks of whistling ducks zipped over us, heading off to roost somewhere, or perhaps migrating through the night.  My Facebook news feed is full of pics of this sunset – we weren’t the only ones who stopped to admire it!  Photos never quite do sunsets justice, but hope you enjoy anyway!IMG_2205 IMG_2206 IMG_2208 IMG_2212

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