Sunday, May 9, 2010

The other night in Clintondale

My parents got back from their trip up north on friday afternoon. They covered a lot of ground in 3 days, driving up to Lake Placid, then over to Lake Champlain, VT and crossing it - first by ferry then by bridge. They spent one night outside of Burlington and the day after visited Ben & Jerry's and Stowe. After that, a slow drive through Vermont on the smaller roads. Sounds like a trip we will have to do some day.

I had an interesting week on my movie and worked till 5.30 friday morning after which I rudely awakened James and we got in the car and drove straight up. I fell asleep somewhere on the George Washington bridge and woke up  in Clintondale. We got a few more hours of sleep although I really wanted to get right out in the yard and water plants and fill up bird feeders. Just look at our grass!!!

This was a giant bald spot not too long ago. HAHA - triumph. And the dappled willows are liking their placement too.

Lots of happy new white and pink shoots.

I bought Andouille sausage last week with no plan in particular but we're getting adventurous with our cooking and I decided to make Jambalaya. 


1 red pepper
1 onion
2 celery stalks
1 garlic clove

Dice and fry.

When soft add 3 tablespoons of parsley and 4 diced Andouille sausages.

Continue to fry.

Add 2 cans (28 ounces) of diced tomatoes and 1 small can (8 ounces) of tomato sauce and let it simmer for 5 mins.

Then add 3/4 cup of rice and let it boil until the rice is soft.

Finally add 1 pound of raw, peeled shrimp. When they are pink the Jambalaya is done!

We like a little bit of heat as long as you can taste the food, and I added a little bit of cayenne somewhere in the middle of cooking, but the Andouille adds it's own heat as well.

It's been an interesting May so far weather wise. When I told my friend Susanne who is visiting from Sweden to pack everything between a bikini and a winter parka I wasn't kidding. But more about weather AND WIND in my next post. This is friday night, when it was still spring, and we sat outside and enjoyed a beautiful sunset.


  1. Det ser mumma ut!
    Hälsa mor och far!
    Kram Helena Sjöberg

  2. Suzanne & ButchMay 13, 2010 at 10:14 PM

    And I thought I had a hectic week! I was so bummed not to be able to join the "Lights Out!!" BBQ on Saturday night. It took me almost an hour to navigate around downed lines, tree limbs and the unbelievable wind (and I was only coming from Poughkeepsie).By the time I got to my house,no action @ #19; it looked like the party was over. I had made a Strawberry/Rhubarb pie earlier & was going to bring it over!...with no answer to my phone call I & reading now you were up till 5:30AM Saturday- you must have been zonked! will look forward to next time!(& thanks for the invite!)
    We are busy as the Minard's borrowed bees organizing for our Memorial Week end Estate/Barn Sale. I posted an ad today on Craigs List & have been inundated by emails, a hopeful sign that we'll have a great turnout.
    Hope we get to meet your parents before they go home! Butch has some maple syrup put aside for you.
    Suzanne& Butch