Friday, February 19, 2010

My Loot

Here's what I found at Junk Evolution's French Market Valentine Bash.

Well, here's most of it.

I'm saving part of it for later...a grand finale of sorts. Something for all of us to look forward to, seeing as how it's the Dreaded Friday and we have an entire weekend to slog through.

I very nearly passed up this pumpkin pie of a pillow.
Shut up! I know.
And there was only one. It had my name on it! (practically) And geez Louise, it's round! What was I (almost) thinking?

Alas, she came home with me. My kids immediately clamored to lay their weary heads upon it. I tossed them their Elmo doll and told them to knock themselves out. Theoretically speaking.

Let's allow these blooms to stay pretty for at least a week, shall we?

I found this, too.
Dreamy, no?
(At this exact moment I'm remembering that I used to have a white picnic basket. Where are you, white picnic basket? Why am I only now remembering you?)

And now, a word on lunch.

I think I have posted roughly 27 variations of this recipe over the ages. I think it might be my favorite meal. Every time I eat it, I vow to never eat out again. This here is healthy, simple Simon, won't break the pocketbook, and...yellow.

I've learned that yellow is good.

It looks like the coloring of the photo is off, but no, it's just really quite yellow. But so good. Oh, so very good.

I made it a few nights ago while my babies were still partying it out in Ohio and my honey was working late. I had no car. I was stranded for 2 days straight. I was ravenously hungry. My cupboards were bare.

On a lark, I boiled up some rotini, then dug the odds-and-ends veggies out of the crisper. The remnant green beans were no longer green, nor beanlike, but I did find broccoli, one slightly wrinkled-at-the-ends yellow pepper, spinach that needed usin' - but quick, and a pint of orange grape tomatoes.

I smashed up a generous clove of garlic and sauteed it in a little olive oil and a tablespoon of butta. Then I tossed in my chopped veggies (except for the spinach), poured in a splash of white cooking wine and sprinkled the whole mess with salt, pepper and dried basil. I cooked it just until the tomatoes started to break down but the veggies were all bright and crisp. I removed it from heat, stirred in the spinach until it wilted up, poured it over my pasta, and topped it with feta.



Happy weekending, friends. Stay tuned for round 2 of my loot.

ps- More photos of the bash posted here.


  1. That pillow is ohhhh so pretty! It wouldn't last 5 seconds in my house though. :(
    Your salad looks sooo yummy! I have one similar to that that I make but yours sounds WAY better... I'm so going with yours next time I make!

  2. Sweet! I have the shorter...squatier (squattier..squat...squatier?) version of your nifty new picnic basket. Hmm...that makes those dogs who look like their owners.

    : P

    Julie M.

  3. Ooooh lush!!

    Ooooohhh pretty!

    Ooooooohhhhhhh yummy!!!

    I ♥ it all. I'm definitely going to have to try that pasta. yummy!

  4. Ooohhh.. what great finds!! I especially love the picnic basket!!! Who doesn't love a picnic:)

  5. Hi,
    I LOVE the pillow, beautiful.
    The basket is nice.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  6. Lovin' that pillow...and if you stumble on that white picnic basket feel free to send it this way since you now have a new one. ;o) ~mary~

  7. The pillow is gorgeous! I love the basket too.
    Looks like a fun time was had by all!

  8. Cute pillow....very unique. Hey, I wonder if you could make roses like that out of book pages??? I saw a magazine today that reminded me of you and your paper crafting, but I can't remember what it was called....not very helpful, eh? Anyway, good stuff, and I'm looking forward to the grand finale.

  9. Such a pretty the petals.
    The food...YUMMY.


  10. La La Love the pillow and the basket, really? How cute it that? Hope you are having a good weekend!! :)

  11. I should never read your post when I'm hungry. UH what... Anne of GG...Your BFF dress both must be long lost kindred spirits to moi. Did you use that Anne-ism today? Even though you are a Baby Wiser you are still my blonde soul sister. :) Thanks for the kind words btw. Oh...Guess who found Cinnamon Chex finally?! That's right... your West Coast Soul Sister that's who...look for a post on cereal coming soon to Chinny and Poom. Happy Weekend girlie.

  12. Did you take your yummy cookin' out in your picnic basket and lay your head on that dreamy pillow? It's like a picture perfect date! Siiiigh :)

  13. Is it possible for a pillow to be romantic?

    One can never have too many picnic baskets!

    Yummy! I am going to make this one night this week!

  14. Can't wait for round 2...that pillow is gorgeous...LOVE the rosettes on it!!!

    :) T

  15. adorable little pillow! love it :) i really like your picnic basket too....

    i found one very similar last summer garagesaling (however you spell that)...anyways...i keep all my fabric in it! :)

    fun day :)

  16. I LOVE this pillow. I can't wait to see round 2 of your loot. Hey thanks for the very sweet comment you left on my blog. I think everyone should have a dose of your blog everyday. You are one of my FAVORITES. You are one of the first blogs I discovered, and can't get enough!
    Take Care,

  17. I don't know how you could have considered leaving that pillow behind for even a second. It's de-lish! And P.S. I love those picnic baskets. I have 2 of them and I think I need more. They are awesome for storage.

  18. Love your pillow...and I so see that picnic basket in white:) Yummy dinner!