Mice and Beans!

One of our staple meals is beans and rice.  I try to have it at least once a week.  What’s really sad is that when the children see beans and rice on the table they begin to shout and hurrah.  Like, “Yay, mother finally made something good!”  They don’t even like to put anything on it.  Sissies.


In the summer, bean and rice bowls are the perfect way to use up garden produce.  So far, my plan is that if we eat all the tomatoes then I won’t have to can any.  Ahha.  Fresh garden salsa goes on everything.  In the winter we switch things up and I like to serve beans and rice with ginger chile salsa and Cotija cheese.  And recently, my friend pointed me in the way of the recipe for Yum Sauce.  Which is a secret sauce that originated out of a bean and rice franchise in Oregon.  There is such a thing.  Anyways, if you haven’t tried it yet, beans and rice are probably the cheapest, healthiest, most versatile food you can eat.  All of my children love it, and they love it even more when it’s plastered in nutritional yeast, a.k.a. fish food.  Really, you don’t know what you’re missing.  😉

“Hardwick Hall, more glass than wall.”

I’ve been wallowing in giant picture books titled, “Great Houses of Britain,” or some slight variation thereof.  So far, Hardwick Hall knocks it out of the park.

Hardwick hallNow THAT is my style.  The lady who built it was pretty kick ass too.  (As four dead husbands could probably attest.)  Not to mention, picky.  It was said that after they completed the turrets she decided they needed to have an extra row of lights.  “One can imagine her standing between her buildings and deciding that there was still more wall than glass, and that the proportions must be reversed, whatever the expense.”  

And don’t just stand there looking at me. 

Apparently you can see the place miles away from the glare of all the windows.  There is really no ornamentation on the building, apart from the flourish of her signature on the top.  There is just the pure, imposing grandeur of glass.  

“The portrait of Bess of Hardwick hangs against the gallery tapestries, surrounded by three of the four husbands whose wealth she ransacked to such a glorious effect.”