A Bit of Vintage and Some Weekend Fun: Oyster Bake

Oh, Happy Monday! Right? And Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! My favorite MLK quote:

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.

Over the weekend, Jason and I were invited to an oyster bake.  What a fun and delicious time!  It was actually a little get-together to celebrate the life of Pouncy, the beloved neighborhood cat who recently had to be put down.   The neighborhood is full of cat and dog lovers.  As fate would have it, the owners of Pouncy were traveling during Pouncy’s acute flare which led to him being put down.  Several neighbors had been watching out for Pouncy during the owners’ time away, and they all came together to get Pouncy to the vet and take care of a sad situation.  That was the main reason for the celebration: so many had loved and cared for Pouncy.

I love the way this photo captures the darkness beyond the firelight and people shucking oysters by the light of an iPhone.  They were so good!  Shuck one, pour the contents into your mouth, repeat.  I am not a big oyster fan, generally speaking, but these were amazing.  You could taste the salt water!  And I guess just being outside and taking them right out of the coals.  Just awesome.

I also found some very nice vintage items over the weekend. One is an old tablecloth. Even though it had a couple of stains, I washed it and placed it folded across a tall storage cabinet. The bright flowers are staring at me when I look up from my desk.

I also found four amazing lamps! A couple of them need cleaning and harps, and they all need shades. A couple will probably go into the shop, but a couple will come home with me!

Well, Mars has a new album.
Amelia and Mars cozy up.
Gravel-punctured tire. Really?

I went into the weekend pretty tired but it all ended up being okay. After all the snow and ice finally melted, I went out to run some errands and had a flat tire. What are the chances of running over a piece of gravel that perfectly wedges in the tread and punctures the tire? And, wouldn’t you know? I had just purchased four new Dunlop tires for the Element five weeks ago. I had to drive on a spare for a day while they ordered a new one, and I got a good discount since it was so new. I had originally refused the roadside hazard warranty at 20 dollars a tire!  Maybe I should get it next time?

Enjoy this day!

Lynn

Gluten-Free Cornbread Muffins, and Baby It’s Cold Outside!

For those of you who have not heard any of my guitar-playing progress, I have put a link to my YouTube account in my left sidebar.  I don’t really have a lot on there, but I do have a few things.  My only original song there now is a song called Chemical Vessel, a song about prescription drugs.  It is interesting how a song takes shape.  The words “chemical vessel” came to mind first, and then the rest of the song just emerged.

I used to post on YouTube every week, my “weekly progress video.”  Some of you may remember that.  I did that for about a year.  At this point, I have removed a lot of those old videos.  I still have week number one and my one-year progress video posted.  I guess Chemical Vessel was sort of a 2-1/2 year progress video.  I hope to post a three-year progress video posted around February.

I just asked Siri how cold it is outside.  She said, “Brrrrr!  It’s 30 degrees outside!”  It feels so cold!  I know that many of you have colder temperatures where you are, but 30 indeed feels very cold to me!  I like 50s to 70s, please. 😉  I warmed up today on my lunch break by making some gluten-free cornbread muffins.  They went very well with some deviled eggs I made!

Gluten-Free Cornbread Muffins

1 cup yellow cornmeal plain
1 cup GF all purpose flour
1 TBSP sugar
1 tsp salt
1 TBSP baking powder
2 eggs
2 TBSP oil
1-1/4 cups milk

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients. In separate bowl, beat eggs, oil and milk. Then mix all ingredients together and pour into greased muffin pans. Bake for 20-25 minutes. About 8 large muffins. Yummy served warm with real butter!

I use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Flour

I am off to do some shopping this evening.

Enjoy this day!