Friday, July 31, 2009

Its been a long month....

Well I didn't fall off the face of the earth or go into the jungle and get lost or visit the moon and meet an alien who took me to the center, rather I did what so many do after a break-up and a ton of work, I went into hiding, and had a few meditative thoughts. But after a month of doing can only handle so much of it. So I decided to share somethings I enjoyed this month:

I took my Dad to go see the new Harry Potter movie, which I thought was really cute, and it just made me really happy to see my Dad happy.

The Chicken Piccata I made my Dad for his birthday. The excellent recipe was provided by Giada de Laurentiis.

The making of apricot preserves. My favorite recipe can be found here.

Making my favorite homemade lemon liquor, which can be found here.

The perfection that is Blueberry Buttermilk Cornmeal Pancakes, I've never been fond of regular pancakes, but these are divine, and the recipe is here.

I come from a family that is bacon connoseurs, so I rather love bacon, but quite frankly I suck at cooking it stove top, but then I found out you can do it in the oven, and my bacon world has been saved, also this is perfect if your having a crowd over for breakfast, instructions here.

Watching the Wallender series starring Kenneth Branagh, just wow, the photography in this was exceptional, and I really just loved seeing Sweden as I have never really seen it before.

Which brings me to Emily Barker, the intro to Wallender has one of the most haunting songs I have heard in a long time, and I was utterly taken by it. The voice of Emily Barker is haunting and the song that captured me, Nostalgia:

As for fragrance, I am rather haunted by the beauty of Ormonde Jayne's woman, the scent of sap from childhood.

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ScentScelf said...

Welcome back, Jen. It seems a number of us have been recharging our batteries. I hope your meditation served well.

Meanwhile, your list...thanks for the limoncello recipe! I do enjoy it myself, and have wanted to try to make some. And the books, was apprehensive about the filming of them...but it worked, I think. Yes, that camerawork is absolutely striking, isn't it?

Simply put, I ♥ OJ Woman.

Trish said...

Glad to have you back! The pancakes sound wonderful, I think my boys would love them :-)


Jenavira13 said...

Scentscelf, I think my meditation did serve me well. Trust me you will love the limoncello. I've been thinking about picking up a Wallender book after watching the series. .

OJ Woman is so utterly unique.

Jenavira13 said...

Trish I am pretty positive your sons will love these, they are wonderfully light, yet have great texture because of the buttermilk.

And on another note. I did receive the lovely jasmine package, the soaps were divine. Thank you so much.

Trish said...


The soaps were my favorite too! So glad you enjoyed them.


The Daily Connoisseur said...

Glad to see you are back! I love spending quality time with my Dad- it's one of my favorite things to do... Glad you enjoyed yours.

Jenavira13 said...

Good quality time is hard to come by but when you get it, it just makes you feel better about your life.

Rose said...

yay great to have you back. Sounds like a good month. Agree about Wallander- it's a class act all round. I went on a holiday to the Swedish countryside and it's as beautiful as it looks, a really unspoilt place.

Jenavira13 said...

Rose, after watching it I think I want to visit Sweden.