Friday, October 21, 2011

There's No Place Like Home

Beren and I traveled "home" last night, arrived just in time for take-out dinner with Kali & Jesus who are in the process of moving back into the Castle. We're so happy to have them back, and so excited by the changes they're making not only in their lives but in our shared living space. For example, while she's away at college, Lily's bedroom is being transformed into an art studio/tattoo shop/guest room..futon on the way for overnight guests.

Art Studio/Tattoo Shop in Progress

They've already made a lot of progress but am sure that within a few more days the place will look amazing! In the meantime, we're managing to deal with the slight messiness!

Loki's determined to sleep on "his" couch, despite the obstacles!

Musicians in the house!
One determined client insisted on an appointment despite chaos; clearly Kali was still able to work her magic despite the less-than-perfect conditions! She's a true professional.

Life is Sweet
After dinner we met up with Strider, went to see our old friend Artie B perform at a local venue. We shared some laughs & fond memories over a couple of beers.

old friends

Today we have some errands to run, including long overdue hair appointments, a planned visit with my Bambi, then a possible happy hour with some old friends. Dinner tonight is vegetarian-friendly with a side of sausage for the carnivores.

Caribbean Rice and Beans
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced roasted red pepper
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cans (15 to 16 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • few dashes Tabasco
  • 3 cups white rice, cooked
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Heat oil in a large skillet; sauté onion, red and green peppers and garlic until softened. Add black beans, vinegar and Tabasco.Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in cooked rice and oregano; heat through. Taste and adjust seasonings.
Serve with additional Tabasco.
Serves 6.

Have a great day, TGIF!


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