I talk honestly and openly about my experiences with mental illness, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome through the lens of feminism, fat acceptance and process theology. I also do recipe and book reviews. My mission is to spread the message that hope is always real for a better life, despite living in a world that is often very harsh.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Artsy Fartsy Anacortes

I'm visiting my brother in Anacortes. My mom and I walked around the downtown area today and I must say, I approve of this town.  It's small, but not too small-after a few hours there were still a few funky shops that sadly, we missed.  There are a lot of used bookstores here and I definitely approve of that-I love a good bookstore.  I wish my own town had more of them!  Except for the weather, I think I like Anacortes better than my own hometown, which is just suburban sprawl for the most part.  I did the typical touristy thing and took a lot of pictures.  I played around with some of the sort of strange ones on Picasa.

Here is the outside of a copying store that had the lyrics to "God Bless Ye Merry Gentlemen" written on it:
I thought it was a neat idea and I felt happy, as I started to hum the song along in my head.

The town also has these weird cutouts of past residents posted on the buildings all around their downtown area.  Some of them are cute and some of them are definitely "creepy," (my brother's word, but I concur).  Here is the creepiest one, in my opinion:
Don't they look like a bunch of nicely dressed zombies?  Weird.

Here's another weird one:
It's a female bigfoot wearing glasses and reading a book entitled, "We Don't Make This Stuff Up: Caution."  I love her-I think she's great! As we were leaving town, I spied another cutout of a bigfoot-a male.  I would have taken a picture if I could.

Here I am, acting scared next to her:
The picture makes me laugh!

I hope that we get to go back to Anacortes to explore some more-as you can see, I had a lot of fun!

For dinner, I made one of my new favorite dishes: roasted potatoes, bell peppers, onions, and sausage.
This dish is SO good!  The roasting makes the onions sweet, the potatoes soft, and everything else extremely flavorful.  Yum! Yum! Yum! Here is the recipe:


Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. Turkey Smoked Sausage
  • 6 cups red new potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1 inch-chunks
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400° F. Cut sausage in 1/4” slices; set aside.

  • Place potatoes in medium saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer 10 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain potatoes.

  • Combine sausage, potatoes, bell peppers, onion, garlic, chicken broth, olive oil and seasonings in a 12x8-inch baking dish; mix lightly.

  • Bake for 30 minutes or until potatoes are lightly browned and vegetables are tender.

Like I said, this dish is extremely flavorful.  It does involve a lot of chopping, but once you're done chopping,

 then your job is basically done!  Blogspot is acting a little weird, so I'm going to go.  It's so nice the way I've

been able to fully enjoy myself in the present lately.  I hope you're able to do the same.

No comments:

Post a Comment