Monday, March 17, 2014

By Gosh and By Golly - Happy Saint Patrick's Day


I know I've been remiss about posting since I arrived in Arizona over a week ago; I have been enjoying the great weather ( and my new-found health after that flu attack and I'm still coughing, a month later!) and visiting friends, almost relatives, Sam and Betsy, my daughter's in-laws, and others.  I'm heading out today for either Quartzite or Blythe; I was planning on Blythe and then a blogger friend suggested Quartzite - I've never been in Quartzite at this time of the year.  It might be fun to see what all the ‘fun’ is.  I’ve not boon-docked for long periods of time because I don’t think I’d enjoy the hooking everything up to find a dump spot, but I do like it for a few days if I’m passing through a great boon-docking spot.  My friend, Roger, told me last evening that Quartzite has lots of amenities for boon-dockers and may even have services that empty black and grey water where they come to you.  I’d certainly like to find out about things like that.  So far, I’ve never filled my black tank, but I have my grey water.


 Almost missed this beautiful sunrise over the desert.  I ran back to Floribunda to get my camera - it was really gorgeous a moment before this shot!

Lacy and Eleanor have continued to "suffer" through this RV life - now they're even sharing a pillow!

I’ve really enjoyed Arizona, becoming a somewhat of a “snow-bird” from a region of California where it doesn’t snow!  I think my flight home to sunny California from Louisiana in January made me have second thoughts about wintering in the southeast – unless I can get to southern Florida before all the freezing and ice storms.  As everybody is talking about, this has been a weird year.  I wonder if some of these changes are going to continue?

Last evening I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day a day early with my blogging friend, Roger, by braising a small corned beef brisket in Guinness Draught in my Crock Pot; it was a change from a more involved favorite recipe I do at home (when I’m there!).  I served it with Colcannon (a mashed potato recipe that is incorporated with chopped cabbage that has been sautéed in butter).  We enjoyed it with grilled asparagus spears, dressed with a little balsamic dressing and homemade applesauce.  Dessert was pistachio gelato and almond chocolate biscotti.  Roger topped his diner off with a Pinot Noir and I an O’Doul’s non-alcoholic beer.
 After spending a few days visiting Sam and Betsy (I didn't take one picture!), I've enjoyed this Cotton Lane RV Park in the western Phoenix area, Goodyear, AZ.
This is Roger Bond of Musings.   We've been blogger buddies for several months now.  Check out his blog - lots of interesting and thought-provoking Musing.  Roger will be off next month to spend the summer this year in Barcelona, Spain.  Oh, I would love to do that!

My wish for all of you, wherever you may be . . .

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

16 comments:

  1. My corned beef brisket is bubbling away now. Never thought of doing it in beer, though. I'll have to try that next time. I love corned beef!

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    1. Hi Judith:
      I've tried so many recipes for corned beef as I love it, too. This one is a keeper. I chopped one onion and threw it in the bottom of my Crock Pot. Then I placed the corned beef brisket ion top of the onions and turned the pot on to "high." I had to run to Safeway to buy the Guinness Draught ( a box of twelve bottles was $12). When I got home, I poured two bottles of Guinness over the brisket so it was completely covered with beer. Then I scooped in about three large serving-spoon-sized spoonfuls of light brown sugar and the packet of spices that came with the brisket. That's it. I let it "crock pot" away for about 6-7 hours. It was so tender and flavorful. Give it a try sometime. Oh, and the Colcannon is simply mashed Russet potatoes with a little cream, butter, salt and pepper. To the potatoes I incorporate about a half head of cabbage that is chopped into about half-by-half inch pieces and boiled until tender. Hmmm!

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  2. I love corned beef but just wasn't in the mood to fix it this year

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    1. Try the Crock Pot method - so easy and no mess! Hope to see you and Joe this week!

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  3. Happy St. Paddy's! Lucy and Eleanor sure look cozy.

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    1. Thanks Kim. They are so much fun for me. We have such a routine; I may be getting a little dotty about my pets!!!!

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  4. The dinner was fabulous. Thanks again. Bon Voyage.

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    1. Muchas gracias, Señor. Hasta luego mi amigo!

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  5. It sounds like a nice St patrick's Day meal. Happy St Patrick's Day Mary-Pat
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Thanks for your wishes, Julia. Do you, or others in Canada, celebrate St. Patrick's Day? My dad's father was 100% Irish, and, although my dad was half German, he chose to identify with his Irish heritage so St. Patrick's Day was a big deal in our house . . . the wearing of the green and all! My maiden name is Ryan - my grandfather's was O'Ryan. But, then there was that 100% French Canadian mother. Hmmm

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  6. Not much on in Quartzsite at this time of year.
    That corned beef sounds real tasty.
    Gonna do ours on the Weber today.

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