Sharing Your World

What is your favorite cheese? I love cheese. Depending on whether I’m eating the cheese as a snack or if I am cooking with it, what my favorite is differs. If I’m doing hamburgers I love using a good provolone or swiss cheese. For sandwiches I love a good smoked gouda. If I am baking then I love using a good quality Parmesan or Parmesan-Romano blend. If I’m making lasagna or cannolis then it’s a ricotta cheese. As for snacking I really need to up the game since I’ve tended my whole life to simply going the the deli section and picking up a variety of cheeses (cheddars, feta, etc) that are easily found.

Are you left or right handed? I am actually ambidextrous though I write with my right hand. Otherwise I drive people crazy when I keep switching hands when ironing or crafting or eating. Yeah I kept getting seated with plenty of space at the table during meal times as a kid.

Do you prefer exercising your mind or your body? How frequently do you do either? I much prefer exercising my mind over my body and, sadly, my body shows it. I love reading, writing and playing games on the computer (such as games that have hidden objects to find, mah jong, solitaire, etc,) that put the brain cells to work.

Complete this sentence: Hot days are …for mixed melons, homemade ice cream and sipping COLD iced tea.

Just this last week some friends and I headed down to Pike Place Market to do a bit of shopping. We ended up coming hope with our bags laden with a bunch of Tuscan melons, cantaloupe, honeydew, and one watermelon. Once home we got busy cutting most of the lot up and mixing them together in a large container. Lets just say after we got the mess cleaned up we had an enjoyable evening sitting outside enjoying the fruits (or in this case, melons) of our labors just relaxing and chatting.

As for the homemade ice cream, I haven’t made any in ages. The last time I made homemade ice cream was at a family reunion almost 8 years ago. But instead of having the tradition ice cream maker, m brother got the ball one that could be tossed and gently foot tapped. Overall it made an okay ice cream. But growing up my grandpa Rowland had the type that you had to crank by hand. Us grandkids would complain about having to do all the hard cranking but man oh man, when that ice cream had hardened up in the freezer, yeah there’s nothing better than homemade ice cream.

Lately I’ve been on a mango kick with my teas. I’ve got one tea that is a super favorite at the moment called Mango Berry Tea. Two other teas that I’ve been enjoying this month as well are Emerald Surprise  and Seattle Surprise.  These two have basically the same ingredients with the Emerald Surprise being a green tea and the Seattle Surprise is a black tea. Both are fairly good but the Mango Berry is the better of the three in my opinion.

mango tea collage
Left to Right: Mango Berry, Seattle Surprise, Emerald Surprise

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Share Your World for July 10, 2017

How do you like to spend a rainy day?

It really depends on my mood and the time of year. Especially since it seems to rain 9 months out of the year here in Seattle. During the coldest months, like January or February, I love making soups and other comfort foods. I’ll make large batches so that I can put half of it in the freezer to pull out on those nights I want something filling but don’t feel like cooking. In warmer weather I rather like going out and exploring Seattle. Somehow the rain just puts the city in a whole different realm. And then other times I like nothing more than curling up to a good cup of hot tea and a good book or movie.

List at least five favorite treats. (They do not have to be sugary).

  • A good cup of hot tea (made with loose leaf tea)
  • The Nutty Bitch which is a biscuit covered with nutella, banana, and whipped cream
  • My mom’s beet cake. Although it’s made with beets and crushed pineapple, the taste is reminiscent of carrot cake.
  • Fresh fruit-especially mangoes, pears, and mixed berries.
  • Wild Mushroom Soup (I some time back on a visit to WDW and got the recipe from the chef)
  • The Zebra Coffee Domes from Boma’s at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.

 

Where’s your favorite place to take out-of-town guests?

I have a few favorite places here in the Seattle area.

  • Pike Place Market. Opening on August 17, 1907, the market is one of the longest continually running farmer’s markets in the States.
  • The Seattle Waterfront with it’s many shops and restaurants, the Seattle Aquarium, ferries, and the newest addition-the ferris wheel.
  • Chihuly Garden and Glass
  • Mt. Rainier

You are trapped in an elevator, who would you want to be trapped with?

Doing this under the premise that there is a person fixing the elevator somewhere, I am choosing people I’d love to get to know better.

  • Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain. I love his writing and have read most of his works.
  • Dolly Parton. I enjoy her music and her life story (one of many kids and rising to stardom while retaining that down to earth attitude) awes me.
  • Any Hall Strong and Harriet Strong-both these ladies made a name for themselves in the Yukon Gold Rush that started in 1849.
  • Queen Elizabeth I
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Walt Disney