Friday, September 25, 2009

Beyond the surface

There are some things in life that are not fully revealed. So it is with nature and people in our lives. I had no idea such talent lay within our gene pool. I am amazed everyday as each little life shows us a new revelation. So it may be with you and yours. One very clear example that I have sits on my credenza. It is a beautiful conch type shell that I bought in Italy several years ago. When you turn it over, there is a small carving beginning to emerge on the fluted side. You can see the initial design of a figure. This is how cameos are made. the artist will take a regular shell and remove what he does not need and what is left is the design he has created. This particular artist did not like what was going on so sold the whole shell to me. If he had chosen this one to "live on" he would have given great detail to the face and then put into a bezel for a brooch or necklace. Much like happens to the human.
What we do as individuals is to take what seems like an ordinary little shell and reveal what is really under the surface. It may take quite a bit of chipping away to remove the outer crust, but down inside are intricate blends of colors and textures. Maybe look around you and see what is just beyond the surface.
It is birthing season here on the farm. We are anticipating 12 new crias by Christmas. Each is a special breeding. Each has a special macho and dam. Each new life will have a purpose on this farm and we relish these days of anticipation. We pray for a safe birth for each mama. Will keep you posted as they hit the ground.
This weekend is National Alpaca Farm Days; join the alpaca breeders in their fall celebration.
Have a great recipe that I discovered this AM. Beatrice Ojakangas, author of The Best Casserole Cookbook Ever has a recipe for Alfredo sauce. I have always avoided making this for i thought was too complex. Not!!
Quick Alfredo Sauce
Melt the following ingredients over low heat and it is done!
8 oz cream cheese
4 Tbsp butter
1 Cup Parmesan cheese, grated (best if use Romano/Parmesan blend)
1 Cup Milk
This a heavenly tasting base sauce. Add mushrooms, or anything and serve over your favorite pasta. Also the best base for Hot Browns, a Kentucky Derby classic dish.
here we have the sauce with sauteed pork tenderloin, portabella over angel hair pasta.....
I love it when things turn out good!!!

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