Have you ever made paella? I have,and I’m hear to tell you perhaps more than most types of cooking, making good paella is a talent, and it’s a talent George has in spades. George is our friend Elaine’s brother in law, and we’ve had the pleasure of sampling his paella on several occasions, most recently last weekend.
There was a gathering of about 130 people, so lots of paella was needed. There were three pans of paella being cooked simultaneously and each pan was nearly 4′ in diameter.
Paella can be made many different ways, using all seafood, chicken, sausage or a combination, which is what was on tap that day. Originally, paella was a peasant dish and was made with whatever ingredients were on hand. Regardless of the type of paella you prefer, the single most important ingredient is the rice, which should ideally be short grain.
Probably the worst part of cooking paella is the clean up. Here’s George, the Paella King, with our friend Steve doing the dirty work. Nice work guys ;).
We had the grand kids for the weekend, and upon returning to the cabin Fisherman and the boys wanted to go fishing and since we were out of worms they decided to forage the yard for some. The ground was so wet from the recent downpours we had, so it didn’t take long for them to find their new pet, Walle, a salamander.
They were so excited to have their first pet! We immediately placed Walle (we actually don’t know if it’s a he or a she) in a plastic bowl, put some dirt and a small flat container of water in it and put some holes in the bowl as a temporary home until a proper habitat was available. I spent the better part of Saturday night Googling ‘how to take care of a salamander’ and when the boys got home on Sunday night they had an empty fish tank in the basement that is now Walle’s home.
I’m not a huge fan of taking animals out of their natural habitats, but I think taking care of a salamander is a good way to learn responsibility and hopefully Walle will be ok.
A couple of weeks ago I showed you how to make an easy boxed pouch for cosmetics, glasses, or whatever you want. That was an unlined pouch which was super easy but I like the look of lined pouches so I’m on a mission to find the easiest method to make one. Here’s the one I made on Sunday…
At less than 6″, this is the smallest pouch I’ve made thus far. I think I prefer the small pouches because they’re more practical for things like glasses or just some basic makeup items that you can throw in your purse.
I’m not going to show you the method I used to line this…yet. I’m going to experiment with a couple of ways to do lining and then figure out which I like best and report back to you.
I guess I could have made this post into three separate ones, but I never pass up an opportunity for alliteration ;). Have a great weekend! What’s that you say? You don’t have a Father’s Day gift yet? Well, I guess you need something fast so hop on over to this post. You can modify it to work with whatever you happen to have on hand and kids love making it!