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A ripe blood orange from Uncle Farmer's Market.



I've told you about my uncle, right?  The one I call Uncle Farmer's Market?  Last night I stopped by my uncle's house to say "howdy" and left with a big bag of Blood Oranges.  He had about 15 bags of Blood Oranges that he is getting ready to sell but being his niece and all, I get the family discount: free.

I am a huge fan of all citrus but the oranges I grew up on, the ones my grandpa grew, are considered "eating" oranges, not "juicing" oranges.  This means that they lean a little more towards the tart side rather than sweet.

This is why I love Blood Oranges! They are a delectable combination of fruity and tart, not syrupy sweet, but what really sets them apart from standard naval oranges is their gorgeous ruby color.  On the outside they look just like a regular orange but the inside, oh the inside!  Such a beautiful shade of pinkish-red.

Since I have about 15 pounds of oranges to use up, I did a quick internet search for some new ideas to use up blood oranges.  Aside from peel-n-eat or adding the juice to cocktails, my blood orange repertoire is pretty light.  Thanks to Google I came across a recipe that I think is worth sharing.  The recipe comes from Martha Stewart and is called "Striped Sea Bass with Blood Oranges and Olives".  Just think about that for a second: firm, succulent sea bass paired with tart blood oranges and briny olives. Is your mouth watering yet?

It couldn't be simpler: after cooking the fish in a skillet on the stove, add a pat of butter and saute shallots.  Add the blood orange juice, reduce, then add some more butter.  Because butter is goooooood. Toss in the blood orange segments and olives.  And that's it!  Pour the sauce over the fish and if you like, you can serve it with a little polenta or jasmine rice or simple salad.

You gotta try it!

Get the whole recipe here, from marthastewart.com.  


In other news, I am still dreaming of warm weather. Sunshine, please come back!!  Hot or cold, I hope you enjoy your weekend.

Oh, and Happy New Year!


Source: None via Beth on Pinterest


Our sense of smell is one of the most powerful we possess. It has the power to make us hungry, ease our stress and recall deep memories. There are even studies that show scents such as lavender and jasmine can encourage longer and more restful sleep.

Certain smells remind me of all kinds of things: the smell menthol reminds me of my Grandpa Dee because he always had Hall's or Vick's cough drops; the scent of pine reminds me of Tahoe, my happy place; jasmine reminds me of walking out our backdoor, where it bloomed every spring and filled the air with perfume; leather reminds me of my dad's work boots.

And there are certain scents that just make us happy... or not so happy. My favorite scents are citrus: lemon, lime, grapefruit, mandarin I love them all! The smell of citrus is supposed to energize you, which I suppose it does but it can also relax me just because I like it so much. Just cut open a lemon and I'm a happy girl.  But keep musky perfumes or colognes away from me, Carey-no-likey.

But there are all kinds of flavors and scents I like to smell from time to time.  Lucky for me, my sister is now selling Scentsy products.

Have you heard of Scentsy? It's like scented candles without the worry of an open flame.

You buy a pretty warmer, like this one (this is the one I have plugged in right now):

Then you put a specially scented parafin wax bar in it to melt and the scent is released.  Some of my favorite fragrances are:

Cocoa Clementine

Havana Cabana

Amalfi Coast

They fill the room with deliciousness and you don't have to worry about burning the house down because the warmer is powered by an itty bitty lightbulb.

There are over 80 different scents, as well as car fresheners, room sprays and more.  If you want to try Scentsy you can go to her online store here! 

(PS:  it makes a great gift!)