Simple Green Beans

Reynolda Gardens, Winston Salem

Reynolda Gardens, Winston Salem

Hello!  Here we are in the thick of Summer. It is finally pretty hot here in SC.  Much like the weather I am used to in Houston, only at least here it cools off to the low 70s at night.  I have been busy getting ready for the big house purchase and impending move. Can't believe it will all come together in the next month or so!  I was in Winston-Salem last week for the house inspection, pest inspection and to meet with a paint contractor.  All went well.  I am never surprised with the inspection on a house that is old…..and this one is 88!  I expect some issues and this house in no exception.  It needs a new furnace, some smoke detectors, tree trimming and some other random things.  The big issue is the furnace but hopefully the sellors will work with me on that.  I'll meet with a couple HVAC guys later this week to sort that out.  I really did enjoy being in the house for a few hours.  It is such a great house.  Unfortunately it is smaller than my last house and some of my furniture is not going to fit.  I will leave some things in storage at my Mom's and figure out what to do with them later.  I am going to get the whole inside of the house painted.  I love picking paint colors so that was fun.  Don't you love paint color names?  I am going with white duck for the living room, den, office, dining room and stairway, sea salt for the kitchen, pantry, and both bathrooms, and popular gray for the two bedrooms.  

I can't wait to see how it turns out!  Like many old houses, there is a ton of trim and in this house is it mostly stained wood, not painted.  It will be beautiful with the lighter colors on the walls.   There is a built in cabinet between the kitchen and dining room.  It opens to both rooms. Such a fun feature.  Here is a photo. The trim around the doors and windows is this same wood. 

Let's see what else. I used AirBnB to find a place to stay last week. You can read about it here.  It is a service where you can rent a room or an apartment, garage apartment or whole house.  Regular people just rent their space.  Since I am saving money, this is much cheaper than a hotel. I rented an apartment from a really nice women, an attorney in her late 20s who is out of town alot so she rents her apartment out.  If she is in town and it is rented she stays at her parents.  It was perfect although it is a rather odd feeling to being staying at someone's house.  It was perfect - clean, great location, comfortable.  It was really nicely decorated.  This sofa however caught my eye.  It is a great color and the whole room looked like a decorator did it. 

If you look at the fabric closely, it has a hunting dog and a dead rabbit in it!  What?!

Anyway, I highly recommend airbnb. These new business models seem to be the way of the future don't they?.   Okay so enough random stuff for today. Here is a really quick and simple way to make green beans.  I think green beans are a perfect side dish.  They go with everything and everyone likes them.  Cook them to your desired level of doneness.  I like them to be tender but not limp. Toss with vinaigrette and there you go, a healthy and tasty side dish.  If you have leftovers you can toss them in a salad, add to some pasta, or eat them with some kind of humus or dip.  It is so easy I hate to call it a recipe, but here you go!   Enjoy….I'll be back with another recipe and random musings later this week! 

Simple Green Beans

by Catherine Craig

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Keywords: side gluten-free vegan vegetarian green beans

Ingredients (2-4 servings)

  • 12 oz green beans, washed and trimmed
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • salt and pepper


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add green beans and cook about 5 minutes. Taste them - they should be tender but still crips. Drain and refresh under cold water. Dry well with paper towels. In a large bowl mix the oil, lemon juice, and garlic. Add a pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper. Add the beans and toss to coat. Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve.

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