Days 22-27

The word of the day is: PROCRASTINATION

Or maybe it’s more that  I am not nearly interesting enough to write about myself and my life every day. Well, to be honest – since we’re such close friends -, I’ve thought every day of blogging (See how that worked out?) and I just didn’t.

Let’s start with some yummy food, compliments of Pinterest.

Since we were crapped on by the Snow Gods, I thought soup was in order. I prepared for this by buying the ingredients for this tomato soup ahead of the storm. I also bought the materials for grilled cheese – the natural compliment for such a soup. I wasn’t too impressed, sadly. I opted for the no cream option…maybe that was it. It just didn’t taste like tomato soup to us. This may also have to do with the connection of memory and taste. Happy, warm, memories of tomato soup and grilled cheese center around a very well known red and white can. A similar effect was not achieved by this soup, as I had hopped. Don’t get me wrong, it was good, but did not hit the memory as I had hoped.

Food and memory are just so intertwined; I think anyway. The smells, sights, and tastes of a childhood dish just bring you back to a different, better?, simpler?, time. For me, food has a way of crossing the boundaries that the passing of a loved one puts up. When I make some of my grandfather’s recipes I swear it’s like he’s with me again. Making the food reminds me of all the times we made X food and eating it is like a brief glimpse to a past where he was still alive.

I digress…

For dessert, the most important part of any meal, I made these with a few minor changes. I didn’t make the filling as outline here. Instead I bought a raspberry jam that sounded amazing and used that instead. I followed everything else to the T and these were AMAZING.

During this week I made these chicken thighs. I followed this recipe exactly, but was a little less than thrilled that the sauce, which sounded so good, was a little less than amazing when all was said and done. So, here was my fix:

  1. Take the thighs out of the pan after 15 minutes (as prescribed in the recipe).
  2. Broil them for 5 minutes to achieve a nice crispy crust on the skin and to finish cooking them through.
  3. Meanwhile, mix about a table spoon of corn starch with a little over a tablespoon of water to create a thick-ish/watery paste.
  4. Poor corn starch mixture into sauce in the pan and whisk.
    1. I had to add about a table spoon more soy sauce, another lime worth or juice, and about a tablespoon of veggie stock into this to get it to the consistency I wanted.

This gave me an amazing gravy that I happily spooned all over the chicken and rice we had.

I’ve been making my way through 1984 and I am enjoying it. There are some aspects of this book that would make it interesting and difficult to teach.

I am particularly fond of this line:

Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one.

I am not sure what it is about this that hits me, other than I can see the truth behind it. How many times throughout history has someone said or believed something that the masses did not agree with only to be labeled a lunatic…a heretic. Then, later, it is found out that they were correct and thus no longer a lunatic. This fact is address right after this line when it is said that:

At one time it had been a sign of madness to believe that the Earth goes round the Sun; today, to believe the past is inalterable.

I have been pondering this bit for the last few days. I thought it was worth sharing.

 

Here is a little Haiku I wrote about the snow. There is some unladylike language therein…

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Day 16, 17, and 18

Dinner and dessert were pretty awesome last night. Sunday is our “family dinner” night so I always try something new. Enter Pinterest; I love Pinterest. My usual “method” (and we’ll use that term loosely) is to search: “dinner ideas”, “easy dinner ideas”, “healthy dinner ideas”, or something like that. After that I just start scrolling and look at titles. When a title gets my attention I read the recipe. I try not to go for recipes that require me to buy ingredients that I will never us again unless I am making this recipe again. We live in a small house, so space is at a premium. After I find one that looks yummy, relatively easy to make (something that will take no more than 2 hours), and whose ingredients are within my realm of possibility and necessity, I Pin it and that becomes dinner. I follow a similar process for dessert; Sundays are the only days I make dessert.

The verdict for this (past) Sunday:

Tuscan Bean Soup and Funfetti Mini Cheesecake

I forgot to take a picture of the soup…it was that good. I can tell you though that the timing is off on the recipe. It took me about 20 minutes to chop everything up. My guess is the 5 minute approximation is if you used some sort of tool (mentioned in the post) to help. I don’t have that tool, just a knife and a cutting board.

IMG_3759I did take a picture of the ingredients though!

I couldn’t get yellow squash (they are look terrible at my local market) and I just used Italian seasoning instead of Rosemary and Thyme. Also, I didn’t use the hot pepper flakes since one of my company doesn’t like hot stuff.

This is my hubby’s dessert. He asked for a lot of whipped cream and a single sprinkle.

I’ve also been very happy with my Bullet Journal. It has really kept me in line lately.

IMG_3765 (2)Here is one of my latest pages.

I am happy yo say that this journal has helped me cook more, exercise more, and eat less. *Happy Dance*

Today I am waiting on this. My poor dog has terribly dry skin and allergies that cause her to scratch at her ears SO badly that she loses fur on her ears every year. I have exhausted many of the options available to us.

We’ve tried:

  1. Fish oil
    1. After a while she just started to smell fishy and that was quite unappealing.
  2. Coconut oil
    1. This seemed to work for a while and my pup LOVED it. However, when the really cold parts of winter rolled around it didn’t seem to be as effective for the ears, but overall he coat was pretty good.
  3. Over the counter allergy human meds
    1. Again, they seemed to work…and then stopped…so we stopped using it.
  4. Doggy Allergy meds (vet)
    1. We finally broke down and went to the vet and they gave us something…it kind of worked but not really…
  5. Doggy Allergy meds (0ver the counter)
    1. This appeared to be working, but you have to put it in their water and we dog sit. We didn’t feel comfortable putting it in water that other pups, who may not need the medicine, in our house would inevitably drink.
  6. Olive Oil
    1. My pup’s coat was pretty good until it got colder. Also, an unforeseen consequence, was that she started gaining weight. We were feeding our pup the normal amount we always do and then the extra calories from the oil were added. We started cutting back a little on the food in favor of the oil. Now that winter is here with a fury it doesn’t appear to be doing as much good.

So here we are with yet another attempt to keep my furry baby happy, healthy, and not itchy. I will report out later.

Day 10

Today was busier than anticipated. I went food shopping, ate, worked on something for potentially starting a novel in earnest, cleaned, then I made cookies, cooked dinner, served dinner, and then I got some time to myself. This time, of course, is tainted by the fact that I need to go to bed…5am will be here no matter what.

On the up side, I have some pretty tasty butter cookies and some yummy spaghetti squash – Thank you Pinterest!