For the first time in our lives, our girls are babysitting on New Years' Eve (all together watching cousins). Neil had a gift certificate for this restaurant, Orange Izakaya, so the two of us came here for dinner. We enjoyed it! (and I learned about sweet potato starch noodles - good!)
With that, my 365 project is completed! (I considered trying to do a more creative photo to signify the changing of the year and/or the end of this project, but I just couldn't do it today. Good enough.)
Daily ritual: making a pot of tea. We're having Mint Julep spearmint herbal tea this evening. My favourites are Earl Grey de la Creme for weekdays and Vanilla Maple Cinnamon for weekends (both black teas). Neil's favourites are English Breakfast and Irish Breakfast.
Chilling our turkey bone broth on the back step before putting it into the freezer. 24 cups of liquid gold! We made soup with another 9 cups. (I have to get rid of those darn styrofoam box inserts that are sitting there, too.)
My favourite treat these days: dates, kefir cream cheese, pecans, and pink sea salt. Sweet, tart, crunchy, salty... yum! (cream cheese or plain Greek yogurt would be good substitutes for the kefir cream cheese)
I'm pretty anti junk food, but I do let the girls make treats for themselves (and, in this case, to share with cousins) once in awhile. There may as well be photographic evidence of my flexibility! (At least I can combat claims that I "never" let them...) These are Oreo cookies dipped in white chocolate/candy melts. The sticks are glued inside with the melted candy.
S found this recipe for "spaghetti cupcakes" (video). All 3 girls like them so this is the second Sunday we've made them to have on hand for the week ahead. Easy lunch, snack, or breakfast!
Here's the recipe for reference:
1/2 lb (or 1/2 a package) spaghetti (we use gluten-free rice spaghetti) 3 eggs 1/2 cup parmesan cheese toppings - pasta or pizza sauce, mozzarella, and anything else you like
Preheat oven to 350F. Cook spaghetti and drain. (If using gluten-free pasta, rinse cooked spaghetti with cold water to reduce stickiness.) Whisk eggs and parmesan cheese together. Pour over spaghetti and stir to combine. Grease muffin tins or use cupcake liners (silicone liners work well). Fill cups with spaghetti mixture and top with chosen toppings. Bake for about 15-20 minutes. Makes 10. (We double the recipe.)
Representing the new trend of me doing the grilling while Neil works. Normally, he does all of the grilling, but there have been several times lately when he had to leave after lighting the charcoal. I've successfully cooked hamburgers, steak, pork chops, salmon, and vegetables! (Today: bone-in pork chops, salmon in foil, scalloped potatoes in foil, broccoli and garlic in foil, and beets in foil -- all finished at the same time! Neil prepared all of it.)
P.S. Had to swap out the image for another one I took the same day. I had taken a photo similar to the original 4 years ago and it was infinitely better: https://flic.kr/p/8ECJXF Original description: The top of our Big Green Egg (charcoal grill). Not pretty after a decade of use.
G helping me make coconut milk pudding. A little later, when S was making veggie dip from scratch, I realized how good it is that my girls know how to find and make a recipe if they want something to eat. No need to go and buy a ready-made product from the store.
Sundays have become cooking days at our house. We cooked seven things from scratch today - four for the upcoming week and three for supper. This is a stew I love, before adding the stock (Bison & Sweet Potato Stew - without beef heart and with a couple large carrots added). The smell is divine!
Not a great picture, but it speaks to the week ahead. Both Neil and I have extremely full schedules this week, so I've prepared my favourite tuna salad which will be the base of my packed lunch for the next four days. I made two other favourites, as well: roasted root vegetables and butternut squash pudding (the recipe says "porridge" but I eat it as a snack or dessert). That's a lot of cooking on top of the other work I did today! Totally worthwhile, though.
My daughters are getting to be quite skilled in the kitchen! M and G made oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and S made a gazillion multi-coloured sugar cookies. (This giant cookie was from the extra pieces of dough cut away from the shapes she was making.)
Tough day for a picture - all day at home doing housework. Those are the hardest for me (to think about taking pictures). Here's the lasagna Neil made today, as requested by S, eagerly waiting to dish up.
We went to the Farmer's Market this morning. I love all the beautiful colours on display! We bought a purple cabbage, green cabbage, pint of saskatoon berries, "French Breakfast" radishes, local salsa the girls love, and wild boar and saskatoon sausage. I should have bought some of this rainbow chard, too!
I did a bunch of cooking and food prep this evening. Here's my favourite veggie dip, just before blending: 3 cups parsley, 1/4 cup red onion, 2 cloves garlic, 10 kalamata olives (I used 12), 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, juice (and pulp) of one lemon. Delicious!
A yummy treat for me: popsicles made with coconut milk, blueberries, banana, and lemon juice. (After filling our popsicle molds, I used a couple 2 oz. containers and extra sticks we had on hand.) Based on: Blueberry Coconut Dreamsicles
Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart - Unknown
Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice. - Anton Chekhov
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. - Wayne Gretzky
You are getting your wants confused with your needs. - Stacy Julian's dad
We are weaving character every day, and the way to weave the best character is to be kind and to be useful. Think right, act right; it is what we think and do that makes us who we are. - Elbert Hubbard
I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter. - Blaise Pascal
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
- Cyril Connolly
To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of
to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
to leave the world a little better;
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is the meaning of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson