Wednesday, May 09, 2018

And on to today...



From last night, RE: these 2 pictures:
This dinner about did me in. Spilled turkey juice all over my floor, the cupboards and my foot with open Birkenstock sandal. Only to find out after the cleanup that I had taken the frozen turkey bones for soup and thawed those by mistake. So dinner was way late, I was so tired, was close to tears, and I have to mop the for again.... I am focusing on tomorrow morning being better and that up to dinner, I was having a pretty good day. I am overtired from our busy weekend and not getting enough sleep. 


This morning when I awoke, I was still quite tired and
feeling a bit blue, like in a fog of sadness... I reached out on IG +
texted a local friend (who is retired/has time during the day) and she came
and enjoyed a glass of lemonade with me...


Of course I had to try my new goblets out... 
And I am still wishing I had realized how fragile they are...
I would of picked differently... oh well...



I spent some time this afternoon pouring through +Patrick's recipes and
found one for a cherry tart that sounds really good... I hope to make something from 
these soon; I felt like I was back in +Patrick's home and with him,
 looking at these
recipes and remembering how I found them 
in his kitchen, in an envelope...after he was gone...
so special they are to me... 
even though we did not really talk about recipes while he was alive,
but about other things, 
it was so special those moments and hours I had in his house
after he passed, helping to pack some things up... 
he was so present in his house,
so many things about him and I treasure that time and
 how it helped me get to know him more.... 
to be given these recipes was a deep gift to me and I am very grateful....







I made biscuits again and that was lovely!
I made them for tomorrow...I had some cream I had froze and thawed that
and used it in the biscuits!  The cute heart-shaped tin I got at the VNA,
forgot to show it to you!
(I also got a porcelain tart pan for 2.00, this pan was super cheap, a dollar or so...)
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Husband had to work late again tonight,
did not get home till 9:30... so it was good that I had my baking
and leftovers I got out of the freezer...


Our AC is being fixed tomorrow so Husband will be working from home again
which is lovely! I already have the meals planned... :) 
Have some left over chicken stock for gravy and biscuits + the turkey casserole...
I am thinking of making a side of veggies for myself as well... 
I am trying to eat a bit better.... I have a hard time eating veggies... always have...
though I don't dislike them per say, I just don't make them (husband does not like most
boiled and I don't always like them raw)... 
***
I must say that I just love cooking and baking.
I feel so at home in the kitchen.
My Grandma likes to cook and bake too... 
we often share what we are making that way...
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I really hope to be able to be more hospitable and have people over...
well, we will see what God allows... 
Meanwhile, I am so glad for our life here, our kitchen
and the delicious biscuits I made!!! 

6 comments:

Juliana said...

You should roast your veggies--they are much more palatable and you can make a bunch at a time and reheat later (unlike most boiled vegetables which get gross after one meal). I like to roast a medley including sweet potatoes, onions, brussels sprouts, zucchini (occasionally I add a bell pepper, but my kids don't like that addition as much) and carrots. Toss in olive oil and sprinkle with a little salt, put on a baking tray with parchment. Make sure they are spread over the pan and not layered heavily or they will steam instead of roast. 425 degrees for about 40 minutes or until nicely charred on the edges. Easy to reheat in toaster oven or in a skillet the next day.

I also like to roast asparagus at this time of year. It is really fast--about 20 minutes and lovely. Snap off the ends where they naturally snap (don't cut them) and layer on a tray with foil. Drizzle with oil and salt and roast for about 15-20 minutes at about 375-400 degrees.

You can also roast eggplant which is a lovely base for meats and other things to layer on top of instead of pasta or rice.

Mat Anna said...

Oh dear, some days are just like that. I’m glad you were able to redeem the day with lemonade and a friendly visit!

I concur with Juliana’s instructions for roasting asparagus. In fact, I just did that last night! Sprinkling Parmesan on it on non-fast days is also nice. I cook Brussels sprouts the same way.

Paula said...

I have cooking days like that too. It's always something gross that gets spilled :) or the white sugar which is so hard to clean up. We're bad at vegetables too. The only guaranteed veggie is potatoes. Like you I don't mind them (don't love them) but Colin and Ella have a very short list of 'approved' veggies.

Becki said...

I wanted to suggest roasting fresh veggies, but I others have beaten me to that idea. I suggest just keeping an eye on them rather than timing them, though. Vegetables vary so much in density and water content. I've shriveled up perfectly good fresh green beans thinking they needed longer to roast than they do.

Roasting not only brings out terrific flavor, but I think it's a tad cooler way to cook them when it's hot outside (and I don't want to heat up the house by steaming them - though honestly, there are very few veggies I would steam or boil anymore - shelled peas come to mind. And corn on the cob :).

How wonderful that you have a good friend who could come over to spend time with you when you were blue. That is quite a gift. And how sweet to read about Patrick's recipes and how dear a gift that was to you.

Lisa Richards said...

Compared to me you are very hospitable! I don't think it's necessary to be really fancy to be hospitable, but with a knack for cooking like you have, that's not a problem. The cooking part always scares me away from inviting folks over. But, like you did, you can always just share some lemonade. Glad your hubby can now work at home more. That will be nice.

elizabeth said...

thanks everyone!

Thanks Becki!!! I appreciate your words!

Lisa, thanks!! I think of you often! Wish I could have you and everyone else here over! :)