It’s been a steady week here, nothing crazy, pretty good times, some lovely weather. It’s getting chilly finally, cold enough for another blanket at night, not yet cold enough for heat. Sandy spends her days flopped in the yard or across the driveway, loathe to move when I pull the car forward. The kids have had nearly a full week of school, aside from a field trip and an orthodontist appointment. Tonight is a school fall festival, a ballet performance in the park and a glass of lovely wine (for mama). I’ve been reading galore and writing as much. I am still loving school, every single tiny second, sucking the marrow out of it as much as I can.
Here are a few bits from the week:
This wine was fab. I made myself a little salad last night, while the kids were out and my husband was yet home from work. He’s started a new job, and it’s anyone’s guess when he’s coming home these days. So, I decided to make a salad, pour a glass of wine and sit down with a book. I know. You’re jealous. I’m jealous of yesterday’s me right now, as I write this in my bathrobe and it’s 10:58 a.m. Hahahaha. Okay, this wine. It’s a great combination of smooth but also a little fiery. It’s got a kick but isn’t overwhelming. I’m giving it an 8.5/10. It was about $22 at a local grocery store. I grabbed it while telling my son, for the 1,074th time that no - we are not getting Runts or Nerds. Good times.
I took this picture after dropping my daughter off at school. The entire landscape seemed shrouded in fog this morning, and the sky was all sorts of pinks, purples and blues. It’s a country drive to her school, down two-lane roads, past fields of tobacco and featuring more than one dilapidated barn. Seriously. There are days when I can’t imagine living in a city ever again.
I continue to make these oat jam bars, and they continue to thwart my no-snacking policy. I take the salt down to 1/2 tsp., add vanilla and almond extract and the zest of a lemon. Boom. Amazing. I do keep them in the fridge or freezer, though. These things crumble like nobody’s business if not cold.
This wine is also very good and roughly $20. It’s sweet, though. It’s not sweet like a wine cooler or anything, but it’s not light and crisp either. It tastes like biting into a ripe pear. I liked it and give it an 8/10 but white isn’t my favorite, and if I had to choose, I’d take the red above.
We’ve been taking Sandy on car rides lately. She was always so nervous before, her 80+ pounds precariously perched on a leather seat, so I put her big dog bed in the back of the Lincoln and now she barrels through town whimpering at other dogs, lying down with her paws crossed (no joke) and perking her ears at strange men driving enormous trucks. She’s on-point.
I’m in a no-joke cooking rut lately. My husband actually asked me to stop making Mexican-themed meals for a while after back-to-back enchiladas, taco soup and black beans & rice. The hard thing is that we all have different tastes and schedules. With our daughter’s ballet schedule, she is gone 4 nights out of the week at meal times, but it’s not a consistent time. One day she is gone from 6-7:15. Another day she will be gone from 7:00 - 8:30. It’s all willy-wonka, and it make meal planning and family dinners nearly impossible. We’re all eating off-schedule, and it makes me sad to think we’ve become one of those sitcom families who eats at a kitchen island, hunched over our plates of pre-made foods.
Here are 5 recipes I’m determined to try to get myself out of this rut, even if it means I’m the only one eating them. There has to be more to life than beans, rice and a sliced avocado or a rotation of the same chicken salad with apples, blueberries and chopped arugula.
Incidentally, you know that Texas Sheet Cake we made last week with the Cup4Cup gluten-free flour? Truly fabulous. We ate it all before the weekend was over. And that, readers, is an entire jelly-roll pan of chocolate cake and icing. It was excellent, and the flour made not a whit of different. I can see that this flour is better in some recipes than others, but finding a way to eat Texas Sheet Cake without stomach pains galore is worth the trial and error. Go now and bake yourself one of these cakes. Pronto!
That’s it for me. It has taken about seventeen months to download these pictures. Our Internet is intermittent these days, which is nothing sort of vexing.
I hope everyone has a mega-weekend planned, even if it’s a mega Netflix binge or, say, eating Texas Sheet Cake or just sitting with a cup of coffee and enjoying pleasant fall weather and watching leaves fall and other stuff that is listed constantly in fancy lettering on tumblr. :)