I can't even describe to you how delightful this is.
This morning--- wait, let's go ahead and begin with last night, because I think you should all know that I single handedly ate an entire pint of Ben and Jerry's Peanut Butter Cup ice cream. But that's not all. I also ate approximately half a bag of Kettle Honey-Dijon chips. You may think I'm exaggerating but I'm not. Also a lime+coconut+rum blended drink Mark made me.
It's been that kind of week. PMS hits hard and fast these days and on Sunday night I was bawling and feeling like this life of mine was impossibly overwhelming, was suddenly exasperated and irritated about all the mess everywhere, all the noise, everything that had to be done, anything on our calendar, any and all questions and all the interruptions.
So last night was absolutely necessary.
Oh. And yes, I'm still counting calories. I think I'd saved about 800 calories for last night's snacking, but we all know I went over by about 4000. I figure that's just fine to do once a month.
Anyway, all that to say that today is a much-needed day off. I woke up at 7:30 (that's sleeping in for me!). Mark was already up with Adelia, reading books on the couch. I went for a jog, came home, showered, got ready-- all while Mark was busy with the kids in their getting-ready-for-the-day, chores, and breakfasting routines, and now I'm at Starbucks with an iced latte and my Bible, journal, colored pencils and the laptop. George Winston's December CD is playing happily in my ears. It's my favorite soothing music. I chose a sunny table by the window where I have a view of the fireplace but also get to sprawl out all my stuff.
This post is titled Fall Deliciousness because this may be my favorite time of year for cooking, baking and perusing cookbooks. I've tried out some new recipes lately and wanted to share them with you. Sorry for the long and winding intro.
First up: bread. Is there anything better than freshly baked bread this time of year? NO there is not. So I've been baking bread. Lots of it. Our favorites are my grandma's white bread recipe, because it makes four loaves and because it's pure comfort to me to read her instructions in the recipe and to think of her baking it. And the smell of it and-- it's the perfect bread for sandwiches.
this recipe for Honey-Oat bread that I bake to use for dinnertime.
New to me but equally satisfying is this recipe for crusty bread. (Thank you, Sarah E!) I have ALWAYS wanted to make this type of bread but don't have a dutch oven so I figured it was out of the question. But a couple of weeks ago I decided to try to use an old Corningware dish I have that has a glass lid, and I'm so thrilled because it totally worked! I made two loaves and they were perfect:
Slow Cooker Butternut Squash soup. (Another thank you to my friend Sarah). I've made butternut squash soup before but this recipe is by far the best. I think it's the coconut milk you add at the end. Plus, you chop everything up and throw it in the crock pot and then your house smells like pure fall goodness all day long. I think those are the best kind of meals. [Just a couple of my notes on this recipe: I used sweet potatoes instead of the carrots and will do it again. Because we just love sweet potatoes at our house. Also, I peeled my apples. I don't own an immersion blender so I just poured it into my food processor and pureed it in small batches.] We all loved this soup!
|A terrible picture, but here it is--ready to cook all day!|
Last but not least, please make this recipe for Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies from Ashley Rodriguez. Just... yum. It's the variety of sugars and the salt on the top. I keep making them. Double the recipe, for sure. And I know she says to refrigerate the dough but who wants to wait for that? Plus, then you have hard dough that's tough to work with so just ignore that part. And use whatever chocolate you have and like. I use milk and semi-sweet.
(Recent) favorite cookbooks to pore over: Date Night In (which is where the cookie recipe comes from) and The Forest Feast (which is just pretty and inspiring. I love her dressings and salads and her photos and illustrations throughout.)
Please share any of your favorite fall recipes in the comments. We love to try new recipes at our house!
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