While this little blog sat quiet and empty our real life was a busy blur. A lot was packed into the last month and a half, but here are a few of the highlights~
We also went with Jude’s class to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The field tip was on Monday but we left Sunday afternoon and arrived in time to enjoy a pizza dinner at Gianni’s, and watch TV in our hotel room until late.
Our kittens are growing and thriving. They are the most laid back, mellow cats I’ve ever met. I think that being bottle fed and raised by young children contributed to their easy-going personalities.
Ryder and Eliza have a special relationship. She drags that poor cat all over the house, shoves him in baby strollers, cooks him in her pretend oven, lays on the floor and rolls over him…
…and he still adores her. He’s always close by, even when she’s taking a bath he will sit perched on the edge of the tub watching her.
I don’t usually let him sleep with her but occasionally he discovers that her door has been left cracked open and he will quietly sneak in to nap with her.
When he can’t get to her, he will find something that belongs to her; curl up next to it and fall asleep.
I made applesauce for the very first time! Actually Jessica (my sister-in-law) and I made applesauce together. Two sets of hands made slicing and peeling quick work and of course the pleasure of her company made the task all the more enjoyable!
You know how sometimes you decide to make something from scratch, because you think it’s really going to be worth the extra time and effort? Then after countess hours of toil and trouble it turns out to be just okay. Not fabulous like you expected… just, okay.
Well this applesauce was worth every ounce of work we put into it! It turned out SO good! We used Pink Lady apples that Jessica got for free from her work, and we used this recipe. We only used half the amount of sugar called for because the apples were plenty sweet.
Most of them we froze in individual containers (for lunches) but we also froze a few larger containers to use for dinner or company.
I also made a few things for my sweet friend and neighbor, who welcomed her first baby boy this past month. He has three adoring older sisters who are showering him with love and affection!
This is one of the bibs I made for him, and I think it is quite possibly my most favorite bib EVER!
Before I launch into the next part of this lengthy and rambling post, I have to tell you that I LOVE junk food. If it’s bright orange, an unnatural purple or blue color… I’m all over it. Cheese puffs, grape soda, skittles, miniature candy bars, popcorn drenched in butter and liberally sprinkled with salt… those are the things I live for!
But lately I’ve been trying to reform my wicked ways. Slowly riding the house of all that artificial goodness crud, and replacing it with healthier alternatives.
Lunch is kind of hard for me. I tend to skip over lunch, eat a handful of goldfish crackers and drink a diet soda. I’m fine until about 2:30 in the afternoon. Then I go crazy and eat everything I can put my hands on.
Lately I’ve been making myself grain/legume salads for lunch. They are super filling, very flavorful, and healthy! The high protein gets me through the afternoon without feeling hungry and gives me that extra boost of energy I so badly need.
This is a lentil salad with toasted walnuts, fresh thyme, celery, feta cheese, and dried cranberries. It’s tossed in a light vinegarette.
This is a southwest inspired, mixed grain salad with black beans, avocados, cilantro, and cherry tomatoes. It’s tossed with a lime dressing that is so tasty!
I also did a little bit of sewing for Eliza but that will have to wait for another post.
So I guess that’s it… thanks for sticking with me to the end I trust you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving with family and friends? Have a great week!