I would like to try the 7 Quick Takes for Friday, but I don’t know if I have enough stuff happening or thoughts in my head. I’ll give it a try.
I made a great discovery last night. It does not take away any of the deliciousness of macaroni and cheese if you add in bits of well-roasted yam before serving. Beautiful orange gems taste really good in the cheese sauce, you get the nutritional value and fiber of the yam, and the dish still ranks as the best of comfort food. Just throw the yam, rolled in a bit of olive oil, in the oven about an hour and a quarter before you’re going to need it. That’s it, until it is yielding when you touch it. Cut it into bits or just fork some out, then add to the already-prepared mac and cheese. So good!
I’m going to be a little sad next week, going back to the Ordinary Time book of the Liturgy of the Hours. I love the Advent book, with all its special antiphons and readings for Morning and Evening Prayer. I always look forward to using it. Lent will be coming before too long, though, and that has a special book as well.
I’ve been waiting for Epiphany to take down the Christmas decorations and the creche. Guess I’d better get on to doing that. It’s been really nice to see the old decorations in our new place. But I must get on with the year. Almost time to start thinking about gardening!
Ricardo and I have our 46th wedding anniversary coming up in a few days. I’d kind of forgotten about it. I think I have an idea of a nice restaurant he would enjoy this year. Better make some plans. Forty-six years. It truly doesn’t seem that long. In an amazing coincidence, Thursday night on Oregon Field Guide on PBS, there was a segment on Bagby Hot Springs, a place we went for our first date. Seeing that left us full of nostalgia.
I’m loving my Kobo e-reader. It’s so handy to tote around with me, and its lightness is particularly nice. Maybe it’s because I’m old, but some books are just so unwieldy and heavy, especially for reading in bed, whereas the e-reader is just perfect for that. I’m glad I got it!
Ricardo and I were out today running errands, and I realized how fortunate we are to have warm clothes and shoes for the winter weather. I even have boots for snow and another pair for rain. Scarves and gloves make a big difference, too. There are too many people who look cold and wet.
The main dish for our Friday supper can be pulled from the freezer! I love it when I can use one of my soups or stews from the freezer and don’t have to fuss about what to fix for dinner. Friday’s supper will be Two-Lentil Soup with fresh homemade bread and a beet salad. And this leaves me time and oven space to make some bread for Sarah and Sean. They enjoy having homemade bread for weekend breakfasts. I feel rather organized!
And I made it to #7! Thanks for reading!