While Alex was sleeping off his graveyard shift, I decided I wanted to surprise him when he woke up with a stay-in date night. I went and picked us up each our favorite pizzas and ice creams.
And Hers (non-dairy style)
We finished the second half of Gone With the Wind curled up on the couch with our pups. It was my first time watching GWTW, and although it was a great movie, man those last 45 minutes are kind of a giant bummer. Could any MORE bad things have happened, geez!
My dessert more than made up for it though. I crumbled some reserved cookie dough into my bowl of coconut milk vanilla bean ice cream. Awwwww, yeah.
Last week there were soup recipes all over the place – Averie‘s spicy veggie soup, Meesh‘s pea soup, and Tina‘s bean and spinach soup, and they all inspired me to make my own lovely curry veggie soup!
I cooked up two kinds of brown rice (1/2 cup Mahatma brown rice and 1/2 cup Lundberg aromatic brown rice) in my rice cooker with water a chicken bullion cube to start. While that was going, I started some veggie broth in a pot with water and a veggie bullion cube, some yellow curry powder, some cayenne, a little salt (the veggie cube was salt-free), and some olive oil, to which I added a cup of split peas once the broth was boiling.
I see you, yellow pea.
I turned down the heat and covered the pot and let the peas simmer for about 25 minutes. I then added the cooked rice and several handfuls of the Normandy blend frozen veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, baby carrots, and yellow carrots) and let those warm up for a few minutes. Finally, I added a couple of huge handfuls of spinach and let the spinach wilt.
It was delicious, but I felt like it needed a bit of something else. Searching the pantry yielded my newly purchased smoked paprika. I sprinkled some over the bowl and had a taste.
That was it! The smoked flavor was exactly what the bowl needed, and it almost tasted like it had been cooked with ham! I went ahead and added some to the rest of the pot so my leftovers would have that lovely flavor.
The next day the soup was even better, especially eaten with a couple small pieces of some rosemary sourdough that Alex had brought home.
and a Potholder
A couple weeks ago I was reading Allie’s blog, and she was showing off these cute potholders her little sister, Hannah, had made. She asked if anyone wanted one, so I enthusiastically responded… I love homemade stuff!! It finally came in the mail, and I absolutely love it!
Allie, please tell your sweet sister thank you!! 🙂
And with that, it’s time to (keep) make(ing) the flashcards. Gooooood lord, the flashcards! I love to use them to study, but making them sure is a wicked pain in the butt!
What’s your preferred method of studying?