I don’t have much time to blog these days. I am back to work full time as of a month ago. That leaves three hours after work every night to spend time with Miriam before she goes to bed. Thankfully I can focus on her during that time, because I’m not doing much cooking since my husband is now a full-time stay at home dad! This is a GREAT arrangement. He knows what makes me happy, so he has been cooking incredible locally-sourced gourmet meals for me every night. He takes Miriam to the farmer’s market every Wednesday, and we spend the following week eating up all the good vegetables and local beef we buy there. A few recent hits have been this chicken and beet dish (I actually like beets, when they are grated, and beet greens are delicious), and this beef and arugula dish (it’s so good we’ve been having it once a week). Roasted vegetables have been a recent hit–locally grown potatoes, carrots, onions, and beets, tossed with olive oil, dried rosemary, salt and pepper, and roasted in a 450 degree oven until nicely browned. Miriam even eats beets cooked this way!
On the weekends, I do my share of the cooking. I’m making bread and yogurt now, to help save a little money. Miriam eats toast for breakfast and yogurt for lunch almost every day, so we’re going through a lot of both things. I like taking yogurt for an afternoon snack at work, with a piece of fruit. I’m making the yogurt in my crockpot which is so Mennonite of me, I know (Mennonites love crockpots, although they use them for potlucks–I think it would be hilarious to bring a crockpot full of yogurt to a potluck!). 🙂 The bread recipe is Hearty Grain Bread from Recipes from the Old Mill (another Mennonite cookbook!). I slice it and put it in the freezer, and pull out one or two pieces at a time for toast and sandwiches. It has sunflower seeds, bulgur, wheat bran, oats, and whole wheat flour in it, so I know that it’s good stuff.
Fall is almost here. The air is a bit chilly, and the fall colors are just starting. We made cranberry muffins and an apple tart this past weekend. The cranberries we picked ourselves and the apples are Alaska grown (tiny things, but tasty). I’m not dreading winter, actually. I feel more prepared this year. I feel like I’m settling into a good routine which will keep me going. How are you preparing for winter, and what keeps you going?