Nov 20, 2012

mexican hot chocolate

I've been more more ADD than normal lately.  I pull up my work email and realize that I got an email from the house title company.  Work email clearly lost out.

I start grading an online quiz and have a decorating brainstorm and suddenly the quiz is left half graded.  Pinterest has been taking over my life a little.

This morning I was doing laundry (in order to avoid doing real work for as long as possible), I started doing some lesson planning, and suddenly I realized that I hadn't yet come up with a Mexican hot chocolate recipe.

Nov 11, 2012

butternut squash and acorn squash soup

Tuesday was election night.  It was a real battle of wills.  Who would win?  Me or my squash?

My squash won.  I may have cried a little over the sink.

I know it sounds silly, but it's true.  I lost in an epic battle of woman vs. squash.  Squash are tough.  They're nearly impossible to peel and cut in half.  Maybe we just don't have very good knives.  I don't know.

Either way, after struggling with my 5 squash for over an hour, coming within a half a squash of finishing, my body gave up.  My arms were shaking, and I couldn't cut one more square inch of squash.

Nov 6, 2012

pan de muerto (orange rolls)

The past week has been pretty exciting.  First of all, on Friday, I got to celebrate Día de los Muertos with my students.  (Okay, it's a bit of nerdy excitement, but what can you expect?)  It's a holiday that began in Mexico to celebrate the lives of family and friends who have passed away (our All Souls Day).  It's always a fun day for a Spanish class as we talk about the traditions and enjoy pan de muerto.  It's the traditional bread prepared for Día de los Muertos.  It's got a light sweet, citrus flavor to it; it actually kind of reminds me of apricot rolls.  I made it last year for our not-so-traditional Thanksgiving that included smoked salmon, pan de muerto, and pumpkin pie.  It was pretty much the best of all holidays.

On top of Día de los Muertos, it was the daylight savings time weekend, so we got an extra hour to sleep.  And, on Monday morning it was slightly less pitch black when I left for work.

Okay, I can't hold it in any longer...

Nov 3, 2012

twice baked fall veggies

I think it's seriously fall now.  Before, it was kind of fall, with the pretty changing leaves and the orange-dotted pumpkin patches along the highway.  Now there's that mid-fall changing to winter thing seriously happening.

Fresh Fork ended last week.  It was a very cold and rainy night to pick up veggies.  It might be best that it's over for now.

Hubs and I have been craving carbs and sugar, rather than the normal veggies and fruits.  I think our bodies are telling us that the fresh stuff at the grocery isn't quite so fresh anymore.