Tiny Sparks of Joy

Organising our filing system. By system, I mean the drawer wherein resides the Important Stuff we need to hang onto. Shredding is immensely satisfying.

Making six eggs stretch to cover baking, tea time sandwiches, lunch time fritters and breakfast pancakes. I’m determined to empty our fridge before we do more food shopping.

Hibernating in the house today and having a relaxing time of it, in between the various jobs we’ve meant to do for ages, like sorting out our attic which is currently our laundry room.

A week off work. Planning on some gym time, working on the photo books I’ve told myself to get going on and leisurely coffees with a book.

Knowing another unabridged Chalet School book is on the way. The collection nears ever closer to completion.

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Tiny Sparks of Joy

Tiny Sparks of Joy (In an otherwise 100% awful week for many people)

[I’m making this list mainly to keep my spirits up. This has been a pretty horrible week, all things considered.]

Finally cleaning my oven. I’ve slathered the cleaning fluid on and I’m enjoying the drips of gunk way more than I should.

Glass jar decluttering. I’m only keeping the nice ones from now on.

Embracing my frugal work lunch plans, and being extra organised to ensure this happens.

Using a cookbook I’ve had for a long time but only this week got around to making some recipes from. Will be making more.

It’s Friday. Enough said.

Tiny Sparks of Joy (In an otherwise 100% awful week for many people)

Tiny Sparks of Joy

A bank holiday weekend, meaning more time for many things.

Planning, organising and executing a lot of tiny but overdue projects at home.

Getting back to the gym following our holiday. I’m enjoying spinning more and more.

Knowing I’ll be getting into a bed with fresh sheets tonight.

Date night, which we haven’t done for weeks because of holidays and other commitments.

Tiny Sparks of Joy

When Life Hands You Lemons (And Leftover Egg Yolks)…..

I made a big pavlova for dessert over the weekend. It’s my failsafe, tried and tested dessert but the only problem is the leftover egg yolks that invariably end up going off in a jar in my fridge because I didn’t fancy carbonara within a day or two. This week I’m off work and, therefore, feeling, as Marjorie might have put it, a little domestic. I bought some lemons today and whipped up a big jar of lemon curd. It’s a delicious balance of sweet and sharp and the colour glows nicely. Yummy.

I use a similar recipe to this, but I always use whatever egg yolks I have and throw in one whole eggs. I learned the hard way this is not something to make in a rush. The slower you go, the better.

When Life Hands You Lemons (And Leftover Egg Yolks)…..

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like…

…I can start getting excited about my favourite time of the year. I love Christmas, and I don’t understand why people complain about All The Fuss. What else would they be doing during the long cold winters we have around here? Nuclear fusion? Establishing a genuine alternative to the current political parties? Writing the book everyone is supposed to have inside him or her? Bah, humbug to that.

I cannot wait to put my tree up. As we’re in a new house this year, with a lot more space to work with, I can indulge my festive feelings a lot more. The fruit for my Christmas cake is marinading in spiced rum and the thoughts of the making of said cake will keep me going during what will be a hellish few days in work.

I love Christmas.

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like…

Fear Less

For some reason, I thought some dishes were really difficult to make. Risotto, for example, which is actually fairly foolproof and which is now a regular on our dinner menus during the week.

I have a glut of potatoes and for a long time I’ve meant to make gnocchi. One of the nicest meals I’ve ever eaten involved gnocci in one of our favourite restaurants, which sadly has closed and I’ve wanted to try to recreate it for a long time. So today I followed this recipe which looked fairly straightforward and to my amazement my gnocci turned out to be pretty delicious, when tossed in a pan with some melted butter, then into a bowl with parmesen with some chives.

I’m adding this to our food planning for the week. I need to be a little less fearful of mistakes, because some things are not as difficult as I had made them out to be. Next on the list may be pasta.

Fear Less

Accomplishments

I love cooking and baking. I’ve accumulated a lot of cook books over the years. Trying a new recipe is one of my favourite activities and enjoying the results is even better.

I am, however, sadly lacking in some of the finer skills. One such skill is icing baked confections. Alongside starting this blog, honing my currently limited skills in the decoration department is another New Year resolution. I hope to motivate myself with this resolution by committing to posting some of the results here.

I am hoping this project doesn’t add too much to my waistline. Another resolution is whittling said waistline down a bit.

Accomplishments