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A Slew of Random Thoughts to End the Week

Quick post to end a long week.

1. We finally have RAIN here. Its been coming off and on all week and we’re due for more into the weekend. I know this doesn’t seem like a big deal to most but this drought here in California has us so parched. We appreciate every drop that falls.

skipping in the gutter

2. I’m planning and scheming for Christmas, full-steam ahead. Partly, this was inspired by the fact I like to craft some gifts for Christmas and it takes time to make them, but I’m also eager to get all my shopping done before Advent starts. It always seems to sneak up on me. We’ve purchased big gift for the girls, and I’m eager to see their faces Christmas morning. {That is one downside to shopping so early — I have to wait soooo long to gift them! And I’m more excited about the gift-giving than receiving.}

crockpot apple butter

3. My eldest is all-in with learning to use scissors. Although, her idea of using scissors is cutting up paper into the tiniest, little scraps so that it looks like a confetti party has happened in my kitchen. I’m trying to go with the flow, but it has me wigging out some days when I’m trying to get dinner on the table in the midst of a confetti mountain.

playing in the leaves

4. This autumn season has been full of squash recipes. This one and one from Ottolenghi’s Plenty More {it involves sriracha and pesto so it is automatically my husband’s favorite} have been on repeat. {You guys, if you want more inspiration in the vegetable cooking department, either this one or his first–Plenty–are absolute necessities on your cookbook shelf.}

stuffed honeynut squash

5. Poor Lulu has had a cold for about a week now that is persisting on staying in her head. I so wish I could pull out the Sudafed for her. We’ve been attempting treatments with the humidifier during rest time and nighttime, and Vick’s on her chest too. We had one evening of croup cough and it was excruciating to hear her suffering so. I hope it lifts soon.

sleeping Lulu

6. Halloween is on the horizon. Evelyn is planning on dressing in Elsa costume that I made her last year. We were thinking Lucie would wear what she calls her “ladybug dress” {it’s red with black polka dots}, but now she’s expressing interest in wearing her Anna costume again too. We’ll just go with flow. In the interest of keeping too much candy out of our house, I purchased Goldfish snacks to hand out to our trick-or-treaters. For two reasons: they were a HUGE hit last year with the neighborhood and if we’re stuck with extras, I’d rather be able to give whatever it is to the girls as a snack, not have to throw it in the trash.

fall dinner

7. Evelyn’s birthday is coming up in about two weeks. Her birthday party is next weekend. She chose a Paddington Bear theme, but it has been nearly impossible to find Paddington things in the United States. There is no way I’m paying $20 in shipping from the UK to have paper plates and cups for the party. I found some cute Paddington fabric so I’ll be making some bunting with it. I’ve ordered a couple Paddingtons on ebay to use. If anyone has any other ideas, besides just using blue, red, and yellow colored things to decorate, I’m all ears. We will be doing a luncheon tea.

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Have a great weekend!

Easy Meatless Crockpot Meals {For Fridays in Lent}

This girl loves to cook, but most of the time my children don’t like it when I cook. They’d much rather I was down on the floor playing with them or cradling them in my arms for snuggle time. I can’t say I’m not a fan of this too, but when dinner time comes around, a little less of it is often required.

Unless! Enter: Crockpot.

I had my first encounter cooking with a crockpot only a month or so before I got married. Since I gave birth to my first child, it seems like there hasn’t been a week that has gone by without it. My skepticism about its wonders has disappeared into thin air.

Just yesterday, a miracle occurred. I put dinner together inside the crockpot around 10:30 in the morning and we went about our day with the scent of dinner bubbling away on the counter. When the usual meltdown moment of 4:57pm came, I was in the midst of reading to the girls….and it completely passed us by. It made a huge difference in the atmosphere when daddy walked in the door, and helped keep up the morale for the remainder of the evening until bedtime. {I can’t promise it was entirely avoided when pajamas came out.}

Lent is just around the corner {Ash Wednesday is February 17th} and my mind is turning to meatless meals. I gathered up a list of a few favorites from around the web to share with you here so that despite your Friday Lenten penances, listening to the wailing of your littles and having your limbs hung on like tree branches won’t be one of them.

moroccan-stew

Crockpot Moroccan Stew

crockpot minestrone

Crockpot Minestrone Soup

lentil chili

Slow Cooker Lentil Chili

tomato basil soup

Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup

pasta fagioli

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pasta e Fagioli Soup

red lentil curry

Crockpot Red Lentil Curry

potato and corn chowder

Slowcooker Potato and Corn Chowder

What is your favorite meatless crockpot dish?

Mahi-Mahi with Citrus and Avocado {Eat Seasonal}

mahi mahi with citrus

If it is a tad gloomy where you are, and you’re tempted to give into the winter blues, this quick, little recipe will help perk up your evening meal.

grapefruit

Citrus must be God’s little spot of sunshine in the midst of dreary, wintery days. It certainly makes me long after sunshine and gives me hope for warmer days.

avocado and citrus

A bit of fish in your dish will also, perhaps, elicit thoughts of toastier day spent at the beach soaking up the sun’s rays.


This dish requires a little trick called “supreming” but I promise it sounds fancier than it is. I will give you a little three-step process to get you going.

oranges

 1) Start by cutting the two ends off of your orange.

oranges

2) Next, place your orange flat on one of the ends you just removed. Take a sharp knife (paring knife is perfect for this) and slice around the orange to remove the pith and rind.

segmented orange

3) Once your rind is off, holding the orange over a bowl to catch the juices, carefully slice into each segment removing it and putting it to the side for later use.

orange and grapefruit juice

Once all the pieces are out, squeeze the remaining juices from the orange into the bowl. Do the exact same thing with the grapefruit.

Easy peasy, lemon — I mean, orange — squeezy.

You’re halfway there to a complete dinner!


mahi mahi with citrus

Mahi-mahi with citrus and avocado

approximately 1 lb. of mahi-mahi
salt and pepper
1 orange
1 grapefruit
1 avocado

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Following directions above supreme your orange and grapefruit. Reserve about 1/2 c. of the juices for later. {Drink the remainder??}

Pat dry the mahi-mahi. Season with salt and pepper. Over medium-high heat, place your fish in an oven-proof skillet (I use cast iron for this) and cook for 5-7 minutes on one side, until mostly opaque. Turn over the fish carefully and place in the oven for 3-5 minutes to finish the cooking process.

Slice avocado lengthwise. Place avocado, orange and grapefruit slices on plates. Put fish on top. Pour a little of the reserved juices over the top of the fish.

Enjoy! It goes wonderfully with a green salad and a few slices of toasted sourdough.

Serves 2-4.

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