Well, it seems like it’s becoming a biannual occurrence that this computer is attacked by malware, and although I wanted to share last week’s Zentangle Challenge with you, I couldn’t get pictures loaded or anything written. My fingers are crossed that thanks to hours on the phone with the Apple help desk, most of my problems have been solved, except for a printer that appears to have bitten the dust while these other problems were happening. Oy. Remember my word of the year? It was Acceptance, and I’ve had lots of practice embracing it this year. Be careful what you wish for… a plan for more acceptance in my life brought about more situations to accept…
Such as puppy problems… most of her post surgical issues have been resolved except that, as a result of the medications for last week’s issue, she has now developed a GI problem too, but I’ll spare you the details. However, now I’m cooking rice and turkey for her bland diet, and have two new medications to con her into accepting. Oy, again.
Which is why today’s post is merely a food-based show and tell. I didn’t think you would mind.
The doughnut case you see above is a place called Beiler’s Donuts in Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia. You watch as they make the donuts right in front of you, and they’re so good, you forget the length of the line in which you wait. We made a special trip on Saturday just to pick up a dozen. Hey, when your family’s life revolves around food, you do things like that. I’ve decided my favorite flavor is the Dream Cream with Chocolate Mousse as a close second, just in case you ever get the chance to drop in.
The #100daychallenge in which I’ve participated over the past three months will be wrapping up soon. As expected, I’ve been working on drawing pictures of food and learning to use different drawing pens and brushes. It’s been a lot of fun. Although it’s the hottest heat wave of the summer, I’m thinking about how fall hayrides are just around the corner, and apple season will be here.
Last night I needed a quick pasta dinner after running around all day. I boiled up a pound of frozen cavatelli, made a quick pot of marinara sauce with one can of tomatoes, and assembled this easy casserole by mixing in some whole milk ricotta cheese and grated locatelli with the cooked pasta. Next, I spread enough tomato sauce to cover the bottom of my casserole dish, added fresh basil and more tomato sauce to the pasta mixture, poured it into the casserole. Finally, I topped it with more sauce and grated mozzarella that was patiently waiting to be used up in my refrigerator. I baked the whole thing for approximately 10 minutes at 350 degrees, and here was a yummy Sunday dinner in under an hour. So easy even a child could do it, or at least a child that knows her way around the kitchen.
I realized last night that I hadn’t drawn blueberries all summer, and while the season is officially over in our state, they still deserved a drawing. Obviously not perfect, but there’s something about this picture that makes me happy. Blueberries, gotta love them. What’s your favorite berry?
Finally, one day last week Louisa was bored and asked for me to suggest an activity. Yep, I’m a mom and the first thing I mentioned was the summer reading list. Haha, such a joker. The next thing I suggested was to make something with the overripe bananas, expecting muffins, not this chocolate banana cake masterpiece. Yes, it was as good as it looked.