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5 days of being deliberate

I mentioned earlier that I wanted to try and be more deliberate, or at least not so rudderless.

  • I’ll stop and think before I eat or drink anything.
  • I’ll focus on work at work and on home at home

I’ve been good with the big picture stuff this week: I may not always have eaten ‘well’ but when I did it was a conscious decision and not just mindless eating. And I’ve been far more productive at work this week, although it is a bit stressful right now.

  • Buy new LED lightbulbs and replace all the old outdoor light bulbs with the new LED ones; ✅
  • Send a note to someone;
  • One load of laundry – this is a never-ending chore but sometimes it gets away from me so I’m keeping it on the list for now; ✅
  • Practice piano every day;
  • Wednesday or Thursday I want to do some baking for work as a treat for a co-worker who is going on leave; ✅
  • Wednesday – take Q swimming! ✅

pool hair

  • Thursday – after-work drinks with co-workers. I am almost never able to go thanks to a busy family schedule so I am not bailing out on the one that I can get to!
  • Also a bigger goal is to declutter so – post at least 2 items for sale on facebook or kijiji (or both). Does anyone ever do well selling stuff on ebay anymore?

Mortgage renewals and leaving the baking for my co-worker to the last minute meant I couldn’t go out for after-work drinks on Thursday, so that’s a bit sad.

Kugelhopf (will be another post about this soon)

And while I did get the new LED light bulbs, I haven’t yet replaced them all. I got rid of a giant bin of duplo and some knickknacks I’ve had since highschool – think about that for a second. I’ve had those things for roughly 25 years years. Why am I holding on to things for 25 years!?!

And yea, practising just hasn’t seemed to happen this week. I really gotta get on that!

What’s gonna happen on the weekend?

I think I can stop writing out the big picture goals until either (a) they change or (b) I’ve started to ignore them.

More practical / everyday things:

  • send a note to someone
  • replace the light bulbs & figure out how to properly dispose of the old ones
  • clean 2 random things
  • pick Robin up from the airport
  • spend time with family on Sunday 🙂 this is a little out of the ordinary as we all get together at my grandmother’s house for mother’s day. It’s not a holiday our little family of three make a big deal out of but my mom loves it and her family like the tradition of getting together.

tulips at Osgoode Hall in Toronto

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Easter baking – chocolate mousse

My parents host a big Easter lunch every year. It used to involve a big chocolate/candy hunt when they lived in a house with a large backyard and an even larger front yard. Now they’re in a condo it’s lunch with family and close friends. There’s usually quite a feast and Toby and I contribute a bit towards the desserts. This year I made chocolate mousse, so here’s a post about that.

This will be mousse. Oh, plus some rum.

This will be mousse. Oh, plus some rum.

I use a recipe from Cooks Illustrated. It’s a bit of a pain in the a$$ – I’m not sure if it really matters that you add each tablespoon of butter in one at a time or heat the egg whites for a minute or two before whipping them – but it seems to work out exactly the same each time.

First you melt the chocolate – I made a double batch (my co-workers will be happy) so 12 ounces or so of chocolate in a pot over a pot with simmering water.

melting chocolate

melting chocolate

Next I added in a stick of butter, a bit at a time. Then the pinches of salt, 2 teaspoons of vanilla and 4 teaspoons of rum. I think next time I’ll swap out the rum and instead use strong coffee, which is the other option for making this. After all of that, eight egg yolks are whisked in, again, one at a time.

glossy with butter

glossy with butter

I heated the egg whites for a bit and then whipped them up. Apparently also around here I stopped taking step-by-step pictures! After the egg whites were whipped, they were incorporated into the chocolate mixture a 1/3 to a 1/4 at a time.

heating egg whites

heating egg whites

Finally, I whipped two cups of cream with four tablespoons of sugar to soft peaks. Then that got folded all in with the chocolate and divided between two lovely glass bowls:

finished

finished

Cover with plastic wrap and put in the fridge overnight. The recipe recommends at least 2 hours for the flavours to develop but no more than 24 or so before you eat it. We’ve pushed it to 2 days before but I really wouldn’t recommend any longer than that.

Feeling old – music through time….

Okay bear with me, this is worth it.

I’m making lemon scented blueberry cupcakes for a co-worker’s going-away lunch tomorrow. That was his request which is kinda sweet if you think about it.

This will be cupcakes...

This will be cupcakes…

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naked cupcakes

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with cream cheese icing and fresh blueberries

So, I’m in the kitchen listening to Q107 – I love classic rock. Ballroom Blitz comes on (right before that was Bohemian Rhapsody!) . Anyway, I’m singing away. I look over at Toby who’s come down to get a snack, and I say “maybe I should listen to something written in the last 20 years.”

Toby: When do you think this song is from?

Me: (speechless. Then cursing.)

Toby: Please, look it up…

Me: Okay, I’ll say mid-80s?

Toby: Look it up.

Me: *(&%& 1973 Ballroom Blitz is AS OLD AS I AM

Toby has this look on his face. I don’t like where this is probably going to go.

Toby: I was thinking of Q listening to the music you listen to and that you like and sing to him. So when you were five, if you were listening to someone about your age now, singing songs that came out the year they were born…. can you look up what the big songs were in 1936?

Me: WHAT?!?

For the record: Bing Crosby – Pennies from Heaven

The way you look tonight – the Fred Astaire version

But by far my favourite: Sweet Home Chicago. Toby tells me there’s a great story about Robert Johnson. You can read all about the legend of the man here – apparently he sold his soul to the devil to be able to play.

but the long and the short of it is – Toby should be nicer to me 😉

Keto breakfast – jalapeno popper frittata from I breathe I’m hungry

I like planning out my food a little more than Toby does. BUT he does most of the cooking usually. I thought though I’d hit a couple of goals (improving my breakfasts and saving money by not buying breakfasts at work) by looking for breakfast ideas that I could make ahead of time and re-heat at work.

I used to visit the blog I breathe I’m hungry a lot so I headed over there. And found a recipe for Jalapeno Popper Frittata. I adore jalapeno poppers! I asked Toby to get the ingredients I’d need but that I’d do up the recipe myself. I think he was a little speechless.

filling ingredients

A couple of notes: you’ll need three tablespoons total of chopped jalapenos. I got a little over three tablespoons from an 8 cm long jalapeno (a little over 3 inches). If you want some slices for the top instead of chopped, then slice the wide end of the jalapeno first and chop the rest.

Also – we must be one of the few families left without a microwave. Blending the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, salsa verde and jalapenos on the stove top wasn’t hard at all and only took a few minutes (maybe 5 tops) at med-low temperature.

cheeses melted on the stovetop

cheeses melted on the stovetop

006 filling in the dish

melted cheese filling in the baking dish

007 filling topped with egg custard

filling topped with the egg mixture

008 topped with cooked bacon

everything topped with bacon

And here it is about to go into the oven:

009 topped with cheese and peppers

And here it is right out of the oven:

010 out of the ovenThe house smelled lovely!

So this was made Monday evening and I had it for breakfast each morning from Tuesday to Thursday. (I have one last piece ready for tomorrow)  It reheated really well in the office microwave and was just as tasty as on Tuesday. I probably wouldn’t push it any more than that though in terms of eating already cooked eggs and bacon.

And here it all is ready for the week ahead.

011 portioned out

Next up will be cream cheese pancakes!

Peach bourbon pecan ice cream

Mmmm bourbon….

Sorry, where were we? Oh yea, last year I jarred some peaches for the first time. They turned out pretty nicely. So when we were going to be hosting a big family dinner, Toby thought we’d put the new ice cream maker attachment to our kitchen-aid mixer to use. He looked up a whole bunch of recipes and then, well, did what he always does, and winged it.

This will be peach bourbon walnut ice cream....(wiping drool off chin)

This will be peach bourbon pecan ice cream….(wiping drool off chin)

straining the peaches

straining the peaches

Toby chopping pecans

Toby chopping pecans

Toby reduced the liquid from the peach jars and added bourbon and then reduced it for a whole long while.

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Then the pecans, peaches (some in much larger chunks than others), and the liquid was added to the custard.

IMG_3259And then mixed in the ice-cream maker

IMG_3253We put it in a very strong plastic storage container to go in the freezer. Right out of the mixer it’s almost like soft serve and we wanted it a bit harder than that.

IMG_3263I didn’t get any pictures afterwards. Sigh. I’ll just have to ask Toby to make it again!