How are we halfway through August? Honestly, it seems like just last week I was complaining about cold, promising to never complain about the heat (and I make good on that promise-you’ll never hear me complain about the heat). Now, it’s upon us again (okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration-this is Tennessee and it won’t get cold for at least two more months). Still, can we just slow down the clock a little bit? I don’t want in-season tomatoes, peaches, and squash to go away (though I do adore a good September/October MacIntosh apple). Here are some thoughts for this Thursday.
1. Since we bought a Roku 3 in June I have become obsessed with video food blogs (vlogs, if you will). I started out watching them on iFood.tv but now I just watch them on YouTube. We’re actually a little obsessed with YouTube overall. My favorites are Fifteen Spatulas and The Squishy Monster. You’ll likely see some vlogging from Chattavore in the future. And autocorrect really wanted me to say “flogging” in that last sentence. You will not see flogging from Chattavore.
2. Part of the problem with flogging is that my kitchen is a little less than ideal right now. Laminate “butcher board” counters and unattractive painted cabinets. We have a plan, though. I’ll keep you posted.
3. I drive a lot with my new job. It’s more tiring that you might imagine. Also, I have discovered just how quickly I can eat a salad in the driver’s seat of my car in the parking lot of a school.
4. I really want to start making more Crock-Pot meals. I want to buy some America’s Test Kitchen slow cooker cookbooks but for some reason I can’t talk myself into spending the money.
5. Last Friday, my knee started hurting like crazy. I have no idea why. It hurt all day Friday and all day Saturday. I didn’t run on Thursday so it seemed totally random. Of course, it could have something to do with the fact that I’m getting older. My birthday is Sunday. Who’d like to guess how old I’ll be (just kidding, please don’t guess!)?
6. Don’t guess my age, but if someone wants to bake me this strawberry cake I won’t turn it down. People tell me that you aren’t supposed to bake your own birthday cake but it seems like a perfectly reasonable idea to me. However, my sister just told me that she was going to attempt to make this cake and I am 100% cool with that.
7. I have been strong. I have cooked dinner every weeknight since I went back to work and I haven’t eaten lunch out once. It’s some kind of record, I tell you. The first few weeks of school are the hardest! When do you find your motivation to cook/pack a lunch flagging the most?
8. I’ve become better at preplanning my menus. It’s helped tremendously with blog planning as well as grocery list planning. What do you guys want to see on the blog? I have posts planned through October but still need suggestions for November, December, and so on.
9. I made a tomato pie this week. I really wanted to share it with you guys but apparently I didn’t spend enough time getting the water out of the tomatoes. It was super-liquidy, though it was still delicious. Here’s the original recipe from Simply Recipes: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/tomato_pie/ I think I’m going to try a tomato cobbler-tomatoes on bottom with biscuits on top so the liquid gets left in the pan.
10. It’s National Creamsicle Day! I didn’t realize just how many foods had their own holidays until I started looking them up. I love Creamsicles. They were my favorite frozen treat as a kid and I could eat my weight in them even now. I wouldn’t dare try to take on the classic orange and vanilla combination of my childhood….but how about a pina colada creamsicle made with pineapple juice and coconut milk?
Yield: 10 popsicles
5 minPrep Time:
5 minTotal Time:
- 1 ½ cups pineapple juice or pureed pineapple
- 1 ½ cups coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- Whisk all of the ingredients together in a measuring cup or bowl with a pouring spout. Pour into a popsicle mold and freeze until completely solid.