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Mid January 2022 Updates

Middle of January already and things are just moving along. Sometimes quick days, sometimes not, but overall life is good.


Sticking with no regular schedule for blogging. No pressure, no additional stress.


Still cooking every, single day. At least for dinner and more often making breakfasts too. I got away from that for a while.


Cacio e Pepe Scones were delicious! They also made great breakfast sandwiches the next day. And some went to the freezer. Good news I took a picture, bad news I seem to have deleted it. But think you can see it here.


I made a few things using no recipes - fish tostados and several times used leftovers - turkey and gravy, Jerk Meatballs in Coconut Curry Sauce (great from the freezer).

Zingerman's Detroit Style Pizza is always good. Same with Linguine with Shrimp Scampi. I am not remembering to take pictures though.


Leek and bacon quiche was delicious and can't find the recipe online. I have it in my Plan to Eat.

Leek and Bacon Quiche


1 pie crust (9 inch)deep dish (I use Art of the Pie)

1⁄2 pound bacon thick sliced, diced

2 whole leeks sliced thin

3 large eggs

1 cups cream

pepper

1 1⁄2 cups Gruyere cheese grated

  1. Preheat oven to 375. Blind bake crust 15 minutes.

  2. In large skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain, then transfer to small bowl.

  3. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of fat from skillet. Add leeks and cook until softened, but not brown. Add to bacon.

  4. In medium bowl combine eggs and cream, season with salt and pepper.

  5. Sprinkle 1 cup of cheese in pie shell, top with bacon leek mix. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.

  6. Bake 30 minutes until set. Cover with foil if top browning too quickly.Transfer to rack and rest 10 minutes.

Also highly recommend this pork chop recipe from a personal chef friend Amy. And really any of her recipes, I've made several and they've all been good.


Chicken Schnitzel with Lemon was great with an arugula salad and burrata. I'll try to take more pictures.


Plant updates - my amaryllis plants keep giving joy. My fourth plant bloomed, I cut some blooms and put them in water and the deep burgundy plant bloomed again.


The small container has my chive seeds and an avocado seed, we'll see. Also still enjoying my birds and pansies outside.


A little work update since I did a little work. I'm being very cautious with any outside interactions. But I was asked to participate in a bridal registry event for KitchenAid and weighed the risks.


Yes it was indoors but first thing in the morning, store was not open, everyone was masked, it felt okay. So glad I went because the bridal couples were so joyous. Since the store was not open, I could concentrate on each couple (they came in during two hours) and answer questions, give suggestions and even some recipes.


Not sure how much work I'll consider, still on a case by case, risk questioning basis.


Still mostly enjoying yoga even when I have to push myself to do it. Still knitting, reading, and my women's group started again. We're reading Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of Saint Benedict Today by Joan Chittister.


Women's group and worship services have moved back to zoom for January. Comfortable with that decision in the mist of covid.


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