It’s Always Good to Mix It UP:Mixed Media ATC
The weeks have been flying by and August is already upon us. Thank you for all of your encouraging comments last week regarding cyber/charter school. We received our enrollment emails from the school and are just waiting for computers and supplies to be delivered. What a relief!! And none too soon. The school has started putting families on a waiting list because so many people are pulling their children out of school and looking to cyber/charter school from home. We made it just in the nick of time.
Do You Get in a Rut?
I have been making a list of all the things that I need to sort around the house and one of the larger tasks was my cookbooks. I love collecting books with history, beautiful pictures and recipes that are tried and true. When we were first married, I would pick up a cook book with recipes native to the area we visited. I would try a recipe and then shelve the book. Since then, they have been hidden away and collecting dust. We tend to go through periods where I will make the same few recipes over and over again because it’s easy. I think it has been a year since I tried a new recipe for dinner.
But since I have been going through each cookbook, one page at a time, I have discovered why I bought these books in the first place. I made a list of the recipes in each book that I want to try and placed them at the front so I don’t have to search. I am endeavoring to try at least one new recipe a month. I can’t be to adventurous so I thought I would start out small.
A new dinner (and not from our cookbooks) we have added to our weekly menu at the suggestion of a friend is Chicken Shawarma and homemade Pita bread. I made this last week for our 14th anniversary dinner. While my homemade pita’s were slightly under cooked, we loved the Chicken Shawarma. The chicken was yummy and a bit spicy. My hubby suggested a sauce as the chicken and bread together seemed a bit stodgy (too much Great British Bake Off for us). I bought Tahini sauce but he wasn’t a fan so I will be trying out a new sauce this week, probably with a greek yogurt base. As for the pita’s, I don’t always want to take the time to watch bread rise, so I am trying Naan bread from Aldi this week instead.
I have been wanting to try Asian cucumber salad for ages. I love getting this whenever we eat out Asian food. Thanks to my cousin, we have a few garden grown cucumbers that I turned into this Spicy Chinese Cucumber Salad. It was so delicious with just the right amount of bite. I almost ate the whole thing in one sitting.
I have done quite a bit of baking this week, but I didn’t take pictures. I surprised my kids with sourdough chocolate chip pancakes as well as banana chocolate muffins. Crazily enough, they wanted to know what the occasion was and why I was making hot breakfast on a day other than Saturday. Can’t spoil them too often or they will expect it every day.
7th Anniversary ATC Swap
The post seems to be slow and I have not yet received my ATC from Mia, but I am hoping it will arrive any day now. Instead, I will share the ATC I made for Chris.
I used some scrap fabric and paper towel to layer underneath a die cut and a PaperArtsy image.
And I received a lovely card, ATC and some goodies from Chris in return. Here is what she sent me.
Thank you, Chris for sharing your beautiful creations with me! That tea cup stamp is lovely and perfect for this tea loving girl.
I am joining the T ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. Last week, I shared my new new tea which hadn’t arrived yet. Well, it is here I am loving the smell and the taste of this Positively Tea Company, Organic Lychee Green Tea, Loose Leaf, 1 Pound Bag. It definitely has a fruity aroma, which is my favorite. If you have never tried lychee you should. It is native to China and is a small red fruit with a white flesh. It balances out the earthy taste of the green tea perfectly. I would highly recommend this tea.
Where is your favorite place to gather recipes online? I have a whole binder full of them aside from cookbooks so please drop a link of some blogs so I can check them out.
Happy Tea Day,