I’ve made a promise to myself that I’m not going to allow blogging to become an obligation. If I did, my posts would be boring (more so than they probably already are ;)), and my heart just wouldn’t be in it. I also made a promise to myself that as soon as I had the itch to write, that I’d make time. So, here I am Like it or not.
After the big trip to NYC, our weekend didn’t slow down a bit. Sunday morning, we had church and another family reunion, where we were able to celebrate my Godfather, TT’s birthday!
There was lots of good food (I brought black beans & peas topped with turkey bacon along with a cheesy spaghetti squash dish.
Since our anniversary was actually on a Monday, we both decided that with the jam packed weekend we had, we could use some time to just be together. We did something that’s not much like us… we took off work! We literally spent the day together with no agenda. First thing was first… breakfast!
I didn’t force my pumpkin oatmeal and green smoothie on Jarid. I cooked him a nice “manly” bacon, eggs, and pancakes breakfast instead as a little “thank you for putting up with me for a year” gift. :D We exchanged cards, since we promised each other we weren’t doing “gifts” since our trip to NY was our gift to each other. I still made him a little something, which will be posted at a later date, due to the fact that I failed to take a photo.
It was nice to just sit down and watch a movie with my husband. Of course, at some point, we dug out some wedding cake from the freezer, defrosted it, and each had a bite. Not awful!?
I got the sweetest text from my cousin, bff, and matron of honor, and our ring bearer, Bo! They’re so thoughtful. I’ll admit, almost every picture she’s ever sent me of Bowman, I’ve saved to my phone. Those moments are irreplaceable and he’s already grown too fast!
Speaking of Bowman, we had the Mitts over for dinner last night and Ed is avoiding meat due to a kidney issue that’s been passed down from his Dad. My mission was to make a meatless meal that’s perfect for Fall.
Veggie Chili & Honey Flax Cornbread! Who would’ve thought my first post in awhile would be a recipe post?! I’m just full of surprises.
For the Chili…
-2 T. canola oil or olive oil
-1 1/2 C. chopped yellow onions
-1 cup chopped red bell peppers
-2 T. minced garlic
-1 large green pepper
-1 medium zucchini, stem ends trimmed and cut into small dice
-1/2 C. peas (I used frozen)
-1 1/2 pounds cubed mushrooms
-2 T. chili powder
-1 T. ground cumin
-1 1/4 T. salt
-1/4 tsp. cayenne
-4 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
-2 (15 oz) cans black beans
-1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
-1 C. vegetable stock, or water
I served ours with brown rice and Honey Flax Cornbread! Here’s the recipe for that…
- 1 3/4 cup cornmeal, preferably organic or non-GMO
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 eggs
- 2 T. honey
- 2 C. unsweetened almond milk
- 2 T. melted coconut oil or Brummel & Brown yogurt spread
- if you enjoy cinnamon, you could also add a pinch to this recipe to enhance the sweetness!
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Grease a 10″ cast iron skillet or an 8×8″ pan.
- In a small bowl combine cornmeal, baking powder, and salt and whisk well with a fork. In a medium sized bowl beat eggs and mix in honey, almond milk, and coconut oil or Brummel.
- Pour the dry ingredients into the wet and mix until just combined. Pour batter into prepared pan and place in oven.
- Bake 20-25 minutes or until a knife or toothpick comes out clean when inserted into center of the bread. Allow to cool before cutting. Serve with Brummel & Brown and an additional squeeze of honey on top. You’re welcome
Bo gave is “thumbs up” stamp of approval as well, which really put a smile on my face.
As I washed the dishes after dinner, I couldn’t help but admire and miss my Mama. I used her gorgeous dish to make my brown rice in, and I’m so thankful I have a piece of her (if not many), in our home to remember her by.
We spent the rest of the evening relaxing and playing cards. In fact, I learned a new game! It’s called “hearts” and it took me quite awhile to catch on, but it’s a lot of fun! Now that I’ve got the hang of it, I can’t wait to play again!
Thank you to the Mitts for a wonderful night <3 Love you guys!