Sunday, November 7, 2010

Jalapeño Cheddar Bread

With colder weather comes my desire for comfort food.  And comfort food for me is soup and carbs,  Mmmmm, carbs..... 

For a few weeks now, I have been dropping heavy hints to a certain someone about a certain delicious bread he makes.  Well, actually, it didn't take much.  I just had to go buy more whole wheat flour and a few jalapeños.

Finding time to enjoy this bread has been the biggest issue.  I have been consistently putting in overtime hours at work, week after week.  Yay for holiday money! But nay for spending time with my man.  We joke about having parallel lives at this point.  Me off to work at 4:30 am to come home to him leaving for rehearsal.


Plus, the speedy loss of October made me remember that I'm going to start grad school in January.  OMG, so close.  I realized that I hadn't set up my email account, hadn't registered for classes, hadn't verified my citizenship, hadn't taken the music diagnostic test, hadn't gotten an ID card....

To be in school again.   .   . what will that be like after a year off?  I've been so slack on the singing lately.  I have so much work ahead of me, yet I'm so glad I took that time off.

What I will be working on full force when I get back to singing will definitely be my Dvorak song cycle.  So beautiful and so much potential.  (And so much Czech to study.)

Oh, and my allergies have screwed me!  Apparently I have a ragweed allergy.  Why do I never see it coming?!  And my new state is one of the top offenders.  Great.  Congestion headaches are running rampant. 

Well, back to the bread, it was delicious!  So moist and flavorful.  However, due the aforementioned points in my life, I didn't get to enjoy as much as I perhaps should have.  After several days, some mold spots appeared and I was informed to eat it or toss it.  The last pieces are in the freezer now. 

When I asked for the recipe to post here, I was denied.  In jest, but also in feigned offense.  

Maybe I can coax it out of him. 

In the meantime I'll be finding new ways to incorporate this bread into my meals.  I'll have to slice some and take it to work... at the bakery... where we bake and sell tons of bread.... oh boy.  I'm in trouble.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Eggs and Cream Cheese on English Muffins

Did I mention I like Breakfast?

because I do.

On days off, or days where I run the close shift, I lavish sleeping in and having the apartment to myself.  As a matter of fact, this shouldn't even be called breakfast, because I ate it during a clearly delineated lunch period.

And it was good.

Have I told you of my love for cream cheese?  I could really put it on anything.  I've been known to dip many things in it: cheez-its, animal crackers, black olives, any kind of chip, carrots, celery, apples, my own finger-- wait-- you weren't supposed to hear that part...

Anyway, this cream cheese is featured on top of a whole wheat English muffin and topped with lightly scrambled eggs.  Had I not been so lazy, I would have grated some sharp white cheddar on top.  Alas, it was my day off.  And then I would have had to wash the grater.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Granby Park and Fuzzy Friends

I've been meaning to post these for a while now...

These come from the weekend that my Parents and Nana came up to visit.
It had rained all day.  Towards late afternoon it cleared up enough for us to take a stroll in Granby Park along the Congaree River.

Everywhere we looked, we saw these fuzzy friends.  I must also say that I am mildly infatuated with caterpillars.  I used to "collect" them as a kid.  Then they would cocoon and emerge as beautiful moths and I would set them on a warm tree branch.  So wonderful.

I didn't touch these, don't worry.  They were a little too Maltese looking for my liking.

And also a picture of this animal: My Mother

Where did October go?

I did not find the opportunity to carve a pumpkin this year, so several of these minis were strategically placed around my apartment.  

And will be until they rot because they are so cute!