I have gotten out of the habit of my gratitude journal. That is NOT something I want to stop doing.
77. I'm so grateful for food blogs and a plethora of cookbooks. I think so often of women who lived in other times (or, heck -- women who lived twenty years ago) who did not have access to the wide variety of cooking resources that we have today. It would have been impossible for me to convert to a plant-based diet without the implicit encouragement that I find in blogs and vegan cookbooks. Tonight's dinner comes from a cookbook that I own and from my favorite blog.
Speaking of food, last night I dished myself up a bowl of the potato salad. Inspiration struck and I drizzled on some barbecue sauce and stirred it all up. WOW!!! Just wonderful! In fact, I will never make this recipe again without doing that. Don't have too heavy a hand -- you can always add more -- but while I liked the potato salad real well before, I just LOVE it with this addition!
78. Our weather lately has been warm and rainy or cold and sunny. When I lie in the hammock I need to be in a bathing suit (sun exposure is the whole idea) so I haven't been able to do it for a few weeks. Today I did! And I used the time for prayer and it went by fast enough. I would have preferred it to be a little warmer, but it was not a bit too chilly. It looks like most of this week will be good, although rain is forecast from about Friday on. I will take what I can get, though!
79. I am grateful for II Corinthians 4:17-18: "For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal." I tend to focus too much on my knees. I'm rarely depressed about them (thank God), but I still spend a lot more time thinking about all the things I can't do rather than all the things I can. This is nothing.
Dinner tonight was very...eh. At least it was easy. I'd hate to have worked hard on something that underwhelmed me as much as this did. I bought a cookbook a while ago called Vegan Planet by Robin Robertson. So far I have been very unimpressed. :/
Tonight's main dish was calld Not-So-Dirty Rice. Bruce used to love dirty rice (originally, dirty rice was made with minced chicken livers but these days you find it with ground beef, sausage, whatever). This recipe called for tofu crumbles -- sautee an onion, green pepper, some garlic, add tofu crumbles a few spices and a bunch of rice. It was...blah. And I didn't like it enough to fiddle with it and make it better. It actually looks pretty good. Do not be fooled.
To go with it I made these Fat-Free Pumpkin and Raisin Biscuits. These have potential. I made them just as she directed, but next time I will add sugar to the dough. They HAVE to be sweet, I think. I just drizzled mine with honey and that was fine. They'd be good with pumpkin butter, too. I'm not posting a picture because mine came out blurry and you can see a photo on the link. I don't think you should use a 1 1/2-inch biscuit cutter, though. That makes these twice as wide as they are high -- just tiny little things. Ignore that and use a regular biscuit cutter. I don't know what she was thinking. :)
Leftover tomato salad rounded out the meal.
Work to do. Editing a book for a friend. So...