Last night I made a dinner that had really stuck out to me in one of my new Ina Garten cook books; her parmesan chicken and mashed potatoes with gravy. I was a little bit worried becauseI'm never that good at cooking chicken for some reason. Let's just say that this was a major confidence boost. Me and G both really liked it a lot.
Plus, I made homemade gravy for the first time! It wasn't as good as my mom's, but still good. I also made some black eyed peas and spinach from my Moosewood book, which G ate so that was also a triumph.
I've been topping my nights off with hot cocoa. Probably a good dessert choice for my new year's resolutions.
This morning I had apple cinnamon oatmeal.
After working out, I finished off the rest of the veggies from last night (maybe I could get him to eat them once, but there was no way that G was going near them again).
A little later I had a banana muffin.
Then, for some reason, we had the idea that the weather would be okay for a walk to Fell's Point. This was probably a bad idea. It was so cold out. But I guess worth it for the food. We went to BOP Pizzeria for lunch and I got a Greek salad.
They have really, really great pizza, but I just wasn't in the mood. I had a bite of G's pepperoni-pepperoncini pizza and it was good as always.
Then what I was really waiting for! Mr. Yogato! It's probably a good thing that we aren't closer to it, because I would be trying to get all of the topping combos that I could possibly think of. Today I got what I've been getting, though: tangy with kiwi, coconut, and chocolate jimmies.
Did I mention that I got a slow cooker for Christmakkuh from my momma? And that we watched Julie and Julia? And that after watching it, G decided that he wanted to try beef bourguignon? Yes. And lucky enough, there was a recipe in the little book that came with my slow cooker. So all day, we had a nice smell in the apartment as it cooked. The final result, with buttered noodles and bread:
This was good, but really, really rich. I guess a lot of French food is like that. Plus, I'm not a huge beef eater to begin with. Maybe this is more appropriate for a bigger crowd and smaller portions. But still, really flavorful and tasty!
Now I'm having my cocoa again. I keep saying that I need to get around to the huge pile of clean laundry that needs to be folded. Maybe tomorrow...
How do you get the motivation for chores that you hate doing?