Isn’t it weird how all that snow has suddenly disappeared? From being -8 C roughly during the day to now +10 or so. All in the space of two days… Nature never fails to surprise me, that is for sure! In the meantime our healthy living routine is going along nicely. Because it’s not a diet and because I don’t beat myself up for slipping every once in a while it feels natural and it feels good too (except for the fact that I’m having a serious cold at the moment, but that will pass too) plus I lost about 5 kilo in the process too. So no complaining. The bonus is that eating lots of veggies and lots of fruit, grains and other healthy stuff we actually feel a lot better too. And I say ‘we’ as Tom is in it this time too.
Boy did I have a hard time coming up with the first challenge for this year! You probably guessed that too since I am way over the date it normally gets published. But that is not such a big deal as the bonus is that the deadline for this challenge is much later then the usual. Ok…. so what is the challenge?
The challenge theme for the month of January and February is HOMEMADE. I thought it would be fun to do a challenge that kind of incorporates the theme of eating healthy, managing your budget and still eating great food. Now as an example I am giving you a simple recipe for granola, but think about – for instance – homemade curry paste, homemade bread, wine, cheese or even something basic like a good chickenstock. But it has to be an item you use to create something else. Making your own meal at home, which is technically also homemade, does not count. It has to be a condiment of sorts or something you use together with other food to make a dish. I’m giving you a list of examples as it might be a little confusing;
After having spend the entire day with my head buried in the numbers I think it is about time I wrote a little blog post instead. It’s getting dark outside and while the temperatures are way too high for the time of year (it’s roughly 10 C at the moment… Above zero..) it does feel a little chillier then it did a few days ago. Would winter finally arrive? Last year – if I remember correctly – it was the same. Really warm weather, blossom was blooming in January (as it is now as well) and then all of a sudden we got -15 to cope with in February. Of-course the good news is that I will be away to tropical temperatures in February… So February is OK for me!
With wildly varying favorites it was quite a difficult task this month to choose a winner for the combined photochallenge and Monthly Mingle that we had last month. Such beautiful entries too! And all of them delicious…
The winner is this delicious Rocky Road recipe by The kitchen Witch. While we didn’t all agree on the ‘best’ image among the entries, most of us had this particular image in our top three, making it by points gathered the most popular image and therefore making it the winner. For the runner up of this month we have to name Asha of Fork Spoon Knife with this beautiful pumpkin and pecan cheesecake!
Wow… I haven’t written anything new here since mid December I just noticed.. Did you miss me? I decided to take a break of blogging and social media over Christmas and New Year. I’ve been so busy before that it almost became a chore instead of the fun it is supposed to be. So it was nice to not have to think about new posts, new recipes and the like. It also gave me a change to sit back and relax with friends and family and also think about goals for the new year. So that leaves me to first start with wishing all of you a fantastic 2013. With lots of laughter, love and good health.
I never really make cookies. I don’t know why or well, maybe just to prevent myself from eating the entire stack. That is a very good reason not to make them. Growing up – as you might know by now – my mom hated cooking and trying to dig through my memory I don’t think we ever made cookies together. I did bake cookies when I was at my friends house. Her mom always made those ‘sand cookies’ which you could make into any kind of shape so my friend and I loved to do that. And – as usual – we also would end up eating most of the dough…