Monday, November 12, 2007

The problem with NaBloPoMo

The problem with NaBloPoMo is that it requires you to be interesting, creative, insightful, and/or funny EVERY day for a month. That's a big ticket to fill. Maybe not for all of you, but man, I've either got it or I don't--meaning, either I post 3-5 times in one day with all the crazy stuff running through my head, OR, I'm stuck with not a whole lot of anything. Bummer. I wish I could wow you with my wit, or stir you up with my passion, but today, the inspiration for either of those post evades me.

Today has been a chill sabbath of good food (omelette, homemade refried beans--SO simple--okay maybe not as simple as opening the can, but SO simple and good...with no preservatives...and it's veggie friendly, homemade tortilla soup, and chocolate chip cookies), cleaning, crafting, vegging, and sleeping. The only thing the day lacked was a good book, but the library was closed and the book I wanted at the bookstore was not on sale...oh well.

I did have a genius idea though when I was making cookies. I decided that it would be fun to take fresh baked cookies to parishioners when I go to visit. How cool would it be to get fresh baked cookies when the pastor comes to visit?!?! I'd be stoked. So, I made a double batch and froze some dough so I can bake a couple at a time when I need to. Otherwise I have a dozen for one family, a dozen for another family, a couple for 2 other parishioners, a half dozen for my Senior, and some for the office. I also thought that it might help me win people over when I get a different appointment, as I do my intro visits, take cookies!! It's reverse hospitality and seems very fun (aside from the prospect of making I-don't-know-how-many cookies)!

note: if you decide to do the cookie freezing thing, make them into balls first, then freeze. Then when you want them, cook as you would normally, either frozen or defrosted.

Homemade Refried Beans Recipe:
(makes about 4 servings)
Rinse 1 cup dried red beans (remove any small stones)
Put in crock pot
Add 3.5 cups water, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 white/yellow onion (big chunks, you will want to take the onion out later)
Cook on low for appx. 8 hours or on high for appx 4 hours
Remove onion.
In medium/large pan on medium heat, add beans, salt and garlic powder/salt to taste. Mash.
Serve hot.

1 comment:

John Meunier said...

If you are bringing cookies, please feel free to drop by next time you are in Southern Indiana.