Meatless Monday: soba noodles with the good stuff!

Sauce for the noodles: soy sauce, ponzu, brown sugar, roasted sesame seeds and sesame oil.IMG_5012IMG_5013

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Got my boys back today! The honeymoon is officially over.

I missed them so much and thrilled to hear they had a great time, including the part they had to hike 25 miles over 3 days. They’re already talking about going back next year.IMG_5004

My sister gave me some ripe bananas. I love to bake bread with ripe bananas because I can totally skimp on the sugar by half. If boys were around, this loaf won’t last for 2 days.IMG_4991

A Friday ritual.

A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week.

A simple, special, extraordinary moment.

A moment I want to pause, savor and remember – {this moment}

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One of the perks of not having kids around, we go out for a movie, on a weeknight!IMG_4981

Not having our Meatless Monday today. It’s digging through the refrigerator to find whatever we have. Tonight, we are enjoying zoodles with stuffed bell peppers. Made extra for lunch as well. It’s easy to cook for 2, at least the grocery bill will be a lot lighter this week.

This is my first try making artisan bread at home in a dutch oven. I seriously can’t believe how easy this is to make. Only with three ingredients plus water: flour, yeast, and salt.

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Here’s the recipe:

  • 3 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon of yeast
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1-1/2 cups of water (cold water if you want to ferment it overnight, very hot water if you don’t want to wait).
  • Mix everything together in a big bowl, at the same time.
  • If you use very hot water, you cover for 5 hours at room temperature and let it rise. If you have time, use cold water, cover and leave it overnight.
  • The dough will be very sticky when ready. Before you remove it from the bowl, flour your hands and on a surface. Not much kneading at this point, just form a round ball. Place a large piece of parchment paper in a bowl (I used the same bowl) and put the dough back in the bowl (on top of parchment paper). Cover.
  • Place the dutch oven in the oven and preheat 425 degrees. When ready, lift the dough (along with the parchment paper) and place it in the dutch oven (be careful, dutch oven is super hot).
  • Close lid and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove lid, and continue baking for 10-15 minutes.

Voila, you’re done!

And off they go to the woods, for an entire week! I miss them already, though it’s nice to get some quiet time to ourselves. IMG_4967

A Friday ritual.

A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week.

A simple, special, extraordinary moment.

A moment I want to pause, savor and remember – {this moment}

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Yesterday was Ah Lo’s ortho appointment. Of course, the biggest complaint from the doc was that he wasn’t flossing, or at all. The gums were so irritated the doc was worried about gingivitis. The doctor and I both explained to him the importance of flossing. As soon as I got home, I started posting reminder signs all over the bathroom area. If this doesn’t get him to floss, I don’t know what else to do.IMG_4969