New Year’s Eve

My husband and I went ice skating and there was a DJ taking song requests at the rink. I requested “Ice, Ice, Baby” and it was kind of awesome to skate around to that. Someone should use that song in their figure skating performance. Just sayin’.

After enjoying some more festivities, and more manifestations of ice (in the form of ice sculptures),

we went out to eat and I was very glad we had made reservations (the wait at this particular restaurant would have been about 1.5 hours.)

We started off sharing this hummus platter. I had to ask myself again: what is it about ramekins that makes them so fun to eat out of? Why are ramekins so awesome?

My entree was this Mediterranean Pappardelle dish. The pasta was fresh & a great consistency. The dish was a bit too spicy for my taste buds (lots of pepper perhaps?) but I still enjoyed it, especially when I was eating the small chunks of feta cheese.

For dessert, we shared this chocolate mousse. Yes to that. This was probably the most perfect dessert of 2010. And because of its rich sumptuousness, a few bites was totally satisfying.

Warm and Comforting

Grains, Greens & Beans
Seasoned Red Quinoa, Mellow Brown Rice and Beans, Baby Bok Choy
Another great meal, courtesy of my mom.

Here’s another photo from the archives of the past week. It’s a snow person I ‘crafted’. I decided to name her Belissa. Several people asked me what her name was, and all misheard me saying ‘Melissa’ at first.

Cute Little ‘Biscuit’ Cookies, Homemade Pizza

My mom is a great cook!

Yesterday she made homemade blueberry waffles that I enjoyed with some homemade applesauce.

Alongside the waffles, I ate some biscuit cookies with peanut butter.

These biscuit cookies make fun bite-sized snacks. They are also vegan, for those who are interested in vegan cookies.

I asked my mom if she could recall the recipe she created for them, so here it is:
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups oats
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup very finely chopped walnuts
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup applesauce or 1/2 cup margarine
1 cup brown sugar or 2 tbs stevia
3 tbs almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Mix flour, baking soda and cinnamon in one bowl.
2. In another bowl, combine margarine or applesauce, sugar or stevia, almond milk, and vanilla. Beat together.
3. Combine the contents of the two bowls into one bowl. Stir in oats and raisins.
4. Mix well.
5. Drop spoonfuls onto sheet.
6. Bake at 350 until golden brown on bottom.

Yesterday, my mom also made some pizza.