This morning I treated myself to a Pumpkin Spice Latte and a pumpin scone from Starbucks. I think I am pumpkined out right now! The scone was fantastic; the latte a little too sweet for me.
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Sunday night I made the Country Coq au Vin recipe. It was delicious! I made a couple substitutions, though: chicken breasts instead of a whole cut up chicken (no one in our family really cares for dark meat) and I thinly sliced a medium yellow onion instead of using the pearl onions (personally, I don’t think they have much flavor). I used a dry Italian white that I had hanging out in the fridge and served the chicken with garlic mashed potatoes. Delish! I think it would also be fantastic if you used a fine Marsala wine. I’ll try that next time. After the boys were in bed, D. and I watched The Weatherman. We both really liked it.Â I’m a big Nicholas Cage fan anyway, so I almost always like everything he does.
Yesterday was a rainy day and J. and I did a bunch of crafts and I packed up 7 boxes of kitchen stuff. We have another open house this coming Sunday so I wanted to clear out as much as I could. I packed up all of our extra plates, cups, silverware, and left only as much as we will need. We rarely use our dishwasher anyway, so handwashing a couple plates won’t be a problem. Last night I tried to duplicate one of my favorite restaurant recipes — Baked Sonora Chicken Pasta. Ruby Tuesday’s no longer serves it (they’ve totally destroyed their menu; it’s so boring now!) and I’ve been craving it. The recipe needs a little tweaking — a little more spice, but I came pretty close. Once I have it down I’ll post it.
I’ve been working on my swap partner’s bag, but I’ve been really tired at night lately, so I haven’t made a ton of progress. Hopefully I’ll at least finish the bottom today. I’m contemplating joining Secret Pal 9. It seems like it would be a lot of fun, but it’s a really big commitment. I have to think about it a little more. (Anyone want to try to convince me? 😉 )