Sunday was absolutely gorgeous for a February in South Dakota. I wonder if this is a sign of things to come, or if we’re going to get a rude awakening next winter, when things go back to normal. Kind like we’re expecting for today–Rain/sleet/snow all day long, with about 3 inches of accumulation. Which, I wonder how that’s going to happen, since the temperature will be over freezing, but I shouldn’t care. Thanks to the holiday, I don’t have to go anywhere, and I’ll let Jay have the car, so he can deal with the idiot drivers and the city’s holding off on sending the sanders or plows out.
I did the laundry, and got it done shortly after noon. I popped out to the grocery store, so I could pick up some chocolate chips, a block of cheddar, and some puff pastry. I asked the bambino Saturday if he’d like to make chocolate chip cookies, since we’ll be home all day today, and that morning my cousin’s wife sent me a link to a recipe for Homemade Ham & Cheese Pop Tarts, suggesting I make a batch and send them to her. Somehow, I don’t think they’d survive the trip to Georgia, nor would they last that long in my house anyway. As soon as I mentioned the recipe to Jay who happened to be walking through the living room, I got an “Oooh!” One of the recommendations is also to try them with Nutella, and since I still have a bajillion samples my mom sent me a few months ago, I thought that would be a perfect way to use some of them up (rather than me just occasionally popping a couple open and eating them with a spoon).
However, when I saw the price of puff pastry ($5.17 for 2 sheets), I decided I’d make my own dough. I have whole wheat pastry flour to use anyway (and hey, then I can claim the pop tarts are quasi-healthy!). But before I could make them Sunday, we decided to venture out to the park. It was almost too chilly, but it was sunny, and a good excuse to get out and get fresh air.
It was good to get out for a bit. We came home, watched a movie, and then because I was feeling über-lazy, we ordered pizza. I tried going to sleep at my normal time, but forces beyond my control prevented me from sleeping very well. Thank you, Sudafed-induced insomnia. I can’t breathe without it right now, but I can’t sleep if I take it. Stupid double-edged sword.
But thanks to the miracle that is coffee, I can at least function today. Which is a good thing, since all I want to do is crawl back into bed and try to sleep. I entertained thoughts of making the pop tarts, but went for something far less involved:
Chocolate chip cookies! Minus help from the bambino…He came and dumped a cup of sugar into the mixing bowl, watched it and the butter cream together, and then went off to play ninja. Which was fine. I got them done, although it wasn’t necessary to make them. Jay came home with these:
My weakness. Chocolate and peanut butter. I’m trying NOT to polish off the entire bag this evening. At least for right now, I actually have to get up off my butt and walk into the dining room if I want more, and since I’m feeling lazy, I stopped after my 4th one.
Dinner was a bit of a pain in the bum to put together:
Pan-Fried Beef Braciole Filled with Cheese and Ham. I should’ve assembled them earlier in the day, but it worked out okay. Especially since I did try taking a nap at one point, but the bambino kept waking me up.
This marks the first time I’ve tried fontina, and I liked it. I did make the slices rather thin, but it, combined with the ham gave the dish some sweetness I wasn’t expecting. Jay thought they were excellent, and I was pleased with how they turned out.
And while I would love to get into another kitchen project this evening, I think instead, I’m going to fix the coffeemaker and get myself to bed!