Cooking For February
Alas, my goal is not to share monthly, but that is my pattern so far in 2016. C’est la vie. I’ll catch up with a month of cooking for February.
Apparently, the fast-progressing Fire Monkey has packed my schedule. I have been busy with work (I have a full-time job and a part-time job, and my passion blog(s) Don’t get me wrong, all in, this not more than 50 hours a week). My day job has had me working very full days, and doing a little bit more travelling than I had for several months. Oh, do not get all excited or jealous. When I mention travel for my job it is more about driving hundreds of miles in my lovely Kansas, not jetting off to somewhere exotic. Nonetheless, it has been busier.
Because of the busy work schedule, meaning longer days, I have been so glad to have the electric pressure cooker! I’ve used it at least once a week since Christmas, and February was no exception. I made Pressure Cooker Chicken and Rice (twice), Orange Chicken, Pasta shells and cheese, and Enchilada Pasta. I also used it for prepping dried beans for White Chicken Chili and hard boiled eggs for tuna salad and (wait for it) hard boiled eggs. It really cuts down on the cook time; the chicken in rice in the oven takes 1 ½ hours, in the pressure cooker it takes 20 minutes. Heck yeah!
My creative part has been busy, too. Food related creativity included the Mardi Gras Feast I made: Shrimp and Grits, Pancakes, and a King Cake (yum).
I helped Daughter Number Four make Valentine’s Cakes and cupcakes for friends and family, and she decorated them (beautiful).
Most importantly, creatively, and awesomely – I got to help my mother make some food for a presentation she was doing at a retirement home about The Oscars. For years she had worked as an activities director at nursing homes and then an Assisted Living community. Her favorite part of the job (the best part) was little programs she would do giving some history or background about different events or holidays, and making food to go along with it. Because many Seniors cannot eat popcorn she was having a little struggle of what to serve at this presentation. I stumbled upon this idea on Pinterest and then helped her carry it out. “Popcorn” cupcakes! Cupcakes, decorated to look like popcorn boxes. We had such a good time decorating these cupcakes ~ and they turned out so cute! The people at the Assisted Living really liked them, and I think that mom could make these for birthday parties, carnivals, and so many other occasions!
The other creative piece I did was the artwork I posted as the lead image. I call it, The Sound of Silence. It represents so many of my own passions in one piece, and the words to one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite groups poured through me and out of me while I was doing it…so it’s a fitting title.
As busy as February was, I can tell you that March is already gearing up to surpass its busy-ness. I will try, though, to make more of an appearance! I’m planning on having many orts and motivation t