It's Saturday night..and unbelievably..Sunday ,Feb 1rst is at our doorstep..
My niece will turn 41..one of our daughters..the baby..will be 38..
I love hummus..in fact I was very happy when I read that I had won some gift certificates from Les Gourmandises d'Isa~ It was a treat to get a FedEx envelope at my door ..one frigid morning this past week.. with coupons and a lunchbag from Sabra..Thank you.
In the interim..I made my own..but added avocado this time..
I love avocado ,so adding it to a hummus only made sense..plus I had read about them on different blogs..
My recipe is in my head and rapid..I jotted it down below..
Last June..on Max's 7th birthday he received a Boogie Board..I had never really played with one..but while sitting for the boys last week ..Oli asked me to ask him to spell out words..and write down letters and numbers..he was using this Boogie Board..You write what you want(I was brought back to my Etch-A-Sketch days..I LOVED that thing..in fact I loved it so..I can still feel the feeling I had with the knobs..a scent..and erasing!)..anyways you write what you want and to erase you press that top button..
I was hooked.I don't have an Iphone or similar..and the mini Ipad is a bit big for some bags..
It is my new favorite way of writing down what groceries I would like to get.I just got the Jot.
Big enough,,flat..fits in my purse..the list got a lot longer after reading blogs..beautiful blogs~
I used to have a paper here..a paper there..the back of a ME day -to- day calendar page..you name it..and often the used ones are in my pockets weeks later.
This is clean..no mess..fun.You cannot erase just one line..but all you do is cross off.
For our 2 short spells of after school meet the boys at the bus and snack/homework time..
I made that Banana Cinnamon Swirl bread and added chocolate chips like I always do..for the boys.
This I think is the favorite dessert I make to bring over if we sit..
They do like choclate chip cookies too though..so I brought these the next day..
I added a piece of a mini Hershey milk chocolate bar on each...they don't even need it..
So good!My daughter and I give them thumbs up.
I bought Noah a Paddington book..he loved the movie..I kept looking at the cover and took out my watercolor pencils..I am embarrassed to say I have never used them to do a complete little piece.Until now.
I took them out..sat down on a beautiful sunny cold day and played with them and the cover of Paddington..
I can't get the pencils to look like watercolor..yet they just become little areas of wet color..but how fun is it to draw.. with them..then wet with your brush and off you go.
Paddington's creator is AMAZING to always get his little face to have such adorable expressions.
I am hooked again...at looking at this bear's face..Carol also made me love him more..both happened simultaneously:)
Do many of you watch..
I fell in love with every character..
I am not speaking about Masterpiece..the BBC.. nor PBS etc..You know what I mean:)
Just a regular..mainstream show.
I will miss the Bravermans and all the nights I ended up in tears.
The finale had me holding Kleenex beside my eyes to let the tears fall directly into the Kleenex instead of streaming down my face.
Thanks to Jason Katims,Ron Howard,Brian Grazer for such a wonderful show..years of wholesome amazing stories.The great cast..made even better the last couple of years with the endearing Ray Romano.
Loved you guys♥(theme song and video)here is the original
I have also taken a shine to Last Tango in Halifax..we just discovered it..even the link here is a huge surprise..as we are on season 1..Netflix..I love the characters!
I like it because I'll be 61 I think and Jacques will be 74..
It's not Downton..or The Fall..or Grantchester(another new fave)..but it just sits so right with me.
Downton was good last week..but I need to know if Barlow is suffering Clive Owens sufferance in the Knick..or not..I need Edith to have Marigold..I need Isobel to say yes to Lord Merton..and Mary to love Charles Blake.
I need Miss Bunting back to teaching full time with no time on her hands to dine at Downton..And I would like Violet to have fun with her Russian Prince.
Back to food:)
Avocado Chick Pea Hummus
1 can (yes a can) of chickpeas..drained and rinsed
3 garlic cloves
a splash or Sriracha
2 tbs of Tahini
Extra Virgin Olive oil
I put everything in my food processor and drizzle Eoo in while processing..I can tell when the consistency is right..
I also add a bit of water to loosen.
on top..some chopped parsley..toasted pine nuts and a few red chili pepper flakes.And a swirl of Evoo.
Oli eats this and loves it.:)
You can add lemon juice..I sprayed mine..I have a little Lemon Spray from an Italian grocery store
and you can add cumin..I didn't in this one.
I forgot to say that I read a darling post this week..I read many many ..but this one caught me.
Have a great week.