It smells like birthday cake in there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve been banned form the kitchen for a few hours and commanded to sit on the couch and read and drink wine, which I consider to be my ultimate choice of relaxation. The birthday weekend is off to a good start…..especially when I had THIS delivered to me!
Followed by THIS! I love, love, LOVE cake batter!!! I used to go to Coldstones to celebrate my birthday with a huge cake batter sundae, but who needs that when you can have the real thing!?
But let me back up….
This afternoon I finally made it to the correct library to VOTE!
I waited in line for almost an hour. I was prepared to wait 2. I know I probably should have just waited until Election Day because more polls = shorter lines, but it’s just so exciting to vote early and I wanted to be sure I cast my ballot and could wait in line when I had time, not if I’m busy on the Big Day.
As soon as I got in line, I glanced down to see this book looking up at me. Some of you might have heard of it – it’s about a woman who gave her husband sex everyday for a year for his 40th birthday. Well that woman just happens to be my former boss at my PR firm! I’ve been wanting to read it for a few months now and was thrilled to trade in my packed Cooking Light reading material for this while I waited. The line zoomed by!
After voting I made my way to EarthFare to say hello to the husband. I sampled my way around the store – tried 5 kinds of cheese and 2 wine samples as I was pampered by the cheese dept. again– and had an organic oreo, chorizo sample and tried a Bumble Bar piece. Suffice to say the trip was my afternoon snack 🙂
My task this evening was to have dinner prepared when the husband walked in the door at 6:30 so that he could spend most of the evening working on this birthday dessert. I love cooking by myself (I actually do find it very therapeutic!), so I turned on Pandora jazz and cracked open some Reisling – it was just that kind of night 8)
Dinner turned out simple and delicious. I normally am not a huge fan of broth-based soups, but for some reason I was really craving broth. Since I knew I had to involve more beans with dinner, I came up with the following recipe after picking up some collard greens and mushrooms at the store.
Smoky White Bean + Green Soup
I. In to a hot pot:
- 1 tsp olive oil
- Chopped large carrot
- 2 gloves garlic
- 1 pint button mushrooms
II. Once they are cooked add:
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Half the juice of 1 lemon
III. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer and stir in:
- 1 bunch collard greens, washed and trimmed
- About a cup to a cup and a half of cooked beans
IV. When greens are cooked – eat!
Makes about 3 servings.
On the side we had crusty rolls broiled with a brush of olive oil and salt!
(Glass # 1 still)
Glass # 2 for the couch 🙂
I’ve just been fed a small piece of cooked cake. Not sure why he has triangles of cake in excess, but guess I’ll find out soon enough! Photos in the AM 🙂 This is already starting to be quite the sugar + wine weekend. My only goal is to not consume so much of either that I feel uncomfortable or sick. This will be a challenge, but as of right this moment, I’m motivated.
Off to read more!!