Holy have I been a bad blogger! But wait I've got a boat load of excuses for my absence. I was travelling for work. Heidi and Bitt too bad I didn't have more time for a visit as I was in your neck of the woods! I got sick..again!! So frustrating I must say. I should have armed myself better, right Laury? The hubby caught a bug from work and he so kindly passed it on to me. That's love isn't it? Plus my class is getting pretty complicated and is requiring more brain cells than normal.
That's enough of my pity party, wouldn't you say?
Moving on to more exciting things...I got an interview for school!!! Not everyone who puts in an application gets an interview so I'm so excited I advanced to the next step. I've never had an interview to enter school before so it should be interesting. All I know is that I will be interviewed by 5 or 6 different people in separate rooms. I'm glad it's separate versus having a panel of people. Now that's intimidating! My interview is on January 6th so I'll be sure to update you all on how it goes!!
Now for some festiveness!! We finally got our tree. Every year a reality business provides a Christmas tree to their customers. Our friend's mom received the coupon for the tree but she lives in a condo and they aren't allowed real trees (sad, I know!) so they gave it to us:) Thank you Cam and Danise!
She's a beauty too:)
Are you a fake tree lover or does it have to be real?
I don't think I could ever have a fake tree. Growing up they were always real so it's all I know. Although those trees with pre-strung lights are tempting at times. The next picture will explain why...
How many guys does it take to add lights to a tree? Apparently more than this as Danise and I took down the lights and strung them up again..in a minute:)
This year is a silver and red theme!
But there is always room for some classics on the tree!!
These are from Ryan's childhood:)
I still have a lot to decorate so I'll show you the final product soon:)
Now for some eats! I made a first over the weekend..almond milk. I always thought that it was going to take too many almonds to make it worth it. They ain't cheap in B.C.! But I was way wrong. I followed Ani's instructions for vanilla almond mylk which only used 1/2 cup soaked almonds.
Nice and plump!
Pulp! I'm thinking of making some kind of cookie with it. Any ideas?
So good!! I didn't add as many dates as Ani recommended so it wasn't too sweet.
The hubby loved it and this jar was gone within a day:) He was quite the milk lover as a teenager.
I will definitely make almond mylk again! I want to experiment with other varieties of nuts.
Maybe even make a chocolate mylk.
In other news, I finally found some dry chickpeas. I looked in multiple big grocery stores and none of them had the dry version. I think the city has gone hummus crazy!!. Luckily my local health food store keeps rations for times like these:)
I had a serious craving for some hummus so I went ahead and made two versions, classic and roasted pepper. As it turned out, Angela just posted a recipe called The Hummus That Changed Everything.
How could I resist?
Mmm..love all that paprika!
This was really delish! Thanks Angela!
My lab assistant was talking about her roasted red pepper hummus all week and she had me drooling! I didn't have red peppers on hand, but I did have orange ones!
Such a great flavor!! My hummus craving has been deliciously satisfied!
Since I had some leftover cooked chickpeas, I went for a sweet treat from Averie.
I actually just noticed that I forgot to add the flour. They were still great anyways:)
A great treat to have on the table if guests are over. Are there chickpeas in Aruba, Averie?
I'm getting the itch to do some Christmas baking.
I love shortbread, ginger cookies, and all the chocolate and nut buttery treats!!
I just received an email from Heidi of 101 cookbook's Christmas cookie recipes. I'm sure to find some goodies in there!
Do you bake/un-bake your favorites each year?
I usually do a plate of different goodies, some for us, lots for family!
We shall see what makes the cut this year:)
Have a great night everyone!!