The highlight of my last week was making and eating brownies with a salted carmel frosting. Of course I ate too much and felt sick for the rest of the day, until I took a nap and then made chicken and noodles. That was Saturday.
By Sunday night, I felt revived enough (and the sugar had all left my body) to eat another big chunk of the brownies. They still tasted awesome, and I have decided that I have not lived until last Saturday, when I made that salted carmel frosting.
Now it's Thursday night; I have tomorrow off but have to spend it sitting at the hospital waiting for my Mom to have a special experience with a scope in a special place. This will be optimum reading time, since I have no idea how long it will take, and don't want to leave and come back in case something weird happens. Nook will be fully charged and a back up book will be in my purse.
I talked in my last post about reading off the shelves at home, and rewarding myself with a $5 deposit in my trip fund for every book I read that I already have at home sitting on my shelves. Well, I'm up $5! Finished a wonderful book and found the letter from the publisher in the ARC I had on the shelf--and it was dated February 2011. So yes, I had that book on my shelf for a year. So long that it originally came out in hardcover, and now the paperback is coming out in a few weeks. Oops. (BTW, ARC means advance reader's copy. Usually a paperback version of the book that's coming out in hardcover.)
But this has fired me up! Bud was laughing at me last night as I prowled from bookcase to bookcase, perusing the titles and trying to figure out what to read next. Like I don't already have 4 books started. Now I'll have 5.
And since tonight I'm going to be lying on the couch, reading away, I though I would include a recipe for a super easy dinner that Bud calls "Breadcrumb Pasta". I made it last night for supper cause I wanted some comfort food, and after a busy day at work it is a no brainer for a quick meal. I calculated a rough estimate of how much it cost to make, and I came in at around $5 for both Bud and I to eat a huge pan of it. I substitute deli ham for the proscuitto, since it's so horribly expensive. I bought enough ham to make myself a few sandwiches and have enough left over for homemade pizza on Friday night. Here's the recipe, courtesy of Giada de Laurentiis:
Oh--another thing: I cut down on the olive oil a bit, and keep back a cup of the pasta water just in case the pasta gets a bit dry when you're mixing it together. I also toss the ham into the breadcrumbs while they're toasting so it warms up.
I usually roast broccoli to have with this, too.
There's always enough left over for Bud to have for lunch the next day. This is how much I love this man--I give up this highly addictive pasta dish for his lunch. Sad clown face for me!