Hey There! Good Morning!
While heating the milk I had frothed for my coffee a few minutes ago I looked out back and saw 3 deer - the first that I have seen in weeks! They probably sniffed out that we bought new plants and are looking to sample them. BUT, they are out of luck! Anything new that Fletch put in the ground (or the herbs in my pots for the patio) is covered and plants not yet in the ground were brought inside last night. Yup - we had a freeze warning. When I came downstairs to let Mabel out at 5 a.m. I looked at my phone and it was 34 degrees at that point. I crawled back into bed with an extra blanket!
After not stitching for around 2 weeks (!!) (I had packed my stitching for vacation, but never looked at it even once), I finally got back to putting a few threads in fabric on Friday. An additional motif, some more gold at the bottom and a bit more on the spotted stag has been done.
It's coming along. There is still quite a bit to be filled in on the stag and the gold at the bottom is an endless stitch! There are a couple more birds to be stitched - they will be above the stag and under the other motifs. I'm still enjoying this, but will definitely be happy when it is finished.
I have picked out my next piece (I think - always subject to change) and I ordered and received the bag to embroider just like Kym is doing and I am looking forward to starting that as well. But all in good time.
The lilacs I had picked/cut the other day drooped quickly (they always do - does anyone have a suggestion for keeping them looking good for longer than 24 hours?), so I cut a few of the Lily of the Valley that are just beginning to open.
I also did a bit of cooking yesterday morning. I've been wanting to replicate a salad I had while on vacation that was divine. It is the Nomad Salad from the restaurant in Hillsborough, NC by the same name. If you Google recipes for nomad salad, most have grains - either cous cous or farro or quinoa, but the salad I had did not have any grains. It is simply kale, brussels sprouts, roasted beet, strawberries, crunchy chickpeas and a lemon garlic vinagrette. It also calls for goat cheese, but I had mine with no cheese and I did add tofu (for protein).
First I made the crunchy chickpeas which came out ok. They were good in the salad, but over time they are not as crunchy. I probably won't bother again. Next I made the crunchy tofu using This Recipe at Kym's suggestion. WOW! The tofu turned out perfectly!
For my salad I subbed some purple cabbage for the brussels sprouts (because that's what I had). I also added some pepitas. The vinagrette was simple: the juice of half a lemon, some minced garlic, some EVOO, a small spoon of Dijon mustard and a splash of Maple Syrup - whisked all together and then mixed into the salad.
Fletch had some for lunch (sans tofu) and loved it. I ate the rest with the tofu added. So tasty, filling, and good for you!
Then I made a new-to-me beef stew for dinner which was just ok (no pics and I won't bother sharing the recipe). Lots of leftovers - some in the frig and a lot in the freezer. The stew recipe did not call for the usual veggies I put in stew (potatoes, carrots, onion, celery) - just roasted peppers. So, I roasted the other veggies in the oven and they were wonderful.
Not sure what is on the menu tonight - we go grocery shopping later today, so I will figure something out!
The temp is now up to 37 according to my computer and the sun is up. I see blue sky through the trees outside my office window. Wishing you all a beautiful Tuesday - enjoy!