I was excited to be outdoors again today. It has been a chilly week and I’ve been a hermit. I get cold easily so when Chris said he was feeling cold (he usually runs hot), you can bet that I was freezing. Ok, not really freezing. That’s just the drama queen coming out of me.
I wore 3 layers today during my hike with Cher. A tank top, long sleeve and a hooded sweater. As we tackled each hill on our hike, the skies opened up and it started pouring. I miss Mexico already 😦
We continued with our hike until around 4 miles, it was still raining and so we decided to turn around, finish our hike and drive somewhere warm.
The rain stopped and the sun came up as soon as we got to our car. We couldn’t help but laugh. Oh well, we were soaked and wanted to be warm ASAP.
Enter –> Starbucks!
My first holiday drink this season. Peppermint Mocha soy latte with light whip cream.
What’s better than drinking a chocolate latte while it rains outside? Drinking a latte while looking at holiday kitchen gadget catalog 🙂 Ooohhhhs and aaahhhhhs!
Chris was working so I made plans to run errands all day long. It didn’t happen.
Instead, I stayed in and made soup….and baked….and read.
Spicy African Peanut Stew
(Adapted from Peas and Thank You)
- 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 3 sweet potatoes, cubed
- 1 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garam masala (add more if you like it spicy)
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 2 teaspoon minced garlic
- 2 tablespoon brown sugar
- dash of cinnamon
- 1 14 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes, in juice
- 1 can light coconut milk
- 2 cup vegetable stock
- 2 tablespoon natural peanut butter
- 1/2 cup red lentils, drained and rinsed
- cilantro, chopped peanuts, sour cream or plain yogurt (vegan, if desired)
- Combine all ingredients in a crock pot and cook high for about 1 hour and then cook low for 3 hours.
I love all the different textures in the soup. Soft and sweet from the potatoes and then nutty from the lentils and chickpeas. That black stuff is not dirt. It’s from the fire roasted tomatoes.
Perfect hot bowl of soup for a rainy day like today.
Hope everyone is having a fun and relaxing weekend!
What are you cooking/baking this weekend?