I'm still trying to get back in a blogging mood, so I thought I'd borrow something from my friend Anandi. Back at the beginning of last week, she posted a list of things currently going on in her life. The idea originally comes from Kristin, who decided to do this as a series on her blog this year. I figured it would be worth a try, to give me prompts to write about. So here goes...
Reading: Assorted things, including the new cookbooks I got for Christmas. Today it was the one pictured up top, Cook Illustrated's The Science of Good Cooking. Many of the recipes are familiar from the other CI volumes that I own as well as the website. One of the things that I love most about CI is their explanation of their testing methods and the science behind the recipes they come up with, so this book is right up my alley.
Listening: Another Christmas gift, Maroon 5's Overexposed. Yes, it's been out for months, but I didn't buy it because I've been trying to leave stuff on my wish-list for J to buy. =) He said he would have gotten it for me sooner but he had to order the non-explicit version since he knew the girls would want to listen to it in the car with me.
Making: Lots of stuff, the past couple of days! Which is a refreshing change, since I've been feeling kind of stuck with baking as well as blogging lately. Today's dessert was chocolate mousse, again pictured up top. I also made an impulse buy at Central Market this morning and picked up a carton of blood orange juice. I've already made David Lebovitz's orange caramel sauce with it, and will have to see what else I can use it in. I've also mixed up the starter to make these Asiago Bagels from KAF tomorrow.
Feeling: Pretty good. The main thing that I'm focused on right now is the Cultivating Courage course that started last week. When I took it back in October, it was every day for 30 days, including weekends, and I liked the continuity of that. This time, it appears to be just Monday through Friday. I was initially disappointed by that, but having a break from new activities over the weekend allowed me to catch up on reading what others in the class have been up to. And I can still do new brave moves on my own if I want.
Planning: Cake, cupcakes and the meal for Brianna's birthday on Friday. She's going to be 10--how is that possible?! I'm glad that we have the day off tomorrow (me from work and the girls from school). That will give me some more time to prep things so the end of the week won't be quite so crazy. For school, she's requested chocolate cupcakes topped with swirled chocolate and vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream. For the cake at home, she wants chocolate mousse cake. I made one for Christmas that was chocolate sponge cake layered with chocolate mousse and coated with poured ganache. She liked it so much that she asked me to make another one. I wasn't thrilled with the mousse I made last time, so today's dessert was due to me test-driving an different recipe.
Loving: This great necklace that I ordered from Anandi with my One Little Word for this year. There's still a post coming with my reasons for picking that word and how I hope it will shape my year. After last year's focus cake, I want to make another baked good to feature this word. I'm still trying to decide what to make.
Okay, that's my list for right now. I'm not sure if this will become a weekly activity or if it will be less often, but I think it will be a good way to help me work through some of my blogger's block. =)