There are few things that make you feel like a Boss in the kitchen the way making good biscuits does. That’s just a Fact. It is probably the satisfaction that harder working people than I get when they make a good bread. However, since I don’t have a stand mixer and am unlikely to spend any serious amount of time kneading anything I prefer baked goods that require a lighter touch. These Cheesy Jalapeno Biscuits totally hit the mark. They are soft and flaky with a slight crust that I adore. The jalapenos give them lovely flavor as does that melty cheese. Because let’s be real when has melty cheese not been utterly delicious?
When I first thought about energy bites I envisioned them as an after school snack for the kids. I wanted them to be easy to make and adaptable. Adaptable how? I have said before that my slim children who spend hours every day playing outside don’t need to watch their diet in quite the same way as their mama does. The challenge is that I always eat with them and so if I am feeding them a diet which has a portion of good fats I eat the same way. Let’s throw out there that I really shouldn’t be! I also am aware that body issues can start alarmingly early so I don’t like making this obvious. What I like about these Dark Chocolate Energy Bites sweetened by the power of Greeniche brand Chocolate Choice Flavorall is that they fill my dark chocolate cravings and with the right mix ins and drizzles are a great after school snack for the kids as well.
I first went to Disneyland when I was 9, then again when I was a college freshman. My junior year of college I went to Disney World. All three of those times, no matter who I went with, we all just walked in and did whatever we felt like. In another week or so we are off to Disneyworld. I booked Fastpasses for 3 rides for each day 20 something days ago. If I was staying on a Disney property I could have done it 180 days in advance. I have a Pinterest board, am in three Disney related Facebook groups, have a list of must do activities, a list of places that are good for meals and others for snacks. We also have a breakfast reservation for day two. Oh and the girls have a cute Disney countdown going.
I come from a long line of sentimental folk. Whenever my mother made ghar ki (homestyle) Maash ki Daal she would always tell me that this particular daal with it’s simple flavours was my grandfathers favourite. My Dada (paternal grandfather) died when I was a few months old so I don’t have any memories of him.
I wish I did.
What I do have are the stories of others, stories that make me think that he was a man much like my father. He would stop the rickshaw away from the house when he was out because he didn’t want it’s noise to wake my sleeping brother. He spoiled my brothers rotten, another trait my father has inherited (one word: Claire’s). He was an avid reader, a writer and a professor. His favourite color was light blue. I know this because if I wear that color my aunt will break into tears because it reminds her of her father. When my fastidious mother reorganized his books, putting away the ‘ugly’ ones no matter how useful he took great pride in showing off the color coordinated shelves to strangers. I know all that and that he liked a simple ghar ki Maash ki Daal.
Happy New Year everyone! I know I am a week or so late, but the kids are back in school today making it the actual start of my new year! Moms, you know what I mean.
Can I just say I really like even numbers and am glad we have moved over to 2018. Also for some strange reason I concluded that 4 and 8 are my lucky numbers when I was a kid and I see no reason to change my mind. Am rational like that you see. My impeccable logic leads me to believe that 2018 will be a fabulous year.