I have started buying dried beans and making them in my pressure cooker. For the black beans for the quinoa soup I put about 2 cups of beans in the pressure cooker and covered them with water about two inches above the beans. I then cooked them for 25 minutes on high pressure. I let it depressurize for 30 minutes then spooned then out into mason jars and covered them with the cooking liquid.
Making the Chili helped me check one thing off my January 2019 Wish List. And the rest of the black beans will be made into brownies!
This past year I had the idea of opening a second Goodreads to track all the cookbooks I read since they always put mover on my reading challenge. Instead I just adjusted the number of books I wanted to read. I guess I need to adjust it again for next year. I still have a few books to add. So my ending number of books read for 2018 will be more around 85.
I learned so much from these books. I read lots of cook books and may up my number for next year to include all the ones I have at home that I continually use in meal planning. I continue to blossom into the home cook I want to be and will one day be the gluten-free baker I dream of being. Searing meat and main dishes still tend to be the hardest to reproduce for me when trying a new recipe. My list of 100 things is always full of cooking techniques and dishes I want make, for 2018 I made liver pate but did not perfect a poached egg (thing has lingered on my list for a few years!)
I learn more about organizing, productivity, and coaching. I love helping people with organizing and productivity. I feel that when being diagnosed with food allergies and Celiac (or any other diseases that the only treatment is diet change) the change in productivity is the hardest part. Change is hard. Transitioning to a whole new way of eating/living is very tough. Having someone to help you through the transition, like an AllerCoach (TM) can ease some of the anxiety.
I’m starting my morning with a hygge moment. I added some Penzys Hot Chocolate to my coffee this morning.
One of my goals for 2018 was to start drinking coffee black. I accomplished this pretty early in the year and it wasn’t too hard for me. I still get a nondairy latte sometimes when I go out for coffee, but at home I always have black coffee.
Today is National Brownie Day! And I may be making Brownies later, but I am finishing up these yummy soft cookies I made the other night.
I usually top them with Candy Cane bits, but they have been hard to find this season. I could try to break up some candy Canes, but the last time I did that it was not pretty.
I use chocolate chunks in these cookies, but they would be just as good with chips. The teaspoon of peppermint oil gives it a nice holiday taste. I have made these at other times of the year and left the peppermint out and they are just as good.
One of my goals for this winter is to add more Hygge to my life. To slow down and enjoy the holiday season. To be thankful for my snuggly cats and the warm blankets. To listen to Christmas music and turn the lights on on my tree whenever I am home. Some coffee and the soft cookies were a great Hygge addition to today.