It snowed a lot last week. Well, a lot for little ol’ carolina. It was a big deal. It seemed like everyone who lives in the downtown area put on their warmest coats and braved the five inches of treacherous white snow. The south doesn’t see a lot of snow —we’re not even the deep south, but still people abandoned their cars on the side of the interstate and walked in the deep five inches. This is what Stephen and I did:
Um, yes. It was loads of fun and better yet it snowed on Valentine’s Day!
I can’t remember the last time I had dairy. I like being dairy free for many reasons, but sometimes I have a phantom sweet tooth and I want cheesecake. It’s phantom, because I honestly have no sweet tooth whatsoever. Le sigh,cheesecake —I had forgotten about cheesecake. A dear friend of mine recently went through a phase of baking cheesecakes every week. The more she talked about it, I couldn’t help but remember the Cheesecake Factory when Stephen and I lived in Charlotte or my first cheesecake baking experience… mmm that cheesecake was delicious.
Two Trader Joe’s Tofu plain cream cheese
Two eggs, or use Ener-G Eggs egg replacer like I did
One teaspoon, vanilla
One Tablespoon, lemon juice
Half cup of sugar
Mix all ingredients together using an electric mixer until it is creamy. Pour into your pie crust. Bake uncovered for half an hour at 350 degrees. Allow time for your cheesecake to chill before serving. All I had on hand was a 10″ springform pan and surprisingly had enough to fill the pan. I may double the recipe next time, or buy a smaller pan. The cheesecake was delicious, but thin. I made my own graham cracker crust, but it wasn’t wheat-free. Does anyone have a wheat-free option?
Quick, go make some cheeseless cheesecake. It’s guilt free and delicious! Your welcome :)
2014 is the year of creating goodhabits. Here’s January’s:
1| Master the morning. Mornings have been my favourite, even though I’m still fighting to be a morning person. Yoga + coffee + breakfast. I go to bed, excited to meet the morning. Perhaps that is the secret of morning people —they make their morning routine fun?
2| Plan meals & conquer the grocery store. It is no secret that since I’ve been married I have been a horrible meal planner/grocery shopper. Thanks to Pinterest, planning meals have been more enjoyable and successful!
3| Don’t do anything you don’t want to do. Sounds kind of weird, but there are so many days I find myself doing something I actually don’t want to do. I lose time that could be used for something more constructive.
4| Get rid of things you forgot you had or haven’t used in a year. My life is a bit lighter and it is amazing. I’m exhausted from cleaning and going through closets and boxes, but wow it feels great.
So, hello February I’m so happy to see you. Now to think of four more good habits for this month!
Do you have anything you would like to improve on this year?
Happy things: 1|Fresh flowers, buy them and display them in your home. Flowers are so happy. 2| It’s snowing!! 3| Dinner with friends last night. It was so much fun to sit down and get to know them better. 4| I made a dairy-free, egg-free cheesecake yesterday and it was very successful! I’ll share about that later. 5| Chalkboard paint. I know it’s been around for ages, but I recently made a chalkboard (finally) and I love it.
I have the words Take Heart on my little board right now (from John 16:33). Mmm, so good.
Speaking of rainy days, I’ve been nostalgic for this day —a few years ago, when Stephen and I walked to our local farmers market in the rain. Across from the farmers market was a vintage car show and these cute mini’s caught our attention. I still want one.
My first car was a little Neon. It was cute and just the right size for me to travel to school and back. I sold it almost three years ago and that was the last time I drove a car! I don’t really like to drive, however Stephen is thinking about getting a mini cooper and well, if he does I think I may have to start driving again ;-) Everyone drives where I live and are always confused when I say I don’t like to drive. Honestly, big trucks and highway traffic scares me! We have a SUV now, so maybe it’s too big —perhaps a little mini would be better!
These days have been cold and rainy, however my heart is warm inside surrounded by favourite books and cozy mornings with my Mr.
Nothing could be better.
“I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.”
― C.S. Lewis
Since last autumn I’ve been reading The Lord of the Rings. Who knows how many times I’ve read it. I first read the tale when I was thirteen and thirteen years later I find myself reading it over and over. I know what will happen, but I cry and laugh all the same. My poor book is full of cookie, tea and tear stains. It is so well loved and falling apart. Thankfully Stephen taped it up for me. Anyway, you may be wondering why I’ve been reading it since autumn, well I will tell you. I always (shamefully) stop reading the story when a character ‘dies‘ …I can’t seem to move forward. I mourn with the characters. It’s sad.
After reading Tolkien’s Letters I picked The Lord of the Rings up again and I’ve been in Middle Earth since dragging my feet along with the company, wondering how we’re going to defeat Mordor. It’s a gift really, naa it’s a superpower, to be able to forget the ending and start over again. And while all this is happening the rain has been so kind to be background music to my adventure.
I finished the chapter Treebeard last night. He’s one of my favourites (they’re all my favourite). I made this print a few months ago and I love it.
Do you have a favourite book or movie that you go back to over and over? I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this… there are others out there with the same superpower.