Last week, I got bitten by a spider. I don’t even know how it happened. A section of my arm swelled up like a silver dollar. It was nasty! It itched and throbbed all at the same time. I had to constantly wash the punctured area before applying my ointment. It was just unpleasant. The swelling finally went down a couple of days ago but there’s a bruise-like discoloration. Eeeeeew! That was my excitement for last week.
I’m starting my weekend early this week. Chris is taking today and Friday off so we can have a little R&R and check out some new restaurants for lunch, happy hour and dinner. Yes, I get a break from cooking and lots of it —whoo hoo! I’ll be posting pictures of my meals on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ so if you’re not following me, there’s still time. 🙂
Good morning! I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. The weather outside was beautiful! Unfortunately, I couldn’t say the same about the inside of my house. It was like an oven! Hot, hot and very hot.
Regardless of the temperature, I was still in a baking mood. I generally prefer baking from scratch but there are those days when you just don’t want to be bothered with a ton of measuring. Think about all those dishes and clean-ups!
I took a box of vanilla cake mix (you know it’s a good one when you can see all the specks of vanilla beans in the cake) and added basil and lemon zest so it wouldn’t be so boring. Served this with some homemade vanilla cinnamon whipped cream, some raspberries and blueberries —it was delicious! I know it may sound strange adding basil but it really worked in this recipe. Now aren’t you intrigued to give this one a try? Go for it! You won’t regret it.
I saw some really nice organic strawberries at the market today. I picked them up thinking it was going to be tasty. When I brought them home and processed them —weren’t as tasty as they looked —boo! Too tart for my palate so I decided to bake with them. I added some zest and juice from a meyer lemon too since I had it. Not sure if it was a good thing since the strawberries were a bit tart. But I think the results were OK.