It started with... well, okay it started with sleeping in. But after that (and, um, some breakfast), it started with a little Kitchen Experiment. Last weekend Nathan and I invested in a lovely tetsubin, along with settings for five, and ever since we brought it home I've had a hankering to have a few ladies over for a tea party. Of course you have to have more than just tea at a tea party- you have to have finger foods, too! And what immediately sprang to my mind for finger foods were bacon-wrapped dates- except that one of the girls I want to invite is vegetarian, and I want to make sure that she can have delicious finger foods, too. So last week I was brainstorming with my mom about how to make a vegetarian version of bacon-wrapped dates, and here is what we came up with:
|No fancy name for them yet- perhaps Golden Dates?|
|The astute observer might note that there are twelve dates in this picture- but I only ended up with enough batter for ten, so two were sacrificed to the gods of nom.|
|Please no one tell my grandmother how chipped my fingernail polish is.|
I think next time I might just dip them in eggs and then roll them in the almond meal, rather than making a "batter". And I think I can omit the honey entirely, and honestly I feel like it should have some spice to it- maybe cinnamon and cayenne? Or maybe even just straight black pepper, to harken back to the bacon-wrapped dates... more experimentation is called for!
Anyway once all of that was done, we decided it was high time to go on our first hike of 2013! So we bundled up ourselves and the dog, and headed on up to Moulton Falls, a place we'd heard was lovely, but had never actually experienced for ourselves.
|See? All bundled.|
|Time being taken.|
But all that changed today, because today we made use of a Gentle Leader harness.
Holy crap, you guys. Best invention of all time ever shut up about the wheel and sliced bread this wins.
She didn't pull at all. At all. I don't mean, "she tried to pull and was thwarted"- I mean she did not pull. Loose leash walking the entire time. It was the least stressful hike I've been on in almost year, and it is entirely possible that I am going to have to kiss the woman who suggested it to me when I see her again.
|Cold but happy but cold. And Nathan is Zoolander, I guess?|
Oh yeah, my core needs some serious work.