Luftpause, in music, means a slight break. I took a slight break today. I hit the ground this morning, literally, running – it was just a little cold (23 degrees to be exact) and I was made aware of the reason why I love the warmer gym this time of year. I made the Original Single Lady Pancake, called in some orders and prepped for Thanksgiving. I helped my Mom with a few things. And then I felt a big need for a good ol’ excuse use the rest of the day to completely relax. It all started…..
…with another ending of a crazy week. I was here on Thursday:
I recharged my musical gas tank with a Martin Sexton concert. It was just what I needed – it was like putting on your most favorite sweater on the coldest day of winter. Everything was familiar, comforting and just right. I needed that. Confession: I am a pretty big fan of Martin’s music. He was introduced to me by a good friend a few years back. I haven’t stopped listening to him. No. For reals. I will bet I listen to at least 5 Martin tunes each week. I have been to 8 of his shows now. I think by the time I get to the 10th show I will buy a t-shirt. I have seen him up close and in person but have never had the courage, or be deemed ‘that’ fan, to actually say anything other than ‘hello’ and ‘thank you for playing such a great show’. I did win an autographed copy of his “Sugarcoating” CD and wanted to put it on display in my house…you know in a shadowbox with a little artistic light to highlight the display. But perhaps that would be a little bit much?
My students had a 2 day music festival. The kids had a great time, I had a great time, and it was so nice to catch up with my music teacher pals. By the time today hit I was wiped. Drained. I needed a recharge for sure. I decided to rest. With a book in hand I needed a hot beverage to go with. Whenever I feel a sore throat or cold like symptoms coming on (it’s rampant this time of year) I make myself a little hot toddy. It probably isn’t ‘traditional’ or even the original way. But this is what I do…call me awkward.
A little butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, freshly grated nutmeg, a healthy dose of Calvados, and hot water. Now…if I had some apple cider that would have been my top choice. But I didn’t and I improvised.
Sunday Supper…I had some turkey meatloaf that the grocery store so nicely made for me. It is good but I am not sure why I even bought it the other night…I guess I needed comfort food and was too tired to make my own. I am not a huge meatloaf fan to begin with. If you have any fantastic recipes to send my way please do! I took a sweet potato, onion, mushrooms and an apple and chunked them into cubes. I added some melted butter, a bit of freshly squeezed lemon juice, a drizzle of maple syrup and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper, fresh rosemary, salt and pepper. I roasted this up until it was all cooked and happy. It.was.delicious. It was the perfect, and I mean perfect, blend of sweet, with a kick of spice over caramelized onions, tender mushrooms, slightly mushy applesauce-y, and sweet potato cubed goodness. I am going to take a chance and include a picture – even though it doesn’t do it justice.
This simple supper reminded me of a few things. You don’t have to always have fancy pantsy ingredients to make something super delicious. It could be my lack of sleep that is making these flavors explode…but I don’t think so. Try it out. Let me know how it goes. I thinks it is a great accoutrement to your meal.
I’ll be taking a slight break to remember all that I am thankful for (and there are so many reasons to be thankful!). I need to go cut out the leaves for our ‘Thanksgiving Tree’ now. This tree was a little something our family started last year. We combined Christmas and Thanksgiving into one (my grandparents were going to be in Florida when Christmas day was upon us last year). Each of us wrote down what we were thankful for on a leaf or two. People who stopped by to say hello wrote on a leaf too. People who called sent in their requests too. We also had a little Yankee Swap which turned out to be really fun! Do we really need gifts as adults? It was fun, lighthearted, and no pressure. I know I have enjoyed many a latte in my big snowflake mug!! It is a great reminder to me to give thanks not just one day a year…but every day.
Have a fantastic Turkey Day dear readers. I will try to take pictures of the food preparations over the course of Thanksgiving. If not..I will be sure to catch you up on the flip side!