The Weekend Whisk – 9/29/12

by Kate on September 29, 2012

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The time has come! After missing what was supposed to by my first 5K, the time for a race has finally arrived. Tomorrow afternoon I will be lacing up my sneakers and running 3.1 miles in hopefully less than 34 minutes. That is how long it took me to run that distance last week. I haven’t had a lot of time to run this week due to a home improvement project that has been going on, my husband’s work schedule and just life in general. I’m hoping that doesn’t come back to bite me. I honestly feel ready for this though and I’m so excited! I cannot wait! I can’t wait to share with you all how it goes.

This week has been one mostly consisting of a lot of time spent at the park. I’ve tried to keep the girls out and about as we convert our house from oil heat to gas. What a pain in the neck this project is becoming! What was supposed to be a quick three-day project and in theory, not overly inconvenient has now become a project that I really don’t know when or how it’s all getting finished due to our very busy work schedules. We had set aside three days in a row when both Mike and I would be home. That itself is a rarity! I can’t remember the last time we were both home for three days. It doesn’t happen. But for this project it’s a necessity. I need to be around so that I can keep the girls occupied while Mike and the HVAC  guy who’s helping us out with the project work.

Day 1 of the project I knew things were not going to go smoothly. We had a schedule of these three days and that’s all the consecutive days we would have. One hour before the HVAC guy was supposed to show up he called to say he had some sort of major car trouble and would not be coming. Yikes! Then we found out our permits still hadn’t come through. Then I started looking at the calendar to see what other days we would have available. We don’t have anything until the second week of October!! The gas lines were run on Day 2 which had now become Day 1 but now we are in a holding pattern until an inspection and pressure test was done by the gas company. Oh and by the way, we’re almost out of oil and I SO don’t want to buy more that we aren’t even going to use!!

So basically we now pause until somebody figures out how we can accomplish this project in bits and pieces. It’s going to be miserable. I’m pretty sure that we’ll be without heat and hot water for more than the one day that we had originally anticipated. I’ll be breaking out a space heater for little Miss Molly in the evenings. It’s been fine during the day and there’s been no need for heat but at night it’s been dropping into the 40’s which is too cold for that little girl. Ugh! This project has hardly begun and I just want it to be over already! In the meantime, I’m going to drown my sorrows in sweets. That will make me feel better. That is if I could find time to bake.

Oh! I did find time to get into the kitchen once this week and guess what? I tackled sourdough again. Do you remember The Great Sourdough Debacle of 2011?? Check it out… bubbly starter that I’ll hopefully not kill in the coming weeks so that I can have endless amounts of  sourdough concoctions for ever and ever. I really want to try sourdough pancakes. I’ve never had them but I bet they taste amazing! I’m thinking Sunday will be sourdough pancake day as I prepare for my race. I’m supposed to eat carbs before a race, right? What better carbs than pancakes!

And then I made bread, beautiful bread. Sourdough conquered!

Here’s what you may have missed around here this week. Have a great weekend!



Peach Melba Hand Tarts with Brown Butter Crust

Plum Macarons

And the most popular post of the week was…

Chocolate Coconut Zucchini Bundt Cake

Babbles Bookmarks: Here are some things I bookmarked this week that perhaps you’ll enjoy also!

Caramel Apple Cake from Pass the SushiThis “new to me” blog is outstanding! Gorgeous pictures, fabulous recipes that will have you wanting to make each and every thing. Like this caramel apple cake for example. How much does that title scream “Autumn Sweet?” It does. And you need to head over and see the fabulous picture because if the title didn’t pull you in, the pictures will. You’ll be unable to resist this apple cake with caramel buttercream frosting. Oh yaaa!

Baby Portobello Stroganoff from Spabettie: This dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, vegan dish has everything going for it! Think it’s going to be lacking something since it is pretty much “everything-free?” I highly doubt it! This dish was immediately added to my weekly meal plan for next week and now I cannot WAIT for next week! I’m not vegan or on any dietary restrictions and this appeals to me on every level. It’s creamy with meaty portobellos and thanks to Kristina serving the stroganoff over a bed of quinoa instead of traditional pasta, it really packs a protein punch despite being meatless. I am so intrigued by this unique dish and I can’t wait to try it!

Breakfast Tart with Eggs, Gruyere, Thyme, Leeks and Grape Tomatoes from Julia’s Album: This was another “new to me” blog that I found this week. If I don’t make myself pre-run sourdough pancakes, then I want this for breakfast on Sunday morning. Eggs inside a buttery shell with one of my all-time favorite cheeses, herbs and trap tomatoes? What’s not to like? Could someone come over and fix me brunch?

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristina September 29, 2012 at 11:01 am

…that bundt WILL be made over here!

I am happy that my portobello stroganoff is in your plan – I hope you all love it!


Kate October 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Hope you like it! We really did 🙂 And I LOVED your portobello stroganoff!! It was awesome. Truth be told, I had the leftovers for breakfast the next morning cause I liked it that much 😉


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