How is it nearly the end of February, already? This month went by very quickly, aided by its shortness, of course, and a vacation partway through. I always feel like February is the worst of the worst in terms of weather here, and this year was no exception to that rule — we’ve had tons of snow and insanely cold temperatures, so I’m kinda glad to wave goodbye. Bye,
Felicia February! Onward!
I mean, I like pancakes any time, but February was definitely a month of pancakes over here. M is obsessed with them and woke up every morning for about two weeks straight insisting “Cakes! CAKES!” So I acquiesced and made cakes of all kinds. We had peanut butter, oatmeal, ricotta/orange, cinnamon bun… the list goes on. The only ones that sucked were the ones I tried to make from a mix.
I think we’ve kicked the “CAKES!” obsession but that’s because of…
Now it’s “Off-oh! Off-oh!” I bought a cheap Oster belgian waffle maker on Amazon and it showed up mid-month. If you’re looking for a waffle iron with a small footprint that does what it says it’s going to do I recommend it! Our showed up with a small dent in the top but at that point we were already knee-deep in waffles, so whatever. The most ridiculous thing is that so far we’ve only made actual waffles once — did you know you can waffle pretty much anything?
The top left, that’s a regular waffle — but clockwise we have waffled cinnamon buns (take refrigerator cinnamon rolls, waffle, drizzle icing, done), a meatball sandwich (meatballs and sauce in a PC thin bun), and what we called French Taffle (make french toast, but instead of putting it in a skillet, waffle it). SO EASY. Matt and M also had waffled pulled pork sandwiches and I had a waffled PB&J. You can’t go wrong. I love this thing.
USING PINTEREST FOR MEAL PLANNING
I know, this is not a new or novel idea, but I’ve recently jumped into the Pinterest world again. I deleted tons of stuff and stopped following a bunch of boards and people to make it work for me. Now I have boards focused on food I’d like to try for breakfast, lunch, dinner mains, side dishes, sweets, and snacks. Before I do our weekly grocery shop I flip through and pick out a few things for the week, which I repin on a separate board for easy access. If the recipes turn out well, I move them over to a “Tried and True” board set up for each meal category.
I’m probably late to the game on this one, too, but figured I’d share it. Canva has some great layouts and graphics for free — it’s sort of like Picmonkey but a bit more polished for making layouts and graphics rather than straight-up photo editing.
WEIRD AND WONDERFUL CHOCOLATE
Years ago Matt and I went nuts on dark chocolate, trying lots of varieties. I’m back at it again, stemming from my Valentine’s Day gift to Matt (the book was for M). The weirder the better, which is sort of challenging up north. I’m trying to find some Wild Ophelia bars in the States.
Once again, food and technology are at the top of my list for favourites! What did you love about February?