This is a batch of Puttansca sauce for the spaghetti for tonight's supper. I made spaghetti and salad and bread. Earthy fare for a cold night.
Didn't get any pictures of the beautiful salad I made because we were starving.
And since it was cold enough to freeze your hiney, I stayed in the house almost all day. Had to go out and do the chooks of course, first thing. Their water bowl was frozen solid and they were none too happy about the frigid day out there. It was about 16 when I first got up, but made it all the way up to 26 before the day was over and it started to spiral back down. Supposed to get down to 12 tonight.
I made a batch of artisan bread dough around noon and turned on the oven and decided to make oatmeal applesauce cookies. It cozied up the house right nice. The dough has to raise about 5 hours, so I thought that would work out pretty good for fresh bread for supper.
Here it is, resting for half an hour before going into the oven. Boy, was it ever good. The batch made one large loaf and 2 smaller loaves and I went ahead and baked them all because there's not much room in the fridge for a bowl of dough. lol
I took a shower after the Irishman tonight and so only had enough hot water left for about half the dishes. So, I still have work waiting for me in the other room. lol Not that much left though, if you don't count the nasty mess I made all over the stovetop. No matter how hard I try, I always make a mess when I make spaghetti sauce. Every time. sigh...
Had a relatively productive day today. Have you ever noticed that no matter how many times you do laundry, you always have to do it again? lol 3 loads today. And decided to wait until tomorrow to wash the love seat covers. Got company coming for lunch on Wednesday. I also got the nasty aquarium cleaned. That's a job I despise...it always takes longer than I think it's going to. You have to siphon water out of it and vacuum the rocks...and replace about 2/3 of the water. It's a little over a 30 gallon aquarium, so it's no mean feat hauling 4- 5 gallon buckets of dirty fish poop water from the living room to the bathroom. Can I just say...YUCK ! lol Then (because I don't do it often enough) I have to scrape the top of the walls and down along the bottom as well. Lime buildup mostly, mixed in with a little algae. It has 2 filters that have to be taken out, scrubbed down (slime--YUCK) and have the cartridges replaced. It looks really good once it's done, but lordy....
3 things on my list that didn't get done. But there's always tomorrow...Of course, tomorrow's list already has 6 things on it. (I can't win). lol
Alright. Dishes are finished, stovetop is sparkly clean. Everything's put away. Roxie is all snuggled in her doggie bed, Miss Molly McGee is asleep on the sofa, covered up with one of the fleece blankets. Bella and Caylee are in here sleeping at my feet, snoring softly and chasing rabbits in their dreams. All the cats are in, the bird is covered and chirping now and then to remind me that tomorrow is his day for a housecleaning.
Outside the sky is clear and dark, and everything is already completely iced over. Supposed to warm up some by Wednesday...that'll be nice.
My bedtime is here. Mr. Sandman....here I come !!