Our VERY last rose of the season.
This little guy decided to bud in mid October and then fully bloomed earlier this week. Upon seeing it Kai ran over a picked it! It really caught me off guard because she's usually so good about not picking flowers with out permission. So now it sits on my kitchen windowsill.
I kinda love it!
I get to look at it when I make what has become my go-to breakfast...
|A BIG bowl of pumpkin topped with chia seeds,|
cinnamon, pecans, raisins, oatmeal & almond milk.
It's so satisfying and just starts my day off right!
I also looked at the rose while Kai and I made our lunch.
Some delicious tuna salad -
1 can of tuna
1 spoonful greek yogurt
squirt of dijon mustard
Kai stirred, and tasted, and stirred, and tasted, and tasted, and stirred, etc...
Finally I had to call an end to the tasting or there'd be nothing left for our lunch.
[sorry, no picture]
And then I looked at my Lovely Rose as I started dinner.
I decided to make a simple egg drop soup so I started by sauteing some onions.
"Simple". Famous last words...
I had an eggplant in the fridge so I decided to go ahead and add a 1/3 of that to the onions.
Then after they were good and sauteed I looked in our freezer and then decided to add some
frozen okra and some carrots to it.
...and of course I added some Veggie broth.
Then I thought, I need to use up my mushrooms, so I added those.
Then I saw my Kale and thought - duh! I need kale.
Then I looked at my sauce pan and thought, I should have used a bigger pan!
There was no way I could add any more to it....
Well except for the eggs. It's not egg drop soup without any egg.
Oh, and maybe a handful of Orzo. :)
NOT-SO-SIMPLE EGG DROP SOUP
1 onion - chopped
1/3 Eggplant - Peeled & chopped
1/2 Bag Frozen Okra
1/2 Bag Frozen Carrots
Veggie Broth to bring the level up to the top of the veggies
1 C Mushrooms - chopped
2 Kale leaves - De-stemmed & chopped
2 Eggs - scrambled together
1/2 C Orzo Pasta
Saute the onions & Eggplant
Add the okra & carrots & saute until not frozen anymore
Add the veggie broth
Add your mushrooms & kale
Let simmer until about 10 minutes before you want to eat.
Pour your eggs in slowly stirring.
Stir in your orzo.
|Eggs and Orzo added - not as pretty but definitely tasty!|
|mmmm, I can't wait to eat!|
Dessert was an apple crisp topped with a cinnamon "soft serve".
Yes, that is your mouth drooling!
For the apple crisp I used my slicer to cut up 3 Granny Smith Apples.
Then I topped those with a mix of (amounts are truly approximate - I was just tossing stuff in the bowl):
1 C Oatmeal
1/8 C Sucanat (or brown sugar)
2 T Ground Flax Seed
1 T Maple Syrup
All stirred together and then crumpled over the apples.
Then I spritzed the top with some butter to help it "golden" when it cooked.
I baked it at 350° for about 30 minutes.
When I went to serve it I realized I didn't put any cinnamon in the mix! I MUST have cinnamon. :)
Well, nothing goes better with crisp than some soft serve so into my little blender went a frozen banana and a bit of cinnamon (ok maybe 3 bits of cinnamon). Blended until smooth and placed on top of the crisp - it was definitely the right way to end the day!