My grandmother turned 90 on Saturday. She has dementia and lives in a memory care facility in Nashville. I'm not sure she understood it was her birthday we were celebrating but I know she was happy to see Sophie and she was having a really good day. And I know she has the biggest sweet tooth ever, next to mine, so she was thrilled to have a delicious birthday cake.
|We were happier than we appeared!|
Just for fun, here's a photo of my great-grandma Dena Willmann, Grandma Ruby Essenpreis, mom Jan Meyer, and me.
We continued the celebrating on Tuesday for my mom's birthday. I wish I had a photo to share from her birthday, but we were having too much fun to think about photos! Happy birthday, mom!
I haven't written much about my love of cooking on this blog, but it's one of my hobbies and I love trying new recipes and experimenting in the kitchen. Jason, Sophie and I are all vegetarian, although we occasionally eat fish. It surprises people to hear that Jason went veggie first, but he did. I know one day Sophie will ask for a hot dog or a chicken nugget and we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. For now, though, she's on Team Veg.
On Saturday and Sunday I made a couple of recipes ahead of time for this week, including parsnip and potato mash, vegetarian sloppy joes, and a veggie lasagna.
|Parsnip and Potato Mash courtesy of Skinnytaste.com|
|Sloppy Chicks Courtesy of keepinitkind.com|
I followed the Parsnip and Potato Mash recipe pretty much exactly, but I modified the Sloppy Chicks recipe a bit. I had extra firm tofu on hand that I needed to use sooner than later, so I drained the block and squeezed out the extra moisture before adding it to an olive oil coated pan heated to medium (5 out of 10). I crumbled the tofu in the pan and cooked more of the moisture out, letting the tofu brown just a bit before removing and following the recipe otherwise. I added the tofu back in before simmering the mixture. I served the sloppy chicks with the parsnip and potato mash, and Sophie actually kind of liked it!
I love browsing through new recipes and am always looking for friends to share their favorites. It was great to have a couple of meals prepared in advance this week so we could enjoy our limited family time together in the evenings.
Until next week!