I woke up at 6:00 a.m., feeling strangely wide awake (after going to sleep after 3:00 a.m.), but I went back to sleep and slept for several more hours! I called neighbor T to check on her and we had several more phone calls, back and forth, throughout the rest of the morning and early afternoon. In between, I wrote my Friday Recap blog post and chatted with my daughter, who went grocery shopping at the dollar store and baked a pumpkin-pecan bread:
Not fair! I wanted to bake a cake this evening, but it is simply too hot to even think of turning on the oven! Daughter said it was in the 60s, up there! I told her she needs to make me some pumpkin bread when she comes down, next - that will be at Thanksgiving, and it should be cool enough to turn on the oven, by then. I've two cans of pumpkin puree in the pantry that need to be used up!
Instead of baking a cake or pumpkin bread, I cooked the chicken breast I had bought on Thursday. It was one whole chicken breast that they had removed the breast bone and skinned. I cut it into two halves.
I pan sauteed one half, with onions and a chopped tomato, with only salt, pepper, and garlic powder to season it:
|Sauteed Chicken Breast|
I made a curry with the other half, with onions, another tomato, curry leaves, curry powder, chili powder, and spices such as whole cloves and whole cardamoms:
I don't need to cook all of next week, if I choose not to! LOL! But, most probably what I'll do is freeze some of the curry.
Today being the first day of fall, my daughter said she's making a Fall "bucket list", and it made me realize that it's been a year since I last did a Joy List. I did my very first Joy List back in Fall 2016, which was followed by various other seasonal joy lists, including another Fall Joy List in 2017. Then, I took a break from doing joy lists, deciding to incorporate them into my balanced life goals, instead. I've spent some time, today, trying to decide if I wanted to make another Fall Joy list, this year. But, a lot of the things I came up with, like eating chocolates with marzipan filling, are bad for me and other things, like going places and doing things, seemed more like work than fun! Oh, dear! Here's the list I settled on:
Fall Joy List 2018:
1. Celebrate my official retirement (in October) - not quite sure how, though!
2. Spend more time sewing
3. Bake a cake
4. Bake a pie
5. Decorate for fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving
6. Celebrate my birthday (might wait until daughter comes home for Thanksgiving)
7. Bake pumpkin bread with daughter when she comes home
8. Host the October prayer gathering
9. Celebrate Thanksgiving
10. Do some gardening
12. Make holiday gifts
Today, I am thankful for:
- Being able to help neighbor T
- Chatting with my daughter throughout the day
- A sunny, warm day
- A fridge full of food
- A relaxed day
How was your first day of fall? Anyone else making fall bucket lists or joy lists?