The end of the holiday season brought a month long visit by the middlest to an end, and a month of "use it or lose it" vacation for my dear husband to an end. We even had ten whole days with the oldest. It was lovely. Now, it's over.
Life is back to normal.
Or kind of normal.
I have to remember how to cook for just three people, and one of those three people is in a show four nights a week. We're talkin' left-OVERS.
And, well, we live at the 47th parallel. The solstice is a few weeks past, but it is still not light 'til 8 and it's dark at 4 with the clouds and rain and mountains.
So, this week is all about the comfort food. Well, you know--vegan comfort food. Tonight was Victoria Moran's Baked Chee Spaghetti Casserole with harvard beets on top, just like the mac and cheese we had at my mom's daycare center when I was a little girl, except of course tonight we had no Velveeta. Tomorrow is Gardein Chick'n Scallopini and mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy. We know how to do this thing with the vegan stuff. Still warms your bones, yes, even though it's been in the 50s here, the wet chill follows you in the house.
The short days and the emptying house and the rain and the job search make cozy food hit the top of the "to-do" list. Sometimes it's good to have a nice, tidy "to-do" list to keep you from watching entire runs of shows on Netflix, or--you know....eating all the left-OVERS!
May the sun return soon. Real soon. Hurry on back, now!