Saturday, October 30, 2010

Wonderful Weekends!

Today has been a great Saturday and there is even more greatness to come as hubby and I are all excited to watch SNL being hosted by the wonderfully talented and funny Jon Hamm!!!! Today has been wonderful for a number of reasons which include:

1. having a wonderful husband
2. it's a bit warmer and sunnier than a couple of days ago when we got our first snow which I am just not emotionally prepared for yet
3. working out on the elliptical trainer while watching the Rally to Restore Sanity makes the workout a LOT less onerous
4. getting a rock star parking space at the mall on a Saturday afternoon
5. singing along to Michael Buble in the car on a beautiful day
6. getting to enjoy a wonderful dinner at home on Saturday night
7. looking forward to hot carmel apple cider and homemade Madelines

I love Madeline cookies and desperately want to visit France one day. I also realize that the closest I am going to get to France in the very near future is visiting the French Quarter in New Orleans so I'll have to do what I can to bring France to me. I bought a Madeline pan a couple months back and finally attempted to bake some up yesterday. They taste yummy and look pretty. I still need to experiment to find just the right recipe and tweak it, but these cookies in the picture above are making me pretty happy right now!

After a day full of running around, it was so nice to come home and spend time in the kitchen making a meal completely from scratch. First off was baking some bread from this amazing recipe at Sew4Home. So yummy! And my husband is a carb fiend so he could eaten only this for dinner and been completely happy. Salad was on the menu, too - a combination of lettuces topped with apple slices, asiago cheese, walnuts, and balsamic vinaigrette. Mushroom risotto which takes some time and attention but is so worth it. The recipe here is a good basic one but I always change up some stuff when I'm cooking. Just a little bit of balsamic and orange glazed steak on the side was wonderful!

What a great day! Now hopefully tomorrow I get to spend some time sewing - that will make for a wonderful weekend!


  1. It looks like some pretty healthy eating to me. Perhaps quite a bit of work to prepare, but definitely worth it in the end.

    Gosh, I have no idea what a Madeline is! But it's very pretty!

  2. It definitely did take a while to prepare but that makes it taste that much better when you finally get to eat it (it was really hard to wait to eat long enough to take the pics)!

    You absolutely have to try a Madeline when you get a chance - is there a little French bakery near your neck of the woods? There's a great one in Cedar Rapids called Croissant du Jour if you're ever over that way!