So, I haven't blogged for a few days, and I wish it was because I've been super busy. But the truth is I was enjoying the down time I've had the past few days. Mike and I have been lounging around, and just enjoying the quiet.
However, a few days ago I did do something I'm proud of! I made Julia Child's Boeuf Bourguignon! I've had her cookbooks for a few years now and never had the nerve to make anything out of them. But I finally decided that I wanted to go ahead and give it a whirl. I also did a video for it as well, but I've yet to have any comments from anyone on whether or not they liked my video on how to make chicken stock...so I wonder if it's even worth me editing this down and posting it...is it?
Well, let me tell you, it was a bit nerve wracking to attempt making something for the first time, and also recording it to show people. I felt a bit discombobulated, but if it does make it to youtube, it's great to show that everyone fumbles and goes through making something for the first time. Also, when I was pulling the sauce together at the end, I had to add a few things to punch it up a bit to where I wanted it. And that to me is what cooking is all about. I've always said, Cooking is an Art, while Baking is a Science. I love being able to add something or substitute something and make a recipe mine. And I love even more having Mike come home and telling me how good the house smells and how he can't wait to have dinner. (That could just be hunger setting in, but I like to think that it's my cooking!)
We've had a pretty low key weekend, which is nice after a busy work week for Mike, and a full week for me. We did go to the opera last night, it was the opening night of Carmen. What an amazing performance! I didn't realize how much of the music from that opera is incorporated into mainstream society. I'd heard a lot of songs before, some in cartoons, others in movies. It's great to see how they are used in all facets of our lives! We got out of there at around 11pm, and were driving home and we laughed at how late it was and how "old" we are getting because we were both exhausted! But we came home, took the boys out to do their business and then crawled into bed.
Today, we slept in and lounged around most of the morning, but this afternoon we finally got around to booking our travel for next month! We are taking a 7 day/6 night trip to Europe. It'll be my first time to Europe, and Mike wanted to take me to Paris, but I said that if we are going to Europe I'd like to spend at least two days in London because who knows when I'll be over there again. So we booked our flights and our hotel, the Metropolitan in London and the Hilton Arc de Triomphe in Paris. I'm super excited for this trip. And the boys get to go and have their stay-cation at The Dog Spot in Everett. I can't rave enough about this place! They take such good care of our boys, and tire them out! I love seeing how wiped out the dogs are when they come home! :)
The other night we had a SPECTACULAR sunset. I can't say it enough, I LOVE our view of the Sound and South Whidbey! Here are just a few of the pictures.
You just can't beat a gorgeous sunset. **sigh**
Well, it's been a long day, we had a function to go to for Mike's work tonight. It was nice to meet some more of his team members, and of course even better getting food and as much wine as I could drink! :)
But hey, let me know if y'all would like to see me make Boeuf Bourguignon and I'll edit the video and post it! :) Cheers!