Did you ever have one of those days where you felt like you couldn’t lose? I had one of those days. Just a great day.
First, when I was walking up to the carpool pick-up, I came across two little pugs running loose. I realized that they weren’t with anyone, and they needed some help. I got the herded together, and saw that they had tags with an address and phone number. I picked them up, and walked them down the street to the address. I was disappointed when no one answered the door, but I pulled out my cell, and called the number from the tags. The woman who answered was shocked and startled. She asked if I could put the two dogs in the backyard, as she had just gotten to work. Of course I put them in the backyard. Right off the bat, I started the day feeling like a hero.
I had an OK day at work. It was uneventful, really, and an uneventful day at work is a good day as far as I’m concerned.
When I got home, I was inspired by the groceries I picked up at Trader Joe’s yesterday, as well as this cookbook I learned about on another blog that has recipes made up entirely of ingredients you can get at TJs. I built a dish around Fresh Harvest Medley, which is a pack of prepared yams, butternut squash, and turnips. I browned some garlic in olive oil, and added a dash of pinot grigio. I sauteed the medley in that and then added a can of white kidney beans and stewed tomatoes. I also added a bit of frozen spinach. I spiced it a little and let it gurgle. I think 98% of those came from Trader Joe’s.
It was amazing. It was a really lovely stew. I was so proud of it, I called my parents to brag. I don’t really cook a lot, so when I do, and it turns out well, I’m very proud of it. I’m very proud of this stew. I’m already planning to make it again, but this time using more fresh ingredients, possibly in the slow cooker. I’m very jazzed about this. I hope I can maintain the enthusiasm.