Monday, March 04, 2013

What Makes Me Happy

It's been a little hard lately to focus on the things that make me happy, but I'm working on getting back on track. Part of my therapy over the last couple of weeks has been cooking and baking. Getting creative in the kitchen is something I've always enjoyed. And I love putting a delicious meal on the table for my family. I can be a bit of a 1950s housewife that way.

We do make a point of sitting down to dinner together every night, even if the meal is take-out we grabbed on the way home, or something quick and convenient I pulled out of the freezer. Finding the time to cook a meal from scratch can be a challenge with our schedules. But we've set Saturday night aside as a special family dinner night. On Saturday night, there is no TV during our meal. No devices. Just family, food, and conversation. And usually some music. Family dinner is followed by family movie night, which may or may not include buttery popcorn, depending on how elaborate and filling dinner was. This is like a standing date, not to be messed with.

Spending this quiet time together with my boys makes me happy. It's a great chance for us all to re-connect and be truly present with each other. 

When the meal I present to them results in praise and requests for second helpings? That makes me really happy!

This was our dinner last Saturday night.  Prime Rib roasted medium rare, with mashed potatoes, rice, honey-glazed carrots, steamed broccoli, and Yorkshire puddings. Don't forget the gravy!

I cook a mean roast, if I do say so myself. I like to cut little slits all over and stuff those with slivers of garlic. Then season with Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and a steak seasoning.  Cook uncovered for 10-12 minutes at 450, then lower to 275 and cook until a few degrees below your desired temperature (temp will continue to rise). I take it out at 135 for medium rare. Remove to a plate, tent with foil, and let sit for about 15 minutes or more before carving. 

For the carrots I just cook them over medium heat in a saucepan, with butter, salt, pepper, a generous dousing of honey, and some maple syrup. Brown sugar works in place of maple syrup for a bit of a different flavour. This is pretty much the only way Hubs will eat carrots!

A hearty meal enjoyed with a nice glass of wine and my lovely boys. That's definitely on the list of happy-making.

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