This Monday has been a fun day for me and I most certainly have several somethings to smile about. Maybe some of them will bring a smile to your face, too!
Spring has finally sprung her and we have enjoyed a bee-you-tee-ful day! I spent most of it running errands but at least I didn’t need the wipers or a rain coat. I got quite a bit done despite having my day broken up by driving my daughter and her friend to and from run club, which is unofficial, off-season cross country practice. It was the first really warm day in which the kids have had to run, and it sounds like they were feeling it. My daughter commented that she’ll have to refocus on her hydration and I think I need to make a big batch of homemade sports drink (Mater-Ade!) to help.
My daughter and her team put miles on their sneakers but my running was done in an automobile and included a trip to the thrift store. I found three tops and one pair of capris (with the store tags still on, yay!) for myself plus a bottle for my homemade ginger ale, a jar for my ranch dip mix, and a flannel sheet to back my next denim quilt. It was 25% off day, so I felt I did well!
I tried, and tweaked, a hummus recipe I found on the Healthy Living Link Party. I love hummus with garlic and tahini but I was out of tahini, so I used the link party recipe as a start and added LOTS of garlic while skipping the herbs. It turned out well and will make lots of healthy snacks over the next few days.
I also added A Cabin Full of Food: Filling your pantry, and using it to my Kindle library. The Kindle version is free as of the time of this post, but please check before you buy since prices can change at any time. (Update: Still free as of 10:00 am EDT on Friday, April 22, 2016, but please double-check before you buy!)
Tomorrow I intend to bottle up my homemade vanilla extract so it will be ready for Mother’s Day. I’ll have plenty to use myself and lots of bottles to give as gifts. I like to have bottles of homemade vanilla, jars of home-canned fruit preserves, tubs of vanilla sugar, and other kitchen delicacies on hand to give as gifts. Nothing says “thank you” like a treat from the kitchen!
If you’d like to try making homemade vanilla extract, Olive Nation is having a 20% off sale through April 20, 2016. Use coupon code “SAVE20” to save 20% on all products. With Olive Nation’s everyday free ground shipping in the continental U.S. on vanilla beans, this 20% off sale is a great opportunity to start making your own homemade vanilla. (Update: You can still get great vanilla beans at Olive Nation even though this sale has ended. I’ll let you know if I learn about any other sales on supplies for making homemade vanilla.)
Even though it seems everyone wants to complain about Mondays, mine ended up being busy but pretty good! It’s fun to get things accomplished and find a deal or two. How was your Monday?
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