15 February 2013

Seven Quick Takes Friday, Vol. 19

Happy first Lenten Friday! What are you having for dinner? I'm making Matt's mom's homemade macaroni and cheese, but with elbows instead of shells, because that's what I have in the cupboard. Sorry about that, Matt. I'd love to hear other ideas of meatless meals for this Lent... It seems like I get stuck rotating between just a few meatless meals, and it would be nice to introduce some more variety.

Last night, Matt and I went out to dinner by ourselves for the first time since Little Bear was born! It was so nice to have a quiet meal together again. We weren't planning to do anything special for Valentines Day, but my mother offered to come babysit so that we could go out, and we couldn't turn down an offer like that!

It sounds like Little Bear was pretty happy and well-behaved while we were gone, which was good to hear. He was hungry and very eager for mommy time when we got home, but apparently not sleepy... he stayed up for two more hours. Maybe he was over-excited by having his evening go so much differently than usual?

The restaurant where we went for dinner is right next to the riverbank; in the summer, they have a floating dock for canoers and boaters to moor their crafts and come in. In the winter, the river freezes over and becomes a thoroughfare for snowmachiners (snowmobilers, for the non-Alaskans out there). By midwinter the ice is thick enough to easily support regular vehicles, and an "ice road" is marked out leading from the bank right next to this restaurant over to a road/boat launch on the other bank a little ways upriver. The boat launch is no more than a mile from our apartment, so after dinner tonight, we decided to take the ice road home.

That there is proof that my husband loves me: never in a million years would Matt up and decide to walk, let alone drive, out on a frozen river. Because I said that it sounded fun, though, he did it for me. Isn't he great?

We are pretty sure that my toe is in fact fractured; it has been sore and swollen with a dark purple jagged line across it since Sunday night, and the joint in question is immobile. Matt buddy-taped it to the adjacent toe for me, and I have been trying to avoid stubbing it on anything else. Little Bear thinks that it looks like a toy now, so I'm doing my best to keep him from biting it!

I am so, so thankful that the sun is back! We are getting nearly nine hours of daylight now, and are still gaining seven minutes per day. It is so wonderful to throw open all of the curtains, pull up the blinds, and have enough light to fill the apartment without using any electricity!

Have a great weekend, and don't forget to check out more quick takes with the crowd over at ConversionDiary.com!


  1. We're having cauliflower and spaghetti for supper (par-steamed cauliflower, sauteed in garlic and evoo, tossed with thin spaghetti and peas). I made hummus for lunch.

    I found this link through a long-forgotten article, and it has some ideas for meatless meals around the world. http://www.crsricebowl.org/stories-of-hope/week-1/

    I also like tomato soup, but sadly John does not. :( So I make this instead (which is not at all like tomato soup other than it is a meatless soup. :)) http://allrecipes.com/recipe/beakers-vegetable-barley-soup/

    We also like tunaballs (meatballs made from tuna)

  2. Sorry to hear about your toe! That's a bummer. :(

    We are also doing homemade mac and cheese for dinner tonight. I never realize how much of a meat-eating family we are until Lent comes around. Sometime this week, I plan on gathering up all of my meatless recipes and posting links to them on my blog for everyone to reference for Lent.