I’m kind of torn over my decision to lessen my work load for this year.
Last week was the first time I’ve posted less than 4 posts in one week in about a year and it feels wrong. I’ve had this constant feeling that I’m forgetting something nagging at the back of my mind. On the flip side, I’ve been really enjoying having a little more space to breathe and not always be stressing myself out and I think everyone in the house has already benefitted from it.
I feel like it’s the right thing to do for now because every time I think this year couldn’t get busier, it does. I’m spending a lot of time planning for my friends wedding party (It’s really more like a wedding shower party, kind of. It’s hard to explain the culture difference in that area.) Also, we went to help some close friends unload a container that they’ve been waiting for to be shipped here from the States. You know, like those big boxes you pass on the freeway sitting on the back of semis. Yep, one of those, and it was full of huge equipment and stuffs so me and my sisters were kind of useless with the surplus of manpower that showed up to help. We decided we were still being helpful with moral support. Oh, and I brought cupcakes so that was good.
There was an inspector that came to look at the motorcycle they brought, our friends “baby”, and there are all these stupid red tape, bureaucracy crap nonsense issues that are going to be a headache for them to deal with. We were all crossing our fingers that a chocolate cupcake would warm the guy up a bit, but unfortunately I think he was too much of a Scrooge to accept one. Oh, well, it’s the thought that counts. Oh, and I had a moment where my life felt like it was ending when we showed up there and there were about a billion tábanos flying around outside. Are you really confused? That’s okay, let me explain.
Tábanos (check out this link -EWWW!) are the these huge flies that bite and literally chase you down to do it, they are incessant and a plague of the summer in Patagonia. They don’t really hurt, but man, it makes me so mad if one gets me!
I know I’ve mentioned them on the blog at least once or twice before, but they’re high enough on my hate-list that I feel I deserve to rant on them at least once a year. thankfully they aren’t on our side of the lake for some reason but I feel really bad for the people who have to deal with them. Another thankfully, they are only around for about 2 months when it gets hot so at least there is that.
Okay, now that I’ve grossed you out and made you lose your appetite……(sorry about that by the way). Here is one of those really awesome and healthy recipes I’ve been promising since December. I realize that it could be a bit healthier than hash brown crust, but come on guys, I’m feeding a pretty diverse group and I figure you guys are too. If you want you can go crustless, but honestly, I think the hash crust is the only reason I got some of the kids (and, eh-hem, pickier adults) to eat this at all.
Everyone loved it though, including the two youngest in my fam, so I’d say this is a win win!I thought about going vegetarian with this, but after cutting out the dairy and the gluten, I thought it could really use some chicken, agreed? I used coconut milk for the creaminess and no one detected a thing, seriously. So for all of you coconut-hating skeptics in the crowd, just know the only thing you can taste is the super yummy hint of nuttiness that it adds and it’s really good!
This also ended up being way easier than I had even hoped. I was in a hurry when I was making it so I cheated and pulsed everything in my processor and shaved off an extra few minutes. I’m definitely putting this into the regular rotation. In fact, I’ve already made it three more time since the one in these pics. Everyone loved it that much!