I found somewhere online that allows you to watch episodes of TV series for free; somewhere that actually works over here. It's called TV Links, and it does have the "Secret Circle" show on it. I watched the second episode today, so now I'm only two episodes behind (episode four was the one that would have been on the TV Wednesday evening). The site actually offers quite a few TV series; some of them I haven't seen on TV in years! So now I have somewhere I can watch any TV shows that aren't shown on the channels the freeview box offers. YAY!
It's been quite chilly here the past few days, but nice and sunny; the type of weather that both reminds you of Summer and warns you that Winter is just around the corner at the same time. Proper Autumn weather I call it!
I've not been out today though. I'm not feeling too great (I think I'm just a bit run down from doing so much the past few weeks). Kelly took Kero out by himself earlier so I could have a day off from needing to do much. Sometimes you just need a rest day, and today is mine... If anyone doesn't like it, tough! I don't feel well, I'm hurting (hit my hip on a door handle and bruised it, hit my head on a wall - which might be the main reason I don't feel too well - and hit my knee on... Well, I'm not sure what I hit my knee on, but it hurt) and I deserve a day off to recover!
Last night for dinner I decided to try a recipe I found a little while back for pasta with pumpkin sage sauce (which is why I was up to my elbows in pumpkin yesterday). It was a very tasty recipe! I'm having the leftovers for dinner tonight.
Actually, I've been doing a lot of baking this week. Remember how I said I was making as much as possible from scratch? Well, I'm keeping my word!
Since we didn't do much for Mabon we decided to do a "Thanksgiving dinner" on Monday. Kelly had a glazed ham, and - since I don't eat meat - I had a stuffed butternut squash (I used only the stuffed butternut squash part of that recipe) and glazed parsnips (I glazed the parsnips with a glaze I'm calling a honey nut glaze). Our dinners were served with roast potatoes, carrots and sprouts.
Then, on Tuesday, I used Jazz's sandwich bread recipe to make some bread.
I made some large bread rolls:
(There were three rolls, but there are only two in the photo, because... Well, it smelled so good I couldn't resist having one as soon as they were out of the oven!)
And a couple of loaves of bread:
Officially the recipe was for white bread, but I wanted wholemeal bread, and I figured it wouldn't hurt to try it with wholemeal flour instead, and it seemed to work just fine. I think,, for my first time doing bread totally from scratch (no bread machine; I gave it to my Dad), I did great. I should have left it to proof a bit longer in the tin though, because my loaves aren't as big as they should have been. But it smells like bread, and it tastes like bread, so it works for me! ;)
I also made some plum jam using a jam recipe I'd had for a while:
I should have left it to cook a bit longer; it's a bit runny (it's more of a lumpy syrup than a jam, really), but it tastes good, and for my first attempt making jam I don't think I did too badly with it. Made quite a mess on the cooker though... Oops! Next time I know to cook it a bit longer, and to watch the temperature I have it on so it doesn't boil over (which is what caused the big mess on the cooker).
I also made some applesauce:
I made this after the jam, and had learned from the jam about cooking it a bit longer (and not having the pot up so high), so the applesauce worked great; it's the right consistancy, and tastes pretty good, so I'm happy with it. And Kelly is happier with it too; I didn't make such a mess with it, LOL!
And I hope to do a lot more baking in the future! :)
That's it for now; I'll try to keep up with your blogs, but I have loads of projects to do (holiday cards to make, stuff planned for Samhain, etc), so if I get behind again - since I only just caught up from last time, lol - sorry!