I wanted to be a good blog stewardess and write a second blog post this week since I so often end up being a rather negligent blogger. I went through several topics in my mind about which I could write today, but none of them seemed just right. My first thought was to write something about what God is doing in our lives right now, but I'm not quite ready to share it on the Worldwide Web. I will soon, but it's just not time yet. So, I'm falling back onto a simple and somewhat shallow Five Things Friday list. I'll try to at least make it interesting. ;-)
1) Date nights- Normally I don't put these lists into any kind of an order, but this one is definitely listed first on purpose. This is a busy time of year for us. We're still trying to squeeze the last few drops out of summer while warmly welcoming (read: impatiently awaiting) fall. We're trying to fit in visits with friends, visits with family, youth events and fundraisers, work schedules, and more. We love doing all of these things, and we have no intention of stopping all of them altogether or anything like that, but we promised each other a weekly date night, and we have been holding onto that weekly event with both hands. So, tonight, we're having a fancy date.
2) Dinners on the porch with friends- Last night we had two friends over for dinner. This is a dinner we've been talking about for months, and it finally happened last night. See what I mean about busy? Yesterday was cool, and the humidity was low. So, dinner was enjoyed on the porch. In South Carolina summer is often excruciatingly hot and humid which makes porch-sitting a little uncomfortable in July and August. This summer was actually pretty mild, but we still don't use our porch quite as much in the hottest part of the year (aka The Time of Year When Giant Mutant Mosquitoes Might Carry You Away). But last night was perfect. Good food. GREAT company. Candles. And dinner on the porch. Here's to many more dinners on the porch before winter scares us inside. :)
3) Pie- I invented a pie last night. I've never tried this exact pie, but I love how it turned out. And, except for the crust, it was sugar-free and gluten-free! For the crust, I crushed some of those "Ultimate Vanilla Wafers" from Trader Joe's (I know, nothing healthy about those) and added enough melted butter to make the crumbs stick together. I pressed those into the bottom of a pie pan and baked it for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, I mixed 6-ish TBSP melted butter, 1/3 cup coconut sugar, between 2/3 cup and 1 cup lemon juice, 2 eggs, and 2 egg yolks. I heated it over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until it just started to boil and was about the thickness of pudding. I poured the lemon stuff into the pie crust and let it cool on the counter. When it was completely cool, I put it in the freezer for a couple of hours. Right before serving, I took a can of coconut cream and whipped it with a squirt of vanilla extract and a little agave nectar and topped the pie with this "whipped cream." SO YUM! But then, I'm also a sucker for anything lemon.
4) Soup- I love soup, and it is on our menu several times over the next week. Butternut squash bisque, roasted tomato soup, potato soup, and a few others. Everything you need for a meal in one warm, delicious bowl.
5) Morning walks- I love watching the world change. Even if I'm just walking around my neighborhood, I love finding crunchy leaves in my path and seeing bright bits of color just starting to peep through the green on the trees. I also love cool, foggy mornings on which to go for these walks. Not to mention, exercise is about a hundred times more enjoyable when the temperature outside is comfortable.