This post was updated in September 2014 with new photography!
Every now and then I have a day that just makes me feel happy, relaxed and accomplished. I call these “perfect days” (another example can be found in my Calabogie/Guy Fieri post).
This past Sunday was just that. I did exactly what I wanted to do, exactly when I wanted to do it – and I got a lot done, preparing myself for the work week ahead. Lately, “special days” like these require at least three key factors:
- Gorgeous weather
- Wonderful company
- My beautiful house
Sunday featured all of these things. I was up early with my big cousin for church (I am so happy to have found a parish that feels like home!) which always makes me feel complete and happy. We came home, cracked open our books (De is reading The Book of Negroes for our book club and I’m reading The Memory Keeper’s Daughter) and tanned in the backyard. It was the most beautiful weather – perfect for lying out and getting lost in a book. We were literally out there until suppertime. That, in itself, should be enough to make last Sunday a “perfect day”.
But it just got better. Every few chapters I got up to whip up a dish in the kitchen, preparing our lunches for the week. First, I made my favourite Quinoa Salad, which just gets better every time I try it. I mixed red and regular quinoa this time and it’s much more colourful. I swear this dish will never get old.
On my next break from reading, I decided to create a broccoli soup without cream. I must say, it turned out better than if it’d had cream. My Other Half was devouring it straight out of the pot!
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 onions, chopped
- 2 potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 2 cups chicken stock
- Salt & pepper, to taste
- 3 cups chopped broccoli
- 1.5 cups milk
- Green onion for garnish (optional)
- In a big pot, melt butter and sauté onions and potatoes until the onion are translucent. Add chicken stock and salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Simmer until potatoes are tender. Add broccoli pieces and cook for five minutes (no longer!). In a blender, purée the soup until desired smoothness. Return to pot and reheat, stirring in the milk. Do not let it boil! Serve hot with sliced green onions as garnish.
At this point, I was feeling pretty productive. I went back outside to read some more, and then De and I decided to attempt My Other Half’s running route – and we did really well! He was, however, running further than he thought (I love Nike+iPod for measuring all my runs)!
Later in the evening (after more reading), we watched Anna and Kristina (my very favourite Canadian cooking show) and we decided we wanted to make oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (My Other Half’s favourite recipe). They turned out delicious and moist (and were the perfect snack while watching awesome Sunday night TV in bed).
Now if that’s not a “perfect day”, I don’t know what is. It was jammed with all the things I love – the sun shining, church, reading, cooking, running and time with my cousin. And now I’ve got delicious lunches to look forward to all week!
What’s your “perfect day”?