I know that I haven’t posted about Thanksgiving yet, but I’m not going to post about that today. I may or may not post about that in the future – we’ll just see. I don’t want to make any promises that I won’t end up keeping. 🙂
Today was just a normal day of school, of life.
I made an imitation Chipotle dinner tonight. I really wasn’t planning on making the whole thing a Chipotle imitation, but it sort of took on a life of its own, and I ended up making rice, beans, and salsa, in addition to the meat. It turned out wonderfully (if I do say so myself). Mom ended up running to the store this evening, so she picked up some Monterey Jack cheese. They use a blend of Jack and White Cheddar at Chipotle. I am a HUGE fan of their cheese, just to mention one thing. I have gotten the same thing every time I have gone to Chipotle – a Steak Burrito Bowl with brown rice (now that they offer that, I used to get white), black beans, mild salsa, and cheese. LOTS of cheese. I think one time I had an actual burrito. But I much prefer the burrito bowl. Let’s just get it out there now – I LOVE CHIPOTLE!
O.K., now that we have that covered, I can tell you what I made for dinner. I found this recipe for Carnitas* when I was looking for slow-cooker recipes for this month’s meal plan. I was really happy with how it turned out. The only change I made was to use significantly less cinnamon, but I will probably up it a little next time. Although I have only tasted the Carnita meat when my family members have extra, and I am not completely stuffed (I have never ordered it myself, as I have a thing about Chipotle’s steak), I thought it tasted a lot like Chipotle’s, and the beans and rice did, too. I just looked online for imitation recipes, and found quite a few. Everyone enjoyed it. The cheese was well liked by all (see above).
No pictures. I ate it too fast, before I remembered that I should snap a photo to share. 🙂
I have been reading an herb book lately (not that unusual), and in it the author discussed how great a walk is for you during the middle of the day, to take a break from desk work. I went for a walk today, and it was lovely. Today was a bit chilly. It was also gray, but I rather enjoyed both of these things. I like the cold, gray days. They always have a certain quiet beauty about them. I can’t explain it. There is just a quiet serenity in the days when they are cold and gray. They are not so shout-out-loud beautiful as the Spring days, with the colorful flowers popping their heads up everywhere. They are not so gorgeously beautiful as the Summer days, with the intense greens of the grass and trees, and the blues of the sky. Nor are they so gloriously beautiful as the Autumn days, with the trees dressed in their best outfits for the last party of the season, as it were. No, the cold, gray, quiet days of early fall and winter have a majestic, serene, quiet, calming, half-gentle, half-harsh beauty about them. I love gray days.
So I brought my camera on my walk with me. As I had my macro lens on the camera, and didn’t really feel like changing it, I thought it would be a good exercise to try to focus on little things, and to see how many textures and small things I could catch on my walk, instead of looking for the big things, the big picture. I wanted to zoom in, as it were, on the little beauties that were hiding on the path, things that would usually get overlooked.
Here are a few of my shots.
LOVE the moss
And the grass
Old barbed wire is so…country…
…and just plain wonderful!
Moss on a tree – not sure if I like this shot…
…or this shot better. What do you think? One or two?
Old rusty farm equipment
Thank you for reading today’s ramblings!
Love to you,
*Note: I have not explored this website, so I do not endorse everything on it. I just like this recipe. 🙂