So I’ve been absent lately. Noticeably or not, I haven’t been around. Not since Thanksgiving have I really been up to blogging. I”m just not feeling college right now, and its kind of getting me down. But it’s probably this time of year. Raise your hand if you’re feeling a bit of a slump. Thought so.
We begin with a 21st birthday parcel that’s been sitting under my bed for about a week.
I didn’t have to wonder long. After my flatmate wished me Happy Birthday at 12:01 am, and my parents not 1 minute after, I danced around my room a bit before deciding I’d better go to bed.
I opened it as soon as I got out of the shower. My family is the most amazing thing. My mom got me the cardigan that I have been imagining (that makes me feel like I’m in prep school) and sent me Justin’s Maple Almond Butter, which I’ve never tried. You bet I ripped it right open to try it.
My sister, G (who is ten) sent me a really cute card featuring my favourite animal; owls!
I think my mom knows I like cooking :)
All the tuna I could find here has sunflower seed oil in it- greasy! blech.
She also sent me my bag of peanut flour that I’ve been missing and a pop up turkey centrepiece, in honour of my birthday.
Oatmeal raisin cookies are a staple at our house. By which I mean we make them occasionally. G and E, at ten, are really into cooking right now and they sent me these cookies they made. Let’s back up and I will tell you how I’m afraid of cookies and never eat them myself. I’ll post about that in the future, but mom knew what I’d say!
I still don’t know how I feel about raisins though. They are so dreadfully sweet.
and of course a 21st birthday wouldn’t be quite right without Birthday Pancakes!
Birthday Pancakes for one 21 year old
1/2 cup spelt flour
1/2 cup wheat bran
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 egg white
1/2 cup water
vanilla and sweetener, to taste
load on the sprinkles!
These hit the spot, I tell you.
Can we just talk about the deliciousness?
and yes, I did run to the shops just to get sprinkles when I realized I didn’t have any. I needed flour that wasn’t white anyhow.
My friends came round and celebrated with me! Note the “Birthday Girl” badge. I was made to wear it out all day :)
My other American flat mate wanted to do a “typical” American thanksgiving so, although my family doesn’t do it that way, I let him. This meant *gasp* sweet potato casserole, cornbread, boxed stuffing and all sorts of other things, all of which contained enough butter and sugar to last the rest of my life. I was polite and took some, because that’s what you do. I also made myself a baked pepper and had some lettuce because I felt a lack of veg.
For the weekend, I ventured off to Bath. It’s so beautiful there, and they’ve got a Christmas Market on. The last two times I’ve been have been in summer, so this was different.
You can see the cold in the photographs, I think.
I stayed in a little B&B and for breakfast she cooked to order. I ordered grilled tomatoes and mushrooms and had a side of organic yogurt and fruits.
I sampled my way through the entire morning (literally)
Do you see all the people around Bath Abbey?
I had to be careful what I bought because I only brought one bag!
I was surprised at myself though- I actually bought things! More on this in another post, but I’m petrified of spending money.
I don’t know if this is usually there. I don’t recall having seen it on previous trips.
I walked around most of the weekend, eating out of the grocery shops because it’s nice and cheap.
Bath is really quite lovely.
I love how the old historic quality of the city has been preserved.
and the Royal Crescent, of course.
case in point.
I can’t possibly show you all the pictures (although I didn’t take as many as I thought I would) but these are just gems.
And who AM I to think I can leave town without a jar of nut butter?
I had to rush into Sainsbury’s to replenish my empty stock. Silly me, never again will I leave without the stuff.
I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and weekend. It’s almost time for me to go home for Christmas (read: 18 days) so I’m quite excited!!
I plan on trying to post more this week on some introspective stuff. Also about the cake I ate out of the blue yesterday when the family I Nanny for gave it to me. No big deal. Hannah:1 Ed:0