Saturday, November 2, 2019

Day 235

Back before I started doing daily blog posts, I would sporadically make paragraph (or longer) Facebook statuses about funny or interesting things that happened in my life that day. Today, I was so excited about making gumbo that I ruined the topic/main point of my blog post for the day.

Despite being tired and averse to the cold, I made myself get up and go run with Slow Mode this morning. We ran/walked 10K, which was a lovely start to my Saturday. Then, Scooter's old family came over for a visit. The kids were so excited to see her! After they left, Richard and I went to Costco and did some grocery shopping. I also got in my head that I wanted to make gumbo soon since it's getting cold outside, so we stopped by Albertson's for some non-Costco-sized supplies. (Also, I don't know that Costco carries file!) I did a bit of reading and knitting, but much of my afternoon was consumed with making gumbo.

Being able to make a dark roux without burning it is one point of pride for Louisianians, but it's something I get nervous about as a non-native. I have only made rouxs a few times, and this one was definitely the largest volume I had ever made. I turned on Salt Shaker Radio on Pandora and danced while I whisked the flour and oil, and I did just fine. With a recipe to follow carefully for the other parts of the gumbo, I managed to produce a pretty tasty dish. I think this will be a winter for gumbo.

We invited Richard's fraternity brother, Marco, over for dinner, so I also made a cobbler to go with it. It was nice to have someone to hang out with, but as soon as we finished dinner, I was full of good food and ready for bed. In fact, I'm heading that way now. Tomorrow's looking busy, so I'll definitely benefit from the time change.

The second gumbo I've ever made--first chicken and sausage!
Something that made today great: I spent almost the whole day with Richard, AND most of it was at home!
Time I woke up: 7:00 am

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