The weekend before last, my dad threw my mom a surprise milestone birthday party. 75 people, fabulous food and an open bar… my dad sure pulled off a party, and my mom was completely surprised… what a good man!
Sadly, I couldn’t make it home for the Sunday afternoon bash, so I went home this past weekend for a long weekend. One perk of my job is that when the Federal Reserve is closed, I get the day off. And they like their holidays!
It was a gorgeous weekend. On Saturday, I went for a walk down along the water with my parents and the dog. It was great to feel that salty, sea breeze on my face; I’m a beach kid, what can I say. Later on, we had my cousins over for dinner. On Sunday, I went for a long hilly run, met my best friend for breakfast and then went for a hike up Bluffs Head with my parents.
Sunday night, I went to meet my cousins’ new puppy, Scout, he’s so cute. On Monday, I volunteered at the Branford Community Dining Room, the soup kitchen where I used to volunteer at though high school and my summers home from college. It was great to see the CDR Ladies! Then I headed back up to Vermont.
It was an awesome weekend home and just what I needed! I mean who wouldn’t want to hang out with their family and this sleepy puppy… 14 years young! Love that Dexter dog.
The other morning I made this curry recipe in my slow cooker. I just threw everything in, turned it on low and left it while I went to work. 5 minutes before we were ready to eat dinner, I added a few splashes of coconut milk and a few handfuls of chopped baby spinach and that was it! While I waited for the spinach to wilt, I cooked up some whole wheat couscous. It was pretty darn good and so easy!
Slow Cooker Vegetable Curry1 tablespoon olive oil 2 medium onions, chopped 1 cup baby carrots, sliced 1/4 in thick 2 tablespoon curry powder 2 teaspoon brown sugar 1 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 Serrano chili, minced fine 1 can of chickpeas 1 russet potato cubed, peel if you want, I didn’t 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 2 teaspoon cumin 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained 1/2 cup of vegetable stock 1 cup of water 3 cups fresh baby spinach, roughly chopped 1/2 to 3/4 cup light coconut milk
Heat oil in a sauté pan over medium heat, add in onions and cook for 1 minute, then add in carrots and sauté for 4 more minutes. Add in curry powder through Serrano chili, and sauté for an additional minute. Transfer the mixture to your slow cooker and add in the remaining ingredients through the water. Stir and cover. Cook on low for 10 hours or high for 6, stirring occasionally. Five minutes before serving, stir in chopped spinach and coconut milk. Serve over rice, couscous, or your desired grain.