The morning my aunt’s family left, my mom had to wake me up to say good-bye to them (oops), and apparently, my cousin cried again. :/ He’s an only child, so I guess he’s lonely? My mom said that he was tying his shoelaces and tried to cover it up with the age-old, clichéd, only-in-the-movies excuse: There’s sand in my eyes. :( Poor thing… He’s such a boy. Wouldn’t even let me hug him, so I went with the shoulder-pat. :/
I was an only child for the first eight years of my life, and I practically begged my parents for a sibling (specifically, a sister). Now that I have one, I feel like I don’t appreciate her half as much as I should. I need to improve on that. Later on in life, I want to be as close to my sister as my mom is to my aunt. They have the ultimate sibling relationship—growing up in a poor household (and only being a few years apart…) really squishes a family together, I guess? I suppose it was the same with everyone in China at the time…
2010 Goal #1: Be a better sister.
Apparently, our house is funhouse, because we have MORE company now. Wahoo. They brought us a nice gift basket from Florida and homemade treats! :)
Organic citrus and jams and locally-made candies! I think they’re mind-readers, because I LOVE this kind of stuff. I’ve already eaten two of the chocolate-covered coconut patties, and they’re deeelicious! The citrus, although ugly, is super sweet, too. :)
I think there were chocolate-covered cookie bars, peanut butter bars, and hello dollies. I had my first hello dollie last night, and it was good, although a little too sweet. I love anything with coconut. :)
And now’s the time for random.eats!
Noodles in chicken broth with sesame seeds and a single carrot slice was consumed for lunch. I had some nice slurping action going on here. That’s the best part of noodles, am I right?! Vermicelli is no fun at all unless it’s in a salad.
With a baby apple, the iconic fall fruit. I’m just a tad late for the season, I know. I saw Stef stuff her apple with nut butter the other day and thought it was brilliant, but I really just needed something fresh and juicy today. (Gotta find me some blood oranges!)
And a fab snack: half-banana + Maranatha crunchy peanut butter + sea salt. Get this: I do not like Maranatha PB anymore. o__o I used to be obsessed with the stuff!… but now I really crave sugarless, super-peanutty peanut butter. Weird. Thus, I needed extra salt to counter the sweetness here. Warning: food porn barrage coming your way. Normally, I choose a few pictures to post from a selection, but this time, they all looked equally good!
And a date stuffed with Crazy Richard’s creamy peanut butter, my next love. Well, that is, until I use the jar up. Then I’ll be making my own peanut butter… and THAT will be true love. ;) Topped with course sea salt once again, since Crazy Richard’s is just plain ol’ peanuts:
Love! <3 And speaking of making nut butter, that was precisely my very first adventure with my new toy!
How to Make Nirvana: A Step-by-Step Guide
You will need:
* ~2 1/2 cups pecans
* ~1/4 tsp coarse sea salt
(Errr… like I said, I don’t exactly measure. ^_^;)
Step 1: Microwave pecans until perfectly roasted and just slightly burnt. I would’ve used an oven to roast a whole batch at once (I had to microwave twice), but last time, I completely burnt the pecans beyond recognition, so I won’t be trying that again. :| I microwaved for 4 minutes total (mixed them up after 2 minutes to even out the roasting), but I have no idea whether the setting was on high or medium or what. Sorry!
Step 3: Blend until smooth, stopping to scrape the edges down if necessary. The butter comes pretty quickly with pecans, since they’re oily, though not so much with certain other nuts/seeds. *coughpumpkinseedscough*
Step 4: Add coarse sea salt into the blender with the luscious pecan butter it’s created for you. Pulse for a few seconds to fold in the salt crystals. They’ll add a delightful crunch in the final product. :]
Step 5: Pour into a jar and devour (not necessarily with something). I promptly had an unpictured dried calimyrna fig dunked in nirvana. I’ll be sure to catch that sneaky hand of mine so I can snap a pic next time… ;)
Sorry for the dark/crappy action shot + final pic—I’m still working on shooting motion (holding a heavy blender while trying to focus is not very easy), and I was anxious to try the pecan butter at the end. Forgive this amateur. :|
Q1: Are you an only child? If so, do you ever wish you had a sibling?
Q2: What is one goal you have for 2010?
Q3: What’s your favorite type of nut/seed butter? Me? I like allll of them except for bitter tahini. ;)
Q4: Thin or thick noodles?
Off to an Asian party today. Have a great post-holiday day! :)