One of the things that I very much like about our new house is the fact of finally having what my sister refers to as "An actual kitchen. Like for adults." Indeed, it has nice counters and cupboards and pretty hardwood floors. And, as the icing on the proverbial cake? A gas stove. Sigh. I would show you pictures of the kitchen so that you could also see it, but there is actually a plumber in it right now, which kind of ruins the whole aesthetic just a bit. So, another time.
The nice kitchen turns out to be a particularly good thing this week because we have had to do some amount of waiting around for repairmen and the like. The apartment that we are in was empty for a number of months after the current owners bought it and before we moved in, so we are discovering all manner of "quirks" that could use some attention before they become say, floods. So, we've been hanging around the house a little more than usual, and spending time experimenting in the kitchen. Today I made a batch of banana muffins that are both vegan and gluten-free. And honestly, pretty darn good. My best bud Natalie will likely leave a comment on this post reminding me that if you put enough sugar in anything, it will taste great because that is the nature of these things. To this I say: shhhh.
We also made what appears to be popularly termed "frozen hot chocolate." I think I am against calling it that. Because it doesn't make any sense. I'm not sure what else to call it, but basically, you just add a few cups of ice to some very chocolatey chocolate milk and run it through the blender until it has the consistency of an icy smoothie. We melted about three ounces of Mexican chocolate into a couple of tablespoons of half and half and added that to about two cups of chocolate milk and three or so cups of ice. We also topped it with homemade whipped cream. Because why would you not do that if you found that you had both a whisk and some cream? Rhetorical question! There is no good reason.
And also, moving boxes are getting turned into bird wings. Mariam taped the edges of two pieces of cardboard stacked on top of one another, essentially making cardboard pockets to put her arms inside. Next up: they get colored pencil feathers.