This week hasn't been the easiest. I can't put my finger on the reason why, but everything has just felt a bit blah. I'm sure the weather doesn't help, and nor does the early-waking cold-y toddler, the forgotten lunches, the freelancing deadlines and growing damp patches on bedroom walls.
With all the blah, my camera lay forlorn and forgotten about in the cupboard for a few days. I took no 'proper' photos between the Saturday afternoon river snap and Thursday. Unheard of! My camera is obviously a good mood barometer.
But enough of the down-in-the-dumps. Friday I shook it off and got cooking. Guaranteed to cheer me up. Butternut squash roasted with rosemary - originally destined for soup, it ended up getting thrown into risotto tonight with chorizo and a pinch of chilli flakes for good measure. Blueberry cakes were on the menu too. My little one wasn't so keen to help me stir up the mix it seemed, and was more interested in sticking her fingers in the margarine and making herself turn upside down. Each to their own. A slight variation on this recipe, as we only had one egg and had to replace the soured cream with yoghurt. A tad sink-y due to the missing egg, but they taste good.
It's that time of year again too - marmalade season. 2kg of Sevilles came back from the greengrocers with us yesterday and we (I persuaded R to help me - the lure of homemade marmalade was too much to resist) spent this evening chopping, and chopping some more. We developed marmalader's elbow I think. Tomorrow night will be the boiling up, and filling the house with the gloriously orange perfume. I just hope I have enough jars...
Sifting through a stack of old postcards and pictures in our local charity shop perked up my Friday too - yellowed holiday postcards from the '70s, photos of ancient Greek temples and the card correspondence between one local lady and her friend. I had to bring home a few, including this card with a small corner of wallpaper sellotaped on for the reader's perusal.
Tomorrow is destined for sunshine so we're heading out somewhere for a wander. A week of crafting and more cooking awaits I think.
Hope you're having a lovely weekend.