Hello lovely ladies!
I received a fun card the other day.
The German title translates as 'What does old mean?'
I sometimes look in the mirror and go 'AAAH! But on the whole I am happy the way I am and the age I am. You are as old as you feel. (That doesn't mean I don't feel 90 sometimes...)
Last weekend I pretended to be 20 years younger and traipsed around the Alhambra Palace all day on Saturday and did a 13 km mountain hike on Sunday. (I've only just recovered!)
All in all I've had a great week:
Those of you who have read my Tuesday blog will know that that big egg was a double yolker!
My mystery plant is even more beautiful than before. It looks very exotic. No, it's not a calla, but heavens knows what it is....
Our village had organized a coach trip to Granada, to visit the Alhambra. The Alhambra has many parts and you need entrance tickets for the different parts. Inside the palace we even had a timed ticket. We were divided into three groups and we also had a guide for the day. I had been before, but it had been in winter in bad weather. This time it was glorious.
Here are some more photos:
Then on Sunday I went on a hike organized by the local walking clubs. Every month a different club hosts the walk. We were near a village called Puebla de Don Fadrique in the north of the Granada province. Next month it is our turn.
It was a great walk. I was tired, but a healthy sort of tired if you know what I mean.
Monday I usually go for a walk with my friend. I was still tired to be honest. I hadn't said anything, but she had hurt her toe and couldn't walk far, so we drove to her daughter's fields and helped her harvest almonds. (There's no photo of that but we beat the tree with a stick until all the almonds fall on the ground and then you collect them.)
I stayed indoors on Tuesday and enjoyed myself in the kitchen. Hubby changed the strings on his electric guitar and enjoyed himself playing it. My sister is visiting our mum in Rotterdam and we would Facetime every day and she sent lots of photos. Here is mum doing her exercises. (She is 96).
Wednesday we spent the morning outdoors and running errands (like post office).
I ran out of time and cooked Pasta Primavera in my Instant Pot. I layer melted butter, pasta, broth, minced garlic, cherry tomatoes and a bag of frozen spring vegetables in the pot. Set pressure cooker to 2 minutes. Release the pressure and add a bag of grated Parmesan and stir. Close again and wait 3 min. Lay the table and serve.
So yes, Kate, this recipe is quicker than cooking on the hob. I only do this sort of thing when I am short of time. I also mostly cook pasta in the normal way.
Yesterday I did not go out at all but enjoyed myself in the kitchen. Apart from a roast dinner (a whole chicken), I also made another batch of Kombucha (I'm now seeing I've put the wrong date on the bottles. It was the 16th.)
I also made some vegetable stock paste. (link to the recipe) from lots of vegetables including broccoli stems. I use it instead of a stock cube and for that reason it is very salty. But at least I know it only has natural ingredients.
That is all from me today. Of course there are some funnies at the end, so we can all have a smile.
For more smiles why don't you join me at Annies at A Stitch In Time and at Virginia's at Rocking Your World Friday.
Take care and keep smiling,