(Not So) Wordless Redhead Wednesday

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Totally agree

 

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Well, here are some “roses” then!

 

 

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I have quite a few freckles on my cheekbones, so approach at your own risk :)

 

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You have been warned!

Gratitude – Day 30

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3 things I’m grateful for today:

 

-  This delicious looking “Cherry Garcia” chocolate cake that I just made for tomorrow’s all September birthdays celebration at work. It’s all ready and packed to go. I know it will be much enjoyed (it has moonshine cherries on top :)).

-  Those new baking pans I got at Williams-Sonoma last week are awesome! They produced evenly baked layers and made taking them out a breeze!

-  I’ve managed to stick to my Gratitude challenge and post every day for the past 30 days (no matter what was going on, how I felt, or if I even felt anything great was going on each particular day)!

 

So today is the last day of the Gratitude challenge. So far, I’ve had at least 90 things that I was grateful for, but I know a lot more was going on, and even more so there are so many things that we just pass by, ordinary things that we’re used to just taking them for granted and not paying enough attention to pause and give thanks.

I’ve also learned the value of doing short posts with just a few sentences or a couple of pictures giving me a clue that some posts in the future could be like that, just short and sweet as a “hello” and give you a glimpse of what’s cooking in the Peddler’s kitchen. I will continue my Wordless (or Almost Wordless) Wednesdays as they proved to be popular.

My huge thank you to all my followers who read my posts, “liked” them and inspired me to continue on. And a special thank you to many new people who joined my blog these past 30 days. It’s been a great month, thank you!

Gratitude – Day 29

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3 things I’m grateful for today:

 

-  A huge thank you to Dunkin Donuts for now offering almond milk latte! You made my day! Welcome to 2014 when dairy and soy milk are outdated. Now if only  Starbucks would wake up and smell the coffee (with almond milk)! I don’t buy a lot of coffee drinks out, I’m actually kind of snobby and particular about coffee (it has to be good), therefore I have a French press at work and make my own, but when I’m out and about, especially in the morning, like today, I need my coffee to go, and if it’s a latte, it’s a special treat. Today is National Coffee Day by the way, enjoy a cup!

-  Getting home early today because I was at a different work site. And those free hours are very helpful as I have yet more baking to do, for a birthday event at work.

-  Actually enjoying an 1.5 hour ride, each way, to get to the work site (it was off-peak so it was pleasant), as it gave me a chance to get lost in my thoughts and reflect on a lot of things that happened this year and try to guess (or dream) what else may come. My birthday year is coming to a close soon. For the past several years I’ve noticed that soon after (or around my birthday), some new developments materialize, new people appear, some roads end and others open up. This is how it usually happens, we just don’t always notice it. We should mark birthday years more than we mark New Years, new period does not always start on January 1st.

Gratitude – Day 28

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3 things I’m grateful for today:

 

-  Family dinner gathering, celebrating Grandma’s 92nd birthday that was earlier in the week. And, you know, every time any family gets together: somebody’s laughing, somebody’s crying, some are arguing (over stupid stuff like politics or sport teams), some are quiet (like my kid), and some just can’t shut up (me, sometimes…) One thing everybody usually agrees on is food, like lots of it (hey, we are Russians, there’s no such thing as too much food, I’m sure other cultures can relate too). So more cooking was done today. I try to bring a healthy spin on some traditional dishes, nobody usually complains. Nobody usually complains about my food period! They are probably just scared of me! :)

 

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-  It’s a gorgeous warm weekend in NYC, probably the last summer-like weather we’ll have till next year. I’m trying to enjoy it but also embracing the autumn and all that it has to bring, including delicious Fall flavors recipes.

 

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-  I have a lot of friends who are marathon runners, most of them belong to TNT (team in training) groups, and most of them support The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which is where the donations go, but some also campaign for other causes and run as individuals. The Fall/Winter marathon season is now in full swing. I usually donate to each of their campaigns as I support both the cause and a friend. So, run, people, run!

 

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Gratitude – Day 27

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3 things I’m grateful for today- or how you know you’re a foodie:

-  Normal people, when stressed out (and still pissed from yesterday), will go out for a walk to calm the nerves, or exercise, or maybe hide under the covers to sleep in. But if you’re a foodie, you’ll head straight to the kitchen to bake because this is where you rest and “hide” from the world. This Italian Plum Cake is just a “side effect” of your stress treatment. Oh yes, it is “F*** this diet” good! (And if you ask nicely, I’ll post the recipe shortly :))

-  If you’re a foodie, you spot a known TV chef at Williams-Sonoma (and actually recognize her). You then start following her to see what she picks. In a completely snotty conclusion you decide, you’re just waaaaaaay better because you’re shopping for “big girl” baking tools, and she is there looking at kitchen towels.  It must’ve been that thick pot cloud you walked though before entering the store that overinflated your ego. (Why is there a pot cloud by Columbus Circle out of all places?! Or Soho and Village are so polluted already that the cloud just had no choice but to move Uptown?!)

-  And then like a “big girl” you sit down to have two (!) cake pieces. Because yes, foodies have to make sure the food is good!

 

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Gratitude – Day 26

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3 things I’m grateful for (and pissed off about) today:

 

-  I’m going for a big shot of that grape therapy after work as today has been “the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad” day…

-  It’s Friday so the timing helps to get a lot of grape therapy…

-  I’m so mad I may actually substitute grape therapy for agave therapy or grain therapy…

Gratitude – Day 25

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3 things I’m grateful for today – having a lazy day:

 

-  Pizza for lunch (gluten free of course), from the box (because the day is lazy). When I’m half-lazy, I get pre-made crusts from Mozzarelli’s on 23rd Street and add my sauce and toppings. And when I’m in a mood, I make it all from scratch, my favorite is shredded chicken with portobello and zucchini.

-  Switching between watching Sex and the City reruns and Bridget Jones’s Diary, and this joint plot somehow makes sense. At least in my life.

-  “Plotting” what to bake in the next couple of weeks. The choices are endless but will probably include a plum cake, homemade pop-tarts and apple “rose” tartlets.