Whew, I have had the CRAZIEST 24 hours!! Last thing you guys knew, I was heading to the cookie exchange (which was also a baby shower) with my co-workers yesterday. Little did I know there was much more than cookies in store for me!
I drove out to my friend Judy’s house, which is about a 30-40 minute drive from my house in the city out to her place in “backwoods” country. Snow had started falling here in Clarksville around noon and kept up passed the time I left my house at around 2pm.
The snowflakes had just been whirling around all afternoon, but I didn’t think anything of it because #1: It’s Tennessee and we NEVER get snow accumulation this early in the year and #2: I’m a dummy that NEVER watches the weather report!
Anyways, back to the party! Judy is always the “Hostess with the Most-est” and she definitely went all out with her preparation for this occasion! Do you spy the buckeyes, my all time favorite holiday treat? She made 160 of them!! Yeee-ow!
We were all having such a good time chatting and cookie munching that we didn’t realize that in only TWO HOURS this happened:
So, at 5:30 we all decided it was time to “try” to head home. Long story short: 3 cars left and an hour later, one car made it back with all of us in tow! I ended up having to abandon my car on a hill that was just impossible to climb (I know, I tried TWICE)!
It was a pretty late night, but we were all finally able to get back into the city thanks to one of the girls and her 4WD Pilot. AFTER we’d driven all the way back, I realized my house key was back in the car that had been abandoned! :*(
Luckily, I was able to crash at a co-worker’s house and she drove us to work this morning. Due to our impromptu “sleep over,” I got stuck wearing these to work with a pair of hospital scrubs!
After work, I was able to get a ride to my poor little car and after a bit of spinning and sliding, I got it back on the road and all the way home! There really is something to be said about coming home after a day of “adventures”-yeah, that’s what I’ll call it-and just relaxing and finding comfort in the familiar.
After my poor hospital food eats today (n0 packed lunch today), I decided to make something warm and comforting for dinner: Mama Pea’s Spicy African Peanut Soup What, you didn’t think I’d let a little day of chaos stand between us and our globe trotting, did you?? Noooo, nah-uh, not this foodie!
I put all the ingredients (using millet inside of lentils) in the crock-pot and set to HIGH for 3 hours! Mmm, warm, creamy, spicy comfort in a bowl! Just what I needed after today!
I promise…nom, nom, nom…to pay attention to the weather report…nom, nom, nom…from this day forward! Wow! This soup is delicious! Go make it NOW!
I really don’t care for lentils..
So the soup looks much more attractive to me now!
You should give it a try! You could pretty much sub-in any grain for the millet! Mama Pea suggest quinoa, but I’m sure barely or rice would work well too! I love all the spicy flavors and the creaminess that the PB gives to it!
I need to know how to make those spinach balls! 😀
I know they seasoned croutons in them. I’ll be sure to ask Judy at work tomorrow!
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