This Week’s Happenings (strawberry topping recipe)

Well, it hasn’t been that exciting a week. No broken bones, no mystery problems. Well, actually Ken is sick today, but I’m not counting today, really.

First, I don’t remember what day but Ken was home from clearing and I was out of class early and we went to Pro’s Ranch.  We’ve been wanting to go there for dinner for a while, and it just happened to work out.  I was hoping to try some sopes and a gordita but they were out of sopes, so I just got a barbacoa gordita and an al pastor gordita. Ken got 5 carne asada tacos.

They look delicious, huh?

Sadly they didn’t taste delicious. The gorditas themselves were tough, and the meat was greasy and not that flavorful. Ken said his tacos were bland and just didn’t taste like much. It was a sad day in taco town.

 

Then we came home and I decided to shave the cat.

She has feline hyperesthesia so she is constantly licking and tearing the fur off her back end. This made her yak all over the place.  When I shave her, not only am I able to see more clearly when she has the “twitch” attacks, there also just isn’t as much hair on her body to ingest and cause hairballs. Everyone wins.

 

The next day I think was Saturday. Either way, I made pancakes on Saturday morning. I was in the middle of cooking bacon when I remembered that we don’t really have much in the way of syrup. I decided to make some strawberry topping. It turned out to be really good! Recipe below the pic of this delicious pancake.

That isn’t peanut butter, by the way. It was Trader Joe’s speculoos cookie butter, a product that is truly amazing.  I could eat an entire jar with a spoon. The link is to the crunchy kind, which I haven’t had, but I’d definitely try it in a hot minute (and hopefully the TJ’s in Boulder opens soon so I can!).

 

Strawberry Topping

6-10 whole strawberries (I used frozen but if you have fresh, that works too)

3/4 cup Sangria soda (look in Mexican groceries and in the Mexican aisle in Walmart)

1-2 tsp sugar

1 Tbs lemon juice + 1 Tbs water

1 tsp cornstarch

Roughly chop the strawberries. Put them in a  small pot with the rest of the ingredients except for the water and lemon juice and bring them to a boil. Once it’s boiling, lower it to simmer. Simmer until it’s reduced by about a third.  When it’s reduced, mix the water, lemon juice and cornstarch well and slowly stir into the sauce. When it thickens nicely, turn the heat off. Serve over pancakes or cupcakes or just plain cake. Or waffles or ice cream. It’s really good!

 

Finally, yesterday we really started packing. Towards the middle of it, our neighbor came over and knocked on our door. He said that a little dog had been in his neighbor’s yard for a few days, and that I could have it if I wanted. That’s kind of funny to me. But anyway, it was a really skinny dog and turned out to be a pretty sweet little puppy. His coat was gorgeous and I brushed it out. Turns out he belonged to some people a few streets over, I found their ad on Craigslist. They seemed kind of ignorant and not that bright, but eh. They got their dog back.

Ratty looking, huh? He brushed out nicely though, which was a shock.

 

A week from now I will be flying home from a quick visit to CO. I have an interview at Pueblo Community College because I’m applying for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program there. Cross your fingers I get in! I’m also going to Elevation, which should be amazing. I am staying with my Kathryn and I cannot wait!

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