I spent a great deal of Saturday Mr. Helen focused. He had his last pre-test before testing for his third degree belt in November. It's a two hour check on skills that one should know for receiving their belt. They started off with a 2 mile run, which he managed to do in around 17 minutes. I was all way to go! and he informed me that he had decided not to push it because his knee has been bothering him all week. Alrighty then. He did a great job performing his weapon and kata. He's always very picky about his performance so I videoed him so that he could see just how well he did.
After the pretest we went home, he cleaned up then we went out for his football picks meal. We went to a favorite place On The Waterfront because he wanted a giant burger. I ended up getting a burger as well, but they really are so big I could not finish mine. We were glad we went as early as we did because by the time we left - around 6:30 - the entire dining room and bar were completely filled and walk-ins were being turned away.
On Sunday, because I'd gotten my housework and grocery shopping all done, the day was mine! It was exciting to wake up knowing that I didn't 'have to' do anything if I didn't want to but that I had free time to do things I love. Of course, you know I love to cook so I ended up spending the morning making a few things. To start, I made these Bacon and Cheddar Scones. If you want the recipe, just click on that link because I made them exactly like that. Next time I will cut the dough into 10 pieces because these are monster scones -- although Mr. Helen really enjoyed their size. These will definitely be made again.
Then I made some Chicken Cordon Bleu to eat at some point during the week. No photo as it's not cooked off yet.
I also made the Pumpkin, Cranberry and Apple Baked Oatmeal that has been going around blogland. The sweetness of this is a switch up for me because I have been eating my oatmeal savoury for a long time. Even if you don't like oatmeal you might want to give this recipe a try. I didn't eat any until after it had cooled completely and it actually came out more like a bar. I did reheat it and splash a little milk on top.
Lastly, I put together this jambalaya to cook while I went out shopping. I used chicken breasts instead of thighs and smoked chicken sausage as my choice for that meat. We had that for dinner and it was so delicious! Again, this one is a keeper. (This is their photo because I forgot to take one.)
I love being productive in the kitchen. I would say next to the beach, the kitchen is also a happy place for me.
When I went out shopping, I saw something that made me wish I had special power to teleport things. I would have sent this candle straight to Lori!
Once I got back home, the day was winding down and it was almost time for Mr. Helen to get home from work. Before he did, I went next door to meet my new neighbor. I'd like you to meet her too.