– I’ve been busy in the kitchen today. I wanted to restock the freezer with some meals, so I made another pan of vegan mac’n'cheese (The Veganomicon’s recipe, as always), and I also made a baked ziti-type dish, since I’ve deemed lasagna to be a waste of layering (I always wind up tearing it apart in order to heat it through after freezing). When those were in the oven, I remembered that I had really wanted a brownie yesterday afternoon but hadn’t been able to find one that wasn’t depressing (I had been shopping at the wonderful Fresh and Natural supermarket, but the only brownie I spotted was a flat, frozen, gluten-free puck — I’m not knocking gluten-free, especially since that’s what I wound up making!). I decided to finally try my hand at black bean brownies, and I wrote a bit more about it here, on flickr. Spoiler alert: they’re really good!
– This photo makes me laugh! I was trying to get a shot of Birdy sleeping in one of her favorite places at the Hinckley House — behind/under the living room curtains — and Henny had to see what I was doing. Despite the dirty look Birdy is giving, they still get along well. Birdy was desperate for affection the other night and kept trying to headbutt Henny as they walked along together, the way Birdy often does with Beany. Henny was skeptical of the attention, as they usually stick to chasing, not cuddling.
– Last Wednesday marked two months since we closed on the Hinckley House, and I celebrated by packing up the cats (and Henny) and bringing them back to Minneapolis for the first time. I’m not sure how I expected them to react, but they’re behaving as though they were never gone. Beany is especially pleased, as I’ve let her out in the yard several times, whereas she’s not allowed outside at the HH. In non-pet-related news, though, it’s been a busy two months at the Hinckley House. Some of the work is slowing down (although the contractor and his crew are working on the upstairs bathrooms while I’m in Minneapolis), which has left me with hardly anything to do except enjoy the beautiful scenery. I mean, really. Oh, and there’s a new post up on the Hinckley House blog.