Ashley loves routine. She also loves going grocery shopping at Natural Grocers, pushing the cart, and saying "hi!" to everyone she sees (and I do mean everyone :-). And she loves her therapeutic horseback riding more than I can tell you. She talks about it constantly. "Tomorrow I have riding!" she tells everyone.
Zoe and I, on the other hand, are more of the spontaneous type. We do fine without a schedule. But to make Ashley happy, I've put a daytime routine into place. It goes something like this: Wake up, eat breakfast, practice yoga and martial arts (Zoe is taking a class), practice piano (another class to practice for), sing and listen to records, eat lunch, do Time4Learning (classes online), walk (Ginger and I) / bike (Zoe) / scooter (Ashley), have a snack, read, write, make dinner. (THESE are my new favorite homeschooling cards for Ashley for reading time. They're positively brilliant.)
And if Ginger is sound asleep, we often end up doing the walking/biking/scootering for two hours. Of course, when it's really windy, we don't do that at all, and we go to the library, museum or grocery store instead.
The girls are loving the routine, and I have to admit, I'm becoming a fan of it myself :-)
This afternoon when we got home from our walk/bike/scooter outing, our Door to Door Organics box had arrived. Woohoo! Inside, among other things, were six lovely baby bok choy. One of my absolute favorites. Here is what I've been making with them lately. Hope you enjoy.
Creamy Bok Choy With Dumplings
Chop about 4 cups of bok choy and wash well.
Add to pre-heated pot:
a little oil
1/4 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced celery
1 clove garlic, minced
Saute about five minutes.
Meanwhile, puree in the blender or food processor:
1/2 cup plain cashews
1/2 cup coconut milk
2 cups broth
Add the (washed and chopped) bok choy, and about one cup of the puree to the onions, celery and garlic.
Bring to simmer.
Put the lid on the pot, slightly cracked, and steam the bok choy in the liquids for about five minutes (until it has wilted down some).
Add the rest of the liquids.
Bring the liquids back to a simmer and drop in your dumplings.
Reduce to low and simmer with the lid on, slightly cracked, for about 20 minutes.
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