In the interest of both mental and physical health, I am, contrary to my gloomy prediction last weekend, taking a couple of days off. This week I started to come down with some sort of cold--sore throat, fuzzy head, general malaise, and so on. I decided that in the long run, a couple of days of rest and no work would do me more good than trying to push through the next several weeks continually on the verge of getting sick, and not working at full capacity. After all, if I'm sitting at my desk and doing nothing but staring at the screen, thinking about how much I want to be on the couch with a cat in my lap, I'm not getting much work done.
Anyway, hooray for the weekend! I am, fittingly, spending my relaxation time in the land of sun and sea and fog: Big Sur. Right now we have one part fog and two parts sun--the house is about at the top of the fog layer, so while I can't see the beach for all for the fog, I nevertheless have blue sky overhead. On the agenda today: catching up on blog commenting (particularly chez Bee), educating myself on the myriad California ballot measures, importing favorite recipes into Souschef, planning the week's meals and grocery shopping, and--time permitting--getting a head start on planning Thanksgiving dinner.
Our rather ambitious eating plans for the weekend involve biscuits/shortcake (with strawberries from the garden), a butternut squash and sage soup from Bouchon, a roast chicken, and dinner tonight at the Bakery. I also brought with me roughly half of a loaf of applesauce spice bread (recipe below), which I made on Thursday with some homemade applesauce. If you like spiced cakes, be sure to give this one a try. I usually make it with cinnamon, but this time I tried it with one teaspoon cinnamon and one teaspoon ground cardamom. It's good this way, but I think I prefer the all-cinnamon version.