What a perfect day! We watched the Memorial Day service at Arlington National Cemetery on television this morning. I have many memories (being a trumpet player) playing at many different Memorial Day services growing up all the way through college. It is a very important day that I hope people don’t just think of it as ‘another holiday’ or ‘another day off work.’
I made an early dinner tonight. It was lovely. I made some super-easy chickpea patties, and served them with a lettuce salad with mushrooms, cucumber, and tomato (all local) drizzled with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar. All I have to say: YUM.
Here is the recipe for the chickpea patties.
1 can chickpeas, rinsed
1.5 T. parsley (use 1/2 cup fresh if available)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 T. cumin
Kosher salt and black pepper
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. olive oil
In a food processor, pulse the chickpeas, parsley, garlic, cumin, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper just until coarsely chopped and the mixture comes together when gently squeezed.
Form into eight 1/2-inch-thick patties and coat with the flour, tapping off excess. Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the patties, turning carefully, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
We also had some Pinot Grigio from our wedding. I must say it was very good!
As promised (a while ago), here are some photos of our apartment. We moved into this 800 sq. ft, which was a drastic change from our house that was about 1800 sq. ft. Drastic change let me tell you! Luckily we have a large storage room in our basement and we were able to bring our washer and dryer. 🙂
The bad part:
We only have an apartment size stove. This is okay, and I’m dealing with it. This must be a cook’s worst nightmare! I was able to put several pans in storage, because they won’t fit. And, I’m learning to do without. Again I must think about those that don’t have what we have. We are so lucky to even have electricity and fresh drinking water. Did you know the average woman in this world walks an average of 7 miles a day to get water (and many times it is not good water).
Unfortunately, my large bookshelf was damaged during moving, so I had to get creative. I have a LARGE amount of books (and I have 2 boxes in storage). So, here are just some of my piano and voice books – stored on top of the piano):
There is also a large closet, which for now holds my school binders and books (of course they are organized):
FYI: The blanket on our bed currently is a quilt made by a very special person (an amish babysitter that my sisters and I had when we were little – I received this quilt from her for my high school graduation).
FYI: I still iron most of our clothes.
I think that’s enough for now. Hope you all have a wonderful evening!
P.S. Do you have any memorial day traditions? Do tell!