It has been really good to feel like things have been settling down recently. Don’t get me wrong, we have still had a lot going on; but in general I feel like we have been back to our normal life rhythms. Which has also meant I’ve been back in the kitchen cooking and trying to new recipes, which has felt really good. (Example: I pulled out my new pressure cooker for the first time the other night, which was a bit intimidating but turned out well.)
One thing I have known about myself for a long time is that I am a person who thrives on a routine. I like knowing what to expect. I like being able to know when I’m going to have time to get certain things done, what the plan for dinner is. I have the same routine every night after Evelyn goes to bed. I go to the grocery at pretty much the same time every week. Sometimes I wonder what this says about me, if perhaps it means I am indeed the most boring person in the world. But it’s also nice to feel self-aware about this. When I am feeling out of sorts, as I was a couple of weeks ago, it’s nice to be able to trace it back to my external circumstances (i.e. being out of town too much, not living in our normal weekly patterns) and know that once a season of upheaval is over, we’ll settle back down and I will feel back in place again.
I don’t think I’d baked a dessert in a month until last week. And what better thing to go back to than chocolate and peanut butter combined. This is a tart that is so easy to make. It’s just three easy layers, only one of which has to bake. And while the recipe says it take a total of like 2 hours, most of that is time chilling the fridge. Which means it’s perfect for right now, because even though has calmed down relative to last month, I’m still not ready for a giant kitchen project.