I did not achieve any rug hooking related activities today.

The chimney sweep came and told us not to build a fire bigger than the firebox in the fireplace.  It’s an old house with no liner in the chimney and a single layer of bricks between the flue and the walls!  He didn’t want us burning the house down.  He recommended a Fire Code inspection on it.  Oh dear!  That means no more fires in the fireplace.   Not only that, but some of the chimney needs re-pointing outside at the top…a job for next year.

Then the City sent the guys in to clean out our sewer line down to the main line.  They could only bore a 2″ hole to the main line.  Our 80+ year old cast iron sewer line is cracked in numerous places and filled with roots.  Sooo…looks like I’ll be overseeing workmen again.  Our side of the line certainly has to be replaced.  Not sure about theirs.  We have about 20 feet of the line on our property and another 20 feet on theirs before we connect to the sewer main.

Not a great news day, but what do you expect when you live in a house that was built in 1928?  Not every day is going to be rosy.  Hubby and I knew at some point the house, while well built, was going to need major money to fix it up.  These are small ticket items.  We are counting ourselves fortunate.

Me?  I decided to have some comfort food for supper tonight…homemade stir fry on brown and wild rice, with a chocolate quinoa porridge for dessert (it’s really more like pudding). 🙂

ETA: for those wanting the recipe. 🙂  Here it is…

Chocolate Quinoa Porridge
Serves 2 or 1 very hungry or depressed person!

1 c. water
1/4 c. sliced almonds
1-2 dried medjool dates, finely chopped
4 dried apricots, finely chopped
1/3 c. quinoa flakes
1/32 tsp. stevia powder (the small scoop that comes in the NOW brand) OR 1 tsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. cocoa powder (I use Bernard Callebaut)
1 Tbsp. semi-sweet chocolate chips OR (if you’re sugar free) carob chips

Put fruit and nuts in 1 c. of water in a saucepan on the stove.  Bring to boil and simmer 5 minutes.  Add quinoa flakes, stevia, cocoa powder, and chocolate chips.  Cook for 90 seconds at a boil.  Porridge thickens as it cools.  Take off heat and stir occasionally until cool enough to eat.

If not sweet enough you can either use more stevia or more dates.

You can eat it straight up, or add an alternative dairy product if you’re lactose intolerant, or just plain milk if you aren’t.    Personally, I like it straight up. 🙂

This porridge can be made into a breakfast dish with almost any combination of dried and fresh fruits.  Just leave out the chocolate and chips, and add a bit of cinnamon and a chopped apple for a yummy breakfast.  Hubby likes it with raisins, cranberries and fresh chopped apple.  I’ve had it with dried mango.  Yummy!

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