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Challah Back!

We got lucky with another warm and sunny weekend! On Saturday my parents invited us over for dinner, and we decided to take Cynewulf with us since it would probably be a long visit. We’ve had him for 10 months now and he’s generally well behaved at home, but he’s a MANIAC when we go anywhere else. He runs around my parents’ house like it’s an amusement park, looking for any random object/furniture/fixture to eat or destroy. I think perhaps he just gets overstimulated? Anyway, this time we decided we would WEAR HIM OUT before going so that we could get some better behavior later on.


First we drove to a public dog park a few minutes from my house for some playtime. We probably won’t go back to this park (even though we used to go frequently) because there are a lot of poorly trained and unpredictable large dogs there that just don’t mix well with our little guy. The big dogs came and stole his toy and then got all possessive over it…no fun for us or for Cynewulf. So we left and went back home to the dog park in our complex.


Look at that adorably doofy little face! He LOVES being outside, it’s where he’s most comfortable for sure. I look forward to when we can afford a house that has a nice, big backyard for him to play in.


Fetch is his life’s greatest joy, but he’s also really into tug-of-war so a couple days ago I got him this toy that can be used for both. He’s obsessed with it.



Crazy face!




Once we’d accomplished our mission of exhausting him, we got cleaned up and headed to my parents. Mom had such a delicious dinner planned!


Sweet potato fries, rice and peas, curried chicken (and Quorn “chik’n” for me and David), and cabbage.




Cynewulf slept through dinner (Hallelujah!) so we ate our meal in peace. Everything was delicious as always! My mom is the best cook.


After dinner we hung out together to let our food digest before dessert!


Then it was time to make room for my mom’s world famous peach cobbler! My mom froze a whole case of Georgia peaches when they were in season last year, so she still has delicious peak season peaches to use for things like this. Way better than canned! I had two helpings.


Sunday involved a lot of laundry and lounging around the house. I was in the kitchen once, to make Jason a spicy thai soup that I found online and thought he would like. I’m not into spicy foods at all but he’s obsessed, so this was right up his alley. Just look at those flaming chili oil drops!


This morning after taking Jason to work (we share a car) I made myself a big smoothie for breakfast. Inside this one is 2 bananas, 1 cup of frozen blueberries, some whole roasted peanuts, and a splash of almond milk. Delicious!


Then it was bread time! Our loaf for this week is CHALLAH!


Not bad for my first try making it! I used the King Arthur recipe since their formulas never let me down. The only thing I did differently from the recipe is use 1 cup of whole wheat flour because I ran out of all-purpose. And based on the reviews there’s a couple other things I would change (like the oven temp, which the recipe has too high). Will definitely be making this again!


Now the trick is not eating the whole loaf in a day.



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  • Jodi March 28, 2014, 3:55 pm

    Is your Mom Jamaican? That looks like a delicious Jamaican meal that I would make! I am a big fan of your blog although I live in Jamaica.

    • Lauren @ Dash of Soul March 28, 2014, 4:06 pm

      So awesome to know that I have a Jamaican reader! My mom is actually half Haitian, so she cooks a lot of Caribbean inspired food. :)

  • Jodi March 28, 2014, 4:28 pm

    That means that you are a Caribbean girl as well. In Jamaica, we normally cook the rice and peas with coconut milk which gives it a nice flavour. Also curry chicken is a favourite of mine, delicious!

    • Lauren @ Dash of Soul March 28, 2014, 4:39 pm

      My mom makes it with coconut milk sometimes too! It’s THE BEST that way!

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