It is really wrong to be buying bottled soda water at the store when I have a soda machine at home, right?
The other day I said to Jason “I am not responsible enough to own a soda machine.”
What I really meant was not organized enough. We were out for lunch and shopping, and walked right by the kitchen store where I always exchange the soda machine cartridges. I knew exactly where we were going, that we’d be right there… and I forgot.
Jason said “There should be a service to do these kinds of things for us, is this a thing?” and I replied that yes, I believe this is a thing! We continued to discuss just how much we could pay someone for a set amount of hours each week, and during each week I could compile a list of things that need to be done.
Like refilling that soda machine.
Then Jason said, “Yes, this kind of service is usually reserved for the infirm. Or engineers*.”
Defensively I said “and extremely busy and exhausted people!!”
*This is actually a service where Jason works. Some of the Very Important Engineers think and process at such a different level, that they “forget” or do not think of common every day tasks. They have people who “run” their lives for them, from food shopping (and stocking it in their kitchen) to running errands. I bet some of those engineers have soda machines too…
See, I was taught to put a value on what my own time is worth. I obviously cannot look at all tasks this way (oh how I would love to always have someone clean my house!), but when my ‘down time’ is increasingly limited and I really just want my bathrooms cleaned and a new soda cartridge? When I don’t have time, or I’d rather spend that time with Jason, or with my Dad, maybe I can.
So last weekend I had a friend over – she wanted to make my goat cheese recipe with me. We made a double batch so she could take some home, and I later added some new flavors my batch. While I was initially going for a flavored cheese consistency, I am more than thrilled with the result and decided to call it dip.
roasted red pepper goat cheese dip
dairy, soy and gluten free, vegan
makes 1 1/2 cups tasty terrific
1 fresh bell pepper (red or orange), seeded/cleaned and sliced
1/2 cup roasted red peppers
1 batch vegan goat cheese (or 12-16 ounces goat cheese)
2 tablespoons capers
1 garlic clove, minced fine
sea salt and pepper
In high speed blender or food processor, add peppers, goat cheese, capers and garlic, blend on high until creamy, adding water to thin as needed. Transfer to a bowl, add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with veggies and crunchy toasts or crackers.
Do you ever feel like you need an assistant? What would you have yours do? (I’m making a list – if it gets long enough it may be justifiable!)
My dear friend Abby and I are thinking the same way without even knowing it – here’s what she has to say about it.