Most days I eat lunch alone. I don’t mind. All those many years I was working, lunch was pretty haphazard. A Lean Cuisine zapped in a microwave and gulped down in 3 bites, then a quick restroom break, and Bam! the students returned and lunch was over. Occasionally our always-quick-lunch was shared with nearby colleagues and we would laugh about funny things the students said or did. Or sometimes brainstorm ideas about how to teach and help students who were having trouble. I miss that camaraderie, but lunch alone is still good.
Sometimes I eat my lunch in front of the computer catching up or blogs or emails or Pinterest. Sometimes I eat in front of the TV and watch a show I have recorded.
Today I took the leftover half of my $5 footlong and headed out to the patio. The air was cool but the sun was warm and it was a day to enjoy the out-of-doors. I wasn’t completely alone. Several ladybugs were exploring the picnic table. Butterflies, bees, and moths fluttered around my lavender bushes, and a flock of geese heading south honked as they went past.
The picture above is NOT the cookies I am about to describe.
I found this easy cookie recipe on Pinterest. It’s perfect for fall and so easy. I tweaked it a bit the second time I made a batch and they were even better.
3 ingredient cookies (originally it was 2 ingredients)
1 box of spice cake mix
I 15 oz can of pumpkin
1/2 cup applesauce
Mix in a large bowl until most of the lumps are gone. Drop by teaspoonful onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes at 350 degrees. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.
Cream cheese icing makes a 4th ingredient, but I used the ready-made canned frosting and it was still easy.
The first batch did not include applesauce, but the batter was too thick, so I added a bit of applesauce and it was better the second time around!
I think lunch breaks are important. Even when you are retired, it’s good to take a few minutes in the middle of the day to relax and enjoy whatever is at hand.