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Valentines Prep

Monday, February 13, 2012

I just have to say--caramelizing onions takes forever. The recipe claims I can do it in 50 minutes and not to skimp--but I've been at it for an hour and a half now, and they aren't ready yet.

I'm actually making French Onion Soup (based on a web version of Julia Child) for Valentines Day, as part of my attempts to get most of my prep done today so that tomorrow we don't have to eat our romantic meal in the middle of our own personal Kitchen Disaster. When hubby and I were dating, I made a nice Valentines meal at Mom's house--she has a door between the kitchen and dining room. Our first house at least had a countertop between the two, even if the spaces were pretty connected. Here, we're country eat-in kitchen--surrounded by counters when we sit at the table.

I'll also say--no attempts at healthy eating are allowed at my Valentines Day dinner. We're having French Onion Soup, Trout Almondine and Spanish tortilla (recipe here: www.easyfoodandwine.com/Trout-Almond
), Green Beans Almondine (too many almonds? I don't care), and Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting for dessert. I'm still making the latter from scratch, even though Costco has one on special for less than I'm spending on ingredients--I had no idea red food coloring was so expensive! Oh, and a Valentines Day cocktail involving Kahlua, Creme de Cacao, and Amaretto.

I am, however, also riding the bike again today, so it isn't all decadence.

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DARWINISTA 2/14/2012 9:45AM

    The caramelizing ended up taking about 2.5 hours--I'm pretty sure my idea of "low heat" is lower than the recipe's, and I actually bumped it up a bit to finish. The final soup smells great, though--I'm looking forward to eating it tonight!

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FLAMENM 2/13/2012 9:27PM

    A trick to carmelizing onions is to make sure you have a huge pan. I have to carmelize my onions in batches. The onions and usgar need their space in the pan.

have a wonderful dinner. I LOVE Spanish tortilla and trout almandine....

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That long?

Friday, February 10, 2012

I'm surprised at how long it's been since I posted. I could blame Facebook, but that's hardly fair.

Anyway, I'm still trying. I just started some physical therapy since my knee has been bugging me. It's been a nagging annoyance for years, but with upping my activity level, it's become more significant--the discomfort has made it hard to sleep. Good news is, the first couple of days of PT do seem to help--hopefully I won't need surgery as well!

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FLAMENM 2/10/2012 5:37PM

    Glad that PT is working. SOmetimes, being proactive IS teh best medicine!

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EJHEINRICH1 2/10/2012 12:57PM

    I injured my knee a few years ago and I healed it up without surgery. Give the body what it needs and it will heal itself! :-)

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Spotty but working on it

Thursday, January 12, 2012

I haven't been very good over the holidays, but I am getting better. :)

I've done yoga and weights today, as well as the bike yesterday. Hubby and I have been very good about walking every weekend--usually a couple of miles, although we have to go pretty slow since he is rehabbing after hip surgery.

The plan is for me to keep up with SP and get myself headed back in the right direction while he gets back to shape.

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    Sounds like a good plan!

Best wishes for hubby's hip!

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GMINNIEP 1/12/2012 4:48PM

  wtg getting back with it. The walking will help your hubby too!

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Keeping with it so far

Thursday, October 27, 2011

I've done both strength training and more biking! Plus, I'm getting in the basic yoga routine after, for a stretching regimen as well. I can already feel the flexibility coming back, if only slightly. I'm not doing so well on eating right--I do well at breakfast and dinner, but the in-between time when I am dissertating and home alone is bad for snacking. Once I get the exercise routine back in shape, I'll worry more about that side of it.

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FLAMENM 10/27/2011 9:53PM

    Sounds like you have both parallel tracks progressing. Dissertation track and exercise track and diet track.

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Back to Basics

Friday, October 21, 2011

I need to get focused, as I've been saying on this blog, very intermittently, for over a year now. So, today I did three key things:

1) Rode the bike! 45 minutes, and 12.6 miles from Bag End.
2) Yoga! Back to the beginning of the yoga program, so it was fifteen minutes of pretty basic stretching.
3) Dissertating! Not done for the day, but on track to send the revisions on this chapter to my new advisor by the end of the day.

Hubby and I have been hiking every weekend to enjoy fall colors around here--we're thinking tomorrow we'll go back to the C&O Canal by Harpers Ferry. I'll keep anyone who notices I'm blogging updated!

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FLAMENM 10/22/2011 6:42PM

    Thesis. It comes at the end!!!!
Happy dissertating.

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