Spark Friends here are some photos of the Pine Needle Baskets that I am making for family members for Christmas. The first basket is one that I made for DD for bracelets,,earrings and other small things . So far that is the only one that is finished.
The hardest part of the basket is the center start. DDs is started with a fossil snail.
Since DS is a geophysicist, his is started with a slice of rock.
DH and DSiL's baskets ar estarted with a cephalopod fossil
As you can see from the picture below with the pencil - these are pretty small baskets but kind of interesting I think. Still lots of work to do before Christmas.
(Sorry but I can't seem to get this photo uploaded in the correct orientation)
Fall is a time of change and new beginnings. Summer fades and the quiet cool days of autumn slip in - with clear blue skies and brilliant sunshine. We pack up the lawn chairs, bring in the remainder of the garden and enjoy the last few glorious tomatoes of the season. As I think about the next 12 weeks, I'm kind of like those two terriers - I would love to find a way to escape the hard work that it's going to take to be successful. I want to eat the things I like and I don't want to worry about tracking and carefully planning meals. But if I am going to look back on this blog in 12 weeks and feel happy I need to stop looking for a way out and just forge ahead with the things I need to do:
And with a little help from my friends, I'll keep that focus and greet winter with a weight loss of at least 10 lbs.
This week my Spark Friend Katie got me thinking about obesity and will power. Am I fat because I lack will power? If I just had more will power, would I no longer be fat?? There’s an interesting article in today’s NY Times titled “Always Hungry? Here’s why”. The authors pose the question “ Are we fat because we overeat or do we over eat because we’re fat?” and suggest that the simple solution is to not overeat by exerting more willpower. The problem, they point out is that this advice usually doesn’t work for most people in the long term.
Why do we have a biological drive to overeat? Basically ,the authors content that the issue is metabolism. Cutting calories leads to weight loss but it can also backfire as it increases hunger and slows metabolism. The increasing amount and processing of carbohydrates in American diets has led to increased insulin levels. Thus not all calories are created equal. There’s more to the equation that just calorie restriction (not that calorie count is irrelevant – it’s just not the best strategy for weight loss for most people.) So what should we be doing if we want to lose weight and keep it off? Make these lifestyle changes – reduce consumption of refined grains, concentrated sugar and potato products- avoid highly processed foods loaded with rapidly digested carbohydrates
Although what they say about metabolism is not new, it’s an interesting article and I’d encourage you to read the whole thing
My spark friend Letha asked me to let her know what our Farm Sahre was like. so here goes.
Today we got our first "share" from Field Foods - that delivers weekly from small farms in the upper Hudson Valley. The cost for a 2-3 people is $25. and here's what we got:
Lots of micro greens (enough for several salads for all 3 of us)
Good sized bag of spinach
Good sized bag of baby lettuces _ Bibb lettuce
1 HUGE Macomber turnip - which is supposed to be sweet and creamy and comes from heirloom seeds.
One frozen tomato sauce ( all seeded and no skins)
One bag of frozen blueberries
We also ordeeed one share of cheese - Yummy cheddar cheese curds
and one share of pasta - fresh made spinach pappardelle
Now the best part of all this is that you can cancel at any time or change your order to a bigger or smaller amount. I am excited to see what interesting things we may try in the future. It's not inexpensive but it is a good way to get fresh, local produce and to support our local farms. I'm going to try it for awhile and see how it goes. Plus it forces me to go to the Y on Wednesdays!
Tonight's supper is going to be Cod (from the North Atlantc), turnips and a salad of micro greens and tomatoes with pumpkin seeds