Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Did I say pie is my nemesis?
I tried a very thin sliver of the fresh blueberry pie the children made for today's Thanksgiving feast. It was a virtuous pie, really, because we only sprinkled a tiny bit of sugar on the blueberries.
Then...yes, I have to confess, I had to have a sliver of the Dutch apple pie. No sugar added to the apples, just cinnamon. Yummy.
I tried to resist the pumpkin pie. I really did. But I love pumpkin pie. So I had a sliver of that, too.
Then my friend said the chocolate cream pie was the best of them all, so I tried a spoonful of that, without the crust.
At least I had no full servings of pie.
At least I will only make one pie for Thanksgiving dinner and it is not my favorite pie, so I can probably not have any of it.
Little Miss No Will Power Beat By Pies Again
Monday, November 21, 2011
I have been having fun trying out recipes in my new Spark Cookbook. I made a Busy Day dinner tonight after a long day at school, using Chef Meg's Steak and Blue Sandwich, pg. 135.
I used Arnold's Whole Wheat Sandwich Thins for the bread and served the sandwiches with sides of steamed green beans and raw carrots. With the sides and the onions & romaine lettuce in the sandwich, I think it came out to 2 1/2 - 3 servings of veggies.
This is the sandwich without its 'lid':
We both liked the sandwiches. They were tasty, although not outstanding in the way the Green Chicken Curry and the Grilled Pork Chops with Apple Chutney were. The blue cheese added a pleasant zing to the sandwich.
I am thinking that on a day when I have overdone the carbs, it would be a good salad without the bun - just serve the sandwich ingredients on a large bed of lettuce.
I spent the morning baking pies with my class our Thanksgiving Feast tomorrow. Every year, the children in the school prepare a Thanksgiving feast for their parents (and grandparents if they are in town). The nursery makes cranberry sauce and cranberry relish, the kindergarten stuffs and bakes a turkey, the 1st - 3rd grade makes mashed potatoes, and my group bakes pies. Parents bring additional sides, potluck style.
So this morning we made pie crusts from scratch, two chocolate cream pies, two pumpkin pies, one lattice top blueberry pie, and a deep dish Dutch apple pie. They are good cooks and had a great time making gorgeous pies, and by the time the morning was over, I had already walked 6000 steps - approximately two miles, I think.
Pies are my nemesis, so I will have to be careful tomorrow about tasting the wares. I LOVE pies; they might be my favorite food group, LOL! I can do without the chocolate pies, it is the fruit pies and the pumpkin pies that tempt me. Honestly, I think it is pies that make me gain unwanted weight at the holidays, so I am resolved to use more self control this Thanksgiving, including tomorrow at the school feast.
After lunch, we all went for our Monday hike and enjoyed a gray, drizzly afternoon outside hiking and playing naturalist games. I like getting out in the weather, no matter what it is, and it felt great to be out and moving after being down with the flu for so long. I still have a cough and wear out too soon, but it is no longer a racking cough, and I no longer get worn out just walking to the kitchen for a cup of tea. Progress!
At this moment, I have logged 12,980 steps, and the evening is not yet over. It feels good to see numbers next to my fitness minutes instead of that big Zero. Yes, I do believe I am on my way back.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
This evening I prepared the Grilled Pork Chops with Apple Chutney, pg. 210 of the Spark Cookbook. My sons are home and I wanted to prepare something tasty, festive, and a little hearty for this gray rainy day.
The only thing I did that was not as the recipe was written was I put in red chili pepper powder instead of allspice because we all like spicy foods. I only added a tiny pinch, just enough to give it a little extra zip.
I garnished the pork chops with the chutney and served the rest as a relish.
I made a side dish of baby Yukon Gold potatoes with parsley and a tiny bit of butter for Mike and my sons. Brown rice for me since I'm allergic to potatoes.
Another veggie side was a cucumber salad made with cucumbers and thinly sliced onions, with vinegar, olive oil, salt, and a little parsley.
Plus a side of green cauliflower. It was too steamy to get a good photo of it.
It made a delicious and festive meal. Everyone loved it. Two thumbs up!
Saturday, November 19, 2011
"There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself."
-- Johann Sebastian Bach
My instrument is trying hard to train me as a musician.
Friday, November 18, 2011
I left work at noon on Wednesday because teaching on Monday and Tuesday wasn't the best choice for Flu Lady after all. The science teacher was able to take my class for the afternoon on Wednesday and I had a sub for Thursday. I REALLY needed that time at home; my fever had spiked again and my cough is wearing me down. I should have stayed home today, but I needed to be at school for Pajama Day in my class, and Project Afternoon for the whole school. I was responsible for a project in my room, with all of the children in the school rotating into my room (and the other classrooms) for their projects. I didn't feel comfortable leaving a substitute teacher with those responsibilities. so I got dressed and hauled myself to work again today, knowing I have the weekend to catch up on recuperating.
Here's what is so awesome....
On Wednesday afternoon the children and the the woman who was going to substitute for me on Thursday decided to cook chicken soup for me to help me heal up. The children brought in fresh veggies to add to the soup, and the sub brought in chicken and chicken broth. Part of their activities yesterday was cooking up a large crock pot of chicken soup. It even had brown rice in it instead of white rice. We shared the soup today at snack time and I also had some for lunch.
They know I am allergic to nightshades, so not one nightshade in it. They used sweet potatoes instead of potatoes.
It was really delicious and the children were so pleased to be able to do something to help me feel better.
My project for the afternoon was making sushi (Nori wraps, actually. We didn't include fish) and having a sushi and tea party during their rotations with me. I needed an activity that everyone from Nursery age to 6th grade could do successfully. The children loved their sushi and came back for seconds and thirds.
These were very simple sushi rolls with nori, sticky rice, carrots, and soy sauce, mixed and matched to personal preferences.
Yes, everyone washed his or her hands first and no, I didn't touch any of the food or utensils.
Yes, I really DO teach math, grammar, social studies, reading, writing, etc. It's just that they are a little less interesting in the telling.
Now for my down time. I am taking a nap!
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