Saturday, November 24, 2012
Nothing like creative cookery, and my thrifty Dutch and German ancestors would be proud of me. I had made raw cranberryorange nut relish for Thanksgiving dinner and gave the leftovers to daughters, telling them I could make some more for me and husband.
Well, I do have another bag of berries in the 'fridge, but remembered that there was also a bag in the freezer that I kept meaning to throw out--left from the holidays LAST year. Hmm. I took the bag out of the freezer; the berries looked pretty good. I looked up SP's recipe I'd seen last week for cooked orange cranberry relish and went at it. The berries were only a tiny bit dried out, but plumped up nicely with the orange/sugar/water mixture. Husband was amazed when I 'fessed up about them being left from last year!
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
I have a big fat gratitude list:
VERY grateful for FT job after over 2 years without job
Grateful for my family:
Husband who is so supportive, helpful, and a thoroughly nice person
Mom and boyfriend nearby
Sister and sister's family nearby
Better relationship now with husband's Canadian family
Grateful for what I've done right today. I have to keep reminding myself of those things. I've been so down on myself for not keeping up very well with SP. Working full time plus is a major transition for me, and I still haven't gotten into a solid routine that includes everything that's important to me. I feel guilty for not keeping up with friends, for struggling with food and exercise. Exercise has got to be in the morning; I'm just too tired when I get home. But I'm still adjusting to getting up much earlier for my commute and am having trouble doing anything in the mornings besides the basics of getting dressed, grabbling my lunch, and heading out the door. I'm counting on it getting easier with time.
Very grateful for this week off, except for choir tonight, tomorrow AM service, and Sunday services. I spent Monday at work-related classes, did next to nothing yesterday except REST, and got a lot done today, like laundry, cleaning the pantry, and getting a headstart on what I'm bringing for dinner tomorrow.
I am grateful that in spite of everything, I've hung in there with SP the best I can. I feel bad about not contributing more to Starfish Fall 5% Challenge team. I could easily get into real pity party mode. But I'm not. I'm counting some more blessings before I have dinner with husband and leave for choir.
1. Leftover pea soup for dinner
2. Lots of bargains when shopping this morning
3. All the pleasant people I've encountered today from the receptionist at the chiropracter to the young woman who took my groceries to the car
4. My entertaining cats who are loving having me at home
5. For my clean, organized, and well-stocked pantry
6. For being finished with trimming 54 cat claws - three cats' worth. Two of the three are two-person jobs.
7. For weather that is Florida perfection
8. Good friends and neighbors
9. For the computer I'm typing on that was generously given to me after my previous one suffered a disaster
10. For the time to sit here and write a blog today
However you celebrate, friends, HAPPY THANKSGIVING.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
How's that for an unusual recipe? Got this one from a co-worker. It sounded very interesting, and I just had to try it out. I was surprised at how easy and how tasty it was!
Equipment: one crockpot. I used the largest of my three.
1. One pumpkin that will fit in your slow cooker. I got the width just right, but had to trim a bit off the top to put the lid on.
2. Your favorite meatloaf recipe. I used a very simple one: 1 lb ground turkey, pkg of onion soup mix, 1 c plain bread crumbs, and two eggs.
Directions: Make sure your pumpkin fits in your pot. Cut top off pumpkin, removing stem if it has one, and scoop out the seeds. Fill pumpkin with meatloaf mixture and put the top of the pumpkin back on. DO NOT ADD WATER. Cook on low for 8 hrs. I added an hour because I'd prepared it the night before and refrigerated it. To remove pumpkin from crockpot, I used two large serving spoons to lift it onto a plate. Remove pumpkin lid and cut in 8 pieces as you would a pie. Each wedge of meatloaf nests in its wedge of pumpkin. The combination is amazingly good!
Friday, October 19, 2012
I am SO glad it's Friday. I've just come from another job-related computer class. I have so many new things to remember that my mind is on overload. It WILL get easier, I know it will.
If I get at my short to-do list, I may actually get in a nap before leaving for tonight's concert at church. We have a guest organist, David Briggs, and are performing Louis Vierne's Messe Solonnelle with him.
Exercise. Doing really good here. Not as much as I'd like, but I'm finding ways to squeeze in as many extras as possible by walking on breaks, stetching when I sit, and fidgeting when I can. :-) I was once at a teachers' workshop that addressed fidgeting students, and some number was given for how many calories fidgeters burn in a year's time. The point was that fidgeters tend to be thinner--more nervous?--people. So, FIDGET! Move something whenever possible! Have also had a couple of early morning starlight walks with husband in lieu of my usual AM SP video(s).
Not so successful:
Not every night, but too many, I'm having trouble with voracious snacking. It happens when I'm really tired, and I'm sure it's emotional comfort eating.
4:55 edit - 45 min nap with time for an 8 min core SP video. Off to sing!
Saturday, October 13, 2012
My husband and I look forward to this annual event nearby. In fact, we're near enough to walk, so we did.
I LOVE Greek food, but am staying motivated by the Fall 5% Challenge, so I ordered a combination platter, immediately asked for a take-home box, and packed up enough for two more lunches that I'll take to work on Mon & Tues. With what I did eat, lunch came out to just under or just about 500 calories, as best I could estimate. And we got in a 40 min walk to add to the 30 fitness minutes I already have today.
I resisted the beautiful jewelry--and the icons. I have a small gallery of them already. I bought a book and a small stocking-stuffer gift. We glanced at the baked goods section and did not stop, in spite of the baklava calling. I'll have some another time.
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