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Busy Day Coming Up . . . .

Friday, February 03, 2012

. . . but an interesting day too.

And then (ahhhhhh) weekend. With laundry, soup making, gym, skiing: and I hope some office decor decisions too . . .

It's a full life, certainly!

And I'm working hard on getting back to middle 3 by rereading Beck.

  
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ERIKO1908 2/4/2012 4:30PM

    sounds like it will be a very productive weekend!!

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TRYINGHARD1948 2/4/2012 3:55AM

    Sounds like a great weekend is beginning. emoticon

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DBCLARINET 2/3/2012 8:29PM

    Yep, listening to your body is really hard! Sometimes I feel like, well, what if I am full, I want more of that delicious *fill in the blank.* Obviously I got myself into trouble because I decided that more exercise was better, even if my body was saying no, I need to rest or change it up.

Sigh, skiing. The one thing that has me really kicking myself is that now I have to sit out all the awesome winter sports, and that was a huge part of why I was so excited to get located in the Northeast. Lesson learned.

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TRAVELGRRL 2/3/2012 2:46PM

    ANYTHING is fun when it is done leisurely on the weekend...enjoy!!

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_LINDA 2/3/2012 12:57PM

    A nice balance of work, fun, exercise and creativity -got to love deciding decor :) Good luck with the Beck, a refresher never hurt anybody -you can do it!
Have a fabulous weekend!!

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MEADSBAY 2/3/2012 12:23PM

    Life is gooooooooooooood!
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NANCY- 2/3/2012 10:56AM

    Sounds like a fun filled weekend. One thing I liked about rereading Beck is being able to refine and hone my skills.
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PHEBESS 2/3/2012 10:01AM

    Busy days are good - keeps your mind active, your body moving, and there often isn't time to get hungry! All in all, a healthy kind of day!

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DDOORN 2/3/2012 9:22AM

    Can't wait here either...tomorrow is Spinning and re-connecting on with colleagues from the psych hospital where I worked for 24 years up until 2006.

I plan to make up a super healthy, yummy pot of chili for SuperBowl with TVP instead of meat. And of course LOTS of beans, tomatoes and other yummy veggies!

Sounds like a great weekend ahead for you too!

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DONNACFIT 2/3/2012 8:31AM

    Enjoy your busy day and your weekend. Thanks for the flower info..more than one person has said its hard to get them to rebloom..

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IPA-RAY 2/3/2012 7:55AM

    A full life is the way to live!

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SLENDERELLA61 2/3/2012 7:46AM

    Best wishes on your new Beck venture! Hope to be back soon.

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A guy what takes his time . . .

Monday, January 30, 2012

That's what Mae West preferred:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=624SKuaTqss

And: nothing wrong with a square of Lindt 85% chocolate that takes its time either!!

One 17 g square is just 30 calories.

How slowly can I eat it?

Verrrrrry verrrrry slowly. Little nibbles. Big flavour.

  
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TRYINGHARD1948 2/1/2012 4:31PM

    emoticon such a saliva inducing blog Ellen. emoticon

Oh dear, I can almost taste that Lindt, now where did I hide it?

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DONNACFIT 1/31/2012 9:30PM

    February thoughts always turn to chocolate... emoticon

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PENNYAN45 1/31/2012 8:36PM

    Leisurely luxuriating.... mmmmm

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NANCY- 1/31/2012 2:23PM

    Oh my! Dangerous territory for me. :)
(Gee mae looks so much younger to me now that I am older. )

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PHEBESS 1/31/2012 11:27AM

    I've "graduated" to Lindt 99% - six squares = about 60 cals, and takes forever to let melt in your mouth, 1 square at a time!

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KALIGIRL 1/31/2012 9:46AM

    Add a glass of cabernet and I'm in heaven!
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DDOORN 1/31/2012 9:01AM

    Hmm...mebbe I should consider trying this. I don't trust myself, however to set those limits...perhaps DW, who has more willpower can be the keeper of the 85%! :-)

Don

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_LINDA 1/31/2012 12:35AM

    Wow! That goes back a few years!!
Yes nothing like Lindt 90% chocolate. Getting on to dark chocolate made me actually crave chocolate less it was so satisfying. I can no longer stand the milk chocolate I used to pig out on. Times and taste change and I am sooo glad I discovered the joys of dark chocolate :))
Thanks for the nostalgia!

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MEADSBAY 1/30/2012 9:27PM

    Is that from Chicago?
Did Christine Aguillera do a version, too?
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The Days are Getting Longer . . .

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Just as I was leaving for work this morning, a very large rabbit ran past my door with ears alert.

. . . . I rarely leave work at 5 p.m., but looking out my office window I can see there is still some daylight at notional "quitting time"!

A few signs that winter . . . and I am loving the winter skiing, truly . . . will not last forever.

Spring will come.



  
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MEADSBAY 1/29/2012 10:33AM

    Love the added daylight, too.
What a strange winter we are having!
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TRAVELGRRL 1/28/2012 6:40PM

    Can't wait to get out "walking on the road" in the early morning hours!

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KALIGIRL 1/28/2012 8:21AM

    The sun is wonderful!

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PENNYAN45 1/27/2012 10:20PM

    I just commented today to my husband that it was 5:30 and only beginning to get dark.
Longer days!! HOORAY!!

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_LINDA 1/27/2012 3:47PM

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I certainly have noticed that too :)) Can you see I am happy about this??
Have a fabulous weekend!!

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DDOORN 1/27/2012 10:20AM

    Can't wait to break out of this outdoor no-man's land between no snow for cross country skiing but too cold and sloppy for cycling! More daylight is always good for the song in one's heart!

Don

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LISALGB 1/27/2012 9:46AM

    Can't wait for spring!!

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NANCY- 1/27/2012 8:03AM

    Ah yes the coming of mud season!!!
I saw a skunk out.. should he/she still be sleeping?
There may be more light but the sun is still so low in the sky casting long shadows.
Indeed, changes are coming.

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SALSIFY 1/27/2012 4:27AM

    It's wonderful that the days are getting longer. I noticed that I didn't come back from walking the dogs in the dark when I took them out the other afternoon. Also the heads of the gulls (or terns?) on the river here are all turning black - which is another sign that spring is nearly here for me!

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TRYINGHARD1948 1/27/2012 3:56AM

    And as your light lengthens, ours begins to shorten. What an amazing system we live in.

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TBANMAN 1/26/2012 11:53PM

    Funny you should blog about this today. As I was leaving for work at 6:30am there was the barest crack of light on the eastern horizon. The days are indeed getting longer.

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HEMIGIRL46 1/26/2012 8:54PM

    Its nice to know that I am not the only person noticing that its getting lighter sooner and darker later! Oh the things we hang on to to get thru winter! LOL

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CMRAND54 1/26/2012 8:39PM

    I am not a winter person at all. Give me lots of sunshine!

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In Soup as in Life . . .

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Yeah. Putting together the best option (most healthful, most delicious) from what you have on hand. And surprising yourself. No two pots the same!!

I just figured out that this is why my random "soup of the week" has been such an enduring concept for me. Duh.

There's that postmodern concept of "bricolage" -- just meaning the assembly of something new from random stuff. Best if the random stuff was selected with a bit of an eye on nutritional quality in the first place, I suppose . . . But those (somewhat) pretentious postmodern theorists weren't on to anything more clever than soup-making. Really.

  
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TRYINGHARD1948 1/25/2012 2:10PM

    Soup ponderings, yes, a bit like life, pop everything in and hope something wonderful is the end product, something to be proud of, tasty and beneficial to the world. Hopefully never bland or boring, a little spice should never be forgotten.

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LISALGB 1/25/2012 9:56AM

    Soup - THE comfort food!!

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FROSTIERACES 1/25/2012 8:45AM

    Isn't that great to make soup and expect it will be the same, but it isn't and sometimes it's even better than last time!! I love that! I love next day soup as well...yum!

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FREELADY 1/24/2012 10:15PM

    I love how you ponder things and then get me thinking too. Great how you bring ideas together ina meaningful (and intriguing) way.

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PENNYAN45 1/24/2012 9:25PM

    When you think of it, your kind of weekly soup making can be a great metaphor for living.

I'm reminded of a quotation from Theodore Roosevelt:
"Do what you can with what you have."

There is also a folk tale called Stone Soup - in which one person begins with only a stone in the pot - but everyone in the village contributes one or two food items to make a delicious soup that feeds everyone.


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FRACTALMYTH 1/24/2012 2:37PM

    :D My breakfasts are like that these days too... saute whatever veggies I can find in the fridge, top with two eggs and stir until done :D YUM! Looking forwatd to making soup tomorrow - I keep forgetting - but thankfully you keep reminding me!

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SALSIFY 1/24/2012 2:24PM

    Does adding quinoa to my soup make me a post-modernist?

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PHEBESS 1/24/2012 11:06AM

    Wisdom from the soup kitchen!!!!!

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NANCY- 1/24/2012 10:13AM

    When you start with quality it is easier to end up with quality.
Here's to WATERMELLEN, a souper person!
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_LINDA 1/24/2012 9:58AM

    No two of my Mom's soups are the same -its what ever she has left over she wants to get rid of, a good way to use your left overs or veggies that are getting 'tired'.
Love hearing about your creations!

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DDOORN 1/24/2012 8:25AM

    Starting in the kitchen is the first step toward healthier foods...a nod from Pollan & me! :-)

Don

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GROEDER 1/24/2012 7:59AM

    You have it figured out!!!!! We all need to keep on "cooking" in the kitchen and in our lives.

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In the soup . . . vegan black bean and quinoa

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Here's what was available.
In the fridge: celery, carrots, two medium sweet potatoes, large green pepper, mini red, yellow and orange peppers, garlic, half a carton of baby spinach.

In the cupboard: a box of quinoa, dried onion, chili flakes, two cartons of vegetable broth, a can of black beans, a can of chick peas, can of diced tomatoes.

I brought the broth and tomatoes to a boil, chopped up the celery (3 stalks), carrots (handful of baby ones) and peeled chopped sweet potatoes and simmered with lots of garlic, dried onions and lots of chili flakes until just about tender. Then added the thoroughly drained and rinsed black beans and chick peas, and stirred in the quinoa: brought it back to the boil and simmered until the quinoa was done (little white rings) about 15 minutes. Then added the chopped green, yellow, red and orange peppers, simmered briefly. Took off the heat and stirred in the coarsely chopped spinach.

This is pretty good . . . vegan but still full of protein . . . and warming after my cross country skiing this weekend!

I'm hoping that the pot lasts all week for after work suppers!

  
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FROSTIERACES 1/25/2012 8:52AM

    Sounds good!! If we weren't juicing right now I'd start making soup this very moment! I have found that even the juicer makes excellent veggie broth! like EXCELLENT! I have a couple new recipes I'm writing a blog about. I love cooking and discovering new creations!

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MEADSBAY 1/24/2012 9:10PM

    I have GOT to make more soups- I love them!
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MSSNOWY 1/23/2012 9:44PM

    Sounds really good. I made a vegetable curry the other night with sweet potatoes, diced tomatoes, onion, chickpeas, and celery. Added a little fresh cilantro and had a dollop of plain yogurt on the side. To die for.

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PENNYAN45 1/23/2012 9:02PM

    That's the best kind of cooking: using what you have in the house.
And of course, this soup sounds delicious - especially on a snowy day.

Cross- country skiing is so much fun! We have tried snow shoeing too.
Great exercise!

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TRYINGHARD1948 1/23/2012 4:36PM

    Isn't soup just the most wonderful invention.

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NANCY- 1/23/2012 7:56AM

    Your soup sounds delightful and comforting.
Enjoy!

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SALSIFY 1/23/2012 5:41AM

    Sounds yummy - I haven't put quinoa in a soup before. I'll have to try it!



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FREELADY 1/22/2012 9:24PM

    I like to cook this way. You are very inspiring. You come up with variations I wouldn't think of. But they always turn out to be good.

Thanks for helping me be a more adventurous and mindful cook!

(I always like your wordplay as well!!)

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DDOORN 1/22/2012 9:18PM

    Yum! Sounds great! I made up a big batch of black bean hummus to last me through the week for my fresh veggie lunches. Have a little quinoa sitting on the shelf in a bag...might have to try that combo sometime...nothing like home-made soup and you're right, between the black bean and quinoa you've got some great protein going down there! I've ALWAYS got dried beans around for my home-made hummus, but this is most definitely SOUP season!

Don

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_LINDA 1/22/2012 9:14PM

    Sounds awesome! I have been working on some black bean vegan chili Mom made for me, with extra spice of course :)
The product I use is called Spot Shot and can be found at Wal*Mart or Canadian Tire, it positively amazing. There were some pretty old, gross stains on the club carpet that had been carpet cleaned over and another product used to no avail, but this stuff took it right off! The neat part is it takes very little effort, you just wipe it up, no need for vigorous scrubbing!

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CMRAND54 1/22/2012 7:22PM

    It sounds delicious!

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KIM--POSSIBLE 1/22/2012 7:07PM

    That sounds really good! I have most of those things in my fridge/cabinets. May have to try something similar! Thanks for sharing.

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PHEBESS 1/22/2012 5:43PM

    Sounds yummy - and filling!

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