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Feeling better finally


Tuesday, December 04, 2012

I woke up this morning and looked out in the yard. Mind you it was raining all night and the ground is pretty wet. Our outdoor cat Joel was sitting in a little ball in the yard next to Hannah's juniper. He never really liked her, he was half her age so they never got close they kinda just coexisted and he sometimes bopped her on the head and she would run away angry. He didn't see us bury her. It was just odd he was sitting there on the wet grass, like they were hanging out.

My weight has been higher than usual the whole time I have been on hiatus from the my big gym. I donno if it's that my body has gotten so used to running, it just puts on muscle at this point. I donno my brain needs constant change and I assume my body does too. Anyway eating has been blehhh. I had a really good cooking week last week. I made three new recipes. Hearty cabbage soup, it was interesting, I gave half of it to my coworker who was sick. I figured Scott wont eat it, not a fan of cabbage. Then I made a Lentil Meatloaf, it was much better on the 2nd day, also made that one vegan and I used ground flax to bind it. Ehhh I would go with egg next time, it didn't stick so well, it was good though, it had whole walnuts in it that gave it an interesting texture. Then Sunday Scott and I made a recipe I heard about on NPR Best Beef Stew. They were saying adding anchovies too it made the meat taste even meatier and it really did. It was a really rich beef stew. Also had 2 cups of wine, 1/2 lb of pearled onions, stuff I had yet to work with. I love trying new recipes, chances are I will never do them again but hey why not! I also learned from the article not to buy stew meat when making beef stew. Stew meat is kind of random fatty pieces of meat the butcher puts together. Plus it's too small, the beef going in should be 1 1/2 inch pieces, it shrinks so much in the cooking process, you don't wanna start with too small of pieces from the get go. You want lean beef with some marbling like a chuck eye roast, if its too fatty that is why it gets that solid layer of fat on the top when it's cooled. I am leaning to love cooking, who would have known. Problem is with these homemade meals I don't always know the calorie content. I used to put in all my recipes on spark as I cooked. But UGHHH I just do my best to look up something close. Anyway that could be my issue with staying higher in weight, been cooking more hearty meals.

I did get a nice bike ride to work in yesterday and also walked the dogs. My days when I exercise but not very much are the days when my weight is down. Go figure! All I know if I wanna get my weight down for the photos. Still getting that set up. Our next big step is getting Scott a car. Then pregnancy! All in due time! Antsy! I am just started listening to this book on audible called Far from the tree. It's really good about children who are different from their parents and the author interview the parents and the children. It's been a joy to go to work lately and listen to it. 900 page book, 40 hrs! lol

I only got 1 photo today.

Day 79: I am 99.6% sure that I am up to the job!
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EDDYMEESE 12/4/2012 11:30PM

    Of course, you know I would believe Joel knew what he was doing :)

Awesome job on the recipes! I've decided to start learning new recipes. I've always prided myself on not using them, but I'm getting bored and I feel like I'm always making the same foods or we're ordering a pizza! I'll let you know if I find anything interesting :)

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IMNOTTHEREYET 12/4/2012 4:15PM

    Just keep seting your goals and stick to them, never give up!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 12/4/2012 11:39AM

    Hey, cool that you tried some new recipes! That lentil loaf thing sounds interesting - reminds me of a vegan "meatloaf" I got from attending a CHIP seminar. I had a sample of it but never actually made it at home...



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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/4/2012 11:17AM

    Pets are so weird. Our dog years ago always seemed to hate the cat even though the cat liked him but we would come home and find them sleeping together. I think Joel knows she is gone and is probably a little confused and actually misses her.

I love cabbage, It's so good for you and adds wonderful flavor to so many recipes.

I do scratch cooking for the most part. I'm getting away from processed foods more and more. They have too many unhealthy ingredients. It is a pain though to figure out the nutrition info on it though.

My car is getting ready to go out and I'm not sure if I will get another one or not. We have the van, my Prism, and the truck so we may jut go down to 2 vehicles. Once hubby retires we only will need one.

Love the picture. She is such a neat cat!

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SEAWILLOW 12/4/2012 10:05AM

    When making soups ..you can chill them and skim the fat off the top. I usually go lean. I love trying new recipes too. Do you add your recipes to Sparkpeoples'? It is something to consider.

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