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TMI and 2014 goals

Friday, January 10, 2014

TMI:

So I have been losing weight and inches, and until now it was great-but unfortunately now none of my bras fit and I can't afford new ones. I've been living in sports bras, but I don't know how long I can make that last. I really hope Kohl's has some good sales next week-I've gotten a few discontinued ones there in the past for about $10 each, which is about all I can afford right now-especially if I need to do it all over again in a couple months.

End TMI.

In other, unrelated news, I've done a fair bit of knitting lately. I have a lot of yarn from stashing over the years, and one of my goals for this year is to work through it. I've finished a bulky green sweater for around the house, and a lovely round dishcloth which is useful and brightens up my beloved, but drab, kitchen.

The next thing is about a million draft snakes for the doors and windows While beautiful, my apartment is COLD! It's the first floor of a very old house, and while doing the dishes the other day I realized how much cold air was getting in from the backdoor. Curtains are helping a lot, but again, I realized there is still a lot of air getting in at the floor. I need slippers. And to keep the cold out.

2014 Goals:

Work on reducing yarn stash
Read at least 52 books (3 so far)
Become more comfortable in the kitchen*
Keep apartment tidy
Pay that library fine from a few years ago
Run a 10K
Lose another 15 pounds

*I can bake, though sifting flour still gets me confused, as some people have said you need to measure AFTER you sift, and others have taught me to measure BEFORE. I have no idea which is correct, and so it perplexes me. Aside from the flour thing, baking is easy. Cooking is a horse of a different color. Sure, I can fry an egg and other basic things like that, but making a meal, and anything involving meat causes terror. I can do it, I have done it, and I am still learning, but when I need to cook I get unbelievably panicky. It's unfamiliar territory, and I get worked up that I will screw up and create something inedible, wasting food. tl;dr - I don't need to be an amazing cook, I just want to be able to attack a recipe without having a panic attack. That's the goal.

Also, anyone know which is right in regards to measuring sifted flour (before or after sifting)?
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BURGUNDYBABE 1/13/2014 10:30AM

    Thank you so much for the advice on the flour!

Cheririddell: That makes so much sense and is probably why I've heard the conflicting information. Thank you so much!

Maryanne: Good luck with your afghan!

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/12/2014 1:17AM

    I taught cooking classes at the family resource centre on the military base and wrote a newspaper column for the base newspaper on cooking.I took cookery classes in the Student Union while going to University.Just thought I would tell you where I got my authority LOL!It depends on how the ingredient is described in the recipe. Unless the recipe specifically tells you to sift flour, don't sift it. Flour processors sift the flour many times before it leaves the plant; there's no need to sift flour these days.
But if the recipe says '2 cups sifted flour' you should sift the flour into a bowl, then measure it.

If the recipe says '2 cups flour, sifted', you should measure the flour first, then sift it.


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MAVKA_ 1/11/2014 7:29AM

    Nice plan for the 2014. Never heard about difference measuring sifted and unsifted flour, even though I bake pretty much, so thank you for the new information))

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MARYANNSQUEST 1/10/2014 7:39PM

    Hi!

Love your goals! I am in the process of croqueting my daughter an afgan have 9 squares done and 99 more to go.

Everywhere I have looked and been told if the recipe says 1/2 cup of sifted flour , you should sift it before you measure. they say it is just how the recipe is read. If it says 1/2 cup flour, you should not have to sift it.
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ROZZIECOFFEE83 1/10/2014 2:01PM

    I really like your 2014 goals! They all sound great! And good luck with the knitting! I can only knit scarves so I have a lot of admiration for real knitters! And activities like knitting and reading keep your hands busy and mind occupied so there's less mindless snacking (which is something I have to work on).

Good luck!

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GROGGYFROGGY 1/10/2014 1:55PM

    I'm not sure about the flour, but I too am starting to cook more, and by more I mean trying different things. I have made the same 5 meals my whole life. I was afraid to step out and try something new. I have printed off a bunch of recipies and I have tried a few. I even made my very own "traditional" Thanksgiving dinner this year! (Even a pumpkin pie from scratch!) I am proud of myself for trying new things. I enjoy cooking and baking, I do not however enjoy cleaning up afterwards! LOL

I need to get some of those draft things for my doors too. The drafts are so cold. I wish I knew how to knit.

Bras: It sucks having to buy new ones. I have to get mine at Lane Bryant. They are expensive, but I buy them when they are buy two get two free that way they are only about $20 each, which is still a lot, but they are really good bras and last a long time. I also like that they size you every time. Before I started going there I was buying the wrong size by about 4 sizes!!!!!!

I hope you have a great day! Happy cooking!

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