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I am enjoying a warm house today. I just went shopping and got a bunch of vegetables, mostly root veggies, brought them home and chopped them and put them with the beef I got in the crock pot. Tonight we'll have a nice stew for dinner. I am looking forward to that. It will also be nice to have dinner ready for my daughter when she gets home from work.
No Jan, I did not move out, just came down to Vancouver to visit with my daughter's family through Christmas. I came early so that I didn't get trapped by the snow. I used to like snow, but nowadays it is like a prison for me. I can't walk in it and I can't drive if it is over an inch deep. Well I can drive, I just can't get in and/or out of my driveway, which has a sharp though small hill.
It is raining very hard here in Vancouver and there is some wind, so it is really nice to stay inside and do some cooking. When I went out I very quickly new that my knee was not happy with the weather, but I wasn't going to let that stop me today. So I am limping about, but I am moving and that is somewhat better than usual.
My daughter has a pile of books and magazines she is planning to dispose of. I looked through it and discovered a Better Homes and Gardens Diabetic Living magazine. I was amazed to see so many really interesting recipes. There was a section on Ethnic recipes and I want to try a couple of those recipes as soon as I can obtain the ingredients. The Eskimo recipe calls for Arctic Char which I think I will have to find at a fish market. That fish is to be placed on top of pickled beets and carrots. The picture looks delicious. Now I have to try it.
There is also a recipe for Garlic-Cashew Chicken that has a wealth of veggies and it looks so inviting I hope that I will be able to get those ingredients so that I can share with everyone here.
One of my grandsons just left for a wrestling tournament in Pasco. He won't be back until Saturday evening. The other has plans to "hang-out" with his friends this afternoon. I will for a few hours be alone here. I hope to get some dishes done and finish my laundry before my daughter gets home. Right now though I am tired and I think given the fact that I need to take something for the pain in my knee, I will take a nap. It is so relaxed here, I had almost forgotten what that feels like.
See you later,
This was an interesting day. More wind gusts were expected but nothing unusual for winter. I was getting ready for TOPS this morning when I had a call from the new leader that she was cancelling the meeting because of the horrible winds. Hmmmm. I heard from a couple of people who were really unhappy about no meeting because they exchange Christmas cards, etc. and most don't know I have resigned and it wasn't my call. We have no meeting next week so I think some felt cheated for getting together with TOPS friends.
I had coffee with a friend and then picked up some wonderful black bean soup to bring home. I need to make this I like it so much.
DH drove for a dealership. DS went with me on errands. Around 2 or so the rain came down in buckets and the wind whipped around so I was glad to finish up and come home.
Tomorrow is our anniversary.
Ann, you have some wonderful stores in your area. DS was reminded of what great things and prices Trader Joe's has last time he was in Portland. Sometimes I wonder why so many nowadays have this gluten intolerance or whatever it is- but maybe people had it years ago and we just didn't know what it was.
Judy, You didn't say specifically but it sounds like you are now moving out? I'm hoping all goes well for you with that. I'm glad you got out of your driveway.
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Friends came and dug my car out this morning, and just in time. It warmed slightly, but there is another storm headed for our area and the predictions are for at least eighteen inches more snow. We already have more than that. I am so glad that I was able to get out.
Our power has been going out fairly often during the past couple of days and will probably continue that pattern throughout this stormy time. I don't like the outages because we have no neat and our breathing and oxygen machines don't work without electricity.
So I packed in a big hurry this morning and forgot my shower supplies. Wouldn't you know I'd forget something critical as I got ready to leave. Oh well, those supplies aren't beyond my budget and they are easy to obtain.
I did get all my craft supplies in the car I think, so we can do some craft projects. I know what supplies I would still need if we decide to do those projects. I will try to keep in touch with you all. I am trying yet again to break my previous sign-in record.
See you all later,
Hi Patty and all to follow. I'm pretty ready for the holiday. I do have to make a grocery store stop Sun or Mon for fresh fruit for a salad. I have gift certificates coming in the mail for GS and a sweater for DH that I ordered at the last minute. DH is making a run to drop off some canned vegetables at the local food bank and I conned him into stopping by the movie theatre for a gift certificate.
Thanks ladies for the info on Gluten free eating. I knew I could get some help from you all.
Louise, we have a Sprouts about 1/8 of a mile from DD's Home Depot where she works. There is a Trader Joe's in the Beach Area where DS's shop is and DD is down there all the time running errands for him.
We also have Whole Foods but they are so expensive. Some one at work told DD that the Albertson's in the other end of the shopping center from Home Depot has a whole aisle set aside for Gluten Free. I was surprised she was sharing this with her co workers as she is a pretty private person. I think that is good.
I didn't know Boar's Head Sliced Meats were gluten free. That is good to know and didn't know Corn tortillas were also.
Judy, I'm glad you are going to your DD., Maybe while you're there you'll have better luck finding a senior apartment. I will order her one of the older Gulten Grocery Guides. The ones I saw were a $1.00 plus shipping. I can also check the book store at our hospital. I bet they would have them also. Probably not cheap.
Jan, I think my DD is like your DS and not much into cooking. It's got to be throw it together quickly to eat it. She always had made her own lunch to take to work and may not be gluten friendly with a sandwich, yogurt and fruit but it is the quick eating after work that does her in. She goes to work at 5:45 and gets off at 2:15 and is starving. Then there is the beer. She gave up beer once before and I know she can do it again. She also gave up smoking cold turkey quite a few years ago so she has the will power. This past week she's lost 7 lbs so that is a good start. She badly needs to get the weight off.
Thanks again all.
Ann in San Diego
Good morning Girls,
Six more shopping days until Christmas. Are you ready?
How was yesterday?
did you move?
yes, 1 mile
did you drink your water
did you stick to your lifestyle food plan?
no, I had a pastry from the store, that hubby brought home
Let's make today a healthy day