monday--goodBYE 2014! don't let the door hit you on the way out!!!!

Monday, December 29, 2014

good morning everyone! well Christmas has come and gone--the decorations are all put away and the house is back to normal. for the most part it was calm and peaceful--dorijane reacted to the excitement of the Christmas party with a whopper of a UTI, so it was a quick trip to the vet on Saturday for a lab check and antibiotics. she is feeling much better--this is a very typical thing that she does--but it always takes me by surprise.
this has been a heck of a year--not only for us, but for a lot of people we know. the biggest fallout for me personally has been the regain of a fair amount of weight--about 10 pounds. I have been a comfort eater in the past and all the stress and sadness pushed me back into that old emotional rut. I clung to my running for dear life, but lost some ground there too--although I look at the fact that I held on to it at all as a real victory.
now I am back and ready to make changes that will lead me where I want to go. I let myself slide until the day after Christmas, and then began to repair my nutrition and exercise. so far its going very well. my new pressure cooker and mandolin (which was my Christmas gift from rob) and the lovely new knives we got at Phyllis's open house are helping me focus on fresh, healthy meals. its amazing how much a good set of knives alone makes a job faster and less tedious. I can make perfect risotto or brown rice or beans of any kind in my pressure cooker in a snap! it steams fish to perfection too. this week I am going to try making sweet potato oven fries using my spiffy new mandolin. and a couple new cookbooks will encourage me to scout new horizons. one I got off amazon used is "the flexitarian diet". the recipes in it look very interesting and I already learned one great trick. her oatmeal recipes always use half skim milk (or almond milk or whatever) and half water. it makes a WORLD of difference! and she sweetens them with a small amount of maple syrup (you have to use really good maple syrup) and a little dried fruit. what a revelation! rob is normally sort of reserved in his praise for food--but he went gaga over the oatmeal! pronounced it a TEN. ate it all and licked the bowl clean! my round roast with pancetta and porcini mushrooms that I fixed him for Christmas dinner only got an EIGHT. I should have saved myself the effort and fed him oatmeal! emoticon
yesterday we went to see dad, who was busy deconstructing the Christmas tree while all the other residents were watching a movie. rob and dale helped him put everything back on the tree (sort of) then we sat and had a nice visit.
today its off to the grocery store to begin a weeks worth of new recipes. on the list to try are a quinoa salad and pumpkin chili.
have a great Monday!
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    I hope the New Year is a calmer, better one for you. I know what you mean about cookbooks - I peruse them the way some people read novels! I made mushrooms sautéed in butter and wine as a side for Christmas dinner, and that has inspired me to try to make beef burgundy. That is on the menu this week, as well as black eyed peas with collards and corn bread for New Year's Day. Good luck comes to those who eat black eyed peas on New Year's, the saying goes. I'll soak them overnight the night before, then cook them up New Year's day. That will be easy to do while watching football!! Your oatmeal recipe sounds a bit like mine. I love adding dried cherries and dried wild blueberries to my oatmeal. It's such a treat! You do so enjoy running - I know you'll be back to it in the Spring, and that you'll use your treadmill during the winter. Glad Dorijane is better! Happy New Year!!
    1758 days ago
    emoticon I think on most recipes I Halve the milk with water. Very little (if any) difference in taste, and saves a few Calories.
    Looking forward to hearing more about the Pumpkin Chili!!
    1759 days ago
    That oatmeal does sound yummy... emoticon
    1759 days ago
    Could you PLEASE share the pumpkin chili recipe?
    1759 days ago
    Happy Monday!
    1759 days ago
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