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Hello Salty Goodness!

I found a delicious crunchy salty snack that has a reasonable amount of fat and a lot of protein and fibre. Yes, I’m talking about dry roasted edamame.

I successfully lost around 65 pounds this year.  I’d like to get at least another 65 pounds off in 2012, if not make it to my goal weight. That means I have to make some more changes, like going cold turkey on Slurpees. Yes, my loves, my last Slurpee will be today. It also means I need to find some healthier things to snack on.   The dry roasted edamame was an experiment, and I’m pleased to say I like it. It’s not as cheap as, say, a bag of chips, but the nutritional benefits far outweigh the chips, as does the lack of greasiness.

I also bought some kale, and tonight I’m going to experiment with making kale chips.  The recipe I’m following is pretty straightforward–toss the kale in a bit of olive oil; sprinkle with sea salt; put in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake until they’re nice and crispy.

I’ve also decided to go back to being vegetarian. I picked up some great vegetarian & vegan cookbooks at Half Price, and one of my goals for January is to prepare one recipe a week from either the vegan slow cooker cookbook or the vegetarian slow cooker cookbook.

For 2012, instead of setting a bunch of resolutions at the beginning of the year, only to fail abysmally within two weeks, I have decided to set monthly goals.  I figure I can do anything for 31 days. If some of them end up being permanent changes, well, awesome. But if I choose, after 31 days, to focus on other things, well, that’s awesome, too.

I’m spending the last day of 2011 having lunch with Liz and the Monster. Then Liz and I are going to go see The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. And I’m going to Barnes & Noble to spend at least some of the gift card Joe got me for Christmas. And I will probably go to World Market with Liz. Then I’ll either watch Doctor Who with Joe, or else I’ll read.

2011 was a really rough year for me in more ways than I feel free to express on this blog. The things I have written about–losing two dogs and the house fire–are enough to deal with in one year. The other things have sort of pushed it over the edge.

I am declaring 2012 my year. It is going to be a fantastic year!!  I know–I have Faith (I am Faith). Wishing you all a very safe and very happy New Year!

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Christmas Photo

Taken by Pat Autrey outside the theatre where we had just seen Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, which, incidentally, was really good.

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Happy Holidays!

I’m yawning so widely that it feels like my jaw is going to split open, so as soon as this post is over I’m headed off to bed. With a Reese’s peanut butter Christmas tree as a bedtime snack. heh

It’s been a really nice day. Joe and I nearly tore each other’s heads off only a few times. :p  Our kitchen is better arranged than it is at home, but it is still too small for two people to be working at the same time. Pat & Clover and kids were coming over tonight, so it was the perfect excuse to cook all the things I like to cook but seldom have the excuse to.

What was on the menu? Why I’m glad you asked!  After Joe and I got home from breakfast with Dad and the Monster and the incomparable Izzybella, I got the cranberries on the stove to make cranberry sauce (a cup each of sugar and water, bring to a boil, stir in a bag of cranberries with some clementine wedges, coarsely chopped, and a little agave nectar for flavour, stir until it looks right, then take it off the stove, transfer to a bowl, and bring to room temperature before chilling). While that was going on, I made some cranberry salsa (a bag of cranberries, a handful of cilantro, 3 clemtines peeled and wedged, the juice from a lime, candied jalapenos (basically pickled jalapenos with a little sweetener), and some agave nectar. Blend everything together in your food processor/blender/chopper/whatever until it’s to your desired consistency. If you’re thinking ahead, make the salsa the day before. When you’re ready to serve it, pour over a block of softened cream cheese), dressing (mix together 2 bags of dried seasoned cornbread cubes, one complete celery heart, sliced, including the leaves, some sliced water chestnuts, a chopped yellow onion; pour 2 sticks of melted butter over it and mix together; then pour a box of chicken broth over it and mix that together; then bake until it’s done.),and sweet potato casserole (bake sweet potatoes until they’re done; then peel them and dump the potatoes into a bowl. Beat them well with some maple syrup and butter. Pour into a casserole, sprinkle chopped pecans on top and, if you like, line big marshmallows around the edges of the casserole, then bake until done). Joe made his famous mashed potatoes, and he took care of cooking the turkey and heating up the ham.

It was a delectable feast.

And it was made even more enjoyable by having our family over.  I always love the time I get to spend with family, whether it be family of birth, family by marriage, or family of choice.

 

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Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

Whatever you may be celebrating this time of year, Happy Holidays to you and yours!

 

 

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I still wear the same clothes. For example, today I’m wearing skinny jeans with brown grannie boots, a brown & orangey yellow leopard print tank with a draped neckline, and a brown blazer. But the outfits look so much more chic than they did pre-haircut.

Joe’s finally come around in regards to the hairstyle. Last night he said I look 10 years younger, like I’m in my 30’s. I was a little offended–he always says I look like I’m in my 30s anyway, but last night he said pre-haircut I looked like I was in my 40’s. Pooh. Okay, I know I’m 48 according to the calendar, even though really I’m 21 this year, but I don’t want to LOOK like I’m in my 40’s.

Now I just need to get my act together and get makeup on every morning. I have the dickens of a time getting up in the morning in time to do everything that needs to get done before I leave for work. I used to be a total morning person, and I still am to a certain extent, but dang! I managed to flat-iron my hair this morning, and I remembered to grab the fudge on my way out, but definitely did not leave time for makeup.  (Fudge for the mailroom guys, not for me. I just wanted to make that clear.)

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Christmas Blahs

I’m just not really in the Christmas spirit this year. Don’t get me wrong–I’m totes looking forward to spending time with my family and to cooking a huge feast, and to having an extra couple of days off work.   I enjoyed our work group Christmas party yesterday. I’ve enjoyed making gifts for a couple of very close friends.

But that’s stuff I look forward to all the time. Maybe part of it is that feeling like I’m not at home, and the decor in my apartment in no way reflects my personality or tastes.  I don’t have my big huge Christmas tree that I got from freecycle, and I don’t have my favourite gold and white and burgundy ornaments because they all got burned in the fire. Instead I’ve got my $15 Big Lots tree I bought 15 years ago, and decorations that so do not reflect my personality as it is now.  Nowhere to hang up stockings. Nothing really to put in stockings. No time to bake. Just feeling the blues.

I’m not meaning this as a pity party, just trying to figure things out.

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Just Now

(I so totally stole this from Jehara, because I steal a good idea when I see it.)

In my belly: cinnamon sugar cookie cappuccino
 
In my mug: the mug is empty (see In my belly, above)
 
In my reader: The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story. I want to read it before seeing the movie in February.
 
On my Player: DC Dead. There’s some mystery, and a LOT of sex. I’m not really into stories with lots of sex. But I have to listen to the whole story to find out whodunnit, and review it for Quirky Girls.
 
Currently Obsessed with: the purple knee-high lace-up boots I’m wearing today
 
The Time: 9:57
 
Just now I am really loving my new haircut, and feeling very confident as a result.
 
Just now I am exploring my spirituality and finding joy and delight while I search for answers and guidance.
 
Just now I am struggling with some personal difficulties. I’m trying to figure out not only what to do, but how and when to do it.
 
Just now I am confident that I will get promoted to a management position this year, and that my career will continue to soar.
 
Just now I feel happiness mixed with a lot of anger and frustration. I’ve been writing out the anger and frustration so that I can face it, deal with it, and release it.
 
Just now I believe that 2012 will be a fantastic year for me.
 

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