They seem to be watching me all the time these days whenever I’m in the kitchen – looking for any opportunity to jump on some unsuspecting food stuffs. I made the mistake yesterday of leaving a container of ricotta cheese open on the counter. I only turned away for a second, and in that time, Donner had his whole face in the container. UGH. These two are little pigs. I blame the wet food. However, I have become much better at cleaning as I go, so my kitchen cleanliness has improved immensely! And having no dishes to do right after dinner is really the way to go.
Today we ate pancakes and ran errands – including taking a container of change that had over 1800 pennies in it to the coin counter machine at the bank. We dragged that ugly container of pennies (and other small change) around for over 10 years. That little errand paid for breakfast this morning. Not bad. Ha! That was only 10 years in the making.
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I’m late to this weeks Throw Back Thursday, but here I was, in all my glory for a family wedding back in the day. I think this was for my aunt’s wedding. Or it could have been my grandparents’ wedding. My grandpa remarried. Nope. Pretty sure this was for my aunt. I have to say, the hair and dress were perfect! If I remember correctly, the dress was velvet.
Speaking of dresses, today at worky work, one of the fashion students told me she was doing alterations to a $5,000 dress. A Valentino. Can you imagine that? She works at the high end department store in town. I didn’t ask her, but maybe that was a wedding dress? A fancy, fancy wedding dress.
I can’t seem to go one hour without bringing up our upcoming trip to VEGAS! WEWT! I have heard rumours of some sort of craft fair extravaganza and it looks like that could be a part of this trip. We’re spending a couple of days with some pals (who are also going to be there at the same time as we are) and with any luck, I’ll get the details from HER and we’ll see those sights. What on earth will a Las Vegas craft show be like? I can’t wait to see!
We won’t be going until next Tuesday, so be warned. I’m sure I’ll be mentioning it again.
Mike and I have been celebrating Faturday since about April 2013. All week long we only eat meat, veggies and beans and legumes (it’s called the 4 Hour Diet). We did this in order to lose some weight and feel better all around. Since that time, Mike’s lost many pounds and since I don’t weigh myself, I measure by clothing size. I’ve lost 3 dress sizes since we started this “eating system” as my mom calls it.
A few weeks ago, we decided to incorporate 1 piece of fruit per day into our regular food days. If you follow this way of eating strictly, this is not, “allowed”. However, the author did mention he drinks 1 glass of wine per day. SO, after a year and a half of only having fruit on Faturdays, we made this allowance (in lieu of booze. I think that’s fair) 1 piece (or equivalent) of fruit every day. Usually we eat an apple (cut up with some peanut butter) or a Christmas orange. This week, however, I found a recipe for the beautifully named, Warm Blueberry Soup. It is warm blueberry puree with cinnamon. That’s it. The recipe I found had all sorts of other ingredients in it. But all I wanted was blueberries, some water and cinnamon. I brought it to a boil and then blended it up in the blender on high. The texture is lovely – very smooth.
On top I whipped some coconut cream. If you put a can of coconut milk (allowed on the 4 hour Diet due to the low carbs in the cream) in the fridge overnight, the cream separates and floats to the top. Just scoop that thick cream off, get out the mix master, and boom! It whips up just like whipping cream. I added a bit of vanilla in it. YUM. Done. Dessert.
This is a lovely dessert, and could work as a breakfast as well.
But the best part is the name. Warm. Blueberry. Soup.
There is never a dull moment around these parts. Right now we are planning a graduation ceremony, a company Christmas party and another portfolio show (that will be in January). PHEW! Such parties! Such celebrations!
After a long day of party planning, I came home and cleaned out the front closet. I have HAD it with the avalanche of shoes and scarves that have been falling out every time I try to hang up my jacket. That felt good to get done and I used 2 organizers I found (guess where?) for 2 bucks. My scarves are now manageable and so are the shoes. YES!
I also vacuumed.
I think I am doing these boring, dull chores because:
a) this crap needs to be done before our exciting week next week. I’ve got a kitty sitter arranged, so she can’t see the house in disarray now, can she?
b) I started a Christmas project that I’m afraid to finish. It’s a little display for the front entrance, but what if it looks awful when it’s finished? END OF THE WORLD TIME. Yah. I’ll work on it tomorrow.
Not only is one week from today The Great Vegas Adventure of 2014, I’m meeting some quilty buddies on Monday after work at a nearby Lebanese restaurant. More quilty people before I go? It does not get any better than that.
This week just may be the longest week ever.