Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Mishmash

Jeff was out of town this week, and I'm trying to make my meals a little more well-rounded (I've been known to eat Greek yogurt for breakfast and dinner many times) and healthier.  I stocked up on ready-to-cook Jenni-O turkey burgers and 100 calorie packs of guacamole, and I also found a kale salad mix at Sam's Club to try:
 
It was good!  I've not been a huge kale fan, but this was shredded enough, plus mixed with other ingredients (shaved brussels sprouts and radicchio) that the flavor didn't seem too strong.

I also filled my fridge with fresh pineapple, cantaloupe and strawberries.  I keep saying that once I'm not training for a half, I should cut back on what I've been eating...and well, my last half marathon was the end of January, so it's time to actually do that, especially now that I'm not traveling to other states where apparently I have to try all the new things.  Did I ever mention how much weight I gained when we moved from California to San Antonio, Texas?  Not only did we get to know our new city via restaurants, we discovered things like chicken-fried steak and gravy, puffy tacos, and all kinds of fried foods.  At least now when I am experiencing food in a new state, I stay away from the fried stuff.  Progress, right?

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It was all things Anchorman 2 last week:
I was so happy to get this!  Then I realized that all the good stuff was on the Blu-Ray DVDs...and we don't have a Blu-Ray player.  Well, not yet - Sam donated his old one to us when he moved, but it's still in Plano.  Soon, Ron Burgandy...SOON.

Jeff also found the ice cream:
Would it be weird to admit I washed out the container after we finished the ice cream and it's now on my collectables shelf?

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Now that life has settled down, I am back to knitting a lot.  I had so many ideas and new yarn that I spent several hours on Ravelry, going through patterns and choosing yarn for them:

Most of these are smaller projects, which are nice to intersperse with the bigger projects that I'm doing (the grassy scarf, the pink shawl, and a top made with Utah-purchased yarn).  I made two baby hats already:
This one look me just over an hour - credit chunky yarn and very large needles!  Pattern is Twisted Taffy hat; yarn is Malabrigo Rasta.

I am in love with the colors of this hat, so much that I want to knit a tiny cardigan to go with it:
Stripes!  Blues and browns!  Ahhh.  Pattern is Chunky Organic Cotton Baby Beanie; yarn is Madelinetosh DK and Vintage in Bloomsbury and Teddy Bear colorways.

Of course, these hats would look immensely cuter if I had a newborn baby to model them.  But in the meantime, I'm enjoying the quick satisfaction of making such cute little things.

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I added a new tab at the top of my blog - Recommended Reading.  I've listed some of my more memorable posts, just in case a newer reader might have missed them.  It was fun zipping through my archives to choose these posts, and made me see how much I've evolved since starting my last diet, and this blog, nearly six years ago.  Dang, I kind of miss those days of newness, when trying on clothes and discovering that things fit was such a wonder, and being surprised at what I was capable of, exercise-wise.  I've said that I started this blog so I could remember all the work I was putting into losing weight and I'm glad I took that trip down memory lane, as I had forgotten a lot of my effort.

Have a great weekend!

20 comments:

  1. I love that blue and brown, too!

    When I travel, I like to indulge in the regional dishes, but I have to remind myself sometimes that Dunkin Donut is not a regional dish. I get vacation brain and forget sometimes. :)

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    1. Ahhh, vacation brain. I so get that. ;)

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  2. Greek yogurt is often my "go to" breakfast and usual after dinner treat! I had no idea you could get 100 calorie packs of guacamole!

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    1. Wholly Guacamole makes them - plus they freeze well.

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  3. Well hooray for diet variety! Especially healthy variety. Did you massage your kale a la Roz?

    Food is generally how we experience new places too. Which means right now I need to keep my butt home.

    Oh my cuteness with that first baby hat! I wish I knew a baby to buy one for!

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    1. No kale massaging going on over here, LOL!

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    2. LOL! Don't know what you're missing Shelley. Nor does the kale!!! LOL Helen!

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  4. Well you beat me to it--the Recommended Reading from your blog archives--a great idea.

    That kale salad mix sounds just like mine from Costco, except mine has different mix-ins. Mine are sweet stuff, which of course I like. That particular mix holds up very well in the refrigerator too.

    Cute hats! Good idea to make a list--for me it would remind me of the yarns I already have waiting to go.

    And I have been thinking about you this week as I've seen all the Ron Burgundy signs in the big stores!

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    1. I thought about throwing some Craisins into the kale salad, but it wasn't necessary.

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  5. That kale salad mix looks really good. Now that it is warming up, I begin to eat more salads. I just cannot eat them during the winter...I need warm hot food to keep me warm then.:)

    Your knitted hats are adorable. I love the colors you used for both hats!!

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    1. Thanks - I think I might have to make a pink and brown striped baby hat, just because. :)

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  6. I absolutely LOVE that chunky yarn hat!! I am going to see if my daughter would wear it - you might have an order in your future!

    OMG, when we ate in Austin, by the end of the week we were both craving salads - we ate so much brisket and sausage!

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  7. The Kale chopped salad look good. I really need to get back on track. In the last month I have gained 8 pounds. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

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  8. Your mention of Jennie O made me think of Dolvett on the Biggest Loser, plugging for them, haha.

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  9. Oh, the blue stripey hat is adorable! I found a slaw mix with kale bits that worked well for me.

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  10. LOVE that kale salad, and laughed out loud at the Scotchy Scotch Scotch ice cream! Glad you kept the carton! When you meet Wil Farrell, he can autograph it "to my next wife". :) Have a great weekend Shelley

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  11. You know what would look cool with that twisty yarn hat pattern? Doing it in red and white like a candy cane! Or so says my non-knitter brain.

    May have to be stealing your recommended reading tab...

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  12. I love the last hat and had just the perfect boy to show it on: my friend K's son that I've met Saturday. Love it that you have a list of the things you want to knit.

    I only eat kale in Winter, it's a Winter vegetable (at least it is here and it used to be) and although you see it more in the stores during the year, I still don't eat it except in Winter :) But I love the combination for the salad.

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  13. I love your hats! The only thing I can knit is a scarf because it requires no shaping. The yarns are beautiful!

    I eat these salads all the time. However, I mix in some spinach add some feta and avocado to round out my salad. We've been making a lot of fruit smoothies to compliment our salad and quinoa.

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