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Friday, April 13, 2018

Walking 4 Fun, Treadmills and an Empty White House

Walking4Fun Trail Badge

 Well, barely hiking it should say.  Since I'm still with the broken foot, wearing a boot and using the aid of a walker.  But, I do still wear my fitbit...haven't hit goal in AGES.  The pictures of Walking4Fun are truly awesome.  If you've not checked out the site, you really should.  You can link your fitbit and or other electronic devices to it so your steps are automatically attached to a virtual trail.  Or, you can manually add your steps.  

In truth, this more accurately shows my current level of activity.  LOL, though I can't drive the car to the gym to do this; so continue to knit.  Making good headway on the afghan in the previous post.  Scroll back please if you missed it.

Started this series yesterday, after finishing Downton Abbey.  Juries out so far.  It seems odd to me that the man character, the priest is involved in solving crimes and is extremely friendly with females.  Have you watched it?  Did you like it?  Did you find it believable?  I've watched just 2 episodes of it so far on Amazon Prime.

Some have quit, some have been forced to resign, some have been fired: David Shulkin, H.R. McMaster, Rex Tillerson, John McEntee, Gary Cohn, Hope Hicks, Rob Porter, Omarosa Manigault-Newman, Dina Powell, Tom Price, Sebastian Gorka, Steve Bannon, Anthony Scaramucci, Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer, Mike Dubke, James Comey, Mike Flynn, and Sally Yates.  MASS EXODUS from our White House.  That list is NOT complete, there are more names that could be added to the list and that doesn't include those who've decided not run again....  It seems to me even if you're actually in favor trump, you ought to be very concerned, very upset about the fact that he can't keep a staff.  Having people who know what's going on, having some consistency is important in any place of employment.  NEVER is our history has the swinging door been on on such high speed you barely can keep track.  There are 19 names above and I believe the current count is close to double that.  To keep track of soap opera, you need flash cards.  Truly a sad state of affairs.

Link for credit for the last picture, showing how empty our White House is

Friday, April 06, 2018

Broken Bones, and Downton Abbey

Current afghan I'm working on for Bridge and Beyond.  Called Learning Logs.  Started it some time ago to learn how to use multiple colors/stands at the same time.  This was through a lesson I purchased on Crafty's.  The lessons were flawed, as was the pattern and through lots of complaints it was removed from Crafty's, along with the instructor.  However, I did actually learn how to slip stitch and use multiple colors.The pattern was 6 large blocks all with these different patterns and colors.  FAR too busy, I think for one afghan.  So, am adding to it in solids with some texture at the moment.  I may decide to add some additional color with stripes as it's grows; but will try to keep the center the busy part.
You see me wearing the boot in the afghan picture.........here's the reason why.  Fractured 5th Metatarsal Bone on Right Foot.  
Watching this, courtesy of a friend has helped pass the time while I sit with foot elevated.  Never had the chance to watch it when it was on, so have been enjoying her collection of the entire series.

Am so very tired of winter.  We've been wetter and colder than normal.  How are things for you all?

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Cuisinart Food Spiralizer

 This is my new toy/Spiralizer.  I bought it at Cosco's for $15.00.  It's a 4 cup basically plastic model from Cuisinart.  A friend of mine had been talking about one she got that was a combination of Spiralizer and food processor.  It's nice and light weight.  Comes apart easily to be washed, see picture below.

There are 3 settings: Ribbon Slice, Thin Julienne, and Thick Julienne.  Thus far I've used both thin and thick Julienne.
My first go round was thin Julienne using both summer squash (yellow) and zucchini.  It was easy to use.  I used almost 2 Zucchini's and one summer squash.  Was not sure how much I needed for 2 people.  Also, was unsure how much it would shrink when cooked.  The pan is the top of my double boiler with nice holes.  I had my water hot and simply set the pan with Zucchini and Squash inside the larger pan with water and stirred a few times.  Basically I heated it through for about 1 minute...similar in texture to Angle Hair.

I had mushrooms, onion, cherry tomatoes and pine nuts at the ready.  Once I drained the squash, and the pan was still hot, I added the veggies and put the hot squash on top and stirred to warm the veggies.  Topped with grated Parmesan cheese, and fresh ground pepper.  It was pretty good, but I think more flavor is needed AND next time, I will saute the veggies.  Drizzled nice olive oil on top before adding the cheese.

My 2nd attempt, the following night is Thick Julienne Sweet Potatoes.  Look how pretty.  Used almost 2 whole potatoes which was more then needed for 2 people.

I used the same process of hot water and dipping the pain with holes into the water, but heated the sweat potatoes about 3 minutes, which was a nice aldente...the way we like our pasta.  I sauted onions, mushrooms, pine nuts, and handful of bacon bits.  Added the potatoes into the pan used to saute veggies and mixed them all together.  Drizzled with olive oil, and freshly grated Romano cheese.  The better cheese, the little bit of bacon both seemed to make the 2nd dish more tasty than the first.  

Served with salad and wine.  A definite repeat.  This is suppose to be a healthier alternative to eating lots of pasta.

The little brochure that came with the machine says the following can be Spiralized:

  • Zucchini
  • Summer Squash
  • Radishes
  • Beets
  • Potato
  • Sweet Potato
  • Turnips
  • Onions
  • Firms pears
  • Wide Carrots
  • Apples
  • Seedless Cucumbers
I'll be experimenting further with this new toy/tool/machine.  I think it will be particularly nice in summer when it's hot and you want to eat even lighter.

Monday, January 29, 2018


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