Saturday, February 28, 2009
We are best friends.
For many years now we try to get together at least once a year, no easy feat as we all live in different cities. Four of us live in British Columbia, so yearly "sister parties" are possible but sadly, one sister, lives just outside Melbourne, Australia so we only see her once every....
Next weekend is a "sister party" weekend in Victoria, B.C. We will eat way too much, shop way too much and talk, talk and talk. A visit to Buchart Gardens with afternoon tea is planned as well as antique, art and fabric shopping. I'm looking forward to lazy mornings with big mugs of coffee, newspaper crosswords, discussing at length the evening menu. Bliss.
Here we all are, this was taken in the mid 80's. (They will kill me when they see this)
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Yesterday I had my appointment with the dietitian. It was a two hour session in a classroom setting with other participants. After all was said and done I came out feeling very good about my current food choices. I eat very good food, phew!!!
So why do I have high cholesterol??? Portion size, I knew I was eating too much but I didn't realize how much. For example a meat serving should be around 80g, 3oz or 1/2c. For example a lean cut steak with all visible fat removed should be no bigger than a deck of cards or fit in the palm of your hands. Yikes..
The other area that I'm way off on is the oil/fat I use to cook and to spread on my bread. I should be using about 3 tablespoons in total of oil, Becel, mayo and salad dressing per day, double YIKES..
I'm doing very well with fiber by eating lots of fruit, veggies and whole wheat grains, however I am overeating in the grain department.
I have to start measuring and weighing my food, not a huge problem, but keeping track of how much I eat is a bit more difficult. I put together a simple excel sheet with the number of daily servings I can have, I just tick each serving as I eat it.
I can't figure out a way to load the excel sheet but if you want a copy just let me know and I'll be happy to email it to you. My email address is mthistle at telus . net
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Art had a heck of a time cleaning the outside walls but he did it. It took him all of Friday and Saturday but the house now shines and sparkles. One less thing to worry about this year.
While Art was cleaning the outside I was cleaning the inside and cooked a delicious salmon for Saturday dinner.
Sorry no pictures, ate it before I could get to the camera but basically I made a simple sauce that I poured over the salmon.
This is my recipe which is enough for four servings of salmon. The measurements are just approximations because I seldom take proper measures when I'm cooking.
1/4 cup of olive oil
3 garlic cloves chopped
1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon dried dill
Mix together and let stand for about an hour then pour over the salmon and bake.
Friday, February 20, 2009
As my cooking skills improved I stopped using shake and bake and haven't cooked with it for years and I am committed to cooking from scratch, eating healthy and omitting processed foods.
I was looking for a new way to cook chicken from Allrecipes and came across homemade shake and bake, the recipe is here. I made some changes because the original recipe has lots of salt in it.
Here is how I made it:
4 cups whole wheat breadcrumbs, I used the crust ends that I save from the bread I make.
1/8 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon ground celery seed
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon dried minced garlic
1 tablespoon dried minced onion
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
This makes quite a bit so rather than shaking my chicken in a bag and spoiling the remaining shake and bake I used a baking dish and pressed the mixture onto the chicken and used a little at a time. DO NOT keep leftover shake and bake if raw meat touched it. I keep uncontaminated left over shake and bake in the freezer. I'm not sure if this is required but it feels safer to me.
The chicken was delicious and can't wait to try it on pork chops.
Have a nice weekend everyone.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Now, the good news. I have my fabric for the fat quarter swap organized through Sew Mama Sew. I'm swapping with some good folks in Douglas, New Brunswick; Portland, Indiana; Fairfax, VA and Tucson, AZ. Can't wait to see what I get. With spring just around the corner I decided on floral fabrics.
And even more good news, my next door neighbour is pregneant so I'm sewing some bibs and recieving blankets for the new little treasure that will soon grace our street. She doesn't know if it's a boy or girl so I'll have to stick to yellows and greens.
And of course I'm busy embroidering another hanky for my shop.
I haven't had a chance to buy seeds yet but that will be happening very soon. Art has the fence up around the new veggie patch which will keep our cats out of the dirt and the deer away from our veggies.
Have a great everyone.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Art and I started off by visiting our local nurseries but it's much to early so back to our own back yard.
I transplanted 3 blueberry bushes and a gooseberry bush into the new veggie patch. Spread out some peat moss in our clay, heavy soil and planted several honey suckle plants my friend pulled from her yard.
Sunday was my day of rest. Art and I headed up to our float cabin on Powell Lake for lunch and some relaxation. I crocheted a dishcloth, I think, it's a little big but I'll give it a try.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I wish I was as insightful as Eileen, the author of the below post, but I didn't have the guts, the know how or insight..
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
The news reported that with Canadian unemployment rates increasing eating healthy is becoming very expensive and out of reach for many families.
A team of shoppers bought apples in different cities throughout Canada to compare prices and they found that in some cities five apples cost $7.00 while in other cities the same type of apples cost $2.50.
Eating healthy does not have to be expensive but in Canada it can be challenging. Canada is a big country and food has to travel long distances to get to a local grocery stores which increases the cost of food but even in Canada there are ways to reduce your grocery bill and still eat healthy.
1. Cook from scratch.
-someone is getting paid for processing the food that you are buying so you if you make it yourself you are in a way paying yourself.
2. Buy in bulk.
-packaging costs money so try to buy large quantities of food when items are on sale or you have some extra cash. But, remember..buy only what you use, if you buy something that you never eat, it's not really a good deal.
3. Eat locally grown food.
-This is hard I know, winter in Canada is not conducive to growing food year round. But, you can grow or buy larger amounts of fruit and vegetables when they are in season and freeze or can them for use in winter.
4. Shop the weekly grocery fliers
-make a list of the items you need from the grocery fliers and try to buy what's on sale. Keep in mind that gas costs money so it may not be worthwhile to shop at all the grocery stores that have sales if you have to drive great distances between each store.
5. Make vegetarian meals several times a week.
-Meat is expensive and you can save quite a bit of money by reducing the amount of meat you eat. Stir fries are a great way to do this, increase the amount of veggies and add some brown rice or whole wheat pasta and you have a healthy and inexpensive meal.
There are many ways to reduce your grocery bill, the internet is full of ideas. I read the Down to Earth blog daily. It's well written and full of ideas and how to’s on living simply and becoming more self sufficient.
Now on to something fun, Sew Mama Sew is hosting a "fat quarter swap" but hurry, it's over on Feb. 13th.
In the shop I added a hanky. I used the bone linen/cotton I thought was too dark for hankies but I’m pleased with the result.
Have a great day.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
New in my Etsy store:
Monday, February 9, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Honestly what was I thinking!!!!
PS.. I placed the pajamas in such a way as to make them not look as big as they really are, the back is all scrunched up....
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
I'm desperate for some pajamas so I bought some flannel and started sewing a pair yesterday, the material is quite bright but at 4.00 a meter it was a good buy and I purchased some embroidery thread to add to my existing stash. A quick stop at the second hand store garnered two embroidery rings .25 cents each, that's a super bargain.