Vacay is nearly over…

And I really wish it wasn’t. This week has been so relaxing. I’ve actually had time to finish one book club book (a month late, but whatevs, I’m the only one who read it!), start another book club book, read something for enjoyment outside of my two book clubs, and spend valuable time in my kitchen.

You would think being a librarian I would have copious amounts of time to enjoy reading. You would be wrong. Every time a class utilizes the library for silent sustained reading I get a pang of jealousy deep down and my heart screams, you don’t know how lucky you are!

So this week I took is upon myself to carve out some time for a little SSR myself.  Ahhh glorious.

Yesterday I also planned a little me time with an afternoon of the gym (timed perfectly so I could watch an hour of FRIENDS) and shopping. But while I was getting ready after my workout I heard from the hubs, and his boss had unexpectedly given him the afternoon off.

I quickly swung by the house for a little lunch.

 

And to grab the hubs for some shopping.  We hit up the Banana Republic sale (score!) and Anenome. Anenome just hit 1,000 facebook fans, so they were giving away free soap. I got Tahitian Cantalope. It looks like cake!

 

I also walked away with these fun paper flowers 🙂

 

Upon arriving home I got to work on the husband’s favorite dish: Spaghetti Squash with homemade sauce.*

*Recipe to follow.

Yum, yum, yum.

Cherry pie please.

No, I’m not eating cherry pie for breakfast (although I totally could).

I am drinking some coffee on this deliciously sunny morning.

The snow is much prettier in sunshine.

And some nanner soft serve. Wow, I will definitely be making this again, regardless of the hour.

But on to what you really came for, the cherry pie. I normally do not eat pie, and generally stay away from cherry pie due to the messiness factor. I was a barista in a fabulous bakery that had cherry pie on on the menu daily. It was so difficult to get the pie out of the pan that I wrote cherry pie off for good.

But the hubs loves cherry pie. His sister made a lovely pie for Christmas dinner, but it was placed on our “out door fridge” to cool and we didn’t know it was going to rain that night…the next morning it was cherry soup. The hubs was sad, so I promised him I would make him pie, despite my reservations.

Thanks to Gayle, my mother-in-law (MIL), I was able to transform these ingredients into the perfect pie.

8 servings (Nutritionals: Cal: 410, Carb: 73.8, Fat: 13.5, Pro: 2.75)

Ingredients

2 cans Oregon tart pie cherries* (use liquid from first, drain second can)

1 ½ cup sugar    

3 TBS minute tapioca

¼ tsp almond flavoring

1 TBS butter

2 Pie Crusts (make your own, or purchase like I did)

splash of milk or half & half

Decorator or granulated sugar (for sprinkling)

 Directions

In large bowl combine 2 cans cherries*, sugar, tapioca and almond flavoring.  Let sit for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

Put bottom layer of pie crust in pie pan and pour in cherry mixture. 

Cut butter into little pieces, dot on top of cherries. 

Roll out top pie crust and cut slits. Or make a pretty little heart like I did.

Moisten edge of bottom pie crust with a little water and your finger.  Place top crust on and push edges all around pie gently with your finger to glue them together.  Flute edge with finger or use tines of a fork around edge. 

Lightly moisten top crust with milk or half & half and sprinkle lightly with sugar.  Take small pieces of foil and cover edges of the pie. 

Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes and remove foil. 

Continue cooking for 15 more minutes. 

Cool (takes a few hours).

And enjoy.

Now the hubs needs to take this away so I don’t eat the rest.

Zags win!

You can’t even tell I shoveled this afternoon.

boo freakin’ hoo

I was thrilled to celebrate the zags win in my favorite place.

(how cute is the goat in his santa hats?)

And I rocked my new Zags earrings. Don’t be jealous.

I also ran into two friends from my MIT program, Kim and Kyndra. So great to catch up!

The hubs and I consumed the Audubon Caesar (w/chicken) while watching the game.

Yum.

The Goat makes a great caesar. First of all the dressing is not over the top. It is barely dressed, just enough to give your taste buds some excitement.

But what really makes this salad is the grilled lemon.

Yum and yum.

Upon arriving home we decided to shovel the driveway and sidewalk again. By we I mean the husband said “I’m going to go out and shovel.” My response, “oh, do you want some help?” please say no, please say no. Him, “Do you want to help?” Me, “No, not really.” But I sucked it up and headed back outside anyway. Halfway through our next-door neighbor stopped by and said he didn’t mind snow-blowing the rest 🙂 Score for awesome neighbors!

This gave me more time to set up our tasty bread/oil tray. Tonight we tried the pepperoncini and truffle oils. The pepperoncini was too spicy for me, but the white truffle oil really hit the spot.

Looks eerily like last night, no?

And now that dang ASPCA commercial is on, gets me every time.

G’night.

Snow no more.

I’ve got Mumford & Sons Sigh No More album on in the background…love.

My agenda today was simple: eat a pear (we have some Harry & David pears in the fridge that need to be consumed), read some in my book club book (The 19th Wife), walk dog, cook and/or bake. I could really get used to this whole winter break thing…but back to work in 5 days.

The main reason the hubs and I wanted to buy in this particular neighborhood was because of Audubon Park.

I love this park, and so does Rilo.

The Spokane Parks Foundation provides doggie doodoo baggies too 🙂

A few days ago I spotted this note in a tree. It made me think of Caitlin, so I’m sending it her way. Not an Operation Beautiful note, but I think it fits in well with her mantra.

(it reads: Today’s lesson: If you don’t like who you are, pedal.”)

I also saw a guy snowshoeing through the park while walking his dog! I want snowshoes to walk Rilo!

I planned to hit the gym after our walk. But shoveling the driveway was more important. And my walk took 45 minutes (it normally takes 20). So between 45 minutes of walking and 30 minutes of shoveling I figure I got my exercise in today.

~~~Spokane just hit “Stage 2 Snow Emergency” according to the news…really?

Uggh, I hate snow. After shoveling and showering I applied this to my face:

And this* to my body:

Mmm I feel so fresh and so clean, clean. Go ahead, start singing yourself a little Outkast. You know I am. And pretend you are back in 12th grade while your at it, more fun that way.

*This does not smell like midnight, nor pomegranate. But it does smell nice.

The body spray reminded me that I had a pretty little pomegranate sitting on my counter waiting to be opened. The problem? I don’t know how to do such a thing. I bought it because my mom had one over Thanksgiving and I loved adding the seeds to my seltzer. So I bought one…and it has been sitting there, calling me for a week.

Enter online tutorial courtesy of the tasty kitchen blog.

Mine was not as pretty…in fact it was a pomegranate massacre.

But the seeds are tasty.

Yum.

Rilo is relaxing.

And I’m nibbling on a snack plate of laughing cow wedges, a pear and some multi-grain crackers.

And sipping on some pomegranate, key lime spiked seltzer.

Zags game in 20 minutes! Off to the Flying Goat I go 🙂

Weigh-in Wednesday

While at the gym yesterday I was reading a borrowed issue of Shape magazine. I love that my new gym has lots of magazine areas to “take-one, leave-one.” My old gym dumped used magazines in order to make it look “clean”, what a waste! Recycle people!

In two different articles Shape recommended weighing yourself every day and weighing yourself once a week for optimal weight loss success. Confusing, no? The first article stated that weighing yourself every day helped you stay focused and kept you on track with your weight loss. The second stated that weighing every day would lead you to obsess (duh!) and that you should instead weigh yourself once a week to keep yourself on track. Both are good ways to keep yourself in the know, or you could completely abandon the scale and go by the way your clothes fit. But, if you are like me, you don’t like the way your clothes fit and you have a closet full of clothes that fit you 2 years ago and you want to get back into them…

So I weigh once a week, on Wednesday. I used to do Friday, in anticipation of the weekend and being able to “cheat.” Then I switched to Monday, thinking it would help me avoid the cheat. But, really, it didn’t and it lead to a depressing number after the “cheating.” So I switched to smack-dab-middle-of-the-week Wednesday.

I’ve said it before, I’m not on a diet anymore, but I am trying to be more conscious of what I put into my body. This means less processed food and more homemade meals. Less coffee, and more water.

I am hydrating as I dehydrate this morning…

I also log all my M-F meals on myfitnesspal. Sometimes I log weekend meals, sometimes I don’t. Balance is key. I don’t obsessively measure either. But I like myfitnesspal because it has a very large user generated database and it has an iphone app. I can also log my cardio and strength workouts. The log works on net calories, much like calorieking.com, so the more you work out, the more you can eat.

I like that, because I like to eat. And I need balance in my life.

So as stated before, I let the gain get to twenty-one pounds.

start weight: +21

goal: -21

Simple enough, right?

The +21 was recorded mid-October. Since then I’ve lost 6 pounds, whoo hoo! I stepped on the scale this morning, fully expecting to have gained some extra padding over the holiday season and was shocked to see I lost one pound and am now at my “scary number.” The scary number is the number I swore I would never see again…and then I surpassed it by 6 pounds. Woops.

So…

Start weight: +21

Goal: -21

Current: -6

Left to lose: 15

Goal for next week: -7 (14 left to lose)

Now I’m watching the snow fall (the weather man changed his tune and it has been snowing all day).

(see our 2nd “fridge”?)

No basketball for you Timmy. Guess we’ll have to settle by watching the Zags tonight!

Expecting 7-12 inches between now and 4 p.m. Joy.

Snow? Don’t think so.

My phone alerted me that there was a “severe storm advisory” for today. No snow, not even rain, to keep me from my fillings this morning. Darn.

I did learn a lesson though: don’t schedule a filling appointment for 11 a.m. Even if you eat right before you arrive, you will be ready for lunch after and you won’t be able to do anything about it for a few hours because your mouth will be numb. Sigh. Back to 8 a.m. appointments.

Since I was already on the south hill I was able to stop by my favorite grocery store. I really hate that there aren’t any great grocery stores within walking distance of my new place. I also decided to head over to The Rack to use my very first Groupon. Yay! I found a pair of Joe’s Jeans (I LOVE their jeans), and only had to spend $29. Score!

I did have some nummy car snacks to munch on after the novocaine wore off.

Bell pepper filled with a laughing cow light wedge.

Kashi bar (a little too crunchy! for my sore mouth).

Some cherry prunes.

And a special treat (a.k.a. totally empty calories).

At 3 my mouth was still killing me and my head was pounding. I popped some excedrin and decided if it kicked in by the time I arrived at the gym I would do 20 minutes. It did, and I wound up blasting Katy Perry and Ke$ha for an hour on the treadclimber.

Now I’m relaxing in my red chair munching on some bread and the provincial oil I received for Christmas.

Bob’s Red Mill Vegi Soup is on the stove

And a cherry pie is in the oven.

This is my first attempt at baking a cherry pie…wish me luck!

Woke up late for a dental appointment…two fillings. Ick. Nanner, pb and coffee wolfed down in anticipation of a numb face in an hour or so. Sigh. I think I thought if I hit snooze enough times the appointment would go away…