This day did not go according to plan!
I didn’t get my usual Coquitlam Crunch run in as my friend found herself without a babysitter at the last moment, so I went there at 6:30am instead of for a run. I was kept company by this cutie until her son awoke at 7:45:) I had every intention of going for a nice long run this afternoon, but unfortunately it was shortened by getting sick:( (at least it didn’t appear to be witnessed!)
I did not sit down with a bucket of ice cream, only a cup of tea, but I still ended up with a reaction that tells me I got dairy in my system. Yes the tea was called Cream of Earl Grey, but I checked that ingredient list about five times and examined the entire tin and nowhere did it mention dairy ingredients. It is the only thing I have eaten today that I have not had before:(. I sat down on a rainy afternoon with a book, a cup of tea in one of my favourite mugs (a gift from my brother a few years ago)
the fireplace on, … a perfect Fall weekend day and twenty minutes later, I’m sicker than a dog:( I went for an easy run as it can often help me feel better, but it obviously didn’t this time! I have continued reading, but have stuck with ginger ale instead! Grrrr!!😖 I guess the good part is that my stomach took my mind off my head cold🤣
Let’s get to better parts of my day!
After leaving my friend’s place I met up with my teaching colleague to hit one of the three garage sales I do a year. This one is held at a private school near us as a fundraiser. It is always crazy and they prove things high, but seem to be willing to negotiate:) I looked through the games and toys for my classroom, thought about buying my parents the scrabble and monopoly games as I know they’re looking for them, but worried that not all the pieces would be there, so finally left them. I had much better success at the book table! I had picked out a ton of kids books for my classroom and then realized that they wanted a dollar each and I have a lot of books in my room so I scaled them back to just three. I am very proud of myself for this!!! 🤣. Unfortunately, I then turned around to the adult table. I found a cookbook that was both dairy free and gluten free, the only kind I’ll allow myself to buy these days, and a knitting book. I have never worked with Cascade yarns before, but I hear it mentioned on lots of blogs so I thought this book might be a good investment😂. I then found the Nora Roberts box. I know my mom has been enjoying her books lately so I scooped them all up. What they wanted for these books was crazy, but they accepted $15, so I was super happy!!!!
I celebrated finishing The Shadow of the Wind by reading trashy romances. I love reading series, but I have to read them in order! That meant I had to find, A New York Christmas Fairy Tale by Sarah Morgan before I could read the next book in my library pile. I found it as a short story on Harlequin.com and raced through it. It’s the story of James and Roxy who work together. They don’t realize that they both have feelings for each other until the Christmas season. It was a lovely fairy tale that made me laugh, cry and sigh so a success in the world of trashy romances:)
The second trashy romance I got through today was Dare to Submit by Carly Phillips. I started this book a long time ago on the kindle app, but had to leave it for The Shadow of the Wind, so unfortunately I can’t say much as I don’t remember the beginning. It ended satisfyingly and the characters were interesting. The big “twist” wasn’t such a twist as I had it figured out immediately.
I’ve been working my way through the whole series, but not back to back so I’m probably not getting as much out of the series as I would if I read it uninterrupted.
This morning I discovered a bake-a-long and I was intrigued. Kathy Reeve’s blog is where I first heard about it though it seems to be hosted by Traci at T Sweets. I just couldn’t resit trying the recipe (even though I haven’t officially been added to the bake-along). It was a recipe for chocolate chili bread made in the breadmaker by Kristabella’s Hodepodge. It was very simple to throw together though I replaced the butter with Earth Balance non dairy butter and the flour with a combination of rice flour, Sorghum flour, millet flour, potato starch, Arrowroot starch and xanthum gum and the chocolate chips with non dairy bittersweet chocolate chips. The load didn’t rise much (not unusual for gf breadmaker bread, I’ve found), but boy did it taste good. It’s not sweet and I admit I’d like to try it with semi sweet chocolate, but it baked perfectly and was good both warm and cold! (Thankfully I tried it before I drank my tea!). I didn’t taste the chili much so I think I would increase the amount I used next time. I think I’ll slice and freeze this so I can enjoy it again:)
I also got some knitting done today! I finished my Three Ring Cowl by Karen Holmes (free on Ravelry). I picked this to use up the ends of chunky yarns I had hanging around in the basket under my coffee table.
The pattern is simple- cast on 84 stitches, join in a circle and then alternate between knitting for rows and purling four rows, then cast off. For the next two rings you do the same but twist it around the first before joining into a circle. I did end up making some modifications. I tried it with 84 stitches and found it was just too long for short little me, so I cut it back to sixty stitches. This did make it a little difficult to get the first row done on a circular needle long enough to twist around the other rings. I also ended up doing twenty rows in each ring instead of sixteen simply to use up the yarn I had.
I am very happy with how the cowl turned out and I think it will be lovely and warm for the Fall and Winter, though I think next time I might try knitting three flat scarves and then twining them and sewing them into circles as I think I might be able to get the twists better spaced this way and it wouldn’t be so awkward to knit. All in all though, a success!
Well I’m going to drink some more ginger ale, read some more books and try to figure out a Spanish food recipe to take to book club tomorrow. If anyone knows of an easy one, I’d love to hear about it!!!!
42 thoughts on “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly”
How wonderful to have you join the Bake Along! Even with all of the changes, your bread looks like Tina’s recipe:). Yum! I will add you to the Bake Along for next month. It’s always nice to meet new friends:)❤️❤️
Thank you! I felt bad about having to change things, but only substituted the gf and df directly! Thanks for adding me! I love trying new recipes:)
Busy and productive day, that cat is a cutie!
Isn’t she??? Thank goodness pics don’t show her craziness🤣
My moms either! I’ll post one tomorrow
Lol they can look so sweet🤣
You did well to have such a busy day considering you were poorly, hope the sickness is short lived.
Thank you! I’m hoping so too but it’s usually a week before I feel like myself again.
Oh no, so sorry to hear you are ill from the tea.
I’ve seen that delicious looking bread on a couple of other blogs and am tempted to have a go myself.
I hope you are feeling better now xx
Yes I jumped on the fantastic bake-a-long:)
I can’t believe how much you get done in a day!
The bread looks so good!
Cascade has some really nice yarns. I like the workhorse quality of 220. It’s my go to worsted sweater yarn. Also there are lots of colors!
It’s my addiction with accomplishing things,🤣
Do you have to order is specially from the website or is it usually available in stores?
And good to know- maybe I’ll start with 220:)
It’s usually available in a yarn store. There are places to order online too.
Perfect! I will check my LYS, though I’m tempted to order it just so I could get some fun mail:)
such a nice slice of your day to read about! Great photos. Bread looks and sounds tasty. I like spicy and chocolate together.
Thank you! I want a little spicier next time😜
I think the cowl is lovely!
Thank you! I am happy with how it turned out:)
I am so glad you adjusted the recipe and tried it! What a great addition you will be to our bake along group!
I hope so, though I usually have just as many flops as successes.
Nah, you’ll fit right in!
Ugh that’s terrible your sick like that😷🤢 I so hope you start to feel better! (You’ve now made me thirsty for ginger ale😉😋)
The bread looks so yummy!! I’m curious about this bake along you said about!!🤔
I LOVE that scarf!!! It’s beautiful and looks so comfy😍
Also, so exciting about the books!!:) I’ve read Angel Falls by her and it was good!
Yup I liked that one too!
I keep telling myself I should just keep ginger ale in the fridge!
The bread was yummy and the bakealong was fun as you get to hear how others turned out. You should check it out! I do t k ow if it’s once a week or once a month lol but everyone has been super kind and welcoming!
That would be handy!
Oh, that’s super cool!! I’ll go check it out now:)
It would be! Yes check it out:)
You pack a lot in a day! I hate to think how much you might do if you were feeling on top of the world.
I can’t wait to find out, but I don’t think today is going to to be the day.
Beautiful knitting job! I love those colors. And that’s a very cute kitty!
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Even i enjoy reading novels in series. They are addictive.
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Yup series are my vice!