Well I got a hard workout in, finished something, created something yummy and didn’t let something else defeat me,… a pretty good day:)

Exercise:

My run this morning turned into a walk, but an extremely fast and hilly one, so that was okay with me:). I also got to meet the dog of my dreams- a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. It has the colouring of a Burmese Mountain dog but with short hair:)

After my quick tea, I was off to meet L for a workout and boy was it a tough one. Cardio intervals on two different machines- one increasing and one decreasing in distance. In between those intervals there was a list of exercises to work through. I did jump squats, sit ups, lat pull downs, burpees, three different types of crunches, mountain climbers, and plank jacks. I was literally dripping sweat by the end and it felt so good! I’ve missed having a good, hard workout!

This evening I went for a very short walk to deliver some mint to L, but it doesn’t count as exercise, just life:)

Cooking:

I got started on the recipe I wanted to make today as soon as possible as it’s been very hot here. Last weekend R had told me about a turkey roll recipe and as ground turkey was on sale, I decided to try it out. I may have a new favorite recipe and it has been super tough to not eat the whole thing today!!!

It is super simple- I combined my ground turkey with an appropriate amount of poultry spice and then spread it out into a rectangle on top of a piece of Saran Wrap. I then spread cooked and drained spinach on top. I used dairy free mozzarella cheese on top of the spinach, but R uses ricotta. I then used the Saran Wrap to roll up the turkey and put it on a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet.

I stuck it in the over at 350 for 20 minutes and then removed it and spread a thin layer of apricot jam over the top. Pop it back into the oven for another fifteen minutes and it’s done:)

I just have to make it last long enough to be my lunches this week!

Crafting:

I have started the next rug square, but only just.

Knitting:

Knot-0. AJ-1

I did manage to get the knot undone in my yarn (though there were definitely moments I was tempted to just cut the yarn!) and I also got my sweater finished!🎉🎊. It is so super soft! The pattern is Tin Can Knits- Flax Light. The yarn was Diamond Luxury in colourway Footloose. This was a very different colour for me as I usually do black, grey, blue or a jewel tone, but I love how it knitted up. I didn’t make too many modifications other than to do two extra decreases in the sleeves and of course shorten all lengths so it won’t be a dress on me. The pattern was super easy to follow and I love how there were so many size options. I think I have a new favorite Spring sweater!

I’m sorry that I don’t have a good photo yet, but I’ll try for one tomorrow when it’s dry:)

The only bad thing is that it didn’t completely use up the second skein of yarn, so I’ll have to make a headband or something out of it.

Reading:

I finished the book Christmas in Evergreen by Nancy Naigle today.

This is the book that accompanies Hallmark’s original movie. It tells the story of veterinarian Allie Shaw and doctor Ryan Bellamy and how a magical snow globe brings them together.

This is the perfect read for Christmas as I think it could put anyone in the Christmas spirit. The town of Evergreen seems the perfect Christmas place and is somewhere I would like to spend Christmas. It has tons of Christmas traditions and wonderful people to share them with.

The pace of the book was well done and doesn’t drag or include insta-love which I appreciated.

The characters are interesting and it was neat to get further details of how Allie is feeling than is provided in the movie.

I also loved the ending which is slightly different from the movie and is a lovely treat.

Thank you yo Hallmark and NetGalley for providing me with a free book in exchange for an honest review.

Well that’s all I could fit into today.

Have fun!

AJ

44 thoughts on “AJ-4

  1. Alex and I talked about getting a bernese mountain dog but I hadn’t heard of a Swiss mountain dog before. So pretty and cute!
    The color of that sweater is so cute, I looks perfect for spring and fall.

  2. That looks delicious! Great idea for turkey. We eat turkey burgers. I will try making this. You are busy but not too busy! Good for you. I would love to post some of my pics from cooking low carb but then it seems like a job.

  3. that is a cute dog! sounds like you had a productive day. the sweater is really cute and will be perfect with jeans of khakis guess you are not wishing for a cooler day in order to try it out? Hope your Monday goes well

  4. Love the sweater!!! We used to make the same type of dish, only with ground beef/sausage mix. We would put mozzarella cheese and pizza sauce inside and then more sauce on top. Hmm, maybe that’s what I need to make to get BioGirl to eat meatloaf?

  5. A yummy looking dinner and a finished sweater – you’re very productive AJ. As to Christmas in July – well that’s fun too. We have an event coming up at a park where they celebrate Christmas in July … it is farm animals. I’ll check it out if the weather cooperates.

    1. We had a Christmas in July one year when I was a kid and our family was all out. I hope you get to check it out:)

      1. A neighbor used to have a big get together every year and decorate outside, and he/wife dressed as Santa/Mrs. Claus. We were not friendly with them, just nodded hello and passed the time of day, they were much younger than my parents. But, that party drew a crowd every year. So far, Saturday looks to be the best day of the weekend, so I’ll keep my fingers crossed it is nice. I’ve wanted to go there before, but thought it was more for kids and I’d feel a little awkward going myself.

        I just Googled to see if there was a story about it and what time it started. I figured same time as the regular hours. The story is not a current one (from 2015). I don’t know after reading this, but it might be good for a few fun photos:

        “Christmas in July comes to the farm from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with their adult and baby reindeer, will stop by, and children can help choose a name for the baby reindeer.

        Everyone’s favorite ice queen will be on hand for photo opportunities and to help children with their free crafts. Youngsters can play on giant slides, have their faces painted or get a glitter tattoo for a fee. The farm’s animals will be waiting for visits as well.”

      2. I wondered that as well AJ – maybe just to raise some money for the farm as it is slow in the Summer? It is a $5.00 admission fee. know that they have the live reindeer and Santa/Mrs. Claus and the elves at Christmas, long enough before the holidays, to use that photo op for Christmas cards. It might be fun to see them … and a different twist than my usual squirrel posts. 🙂

    1. Thank you! I have a question for you- did you send me a message saying hi? I hit delete right away and then thought – oh my that was probably Regina from workdpress:(

  6. I watched ‘Christmas in Evergreen’ last night. I usually don’t do Hallmark Christmas Movies, but I remembered the good things you had to say about the story. What can I say… I really enjoyed it! So, thanks for the recommendation 😍 Without it I would have missed a truly enjoyable movie. 😁
    Oh, and the extra bonus was Ashley Williams 💕I do love her…that was the cherry on top! 😊

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