It seemed quite busy but that may have been just because I was dead tired all day. This cold isn’t doing much other than making me tired and sneezy; it can go away any time now!

Exercise:

The first thing I did was to get out for my run this morning. I did the 6km I needed to for the Squad Runner mission, but it was definitely slow as I had to stop for sniffles.

I also got my 200 squats and 100 crunches done this evening. I needed something after dinner since tomorrow’s weigh in decides if I get to pick the run route or not!

Shopping:

I was heading to a furniture consignment store with my mom this morning when I realized I needed gas, so it was a change of direction out to Costco to get gas.

I stopped on the way back to buy some unmentionables:). I can’t remember when I last bought anything new so it was time to do so!

I spent more time looking at Soda Stream machines. I often enjoy a carbonated water, however, I don’t enjoy dealing with all the cans! My mom mentioned this machine to me the other day so we had a look today. There are four different kinds!! If anyone knows anything about these or can offer an opinion, please do so!

Organization:

The quest for organization continued today and I got my lounge wear sorted and organized and a lot given away and my spare room re-organized. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep all these organized spots this way!

Shopping Again:

I went to drop the lounge wear off at charity immediately before it made its way back into my wardrobe!! So easily done when two of the hoodies had sentimental value for me.

I took three garbage bags into charity and only came out with two items, so I consider that a win! Especially as one item was a new pair of pants for work as pants are my least favourite item to shop for!

Knitting:

I have finally picked up my sleeve again. I’m not loving how the stitches were added and may try a different way on the second sleeve, but I’m just not willing to frog this sleeve. I don’t think anyone but me will ever notice if the two sleeves are slightly different.

I think I was spurred on because I’ve already chosen my next project and can’t wait to start!

Cooking:

Fellow blogger Abbey has been exploring one cookbook a month for a few months now. I have really enjoyed her posts about this and decided to give it a try. If nothing else it will force me to pick up and use each of my cookbooks!

I was having a very difficult time choosing the first cookbook so I chose based on which one had a recipe that used ground beef as I had some that desperately needed to be cooked up!

The Best or Clean Eating 2 has been on my shelf for about 8 years! Today I made the Spaghetti and Meatball Casserole. I had a few of the ingredients, but had to buy some so the recipe cost me $15 to make.

This recipe had a lot of steps to it, which I have to admit is not my favourite for a casserole, though it was neat to make my own pesto! I also had to alter the recipe to gluten free and dairy free. I found the pesto was good, but as it was really the only item with taste, the overall dish was bland and the meatballs didn’t stay together well:(

Looking through the book, I have made other recipes (my notes are the quotes) including:

Turkey Pasta Casserole

Very yummy! Needs salt and pepper. I didn’t put the almonds on top and used Daisy cheese.

Pumpkin and Coconut Soup

Made it with water instead of veggie broth. Very good and easy, but definitely needs salt, pepper and the yogurt in top.

Tex-Mex Morning Pizzas

Good, must toast the English muffins first!

Pear-Cheese Quesadilla

Yummy and super easy, quite sweet so definitely a breakfast food. Could use some sort of spice.

I have a few more recipes picked out to try. I have to admit I’ve chosen them based on what needs to be used in my cupboard🤣 but going by the comments so far and tonight’s meal- the recipes in this book are quite bland:(

Reading:

I’m still reading Playing For Keeps by Jill Shalvis, but am so close to done! I’ll just go alternate reading and knitting and see how much I get accomplished:)

Have fun!

AJ

24 thoughts on “A Busy Vacation Day

    1. Yes I never used to buy cookbooks until a friend introduced me to the fun of sitting down with one and a cup of tea. Now I have so many that I feel I should go through them!

      1. Yes they seem to multiply in the night! I have no problem keeping them if I’m using them, but otherwise they’re just taking up room!

  1. We have had a Soda Stream for years, and really like it! It is a good way to get carbonated water relatively cheaply, and it is much better for the environment as well. There are lots of good calorie-free flavors to add to your waters as well to keep things interesting! That is a good way to keep your cookbooks in use. It’s really easy to fall back on just a few, and then none of the rest get used. Good idea!

    1. That is good to hear about the Soda Stream! Which model did you have?
      Yes I’m hoping I’ll either use them or get rid of them to make room for cookbooks I would use!

      1. I don’t know what the model name is – we have had it for years – it’s one of the older ones where you need to press the top lever a couple times to get the water carbonated enough. I understand they are a lot more automated now!

  2. sounds like another fun and productive day. I love the idea of going through cookbooks and trying new things. I often find that recipes that are considered “clean” or healthy in one way or another often are bland. Spices are not unhealthy! I do not understand why they want to suggest bland foods. There are lots of ways to add in flavor without fat and/or salt… open up the spice drawer people!

    1. Exactly! I love how this cookbook definitely gets me to make new things but there would have been nothing wrong with adding some onion, oregano and garlic to the meatballs!
      I try to make a recipe as it’s written the first time, but I think it’s going to be really tough with this book.
      I think if they’re trying to encourage people to eat healthy- making it bland isn’t the answer!

      1. as much as I try to make things according to the recipe the first time, I usually end up tweaking it a bit… I guess I can’t cook by the book

  3. Hope you are about done with your cold! We have a wet, rainy day here, the first time with no snow, but I am thinking a soup of some kind for dinner. I need to see what I have available; we have a good stock of cook books, and several years worth of “Taste of Home” magazines.

    1. I’m just waiting to go for my run and it looks like it’s going to be a wet and gray day here too.
      Ooo cooking magazines would be fun! I have been looking for one that caters to allergies. They you could try to make all the recipes that month and decide if you want to keep it or not:)

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