I’d love to say I was as productive as yesterday, but it just wouldn’t be true. I’m blaming it all on the book!

Exercise:

It’s hopefully the last week that my morning run turned into a walk as I didn’t want to leave Brenda alone. We did the entire Coquitlam River so it was a good way to start the day, especially as Brenda walks very briskly.

I worked out this evening with another Lyndsay routine. After a warm up of running, skaters, jacks, side shuffle and skipping that wore me out, I did:

2 sets of: dumbbell press with squat hops, side lunges, plank taps to burpees, lunges to deadlift, bench push-up to leg raise, plank with leg raise up and to the side, squat jumps to pulsing squats, single leg hip lifts.

Then 2 minutes- first one skipping and the second jumping jacks.

Then 1 minute of each of the following: bench tricep press, wall sit, mountain climbers, band pull downs, and dumbbell swings.

Finally the torture ended with abs, 30 seconds each of: bicycles, Russian twists, right side crunch, left side crunch, full sit up

After that I ended the evening with a short run. I really didn’t want to go and had given myself permission to only go to the park and back, but surprisingly I felt really good. I still only did 3.75km🤣

Shopping:

After my walk and tea this morning I stopped by the farmer’s market and picked up my Black Sheep Vegan Cheese. I was so excited that they were close to home! I have to admit I bought one of each kind they have, though I was disappointed they were out of camemvert.

That’s my very large brown paper bag of cheese in the centre:)

I also went and picked up my friend Kathryn and we hit the Gourmet Warehouse. This is always a scary stop for me and I definitely require supervision. I really wanted to get an angel food cake pan, but they were sold out of it. I wanted to get wonton wrappers, but they only had rice paper. I also wanted to pick up canning jar lids, but they didn’t have the kind I need. I ended up being very good and only buying some sugar free vanilla syrup (I am on holidays so my tea should be special) and some butcher block oil for my charcuterie board. I was tempted by the Le Creuset and the cookbooks though!

Kitchen:

I got another batch of raspberry jam made today. It went smoother than yesterday. I think I need to make one more batch to get me through the year. After that I will just freeze the rest of the berries. I have to stop tomorrow and get more jars though.

Reading:

I spent a lot of today reading, I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting. From the first page this book grabbed me and it never let go! It was such a good read. The plot is very fast paced and yet it seems to suit the characters.

The characters are realistic and interesting and the banter between them is great! I laughed out loud a few times and I have to admit I always love it when the female lead isn’t a pushover.

There was enough background given to have scenes and dialogue make sense and yet we weren’t inundated with “head stuff” or character’s thoughts.

I also liked how the narrative switched between the two main characters so you got to know both sides of the story.

This is an excellent beach read and is highly recommend it if you want something fun.

Eating:

What have I eaten today???

Breakfast- piece of toast with peanut butter and homemade raspberry jam

10 slices cucumber with cheese and 11 cherries.

Green beans with everything but the bagel seasoning on them

1 mini cherry tart

Raspberries as I was cutting them up for the jam

Not the best, but not horrible. At least my fridge is starting to empty out. I like it a lot better when there’s minimal food in there!

Well I don’t know if I’m going to start another book or some knitting, but I’m off.

Have fun!

AJ

18 thoughts on “Jam and a Great Book

  1. Sounds like you’ve been reading my kind of book: I always fall for good banter and strong female characters!
    Raspberry jam sounds yummy!🍇🍇🍇😋

  2. sounds like a good day. I love books that hold my attention and suck me in. glad you found some great foods that you enjoy.

    1. The book was good. The workout didn’t seem as deadly as the one last week, but my legs are definitely feeling it today!

  3. I seen Le Creuset on Amazon.com today as it is Prime Day I resisted as I already own three in various sizes, but yes the temptation is real. I say if you truly need one check out Amazon.

  4. Home made jam is just the best, isn’t it? As for the angel food pan, if there’s a thrift store nearby, I bet they have one or two or three. I can imagine how exciting it must have been to see your cheese shop at the farmer’s market! Isn’t that the shop that is about an hour’s drive away?

    1. I love home made jam as I can make it the perfect sweetness for me. I have one more batch to do today.
      The thrift store is a great idea- didn’t even think of it, thank you!
      I was so excited about the cheese. This one is actually based about six hours away so I keep my eye open for it everywhere!

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