Stretching Ny Skills with Sally

Shucks I just realized that yesterday was the last Saturday of the month. Abbey, Kathy, and I always try to take on Sally’s Baking Challenge each month.

This month the challenge was Stained Glass cookies. I have learned this month that these are really just sugar cookies with a decorative touch in the middle.

My cookies weren’t wonderful but also weren’t horrible. They were quite easy to make and the instructions were very clear, but I just didn’t love the taste of the cookie. Maybe I will try a different gluten free, dairy free version of a sugar cookie and see if I like it more.

Make sure you check out Abbey and Kathy as their baking product always look amazing!

Have fun!

AJ

Better Than Expected

The day actually went better than I was expecting:). It started with seeing these signs on my way to work which was super lovely!

Teaching:

It was an early dismissal day so there wasn’t a lot of time. We finally finished off our big problem versus small problem work by completing a worksheet. I also talked to the boys who were involved in hitting, actually there was a lot of hitting today. However, the one boy hit the other because he was breaking branches off trees. Thankfully we have that cleared up!

We also finally got to math this week. We are working on a booklet about numbers 11-20. I am aiming for these kids having a solid number sense in this first term. I’m sure not getting through as much as I usually do!

Finally this afternoon we only had time to read a story after our lunch.

After the children went home, I spent three hours calling and talking to parents. I feel like most of the calls were really positive and went well. I had one parent who had the child with her. I always hate when parents do this as you then can’t have an honest discussion about the child. 🙄. There is a time and a place people!

Baking:

I quickly got my condo tidied as there is a fire alarm inspection tomorrow- don’t want anyone looking at my laundry drying🤣.

I then got a pumpkin goat chocolate loaf made for my friend Cori and her family as she had surgery on Monday. I stopped and bought normal chocolate chips as they are much cheaper and thankfully I managed not to have to touch them, it unfortunately, now I can’t try it. I sure hope it tastes good!

Well that’s it for me. I think I’ll go curl up in bed as I’ve been super tired lately.

Have fun!

AJ

More Zucchini Baking

It was a good day, made even better by leaving school quickly:)

Teaching:

We seemed to have a productive day at school. We did calendar, students practiced their names or their sight words, we tackled learning how to print the letter t and we did some chalkboard spelling with the sound s all before recess.

We just got started on our numbers 11-20 booklet, but I’m okay with that because we played mystery number and they are getting better at giving clues and guessing.

This afternoon we had silent reading and then Fin came to visit. The kids were so excited, actually too excited. We all noticed that our kids seemed really heightened today and it isn’t even a full moon!

Exercise:

After getting out of work really quickly, I went for a run with the kindergarten teacher again. It was such a beautiful Fall day for a run and we were fast. I got exactly five kilometers in so I was happy:)

House:

Came in and immediately cleaned my bathroom while the milk was warming for pumpkin chai latte (my new obsession).

Baking:

Since I was already in the kitchen and needed to use up more zucchini, I made the zucchini walnut muffins out of my new Minimalist Baker cookbook. They look and smell super good, but I have not tasted one yet.

Knitting:

I finally got up the nerve to try and tear an my shoulders after screwing up on Tuesday night. I think I have it this time and now just have to decide if I’m going to stay up later to Sean the sides. I’m thinking that might be a bad idea however🤣

I think I’ll go to bed instead.

Have fun!

AJ

Zucchini Baking

A good day interrupted by a very stupid meeting.

Teaching:

It was a pretty good day! We got through calendar, a turkey poem

Turkey

Turkey in the barnyard

What does he say?

Gobble, gobble, gobble

Gobble all day!

Turkey on the table

What do You say?

Yummy, yummy, yummy

Yummy all day

Turkey in my tummy

What do I say?

I ate too much turkey on

Thanksgiving Day!

We also got a journal written, wrote about our Terry Fox run on Friday and went on a nature walk.

I really am enjoying my class and the new kid today looked shell shocked, but told mom he really liked it👍🏻

After school we had our regular monthly staff meeting on teams that was painful!!!! Our principal was visibly flustered and if she says one more time,”I don’t care what’s happening at other schools”, I may scream. Most principals go by what is happening at other schools!🙄

Exercise:

I was a little nervous but finally went for a run with the kindergarten teacher. I figured she would run faster than me and she does, but she’s an attainable challenge so it’s perfect. She is just building her stamina and takes walk breaks so I know I just have to keep up until her walk break and then I’ll also get a break. We did 5.34km at a 6:30 average. It was really nice to be running faster!

Baking:

After quickly doing my floors and having my dinner I did some baking as I have a giant zucchini to use up. I made the chocolate zucchini bread and the zucchini cake from Minimalist Baker and both were very successful. I really love how both used only one bowl too.

Well that’s it for me, have fun!

AJ

Stretching Saturday

I can’t believe how lazy I have been!

Reading:

I finished my latest book, Take a Hint Dani Brown by Thalia Hibbert. I find her books start off oddly, but end wonderful sweetly. I enjoyed the book and if you’re looking for fluff it’s a great option.

Shopping:

I grabbed milk and later in the day I picked up my new trails and road running shoes. It was an expensive day!

Family:

I got a text from my nephew asking me to see his name on his jersey so I did go over and pick it up.

Knitting:

I am trying to get a toque done for a friend’s birthday by Thursday so I started today. I got it almost completely done when I realized it was going to be big and I was going to run out of yarn, so I have ripped it out and will start again.

Exercise:

Thought about running because I didn’t hurt, but decided a day of rest wasn’t a bad thing. I did do a ten minute cardio and core workout from a NourishMoveLove and started her HIIT AMRAP workout, but didn’t get to finish it.

Have ten weeks today until my birthday and would like to feel more in shape by then so I’d better pull up my socks with my eating and exercise!

Baking:

Last year I had done some of the Sally’s Baking Challenges and this year, Abbey and Kathy and I decided to all do them.

This month the challenge was a cinnamon swirl quick bread. I actually made it earlier in the month and found it quite easy to make. I used Bob’s Redmill all purpose gluten free flour, Earth’s Own Unsweetened vanilla oat milk and Earth Balance vegan buttery spread. Otherwise I followed the recipe exactly.

I would not put the topping of cinnamon sugar on as thickly as they call for in the recipe again as I found it just brushed off, and I may add raisins if I make it again, but otherwise I was happy with the recipe.

I took it to work to share with friends and two of them loved it, but unfortunately I dropped it on the floor before anyone else got to enjoy it:(

Well I think that’s my day in a nutshell.

Have fun!

AJ

In a New Place

Well I have yet again hanged locations, but this one is only about fifteen minutes from home. I am dog and house sitting for my brother.

I had to cancel my run yesterday on Dennis as I really didn’t think my hip was going to make it. It was a little sore while walking the dog right now, but it seems to have gotten to the point where it loosens up once it’s warmed up- let’s hope I run this afternoon!

Baking:

I iced the lemon zucchini muffins and finished off the poke cake. The poke cake isn’t hard, just a lot of steps. The kids liked it and I didn’t mind it, though I want to try it with the fruit salad and pistachio pudding my grandma used to use.

Socializing:

I quickly walked the dog and then met up with two friends at a local park. I wanted to make sure I saw them all as once I’m back unschool I won’t be able to. Most of my friends have made it clear that they’ll be keeping their distance. I get it.

The park was awesome and new to me, though it isn’t far from home. The top has a regular play structure, but then there is a long slide that goes from that level to the next where there is a field and a climbing wall. Then you go down one more level and there is a water park and a sand pit. We spent most of our time on the lowest level as it was a warm day.

I then rushed back as I had some friends coming over for dinner. It was a great night as the kids loved the pool. They’ve been in lakes, etc this summer, but no pool due to Covid, so I was glad I could give them a treat. We had glory bowls for dinner and they were amazing!

I spent the rest of the night watching The Great Canadian Baking Show and then went to bed with Banks.

Well I need to go search down some tea!

Have fun!

AJ

Trivia Tuesday

It was a nice day!

Still no exercise! I was supposed to run with Sarah but she wasn’t feeling well so I decided that that must be a sign that I should have two days off. My hip is feeling better, but we’ll see how it does when I start running on it!

Knitting:

I spent a lot of the morning working on the Weekender and am finally onto the sleeves. Let’s hope I have something to show you soon!

Socializing:

I was knitting when Dennis called telling me to come across the street for coffee. It was a nice way to break up the day at home and we made a plan to run in the morning so now I have something to look forward to.

House:

I got my dusting done and it only takes ten minutes! I also got a picture hung up on my wall:)

Baking:

I made another batch of the lemon zucchini muffins as I am meeting up with some friends at the playground tomorrow. I did check to see if they were comfortable accepting baked goods from me and they were. I will need to maybe do some zucchini slices with cheese and tomato sauce as I have a little bit of my zucchini left.

I also made a white cake from my new cookbook and managed to get it dark brown. It’s supposed to be a poke cake with strawberry jello, vanilla pudding and coco whip. Do you think it’s saveable or should I make another?

Actually the dark brown just rolled off it and it looks better underneath.

Trivia:

It was just four of us tonight. We started in fourth place and tonight was the final of the tournament.

In the first round:

Who played Goose’s love interest in Top Gun?

Meg Ryan

What body part did Van Gogh cut off?

Ear

What is the capital of Hungary?

Budapest

The music round was horrible, full of New Punk music. We did notice the host’s girlfriend seemed to be singing along to every song. Ugh I hate it when people aren’t on the up and up!

What was the most popular tv finale of all time?

MASH

And then I had to go home early as I started to not feel well. Wonder what got me this time? I only had veggies and chicken wings- guess it was the chicken wings:(

Have fun!

AJ

Stretching My Skills with Sally and an Asian Slaw

My weekends are not super exciting, but I kind of like life like that!

Exercise:

My hip has been really bugging me since Friday so I have spent lots of time rolling and stretching this weekend. Saturday I fit in an upper body weights workout and on Sunday I had a run with Sarah and Dennis and got in 8.26km. I’m not really sure how to fix this hip if the stretching, rolling and more rest than usual, doesn’t, so let’s hope it does!

Knitting:

I have been plugging away on my Weekender sweater and have gotten to the shoulder shaping. I’m leaving that for tomorrow when I’m fresh though. I have come to accept that the boxy style probably isn’t the best for me and so this will be a comfy, cosy, home sweater most likely. I love the colour enough to enjoy it.

Reading:

I decided that at night I would read real books so that I wouldn’t be looking at a screen and it would also get me through the pile of books that have accumulated in my house. Well, I started The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber on Friday night and then spent lots of Saturday finishing it. I found the second book in the trilogy on the library app and so have spent a lot of Sunday reading it.🤣. If you like a sweet book about women’s relationships this would be a good trilogy for you.

Baking:

Last year I had done some of the Sally’s Baking Challenges and this year, Abbey and Kathy and I decided to all do them. I’m sorry I was supposed to post about this yesterday.

This month the challenge was breakfast pastries which to Sally, means danishes. I made mine up on Thursday when I had an unexpected day at home.

For this recipe I only had to use gluten free flour and Earth Balance vegan butter to make it safe for me. When I made up the dough it looked dreadful as it was more batter than dough. However, after its first time out in the fridge, it behaved quite well. The danishes were pretty easy to make, however, my yeast was old so they didn’t rise much, which allowed the filling to escape and went everywhere.

I tried one lemon and one raspberry and gave all the rest away. The feedback was that the raspberry was better than the lemon and that they were quite heavy and rich.

I may try them again with new yeast and see how it goes.

Cooking:

Yesterday I made up my chore schedule so I can get back to having a clean and tidy house. I have been spectacularly bad at this all summer. Well, sunday is grocery shopping and meal prep. I had decided while at my parents that I wanted to work my way through this salad site I had found. I am actually following through and made the first salad today.

It is an Asian Summer Slaw from Love and Lemons. I picked up the ingredients this morning at the grocery store and it cost about $20 for the ingredients I needed. I have to admit I cheated and got a bag of coleslaw mix as I didn’t want to have cabbage hanging around all week. The recipe went together quite quickly and was super yummy! I think I will make this again, actually I’ll have to as I now have a large container of miso paste.

I added chicken on top of mine and cut up the peaches into the salad so it could just be ready to eat all week.

I will warn you that if you don’t like cilantro- this is not the recipe for you. However, I loved that it used a large amount of the cilantro bunch I bought and all of the basil! It drives me crazy when I have bits of these leftover!

Home:

I have been quite productive for a change. I got plants bought and put into the containers on my deck. Now I should have some nice fall colour:)

I got a schedule of chores made up and posted on the fridge. I have chosen one job to do each week so that hopefully my house will stay clean.

I got my shredder set up so that I can deal with the mail immediately. I also got through all the paper on my counter and dealt with it. Wow I have so much more counter space!

I finally got my medical claim done. Now I just have to wait and see if they send me money.

Well that’s it for me. Oh and I’m trying a new type of title to see if I can find things in my blog better.

Have fun!

AJ

Up Late

Sorry I had this planned for last night, but my parent’s friend stayed late and I fell asleep immediately.

Exercise:

My mom is Avery sneaky, smart woman. As I was heading out the door for a short run at the field, she asked me how much more I needed for my squad runner mission. Of course once I looked and realized it was only 56 minutes, I had to do it.

I also did another NourishLoveMove workout. I have really been enjoying these workouts and definitely feel like my arms are getting more work.

Knitting:

I spent most of the day knitting and am on the last pattern section of the current sweater. This is where I get excited:)

House:

For the last month my mom has been saying she has the backsplash and the fireplace left to do. Well both are now done.

My dad and his friend moved the granite mantel piece into lace last night.

Baking:

I have still been baking lots. I have done blueberry zucchini muffins

And then I changed it up slightly to blueberry lemon zucchini muffins.

I have also done plum muffins, but they didn’t work out very well.

I was noticing that the top of my muffins would cave after I took them out of the oven, but after some research, I turned the oven temperature up and it seems to have fixed the problem. Baking with someone else’s oven is always tough.

I also made zucchini bites, but they were all gone before I got a picture. I am slowly making my way through a website called 60 Zucchini recipes🤣

Medical:

The absolute best part of my day yesterday came at the end of it. A massage of my calves using trigger point theory. Wow I feel better than I have in a very long time!

Well I’m off to start my day, have fun!

AJ

A Finish!

I finally finished something. I really shouldn’t take on so many things at one time as there are other things I would like to be doing.

Exercise:

I finally found a decent route. It’s still hilly and has a giant hill at the end, but it’s a better length and I don’t feel like I’m suffering the whole time. I got 5.7km in. I then had to go over to the field and run 2km of laps to complete my Squad Runner mission. I didn’t feel bad for doing 7.7km today.

I got 20 minutes of yoga in and also did another NourishMoveLove workout this afternoon. I’ve been doing them off Instagram, but I think I’d better go find her website and see if she shows all the moves there.

Shopping:

My mom and I hit the dollar store for some kitchen essentials today. She says my dad isn’t great at this type of shopping so I think we’ll be doing more of it before I go home🤣

Knitting:

I finished my test knit for Josee Paquin today. The sweater is called Juliette and I really like it! It only took four days and is quite simple, but has sleeve detail that I like. The only change I would make would be to pick up more stitches around the neckline so it would be slightly looser in the neck. It will stretch out as I wear it though.

I will need to block it so that the bottom won’t flip. Josee designed it with no bottom edge, but I don’t like sweaters that flip so I put the same edging as the neck and sleeves on it.

I’m not sure how I’m going to block the sleeves so that the pattern will show nicely.

Baking:

The neighbour had brought my parents some peaches off his tree. I wanted to do muffins for them so that they can be frozen and so had to look up a recipe. I ended up making peach cobbler muffins from The Busy Baker. I forgot to put the oil in and didn’t put the topping on and they were still really good.

Perhaps not as good as the lemon zucchini muffins as there are still four left.

Mom and I had some quiet time this evening as my dad went to play horseshoes. I started my next sweater test knit and played some scrabble.

Reading:

I also finally finished my latest book. It was the second book in Lauren Layne’s Oxford series- I Wish You Were Mine. The writing was good and the characters were interesting, but I just didn’t love the premise so it was tough to get through it. I am going onto the third book in the series though.

Have fun!

AJ