Is it three yet?

It’s been another typical quiet weekend, but this evening I’m glad for that!

Exercise:

On Saturday I did yoga and a NourishMoveLove upper body and abs workout. I’m trying to be smart with my knee.

Today I did a 5.76km run with Sarah and a plank.

Reading:

I’ve been reading and finished Next To Me, but it’s not good enough to recommend.

Knitting:

I am working away on my I Scream socks. The legs of both are done and I have turned the heel on one of them. I am hoping to be done by Saturday!

Cooking:

I got busy today and made an Irish Stew from my One Pot Paleo cookbook. It was super yummy, but how could it not be with bacon in it.

House:

Grrrr- it all happens at once! My dishwasher is still broken and after two loads of laundry today, my washing machine decided to break too. Then my teaching buddy texted today she tested positive:(. I called 811 and they have deemed I don’t have to do anything except self monitor as we are good about the masks and space. It was just too much all at once!

I am going to bed with my funny book and pretending this evening never happened!

Have fun!

AJ

Weekend Wrap Up

It was the same quarantine version of a weekend as always.

Exercise:

I ran on Saturday afternoon as there was snow called for on Sunday. I combined my run with getting my car out for a drive and went out to the nearest dyke. It was a gorgeous afternoon and while the first trail was quiet, I ended up having to run the road into a local park because the dykes were so incredibly busy with the gorgeous sunshine.

Then wouldn’t you know it… I woke up to rain, not snow and ended up running again this morning. We only got 3km in this morning because the regular path was like a skating rink and the long path was flooded, so we ran the road and back and called it a day.

This afternoon I did the latest NourishMoveLove 15 minute and, butt and thighs workout and then ten minutes of yoga, as well as my 1:30 plank. I am feeling quite accomplished.

Knitting:

I spent much of the weekend knitting and made myself a new tank for the summer. This was previously another tank I never wore and when I frogged it, I didn’t re-enter the yarn into my stash count so felt as though I needed to get it knit up quickly.

Not the best picture, but you get the idea. I then went back to my October hat, but I may have to restart that as I may not have enough yarn with holding it double. It may be better to use a single strand as then I would have enough for mitts too:)

Baking:

Today I made coconut flour bagels that are supposedly very easy, but I found them quite greasy as they have a lot of cheese in them. I used vegan cheese of course, but still not something I would make again.

On Saturday morning I made everything but the bagel crackers with my sourdough discard and they were quite yummy, but needed more cooking. The story of my life lately!

I also tried the sourdough again. I covered the bread for the first half hour with tin foil and then uncovered it. I baked it for 1hr20 minutes and it was still raw. I ended up putting it back in for almost another hour so we shall see how it is in the morning.

Well I think that’s pretty well it for my weekend, other than a lot of Netflix and reading.

Have fun!

AJ

Weekend Wrap Up

It was a very quiet weekend for me.

Knitting:

I spent a lot of the weekend knitting and got two toques finished and a sweater started. I made the first toque but then decided it would be too small for my trivia mate so I did the same toque pattern again in a heavier weight of yarn. Now it seems too big. I will take it on Tuesday and see if she likes it or not. The pattern is free on Ravelry and is called the Slouchy Beehive Hat. The yarn was recycled from one of my grandma’s sweaters. If nothing else, I have a new toque and it took seven skeins out of the stash.

The sweater I have started is a cotton one. I had made the Largo racerback, but never wore it so I frogged it. I hadn’t entered the yarn back into my stash so feel like I have to get it knitted up.

I just wanted a simple short sleeved, crew neck shirt and so am using the directions in my Top Down Sweaters book by Anne Budd since I couldn’t find anything in ravelry that was quite right. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Exercise:

On Saturday I did another Nourish Move Live workout for the glutes. I also did a Fit On workout. My friend at work suggested this app, but I have to admit I’m not super impressed yet.

This morning I ran 7km. I’m still not back to ten kilometer Sundays but my knee is also not back to normal yet, so I guess that’s a good thing.

Baking:

My sourdough starter smelled of acetone Friday when I took it out of the fridge so I did some extra feeding and felt like it was in a good place today. I let it rise for four hours this time and it still came out raw in the middle. I feel like I need to get one of those thermometers you can stick into it, as it always sounds hollow to me. It has not stopped me from eating way too much of it!

I’ve been watching the Canadian baking show as I knit this weekend and that is obviously dangerous!

Well that’s my weekend in a nutshell.

Have fun!

AJ

Weekend Wrap Up

I had a quiet, but nice weekend.

I started Saturday by going out and getting a trim on my hair. It’s my first since December 2019. I then spent two days trying to figure out if I wanted to go through with “the blonding” the stylist recommended to match my winter and summer colours. In the end, I decided not to.

Social:

I also managed to meet up with my friend Em for a walk on Saturday afternoon since we actually had sunshine. It was so nice to spend some with a close friend!

Knitting:

I got a cowl finished for the teacher next door to me. Hers had been looking pretty shabby. It’s the first time I have marled by holding three strands together, but it won’t be the last:)

On Sunday I got one sleeve of my grey sweater redone so it was longer and skinnier and hopefully I will get the second done sometime this week.

Sunday started with my usual run, though it was only 5km today since my knee is still very colourful and slightly sore. It was still nice to get out!

I also managed some yoga and a light, easy on the knees workout both days.

Finally, I finished my sourdough starter and just couldn’t help myself from trying it out.

It looked wonderful, but was raw inside. Of course that didn’t stop me from eating the edges and crust. Who can resist hot out of the oven bread?

Reading wise I am on the third book of a Lindzee Armstrong series. This will be my last of the series as this one covers the last character I was interested in. They are good, but every book has a character I have a tough time with for most of the book.

Well I have to start my day, 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

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

Still Murky

There is no more clarity at work today than there was yesterday:(

Teaching:

I had another very unproductive day;(. I managed to change where my calendar was, sort out some books on kindness, calmness and safety as that is the catch phrase here right now and start to cut out math manipulatives. Nothing all that interesting and I really wish I knew more. The two days I was to get to prepare for students is pretty useless when I have no clue what grade or how many students I will have. I will end up looking bad in front of the parents when I am unprepared on Monday:(

The most interesting thing was that I listened to music on my walk to and from school today as I am responsible for studying country songs that feature other artists for trivia. If anyone knows any, please let me know.

House:

I got out of school at my scheduled time of 3:45 and came home to get my bathroom cleaned as that was my job for today. So far I have been able to stick to the schedule, which is good as I’ve decided that anything I don’t get done, I have to do on Saturdays.

Cooking:

I have been having broccoli salad for lunches this week. This is my second salad of this List at Love and Lemons that I am making my way through. Her recipe does not call for bacon, but I did put some in. The recipe cost me about $19 to make and has given me 5 one cup servings for the week. It still seems expensive to me. I do like the addition of the Smokey nuts to it though.

Exercise:

I did just straight weights tonight and followed Dennis’ plan- three sets of ten with increasing weight. I did: shoulder press, crunches, squats, front raises, reverse crunches, overhead tricep extension, plié squats, heel drops, lateral raises, side to side heel touches, curtsy lunges, bent over rows, bicycle crunches, deadlifts, upright rows, scissor legs, hip raises, bicep curls, dead bugs, side shuffle, pullovers, toe touches, hamstring curls, chest press, plank and traveling plié squats.

I also stretched and rolled. My hip bugged me a bit all day, but after rolling it seems to feel better. I am thinking I had better roll daily for a bit.

Well that is my non-exciting day.

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

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

Stretching My Skills with Sally

Last year I tried a few of Sally’s Baking Challenge items and quite enjoyed the challenge of trying new things. Most of the people in my life asked why I was doing this, thankfully there are people like Abbey! I was talking with Abbey of Three Cats and a Girl and we decided to both try these challenges and then link up to talk about our results, so please check out her attempts too. I was really interested in doing this because I knew she would be doing the recipes as called for while I would need to convert them to gluten free and dairy free. I should say that I change as little as possible and just sub in gf and df ingredients to see if the recipe will still work.

It is so cool that when Kathy read about Abbey’s and my challenge she decided to join us so make sure you go read about her baking adventures! They always look professional and yummy!

The June baking challenge was for ice cream sandwiches. Now I love creamy deserts so this sounded really good even if it had chocolate in it.

I knew this weekend would be busy so last weekend I whipped up the brownies. Just like Abbey, I had to cook mine longer and they still were a little gooey in a few places. I was just hoping the freezing would help. The only difference in my brownies was that I used Bob’s Redmill 1-1 Flour and Earth Balance vegan Buttery Spread. The brownies were easy to make and I had no trouble spreading them like Sally did.

The most difficult part of this recipe was finding enough dairy free ice cream without going broke. Now o don’t keep ice cream in the house and usually just go to the local ice cream parlour when I have a craving, so when I looked in the frozen foods section it was a shock! The cheapest option was fourteen dollars and it only went up from there! There was no way I was spending fourteen dollars on ice cream for a recipe when I had already had to buy sugar, cocoa and pans! I checked out three different grocery stores and finally found some Breyers Dairy free that was an acceptable cost, though it was vanilla with peanut butter ripples. I thought it would be okay as peanut butter and chocolate go together.

I smooshed the ice cream onto the bottom brownie, though I really should have let it sit out longer first, and then topped it with the top brownie and popped it into the freezer overnight.

This is what came out of the freezer. I took these to work for my crew of friends there and they inhaled them. One friend did say they were very rich, but everyone raves about them and they were easy to make. I would count this baking challenge as a success.

Now for my Saturday:

Exercise:

I wanted to start out my holiday on a good note. I stepped on the scale to face reality and then headed out for a run with Sarah. We were running Hyde Creek again (where we ran into the bear last week), but decided to do the other side of the river. We were going along great until 2.44 when Kula, the dog, went crazy. We couldn’t see the bear, but decided to just turn around and tack on at the end. It turned out to be a slow but nice run:)

House:

I have spent most of the day doing the last of the laundry and packing. I have packed way too much and still think I’m missing some key things- like shorts! Oh well, my dad always said to pack half the stuff and double the money and thankfully I’m going somewhere with stores and laundry this year.

I did take a little time out and walked over for an ice cream. I’m really going to miss my ice cream treats while I’m away. I got ice cream two days in a row because I couldn’t figure out how to take some with me.

It was a lovely treat to sit on this rock and enjoy the ice cream in the sunshine. Callie was so sweet to give me a little taster of some of the other vegan kinds on top of my raspberry pistachio.

Reading:

I have started a new book today called Beach Read by Emily Henry. This book was recommended to me by Mildly Granola. I’ve only hit chapter four, but so far I am really enjoying it!

Well I’d better go get my garbage and recycling out since I’m being picked up very early tomorrow.

Have fun!

AJ