Hi all! Wanted to let you know a little more about the food ideas I shared yesterday. First, wanted to mention the shredded carrots in the spaghetti sauce. I got this idea from my Italian neighbor who told me that that is often a traditional ingredient in spaghetti sauce. I did it to add a little healthy volume without adding so many calories. All they did was to add a little oomph and texture. I didn’t really taste them.
Second, the ‘ice cream sandwiches’ were a bust. Not worthy, IMO. I don’t know why I keep trying to make frozen yogurt without an ice cream maker. It comes out too hard and icy. And the cookies were okay, but not fantastic. So I scrapped that dessert, and made a batch of my latest scone recipe, using some frozen blackberries, which are my friend’s favorite.
We had fun today. We wanted to spend a little time together, and we wanted to see each other’s houses. But time was getting short, and we live about 40 minutes from each other. So we decided to do a ‘progressive lunch’ for two! I drove over to her house, where we visited for a while and ate lunch. And then got in our cars and drove back to my house, where we visited some more and had tea and scones. Oh, yeah, side note: I did find a really great use for that ‘strained yogurt.’ (Which remember is very similar to Fage greek yogurt.) I added a little splenda, and it was FANTASTIC with the scones–kinda like clotted cream. Yumm. That could be addicting. Anyways, that was a very pleasant way to spend a day with a good friend.
The dogs enjoyed my friend too. Man, Sophie looks like a devil dog in this picture!
We were done soon enough that I finally made it outside and got a good run/walk for 3 miles, after having done NO exercise for the past two days…I am still sore from the Vicky workout last Friday. And tomorrow is my regularly scheduled day with Vicky. I know I should be doing a lot of stretching and that would help with the soreness…Oh yeah, I headed outside AFTER I had done my 50 jumping jacks a la Jill (Jill is posting a mini-challenge every day–very fun to try to keep up with her.)-
Had a delightful dinner–salmon, brussel sprouts with a bit of parmesan, and an asian pear. The brussel sprouts were particularly delicious. I think they were fresher than usual. Don’t you love the unusual shape of this plate?
And the ornament for the day. A delicate glass peacock with a real peacock feather for his tail. This brings back a great memory of a day I took all 4 of my nieces over to San Francisco on BART on Christmas Eve to get them out of the house and give my sister a break for a few hours. When we got off the BART train, there was a beautiful Christmas shop right in front of us and I got the peacock there. Gosh, that must have been about 16 years ago, because the girls were very young then.