Feeling a little bloglaziness around here. Sorry bout that. Don’t have the excuse that I am running around like a crazy woman doing that Christmas thang. Nope. Just trying to enjoy the season. I do have a little busier social schedule than normal. Quilter’s Christmas party was yesterday. I made a wonderful salad (forgot my camera.) Here’s the recipe anyway.
Dressing: 2 Tbsp olive oil, 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, 1 Tbsp mustard, 1 Tbsp agave syrup , 1 Tbsp cranberry sauce
Salad: Baby greens. Toss baby greens in dressing, and then top with: 1 Fuji apple chopped, 1 red pear chopped, walnuts, dried cranberries, roasted pepitos. Avocado would have been good too, but I didn’t have that.
That was the healthiest thing at the potluck lunch. Actually it was the only healthy thing. Whatever. I was actually shocked at the first bite of a couple things–the fat content was…well, it was shocking. How do people eat like that and not gain weight? Or maybe they don’t eat like that at home and just bring it to potlucks?
Today I went to the movies. I had the baby popcorn and a baby package of m&m’s. Tomorrow I am having lunch out with a good friend. And Friday is a ‘finger foods’ party. That one will be easy to negotiate. I will eat a bunch of vegetables for dinner before I go.
Oh, this is boring. Let’s change the subject. The Nutrition Action Healthletter had a feature on bone health ” The Latest on Food and Fractures.” Yikes. One more thing to worry about. Evidently their research is leaning towards too many grains being a cause of bone fractures. The thing that was most interesting to me is that they recommend at least 11 servings of fruit and vegetables a day. Yikes. If we all ate that many fruilts and vegetables, we wouldn’t have any room left for grains!
So between that article and all the buzz about the new W.W. regimen, I stopped at the store and stocked up (again) on fruits and veggies. I’m going to try to eat a few more veggies. And it wouldn’t hurt me to eat my fruit sans accompaniment (like cottage cheese, yogurt, nuts, peanut butter, laughing cow.) None of those things are bad at all. They just up the calorie count for the day.
Oh. Here’s something a little more interesting. I’M LEAVING FOR AFRICA IN TEN DAYS!!!! La la la la (fingers in ears) trying not to think about it. La la la la la!
Actually I’m thinking about it a little bit every day. It seems like I should be doing more. And that’s what makes me nervous. I have a reminder list in my purse. I have a drawer that I throw stuff in so I will take that stuff. Ooh. I got a new ‘travel pillow’ at Costco. I am very excited about that. The flights are so long. And I am a good airplane sleeper. But dang, those seats are uncomfortable. I would actually like to have two pillows–one for my neck and one for my lower back.
Thanks to Pubsgal’s excellent advice, I have decided to go techno-free to Africa. I had visions of taking something and blogging all along the way. But you guys will just have to wait ’til I get back. And then I’ll probably never stop talking about it. I’ll have to start another blog ‘debby goes to africa.’ Anyway, I am just taking a simple paper journal and my trusty camera.
Confession: I got the flight itinerary, and there is a 12 hour layover in London. They have arranged for us to take a tour of London while we are there! And I am more excited about that than about Africa. That seemed weird to me. I decided that that is because it is more familiar to me. I have thought a lot about London/England/Ireland/etc. Because of all the fiber arts I do, I feel a little more connected to England I think.
Oh. I made a fruitcake today. I had to go and buy regular flour and sugar for it. Oh, and brandy. I don’t know if I’ve ever bought regular alcohol before! My mom likes fruitcake a lot. And she is very difficult to buy for. I have gotten the ‘holy monastery’ fruitcakes for her the last couple of years. They are VERY tiny. And they cost over $30. Anyway, it smelled heavenly in here all day. I wish I could taste it. And this fruitcake is probably three times the size of the ones I bought! I only put whole candied cherries in it, because they are pretty. Other things I added: dried pears, dried apricots, some giant raisins, walnuts and pecans. You put half a cup of brandy in the cake, and then you are supposed to put 2 Tbsp of brandy on it every day for two weeks. Ya gotta love the internet. I looked up fruitcake recipes. This was practically the first one I found, and it said it was her 90 year old grandma’s recipe, and I thought well, that’s good enough for me.
Gonna end for now. Sorry about the lack of linkage–its not working on WordPress tonight.