Mom’s been gone this weekend to Asheville with some friends, and I’m so happy she’s home! She brought me some nifty gifties back from the Biltmore Estate, but I’ll get to those in a mo…
For brunch I tried my pumpkin butter on an Arnold’s thin…I had a small amount that didn’t warrant its own jar, so it slept in the fridge overnight and ended up in my tummy this morning.
Verdict: too much ginger. I followed a recipe I found on allrecipes.com, and while I was making it I thought that 2tsp of ground ginger sounded like a lot, but I went for it anyway. I should’ve followed my instincts. It’s not terrible by any means, it’s just got some mad TANG to it.
Lunch was leftover pasta and broccoli…boooring. I thought I ate half the pasta last night but obviously I had less than half…this is a lot more than I had last night. I did share a lot with the dog, though.
Then I had an unpictured cake pop, of course. Sad. At least I’m being honest!
I did some more cleaning and organizing and had a snack in the early afternoon:
These are amazing! And not toooo bad, calorie-wise. Yeah, a plain apple would be even better. Meh.
I also designed some labels for my apple and pumpkin butters:
These labels have ribbon threaded through them around the jar…super-cute if I do say so myself!
So back to my souvenirs…mom brought back 6 bottles of wine – 3 red and 3 white…
…and a few things from World Market I didn’t photograph, including a bottle of Chardonnay on sale, a couple bottles of Halloween wine (because I love that sort of tacky holiday thing), and another container of pumpkin pancake/waffle/muffin mix that I’ll be tearing into tomorrow morning!
We busted into the World Market Chardonnay at around 4pm…Mom was unwinding from her trip and we were snacking on veggies and crackers, so we decided to christen the new wine glasses. When I went to pour our 2nd glasses, I said “you realize it’s not even 5pm, right?” and Mom smartly replied, “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere!” Touché, Mama…touché.
Then we opened up a jar each of apple and pumpkin butters:
The pumpkin butter was better this time around, and the apple butter was – HOLYCRAPOHMYGOD – amazing. Like, smack-your-grandma amazing.
And I followed up the snackfest with another one of these monsters.
The craziest thing happened shortly after this…our power went out for seemingly no reason. It was pretty blustery today, but not knock-down-powerlines windy. It was out for almost 2 hours, so during that time I got some work done on my cleaning and organizing. One of the biggest things I’ve been doing is going through old magazines – I’m a magazine whore and currently subscribe to Self, Shape, Fitness, InStyle, Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart Weddings, Lucky, Everyday with Rachael Ray, Allure, and Real Simple. Sometimes I don’t read them right away and they pile up, and several of those titles I keep as resources/cookbooks, so I had a whole bunch stacked up in various places. With the fitness magazines, I tear out the workouts and keep them in a ginormous binder…and then never touch them again. This is a huge problem I have – collecting things to use, then never using them (mostly with exercise videos/books/articles). I digress. I went through magazines today and tore out useful stuff and threw the rest in a big box to recycle.
After working on this task for awhile, we took the dogs outside for a short walk and to see if our neighbor’s house had power, but of course the power came back on during the 10 minutes we were gone. When we got back, we got ready to go out for dinner…no need to guess where we went, of course.
Mozzarella & Tomato panini (sans fresh tomatoes…ickypoo) with French onion soup (I doubt I’ll ever go to Panera and NOT get this ever again) and a green tea. Aaaand carby bread on the side. Loverly carby bread. On the way out, Mom and I got pumpkin spice lattes to go! They’re not as good as Starbucks’, but it was definitely good!
I swear I’m keeping the Harbison Panera in business all by myself. And they’re keeping the fat in my ass in business too…
Dessert while we watched the English Office on OnDemand:
I’m really excited that I got my first commissioned order of these – I’ll be making a double batch for a bridal shower co-hosted by my mom’s friend. I’m such a nerd…I can’t wait to work in the kitchen on these bad boys while the personal DVD player keeps me company.
While that wraps up my day, I wanted to touch on where I’d like to go with the blog…I’d LOVE to get my own domain name and maybe switch over to a hosting company, but I don’t even know where to start. If anyone reading this has ANY tips or advice on either of these things, PLEASE let me know, even if you’re a lurker. (Especially if you’re a lurker – I’d like to know who’s reading!)
Also, I’ve kinda started writing some about my history with weight gain and loss which I hope to post within the next week or so. I don’t want this to be just a “here’s what I ate today” blog, and I’m hoping that will add some depth. Also, I DESPERATELY need to use this blog for its intended purpose – accountability. I need to exercise so badly it’s not even funny, and I need this blog to serve as a guilt trip for when I don’t (and a place to celebrate when I do!). I know other gals do challenges and weekly reports and stuff, so I need to figure out something I can do to push myself both to exercise and to blog about it. I’d like to report my weight loss (I’m so inspired by Chubby Stubby Kay and her blog weigh-ins!), but I’m SO weird about people knowing my number. I’m fine with displaying pounds lost, but the number on the scale is a little more powerful for me. Plus, it’s difficult to know the exact poundage lost because originally I was counting on scales from Weight Watchers meetings which I’m no longer attending (which deserves its own post). The scale in the bathroom has always been different from the WW scales, so I don’t know exactly what to count from. Aaaand I’m rambling.
Maybe one of these days I’ll nut up and start putting my actual weight on here…that would definitely make me more accountable than just saying “I ate good/bad stuff today and did/did not exercise.”
Anyone still reading deserves a virtual cake pop. Pick your fave.