“Why do you delete my drafts, WordPress?” That’s what Lily wants to know… I was working on a post for (get this) two weeks or so, and today when I went to upload pics the text went bye-bye. I think that’s a sign that my post sucked 😐 Moving on then!
December and January went by very quickly, with many good things and not very many bad 🙂 I’m back in a semi-decent workout routine (ahem, except for the last week or so…) and am eating better most days. Our annual trip to Mexico is 5 weeks away, so my motivation to firm up has been driven mostly by the knowledge that I’ll be in a bikini poolside very soon. I constantly struggle with body image, though, and the appearance of my stretched-out-one-too-many-times skin. This year my sis-in-law and her sister will be staying at the same resort while we’re there, so I’m more nervous to bare my blubbery ass in the presence of people I know. Being nearly naked in the company of strangers is easier for me; how about you?
In an attempt to firm up the mid-section even more I bought a Bender Ball. Does anyone else have one of these? I really do like how the ball supports me during exercises, but I just wish the workout video was a real workout and not just a fluffy set of a few exercises. I told myself I’d do the video at least once a day….yeah right, are pigs flying yet? I do it at least a few time a week, and still do some other ab stuff at the gym.
I’ve baked twice in the last two months; both times it was banana bread. Sad how infrequent my baking is since I do love it so, but I’ve opted to be a lazy broad most weekends when I would otherwise be churning out baked goods that I shouldn’t be eating 😐
Woops, I moved while Chris tried to capture my baking prowess.
In January I threw together a butternut squash soup on a whim, and it was damn spiffy. I started by caramelizing half an onion in a little olive oil and a tsp. of butter (didn’t need it now that I look back; soup could have been vegan easily), and roasted the squash in my micro-convect oven til browning and soft. Next I pureed the squash and onions with coconut milk beverage and s&p using my handy stick blender. I toasted the squash seeds in leftover oil in the onion pan, and topped the soup with those. (Cook’s note: put a screen over the pan, cuz those pepitas will jump out of the pan if you let them!) I loved the taste overall, but will hold back on the onion a little.
Side note–I really dig this coconut milk stuff! I got the plain flavor, and for only 50 calories a cup and like no sugar it does seem quite rich and has a nice mild taste. I’ve used it in my oats a bit over the past few weeks and like it. It is the So Delicious product from Turtle Mountain; I found it in the health food refrigerated section of my local Fred Meyer. I also picked up one of their plain yogurts on clearance and quite liked it as well. Not sure if I’ll pay $2/yogurt to have more, but when on clearance for $1 I’d like to try more. Last week I also ended up using the frozen coconut milk ice cream they make–tres fabu! If you go to their site you can download a $1 off coupon under the “rewards” section. The link button is wigging out on me, so I’ll just paste the url here: http://www.turtlemountain.com/products/coconut_milk_beverage.html
Let’s see what else I have pics of to share…
Oh, yeah, so Chris and I have had a few margaritas over the last couple months. One night our table at Si Senor looked like this. Just one big happy family!! I forget how we got so many different sized glasses…the restaurant staff like to try to get us drunk, apparently, cuz we get a free drink or two each time we visit.