Finishing Up 2016

For the last few days we have had rain, which is different. We’ve also had cold weather, although I don’t think it is as chilly as it was last year. At least that’s what my hips think since they don’t ache quite as much this year as last. I was able to take time off from work and I caught up on baking. I finished off with a batch of bread and lefsa, see pictures below for my lefsa making.

Lessons Learned During Christmas Baking

Things I learned today while baking for Christmas:

  • The family pie dough recipe could be used to make two thick pie crusts instead of 4 thin ones
  • Thick pie crusts are a lot harder to get into the pie pan after they are rolled out
  • Parchment paper makes it possible to get the pie dough into the pan mostly intact
  • Pie dough is not very forgiving when it is rolled out twice

Cooking Lunches

I am cooking, again, this time my lunches for the next month. Now that we have a big freezer I make big batches and freeze most of it. I am also mixing up a big batch of cookies once a month, then freezing three weeks worth. While I like to cook, it is nice that I've reduce how many times a month I do my cooking.

Thanksgiving 2016

It is the evening of Thanksgiving, the food has been cooked, served and eaten, the good dishes cleaned, used and then cleaned again before being put away. I've already had my first plate of leftovers, enjoying the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans along with some gravy for extra flavor. And a home made roll, of course, with real butter, just to make sure I get enough carbs for the day. Since it was my husbands birthday today, we had cupcakes for our dessert instead of pie.

Progress with Exercise and Workouts

For the last three years, I have been working out. I have gradually improved my fitness level and I continue with my workouts for three days a week now. It hasn't been easy but the improvements in my mental and physical condition have been worth the price.

Yesterday, I went for my warm up run in order to loosen up before I start my workout. For the first time in my life, I can run a mile without stopping to walk or rest. I even look forward to this ritual as I feel my body working, legs moving, arms pumping, and lungs pulling in air.

War of the Tomatoes: Siege of ‘16

The seeds of the war were planted back in the summer of ’13. We had moved to a new year, with a larger yard in 2012 and had lots of space. There was plenty of room for a vegetable garden,  so we set up a raised bed garden space in our back yard. I planted tomato plants, peppers and herbs that did very well that first year. With that small success, I expanded our garden space and by the winter of ’15 we had three areas for vegetables.

A Place in the Stars: Book II in the Dancing with the Universe Series

John is working on Book II of the Dancing with the Universe Series, A Place in the Stars. This book is a sequel for book I of the series,  Doing the E.T. Tango and follows Ellen Goodwin, Bill Regal, Tim Morrison and Charlie Ruffin as they get proof of aliens visiting Earth. In the meantime, Ellen's sister, Janet and Tim's wife Angie are searching for them in Wyoming, trying to figure out what happened to their family. Master Sergeant Sutherland and FBI agent Steve Jenkins are pulled into the search of trying to find out what happened to Ellen and her team.

Life in Lakeside - Fall Gardening

Since I live in San Diego, the weather is mild which means that it is possible to have a garden growing year round. Back in October 2014 I decided I’d like to try growing a garden so I found some vegetables that should do well in cooler, wetter weather. I drafted my husband and son to help in getting lumber for a raised garden bed and to build it for me. Fortunately, they kindly agreed to help out and about two weeks later I had a new garden bed.

New Beginnings

Happy New Year! I hope everyone has had a pleasant start for 2015. Our weather has been wintry, for San Diego, and it has been nice to have a few days off to rest up and prepare for all of the various projects I want to work on.

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