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Mrs_Sweetpeach
Date: 2011-09-05 14:05
Subject: Leisurely Update
Security: Public
Location:Home
Mood:bouncybouncy
Music:Blue Murder: Desperate Measures
Tags:cooking, gardening, rl
I'm having a very laid back Labor Day weekend. After work on Friday I watched two more episodes of Blue Murder and went to bed at a reasonable hour. Saturday morning I got up with the alarm at 8:30 and started getting ready for Nia. We did the However-many Steps routine (37? Something like that). This is the routine with all the basic movements that comprise Nia and it proved to me that I'm not improving as fast as I'd like. Still, I made it through class, then went home, showered, watched a bit of tv, then convinced myself that if I combined visiting the Southfield Borders bookshop with attending SEMGS, I'd have fun. So I pried myself up out the couch and went shopping.

Turns out Borders was down to their final eight days and, as you'd expect, the selection was very well picked over. I did find two books though, one with some fabulous knitting patterns for kids (which is somewhat troubling as about half the patterns I looked at I thought "I'd like that!") and the other about the belief system of at least one Lakota. I also found a book about Witch doctors in Africa, but that one I'd like to read, not own.

Fred was hosting SEMGS at his house, which is sorta across the street from Borders. Sorta because it's in the subdivision across the street, and at the other end in a more recently developed section that is very difficult to find. Particularly if you are me and have no sense of direction and the only thing you can remember about it is the name of the street. I tried exploring down the first street with a stop light and after much going around and finding dead ends, worked my way back to 13 Mile. I then tried the next stop light and drove by what I thought was the most gorgeous front yard I'd ever seen in my life. I promised myself that if I ever drove by again, I would park the car, grab my camera, take some photos and knock on their door to compliment them on their yard. But that was for the future and I was hunting Fred's house. So I drove hither and yon, eventually ending up on a one-way that dumped me onto Southfield Road. So I drove back up to 13 Mile, turned in at the second stop light and saw that gorgeous yard. So I stopped the car, got my camera out of the trunk, whipped off a couple of shots and marched up to the front door and rang the bell. One of the homeowners answered before I could chicken out so I told her why I'd stopped and she offered to show me the backyard too. Which is still very much in development but lead to her introducing me to her husband, who it turns out I'd met before -- he's the guy who lead the nature walk Jebra and I went on a few weeks back. They showed me around and we talked plants for a very brief while -- he's far more knowledgeable than I am, but he's also starting his own side business and I think I'll be able to hire him for a consult on how to improve our habitat.

He also gave me directions on how to find the street I was looking for. Which, if you knew me and oral directions, you would know would be hopeless. I can only remember two or three steps at the best of times and really need a map showing the critical intersections. However, I realized what had gone wrong when I reached 12 Mile (I'd been warned that the road I wanted lacked a street sign), so I backtracked, found the darn thing, and managed to locate Fred's house. Where, shockingly, I was the first to arrive.

I hung out until around 6:30, when my pain pills started to wear off and I was starting to worry about it getting dark before I got home. I was home with time to spare, but probably not as much as I'd have had if a huge storm wasn't rolling in. It hit about a half hour later, and I was damn glad to be home in my own house. It was still storming when I went to bed.

Although I'd gone to bed around 10:30 p.m., I didn't get up for real until 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. I know I'm working on an enormous sleep deficit, but honestly. It isn't normal to sleep that much and then have trouble staying awake four or five hours later. I didn't do much on Sunday either, I played on LJ for a bit, watched three of those Evil-women-who-kill true crime shows and waited for the new episode of Lewis to air. I was excited about it all day and I wasn't disappointed.

Sunday's other highlight was that I cooked carrots for the first time in my life. I wanted to make this recipe, http://blackgirlsguidetoweightloss.com/recipes/honey-glazed-carrots/print/, but of course I was missing some of the ingredients. I went with butter and maple syrup instead. I also discovered that my unfamiliarity with cooking measures meant that I'd badly guessed how much 4 cups of carrots was. By the time I was done chopping the ones I'd pulled out, I had 12 cups. A horrifying discovery was that I can eat 12 cups of carrots and be hungry again two hours later. On the other hand, my stomach feels better today than it has in weeks, so I'm thinking all that fiber was good for it. I cooked up another batch today -- my sizing has improved -- today I chopped 10 cups and I had the sense to put away half of what I'd cooked before adding the toppings.

Today I'm trying to watch the final episode of Series 3 Blue Murder but I keep interrupting myself with laundry, cooking, and cleaning the upstairs bathroom. Speaking of laundry, I'm betting the washer has finally stopped so I should sign off and go swap loads.

This entry was originally posted at http://mrs-sweetpeach.dreamwidth.org/312942.html.
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WPAdmirer
User: wpadmirer
Date: 2011-09-05 20:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
YAY! for your bravery in talking to the owners of the beautiful yard. What a cool thing you did, and experienced!

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what are the odds?: cougar town grayson clap
User: colleendetroit
Date: 2011-09-05 20:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:cougar town grayson clap
I second this! :D
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2011-09-07 02:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
*grin!* Thanks!
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2011-09-07 02:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I plan to scrap the page about their yard tomorrow. I know the yard won't appeal to everyone, but if you love native habitats you're bound to be impressed. It was simply amass with flowers and pollinators.
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what are the odds?: cougar town whisper
User: colleendetroit
Date: 2011-09-05 20:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:cougar town whisper
Glad to hear you're having a relaxing holiday weekend...and HOLY COW, thaz a lot of carrots!!! Can you see better today?? lol What's up, doc?? ;)
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2011-09-06 19:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Y'know, after you mentioned it I looked around the room and I think I could see things more in focus than normal. I think it'd have to be the power of suggestion, not the enormous bowl of cooked carrots, but still.
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asparagusmama
User: asparagusmama
Date: 2011-09-06 11:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Wow! I'm so jealous, waiting for new Lewis - I take it that's season 5?

I said to my daughter yesterday that I was desperate for new Lewis, as being Brits, we saw season 5 in the Spring. She pointed out that the posting on the Lewis challenge begins, so that will be new. I want proper Lewis I wailed. Twenty episodes, two to three most nights, gets a bit thin :)

You sound very brave, driving places you don't know. I don't drive, and getting BK anywhere new by bus in hard, coupled with the fact I'm in a wheelcahir, we always go the same places (Oxford, Wallingford)and yet we never find them filming Lewis or Midsomer and yet my friend got to meet Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox and my Mum is always coming on the Bentley Productions vans!

Carrots are yummy. If you like I can give you a nice carrot and lentil soup, easy and warming in winter. I never work out cups, too, espicially if the carrots need to be grated. But it will freeze.
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2011-09-07 02:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes, this was the first episode of the season, Old, Unhappy, Far Off Things. And it was so good I watched it twice, first when it aired Sunday night and then again last night. If the DVR grabs it again (as it should, I told it to record all episodes), I'll watch it a third time. The episode is pretty good, but nothing beats the prettiness that is Lewis combined with Hathaway. Just hearing their voices makes me happy.

Oh, and yes, I'd love to have our carrot and lentil soup recipe. Easy is exactly the sort of recipe I need.
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asparagusmama
User: asparagusmama
Date: 2011-09-12 08:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Sorry to take so long, but my daughter has been very needy :)

Lovely lovely Hathaway rowing :) and practically declaring he loves his boss on screen :D

Carrot and Lentil soup:

1oz vegan marg or butter
1 onion, peeled and chopped
1 clove of garlic, peeling nad crushed
2 big carrots, scrubbed and chopped
2 sticks of celery, or 2 leeks or one of each, trimmed, scrubbed and chopped
5oz red split lentils, washed and drained
1 and 3/4 pints of veg stock (Iuse Kallo vegan powder, but if you're not a veggie their is no reason why you can't use chicken stock - whatevr you want)
salt, pepper an lemon juice to tast
5 fl oz of soya milk or milk
2 tbsp of chopped fresh pasley or 2 tsp of dried

1. Melt fat and pan fry the onion and garlic for about 5 mins, until soft.
2. add veg and lentils and toss in the fat to coat for a few minutes.
3. Pour on stock, bring to the boil and then half cover and simmer for about 40 minutes until carrots are soft and lentils are mushy.
4. Whizz in blender or food processor once cool.
5. Once smooth pour back in pan and add lemon juice, pepper and slat, unless your stock is salty, and thin with thin milk until it is right for you (depends whether you like thick or thin soup. Add pasley.
6. When you want to eat it, bring back to the boil and simmer, covered, for about 10 minutes.

Will keep well in fridge for up to 3 days, just bring back to boil when you reheat. Will freeze, but do that before you add the milk.

Hope you like it. It is full of very seasonable English winter veg, so I hope you can find or adapt :)
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2011-09-13 18:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks for the recipe. You're right, it does look simple enough for even me to give it a go. Nothing in the recipe is what I'd consider exotic, in fact, I'm pretty sure I can find everything at my usual grocer.

Saw you posted The Oxford Ripper today. I'm looking forward to reading it in the near future. Probably not today as tonight's dance class and I already feel ready to fall over. But hopefully before this Friday.
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asparagusmama
User: asparagusmama
Date: 2011-09-13 21:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I hope you enjoy it. I have a similer one if it works using swede - is that rutabega in US English? - flavoured with honey and thyme.

Please,please do let me know what you think about Oxford Ripper. I'm desperate for constructive feedback.
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