Ben and I have a plan to eat healthy and lose weight this year. We’re trying to limit our meat consumption (Word of Wisdom), only diet soda, and when we eat out (hopefully less often) we’ll eat less of the portions and order lower calorie foods. Ben is also committed to cooking one meal a week so he’s less dependent on me for dinners.
Here are some of the things I made in my kitchen so far this year.
BBQ boneless chicken with corn muffin and roasted brussel sprouts (my favorite new way of cooking them).
Roasted carrots and parsnips, lemony lima beans with parmesan, and buttered noodles.
Blueberry lemon muffins.
Broccoli soup. The creaminess comes from using oats – there’s no cream, cheese, or milk!
Chinese chicken soup (chicken, peppers, carrots, and garlic)
Turkey meatloaf, braised butternut squash and sage, wild rice.
Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and candied ginger.
Tofu udon soup with spinach, shitake, and scallions. I HATED this. Ben liked it well enough.
Tofu tacos. I hate tofu, but this was an acceptable way of eating it. Black beans would have been better though.
My version of massaman curry with sweet potatoes in place of regular, scallions instead of onions, and lowfat coconut milk.
Ben also made some pasta and bean soups that didn’t get photographed. I made old vegetarian favorites that I didn’t record as well. Overall I’d say we’re doing pretty well this year.
Here’s my first quilt ever.
I did a fairly terrible job. I measured the squares by eyeballing only and I ripped the fabric into pieces instead of cutting. The lady at the craft store was very disapproving when I told her I wasn’t going to use a frame to tie it. She gave me an earful of advice I decided to ignore. See, I have no patience for quilting, all the painstaking measuring and ironing, moving at a snail’s pace. I like to create shortcuts wherever possible. With help from mom on the telephone, this came together rather quickly.
And I don’t care if it’s perfectly smooth and aligned. It’s warm and it’s Star Wars!
(We had to leave church early because Ben felt a migraine coming. He’s napping upstairs now while I post these pictures and enjoy a snack of crackers and goat cheese with mineral water and craisins. For some reason I find that funny.)
Friday I finally painted our bedroom! I haven’t hung much art yet, but here’s a look at it so far:
We also replaced the ugly faucets with something more appropriate for a pedestal sink.
I love being a homeowner.
I’ve let my blogging duties slide, and now I pay the consequences: you sneak in with pictures from a Merchant Ivory film production in China. Well I ain’t got no China. But I have lots of pictures and crafts and stuff going on that’s been piling up. Now that I’ve got a fire under me, expect a few more posts this weekend.