It’s really sad when you think about it. I don’t even have a job, and I’m still kvetching about too-short weekends! I can’t seem to help myself, because it was just so amazingly gorgeous this weekend!
I knew wonderful things would happen when I went to the grocery store on Friday and found this bargain buy:
You know, if I can’t win the lottery, Fage 0% (or Oikos or Chobani) at $0.70 per tub is just about the next best thing. The first being my $20 Kitchen Aid Mixer, of course. (Hah, y’all thought I wasn’t ever going to mention that again, didn’t you?)
Yesterday morning I stopped in at a yard sale on my way home from an errand and for $5 I picked up two Taste of Home Light cookbook annuals, some cute, cute pictures for my bathroom, and a nice 5×7 picture frame. \0/
I flipped through the cookbooks today and while there are some good recipe ideas in it, I doubt I’ll make many of them. Not as written, anyway. There’s a huge (and I do mean HUGE) emphasis on low-fat everything, to the point that it becomes silly. I’m all in favor of reducing and monitoring fat intake, but not by adding a bunch of fake products in its place. Another negative (to me) is that every other dish seemed to have pasta or white rice added to it. Again, I’m not against either of those foods, in moderation, but it was off-putting to see them show up so frequently. All that said, I did get some good ideas for new dishes to try. I’ll just have to tinker a bit.
As for the 5×7 picture frame, I almost broke down and bought one at Target the other day. I’ve been wanting to make a writeboard for my desk, kind of like this one. Only mine will be cuter, of course. I’m going to put some vellum or maybe some lace in the frame for a pretty backdrop. Photos will follow in whichever year I remember to drop in at Michael’s and pick up what I need. LOL
The rest of yesterday was spent on chores and then a lovely walk outdoors in the sunshine and 70-ish° temps. I even squeezed in some time to simply sit outside and breathe. ::happy sigh::
Today was equally grand. It was my father’s 75th birthday and we went out for our midday meal. He chose Picadilly, a local cafeteria, because it’s one of the few restaurants Memaw will go to and, I suspect, so that he could have some strawberry shortcake. (Like father, like daughter.) Only, I didn’t have any shortcake. Nor did I have any of this:
This is some sort of North and South fusion: red velvet cake on cheesecake. My sister, brother-in-law, and Memaw shared it while Mom and Dad shared the strawberry shortcake. Not ONE of them offered me so much as a bite! For this, they will pay. I have a memory like a…well, I don’t have much of a memory. But I’m sure I’ll remember this and revenge will be mine. I already got a head start and didn’t invite any of them to go for fro-yo with me. *cue evil laugh*
Oh, and for those keeping score, my lunch/dinner was veggies and bread: green beans, lima beans, sweet potatoes and a wedge of jalapeno cornbread. Starch, anyone?
I also made a trip to Target where I studied this (which might make an appearance on my Christmas list) for a bit:
I’m undecided about acquiring this. On the one hand, I can make banana soft-serve in my mixer, but on the other, maybe I’d like to branch out into other flavors. I’m also a little iffy because I made such fun of that yonana machine and I’m not seeing how this is much different.
And then I came home and used my lunch carbs for good with another walk in the sunshine. I walked almost 3 miles which brought my weekly total to 17. Two of those miles were walking at the zoo, but when I add my miles to my 3 strength training workouts, I’m counting this as a good exercise week. Go me!
Now I’m home again and getting ready to do some blog catch-up while I attempt to cheer on the Cardinals and get them to suck less than they did in yesterday’s game. (It was like spring training all over again.)
I hope you all had an equally magnificent weekend. And if you didn’t, pardon my gloating.