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Managing a Household / Re: Tuesday, October 23
« Last post by greyhoundgirl on October 23, 2018, 06:30:09 PM »
Cheryl, that's a LOT of peppers!

Well, had my hike this morning/early afternoon. First I had to make a phone call about a bank-issued "official" check that was issued September 28 and my bank says is cashed, but that the company who received it claims not to have received. Ugh. Why does everything have to be such a pain? This is for a payment for over $1100, so no small change. So anyhow, the hike was good for stress relief, lol. About 70-71 degrees and sunny, so beautiful! Plus it was just good to see some of my hiking girl friends. I haven't seen much of them the last few weeks with the new job.'

Still having quite a bit of pain in that shoulder blade area, plus my hands are now hurting. I think the hands are possibly from the weather front moving in.

After hiking, I came home and put some sprouted wheat bread makings in the bread machine (60% organic sprouted wheat flour, 40% organic white flour), made chocolate chip cookies, and started copycat Zuppa Toscana soup. Mmm! I Have eaten way too much this afternoon and evening but was hungry after hiking. My apple and jerky wore off, I guess!

I've been out to pick yellow squash, green beans, mustard greens, kale, and arugula. Most of the greens are for my acupuncturist hiking friend who is giving Maddy her old car (tomorrow!). Greens don't seem like much in light of that, but she eats loads of them and likes mustard greens, so I am glad for them to go to someone who will eat them (we don't love them, but out of loads of older seeds I planted, those grew best).

Well, ready to head to bed before long. Need to put my clean sheets back on first, though. Tried a little while ago but they were still a bit damp so had to dry them more.

Have a good evening!
Catherine
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The Cook House / Re: Dining on a Dime cookbook
« Last post by greyhoundgirl on October 23, 2018, 06:18:07 PM »
I bought it, probably 7-8 years ago, then got rid of it. I think it depends a lot on how you cook/eat. At the time of ordering, I was trying to cook from scratch and eat inexpensively, which I still do, but it had a lot of stuff made from white flour, lower in protein, etc... . That's not to say all the recipes, though.

Fast forward to a few months ago, and I was (still am) on the facebook page for it so it was on my mind. One day at my volunteer job, I spotted a copy of it on a book cart and asked the librarian about it. It was donated to the library and she was just looking at it before putting it in the yearly book sale books. She said I could take it home for awhile. I think it was a slightly different edition than I had owned, and I did cook one recipe out of it, the Cheeseburger Rolls (or something like that). But it was a bread recipe with a small amount of protein, and ultimately, I didn't purchase another copy after looking at it and returning it to the library.
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The Cook House / Dining on a Dime cookbook
« Last post by Cheryl on October 23, 2018, 09:56:14 AM »
Does anybody here have the Dining on a Dime cookbook?  I have seen several recipes from it online and I was thinking about buying it.  I am trying to get away from depending on the internet for recipe inspiration.  Iím interested in any reviews of this book.
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Managing a Household / Tuesday, October 23
« Last post by Cheryl on October 23, 2018, 08:08:55 AM »
Good morning!

I have been up since 4 a.m.  I think I will need a nap sometime today.  My cats seem to agree that the wee hours of the morning are made for starting the day and feeding them.  My cats rule the house, it seems. ::)

It is chilly here, but not like yesterday.  At least we donít have frost this morning and none is likely for at least 6 more days.  I still have a lot of peppers in my garden.  I picked two five gallon buckets of them Saturday and gave them all to my neighbor.  I have a Tabasco pepper plant that is as tall or taller than I am and it is loaded.  It takes a long time to pick every little pepper from it. 

I have chili in the crockpot for supper and will use the leftovers for chili dogs tomorrow.  I need to make buns and weíre set.

Time to go get started, so I will check in later.  Have a good day!
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Managing a Household / Re: Monday, October 22
« Last post by greyhoundgirl on October 22, 2018, 06:44:03 PM »
Hello!

Checking in late, but better late than never, right? :D

I had to work today noon to five, so Maddy started the taco meat for me, which was helpful. We had a very simple taco dinner. Earl has been doing physical therapy for his neck condition, and today's appointment was scheduled for 4:30 and takes about an hour and a half, so he didn't get home till well after 6. His barbershop singing group meets for practice at 7:30, so he's off again.

Kids went back to school today after their fall break. It was a disappointing break due to cancelling our regular fall camping trip due to the forecast rain, which DID happen, amazingly (usually, they're wrong).

Tomorrow, I'm planning to hike. Just need some outdoor time. Coming home from a backpacking trip as I did last weekend is always depressing, knowing how many months it's likely to be before I can go again. As I mentioned on fb, I hauled 40.6 lbs about 20 miles in rain up and down mountains just fine, lifted many heavy floral arrangements and carried them for work last week, then somehow managed to pull something in my right shoulder blade area while SLEEPING Saturday night.  Pathetic, huh? It's somewhat better today but not fully. I am taking anti-inflammatory meds a few more doses and maybe a muscle relaxer before bed.

Well, better go get my pack and water ready for tomorrow morning. I am beat and headed to bed soon (hey, it's almost 8!).

Alice, congrats to your daughter!
Cheryl, wow, you have frost before us! We're enjoying 60's to about 70 during the day and 40's most nights. Loving it.

Have a great evening!
Catherine
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Managing a Household / Re: Monday, October 22
« Last post by Cheryl on October 22, 2018, 03:44:58 PM »
Alice, I do the same thing.  I am determined to get to the bottom of my freezer, but I find a good deal and fill up any space I have empty. 

Congratulations to your daughter on her engagement!
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Managing a Household / Re: Monday, October 22
« Last post by Alice on October 22, 2018, 10:27:38 AM »
I think it's cooler here too, at least my house is warm. But my office is another thing...heat is on but it's not coming from the heat register and it's about 95 degrees. My window is open and a fan is on but it's not really working. It feels like it is just getting warmer and warmer as the day progresses. It was like this all last week too. I guess I need to pull out tank tops and capris and sandals again.

On a side note, my youngest daughter got engaged this weekend. We knew it was coming and we're so excited. It will be our first wedding since the other two older kids aren't there yet.

I am feeling like days, weeks are all just flying by so fast and I wish it could just slow down a bit. September showed up but was gone rather quickly. Now, we are already near the end of October but I thought it just started!  It's only 65 days until Christmas and I'm just not ready for winter yet.

I've been doing a lot of cooking from the freezer and pantry but I ran into a couple of deals (again) and filled the freezer right back up. I cooked up a whole chicken in my pressure cooker yesterday so today we 'll use the leftover meat for a chicken potpie.  But I think I might have to take care of some leaves outside first. A ton fell during the last week and I have raked any yet this fall.

Alice
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Managing a Household / Monday, October 22
« Last post by Cheryl on October 22, 2018, 05:57:27 AM »
Good morning!

Well, the cooler weather I wad wanting has finally arrived.  We have a fire in our wood stove, the house is toasty warm, and I am sitting here with my coffee.

We had a little frost overnight and I will go out to uncover my peppers in a bit. They are all that is left of my summer garden. 

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Managing a Household / Re: Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018
« Last post by greyhoundgirl on October 16, 2018, 11:23:01 AM »
Good morning!

Just home from work having some lunch (homemade Cincinnati style chili with hot dogs, cheese, onions, and mustard). Basically a chili dog without the bun. I've been busy at work running 8 floral or candy deliveries so far. Hope the afternoon is just as busy so it goes by quickly!

Rainy and in the 40's here, though we're supposed to hit 52.

While waiting for lunch to heat, I finished making the potato salad I started yesterday, cutting up the boiled (IP) eggs and adding dill relish and mayo. Earl finely cut some onion both for the potato salad and our chili dogs bowls. We'll have the potato salad along with burgers for dinner tonight as part of our "camping at home" meals.

Not a lot more to report here since what I wrote last night. Hope you all have good days!

Pam, hope you're feeling better. How nice that your future DIL wants you to come to the dress showing and lunch!

Catherine
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Managing a Household / Re: Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018
« Last post by pamgonzo on October 16, 2018, 08:53:12 AM »
Hi Ladies:

Catherine: your hike sounds both fun and a bummer.  Wish the weather would have cooperated with your trip.  Sounds like you managed the best you could.  Hope your fall break turns out to be a fun one. Hope your ankle heals up quickly.

My day is a random low key day.  Not even sure what I am going to do.  I have some research for hubs I can take a stab at.  Nothing major going on here today. 

Tomorrow is my regular WW meeting, and walk with my friend.  After that, instead of lunching with her, my future daughter in law has invited me to come see her try on her wedding dress that has come in and go to lunch.  I am excited that she asked me to come along.

Tonight I am making Goulash for dinner, so I will grab some ground sirloin from the freezer for that. 
Really kind of a nothing day for me. Hopefully I can be some kind of productive!

Hope everyone has a great day.  Would love to hear what you are up to.
Pam
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