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    in no particular order: smokin' meat, fermenting, cooking, preserving food, music, hiking, gardening, biodynamics

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  1. hollysmokes

    Start Date: December 1st

    There's no place like home. There's no place like home. So glad the fires are far from you even if the air is not so good. My husband was asking about you on Sunday so I pulled up a map of CA to show him where you are. So many people have died and so many more have lost everything. I've grown accustomed to people losing their homes in floods and hurricanes because that's what I've always experienced but fire seems so much more final and devastating- brutal, I guess. OK, can you say "Hot mess??!!" That's me! The house got painted the wrong color!!!! It's the painter's fault (sort of). If I had been there, I would have marked the correct color on the card but my husband just told them which one it was and they mistakenly got the next lighter color. It looks good but, ultimately, I'll never be happy with it so they're going to repaint. They are very professional and realize it was their mistake but I feel badly about it anyway. Between house stuff, the time change and my husband having cataract surgery, I've just totally veered off of the road. My meals have been pretty good but I've been "supplementing" them with a cookie here and pizza there, quesadillas, grits on a couple of (delicious) occasions, a little fried pumpkin pie (that was also delicious). My sleep has been crazily off and I haven't moved or exercised even though I know that would have helped with the sleep issues which, in turn, would have helped with the out of control eating issues. Finally, yesterday I started feeling better. I slept pretty well, ate well and did some intentional movement. Since I seem unable to commit to a real workout schedule, I'm going to try to ease myself back into it with movement "snacks" throughout the day. The next cataract surgery is Monday with a follow-up visit Tuesday AND I have a big meeting Tuesday then Thanksgiving on Thursday so next week is going to be crazy and hectic. I'm ready for it this time, though. I AM going to eat well and keep moving and know that it will settle down and I'll nudge myself back on track. I don't know if I'm up for another W30 but it seems fitting-or ironic, I'm not sure which at this point- that I think my world will settle into it's regular orbit right around the anniversary of our Stardate. So...on the (mostly) yummy food front: slow-roasted chicken-fail! It was horribly over cooked and I am finally eating the last of it for lunch today. Tostones-amazingly wonderful even if it was sort-of deep frying. I served them as a snack for our Hoedown friends and my husband and they loved them. They were just like I remembered! Paleorunningmomma's Salisbury meatballs-YUM!!! I loved them, my husband loved them and I made a double batch of the gravy based on someone else's suggestion and so glad I did. Next up is scotch eggs. We're having a breakfast get-together here at work and I'm bringing scotch eggs made with chicken chorizo sausage since we have at least one person that doesn't eat pork. I've been wanting to try these for ages so I'll let you know how it goes. I'm thinking they would be great to have in the fridge as a grab-n-go item or just for breakfast. I didn't get to make the Lebanese hash yet because I donated my ground chicken to the scotch egg effort but I'll get to that soon, too. Just hearing from you and getting to touch base makes everything seem a little less wobbly. We can do this. Together.
  2. hollysmokes

    Start Date: December 1st

    You're almost there! I'm going to spend the weekend doing all of that cooking that I mentioned but didn't get around to and trying to get back to what passes as "normal" around our house. Except for a little lingering drama with the carpenter, a "slight" problem with some door knobs and waiting for the gutters to get installed, THE CONSTRUCTION IS FINISHED!!!! We're planning on spending some time enjoying the expanded deck and admiring the new siding and paint on the house. I think we'll probably fire up the Weber kettle for some surf and turf and grilled veggies to celebrate. Have a wonderful trip and a happy birthday!
  3. hollysmokes

    Start Date: December 1st

    Sometimes we just need a little irony in our lives! Glad you're liking MovNat and I really like Katy Bowman even if some of her videos are awful. There is one about squatting and I think it would be very informative except it's filmed outside in the wind and I can't understand half of what she's saying. She did have a couple of short pieces about how to move more efficiently and be kind to your knees going uphill and down and another one about gardening and bending over. Your trip is going to be fabulous. What a great way to celebrate another year on this earth. That Watsu massage sounds like it's going to be amazing- as close as you can get to floating AND having a massage at the same time. It sounds like you have yourself all set to get right back in the groove when you return home, too. Lebanese hash is in my future! I got some ground chicken last week so I'll pull it out of the freezer this weekend and hash it up. I've never frozen broccoli unless it was already cooked in something and I blanch kale and freeze it all the time but I've never done it without blanching it first. I've always thought that freezing them without blanching first leads to mush but I do it with corn and it's delicious. You'll have to let me know how they work out. Great planning on having your party food ready before you even leave. The oral histories sound like such a great project to be involved in. Have you ever read any of the Foxfire books? There's a jillion of them now but my dad gave me the first three a really long time ago. I've been wanting to go back and reread them especially since I've started do some of the "old timey" things they talk about. The party was good but the future of Hoedown is a little shaky; they need some investors if they're going to keep this afloat. It took some doing but the white bean hummus came out pretty good. I had a really hard time getting flavor into it. I started with preserved lemons and roasted garlic and I think the beans just overpowered the more subtle flavors. I kept adding garlic and lemon juice and, finally, some cumin and salt and more lemon and more cumin. It finally woke up and got devoured in minutes. I was kind of surprised because 3 cups of beans makes a pretty good-sized bowl of hummus so I thought I'd be eating it all week. I did get some tzatziki made with the leftover cucumbers and it was a great salad dressing for a big salad with sauteed shrimp last night. I have a couple of new items on the menu: a slow roasted chicken from Mark Sisson's page and tostones (probably not together, though). I just happened to see a couple of nice green plantains at the store yesterday so I grabbed them. I remember my grandmother on my mother's side making them when I was a kid and they were really good. I'm also going to try plaeorunningmomma's Salisbury steak meatballs. I'll let you know the verdict on all of them. Trying to keep "movement" in the front of my consciousness!
  4. hollysmokes

    Start Date: December 1st

    Upheaval! That pretty much describes the last two months alright! My little girl cat is as much of a scaredy cat as ever and, for the most part, has dealt with stranger danger pretty well. She did have one day when there were two crews working on the house and LOTS of banging and sawing when she was too freaked out to leave the safety of our bedroom and she peed on some clothes I left on the floor. That'll teach me not to leave my clothes on the floor! Our big boy used to not care who was doing what but he's been jumpier since we sprung him from prison earlier this year. He won't use a little box and always goes outside but I figured he might reconsider if the choice was whether to go out in the construction zone or not. I put a big, open litter box in the basement bathroom for him and he's been peeing in it pretty regularly so it's now been dubbed The Boys' Bathroom! Those drumsticks sound terrific; I love drumsticks. I think I might bake up a big batch of those so I have something else compliant in the freezer for emergencies and it will be a different flavor profile from the green chicken thighs I already have. Thanks for the idea. Saturday is the post-Hoedown debrief and party and we're bringing the food (mostly Hoedown leftovers) so I'll be able to stay on track as long as I steer clear of the baked beans. I have some white beans leftover from the soup I made for the veggie eaters so i think I'm going to defrost them and make a white bean dip of some sort- hummus maybe. I'll definitely have some of that with some cucumbers for dippers. I love beans and want to enjoy them from time to time. No luck on my husband doing a W30 but he has been eating salads at work instead of the hot meals which are very SAD. I haven't mentioned it and hope that maybe when things settle down a bit, I might be able to help him tweak his breakfasts and lunches a bit more in the W30 direction. Ooooh, that is a lesson I need very much. My inner dialogue is not nice at all and it's something (one of the many things) I need to work on. Just being more conscious of it helps but I need to focus on it much more. I think one of the reasons that I like yoga and MovNat is that I can move and turn my focus inwards at the same time. Are you familiar with Katy Bowman and Nutritious Movement? I've read some articles on her blog and really like the points she makes about movement vs working out. MovNat sent out an email with some info on a workshop they did together and it got me started thinking more about functional movement. I want to combine yoga, Movnat and Nutritious Movement throughout my day and see if that works better for me than a dedicated "workout" time. I think about "just moving" a lot when I'm going up and down the stairs at home for billionth time except I think in terms of "Does it count?". Does it count if I don't have my phone in my pocket to record every step and flight of stairs? Does it count if I don't record it/document it as a workout? Bad mind set. Anything moving beyond the speed of sofa "counts" I'd say good luck on your dragon slaying today but you don't need it. Trust the process!
  5. hollysmokes

    Start Date: December 1st

    Decompression isn't going as well as I had hoped but I feel better today. The construction problems are definitely taking their toll; I slept pretty well the last couple of nights (new and different!). I've been eating well and have managed to do a little stretching, which I desperately needed. Thank you for the Gabby Bernstein quote. Like so many things you've turned me on to, it was extremely timely. A friend of mine used to always say that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. I try to keep that in mind but have been so overwhelmed with problems that I couldn't get past it. Reading some of Gabby Bernstein's words about staying grounded, balanced and focusing on your own well being gave me a real boost so, once again, my friend, thank you for being here. When I got home yesterday, one wall had its first coat of paint on it and it looks like we were finally successful in choosing the correct paint color after pretty epic fails on two prior occasions. I geared up to finish my cook-up from the weekend and fixed an easy dinner of pan-grilled grouper and roasted veggies. I had bits of veggies that had to get cooked or they were headed for the compost bin- butternut squash, cauli, brussels. Have you tried Mel Joulwan's Lebanese spice blend? I really like it and used that on the veggies for something a little different. I had it sitting on the counter because I use a little bit of it in tabbouleh and I had just finished making some with the parsley from the garden. The whole reason I planted parsley was to be able to make tabbouleh. I harvested a mountain of parsley Saturday and we cleaned it up and got it chopped on Sunday so 3 of the 9 (!) cups of parsley went to that so I'm really feeling the garden love in my lunches this week. I am moving beyond Kill All The Things and feel like there's a light at the end of this negativity tunnel and it isn't another train Yes! It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.- Confucius Much love to you!
  6. hollysmokes

    Start Date: December 1st

    Happy Friday! Well, Lisbette, it sounds like you're on a good track. Congratulations! I am eating pretty well now but my off-roading has definitely led to some snugness in the clothing department. As Meadowlily says, "If the jeans fit, you must acquit." No acquitting here! Guilty as charged with a piece (or two) of homemade baklava as the proverbial icing on the cake today. I'm not tempted to get on the scale and will get back on plan and let everything sort itself out. I'm eating too many carb-dense veggies and, even though I know they are on plan, they aren't good for MY plan. I've been aiming to get back to moving and lifting with this weekend as my re-starting point. I think I'm going to start slowly and mindfully with some MovNat, stretching and maybe some light lifting. Your plan sounds like a good one: manageable and sustainable. I want that feeling of freedom again; I've lost it in the whirlwind that has been life the last couple of months so it's time to regain focus. Today is the one year anniversary of my Dad's death so that has given me an opportunity for reflection and thankfulness. Even though he's gone, he isn't really. He gave me so many gifts; the greatest one is the love of books, reading and words. I think of all of the wonderful books I've read and and that he and I shared and know I wouldn't be the same person if he hadn't passed on that love to me. I was reading Dan Barber's "The Third Plate" last year and was really loving the message and the writing style so when my Dad asked me if I had read anything good recently, I highly recommended it to him. He never got to read it and I can't bring myself to finish the last few pages. I'm feeling all of the anxiousness and exhaustion lift and am looking forward to a productive (and I haven't determined exactly what that means yet!) weekend. The problems with the construction are slowly resolving and the end might be in sight. The deck is well on its way to completion, house painting starts Monday then gutters so, theoretically, it should be finished in a couple of weeks?? Baking an entire Costco-sized batch of chicken thighs then freezing them has been a life-saver and so has roasting a big pan of veggies on the weekend. I'm not sure what my cook-up is going to consist of this weekend but that chicken sausage you mentioned with the cinnamon in it sounds great. If I decide to get off of the hill and go downtown to the farmer's market, I'm getting some ground chicken so I can make that. Shawarma seasoning sounds great, too! It would be good with baba ganoush. We're supposed to have a light freeze Saturday night so we'll be in the garden trying to gather up the last of the peppers. I can see some red from the street so I know there's some in there! Have a wonderful weekend!
  7. hollysmokes

    Start Date: December 1st

    We survived! Holy moly am I tired, though! The festival itself went really well with a good turnout in spite of cold-ish, drippy weather. We got almost 4 inches of rain Monday so we're quite thankful that didn't arrive a couple of days earlier. We had major refrigerator and water crises but managed to get it all worked out. The lack of refrigerator space pushed our cooking back a day so we were really jammed up by Friday. We smoked 10 pork butts Saturday night and a few people were supposed to hang out with our friend that was helping us but they vanished. I felt OK and just couldn't leave him sitting in the dark by himself (did I mention the generator system went down??) so I stayed up until 4 AM tending butts. That made Friday a 22 hour day and 4 hours of sleep later, Saturday was about an 18 hour day of flat-out busting our butts the whole time. When I managed to eat at all, I ate waaaay off road (chicken fried steak with cream gravy and grits, a couple of Nutter Butter cookies and a snack sized bag of Doritos!!). I brought a couple of bars with me but didn't even have time to remember to eat them. I'll definitely have to have a plan next year; that's the most severe detour I've taken since Stardate 12012017. Immediately back on plan, though and no self recrimination. Well, not much anyway; just the knowledge that I could have done better. I did really well during the week and ate good stuff out of the freezer but that all fell apart once we were on site, crazy busy and sleep deprived. Like you said, safety net! Now to get back on my exercise game. I think I'll aim for this weekend; maybe I'll have all of the pots and 5-gallon buckets put away that are taking up my work-out space right now. The bottom line is that everybody loved the food and appreciated all of our hard work. Almost everything got eaten; only 2 pork butts left and we'll use those for the afterparty/debriefing get-together. I think that if I had maintained my workouts, I wouldn't be as exhausted so those are my goals for next year- keep working out so I have better stamina and have a food plan so I can keep myself fueled. Really, it's just an extension of what I'm striving for anyway, right? Not sure if you are familiar with Peter Rowan (legendary guitar player played with Bill Monroe) or not but the total highlight of the weekend was explaining exactly how I made the kale, butternut squash & white bean soup to him. His contract included some food requests but, as far as I could tell, he only ate our food. I got to tell Peter Rowan (!!) that our kale was sourced from a friend that has been growing it and saving the seed for 30 years and that I had made the vegetable stock by saving my veggie trimmings all year long! It was so cool! I'm such a dork! It was awesome! How goes things in your world? I feel like I've been on the moon for the last couple of weeks and just got back. Time to get reoriented.
  8. hollysmokes

    Start Date: December 1st

    Thanks for Hamza Al Din; I loved reading his story. His music feels so peaceful and I could use some peace about now. Murphy is still hanging out at our house. One of the carpenters nailed up a board on the side of our house and shot a nail through the copper tubing that runs from the outside A/C unit to the house. Theoretically we should not be paying for the repair but things are starting to go sideways in a big way. Neither of us slept last night but, at least I did a little stretching and I have good meals for today. Glad to hear you came through that rough patch; sounds like you have a good plan moving forward, too. The plan! The plan! It's amazing what a bit of movement and some positive thinking can do to propel us forward. I'm trying to stay positive but it's really being hard. I guess if it was easy, it wouldn't be a thing, now would it? That smoothie sounded pretty tasty but if it's not AND doesn't really hold you (even though you made it do its job) I think I'd pass. Your Portland trip sounds wonderful and Thanksgiving in the mountains doesn't sound too shabby either. I haven't thought about it yet. Everything is ATF (after the festival) at this point! Gotta run off to a lecture; my Tuesdays have gotten crazy but this too will end!
  9. hollysmokes

    Start Date: December 1st

    You can absolutely do this! I bet the exercise will make a difference. My sugar dragon was bitchin' at me today, too. I've eaten carb dense veg every day this week and twice on two occasions. It wasn't my plan but I wasn't thinking that if I have delicata squash in my morning roasted veggies, I shouldn't have holy mackerel cakes for lunch of leftover green tomato & potato curried veggies. Oops. I think that what almost made me buy a jelly donut this morning but I decided to have an early lunch instead so I won but it was close! Cashews and dark chocolate, on the other hand....mmmmm yum. Right now all I have is insanity; no Zen! The house project is running amok! The A/C repair escalated to almost $2500 but at least the miserable thing is fixed- just in time for the temp to drop 20 or 30 degrees. Now my husband needs cataract surgery. And, and, and... But I didn't eat the donut! Give yourself a hug; you deserve it and it'll make your sugar dragon shrink in size.
  10. hollysmokes

    Start Date: December 1st

    Bokanté and Metropole Orkest are releasing a new album next week and I just pre-ordered it; it sounds like it's going to be amazing. We've know Trombone Shorty since he really was short! We hired him while he was still in high school going to the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, a kind of supplemental high school that was a separate campus where admission was by audition only. We had the privilege of feeding him his first lobster- just told him to eat it like a gigantic crawfish! Will trade food for music! One of the musicians took me literally at Hoedown last year and gave me a CD. The oud! I kept looking at it and trying to figure out if it was a bouzouki or one of the big mandolins or what. Now I know- thanks. Wow, that was quite a confession, LOL! I won't tell! Hard to imagine now, isn't it? I have a hard time picturing you all cozied up with a can of frosting. We're evolving! Ooh, Chinese 5-spice sounds great. I have two more delicatas that I'm going to roast tonight to go with a little sirloin steak and I'm going to do the 5-spice thing with a little garlic and maybe a pinch of pepper flakes. I finally found some ground chicken! I've only seen it at big box stores and it kinda skeeved me out but this was really good so I'll be using that a little more and ground pork a little less. I want to add beans back in as well; I just haven't gotten around to it yet. My husband will be thrilled. I have a really good refried bean recipe, too so i might do that first. Haven't come up with a plan for breakfasts yet and I'm thinking it's not going to happen this year. My husband's daughter isn't going to be able to come up at all so if I did breakfast, we would be cooking/serving for 16-18 hours on Saturday then have to get up early Sunday to help break everything down. The first year we fed the Sunday morning workers so I might try to do that. It's hard without a real kitchen. We start off with an empty field, build a festival then turn it back into an empty field. I have a big double burner camp cooker and that's it for cooking. We use steam trays and crockpots to keep everything hot and everything is pre-cooked at home which is about 30 minutes away. There are logistical issues, for sure! Ch-ch-ch-chia!
  11. hollysmokes

    Start Date: December 1st

    Woohooo! Lisbette, thanks for sending me down that rabbit hole! I listened to that entire Bokanté album which led to Metropole Orkest and Snarky Puppy. I created a Pandora station and then realized that some of my New Orleans favorites are in there, too- Trombone Shorty and Rebirth Brass Band. Malika Tirolien is the singer and, yes, she is truly amazing. Thanks again; I love discovering new (to me) music! Ghanian food sounds so exotic and ginger fried plantains sound fabulous. Seems to me that you did a great job staying "nutritious and delicious" and if the worst thing you had was some questionable oil with your heavenly fried brussels sprouts, I don't know if you can hardly call it off-roading! Good job! My Creole gravy came out really good. I have a cheater recipe from Commander's Palace (old, traditional high-end restaurant in NO) that doesn't use a roux so I can make it without flour. We had shrimp creole for dinner last night. Hubbie had his on rice, the traditional way and I just ate mine with a spoon and had some broccoli with oo and garlic. I got a big chuck roast last weekend and was going to make stew with it but I'm all over anything simple right now and beef stew isn't so simple. I think I'm going to cook it in the Creole gravy instead and make beef daube which is a bit different from the classic French version and served on spaghetti (or green beans in my case). It's something else I can put in the freezer for emergencies or for when I have no room in the fridge for my own food! Thank goodness for holy mackerel cakes in the freezer! That's my lunch today with (almost) the last tomatoes from the garden and a green bean salad. I did hash this week, too- ground pork, roasted delicata squash, peppers and green beans with a couple of fried eggs on top for breakfast. A friend of mine at work told me that Mexican tradition holds that it's bad luck to return empty containers so I always think of her when I'm returning a container to somebody. I like that tradition! I've only had chia seeds in one of the Primal Kitchen bars and wasn't crazy about them; they always wound up as little slimy things between my teeth. The other two flavors didn't have them so I don't know why they decided to add them to the coconut cashew bars but I'll pass. Let me know how your smoothie experiment goes. I like smoothies but have never found that they hold me for more than an hour or two and that was way before W30. Sometimes it would be nice to have a smoothie as a change of pace. A lot of times when I'm heading to the farmer's market on Saturday mornings, I want to get an early start to beat the parking problems and don't want to stop to fix a proper breakfast. And, yes, lists. And paint. And, of course, music
  12. hollysmokes

    Start Date: December 1st

    Monterey Jazz Festival! That must be amazing. I hope the weather was grand; I'm sure the music was. My weekend was a blur of activity but mostly just the usual stuff except for going to Restaurant Depot where I totally geeked out over all of the STUFF they have. If you've never heard of it, it's like a Sam's or Costco for restaurants. The meat & produce cooler was bigger than most regular grocery stores but I almost froze to death. It didn't occur to me to bring a jacket. Fun! Fun! Can't wait to go back. My Hoedown friend got me all set up so I can go whenever I want to. You have to have a tax ID number to get it so I've never been able to go. The weather has turned to constant rain so work on the house has stalled and the A/C guys can't do their thing either. They just keep recharging it and that just makes me cringe environmentally. It only holds freon for about two days then has to get gassed up again- ugh. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and they'll be able to fix it Wednesday and not have to gas it up a 4th time. I lost my sous chefs for Hoedown I'm totally not surprised but my husband's daughter doesn't feel like she can abandon her new personal training business for a week at this stage and I agree with her. On top of that, my husband can't take off of work like he usually does so I'm in panic mode a little bit. It'll be fine, I think, but I need to plan things out a little differently. Lists! I must have lists! And a cleared out refrigerator. We always laugh when we're doing big cooking like this because we wind up not having any room for our food and eat out. Gotta fly! A quick swing by the dentist then home to make Creole gravy with the last of our tomatoes.
  13. hollysmokes

    Start Date: December 1st

    “Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” —Buddha
  14. hollysmokes

    Start Date: December 1st

    The curry was delicious, different, easy and compliant so what more could you ask for? My husband even liked it; I just have to remember not to use the "C" word (curry) or he'll say he doesn't like curry. Technically, it used garam masala anyway. Here's the link in case you find yourself with a surplus of green tomatoes: https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2010/09/dinner-tonight-green-tomato-curry-with-potatoes-and-garlic-recipe.html. I doubled the recipe because a single just didn't seem worth it and added an extra 8 oz of tomatoes but kept the water at 1 cup and that was plenty. I just realized I forgot the cilantro at the end, too. Because the tomatoes are so tart it's almost like a chutney and was really good with roasted veggies and grilled pork tenderloin. I was a little confused about how to cut up the tomatoes because the recipe says to cut them in 1-inch segments. What the heck is a segment of a tomato?? I decided on 1-inch cubes and it seemed to work out well. I think I mentioned the green sauce that I used on my chicken before but couldn't find the source. It's nomnom's recipe for Fiona's Green Chicken. I don't think I've tried Mel's salmon cakes but nomnom has some spicy tuna cakes that look pretty similar and they're really good. You're casserole sounds creamy, delicious. I might have to do that for my breakfasts one week. I don't know about the whole keto thing; seems like it would be hard to get sufficient nutrients. I've read a little about it and I know some peoples, esp women, don't always do well hormonally but I haven't really delved into the specifics. Thanks for the reminder; I think mindfulness is where I've lost my way recently. Even though my meals have been pretty good I haven't been paying attention. At all. Not to my food, my body, my movement. The only thing that's been buzzing around my head is that anything I can get done today is one less thing I have to do tomorrow and that has just turned my life into one gigantic to-do list. Not good and no fun. So now that I'm aware, how can I change it? Yesterday was a "kill all the things" day for no good reason and then our upstairs A/C died. That'll teach me. Reminds me of when I was little and crying over something. My mom would say "You want to cry? I'll give you something to cry about!" Nothing that $1000 won't fix but thankful that we have A/C in the main part of the house and the nights are getting a little cooler. Nope, no cheat days. Intentionally choosing to indulge in something special-yes! I did pretty well last year and, since we're doing the food, that makes it easier. I'll definitely have some gumbo since it's my family's traditional recipe (flour in the roux, Costco roasted chicken with all kinds of yuck in it, non-compliant ham) but I'll forgo the rice. The next day is pulled pork, potato salad, green beans (non-compliant bacon though) and probably a little sauce on my pork. I make the sauce and it's ketchup-based but has only a little bit of added sugar besides what's in the ketchup. Since I make it for hoedown, it's Hoe Sauce, of course, and it's a little spicy and a little vinegary and really yummy. I've had some requests for dessert so I'll have to show some restraint there if I make them and we haven't figured out breakfast yet. I think I'll be OK except the beer vendor is a local craft brewery and I love their beer so I need to show some restraint there too! Yeah, that's going to be my big transgression! I'll accept it and move on. Yes!
  15. hollysmokes

    Start Date: December 1st

    Hmmmm, an October W30 doesn't sound out of reach as long as I wait until after Hoedown. When in November is your Portland trip? Maybe we could squeeze one in between Hoedown and Portland and have a good reset before the end of the year. I think it would be great to end the year stronger, leaner and more fit (inside & out). I'm feeling pretty yucky today so the thought of getting back in the groove sounds pretty good. I made buffalo wings for a snacky dinner last night and ate way too many of them while we were binge-watching Ozark on Netflix. Thank goodness for peppermint oil! I took a drop in the middle of the night and it helped settle my stomach down but I still don't feel "right" and now I'm sleep-deprived on top of it. Meadowlily says that mistakes made more than once are a decision. I won't make that mistake again! So sorry to hear that you were so sick last week; that sucks. Feeling better? I did manage a pretty good cook-up this weekend but it was very disorganized- lots of pieces/parts but I got two big pans of chicken thighs baked (for me- my hubby is a white meat eater), a big pan of roasted veggies and cooked down a huge bag of spinach to go with my eggs for something different for breakfast. I tried a new recipe and managed to turn it into a non-recipe so volumes don't really matter so much. Cauli "Risotto"! Rice the cauli (about 3 cups-ish) and dice up almost the same amount of mushrooms (I used baby bellas). Put the cauli in a bowl (no added liquid) and microwave it for 2 minutes, stir and repeat. Let it cool for a couple of minutes then put it in a towel and wring as much water out of it as you can without burning yourself. Put a couple of tablespoons of ghee (I used butter because it doesn't bother me and I'm out of ghee) in a skillet and saute some onion (maybe 1/3 of a cup?) and the mushrooms. After the shrooms release a bunch of liquid, let it cook off just a little then add the cauli, salt and a little garlic powder (or saute garlic w the onion). I added a little more ghee at the end for flavor. It is NOT pretty- kinda beige- but it tasted great. Cauli rice isn't my favorite but it's nice to have as a side sometimes. Might be good to bring to a potluck around the holidays, too. My new project is finding something to do with green tomatoes. I found three good ideas: one fermented just like Kosher dills but you slice the tomatoes, one quick pickle in the fridge and a green tomato & potato curry-ish dish that sounds really interesting- it uses garam masala and I even have some. I'll let you know how it turns out. Wow, it sounds like you're doing some deep personal delving. Good for you! I can totally relate to carbs & candy for comfort because I've been doing it just dealing with all of my stress lately. Good nutrition and exercise is a much better approach and we both know that! My tupperware tubs are full