Man – I have to say my mind has been all over the place lately. All over. I can’t seem to get it settled down and it’s not just caffeine. Anyone talking to me in person lately probably walks around in a daze afterwards because I have been talking fast and jumping topics all over the place. Plus I haven’t been sleeping well.
And then I realize that Thanksgiving is in less than a week. And I also realize that biking season is probably over now. I was hoping for more, but the high temperature in the next 10 days is 38 degrees with most of the days in the low 30s. Wahhh! I am so struggling with getting into indoor exercise mode and changing my eats. I think I will accept the fact that the season has ended and set the bike up on the trainer. That means changing out the back tire, which is why I don’t have it on there already. I hate changing the tires. I found out that the trainer was probably the reason I had all the flats a couple years ago because they will deform the tire and that can let in all kind of particles of grit, glass and such that will pop the tube. So, I use an old tire on the back wheel inside and save the good one for outdoor riding. It’s just so final to bring it inside.
With the coming cold weather, we had best get started on our table project if we are going to get it finished for Christmas dinner! I am now in possession of a new toy, though:
The Kreg jig for pocket holes (I wrote ‘hoes’ LOL) isnt’ needed for this, but it will look more professional. We have all the wood and hardware to get started, so that is on the agenda for this weekend.
Someone who cares not if I am all over the place? Ms. Pixie. I moved her bed to the window and now she loves it even more. I also bought a scrap piece of fleece to match her bed.
She is kind of giving me the evil eye here, I have to say.
I wish I could relax like her. I have tried meditating in the past, but I just don’t enjoy it. It stresses me out because I can’t seem to get the hang of it, which is totally the opposite of what is supposed to happen. Maybe I should just nap.
Going to try to relax this weekend, though. John is taking me out for lunch tomorrow for my football meal. I wanted a place that we can only get to on the weekends, so that meant waiting for my meal all week Hopefully I will have some progress pics of the table other than the pile of wood we bought!
I know – you are all What?? Butter chicken? However, this recipe contains no butter at all There often is butter in this dish, but there are also plenty of versions that leave it out. It really is a very rich dish, which is cut by using lite coconut milk and nonfat greek yogurt instead of heavy cream. I based mine on this recipe.
I took all pictures with my phone today, too, just for fun.
Ingredients (minus the chicken):
Haha – excuse the Mickey cup! It gets hand washed instead of being putting in the dishwasher, and it was there drying. Oopsie. Just keepin’ it real.
1 tbsp curry paste (make sure this is Indian and not Thai)
1 tbsp garam masala
2 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 clove minced garlic
1 can lite coconut milk
1 cup plain yogurt (make sure it does not have gelatin in it)
1 5.5 oz can of tomato paste
1 tsp of salt
Easy peasy directions:
Cut the chicken into bite-size chunks. Add to slow cooker and then add everything else on top. Stir well.
Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. I was a little concerned about adding the yogurt at the start, but the recipe said to do that.
Now, when it is done, it will look like the yogurt has separated, but just mix it up. I suppose you could always leave the yogurt until the end and stir it in, but it tasted good to me. If you do this on the stove top, I would leave it until the last step. In fact, I might just try stirring in the yogurt at the end even with the slow cooker to see if I can get it a little creamier.
Voila – served with rice.
I really liked this! I think the key to this dish is the cardamom. It’s a wonderful spice and smells like chai. I would wear it as a perfume if I could. It’s worth picking up for this dish. If you don’t have it, you can try using an extra teaspoon of the garam masala, which has some cardamom in it, but it won’t taste quite the same.
I also did not put any cayenne in it for John, but next time I think I will add some. It’s also surprisingly filling.
Nutritional stats: The whole batch is 1311 calories, 60 grams of carbs, 59 grams of fat, 154 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber. So, divided into 6 portions, it would be about 220 calories. That will depend a bit on which coconut milk you use, so please note. The Thai lite has about 50 calories per serving versus 140 for regular coconut milk.
I am having serious thoughts of getting back into house flipping again. Like serious enough that I have talked with the agent I worked with before selling my houses to get an opinion. Sort of kind of trying to talk myself out of it, but seem to be doing the opposite. John and I have been tire kicking at a new house for us a bit and seeing all of these potential flip candidates is driving me nuts.
I look at a picture like this and it gets me all excited.
I can just imagine the transformation! I see much potential in this room. There is still huge risk in flipping. It would mean still working my present job as much as I could while working on a flip as we can’t really go without my income during the fix up time. The financing is really the toughest aspect of flipping and I do not relish going into that quagmire. That’s really the only thing stopping me.
Here is another one I was drooling over.
This is *my* type of house. It’s old, from 1867. It’s got all that character – seriously, that arch doorway with the original wood? You can see underneath all that grime that it could be beautiful. Not to mention I bet there is hardwood under that carpet.
I am just thinking out loud here and don’t know if I actually will proceed forward, but I certainly have that bee in the bonnet again.
Yippee! I finally reached 2500 miles! The first ride of the year was March 10th and I hit 2500 on November 16th.
I wasn’t planning on hitting that Saturday, but it turns out that Sunday ended up rainy and there was no biking – so I am glad I did. Saturday was gorgeous!I still was bundled up because it was in the 50s.
The exact spot where I crossed over 2500:
I actually ended up a bit over 2500 on the day:
Some fun stats.
Equivalent miles of running – Approximately 834
Calories burned – 75,060, give or take a few thousand
Pounds not gained due to calorie burn- 21
Pounds lost during the season - Zero I just don’t lose during biking season.
Flat tires – Only 1! Remember the year of the flat tire a couple years ago? I replaced the tires with Gatorskins and that was so worth it. Those tires cost more, but overall less than all the tubes I had to buy from all the flats.
Distance traveled – Albany to Los Angeles is 2457 miles, so pretty much across the US! Of course, that is air miles, so I guess I need a flying bicycle.
Last year’s total road miles – 2174
Things that contributed to the success of this goal:
The weather. We actually had somewhat of a wet summer, but there didn’t seem to be days on end where it would rain, so I was able to sneak in rides here and there.
No injuries, or least nothing that kept me from cycling.
My job. Having the ability to flex my schedule allowed me to get in those rides when the weather was right.
Deciding to commit to the goal. That meant always planning out how many miles I wanted in a week and checking the long range weather to plan when I was going to ride.
How about a collage of some of the treats I had while riding this year?
So what’s next? I am not ready to bring the bike in for the year yet. There may be another nice weekend this month. I have never ridden into December, so that is probably very unlikely, but I did ride Thanksgiving weekend last year.
He has leukemia and his Make A Wish was to be batman. So the city actually created scenarios for him to go in and save people. He caught the Riddler trying to rob a bank and the penguin stealing a mascot. What a huge collaborative effort by the city and its residents to make this little boy’s wish come true!
This little gem popped up in my feed earlier this week and I just can’t stop laughing at it.
Please note – once you see, you can never unsee!
Award for parent creativity goes to these folks who decided to show their children what the toy dinosaurs did while they were sleeping!
They named this Dinovember and you can follow them on facebook to see what they are doing – or participate! This kind of makes me want to do the Elf on a Shelf in December. Not that I have an elf, but I could get one
We have a decent weather weekend on tap around here. Decent enough anyway. I did get a ride in today for about 12 miles. I need 23 more miles to make my goal of 2500. That will be happening this weekend barring any disaster. I will recap it on Sunday. Have a wonderful weekend, whatever your plans!
Thursday already – can you believe it? I thought I would do a Throwback Thursday, too, just for fun. This is a picture of my sister and I. I am the younger one, of course
Throwing it waaaaaay back! We both had the most pinchable cheeks, too.
I won the football picks this week. Pretty handily, I might add. We headed out tonight for dinner. One of the many things I love about the Prius is the stereo system. Not only does it play CDs (at least it should, we haven’t actually used the player yet), but you can plug in a USB stick and have as much music as you want! John has one loaded up. We have tons and tons of music. John has been working on transferring them all. I think there are only 173 folders on this one so far. It’s a mix of jazz, classical, Celtic, holiday, etc., – although I note that my classic rock stuff is not on the drive yet… Anyway, here was tonight’s selection from folder 99:
This is the album 25 by Harry Connick, Jr. I love that album. And I love this car!
We really like this place. They moved locations to an old renovated building this summer and this was our first time at the new spot. It’s really nice.
I knew what I wanted right away:
Panang curry! Note the word ‘hot’ by the dish. It was pretty hot and I loved it
I had it with scallops for the protein choice and it came with a side of rice. John tried it and said “Remind me what that was so I don’t order it. It’s too hot”. It was hot, but not that bad. I don’t really want to say John can’t handle the heat, but he just cannot handle the heat. Only my sister can match me for the hot stuff.
The best part? I now have a yummy dinner for tomorrow night, too!
Cold spell coming in! I don’t know if it reached 40 today.
It was definitely a good day for protein pancakes!
Pixie had an exciting day today. John had a customer come to the shop today and they brought their dogs. The dogs were in the car with windows opened and they barked a fair amount. The car was parked right by Pixie’s viewing window and she was quite upset. So she moved to the kitchen window and stared them down.
She kept creeping back into the living room and then eventually slunk upstairs. Not a happy camper.
I thought about going out for a walk for exercise today, but I just couldn’t make myself go out in the cold . So, I went old school and pulled out a DVD.
I have sort of been thinking about a treadmill to change things up from just being on the bike trainer this winter, but I just don’t know if I want to haul a big piece of equipment upstairs, particularly since we have the stairs of death in our old house, meaning very narrow with short treads. Maybe if we move to a different house I would do it.
Can I confess here about one of my goal for the month to eat 2 veggies a day? I am so not feeling vegetables at. all. I don’t care for salads, especially now that it is cold (and don’t even mention spinach smoothies, please), but even eating my beloved broccoli hasn’t been appealing. At least I am getting in my fruit. I think it is the cold weather or something. All I feel like doing is getting under the fleece blanket and hibernating. I am feeling the cold terribly so far this year, and it is only mid November! What is up with that?
I actually did venture out into the cold tonight. John lured me with coffee. We made a stop at Lowe’s and I did more calculations on the table. If we want to do all oak, the table will cost hundreds of dollars to do – and at that cost, we may as well save the effort and buy one, right? So, I was looking for alternative wood, at least for the majority of the table. Now that I think we have decided on Douglas fir and probably maple for the insert, I think we are ready to purchase the wood. I am going to invest in a Kreg jig, though (which does pocket holes for screws). Anyway, I am sure you want to know all that, right?
After Lowe’s it was over to Panera Bread and a latte (decaf) by the fire.
Yes, I pulled my chair right up there and hogged the fireplace Well, really these 2 chairs are set up right by this, so I just scooched it a little closer. It’s a double-sided fireplace anyway.
I miss the fireplace we had in our old house, I have to say. At least I have my heated fleece. It’s going to be a long winter…
It was a pretty chilly weekend around here. Starting to really realize that biking season is going to end for real!
Last night we went to a concert that I was so excited about! Hot Club of Detroit came to Schenectady and I could barely wait to get a ticket to see them! I just had gotten one for myself the day I found out about it because I was worried they might sell out. John was going to be out of town, but then he didn’t go and he came down with in the hopes that there would be a ticket left, which there was, just barely. It was in the Van Dyck Lounge in the historic district, which was a pretty neat place. The concert was basically in the lounge and they served food and drinks during the show, which was really interesting and not anything I had done before. It was a nice intimate setting, too.
Anyway, Hot Club of Detroit is a modern gypsy jazz group based in the style of DJango Rheinhart and the Hot Club of Paris. Now I think I might have mentioned this group before as I have 3 of their albums. I never thought I would get a chance to see them live!
It’s very hard to sit still when they play. This video will probably change they way you think of the accordion, too. They were so good! Soooo good! You know those times when you watch people that really have mastered their instruments and are so used to playing with each other. It makes me miss performing a bit, especially small ensemble.
We also decided on a table to make after looking at plans and deciding what looked feasible for us to do. Here is the table we are planning on.
The plans are here. The plan is to build it with a hardwood (like oak). We went out looking for wood yesterday, but could not find what we wanted at the box stores or at one local lumber yard, so we are going to have to go check out a couple other lumber yards. Who would have thought it would be hard to get 2×4 in oak? Anyway, I am getting excited for this project. We have the stain colors already. It’s going to be dark on the frame and then the inner planks will be 2 different colors. Hopefully we can get this done by Christmas.
I babysat Mr. Boo on Saturday, too! He’s so cute! It’s hard to get a picture of a kitty that wants attention.
I did squeak out a bike ride. Saturday just couldn’t get warm enough. Sunday got to about 45 degrees, so I went out despite it spitting a bit of rain here and there. Just a quick 10 miles. I had a ride with the ducks – can you see them?
I was pretty chilly by the end of the ride:
You can see the rain sprinklings on the odometer
Only 34.5 to go! So close I can taste it. I likely won’t be biking until next weekend because of weather coming up, but next weekend looks promising (at least for now).
I got all fancy here at Casa Radiance for breakfast today! I had pulled my sourdough starter (aka Breadipus Rex) out of the fridge a couple days ago to see if it was still alive. Truth be told, I forgot about it for a few months! I thought it was dead, but I fed it and it showed some signs of life, so I left it out of the fridge and kept refreshing it for a couple days and it was alive and kicking again. I realize this starter is over 2 years old now! I don’t use it that much, but will feed it occasionally. It’s the forgotten pet
Anyway, I wanted to try something different and saw this recipe for sourdough crepes and thought that would be easy enough for breakfast!
Crepes are really easy. They seem fancy, but just are a super thin pancake. This recipe only took 4 ingredients:
Okay, I know the picture has just 3, but pretend you see milk sitting next to these items. It was pre coffee when I did this.
1/2 cup fed sourdough starter 100% hydration **
1 teaspoon butter, melted
1 to 2 tablespoons of milk
** 100% hydration means the starter is made with equal parts by weight of flour and water. If you use more flour than water, that is a stiff starter.
The best pan to use for crepes is an 8 inch nonstick pan. You don’t need a fancy crepe pan. It just needs to have slightly curved sides. While you mix the ingredients, you want to get your pan hot over medium to medium high heat.
First, stir your starter to get all the bubbles out. Then measure out 1/2 cup and add it to the cup of your mini blender along with the egg and melted butter. You could do this with a whisk if you don’t have a blender, but it’s just easier this way.
I also tossed in some cinnamon here, just for kicks. Blend well and then stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk to thin out the batter. How much milk will depend a little on how wet your starter is. You want it really thin so it spreads around the pan and doesn’t mound up like it would for a pancake.
Spray the heated pan with cooking spray and pour in about 3 tablespoons of batter. You want to swirl the pan around to distribute the batter all the way around the pan and up the sides. This is why you need thin batter. This was a hard picture to take, I have to say.
You can kind of see how runny the batter is and how it is swirling towards the edges. It cooks very fast because the crepes are thin.
In about a minute, the crepe edges will start to pull from the pan like this:
Now is the time to flip. You can try with your fingers or just use a spatula:
This needs maybe 20 seconds on the other side:
Then just slide to a waiting plate. I slide mine out and then fold them over.
You could leave them unfolded and fill and roll them, but I am kind of lazy. Repeat until the batter is gone. It doesn’t take very long at all to do all the crepes. I got 5 crepes out of this and really the batter could have been a bit thinner and made 6.
I topped mine with my blueberry sauce and a spoon of ricotta. Plus some cinnamon because I got all fancy!
These were quite good. Normally crepes don’t have much flavor to them, but these had a definite complexity to them. My starter is pretty tangy because it is 2 years old. I think I will call them sophisticrepes! These could be used for sweet or savory purposes. You may want to add a little sweetener to these to help balance the tang if you are used to sweeter breakfasts.
I would hazard a guess that the crepes are about 220 calories or so, not including any topping.
Thanks for reading the AIM posts and leaving feedback. It’s always nice to hear the different opinions on what we write. I loved this comment from Kathy that says
Maintenance does not equal stasis!
I think that nails it pretty much, don’t you?
I can’t believe the week is half over already. Being busy helps with that, but sometimes I am thinking a day behind. Part of that is from work because I am almost always dating files from the day previous, so I start to think it is that day. The other part of that is just me
I did remember it was Wednesday when I woke up, which is Bagel Day! It’s embarrassing that the person behind the counter had sliced a wheat bagel and put it in the toaster when she saw us walk in. Guess I had better not ever change it up.
Today turned out to be quite a nice day weather wise. At this time of year, a nice day usually precedes cold weather or rain, so we will have to see what tomorrow brings. I knew I could get out for a ride today, though!
First was lunch. We are stocked up on food prep this week. I did crockpot red beans on Monday, which we have been eating the last couple days. John made a wonderful clam chowder on Sunday which we finished up at lunch.
I worked a bit more and headed out for my ride. First time I was able to get out since Saturday. It was 58, which is a nice temp. Not too cold, all though it was pretty breezy out. The first part of the ride was very fast with a tail wind. The second part was a bit tougher. I have my usual routes I ride depending on how many miles I want around the neighborhoods and today I wanted about 9 miles. That means road/path/road/path/road.
Loving the ride!
And yay for Pixie hairs on my gloves.
Check out my mileage.
Shade under 45 miles to go. Too bad I couldn’t get a really nice Saturday and I would have that done in one fell swoop. I think I am just going to have to nibble it out for the next couple of weeks. With shorter days, work and cold weather – it really makes it hard to keep riding. Looking at temps in the 30s next week. Brrr….
John made my latte after I got home. He had made a pumpkin spice syrup that he drizzled on top. I am a lucky lady. Another thumb’s up!
I needed that latte to keep working the rest of the day.
My brain was fried after work. Some days of work are easy and some days make my brain tired. Today was one of those days. So, I just made a PB &J sandwich for dinner.
Striking out today on the 2 different veggies a day today. Unless you want to count the celery and onion in my soup, which I won’t (even though I want to).
I hope to get semi caught up on blog reading tonight. I am behind! But, first going out for coffee with my hubby because you just can’t have enough coffee in a day (it will be decaf, don’t worry). We love to do lots of talking and planning when we have coffee, too.