Fall weather hasn't really started around here, but I'm ready for sweaters, boots, and warm food. So I made one of my favorite soup recipes for my lunches this week. As I am wont to do, I made a few modifications (because soups usually take well to that sort of thing). The beans in it make it non-paleo, but I decided to tip it more to that side by using only 1 can of white beans and using a whole package of chicken italian sausage (16oz!). I also switched out the frozen spinach for frozen kale (because why not) and used lemon juice instead of red wine vinegar. I really like how it turned out!
I tried on this shirt dress from the Gap over the weekend and was surprised by how much I liked it (and that was before I discovered that it had pockets). I wore it on Monday (over pants, because that's how I roll) and I think it may be my new favorite thing in my closet.
I'm doing a 30 day trial of Rdio for music listening at work. I had been using Spotify, which I do like, but a friend had mentioned she used Rdio so I thought I'd give it a go. I've only been using it for a few days so I don't want to pass any judgement yet, but I may end up doing a whole post comparing Pandora, Spotify, and Rdio...
I think I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I had started the process to brew my own Kombucha. We're now about 3 batches in, and I think I've kind of got the process down? The latest batch is doing it's second fermentation and it will be ready for us to taste tomorrow. I have a feeling it might be the best batch yet. If so, there will be a whole post about what I've been doing.
Now, bring on the sweater weather!
(And the rain, we could REALLY use some rain out this way.)
I've been cooking! Sort of!
What have you been cooking?
Last week was pretty horrible as far as weeks go. I'm not going to get into details, but I'm finding that getting back into a normal routine of things is helping me cope.
Not that writing a blog post is a normal routine for me right now, but I think I'd like it to be, so here we are.
Holly posted something last week that struck a chord with me. She mentioned that some of her favorite blogs were the ones that provide a little slice of everyday life, and I couldn't agree more. The blog Say La Vee has been a favorite for years because I love the little "slice of life" tidbits she provides (whether they be good or bad). I need to remember this for my own blog.
So with that in mind, here's a few day-to-day things that are knocking around in my brain:
Okay, so after typing all that up, I'm realizing that my "slice of life" stuff may involve a lot of lists. But I'm a lover of lists, so I suppose that makes sense.
So, um, stay tuned for some more lists!
Turns out I didn't have my RSS feed fixed. But now, I think we're all good. Cross your fingers.
In case you missed it, I made some popsicles last weekend that turned out really well. So well, in fact, that I just made another batch. I modified the recipe ever so slightly and used frozen mango, which is super convenient, but I ran into a little snag. When I went to blend everything together, the coldness of the mango made the honey harden up and stick to the sides of my blender jar. Nothing that couldn't be fixed with a little scraping and reblending, but something I had not noticed the first time I made these. So keep an eye out for that if you make these pops and use frozen mango. I also used the full amount of honey from Tracy's original recipe, so I'm hoping the batch I made this morning will turn out even better than the first!
So, I've been going over my domain bandwidth with this little site, and I think a lot of it has to do with feed readers and things like that. So in an attempt to do something about that, I set up a Feed Burner feed, and then I tweaked some things, and then my feed stopped updating. And in that time, I ended up posting something TWICE. And it's not showing up at all. Well, unless you actually come to the site, which I'm not sure happens that often. (I should check my stats every once in a while, shouldn't I? Or maybe not.)
I think things are back to normal. So I'm putting this here to see if it'll show up in a feed reader. Oh, and I also figured out how to change my bandwidth allotment, so maybe there was no need for all this Feed Burner nonsense in the first place, but let's see what happens, shall we?
I don't usually do things like this, but I set a goal for myself this summer. I've been wanting to make these Mango Lassi Popsicles since Tracy posted the recipe. It's from last June. Yeah. I figured if I made it a goal, I might actually do it, and whaddya know. IT WORKED.
I did have a couple of obstacles to overcome. One, I needed popsicle molds (easily solved, I ordered these). Two, I recently decided to cut dairy out of my diet (I may have more to say about that later) and these are yogurt based popsicles. Thankfully, there are a lot of non-dairy yogurt options now, and my local Whole Foods had a coconut milk option that I thought might work.
Aside from the yogurt, the only other modifications I made were using frozen mangoes and cutting the amount of honey by one tablespoon. I thought the vanilla flavor in the yogurt (as opposed to the plain in the original recipe) might make them too sweet. However, after reading this article about rock hard popsicles (turns out they need sugar to prevent being frozen solid), I might keep that extra tablespoon in there next time. (My end result was not rock hard, but I wouldn't mind them being a little less solid.)
I love these popsicles so much. The cardamom gives them an unexpected flavor and I think it keeps them from being too sweet. And since I used frozen mangoes, I almost always have all the ingredients on hand to make a batch. Which will definitely be happening again soon!
I'm a little bit relieved that July is over. It ended up being the month of the BBQ. Pretty much every weekend, there was some sort of BBQ going on, which was awesome, but exhausting and I'm happy to have some time to bum around at home and get stuff done, such as:
And of course, there's the usual laundry, lunch making, and tidying up of the house. All things that need to get done, and can sometimes fall off the radar when we're having too much weekend fun. But I think that's totally okay every once in a while, especially when it means I come home with a bag full of smoked pork shoulder. (Okay, so I might actually miss all those BBQs now that they're over.)