:coffee: Happy Saturday on this glorious, sunny morning! There's nothing like the sun streaming in your windows to get your day off to a cheerful start. :)
I'm dropping my car off at the dealership as soon as they open this morning to get it inspected, so we'll be tooling around in Jake's jalopy the rest of the day. We have a funeral to attend at noon, then the kids are all coming over to spend the rest of the afternoon in the pool. I think we'll probably just do burgers and brats on the grill for an easy supper.
What's everyone have planned for today?
07-11-2009, 08:19 AM
Mornin' cottage! No one is awake today!
Wow, it's only the 11th. Isn't it illegal to not wait until the last day of the month to get the inspection?!?! The easy supper sounds like a great idea....maybe I'll copy you!
I have to work today, unfortunately. We have a huge arts festival in town (actually, two of them) that we may go to as well, depending on how the kids are doing. And of course, working on the new house. So much to do! We won't be bored for years!!
Have a great beachy weekend!
07-11-2009, 08:36 AM
Cottage, There are no auto inspections in Alabama. We had them in Louisiana, but it was just a $10 tax on your car. The inspector didn't actually inspect anything.
Twynn, Remodling a house is hard and fun at the same time. Last year, we tiled the living room and both bathrooms. We lived in a construction zone for about 3 weeks. Our kitchen is next. I don't know about living without a stove for 3 weeks .... or more.
Me: Jeff and Auston got up at 5:30 to go fishing with a buddy who got a new boat. So, I've been up since then. I did the cleaning that had to be done last night so I can have some fun in my alone time today. I'm going to the Farmer's Market and to Walmart. I actually enjoy wandering around Walmart.
Tonight we're going to BIL/SIL's house for dinner. I've asked twice what I can bring, but she hasn't given me an answer. Guess I'm a Lady of Leisure tonight. :D
Today is day 6 of phase 1. I'm down 4 of the 5 pounds I gained in Louisiana last week. It was water retention. Guess the rest of it is mine because the scale hasn't moved in a couple days. I'm feeling thinner. That has to be worth something. One of the mods has a ticker that says something about the scale being a convenient tool, but not the best tool to measure weight loss. I need to find that quote and stick it to my mirror in the bathroom.
Hope you all have a beachy day. I'm going to play... :)
07-11-2009, 08:49 AM
Hi Cottage and Twynn. I have been up for almost an hour, but have been multi tasking so I can get out of here early today.
I'm glad to hear of your nice weather, Cottage. Enjoy-except for your funeral.
Twynn, sorry you have to work,
Cat and Chelby, thanks for posting yesterday about your lunch dates. I'm happy for my healthy food today, too.
Schmoodle, Is your "rice" really rice? Just curious because it sounded really good.
Pearlrose, didn't get to say hi yesterday:wave:
Me, going hiking again today. We're leaving early, but without the dogs. We took them yesterday, but they are both older, and we didn't want to take them in too far. They did have a great time, though. I'm hoping to stop at the farmers market for cherries to take with us and we'll have a nice lunch up this beautiful canyon. Dinner out tonight-Cuban- so I don't have to do much SB thinking today.
Chelby, I won't eat any rice! Have a great day, Lady of Leisure. I just read that quote in one of our threads last week. I'm glad you had a good P1.
SB Question: Molasses?? Don't have my book. Googled and found this quote "Honey and molasses are allowed when they enhance the recipe flavor. Dr. A. suggests you use half of the amount called for in the recipe and the rest use Splenda or other type of sweetener." Any truth to that? I have a blueberry gingerbread cake I make once a year when bb's are fresh. It calls for 1/2 c molasses. I am willing to cut that in half, but would appreciate feedback.
Hi to everyone yet to come!! I desparately need :coffee2:
07-11-2009, 09:29 AM
Debbie -- In case Schmoodle doesn't see... Her rice is actually cauliflower. I don't remember how she cooks it. I have a gallon of fresh blueberries in my freezer. mmmm. Love them in oatmeal.
07-11-2009, 10:20 AM
Cottage, hope your inspection goes just fine. Chelby's right...here we call them "brake tags" (inspection stickers) You just drive in, they check your papers, you honk your horn, turn on the windshield wipers and show that your lights all work, hand then 10 bucks and your're good for a year. Just got a new one the other day.
Twynn, hope you get to go to the festival. We may go to one tonight depending on how we feel by this evening. It's a Bastille Day festival (art, music etc) in a town about 25 minutes from here.
Chelby, enjoy your alone day. Hopefully you'll be cooking some courtbouillon with those fishies! (hey, that's an idea, courtouillon could easily be South Beached!)
Lex, Hiking and cherries...a perfect combo...have a great time!
Me: Thought my clothesline would be up. Husband has to cut the rebar and needs a saw blade. Grrrrr. we were AT Lowe's, seems he would have thought of that. I don't nag, but I will bring up "suggestions" every now and then. Think a saw blade will be strongly suggested today.
We had a great time last night. Went to a place that in it's former life was an old gas station. They have music on the patio (where the cars used to pull in). It was hot as hades even with a mister and fans going. Finally cooled off after the sun started going down and the music started. We were feeling kind of icky from just eating at the Greek place and the heat and decided to only stay for one drink. Then we met a complete New Orleans Charecter...wearing white linen shorts, white linen shirt and a panama hat. He just strolls up to our table, starts talking about my eyes and stays at our table all night. This guy was a trip. He was back and and forth singing with the band (they played old style N.O. jazz). Let's just say that he swung "both ways" and had us in histerics telling us stories of his life in uptown N.O. after the storm with 2 other guys, a trannie and 3 dogs finally evacutating after a couple of weeks...then blowing a tire and having a flat spare. (sounds sad and was but the way he told it was hilarious) We danced the night away in that heat, so I guess I worked off the drinks. I have to admit it was the first time a bi guy ever told me I had a "nice rack". His boyfriend never showed up, so we had to take him home..crazy and fun night. You just never know what the day will bring. I like days like that!
07-11-2009, 02:27 PM
whew.. just got home from a nice 2.6 walk on a beautiful trail! next time we aren't bringing the pooch! she didn't love it as much as we did! it was a good cardio workout... it's a very hilly trail. I plan on walking it at least once a week.
I'm beginning to look forward to adding some whole grains back into my diet! I really haven't craved anything this go round. Bought some Agave nectar and I'm lovin it!
not looking forward to going to work this evening.. I really want to spend it hanging out with my family! Oh well!
07-11-2009, 03:03 PM
Sorry no time for personals but this article appeared in the Toronto Star today about the South Beach Diet: http://www.healthzone.ca/health/article/662402
07-11-2009, 04:30 PM
I finally found that recipe, for some reason that search function doesn't always work for me and yesterday it would not come up, but today I searched fried rice and it popped right up. :dizzy: whatteva.
Anyhoo, here it is http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/side-dishes-phase-1/44845-shrimp-fried-rice.html Kierie and Debbie that's for you.
It's really good, the rice part is cauliflower but you really wouldn't know it, and I add lots of extra stir fry veggies, soy sauce, fish sauce, sometimes water chestnuts, toasted almonds, like a regular stir fry - tons of veggies and soooo good.
So this morning I had breakfast with my friend at the PA Dutch Market, then hit the Farmer's Market, then Aldi's Ollies Dollar Tree Petsmart Home Depot, whew! I got lots of the stuff we need for DD's birthday party next weekend, she wants a luau theme and I checked Party City yesterday but sooo expensive, the Dollar Tree had tons of cute stuff cheap, woo-hoo. :carrot:
Came home hot and tired so we suited up and headed for the pool, and the sky started looking gray - wouldn't you know it as soon as we got signed it, we heard thunder? No pool for us, boo.
Hopefully this will pass over so we can go to the Movie on the Green later.
07-11-2009, 06:58 PM
My "clothesline" (I guess it's a "clothes-trellis!) is done. Cool, huh? (http://www.kodakgallery.com/femmecreole/main/clothes?)
It's made of pvc pipe reinforced with rebar and 2 chunks of "mini fence" I used to have around my herb garden before I moved the garden onto the patio.
I designed it and my husband executed it. I know he wishes I would quit thinking up things, but he's happy with the nice smelling sheets!
07-11-2009, 10:50 PM
I like your cute clothesline, Cat, but can you use clothespins on it? It's often breezy here, and without pins to anchor my clothes to the line, they'd be all over the yard! ;)
Schmoodle, thanks for reminding me of the Fried "Rice" recipe. I love it and I haven't made it in ages. Do you have a Christmas Tree Shop near you? You can often find tons of party theme items there for just pennies. Five Below is another great place to shop, too. That's a shame you didn't get to enjoy the pool today. It sure looked like we were going to have a big storm for a while this afternoon, but it all blew over and the sun came back out. I hate to say it, but we could actually use a little rain right now. If it doesn't rain overnight, I'm going to have to water the flower beds and the veggie garden tomorrow.
Sophie , that was an interesting article, but I find it hard to believe that the opinion was that the South Beach Diet was almost impossible to follow. I think most of us here would agree that once Phase 1 was over, this plan is pretty easy to live with. :shrug:
Chelby, you and Cat are pretty lucky that you don't have the yearly car inspections that we have. It cost me $324! But that included 2 new tires and an oil change, too. Jake gets his car inspected next week, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he gets off a lot cheaper than me. :crossed:
Debbie, have you tried agave nectar yet? For your recipe, I'd use 1 part molasses to 2 parts agave nectar, and I think you'd get good results. By the way, I'd love to have that recipe if you wouldn't mind sharing it. :)
It's been a long and busy day, and I think I'm going to turn in. I'll see you all bright and early in the morning! Nighty night!
07-11-2009, 11:38 PM
Cottage.... WOW!!! Expensive!
We just got home from BIL/SIL's house. Good thing I brought a SB friendly appetizer, because dinner was not friendly. Pork chops marinated in some kind of syrup, baked potatoes, salad and cupcakes. I ate my dip with celery, a pork chop and salad. MAN, I wanted a cupcake! That scale better be good to me in the morning. ;)
07-12-2009, 03:49 AM
Just wanted to check-in for my weekend fix. :)
Looks like you're all having a great one! :)
07-12-2009, 08:29 AM
I slept in a bit this morning, after laying awake listening to the storms all night. Everything is fresh and sparkling with the sun shining brightly this morning. :)
I have grocery shopping, cooking and laundry to do today, and someone will probably show up for a swim. I ended up making a big pot of spaghetti yesterday, so I think we'll grill out today.
How's your day shaping up?
07-12-2009, 08:48 AM
Inspections... I'm grateful that NY State has a decent inspection law, they check the brakes, tires, wheels, lights etc... makes one feel safer on the road. One year my car didn't pass due to no emergency brakes. (What are they for again? lol). My son and I were discussing this the other day about having to have insurance on the car. I know some of the other states do not require auto insurance. What do you all do when you get into an accident? (Again, not that I get into accidents, but it is a mind relaxer for me).
Sorry I have been MIA, been going through some difficult times due to lack of work, and I think maybe perhaps midlife crisis? I'll be 40 this year and thinking I really do not want to do bookkeeping any longer, trying to find things to do that I can help other's. What is life about anyway? Making money or helping others?
I did get the office reorganized. Pulled all the books and Bible STudy notes from over the past twenty years from the bedroom shelves into the office, tossed or donated the books I never use nor want nor need. Put the linen on the shelves behind the mirror in the bedroom (making a linen closet)... Made two trips to the local community shop so far and have at least two more trips by the year's end.
I also have the pictures from over the years on the Kitchen table and will spend some time over the next few days to put into frames or photo albums and get rid of the boxes they are in! Will be fun to reminisce!
Today am hoping my sister and her family will come out for a hike in the gully! Hopefully will be able to talk her into the easier of the three, where I can bring Jade! If they don't come out I will spend the day in the office finishing the paperwork, disposing of all the bills from the past twenty years, wondering why I ever saved it all???? Never need it!
07-12-2009, 09:04 AM
Cottage, no, no clothes pins at the top because it's pvc. I really just wanted it for sheets and towels. But I can put clothes pins on the sides of the sheets when it's windy. And can use it with clothes by hanging them on hangers. The sun is so brutal here, that I probably won't use it for clothes except for T-shirts. I hang all my own clothes to dry in my guest room. I have removeable racks on my closet door in there and they usually dry overnight. The sun would bleach out my stuff if I hung it outside.
07-12-2009, 09:41 AM
Femme, I miss my clothes line outdoors, miss the fresh air smell in the sheets! But I do hang ALL my shirts on hangers and place the hangers on the shower rod! It works wonders!
07-12-2009, 10:18 AM
Shmoo thanks for the recipe Now I just need to get to the grocery!
Cat your clothes trellis looks Awesome! You could also use it as an Arbor :)
not a lot of time b/c I have to get beautifying and today with limited sleep that's going to be a major process. . .I'm going to a shower for my Sis-in-Law
I bought a new dress b/c she's highly allergic to cats and I have 2 the dress is at my MIL's waiting for me a size Small (I know it's the cut of the dress
Trying on was not bad I'm a pear with a vengeance the top of the dress has a grecian style wrap top empire waist and makes me look like an hourglass (versus an hour and a half glass) So I'll try to get a picture.
Everywhere I turn lately theres carbs! So I'm taking it as a signal to do Ph 2 b/c last night at MIL's it would have been ph 2 or starve
ok off to get the jackhammer and start working on getting gorgeous!
07-12-2009, 11:31 AM
One of my cats disappeared either late Thursday or early Friday. I think she snuck out when I took out the garbage. I'm hoping one of the neighbors took her inside but I've checked the animal shelter and will put up a sign today. She is microchipped and very friendly but Brian really loves her and would really miss her.
Friday night I picked up a video and Don and I watched that and just relaxed. He's taking a class for 9 days so I won't see him a lot. He did call me around 1am and again on the way to class this morning to talk about some stuff his ex-girlfriend is doing that has him upset. She doesn't like me at all and won't let her son play with mine which is a shame.
Time to go see if I can find a picture of the cat to post on the city website and maybe make up a sign to put at the end of the street so whoever has the cat will realize the cat has a home (course she has tags with her address on them so they should already know).
07-12-2009, 11:31 AM
Happy Sunday All:sunny:
I got of on a tangent this morning-dehairing my office. Its the kittys' hang out so its all or nothing. So...I'm off to church and will check in later.
Cottage, I'm going to PM the BB gingerbread recipe to you as it was originally intended. I'll let you SB it up before I make it. I'll do that when I get home.
Talk w/ everyone later.
07-12-2009, 01:16 PM
Loriann, Alabama just made it the 'law' to have liability insurance in the past 5 years. The minimum insurance required really isn't enough insurance to cover a major accident. AND because it's the law, prices went up. We always had insurance because it's the smart thing to do. I, personally, could live without it being the law. I, personally, think we have too much government!
Better change subjects before I start ranting. :)
I bought cute, little squash this morning at the flea market. The farmer called them Peter Pan Squash. I think he meant Pattypan Squash, but don't know that for sure. I'm going to eat them anyway!
DH is outside slow cooking baby back ribs. I know they aren't SB friendly, but MAN they smell good! I'll have a rib or two and lots of squash!
Hope your Sunday is perfect!
07-12-2009, 03:43 PM
Sunday started out rough! woke up feeling really weak and tired.. I don't think I ate enough yesterday... I had a busy day and didn't snack at all and ate very small meals... won't make that mistake again.. I think my blood sugar plummeted! I made eggs for breakfast with bell peppers and onions and cheese and had sliced tomatoes with them.. but even after eating it I didn't feel like I had eaten anything. I was so out of it.. I started a load of clothes and forgot to put detergent in them! LOL any way ...Just got finished eating a nice bowl of homemade soup.. and it's making me feel better already. Now I have to get ready for work..boooooo.
I'm taking some almonds and mozz. cheese sticks and some sf jello along with more soup for supper.. hopefully it will be enough! well.. hope everyone has a great sunday afternoon... we've got a thunderstorm moving in.. sounds amazing.. wish I could curl up on the couch and veg! but alas.. time for work!
07-12-2009, 06:25 PM
It's getting late, what a busy weekend. We had a nice hike yesterday and a lovely evening BD party. Visited with lots of friends and didn't eat anything really bad. After church we got invited to the BD girls house for the party after the party. I am putzing while DH naps then we need to dehair the rest of the house before Mom gets here. Hopefully not tonight but tomorrow morn.
BARB, I am so sorry you have not found your kitty. I have had them stay away for over a week, but it is sure hard.
SCHMOODLE, thanks for the recipe. I've put it in my special file. I have to try it!
CAT, nice clothesline. Your yard really looks beautiful. I was intrigued by your story of friday night. People are so interesting.
TINA, hope you are feeling better. I have that happen occasionally. I just try to eat something healthy.
SOPHIE, thanks for the article. I agree with Cottage it is such an easy plan to follow....if one is willing to learn the principles and then follow their own path.
CHELBY, how were your ribs and squash? Good on you for not eating the cupcake. I passed on the birthday cake with crisco icing, as well.
SUNSHINE,:wave: thanks for checking in.
LORIANN, I think your post got me in this cleaning mode. I have a "collector" in my family tree, so I purge regularly. Once you get it done you can start a brand new habit.
KIERIE, I hope we get to see a picture of your dress. I am not good at visualizing. Hope your shower was fun. I chuckled when I read about your having to buy a dress because someone is so allergic.....ahhh the accomodations we make for our pets.
See you all tomorrow. Thanks for your support.
07-12-2009, 06:35 PM
:wave: back from trendy Toronto and classy Oakville. Had a great weekend. Jersey Boys was terrific! I ate "carefully" but am not looking forward to tomorrow's scale reunion! My sister was called away on a family emergency Saturday but brother Dave and my SIL and nieces really entertained me. They even had fireworks and a piper during dinner around the pool.
Back to reality now but I'm going to ease into it with a gin and SF tonic on the front porch before I start the BBQ.
See y'all tomorrow.
07-12-2009, 07:24 PM
Hi Chicks, I'm hooome. It's nice to be back home where we have actual internet. Now I'm going to make something healthy and start reading. If there's something really interesting I should know feel free to PM me ;)
07-12-2009, 09:38 PM
Welcome back, Ruth. :hug: I'm glad you had a good time in Toronto. I'd love to be sitting on your porch having a gin & tonic with you!
Cyndi, welcome back to the land of the internet! :) I hope you had a nice visit with your family in NY.
I thought we were going to have a laid-back day today, but we were busy all day. Jake and I got all the rain gutters and downspouts cleaned out, and we pruned some of the trees in the back yard with his new stick saw. I have to watch him with that thing, though! He could get easily carried away in his enthusiasm and cut down the entire tree! I managed to find time to get the laundry done and stop in for a chat with my Mom & Dad, and got home just in time for DS and his family to come over for a cookout and a swim. Now I'm exhausted. :dizzy:
07-12-2009, 10:23 PM
Welcome back Ruth. Oakville is classy. A friend of mine lived there for awhile and I use to visit often, she then moved to West Chester down Cottage's way and I use to visit her there. Now she lives on Howe Island off Kingston. Sure pickes beautiful places
Cottage - I am going to get in touch with the author of that review on South Beach Diet and correct her. She is a health expert for the paper and does a review of different diets about every month.
Chelby - so did you only have two ribs?
Cyndi - Glad you got back, did your mom spoil you.
Debbie - you sure packed in a full weekend. Hope my daughter dehairs her place a bit before I come. She has a short hair mut and he sheds like crazy.
Loriann - We just did a major decluttering here and it feels so good.
Kierie - Hope you had fun at the shower and that your upcoming week at work isn't to stressing.
me - had a wonderful visit with my childhood friend. We talked late into the night. We both knew each others parents so there was some laughter and tears. This afternoon I baked cupcakes and iced them with a pastry bag. Practicing for my visit to my daughter's as my little grandson is going to have a birthday while I am there and there will be lots of their friends present. Don't want to mess it up there. DH is watching some movie about meteorites on tv and I am fiddling around in my studio.
p.s. I only had one bite of the cupcake
Barb - sorry to hear about your cat, I hope she comes back.
07-12-2009, 10:40 PM
I actually did only have two ribs, a little sf baked beans, lots of squash --- but I had a piece of birthday cake. sigh... I'm back on plan already!
07-13-2009, 12:03 AM
Thanks Debbie! ;)
TGIS!! :) I survived the weekend! :) Great food choices, stayed on plan, no alcohol, drank plenty of water, made my menu for the week, made my shopping list and even prepared a few things in advance. :)