Entries Tagged 'NaBloPoMo'
Well here it is, proof that some things from my kitchen don’t turn out very well. I won’t call my fiance’s 40th birthday cake a disaster, because it tasted really good. But this lopsided, oozing mess of a cake sitting in a giant puddle of glaze isn’t really what I envisioned when I came up with the plan for it earlier today. Believe it or not, you’re looking at the good side of the cake!
I’ll share all the details about the cake tomorrow in case anyone wants to show me up and make a nicer looking version. It really does taste good and even this one looked good once it was sliced and plated.
Happy birthday, Phil!
One of the things I really love about participating in National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) is that I usually have a few blogging friends who are crazy enough to join in as well. This year I’m following seven other food bloggers and I’m trying my best to keep up with their daily posts this month. It’s become my morning routine to sit down with a cup of coffee, open up my laptop, and check in to see what everyone has shared. When I first started blogging, I had a similar routine. I read several food blogs every day because it was how we all kept in touch back then. We learned from each other, communicating mostly through comments on blog posts. We shared ideas, riffed on each others recipes, and got to know each other through the stories that we shared. I was learning to cook when I started blogging and a good chunk of my education came from food blogs like Simply Recipes, Blue Kitchen, Smitten Kitchen, Kalyn’s Kitchen, and What We’re Eating, rather than the Food Network. I shared recipes and tips on my own blog because I was having so much fun learning new things that I couldn’t help but want to share with others. Now we’re all on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest and while I do have little brief connections with what feels like hundreds of other food bloggers every day, all this real-time connecting and sharing leaves me with no time to read actual blog posts anymore. It’s all a bit exhausting, really. Continue reading →
I just made a very important decision about dinner tonight. You see, I’ve had two pretty healthy meals today, both of which included vegetables and protein. Okay, it was only one vegetable, but I did have it for both breakfast and lunch, so I’m counting broccoli as two vegetables today. Either way, I’ve decided that I’ve had enough vegetables today. And fruit. And protein. On top of that, I went to the dentist today and found out that I have no cavities and I do a good job of flossing. So after all my healthy eating and all that praise I received from my dentist and hygienist, not to mention it being my birthday month, I’m feeling like I should treat myself. Continue reading →
Our Meyer lemons are just about ripe and we have a ton of them. This lemon monster was pruned back quite a bit before we moved in but it definitely got away from us again. The tree is so loaded with lemons that the branches sagged to the ground and just started growing out along the pavement! It needs a lot of thinning, but we just can’t bring ourselves to cut off any of the unripe lemons. Continue reading →
As you might have noticed from the recent photos I’ve been posting, I’ve been up in the mountains a bit lately. Sadly, it’s the time of year when we have to close up the family cabin for the winter and say goodbye until next spring. That’s what we did this last weekend. But the weekend before, when this photo was taken, we were up there just to enjoy some long walks in the crisp clean air, Jeep rides through the fall foliage, food that always tastes better in the mountains, and a cozy cabin warmed by the wood stove once more before closing time.
It’s kind of funny that I’m starting a post about fitness and dieting apps by talking about the cabin – the one place in my life that hasn’t been completely taken over by technology (at this time, we have no telephone, television, or internet access at the cabin), but it was on this latest trip to the cabin that I really got to play with my latest fitness gadget, the Fitbit One. Have you heard of Fitbit? It’s one of those newfangled pedometers that track your steps and then wirelessly transfers the information to your computer or smart phone where your activity level is displayed in graph form and you can easily see just how
lazy active you’ve been in a day, week, or month. Mine even has a built-in altimeter that keeps track of how many floors you climb. There is also a setting to track how well you’re sleeping based on how much you move during the night, something I didn’t care about or think I’d use, but it’s actually pretty cool. Continue reading →