11–16 of 16 entries from the month of: March 2015

Garden to Table

March 11th

We’ve been eating out of the garden lately:

Eating from the garden

This recipe for crockpot short ribs is out of this world. Next time I’ll use less sugar and more cayenne — but this one is a keeper. We have more kale and broccoli right now than we can consume (and the bunny is still too young to eat greens.) So, we are eating a lot of roasted broccoli and kale caesar salads with homemade dressing.

Eating from the garden

Eating from the garden

By the time the greens are done, the tomatoes and carrots should be in. The onions, garlic and beets are about ready for harvest. Sunflowers and pumpkins were planted earlier this week in time for the May-June heat.

My home may not be large, but I am enjoying making use of every inch possible of outdoor space before it gets sweaty around here.

{Thanks again to Finny for the inspiration!}

~K

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Arizona, Flora and Fauna
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More Baby Sweaters

March 10th

Sweater for Josephine

Sweater for Josephine

Sweater for Josephine

Sweater for Josephine

I’m looking forward to starting a new pattern today during my knitting group. Someone asked today if I take my “frustrations” out by knitting. I have is a job that requires 8 hours, and most days the other 16 are left to my own devices. There is only so much Netflix I can watch before being bored silly. I’ve never been terribly good at sitting still, and I’ve knit so much recently I’m starting to see my skills improve.

I only wish I could devise a way to read and knit at the same time. On a treadmill. With a margarita. (not too sweet)

~K

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Domestic Art
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Morning Wanderings

March 6th

Out for a morning walk, Nelson and I came upon this house today with a yard full of incredible wild flowers:

Gorgeous spring flowers

Gorgeous spring flowers

Gorgeous spring flowers

It is so easy to fall in love with the desert this time of year.

Happy Friday, friends!

~K

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Arizona
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Sending you love

March 4th

Prickly love

Reading: House on Fire by William H. Foege. Dr. Foege was in the news just this week discussing the continued efforts of Sierra Leone in controlling ebola. This book is about the efforts that led to the end of smallpox globally. (His wife deserves a Nobel for her support of his endeavors.) It is an excellent, nerdy, public health read. I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

Also: The Violinist’s Thumb by Sam Keane, who wrote one of my favorite books of all time, The Disappearing Spoon. This book is also nonfiction, about DNA and how and why some of us are so much better at things like, say, playing the violin, than others.

And for fun: Ahab’s Wife. I’m only 30 pages into this one, but we have a hot date scheduled tonight in the bath tub. That’s the way I roll. I schedule dates with my books.

Knitting: More baby sweaters. I’ve got a purple one on the needles now for a little girl turning one next week, and another one in the works for an adorable toothy two year old named Bexa on deck. Bexa’s will include a hood and I’m going to try to find buttons like these because they seem fun.

Gardening: Lots and lots of vegetables. The patio wall should be completed this weekend and I’ll get more tomatoes in next week too.

Cooking: I am going to make a batch of this stir fry sauce this weekend because it sounds like a wonderful way to use some of the garden greens, and add a dash of something interesting to a quick meal of brown rice.

Also: the director of the state health department left this week. Will Humble was a great person to work for and he will be sorely missed. In a sea of political silliness, Will was a beacon. A Berkeley-trained epidemiologist, he had the rare talent of being able to break down big, complicated health issues into pieces the average Arizonan could understand via his blog and also the media. I’m sad he is gone and hope to keep him as a friend.

And finally: if you are the praying sort — keep Cape Town in your thoughts this week. Table Mountain and many of the outlying areas are on fire; forest fires have led to the hottest day on record for the area. Cape Town remains my most favorite place on earth. It is a magical place to visit and so full of history, with Robben Island right off shore.  Sending love and courage to those fighting the fires, and the millions of folks sweltering in the surrounding townships.

~K

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Arizona
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Love that man

March 2nd

Someone had a birthday this weekend. And we celebrated! A glimpse:

Birthday love

Birthday love

 

Jason's birthday brunch

Jason's birthday brunch

Jason's birthday brunch

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I love brunch season. Any excuse to get a bunch of folks I love around a table, sitting outside, enjoying food and laughter — sign me up.

~K

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Celebrate!
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How to Lose 40 Pounds*

March 1st

I love pizza more than muscles

A coworker said to me the other day, “I need to lose 40 pounds by May. How can I do that?”

I shrugged. “Easy. No sugar.”

Of course, then she scoffed at how that was impossible and I replied, “Yeah. I like pizza more than being skinny too.”

And that, friends, is the truth. I like pizza and a glass of wine and even the occasional scoop of ice cream way more than that one pair of pants in the back of my closet that haven’t fit since 2006. (Also, those pants are pastel yellow and likely weren’t in style when I bought them, much less now. Time for a hard truth closet clean up.)

While out for a walk recently, I considered how many posts have been written here about my latest and greatest adventures in eating a different way for a new and improved me!! Many. Along with countless dollars spent on diets and cookbooks and things that frankly haven’t worked. The only thing that does work to keep me healthy in both pant size and attitude? Moderation.

It isn’t sexy. It isn’t marketable. It does work.

The easiest way I’ve found to keep my weight healthy and my mind and spirit even healthier is to not count calories, but instead eat and drink what I want in smaller portions. I’m also lucky in that I love to exercise and feel stir crazy on the off day when I don’t get out for a couple mile walk or trip to the gym to lift weights.

And so, how do you lose those 40 pounds? Not eating sugar and moving more are certainly great catalysts, along with a sprinkle of being kind to yourself and top it with moderation. Hopefully, you’ll find the same happy results.

~K

 

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Get Fit
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