Summer food

 

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Here’s the zuchinni that I made the zoodles with.  My spiralizer is the one I mentioned before that I found at Salvation Army for $4.00. It’s brand I was looking for Paderno.

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Tomatoes are starting to get ripe. I probably won’t have enough to can this year but I will go to a place where I can order 2 lugs which is about 40lbs. I ask for the uglies and get a very good deal on them.

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This is Atlas 150 pasta maker I found the other day at Goodwill for $5.00.  I did have to go buy a C clamp to attach to the counter and that was $3.00.

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thats the fetticine I made.  It was SO MUCH FUN!!!! If you’ve ever wanted to try making your own pasta it is really amazing easy. I was prety shocked.

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Voila!!!!!  Home made pasta with plain tomatoe sauce and basil from the garden!!!! The next thing I want to try is lasagna.

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This is the zoodles with tomatoe, olive oil, garlic, a few shrimp, and parmesan reggiano.

What fun cooking.

We did eat inside, which is rare this time of year, but it was so hot outside.

Simple Sunday

Well, it’s been a longish week.  Hot, Hot, more hot!!

There’s not much change for the coming week either.  I’m so glad we have an Intex pool. That was one of our better purchases since we both love the water so much. BTW, this newer model came with a sand filter so if you’re ever in the market for a pool that doesn’t cost a fortune these are a great value. This pump has kept the water crystal clear with some additions of shock but that’s expected.

I went to the gym and did weights.This morning  we walked one round in the park. I wore the boot and my foot felt ok. I won’t try and push to do it tomorrow. I was just happy to go and walk around once.  It has been discouraging not to be able to walk everyday but well life happens and it’s best to go with the flow.Healing my foot is top priority.  My other foot also feels like maybe something is tweaked. I do have a bone spur and osteoarthritis in both feet and that can be a cause of foot stress fractures. I hope that’s not whats going on.. I was going to check with my oncologist next time about whether the Zometa that I use to get for bone strength could help here.

A super fun find at the Goodwill was an Atlas 150 pasta maker. I got it for $5.00.  I’ve been looking for one forever. It wasn’t till I got home though and realized it didn’t have the clamp.  But I went to the hardware store and got a C clamp and that worked. I can get a replacement on Amazon for $20 so I might do that. Then this morning, viola!!! I made pasta.  So tonight I’m making the homemade pasta and then zoodles as we have some lovely zucchini in the garden.  I’m going to use a yellow and green zucchini.  Then I thought I’d made a garlic olive oil sauce and throw in a few shrimp.

So we will see how it turns out. Since it’s the first time making the pasta, I’m sure there’s a learning curve.  I’d like to try a lasagna with the home made noodles.

I decided to order Courtney Carver’s ‘ Soulful Simplicity’

and I have to say, I’m enjoying it. It’s way better that ‘ The year of Less’ and ‘Frugalwoods’.  So if you’re looking for some inspiration for minimalizing this is a good one. She does mention ‘God ‘ a few times so far but I’m okay with that as she does qualify it with ‘spirit’ or ‘heart’.  I also like Dave Ramsey and of course he does use lots of christian things but I overlook that for the content that’s being given.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday roundup

So, my son couldn’t quite figure out the WordPress issue. We fixed the cookies but the other things to do were complicated, so he said for now just use Google chrome which, he says, is better anyway.  All my other things on Safari are working just not WordPress.  I guess I’ll just use this till I feel up to checking it out again. What a PITA!

So yesterday:

Frugal Friday:

Not so much overall. I’m not spending any money really except for groceries. I think groceries are our biggest variable.

I did buy another boot for my other foot but when it arrived today, it’s too big so that’s got to go back.

The budget is okay. Most of the first of the month bills are done and then later in the month it’s just Verizon and the water bill.  I’m still using YNAB and it is a good program. I’m not sure it’s helping to save money but it does track money so that’s good.

It’s super hot and just not pleasant to be outside. I go out to do a few chores and then come back in. I’m going out to the pool around 3;30 and that’s nice to cool off in.

Last night I cooked the pizza on the BBQ and it came out good. I burnt the bottom just a little so perhaps a minute or two less would be good. I made a greek pizza with spinach, kalamata olives, feta, a little goat cheese, and some mushrooms. It was good. Then I made a chicken sausage one with peppers and onions.  I didn’t taste that one but it looked good.

I also went to the gym but didn’t go check the other gym yet. I will soon but I wouldn’t do anything right now anyway, so I guess there’s time to check it out.

Well,  I’m off to read a book.

I’ve made hardboiled eggs, chicken salad, and chopped lettuce for dinner with some avocado and some garden tomatoes.

 

Midweek…..

Monday ended up very traumatic but at least it ended on an up note. Ollie our 15-year-old cat has thyroid cancer and a large tumor. He is my daughters first love. 🙂

So Monday morning he had a breathing attack and we thought he was a goner. He wasn’t able to really breathe in as he had saliva in his throat.  It looked like he was going to kitty heaven. We called the mobile vet and said it was an emergency and we needed him euthanized.  She arrived in about 30 minutes. Ollie was breathing better and up an moving a little bit.  We then were unsure what to do. He seemed ok. Should we still put him down?? We just couldn’t decide. In the meanwhile the dogs needed their heartworm tests, so she did that. By that point, Ollie came outside although he was still wobbly.  so in the end, we decided NOT to do it.

I’m glad as it seems he’s back to eating and so forth. We know it’s going to happen at some point again but for now, it just wasn’t the right moment.

It was very traumatic though and we were crying. But for now, it’s good.

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This is Ollie and Rocky( the rescue Border Collie)!!!

Ollie came from the rescue place too. He was maybe 8 weeks old and a snotty little thing. He grew up to be almost 20 pounds. He’s part Maine coon. Now he’s pretty skinny but he’s still a love boy!!

Over the years, we have had many pets and have had to put down many pets. I have learned about love, healing, death, the circle of life and much more from our pets and I’m grateful to them for that.

I’m not sure I want any more pets at this point. But they do bring joy. I’m just not sure I want the heartache when they’re gone. I’ve been thru it so many times.  I still miss Tucker, Blackie, Princess, Jason, Papillion( my first true love), Coyote( who in fact was part coyote and we found in New Mexico out in the desert abandoned), and so many more.

So Tuesday was a better day and we went to the gym. B is off to Eureka for the week. I wanted to go but someone needs to be on pet sitting so I guess that’s me. That’s okay. Last night we had a yummy zoodle dinner with one of the yellow zucchini from the garden.

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Then I topped it with some organic beef sauce basil from the garden. Pretty yummy. I’m enjoying the zoodles.

Today is another hot one so I’m heading into Auburn to drop off a thrift store load and then back home. Not sure what I’m doing for dinner. Something easy.

 

Simple Sunday on Monday???

Nah…. I just didn’t blog yesterday for some reason or another.

It was hot and I was uninspired. I went to the gym and that’s about all I did productively.

I did make a lovely fried potato dinner with potatoes from the garden. There were red ones, purple ones and, yellow ones. Quite nice. I added the Trader Joes soy Italian sausage, quite good by the way, and then grilled TJ’s chicken sausage also quite good. I sprinkled lots of herbs from the garden on top and then a sprinkling of goat cheese.

Here’s some lavender from the garden. I love french lavender and use it year round.

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Here is a sweet morning glory that just popped up on its own.

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Today is the kitchen zone and general home blessing day. I usually dust and do all the mirrors. We vacuumed yesterday so I don’t need to do that.

This week is mellow and I have a food bank drop off and a small thrift store load that’s mostly my son’s stuff.

Other than that, I’m going to add in an extra gym day and then I’m going to go check out the 24-hour fitness down in Roseville. I want to check their pool and see whether I think it’s worth driving 25 minutes 3x a week.  I’m also going to stop in the expensive gym as they do have 3 pools but I think the membership is probably too expensive.  It’s really a snobby gym so I’m not sure I’d like it but my love of swimming may overcome that. We don’t have a YMCA anywhere near here so….

It’s a non-pay week so nothing much to do there.