Saturday, August 27, 2016

Something I Like - Zoku Slush and Shake Maker

The Mother In Law bought The Boy one of these in the Spring - a Zoku Slush and Shake maker.  
It's basically a cup you put in the freezer ahead of time and then 
when you're ready to use it, you put the frozen cup in the holder, add your liquid and 
soon enough you've got a slush or shake for one or two people.  
I vividly remember having a Donvier ice cream maker for a couple of years 
when I was a kid that was the same thing on a bigger scale.  
And since I still harbor dreams of one day owing an ice cream maker again, 
I was excited to see how this would work.

Here's what you get - the outer cup holder, the inner cup that gets frozen, and a spoon.
The only downside to the cup is that the inner cup needs to be frozen in advance, 
so you can't have it sitting in your cupboard and then decide you want to use it right then.  
But since it doesn't take up much room, ours just sits in our freezer all the time.

Out of sight, out of mind is how 6 year olds work, so it took us quite a while 
before we remembered to try it out, and our first choice was a good old coke slush.  
It was of course super easy to make, and The Boy thought it was fun to do. far that's been it!  I'm sure we will get more use out of it, 
and I'm very interested in trying a small batch of ice cream.  
This is a cute, easy to use gadget. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Book Club - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

"A half moon had come up, and the light was bright enough to pick out the leaves of the mallow plants growing on the roadside, but the shadows in the clefts of the rock could hide anything."

" 'I told you that the Blessed Sacrament was not alone, for you were there.  But what of you, ma chere?  Were you alone?'
I stopped and looked at him for a moment before answering.
'No,' I said.  'I wasn't.' "

"Not a gift, but a trust.  Fiercely to cherish, softly to guard.  The words spoke themselves and disappeared into the groined shadows of the roof."

Also for the Summer Reading Club - A Book Over 500 pages.  And it was.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Sunday Dinner - Burgers and Vegan Cookies

This was a Sunday Dinner organized at the last minute - so we went with premade burger patties from the store, with salad and green beans, and cookies for dessert. 
The burgers were President's Choice brand, and they were really really good. 

I am in love with cold cooked green beans this summer; we've been (hee hee) having them at least once a week. My method is simple - a large pot of water is brought to 
the boil, a few spoons each of sugar and salt are added to the water, 
and the whole beans, ends removed, are added for 4 or 5 minutes. 
 Just until tender crisp. When done they are drained and shocked in ice water,
 and then put in the fridge until dinner time. 

These cookies were real winners from Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz 
and Terry Hope Romero.  Chewy Chocolate Raspberry Cookies.  
Very good, and very easy to make.  
I didn't think the raspberry was evident in the cookies,
 but my tastebuds don't work so well any more, so maybe it was just me.  
They were a hit at home and at work. 

Recipe here.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Book Club - Gumboot Girls

"Living on or by the Pacific Ocean is a sort of sanctuary.  The Sea is moving and constantly changing.  It is my home.  Dan's still down there, somewhere on the bottom, too deep for recovery."

"Life leisurely focused on survival.  It took time but there was no sense of urgency.  The land and sea provided."

" 'I was so much older then.  I'm younger than that now.' Bob Dylan"

For the Summer Book Club - By a BC Author.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

40 days of yoga starts now

Last year I started practicing yoga to try to curb my severe anxiety. 
 It helped so much that I practiced daily, joined a studio, bought a good quality mat, took a subscription to a yoga magazine. I was hooked. 

This Spring I got sick, then I got really sick and ended up with pneumonia. Then when I was on the mend with that I fell while holding The Girl and further injured my arm/shoulder which had been mildly sore for a few months. 
 My anxiety had slowly started becoming worse, and by the time I was feeling ok enough to resume practicing (about 2 months after first getting sick) I hit a metaphorical wall so hard that even contemplating going to class sent me into a panic attack and crying. 

So I stepped back, requested a medical leave from the studio and tried to focus on walking and other forms of exercising. Maybe my time with yoga was done?
We recently took a holiday to the island and I spent as much time as I could barefoot by the water. 
I saw the sunrise most mornings and enjoyed the calm of the water. 
And I thought that maybe I wanted to go back to yoga. 

This morning I practiced for the first time in about 4 months. 
It wasn't a long practice. Some moves didn't feel too great, and I have lost a lot of flexibility. 
 My arm ached a bit. But I did it. And I'll do it again tomorrow, and the next day, and so on. 

I'm aiming of 40 days of yoga to get back into my practice and start feeling better again. I placed the rocks and stones that I had collected on one of my island walks when I was thinking about yoga with my mat to remind me of how much I wanted to start up again. I added a sand dollar because I love them so much. 
Not sure these grounding items will stay the same, but it's another thing I'd like to add to my practice. 

I'm nervous, I'm excited, I'm hoping to really do this.