How are you this Saturday? Are you getting any crazy weather? Since we got the freezing rain I’m showing today, it’s been nothing but rain, rain, rain. Even though it’s not that cold – highs in the 40s, lows in the 30s – the constant damp seeps into your bones and makes you feel as cold as if there were snow. So I have been enjoying our wood burning fireplace insert, hanging out in the evenings by the fire knitting while we watched Making a Murderer (oh.my.gosh. Have you see it? That poor 16-year-old – I can’t even.).
Okay- on to this week’s Three Things! (Note: the links I provide are often affiliate links, though not always.)
I’m so excited to announce the official AOC Healthy Eating Facebook Group and that so many of you were wanting a place to talk about, be inspired and encourage each other towards healthy eating!! If you haven’t had a chance to read What is Healthy Eating and add your take please take a minute to check it out and then click the link here to go to the Healthy Eating group and then click ‘join’ so I can add you (I’ve hopefully added everyone who left a comment on the post, but if I missed anyone please ask to join!).
I want to be sure you all know, especially those that aren’t on FB – that the discussion on healthy eating is not moving to Facebook, we’ll still be running the series here and the comments will always be open! The FB group will just allow those of us who want to go more in depth to be able to post things like pictures of what we’re eating, our goals and how we’re reaching them, and just general inspiration.
We had a bit of freezing rain last weekend, enough to make the roads slippery – and for cool icicles to form. It didn’t really coat any plants, though, which I was grateful for since that is often a killer of limbs and sometimes whole plants. Thankfully, it thawed in a few hours and we headed back into our pattern of…you guessed it, rain. 🙂 How’s the weather treating your gardens?
Bad news, good news (or at least good discovery…): my Kitchenaid mixer is on the fritz (boo!) and since it went out during the holiday baking madness, a quick run to the store resulted in my first handheld mixer in more than 20 years (I just never seemed to use it with the Kitchenaid, so our wedding mixer went to the thrift store). You guys! I had no idea how far hand mixers had come!
This inexpensive Black and Decker Power Pro 250 Watt Handheld Mixer came with the regular beaters and dough hook beaters as well a a single balloon whisk beater (that worked beautifully for whipped cream). Dough hooks – who knew?! And they actually work – though to a degree – not as good as a stand mixer, but better than hand kneading, that’s for sure. Oh, and to top it all off – it comes in a handy case that keeps all the beaters together with the mixer – no random beaters in your kitchen drawers. Genius.
And those hooks and beaters saved my holiday baking life – that’s the good news!
I finished my first book for 2016, the last of Katherine Reay’s published books, Lizzy & Jane. If you didn’t get a chance to read my reviews of her other two books, let me say again – I love this author. This story was compelling, thoughtful, fun and serious all at the same time. It’s a story of family, death, cancer, and the miscommunications and complications that occur – but there is redemption, a finding of self, and a bit of romance thrown in. And it’s all clean – no words you’d rather not read or images you don’t want to remember, just good old emotional, real storytelling. (And if you read ebooks, the kindle version is only $1.99 right now!)
Links To Check Out:
15 surprising tips that will make you a better cook in 2016.
The collapse of parenting and why it’s time for parents to grow up. This is the best article I’ve read in a long time on something I saw a lot of as a teacher – and many things I dealt with as a parent, too. It’s a balanced and definitely needed conversation.
Loaded cauliflower mash bake. Just wow.
How to recolor your grout.
How to paint vintage looking signs.
Five no-lettuce salads for winter. I’m always looking for salads without lettuce!
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