i’d had a yoga trapeze on my amazon wishlist for over two years, and kept hemming and hawing about getting one until a friend recently reposted a video of a gal using her trapeze in such a way that it looked like she was under water.
and that was it; i figured out where it would be mounted and i ordered the contraption. so, we spent an hour or so installing it in the front room and i was off! searching the depths of youtube for videos that looked reasonably “beginner”.
i finally found a yoga sequence that included the trapeze, but didn’t rely solely on it:
unsure if i overdid it (who am i kidding? of course i did), but on sunday around noon, i needed to lay down. not being one to leave me alone, merle came upstairs and snuggled into the middle of my back and started snoring. it was quite possibly the cutest thing ever.
i woke up around 1:30 and decided that i wasn’t going to make it to the kanopy dance show at 2:30 for which we had been comped tickets. i ended up going back to sleep until around 4 and felt just fine. so, i started making dinner: skinny taste’s chicken pot pie soup.
it was surprisingly delicious and i’m glad there is a bunch leftover.
i’m getting tired of spending my weekends napping and sleeping in… and i’m also not too impressed with my new-found ability to have a legit, full-on sinus headache. it hurts from the top of my molars to the inside of my eyelid.
i slept in until 10 am on sunday, took a two-hour nap in the afternoon, and was in bed by 9 pm.
aside from all that, though, we made this delicious baked orzo with eggplant, carrots, and celery on saturday night.
and merle kept me company on the couch while i knitted during the beginning of the superbowl.
i finally perfected the turkey burgers and had to write the recipe down because it’s quite different from the one with which i started. i also learned that using frozen and thawed meat doesn’t make for the best burger assembly; it’s better to use it unfrozen. i remember mom making burger patties with a tupperware burger press and freezing them for future use; that may be the next test i administer. during the last turkey burger meal, i realized that a 1/2 lb burger isn’t something i want to fit in my gullet in one sitting, so rodney opted to take the portion that i wasn’t going to eat.
something was wrong (or right?) with my sniffer, and i decided that i didn’t want stinky cheese on my burger, so i went with feta.
and a big ol’ onion.
along with homemade crinkle fries.
another evening, we had the simplest, easiest ever meal; gnocchi with chicken sausage and broccolini.
sur la table was having a huge sale last week, so i treated myself to a new porcelain roaster; this one is a little bigger than the le creuset that i got late last year. it lends itself better to lasagne!
i got kinda sick a week ago and things have been a little off since then. i’ve been doing a lot of sleeping and not a whole lot else.
but! i’m going to share more foodstuffs.
we got some stuffed raviolis from costco, and i made homemade sauce with tomatoes, onions, garlic, and spices from costco, so i kinda feel like this would be a cool product demo at the store (in a vitamix, for sure).
on our last trip, i spotted the little organic chickens they have, which are two for the price of the one tiny one that i’ve gotten at woodman’s. so, i was excited to try gwynnie’s rotisserie-style chicken and it turned out well, but wasn’t nearly as tasty as the woodman’s bird.
at least i got some excellent stock from it and made really yummy chicken noodle soup (we got a 5lb bag of egg noodles from costco. i’m starting to sound like a costco commercial, i know).
not to be made sick of turkey, i pulled some ground meat from the freezer and we made turkey burgers again. they’re huge.
we’ve recently shied away from burritos for brunch, and switched over to egg sandwiches. they’re not as filling and faster to pull together.
and finally, last night, i pulled off chicken alfredo in about an hour.
moar food! after going through gina’s latest book, i started in on yotamottolenghi’splenty more, adding markers to recipes that look doable. the whole book is vegetarian (though he does suggest fish sauce every now and then) and each chapter is the style of cooking (i.e., roasted, boiled, baked, fried, etc.).
we spent a little time on friday at the stinky grocery on monona drive (viethoa—which was actually not very stinky this time), so i picked up some curry leaves and kaffir lime leaves in anticipation of making yotam’s roasted root veggies.
not ever having dealt with a rutabaga before, i let rodney chop it up because it’s one of his favorite vegetables.
while the veggies were cooking (at 475º!), my little zojirushi was steaming up some rice. and i finally got to use the ice cream scoop for the purpose which it was bought.
i had floated the idea of also adding potatoes to the mix, but i think they would have gotten quite mushy at that high temperature and there ended up being no room on the sheet anyway.
i’m not sure why i got ground turkey the last time we went to costco, since we’re making one tomorrow.
however, we had some french fries to use up, so reached for my phone to find a turkey burger recipe. this one turned out really well, and i can’t believe i ate the whole thing.
weekend mornings have become nicely routine; i work on the potatoes while rodney makes drinks (he makes me a really good bloody). and then he scrambles while i sautée up whatever veggie we’re putting in the scramble. it’s been nice, saving money on brunch.
lastly, i ordered gina homolka‘slatest cookbook, which i poured over and placed the appropriate markers. there are *tons* of yummy-looking meals in this one. it may even prompt me to invest in an air fryer, especially since eating fried-fried foods makes my stomach ache. i’ll probably hold off, though, to see if santa will bring me one.
i forgot to mention that the calm before the storm is because i’m going to be documenting everything i can for my first complete thanksgiving meal. we picked up the turkey yesterday and i baked the par-baked bread for the stuffing, which i’ll make tonight before i dry-brine the bird. tomorrow, we’ll roast mr turkey, work on the potatoes, and root for the bears (i can’t believe i just typed that).
after discussing several options with a handful of people who know my kitchen habits (my, how things have changed in the last 11 years), i landed on not wanting to spend $350-$800 on a used or new oven. when i got home, we took apart the front panel so we could see what was going on. there’s this tiny little hooked piece of metal that controls the position of the lock mechanism, but it was too far inside to maneuver (or bend), so we opted to break the lock itself. i found a decent pair of cutty pliers and rodney wiggled the end off.
the night before this, we made chrissy teigen’s cobb salad, sans bacon.
and, after the oven was “fixed”, we made her mac and cheese.
unfortunately, my body is not accustomed to so much butter, milk, and cheese, so the next day was pretty uncomfortable. but, it tasted good.
about a week ago, the 9+ year oldamana ‘5.1 big oven‘ started clicking randomly in the morning. i deduced that it was the lock mechanism trying to engage as if the self-cleaning cycle had started. after some googling (and a vague recollection of this happening at in the last five years), i remembered having to hold down one of the display buttons to get it to disengage. this seemed to work once or twice, but now, a week later, the lock is stuck locked and the door is stuck open.
i called kirshappliance, because they’ve helped me out of a jam several times (including delivering said oven) and gave them the model number and described the issue. i made an appointment for wednesday them to come and fix it and hung up the phone. thirty minutes later, josh called me back to say that the issue required parts that are no longer available and i should consider that i may need to get a replacement oven.
please keep in mind that this is all happening in the same month during which i’m going to cook a thanksgiving turkey for the very first time.
so, i google ‘lg stainless gas oven best buy’ because we had to replace the microwave last year which had a similar diagnosis and i may as well get a matching appliance that’s easier to clean than the current one. after getting a little price-shocked, i called kirsh back to cancel the service call and ask if they happen to have any used, stainless, gas ovens. no, just black. but at half the cost of the new best buy version.
currently, my solution is going to be to break the lock mechanism because that’s the thing that’s not making the oven not work and hopefully have a lovely turkey and dressing dinner before i need to deal with replacing it.
i wonder how hard i would have to petition to get work to be 4/3 instead of 5/2. weekends go by so fast, it would be nice to have a third day to enjoy them.
that isn’t to say i don’t enjoy weekends, but we spent much of saturday shopping, making breakfast (which ended up being consumed at noon because we slept in so late) and installing curtains in the upstairs bedrooms that, by the time we were done with all of that, i was a little pooped.
the curtain install was a minor fiasco because the screws were pissy about getting into the window frame, so we ended up using nails because i was about to break a window.
sunday was quiet as rodney had a triple-header of basketball games to watch, so i did some chores, made myself breakfast, and played a couple hours of fallout. by the time the packers came on, i realized that i had only been outside for the morning dog walk. then it got dark, and i got tired.
hopefully, i can stay awake later tonight cuz i don’t even want to tell you what time bedtime was.