Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Tuesday things










How are you holding up today, my fellow Americans? I'm feeling pretty calm. I voted early, almost two weeks ago. We'll see what happens...we're all in this together and we'll be okay.

We had a stormy weekend, ideal for staying inside and doing something crafty. I should finish my sampler in plenty of time to have it framed. I'm going to miss working on it. I really get into a "zone" when I cross-stitch. I can spend hours and hours. My eyes are protesting, though. I tried stitching with my new glasses on but it doesn't really help. I'll focus more on crochet when I'm finished with the sampler; I need to look at bigger stitches for a while.

The LB's latest round of medical tests went well. His good kidney is still trucking along. His blood work was satisfactory. Stability is the name of the game.

Over the weekend, we attended a birthday party for a good friend. She turned 40 and her husband threw her a really nice party. He rented a large event room with a dance floor. There was a catered Mexican dinner and a DJ, and also a photo booth to take silly pictures with props. So much fun! We danced and drank wine and stayed out until 9 pm! Exhilarating!

We've finished the apples, finally. I made my second apple pie of the season last week. I also made Easy Caramel Apple Bars, the October recipe in my Betty Crocker calendar. My pie was delicious; I always reduce the sugar and increase the cinnamon and nutmeg, for a tarter, spicier flavor. The bars were just okay - kind of mushy, too sweet, and you could hardly taste the apple, but hey, we used up all those apples! I never thought I'd see the day.

The Bear made butternut squash soup in the pressure cooker over the weekend. I'm not a fan of the pressure cooker. Actually, I'm terrified of the pressure cooker and I stay out of the kitchen when he uses it. He assures me that there is nothing to worry about but I don't believe him. He uses a recipe from the book that came with the cooker (similar to this one on the Fagor website). We do different things with it, this time choosing to garnish our portions with a little bit of chopped bacon and a spoonful of sour cream. It's also delicious with nuts or seeds, not to mention creme fraiche; you really can't go wrong.

I've been trying to make myself use lotion on my hands and face now that the weather has cooled down. Every winter, I go through the same thing: I start out with the best moisturizing intentions, I do okay for a month or two, and by Christmas, I look like a lizard. I'm trying again this year. I had a really good coupon for Walgreens and I bought myself new supplies. I put my face lotion right next to my deodorant in the medicine cabinet. If I can remember to apply deodorant daily, I can remember my face lotion too, right? That's what I'm telling myself.

It's properly autumnal now; October's freakish heat has given way to average temperatures. The nights haven't been as cold as I'd like, but it's early yet. I'm enjoying my candles and tea in the evenings. I've been watching The Crown and marveling at several things, including Philip's bad attitude, everyone's cattiness, and all the smoking. I'm reading the new Tana French book, The Trespasser, and wondering if it will get a little more exciting soon. I'm going to buy some new washcloths this week, to replace some wedding-gifted ones which are now falling apart. I'm also going to buy my one and only Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season. I am not going to buy apples.

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24 comments:

  1. That's great that your cross stitch project is going to be done, I'm afraid mine is going to turn into next year's birthday present (July). Glad your son's health is doing well, that's always a relief. My skin is dry too and I always swear I'm going to take better care of it, but unfortunately I don't.

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  2. Oh but the bars look so good! Your cross stitch is gorgeous!
    Keep using the lotion - it's important in our dry climate.
    Take care, good Jennifer.

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  3. Such lovely things on a Tuesday :) I am loving your cross stitch. And that apple pie looks delish! Enjoy the rest of your day.

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  4. So glad to hear LB's tests turned out fine.

    Love the photos of you and your husband at the party - too cute!

    I've never used a pressure cooker, but they kind of freak me out too, lol. Though I've heard they're perfectly safe now. There's a new appliance out there now called InstaPot. Have you heard of it? Check it out on amazon. I've heard nothing but rave reviews by those who have one.

    I've always been a huge lotion fan, so my hands always look pretty darn good (if I do say so myself), even in the bitter cold winters we have here. I've also been using a quality moisturizer on my face and neck every day for many years, as well as a night cream. I use organic products from Acure and Nourish.

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  5. I appreciate your calm and peaceful photos today! This election has been very stressful and I'm glad it's coming to an end.
    Great news on LB! And - I love the photos of you and Bear. You both look very cute!

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  6. Such good news about LB's tests. Our air is so dry up here in the northwest in the northwest but it's my hands that get dry. I keep lotion everywhere. Your cross stitch looks wonderful. I do the same when I'm cross stitching. I don't want to work on anything else until it's done. The pie and bars look yummy. I need to come visit you and eat some since I haven't baked in ages! Ha!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  7. I have my mums pressure cooker, it is brand new still boxed but I'm too scared to use it. Childhood memories and all that. It has a great recipe book so who knows. Fab news about LB. X

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  8. Hi Jen, I love your photo booth pics, such fun. On the beauty front, I can just about manage some lip balm now that the weather has changed but stick with it! Jo x

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  9. Such a lovely post of Tuesday things. Very calming in what feels like a turbulent world right now. X

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  10. Thrilled to hear LBs tests were OK. I am a little wary of pressure cookers too. We are a fan of a butternut squash soup, I make a lots of soup for my Dad.

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  11. So glad the LB's test results were good. I made Teresa (Kasner)'s Healthy Applesauce Muffins the other day, they were good. My mother used to use a pressure cooker regularly, it used to scare me too, all that hissing and bubbling. I tried a Tana French novel the other day, wasn't hugely impressed but I'd heard so much about her I had to see for myself. I might try another one, we shall see. CJ xx

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  12. A lovely list of Tuesday things Jennifer. Your cross stitch is so cute, and I know that feeling of not wanting it to end! Cross-stitch is a path to serenity, imo. Your apple pie is gorgeous, and soooo professional. Food envy here :)
    And I am very happy for your little boy: to be stable is a wonderful place to be.

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  13. Glad to hear that the LB's test results came back all well and good, that's that off your mind. My skin doesn't suffer from the elements too much but my lips are terrible, as soon as autumn hits they start getting chapped. As for autumn, it's like winter here today, we've got our first snowfall of the season and it's not just a smattering, there's quite a bit of the stuff.

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  14. I got rid of my pressure cooker and deep-fat fryer years ago because they scared me. I can't say I've missed them at all :) That pie looks simply delicious... we are enjoying a lot of apples here too. x

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  15. Jennifer you look so happy with your kissable lips! I'm afraid we're all in shock here. Let's hope Mr Trump is kept on a tight leash. I read his minders confiscated his twitter account so maybe his power will be less than we think. Excellent news for LB, we all just need to keep trucking along I think. On the subject of books I've just finished reading "Mr Mac and Me", a spell-binding novel by Esther Freud (one of the many daughters of Lucien and a favourite author). I love it when I inhabit a novel and do not want it to end. Just a perfect novel combining place (the Suffolk coastline), art (Charles Rennie Macintosh), family (it was a coming of age novel) and, of course, triumph over adversity. I loved it. I need to check out Teresa's healthy applesauce muffins. I remember my first US business trip to Chicago and being very pleasantly surprised by muffins for breakfast. Don't forget to keep hydrated from within by drinking plenty of water.

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  16. so glad for the good health news! stability is great!!! Lovely soup! I am a bit scared about pressure cookers too, I think. :) It's been cooler here too, so glad about that. I am hoping to do more baking soon, finally made again the double chocolate banana bread from Smitten Kitchen. Can't wait to see the Cross Stitch redone! I have a hard time with lotion too, for me it's more chapped lips and hands. Need to keep hydration up! God bless and keep you and your family! :) <3

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  17. So glad that LB is doing well. The party sounds like a great time and the photo booth pics are such fun :) Love your sweet cross stitch, Jennifer.
    Helen xox

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  18. That is good news about LB, Jennifer. Well done to him! Our autumn has turned really chilly in the past couple of days. Thankfully, we don't have any of the snow that others in the UK have had so I'm really grateful for that! :o)

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  19. That apple pie and soup looks Delicious. The weather here has turned very cold over the last few days, we have even had some frost. So a nice bowl of hot soup would be very welcome. I love looking at the pictures of your cross stitch work, it's looking pretty amazing and will make a lovely gift.
    Take care
    Catherine
    x

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  20. So glad to hear the good news of LB's. The sampler is coming along beautifully. I dove headlong into stitching projects last winter and found myself seeing visions of little dots! A change is as good as a rest, or so they say.

    Thank you for being a comforting corner of virtual friendship today. xx Diane

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  21. A lovely post, Jennifer, full of good, cheering things, and a fab pic of you and your husband looking so happy. Great that LB is doing well. I was incredibly shocked by the US presidential election result and can't get my head around it at all. Whatever the repercussions are, I hope you won't be affected adversely and you'll be ok. Troubling times. Take care my friend. S x

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  22. Hi Jennifer! I've enjoyed reading about your Tuesday things. I'm trying to stay calm and hopeful too. I hope things won't be as bad expected. It's good to hear your son is doing well. The sampler you're working on is so sweet. I hope to join in with your winter project link party. I enjoyed it last year - I've actually finished that blanket I was making. Enjoy your weekend!

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  23. My parents and I were reminiscing about their pressure cooker from the 80s the other day - apparently they were all the rage back then. My mum admitted that she hated the thing. My dad loved it however.

    We are avoiding the news here and trying to stay positive. I had a pumpkin spice latte a few weeks ago. Didn't taste like coffee at all but it was lovely. Enjoy your weekend. Xx

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