Tuesday, January 23, 2018

...shingles...

...and...not the "on the roof" kind...

...this post probably falls under the TMI category...

...but most Affectioknit readers are family or friends and people who know me personally...so I'll share...and I'd for sure be talking to you about this if we met at Church... the library or the grocery store...as there's not a lot else on my mind right now...

...so...look away now if you're squeamish...(jk...I actually left the camera rather far away...so it wouldn't be too detailed a photo...)

...what happened was...

...last Thursday...when I woke up I was having a little bit of pain in my hip...so...I just thought I'd overdone things the day before and didn't really give it much thought...but as the day went on...the pain increased...and I could hardly sleep Thursday night...and so far that was my only symptom...

...Friday the pain in my hip increased and the skin between my hip and knee became extremely sensitive to the touch...and I kept saying to the Man...I don't know what I've done to my leg...and he called me Tim Conway...because I was moving so slowly...haha...

...I took some over the counter pain meds and tried to sleep...
...sometime over the weekend the rash appeared...this stripe across my lower leg...and another one just like (but larger )...it across my right behind...and a quick internet search confirmed that it was likely shingles...

...so I got myself to the doctor and she said that shingles follow certain nerve pathways...and mine is sciatic...and it almost always only affects one side of the body...

...she prescribed an antiviral...and offered me narcotics...but I declined...

...I took the first ginormous pill when I got home...and I really do feel better already...but things may be quiet here for a bit...I can't even really manage to knit...

...stay healthy out there...and...sorry for the T...M...I...just keeping it real...

~Have a lovely day!

Monday, January 22, 2018

...Over the Weekend...

...we had the Winter N.O.A.H. Retreat...
...it was well attended by all ages...
...and we got a lot of knitting a crocheting and talking done...
...someone was passing around this super cute and super easy crochet pattern...so I made one...
...seriously less than half an hour...
...so I made another one...crocheting in the back loop for a little bit of variety...
...and then with a little bit of spare red yarn from the closet...
...I made this adorable top knot hat...

...so I'm still one short of my goal of ten hats...but I actually have until the end of the month...and I'll make as many more as I can between now and then...

~Wishing you a lovely start to your week!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

...Dinner and a Movie...

...we had snow...
...so we had Potato Soup...OF COURSE...
...we always had potato soup and cornbread when it snowed when I was little...

...and since the kiddos were out of school for the snow...(both the University and the Community College shut down)...

...we let them choose the movie...

...and they chose Pirates of the Caribbean 5 - Dead Men Tell No Tales... ...and this was my FIRST PotC movie...but that didn't really seem to matter much...the storyline was is pretty easy to follow...and there are lots of flashbacks to explain why things are the way they are now...aaaAAANND...we had two peple we could question if there was anything we didn't understand...haha...so it was a fun evening...

...what have you been watching?...

~Have a Lovely Weekend!

Friday, January 19, 2018

...Snow Fun...

...Scout and Our Girl bundled up ready for some fun in the snow...
...they tramped around the backyard...making tracks...
...and built a rather large and rather dirty snowman...
...Callie had a ball with all the people outside...
...we'll probably only get one more day with the white stuff...it's supposed to get up to 50 today...

~Have a lovely day!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

...a snow event...

...we woke up to snow covered ground yesterday...
...the forecast was for 1 - 2 inches...but they were a little bit wrong this time...
...as the snow continued to fall...pretty much all day long...they changed the forecast to 4 - 6 inches...
...by about 5 o'clock it was mostly just a few flurries...
...and we had about 4.5 inches of snow...
...everything is so pretty covered in snow...
...so we headed out on the snow covered country roads for a little 4-wheel drive...
...everything is so quiet and beautiful...

~Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

...W.I.P. Wednesday...

...a sweet little stack of 5 baby hats...
...I should have 7 done by now...of course I have one on the needles...so I'm counting 6...
...so I'm really just one behind schedule...

...I'm pretty sure I'll have 10 by retreat time...

...what's in your workbasket?...

~Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

...Tuesdays with Julia...

...we made VEGAN POMMES À LA SÉVILLANE...
...which is a sort of citrus-y apple tart...

...it was very delicious...and I'd actually make it again...it was pretty simple...and used ingredients that I almost always have on hand...

...all of the particulars are over at The Vegan Version...

~Have a lovely day!

Monday, January 15, 2018

...Holiday Monday...

...since it's a Holiday (Martin Luther King Jr. Day here)...and everyone has the day off...we made plans for a special breakfast and also a special lunch...

...these muffins are just my basic muffin recipe but instead of blueberries...I made a quick streusel with some brown sugar...flour and pecans...
...so I put one small scoop of batter in each muffin cup...
...then a scoop of streusel...
...and then topped with more batter...
...and finally sprinkled some streusel on top...
...they turned out so perfectly...and they were delicious with coffee...like mini coffee cakes...

...this is my muffin recipe...it's an old recipe from a Betty Crocker Cookbook - easily veganized:

3/4 cup milk - I used homemade almond milk
1/2 cup oil - but I used applesauce instead - your pick
1 egg equivalent - I used flaxseed goo
2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar - I used brown sugar this time
3 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
...instead of blueberries this time...I made this streusel...

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup flour

Heat oven to 400°. I used paper muffin cups this time...but I actually prefer to grease the muffin cups and have that little bit of crust on each muffin...you don't get that with the papers....

...and you can easily sub self rising flour...just omit the salt and baking powder...

...and then we made plans for lunch...all of us...Scout and Our Girl and the Man...and my dear old friend Amy and her husband were all going to meet at a new-ish Noodle place that none of us had tried...but before lunch 'things' came up for several of us...and it wound up just being me and Amy...and that was fine too...I took a photo of my wide noodle lunch with my phone...but for some reason it's almost all black...weird...just the top of the plate...it was delicious too...

~Wishing you a lovely start to your week...

Saturday, January 13, 2018

...Dinner and a Movie...

...so dinner was one of my 'bowls'...this one was a simple quinoa with black beans...corn and salsa...and a roasted sweet potato...I also had a salad and some tea...not photographed for some strange reason...

...and then there was quite a debate about whose turn it was to choose the movie...and I acceded that it was probably the Man's turn since I had taken up WEEKS with my series...and I'm the one refusing to watch his chosen series (The Veitnam War)...

...and he really surprised me again with his choise...Romance and Cigarettes...it's a Turturro film...and a musical (of sorts) so that was...I suppose the oddest part...that the Man would choose a musical...it was dark and funny...and sweet...and not so sweet...I liked it...

...what have you been watching?...

~Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, January 12, 2018

...Mom's No-Bake Cookies...The HEALTHIER Vegan Version...

...on today's installment of Friday Favorites...I'm remaking a favorite cookie from my youth...

...Mom's No-Bake Cookies were pretty easily veganized...just using traditional vegan ingredients for the milk and butter...
...to start with...instead of melting margarine...I blended some medjool dates with a little bit of water to make a date puree...
...and then instead of all peanut butter...I added some peanut butter and some PB2...
...and mixed that well...
...and then cocoa...no sub there...
...a spoonful of vanilla...and then stirred in the oats...
...and we were done...
...just drop spoonfuls onto a parchment lined cookie sheet...
...and they will become a bit more solid in an hour or so...
...and they are pretty delicious with a nice cold glass of almond milk...

HEALTHIER VEGAN NO BAKE COOKIES

1 cup Date Puree (about 7 Medjool dates and 1/2 cup of water)
2 Tbls. Peanut Butter
4 Tbls. PB2
1/2 cup cocoa
2 cups Oatmeal (or a little bit more...until you get the right consistency)
1 tsp. Vanilla

...stir everything together until combined...and drop by teaspoonful onto lined baking sheet...

...and this is a copy of Mom's Original recipe...


~Have a lovely day!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

...W.I.A.Y. ...

...it had been really cold here...but now it's starting to warm up a little bit...but cold and rainy again today...

...anywhoo...I wanted something warm for breakfast...
...so I had some Malt-O-Meal with Brown Sugar...and Coffee...
...for Lunch I made an Everything Baked Potato...just zapped in the micro and topped with everything...the star of that show was the homemade vegan sour cream...which was just some of my homemade yogurt drained until it was the consistency of sour cream...I also had a roll...some salad...and some pickled beets...kind of an odd combination...
...and Dinner...was rather uninspired...a Boca Chicken Patty (just oven-fried), Vegan Biscuit, Brussels Sprouts, Salad
...for Snacks...

...I had read that you could freeze persimmons...
...and then let them semi thaw and have a frozen custard treat...and that worked perfectly...it was yummy...
...and then later in the afternoon...but before dinner...I whipped up a (rather large) single serving of macaroni and vegan cheese...
...and that was pretty yummy too...

...your turn...what did you eat yesterday?...

~Have a lovely day!