Friday, September 17, 2021

...9.17...Friday Favorites...that Bicycle Basket...

...I know I already said that the basket was my favorite part of the Mountain Bike-to-Commuter Bike conversion...so I thought I'd show you the basket in operation...haha...

...most days...I stop at our mailbox across the street on my way home from my daily ride...and you can see that there's still a lot of room in the basket even though there was a lot of mail this day...

~Have a lovely day!

Thursday, September 16, 2021

...9.16...What I Ate in a Day...as a Vegan...

...for breakfast...I toasted a vegan biscuit...
...and had some pineapple jam with that...it was delicious...
...and a little bit later...I had a bowl of vegan yogurt topped with some flaxseed and some blackberries...and some tea...
...and I had a cupful of that delicious homemade tomato juice we were given...so delicious...seriously I could drink a quart...
...for lunch I cut up a pepper...and then just ate some leftovers microwaved in the jars they were stored in...easie-peasie...and I love using up leftovers...and I had a fresh lime so I juiced that and made lime water...so that's about 1/4 cup of black beans...and some steamed squash...and a little bit of vegan stuffing or dressing...actually leftover in the freezer from Thanksgiving...last year...haha...
...then I had some fruit in the afternoon...a less than stellar store-bought nectarine...and a good orange...
...and then dinner was some of the Man's delicious spaghetti...bread and a salad...

...so all in all a pretty nondescript day...

...what did you eat yesterday?...

~Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

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

...first up...on the knitting front...I've started knitting Purl Soho's Soft Cotton Washcloths...just because I need a new washcloth...and I wanted a super soft cotton one...
...it's the Linen Stitch...so double knitting...and it takes twice as long to complete a row...natch...but it's a super simple pattern...and I'm just using some white Peaches and Cream cotton from the stash...it's turning out super soft...and I love the subtle pattern that's nice and smooth on one side and kind of waffle-y on the other...

...and then on the sewing/re-sizing front...we've got a trip planned up to Mom's to celebrate a few birthdays...and she may still have her pool open...and these two humongous items have been languishing in the 'to-do' basket for a while...
...this size 19 bralette thing-y is from a church outfit quite a while ago actually...and I just saved it....you know...because...I might use it for something...it was the strapless top part from a too large dress/beach cover up thingy that I cut off to make a skirt to wear under a cute top I'd gotten for Easter a few years ago...
...so I took in the sides a couple of inches and turned under and added some elastic at the bottom...the back has this cute cinched in bow effect...
...and then added two straps that I had also saved from those same tops I'd cut up to line the skirt...haha...
...and that all took about 5 minutes and it turned out super cute...
...now on to those size 5X swimsuit bottoms...
...this was what they looked like when I got them (only back in May...so not too too long ago)...they've got shirring on both hips...which is going to be a little bit tricky to deal with...
...the first thing I did was to just run a white basting stitch up both sides...and there was way too much material in that private area as well...
...and then gathered it up for some more shirring...
...and then I did a proper side seam in black thread...and then opened up the seam and did another row of top stitching on either side of the seam to make it look a little bit neater and lie nice and flat...
...so here's my new finished swimsuit...the bottoms are very high waisted and the Man said it looks very "50's"...maybe I'll get a chance to wear it at Mom's...

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

~Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

...9.14...Tuesdays with Julia...

...we made the delicious parmesan encrusted tofu - chick'un...Vegan Suprêmes De Volaille à la Milanaise...it wasn't difficult and it was so very tasty...I loved it...and I'm sure I'll make it again...
...and all of the particulars are over at The Vegan Version...

~Have a lovely day!

Monday, September 13, 2021

...9.13...Over the Weekend...

...it wasn't a particularly busy weekend...not sure why there are so many pictures...haha...
...Big Sissie's Birthday present got mailed to Japan...
...and we got probably the last of the summer tomatoes...
...we needed to replace the little yard banner again...you can see what it looked like when it was new here...and where the little tab attaches you can see how much it has faded...
...this is the new banner...I know it has the word 'proud' on it...which Our Airman doesn't like...but since this is our third banner and he hasn't yet been in the Air Force for 3 years...it will probably fade and be replaced before he sees it...haha...

...and I thought the little humidity rainbow was a nice effect...
...I'm back to shopping for groceries on InstaCart as it's no longer 'safe' to go to the grocery store as Covid numbers continue to rise here...arghhhh...Jack loves the new smelling bags though...
...nothing really special...but we got several pineapples...because the Man wanted to make pineapple jam...not sure I've ever had pineapple jam...have you?...
...the fan went kerflooey in the Master bathroom...so the Man went online and ordered just the motor part...and it came the same day...from Amazon...that is so crazy to me...I love it though...so the fan was up and working in just a day...
...I love fresh pineapple...so I'm pretty sure I'll love the jam...
...got it all chopped up and in the pot...actually pots...as we made two different versions...
...we sterilized some jars and lids...
...this is the first version made without pectin...it's the Martha Stewart recipe and has just a few ingredients...
...this one is a cooked jam and it darkens the pineapple a little bit...
...still pretty delicious though...
...and next up...was another batch of the Sure-Jell Fresh Pineapple Jam recipe...
...this one only 'cooks' for a minute or so...and that whole bowlful (5 1/2 cups) of sugar goes in...crazy...
...and it turns out nice and fresh and light looking...other than licking the spoon - which was delicious...I've not tried this one...but I'll let you know...

~Wishing you a lovely start to your week!

Saturday, September 11, 2021

...9.11...Daddy's Birthday...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DADDY!

Requiesce in pace...

Friday, September 10, 2021

...9.10...Dinner and a Movie...catch-up...

...well...I haven't posted about our Movie watching night in a while because of the Bike Project...but we did try out a new-to-us pizza place...not too far from here...I mean everything is at least 10 miles...haha...

...so I ordered a pizza with all their veggies and no cheese...but the guy who took my order said that their truck had not come and they didn't actually have any veggies...whaaaaa???...so I ordered it with just olives...haha...thinking that I'd add some veggies when I got home...

...but then when I got there to pick it up...he smiled and said I was in luck...they got the veggies just in time...lucky me...
...when I got home I sprinkled on some Violife mozzarella...
...and grated some Violife parmesan with my very old Mouli grater... and popped it into the oven for a bit...
...meanwhile I made us some 'appetizers'...I cut up some celery and sliced some baked tofu...and doused it with vegan wing sauce...that was a yummy treat while the pizza 'baked'...
...and the crust was perfect...and it was delicious...we'll definitely go back...

...and the movie was my choice...and it was Wakefield...

...and it was odd...the title character leaves his family...but only a little way away...he hides out in the attic of their garage...and spies on them constantly...and the movie is much about him talking in his head...and a few 'adventures' as he is almost caught...and lives as a homeless person from garbage cans...it was just a movie about some people...but it was odd...I thought it was going to go in the direction of The Yellow Wallpaper...but thankfully it did not...

...I think I'm going to have to pick a winner soon...as the Man was not enamored with this film...haha...

...his previous choices...not noted here...

The African Queen...I'd watched this on TV with my Mom and fam...many many years ago...it was good...

...and...

Support Your Local Sheriff...I'd also watched this on TV many years ago with the fam...and I remember Daddy laughing so hard...

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

~Have a lovely day!