Monday, May 24, 2010

Lydia's St. Jude Trike-a-thon Page

Lydia's Page

Right now Lydia has raised $305 in donations for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital! Check out her page. If you donated, you should see your name in the donation name scroll. It's not too late to donate! Thank you to all who have donated to such a great cause!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Test #2

Oh, by the way, Petar also passed his second broker test! He is very relieved that it's done and out of the way now. I will admit that I thought he looked very cute being all studious when he was preparing for his test.

Healthy News

That is my glorious homemade whole wheat bread.

     Today I made a sandwich on it. It was freaking good! I found the bread recipe on one of the many blogs I visit and ended up ordering this cookbook. 
I couldn't believe how easy it was to make! I did the whole wheat recipe which, at first bite, Lyds rejected, but is now eating it since she has watched everyone else in the family, including Jonny, eat it. I think she figures, if it's good enough for Jonny, then it must be good enough for her! It's dense bread however, so I think I'm going to lighten up the next batch with some unbleached bread flour. I imagine that's why Lydia didn't care for it at first.
     I am continuing with the yogurt making and added some dry milk to the skim milk to thicken it up a bit. It helps but it still isn't as smooth as Pete's mother's yogurt. I'm guessing that must be the difference between the skim and whole milk recipes. I'm going to make it with 2% milk tonight to see how that comes out...along with a new batch of bread dough! I'm really getting into this 'clean eating' and I'm having a lot of fun with it. I made some chocolate banana "ice cream" using frozen, sliced bananas, milk, and cocoa powder.
     I am just about finished reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. It's a great book. It's well written and quite intriguing. I learned about her book from Michael Pollan's, In Defense of Food. As I'm reading these books, I'm learning about other books on similar topics. It's been a nice cycle of self-learning. 
    One of the best results of our new eating habits is Pete losing 15 pounds! He decided to make his change after watching the Food Inc documentary with me. He looks fantastic!

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Lydia's St. Jude Trike-A-Thon

Lydia is participating in a Trike-A-Thon on May 22nd to raise money to help St. Jude Children's Research Hospital find new treatments for cancer, sickle cell and other diseases. You too can help St. Jude continue its life-saving work against pediatric diseases with your donation. Check back often and see her progress. Thanks for helping her reach her goal for the kids of St. Jude!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Sunday Picnics

     I went for a nice neighborhood run on Sunday. It made me feel like I'm getting my running groove back. I was a little worried it wasn't going to come back after the pregnancy.
     Jonny is mad teething again, which makes for sleepless nights. Apparently, I didn't even realize I was hitting the 4am snooze until 5am....thanks Jonny. Since I have found my running groove, I am not complaining of my missed morning workout. I'll just have to get a quick run in at 3pm. Hopefully, I can dodge the rain that the sky looks to be promising at some point today.
     We had a really nice family day yesterday...a picnic in the park, some pond fishing, and a walk along an Erie Canal trail. We finished with a stop for ice cream on the way home. 

     I made an attempt to make my own yogurt. It didn't come out too badly. It doesn't look as smooth as a store yogurt, but it does taste just as good as the store bought plain yogurt. I brought some with sliced strawberries for lunch today. I make mine with skim milk and I read that adding some dry milk to it, helps with consistency. I'm going to pick some up today and try it with the next batch I make. I don't sweeten mine but you can. I just do the plain because I like to use it to cut the mayo when I make salads, or as a sour cream, or even just sweeten the plain a little with sugar and vanilla to add as a topping to a fruit crumble. I have found so many amazing ways to use Greek yogurt that it really makes sense to start making my own. The store bought variety is expensive! I'm going to try making some yogurt cheese next.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

It's sunny in Cicero!

     Ah, the nice weather! It snowed on Wednesday. Granted it was only for a few minutes, but it snowed! Today we were close to 80.
    This morning I had a lovely run along Onondaga Lake Park trail. Afterward, I hit the Regional Farmer's Market for our weekly produce supply. I also bought some more meat from Sweet Grass Farm. We are set for groceries for the week, minus a few miscellaneous items I'll need to get at the grocery store.
     We went to our neighbor Andy's (and Melanie) surprise 30th birthday party. Lyds had a blast playing with all the kids. It was a great day for an outdoor party.
     Tomorrow I'm going to get in a neighborhood run instead of heading to the gym. I want to enjoy the nice day, ignoring the chance of rain in the forecast. If the rain holds off, we'll probably head to the park after church. Lydia was a little perturbed we didn't go to the park after the birthday party, even though she just finished swinging and playing with kids for two hours. Is it even possible to satisfy a 4 year old's need to play?