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    Mardi Gras party went well--everything was yummy and we all felt like "stuffed little piggies," to quote one of the guests.

    The warmer temps melted all of our remaining snow, but we are back in it again. I keep telling myself it's almost March and winter can't last forever. At least we're getting more daylight hours and that helps a ton.
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    Alexsmom: are you still on your diet, part 2? How is that going? I'm finding it more difficult to keep weight off as I get older. Part of it is slower metabolism. The other part is really having to force myself to exercise as early arthritis is encroaching. Keep moving, keep moving....

    RTB: How neat about your Bat Mitzvah! Let us know how it goes.

    The rest of the gang: Speak up! What is new with you? What neat or frustrating things are your kids up to? Have any special events coming up? Share, share!!
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    I love when you share those winter pictures! Glad to hear the Mardi Gras party went well.
    And yes, congrats RTB on the Bat Mitzvah milestone.

    My weight loss has been a learning process. It was last Feb that I started, and was doing 3 months diet, 3 months maintaining, 3 months diet, then maintaining. Last spring, i lost 50 pounds, maintained it, in the fall lost another 30.... then over winter I gained 20 of it back. Im not sure why, but I literally had no self control or restraint. If it was in front of me, I was eating it. If the boys were gettig a treat, I was getting one too. So this month was back to diet mode, 15 pounds have come off, and Im going to see if I can maintain that for a couple months.
    So now Im seeing food in 3 categories.... diet food to lose weight, healthy food to maintain weight, and dangerous food that will make me gain weight. Unfortunately, most of the dinners the family likes fall into the third category. How to wean them off creamy pasta and rice dishes? I think it was the family dinners and overindulging that undid my weight loss last cycle. (I was pretty good about healthy breakfasts and lunches, lots of veggies and not too many refined carbs or added sugar.)
    Anyways, its a work in progress.

    I also just started learning to embroider this week! Being able to hand-stitch will up my quilting game, and I never thought Id be able to use a needle without blood being drawn. So thats exciting.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    My weight loss has been a learning process. It was last Feb that I started, and was doing 3 months diet, 3 months maintaining, 3 months diet, then maintaining. Last spring, i lost 50 pounds, maintained it, in the fall lost another 30.... then over winter I gained 20 of it back. Im not sure why, but I literally had no self control or restraint. If it was in front of me, I was eating it. If the boys were gettig a treat, I was getting one too. So this month was back to diet mode, 15 pounds have come off, and Im going to see if I can maintain that for a couple months.
    So now Im seeing food in 3 categories.... diet food to lose weight, healthy food to maintain weight, and dangerous food that will make me gain weight. Unfortunately, most of the dinners the family likes fall into the third category. How to wean them off creamy pasta and rice dishes? I think it was the family dinners and overindulging that undid my weight loss last cycle. (I was pretty good about healthy breakfasts and lunches, lots of veggies and not too many refined carbs or added sugar.)
    Anyways, its a work in progress..
    Even with the partial weight gain back, this is phenomenal progress!! I hadn't thought much about it before, but your 3 categories are a pretty good way to think of food. You have the tough job of cooking for others who are not on board with the food changes you want to make. Luckily, with DH's cholesterol problems, we generally eat a low fat diet--meatless meals 3-4 days a week, very little cheese, etc.

    Show us your embroidery work when you get a chance. Do you find doing it calming?
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    I love when you share those winter pictures! .
    Here is how it looks this morning. The first is the front yard, the second is how the garden looks now (no where close to planting time), and the third is the road by my house on my way back from the grocery store. When fresh salmon is $4.99/pound, snow can't stop one from going out to get it!!

    The snow is so pretty because it's a wet snow, so it sticks to everything. However, it makes it a bugger to shovel. Took me over an hour to shovel a 4" fall off the driveway at 6 am!! Got my workout in, though!!

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    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    How to wean them off creamy pasta and rice dishes?
    My newest love is cauliflower rice. Still needs to be eaten in moderation but it is a very acceptable substitute for rice in a lot of meals at our house. Of course it isn't rice and going in thinking it will be just like rice will leave you disappointed, but it is good in its own right. My dh has always loved cauliflower because he's weird lol, but he enjoys cauliflower rice too.

    I make creamy risotto rice on the stove that is smooth and creamy without any milk and very little cheese. The cauliflower rice won't work on this one since it doesn't expel starch into the water as it cooks like real rice does. It's the starch that makes it creamy but it is very creamy and rich tasting without tons of dairy and fat to make it that way. I imagine there is a way the risotto rice technique could be used to make a variety of creamy sauces with few calories and less fat.

    I know for dh and I, we have to watch our drinks. It is easy sometimes to drink all of our calories for the day in the way of sugary drinks. We have to make a concentrated effort to curb the sugary drinks and just drink water most of the day.

    Also for dh, he has to watch the condiments. I heard someone the other day refer to ketchup and other condiments like it as "sugar sauces" because there is so much sugar in many of them even if they don't taste sweet. I'm not a huge fan of condiments so it's not really a problem for me but dh likes to dip everything in condiments.

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    Roll Call, 2/25
    Snowy scenes are so gorgeous! Maybe because its 86* here today?

    Riced cauliflower is something Im perfectly happy with, but DH refuses. It really is a matter of integrating healthier meals into the family dinners. DH is on medication for blood pressure, and isnt interested in trying to control it with a better diet. Hopefully he wont have a fatal wake up call.

    i wanted to learn embroidery as a step toward being able to do sashiko, like these patterns:
    https://sylvia-pippen.com/shop/Sashiko-Patterns.htm
    Im also drawn to the primitive wool style patterns, and own his one:
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/6513337...op_home_feat_1
    Years ago, I knew I would need to learn how to use a needle by hand, and bought a kit, and just last week decided it had aged enough and I was ready to try it. One 10 minute youtube video later, I jumped in.

    Im working on things like consistency and stitch spacing, but I think once I get better at that, it will be extremely meditative. (And relaxing.)

    Heres my little panel Ive been working on for the past few days.
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    Oh, and heres a wall hanging I just finished (it was a ufo), the pattern of which was a “wool primitive”, and probably wouldve benefitted from hand stitching, less machine work.
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    Here is the pattern it came from.
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    When I showed the quilt face to the store I bought the pattern book from, they were HORRIFIED with my interpretation. Definitely not the country folksy style its usually made into!
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    Very pretty AM! I've taken a colcha embroidery class - and have dabbled in since, but haven't put in the proper time to get good. I like that I can make my own patterns.

    Sorry Inmom, I like your snow pictures too - I'm sure you are over it though. Every once in awhile we'll get a late snow storm in March / April, but usually by now we are done with it.

    I had been so excited about eating down the freezer and we were making good progress, but then the coronavirus stuff started. So I decided to restock it. I don't want to have to deal with the crazy factor if it people start to get weird about stuff. So that's what I've been doing this week. I'm still going to stick to my meal plan - so at least we'll tackle the older stuff first.
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    Ooooh Colcha looks cool and fun!
    Im just seeing the fiber arts possibilities expanding exponentially!

    Theres a shop hop / quilt run coming up, I think I know what I will be exploring!
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    Ooooh Colcha looks cool and fun!
    Im just seeing the fiber arts possibilities expanding exponentially!

    Theres a shop hop / quilt run coming up, I think I know what I will be exploring!
    In the class they told us the hardest part is getting your tension correct, otherwise it's fairly easy I think.
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    Roll Call, 2/25
    I have buds! I could swear the plant was bare yesterday!
    (This is that kiwi berry plant that has yet to produce a single kiwiberry.... or look like its growing at all...)
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    And my blueberries are bursting into leaf and bloom.

    Spring is some places, at least.
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