Our morning appointments went smoothly yesterday. We each gave up four(!) vials of blood. After that, we decided that our blood loss warranted a lunch out. We found an outdoor dining area and enjoyed the sunshine and warm temperatures. After that, we headed for home and a rather lackluster afternoon. We had our afternoon cups of espresso and then we both took naps. It was mid-afternoon by then, and it seemed too late to start anything, and yet too early not to. It seemed like a good day to catch up on a little housework and then settle myself for slow-stitching the afternoon away.
First, I finished off the 8th block for Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs. This one is called "A Walk in the Park."
Here are all the blocks I have for this quilt so far:
With that one finished, I went to work hand-stitching the binding for Tuxedo Tales. I had in mind to turn two corners, which I did:
It was getting close to dinner time by then. Shrimp was on the menu, and I first needed to shell the shrimp. Then I tried something new with a recipe I've been meaning to try for a long time.
Here's the thing: I've had to figure out a way to keep myself organized with my recipes, frozen foods, and cooking, kind of in the same way I use a white board to keep myself organized for quilting. Here's the method to my madness: when I make up the week's menu before each grocery shopping trip, I mostly choose dishes from the Cooking Light Diet. We aren't losing weight, but we're maintaining our previous weight loss despite all the desserts I can't resist making. So there's that. But we also have our old standby favorites. For example, Mike loves his Chicken Marsala, and so I'll add in one dish for the week from our favorites list. Then, I'm also having to use the "bargain meats" I pick up at the grocery store that go straight to our chest-style freezer. For a while, meats were piling up in there, never to be seen again. And so, I make myself choose something from the freezer to use. Finally, I have a long list of "Untested" recipes on the Paprika app, and so I make myself choose something from there. Before Paprika, I had stacks of recipes printed off and sitting on my desk. Now, with the app, they're out of sight and out of mind, so I have to make myself do it. I know. This is a very complicated form of discipline, but it's how we roll here at the Three Cats Ranch. One must be disciplined when one lives with cats. And a man.
So anyway...I tried this "untested" recipe for Shrimp Fajita Bowls. This was really good. Now, I've reclassified it from "Untested" to a "keeper," which basically means checking and unchecking some boxes on the app.
It's made by slicing thin some red onion, red bell pepper, and jalapeno. Then the vegetables are mixed with some spices and the shrimp. The recipe will tell you to broil this, but I don't like broiling. Instead, I roasted it in a 450° oven for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Then it was piled on top of some jasmine rice, and topped with chunks of avocado, chopped cilantro, and salsa. Yum. It took a while to shell the shrimp and slice up the veggies, but then it cooked itself. It would be a good one to prepare ahead, and then an easy finish at dinner time. It's also a pretty good camping recipe. The whole mix can be prepared ahead and frozen to take along.
After dinner, we always check through the laundry room window at Smitty on the catio. There, we found him blissed out in the waning sunlight.
We had to go outside to find Sadie in her little house. There's a warming pad inside the little house that only activates when someone lies on it. We're pretty sure she spends her nights out here.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, this has been my week for appointments. Today I'm getting my eyes checked. The eye exam is welcome because I really want some new glasses. I've never liked the ones I have, and I can pick some new frames this time around. I'm not looking forward to the foray into Costco though. (I get my eye exams at Costco.) Costco is one of my least favorite stores. I haven't been since my last eye exam, which was before the pandemic started. I can't rule out the possibility that I'll need to murder someone. This is offered up as a warning to anyone who might be shopping at the Wilsonville Costco today. Steer clear of me.
If I survive the trip to Costco and don't get arrested for murder, I'll get back to my slow-stitching. In fact, there's no time like the present, so I'll get started on that right now. Maybe I'll have a finish for tomorrow's blog.