I slipped out on the porch Thursday morning to feed the animals and revelled in the cool, fresh air. It was lovely. I felt autumn in that morning air and I mean it sincerely. Two hours later it was humid and warming rapidly butI think this year the season ending is nearer than in years past. I say this because I've found golden rod blooming here in our neighborhood, along the roadways. It's unusual to have it bloom so early.
The week ahead has it's share of busy days. Nothing odd about that. John has a project he wants to work on which involves the 18 year old dryer. I'm still plugging away at that front porch task. I'd hoped to finish it up this past week but it was more work than I'd anticipated and I had only one good morning of work (and two days of very tired muscles to follow...age!). I have been pouring energy (and less muscle) into the back porch which just needed a freshening up, not a complete facelift as the front porch does.
I seem to have found a great balance at last in my eating habits and the result is more stable blood sugar. I've promised myself to begin to learn to count calories, now that I have some idea about carb counts. I continue to 'collect' recipes online on the Hearty Healthy Soul board on Pinterest. I thought I ought to try some of those recipes this week. And heads up for those of you who like Asian inspired dishes but like myself find that even brown rice swings the pendulum too far...I read a hint earlier this week to serve the entree over a bed of Bok Choy instead of rice. I could do that!
Any of the recipes below which seem an odd choice will be altered to suit my diet. Sugar free items substituted for regular items, the breads are all 15gm carb servings or less, of whole grain breads. I'm using what has worked for me thus far as ingredients. Additions to our diet include the 1 ounce bags of chips which I figure into the carb/calorie count of a meal. You'll note we don't have those often.
Breakfasts: Ginger Peach Muffin, Boiled Egg, Cantaloupe
Whole Wheat Bagel, Peanut Butter, Banana
Sausage Biscuits, Berries
Applesauce Pancake, Pan Fried Turkey Spam, Orange
Peach Smoothe, Toast
Scrambled Eggs with Cream Cheese and Chives, Sliced Tomatoes, Toast
Dinners: Tuscan Garlic Chicken, Whole Wheat Pasta, Italian Green Beans, Tiramisu
Zucchini Boats, Tossed Salad, Garlic Toast, Fresh Peaches and Cream
Southern Cobb Salad, Baked Apples with walnut filling
Chili, Cornbread, Salad with Orange and Red Onions
Lemon Parmesan Fish, Steamed Broccoli, Oven Roasted Potatoes, Lemon Pudding
BBQ Chicken, Cauliflower au Gratin, Butter Beans, Summer Fruits Cup
Italian Beef Stew, Mashed Potatoes, Wedge Salads, Fresh Peaches
Suppers: Quesadillas with Salsa, Watermelon slices
Turkey Swiss Sandwiches, Apple Wedges with Caramel Sauce
Taco Soup, Crackers, Banana Pops
BBQ Chicken Sliders, Slaw, Pickles
Corn Chowder, Crackers with Cream Cheese, Grapes
BLT's, Chips, Banana Split
PBJ, Vegetable Soup, Apple Wedges
Job This Week
We've had some very humid and warm days lately, with thunder showers. Too wet to paint, too wet to do yard work, too wet to work on porch projects. So every job listed last week is waiting to be done. I could list a half dozen more jobs outdoors, but I won't. I've plenty to do with the work written out last week. This week I also have to:
Go to the doctor
Make out a serious grocery list and hone it down to fit the budget, too.
Dust. I normally do this first of the month...Of course, I could wait two weeks and just do it in September, lol.
Wash the quilt on our bed if weather allows.