In which I hope 2016 finally ends
What a crazy month it’s been. Is it just me or does it feel like 2016 hasn’t ended yet? All these “2016 problems” have bled over into 2017. And they didn’t stay in January like I had hoped. But February is calming down (about time), so here’s to brighter skies for the rest of the year (and no more major home improvement budget busters).
These past two weeks have been highlighted with chaos, so unfortunately I had a bit of a backslide on both annual challenges. I did the best I could, and am full focus forward now.
Cooking Light Annual Challenge Rundown:
Sunday the 5th: Tabbouleh with Beans and Feta (I couldn’t find bulgar so I substituted couscous. It appears I might have botched the substitution, for it made wayyyy too much couscous. And then I accidentally left the leftover in the car overnight later in the week. Wait a waste. But it was pretty good).
Monday the 6th: Fragrant Red Lentils with Rice (yum yum in the tum tum. My first foray with lentil and Indian food did not go well last year, but this one hit the bullseye. Will try to get the recipe up)
Tuesday the 7th: Pizza night (sometimes the hubby just has a bad day and wants his comfort food)
Wednesday the 8th: Mini Crab Cakes (a classic case of miscalculated conversions led to half the amount of crab needed for the crab cakes – why can’t we just use the metric system, I swear – but they still turned out delicious. They were a pain in the butt to make, too forever, and I’ll never make them again, but they were good).
Thursday the 9th: Orzo with Chicken, Broccoli, and Pesto (we are still on a mostly vegetarian kick, so I kicked the chicken from the recipe and substituted the premade pesto from last week’s recipe to use it up instead of making a pesto from scratch.)
Friday the 10th: Crab Bisque (my lord, what a delicious recipe. I discovered Cooking Light has recipes on their website – which takes you over to myrecipes.com. I found this one here. Sooooo good. I substituted white wine vinegar for the vermouth and it was to die for).
Saturday the 11th: Moving Day (moving day was a nightmare of epic proportions – which lead to the aforementioned ruined couscous – so it was another pizza night. You’d think I’d be tired of it by now. And actually, I kind of am).
Sunday: Brats night (hubby wanted to man the grill and I was still too tired to cook. And ran out of time to hit up the grocery store)
Monday: Creamy Parmesan Orzo (another Cooking Light online recipe you can find here. I was out of fresh basil so I used dried instead. This recipe was the first time I tried pine nuts. Definitely had an unique taste, but was good).
Tuesday: Creamy Indian Lentils and Rice (recipe can be found here. I used basmati rice instead of brown rice and subed mustard powder for the seeds. It probably would have been delicious, but my 70s stove struck again. Even on the warm setting, it overcooked the heck out of it and burnt a lot of it to the bottom of the pan. I might blame Valentine’s Day on this one. I have the worst luck with V-Day. And the movie we watched – Arrival – didn’t fare much better).
Wednesday: Hibachi night (our real Valentine’s Day celebration)
Thursday: Ravioli night (Hubby cooked)
Friday: Pizza night (don’t even ask at this point)
Saturday: Family dinner (We rocked the Metro Diner)
Progress on the Trail:
Sunday, 05 February: 7.4 miles
Monday, 06 February: 6.2 miles
Tuesday, 07 February: 6.0 miles
Wednesday, 08 February: 6.0 miles
Thursday, 09 February: 6.0 miles
Friday, 10 February: 6.75 miles
Saturday, 11 February: 7.15 miles
Sunday, 12 February: 6.3 miles
Monday, 13 February: 6.0 miles
Tuesday, 14 February: 6.5 miles
Wednesday, 15 February: 0 miles
Thursday, 16 February: 9.15 miles
Friday, 17 February: 7.1 miles
Saturday, 18 February: 0 miles
Week Five/Six Total: 80.55 miles
Distance to Go: 1,880.65 miles (2,190 miles total)